Scampers Weekly Recap - April 6, 2018
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April showers -- a pineapple express, yet! Well, the bright side is that we're going to have a phenomenal bunch of flowers come May.

We're inside with doors open occasionally for some fresh air, but nobody wants to be out in the rain more than necessary these days.

Hey pooch folks, for those of you who like to adorn your pooches with those sexy, studded leather collars, or any collar with metal buckles or chain elements -- these can pose a genuine safety concern within a daycare environment.

As many of you know, when dogs play, they often mouth at the necks of their besties. In play, however, if they encounter a buckle or chain element, their teeth can become stuck and the danger of panicked dogs and lost teeth can suddenly crop up out of nowhere.

We ask that if you prefer those collars, perhaps have a “change of clothes” for daycare days, by providing your dog with the safety of a Quick Release collar and be sure to adorn it with an up to date name tag.

On the topic of collars … the metal prong collars are very challenging for us, given the excitement levels of the dogs when they are arriving or going home. If a prong collar is a must for your dog, please be kind to our “runner” staff and consider one of the plastic variety for daycare days.

Thank you so much.
Pooch of the Month - April 2018 - Congratulations, Archer

We loaded up a Facebook album with bunch of fun photos of your dogs taken by our wranglers in the last month. Archer's was the photo with the most "Likes", so he will be the Pooch of the Month for the month of April.

Super Stylish Archer
"ran away" with the votes!

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.
Monday was a great day at Bellevue, with three pooches joining the crew. Happy is a 3-1/2 year old Coton de Tulear, and fits very nicely with the Littles, along with baby Stella, a 2 month old German Shepherd. Meanwhile, Cody, the 9 year old Aussie Mix made friends with Bellevue's bigger pooches.

At Kirkland, the Littles got to welcome baby Yellow Lab, Bentley, and Maximus Frenchie's new baby sister, Juno, a four month old Frenchie. 

On Tuesday, Bailey Doodle introduced himself to the Littles at Scampers Kirkland, and Simba got to play with the bigger pups. At the same time, the Bellevue Bunch welcomed Max, the 2-1/2 year old German Shepherd.

On Wednesday, the Kirkland Big Dogs welcomed a fun 4 year old Boxer named Bug, while the Littles enjoyed introducing themselves to Crosby the 2-1/2 year old Labradoodle.

Thursday was the day for the Kirkland Welcome Waggin to introduce young Huckleberry the Chocolate Lab to all the Scampers fun, while 2-1/2 year old Chocolate Lab Max rounded out the party nicely.
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.

Shay with
Butter and Oscar
We've added Instagram to our assortment of Social Media tools. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Brutus and a bunch of
Bellevue Big Dogs

What do you suppose
Little Jake is thinking
winking like that?

Bellevue Choco-Labs
Daisy and Max
We are so very sorry to announce that our darling friend Olaf the White Maltese has lost his battle with cancer.

This little dude was just a youngster, but he certainly enjoyed every bit of his life which he happily shared with his beloved mom Susie and good friend and neighbor Brune, and Brune's human family, and all the Scampers Littles.

Olaf was much loved by all who knew him. He will be remembered for his joyful and sweet nature, and he is very sadly missed.
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.

Storm is very proud to introduce
his new baby sister, Lexi

Maggie G welcomes her
new baby sister Sophie

Sibling pooches
Bandit and Skye
cuddle after a busy day

Brutus plans to nap on this shin...

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 16th, and his next visit after that will be April 30th. 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

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