Scampers Weekly Recap - October 26, 2018
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Dear --FNAME--
It's amazing to us to realize that we've just crossed another milestone - we are celebrating our eighth anniversary. We opened the doors of our Kirkland shop on October 25, 2010, and here we are, 8 years later, entirely changed, but doing what we meant to do from the start, and we're still having an absolute blast.
Scampers opened its doors on October 25, 2010, hosting one guest dog - Sasha.

Since that day, the two off us have been running our tails off keeping up with your pooches, ensuring their comfort, safety, and contentment.

In those earliest days, we had one fellow helping us out with some of our bigger dog groups and some of our bigger projects, but it wasn't long before we needed to bring on some help - Stina's daughter and all of her friends from high school became our janitorial crew. Wrangling help came soon afterwards - as our attendance grew and grew and grew and grew, so did our roster change and grow too, and the Scampers family grew by leaps and bounds, and lots of happy wagging tails.
Husky Sasha, left, enjoyed the early company of founder dogs Rosie, right, and Biscuit, below. Within a couple of weeks, Chocolate Lab Abby and Silver Shih-Poo Cosmo...
... and Border Terrier, Baxter joined the party.

Pretty Bicky-Bear Penny, right, was one of our day 2 guests, and we still see her from time to time.
Other than Sasha, who moved to San Francisco, and Rosie, who crossed the famous Rainbow Bridge a couple of years ago and is still very sorely missed, we still host these pooches regularly.
We still see Jax Weenie, above left, and Daisy, above center, and Teddy and Lily, above right, once in a while. Coop, left, brings his "nephew dog" Leo.
Apu, above right, still visits whenever possible. Annie is the object of Apu's attention in that picture - we lost her to cancer a few years back, but we do get to see her brother dog, Elwood, quite often.
We've made lots of changes to our facilities over the years as well, adding boarding services and weekend daycare options, and then the major change - we opened up a shop in Bellevue.

We've been having so much fun that it still comes as a surprise to us that we've been at this for 8 years and in that time our attendance has grown from 1 to 150! Boy, it's a good thing we opened that second shop!
We thank you, our Scampers Campers "parents" for entrusting your pooches to our care, sharing your furbabies with us. We love you all.

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

This one is today's:

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.
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 again this week!
On Monday, it was the Kirkland Welcome Waggin' getting busy with their welcomes. 11 year old Cazador and 10 year old Dakotah joined the big dogs - this brother and sister team of German Shorthaired Pointers were right at home in their new playgroup. Little Casey, an adorable 5 month old chocolate lab/terrier mix, found his friends right away with the Kirkland Littles in the "back forty".

Wendell joined the Bellevue Bunch on Tuesday. He's a handsome 7 year old "mutt" - but we know that means "Hybrid Vigor", and are happy that he's chosen Scampers for his daytime fun..

On Wednesday, we welcomed four newbies to Bellevue, and two more to Kirkland. The Bellevue newbies were Winston, a 6-1/2 year old pug who seemed to especially enjoy Tito and Winnie; Sadie, a 9 year old Australian Shepherd mix (and Maximus C's sister); and siblings Sally, an outgoing 7 year old Australian Shepherd and Willow, her shyer 4 year old "sister", also Australian Shepherd.

Meanwhile, in Kirkland, the big pooches welcomed Kona A-K, a beautiful German Shepherd, and Whiskey  little yearling Maltese pooch.
Thursday brought Iker (pronounced "eek-er", a four month old sweetheart - this Labradoodle pup has a great sense of humor and fun, as does fellow newbie Roscoe, a much larger 3 year old Sheepadoodle. We hope to see them both again soon!

In Kirkland, sibling pooches Stella and Jeter, a pair of 9 year old cockapoos, were a great fit with our Kirkland Littles. They had a great first day, and we know they will be spending time at both Scampers locations - they will be equally comfortable in either!

Today, we're welcoming Milo, a 7-1/2 year old Bichon-Shih Tzu mix, and big Jax, a 2 year old German Shepherd. We're so pleased they've joined us and we're making sure they're having a great time. 

the Sheepadoodle
Hey, Peeps, don't forget, if 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.

Gate Keepers
Scampers is on Instagram. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Odin's ready for

in his special
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.

Rory and Finnegan with their friends

Hank McH is
a Seahawks fan

Queen Amara
enjoys a day on the lake
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.

Sherman's looking forward to meeting his brand new brother, Eric, who decided to make his appearance a few too many weeks early. Sherman came to board at Scampers while young Eric was brought into the world. The good news is that Eric and his mom are both doing well, and Sherman is ready to start his big brother duties when the time is right.

Morty's not sure
he actually wants to get up

Big Newbie Harley L
was completely played out
after his first day at Scampers

Murphy McH
his tennis ball!
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.

Luna Beaux
thinks you won't notice
her handiwork

Josie shows us
what she can do to a toy

Groomer BluesAnchor
Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-N-Run, mobile groomer extraordinaire, who has been serving our clients since we opened our Kirkland shop in 2010, has broken his hand and will need a couple of months of recovery time before he's able to work again.

As soon as we know when Chris will be able to tend to your pooches' grooming needs again, we'll let you know.

Meanwhile, please keep him in your thoughts! 
A couple of reminders:
Please give em a quick stroll before you bring your pooches in
Remember, arriving at daycare is extra-stimulating, and every so often we have had pooches empty out in our reception area because they just can't contain themselves any longer!

Especially 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.

We have garbage cans available for your use, and if you need a poop bag, just pop in and ask for one - we have plenty!
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 - in fact, for many, one meal per day is enough.

We happily provide meal service for very young puppies who actually 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, please do not bring snacks and meals for them.

Frankly, we're having a tough time staffing for the demand, 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...

Most of them really don't need lunch, honest! They'd much rather play with their friends.

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...
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 there is 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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