Scampers Weekly Recap - March 30, 2018
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Dear --FNAME--
We're looking towards spring, and looking forward to seeing the crew begin to repair our play yards.

We should have the schedule for those repairs very soon, and in the meantime, we're making use of our yards carefully and taking turns between the dog groups.
We like to think that all dogs who come to Scampers love to Play All Day... And Go Home Happy. But what about the dogs who don't? There are some dogs for whom an active environment with very little "alone time" is not as wonderful as we hope, and for those pooches, we'd like to send out this public service announcement, and thank Blue Collar Doghouse for reminding us that, as they say, "this is a thing".

Think of Scampers as Disneyland for Dogs - a lot of activity, a lot of fun, a lot of stimulation, a lot of energy. For some dogs, particularly younger dogs, this is so much fun, and they love to be here, and they truly do go home happy. 

But just as Disneyland might wear on some of us humans if taken in large and unrelieved doses, Scampers may become a little too tiring for some dogs, and their patience and tolerance for that energetic play and the larger personalities may wear thin, and they may start to display policing behaviors, or otherwise showing their disapproval or discomfort. For those dogs, less frequent visits may be just the ticket.

And while most dogs really enjoy the company of other dogs to sniff and rove with, there are some dogs who just don't feel comfortable sharing their space with lots of other dogs, perhaps prefering their own company, or the company of one or two close friends.

We recommend you take a minute to gauge the mood of your furbabies - make sure they're still happy to romp with the crew. We'll try to keep you posted if we notice any changes in their enthusiasm, as well. It's really all about their happiness, right?

Every once in a while we come across a dog-oriented joke.

This one's todays:

Happy Friday!

Watch for the updates of our framed Friday Funny in our reception area.

We'll also make sure they're posted on our Facebook page so you can share them with your friends.
Heard 'Round the Water Bowl
We're a pretty close knit group of pooches - we form strong friendships, and we get to know each other very well. When new pooches join us, we love to introduce them around and get them started in their Scampering adventures - that's why they call us the "Welcome Waggin".

Our Welcome Waggin team has been super busy at both our locations, again, happily welcoming newbies this week.
rMonday was a super-busy day at both locations, with Kirkland pooches welcoming 4 month old Shiba Inu puppy, Pache, and 11 month old Shepherd Mix, Xena, and 5 year old Puggle, Wrigley. We're pleased to say they all had a grand time and have already been back for more. Meanwhile, in Bellevue, Brewster the 10 year old Boston Terrier and Riley the 9 year old Dachshund showed the Bellevue Bunch that oldtimers know how to have fun too.

On Tuesday, at Scampers Kirkland, we had so much fun meeting The Dude, a 3 month old Labradoodle, while the Bellevue Bunch welcomed Harry, an 8 month old Golden Retriever pup.

On Wednesday, the Kirkland Welcome Waggin' showed Henry, a 3 month old Labradoodle the way we play all day, while a yearling Rough Collie girl, Parnassus, got to meet all the pooches in the Big Dog group.

Today, the Bellevue Bunch got busy welcoming Nala, a 6 year old Chihuahua-Italian Greyhound mix. Jake is a 2 month old Brittany Spaniel puppy, and is charming everyone he meets, as is Luna the 21 month old Lhasa Apso. At the same time, the Kirkland crew is welcoming a pair of oldsters - Baxter is an 8 year old Yellow Lab, and his companion pooch is Cooper, a 13 year old Yellow Lab. Baby Doori rounds out the newbie bunch this week - she's a tiny 8 month old fluffy mix who's trying out the Kirkland Littles today.
Hey, Peeps, don't forget, if you're curious about how we spend our days and you're not quite sure what those report cards really mean, check out the photos and videos our wranglers are posting on the Scampers Facebook page.

Big Dogs in the Kirkland Sunshine
We've added Instagram to our assortment of Social Media tools. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Supersized friendship - Finn and Louie
Every once in a while we receive a photo from one of our customers showing us what their beloveds are doing after their day at Scampers.

Siblings Annie and Jeeves

Jill and Otis allow their favorite
paparazzi to snap this great pic
We have a lot of young families introducing their furbabies to their new human babies - we love sharing those pictures with our newsletter audience! Click here to send your pics in via email.
Maggie G welcomes her
new baby sister Sophie

Luna Blue is taking good care
of her new baby sister, Julia

Morty meets his new Little Brother, Kiernan.
Morty's displaying love ears, gentle forehead wrinkles, soft eyes and a sweet, toothy smile!

