Scampers Weekly Recap - July 13, 2018
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We've hit the heat of the summer, and it's a bit like hitting a brick wall.

When the temperatures exceed 82 degrees, our Kirkland campers come indoors to the air conditioned play areas. Our Bellevue pooches will see the big box fans and kiddie pools deployed to help keep them cool. 

If you're in the neighborhood, you may want to take part in t0he Kirkland Pet-a-Palooza this afternoon at Juanita Friday Markets. We encourage you to swing by if you're free on a Friday afternoon - it sure sounds like a lot of fun.

** Friday July 13th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Juanita Friday Markets **
Hot Summer Days Ahead!
When you're out and about, whether working hard, running errands, or pursuing adventures, Scampers is your pooch-care solution. 

Bringing your furbabies to Scampers means you can be sure they are safe and comfortable, and despite these high temperatures, they'll stay cool and entertained.

We're available weekends too, by reservation, on a Full-Day basis, 9 to 5. We need to know you're coming, though,
to make sure we have staff enough to look after them all.
Remember, never leave your pooch in the car
even if you plan to be gone for just a minute or two. 
Pooch overheating?
Here's help.

This article from offers this advice if your pooch appears overheated:

"If your dog becomes overheated, it’s important to cool them off gradually, says veterinarian John Geller. Dog owners should initially use a wet towel to cool off any dog suspected of heat stroke or overheating, and then gently mist them off (do not spray them or submerse them in water).

“Do not soak the dog in ice water,” says Ruth E. Chodrow, V.M.D., of At-Home Pet Care, a pet house-call service.”Ice water will close the capillaries of the skin, preventing cooling of the internal organs.”

A fan can be used to help increase evaporative cooling, and the dog can lay on a cool floor surface. Once the body temperature is gradually reduced to 103 degree Fahrenheit, further cooling efforts are not necessary. If a dog is cooled off too quickly, they can go into shock and organ failure."

Their thoughts on ice cubes? They say yes, it's okay to add them to the water bowl, but ONLY if you're there to keep an eye  on them.

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

This one's 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.
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 had fun with a whole bunch of newbies this week.
The Bellevue bunch welcomed two pooches on Monday morning - Muppet, a 4 month old curious but cautious baby Bordoodle boy, and Snickerdoodle, a 3 month old baby Bichon-Poodle boy. We made sure they both know this is all about fun and friends. Meanwhile, Kirkland's Welcome Waggin' got to meet beautiful Belle, an 8 month old French Bulldog who found the Littles party in our back forty a perfect fit.
Tuesday was the day for the Kirkland pooches to welcome Remi, the 1 year old Aussie mix, to our Puppy Group. He's a big puppy with a bunch of fun energy, and we're looking forward to seeing more of him. Meanwhile, everyone is very impressed with Boogie, who is going to be a very big pooch - he's a Mastiff, and at 4 months of age he's already 70 lbs of energy and fun! The Bellevue Bunch got to meet playful Frenchie puppy, Louie, who at 4 months of age is already very social indeed. At the same time, Luka, a 2-1/2 year old Rough Collie, joined the Bellevue party, and played the day away with Heidi and Wiley. Good boy! 

Wednesday was Pepper's day - this Whippet/Fox Terrier mix is a little hard of hearing (he's deaf) and may not see very well either, but he sure has a grand time with his new friends, and even though he sometimes misses their signals, they enjoy his excellent spirit. At the same time, Little Winnie, the Shih Tzu Terrier Mix found lots of excellent playmates that suited her go-go-go energy. She especially enjoyed Olives, Happy, and young Theo the Aussielier.
Today, we're welcoming three new dogs to the Kirkland party. Benny B's a 7 month old Corgi with a bunch of energy, and he's making a bunch of new friends today. Big Bailey the Golden/Chow Mix is enjoying meeting new friends in the Big Puppy Zone with his new sister, Raney, a 9 month old Lab mix. We're so glad they're enjoying each other, and they're both enjoying all their new friends.

At Bellevue, there are also three new dogs today. Brandy is a 6-1/2 year old Mini Goldendoodle. She is a little nervous and staying staying close to the wranglers, but she is curious about Luther - we're sure he'll draw her out into the fun. Little Mina the 9 year old ShihTzu is also hanging out close to the wranglers, but while she too may be a mite shy, she's quite curious about other dogs. Tucker is a 4 year old Lab - he's calm and relaxed with his new friends in the Big Dog group, and is really enjoying the swimming pool!

Friday Newbie, Bennie B
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.

Bellevue Shepherd
Friends, Zeke and Stella


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

Seniors Oliver W and Melly C
cuddle with Little Rory

Japanese Chin
Kota cools off


English Golden
cools off too


Big Louie is
naturally cool.

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.

Queen Amara
enjoys a day on the lake

Patriotic Peanut H
poses at the
Fourth of July
family picnic

Theo isn't sure about
the floral adornment.
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.

LJ absolutely adores her
brand new baby sister, Seetha.

Cody and Wynston

Sibling pooches
Bandit and Skye
cuddle after a busy day
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 on Tuesday, July 17th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, July 31st.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, July 23rd, and his next visit after that will be Monday, August 6th.

As a general rule, Chris visits Scampers Bellevue on alternate Mondays, with the occasional switch-out 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.
Below, Sophie C's before and after pictures. She looks so tidy and fresh after her summer "puppy cut".
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...
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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