Sibling pooches
Bandit and Skye
cuddle after a busy day

Boston was
too pooped to pop!

Sleepy Leo Doodle - which way is up?
Apparently, young English Setter Leica is getting lots of exercise when she comes to Scampers. Here's what she looks like at home.
We have also received some great shots documenting "The Real Reason" you bring your furkids to Scampers.

Pretty Abby G
is helping to unpack
mysterious things at the office.
Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-N-Run, mobile groomer extraordinaire has been serving our clients since we opened our Kirkland shop in 2010.

Chris will make his next visit to serve our Kirkland clients this coming Tuesday, April 10th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, April 24th.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, April 2nd, and his next visit after that will be April 16th. As a general rule, he visits Bellevue on alternate Mondays, with the occasional switch when there's a holiday that interferes.

Keep in mind that Chris' grooming schedule often fills up, so it's important to get your reservations in early.
Our boarding facilities at both locations can be very busy, particularly during the holidays. Please remember to get your boarding requests in early to make sure there's room enough for your pooches, and remember, we have accommodation available at both the Kirkland and Bellevue locations.
Why Scampers Boarding Drop Off Times Matter
We ask that boarders be dropped off before noon, although exceptions can be made in case of an emergency.

Arriving at Scampers is very stimulating for your pooches - even after a busy day of adventuring elsewhere - and it takes several hours for the incomers to settle down. And one stimulated pooch means a whole houseful of stimulated pooches.

One of the reasons that Scampers boarding facilities works well for most of our guests is that the guests are good and tired after a day of playing, roving and sniffing. Of course, as we all know, a tired dog is a good dog.
Safety Reminders:
Dogs on Leashes, Pretty Please!
Some dogs jump up on people to greet them, whether the jumpees want to be greeted or not. Others feel the need to protect their owners. Some are just too darned excited to contain themselves and bolt, sometimes in some very surprising directions.

There are so many things that could go awry, and we worry.

For safety's sake, please be sure to have your dogs on leashes and well under control while moving them between your car and our reception area.

If you need to borrow a leash, we always have a loaner leash available in our reception area.
We are hosting a lot of pooches these days, and, believe it or not, we have an awful lot of Look-Alikes! Of course, it's always a good idea to have your furbabies clearly identified, just in case of the unthinkable, but every once in a while our wranglers would so appreciate just a bit of help identifying which one is which, just every once in a while.

Hello, My Name Is...
Please Navigate our Parking Lots with Caution!
Remember, there are dogs crossing. And people. And it's dark and often wet.

And, in our Bellevue lot, which is shared with a car dealership,  we've noticed there are many non-Scampers drivers (some of them have obviously never walked a dog) and, from what we've observed, they're all frustrated Formula 1 drivers.

PLEASE take care when navigating our parking lots, whether you're doing the walking or the driving. We sure don't want any nasty accidents!
Give em a quick stroll first, please!
Remember, arriving at daycare is extra-stimulating. We often have pooches empty out in the lobby because they just can't contain themselves any longer!

If you're bringing your pooch into Scampers after a long car ride, please give them a quick toodle around the bushes or pillars before bringing them inside.

Any poops can be delivered to the green garbage cans - if you need a poop bag, just pop in and ask for one!
We know how much you love your furbabies - that's why you bring them to Scampers, after all. But please remember that very few dogs require more than two meals per day, and for many, one is enough.

We happily provide meal service for very young puppies who really do need a mid-day meal to support their growing bodies, and for dogs whose veterinarians prescribe a mid-day meal, e.g., dogs on certain medications or who have metabolic, gastric, or intestinal conditions; otherwise, however, if your pooch is over 6 months old, please do not bring snacks and meals for them.

Frankly, we're having a tough time staffing for the demand lately, and because so many  on our lunch list don't really need a meal, they're reluctant to eat, and our staffers are hand feeding them, coaxing them, singing to them... They really don't need it, honest!

A gentle reminder that Scampers daycare hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and our weekend and holiday daycare hours are based on full-day attendance (no half days), and by appointment only,  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please note that, as of December 1, 2017, we have instituted a late pickup fee for dogs picked up after 7:15 pm. Dogs left later than 8 pm will be boarded at our standard rate.
In the case of an emergency, we are able to make the accommodation for extended stay. Please call us, though, to advise.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Very best regards,
Linda Olsen and Stina Hughes 
Scampers Daycamp for Dogs

​Play all day - go home happy. 
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