Scampers Weekly Recap - February 23, 2018
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Dear --FNAME--
It sure looks like Groundhog Day prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil had it right this year when he popped up to see his shadow - we're back to the bitter winter cold, winter coats, and very icy winter driving. Be careful, take it slow, and please be safe on these terribly icy roadways!
With the variety of  collars, leashes and harnesses we've seen, we have developed a certain expertise on the matter.

We always ask that all dogs who come into our lobby area be securely leashed to prevent any kind of incident, whether an exuberant dog jumping on another client, or another client's child. Be aware that a lot of dogs exhibit leash aggression, and may lunge at another client, or another client's child, with ill intent.

Last week's newsletter presented a variety of leashes designed to assist you to keep your dog and all around you safe and in control. This week, we are happy to present some of the harnesses that impress us the most.
We like this harness because it gives a pooch plenty of support at the chest while the slight chest constriction teaches them not to pull.
This sturdy harness is good for a big dog who may need a guiding hand, while providing that little bit of constriction around the ribcage when he pulls.
This step-in harness is a simple but secure option, especiallly for dogs with sensitive throats.
Also very popular, particularly for small dogs, this step-in harness is very secure, but soft and comfortable.
The Easy Walk harness is designed for training dogs not to pull. With the leash attached at the chest, your dog cannot pull without turning to the side.
The Gentle Leader head harness, with a loop around the snout, is for training dogs not to pull. Again, your dog cannot pull without being turned to the side.

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 was happy to welcome lots of newbies at both locations.
On Tuesday, the Kirkland Welcome Waggin' welcomed Miniature Schnauzer pup, Brody. We think Brody's going to fit in beautifully with all the other Littles! At the same time, Zara the Labradoodle pup found the Kirkland Littles to be her perfect playgroup and made so many new friends she couldn't wait to come back for more.

Here's Theo, with a bunch of his Big Dog friends, wearing his big "Welcome" smile.

Wednesday was a super busy day for newbies! At Kirkland, baby Husky Mix Kaia charmed everyone she met. She's the right size for our Littles group now but she'll soon be big enough to play in the Big Puppies Group. Newbie Ernie was a good fit for the Big Puppy group. He loved squiring around with his new best friend, young lab Boston. Meanwhile, Lars the Amstaff Mix found he could spend a very fun day with lots of other big dogs. He too couldn't wait to come back for another visit.
Our Bellevue Bunch was equally busy, with Chewie the almost-two-year-old Formosan Mountain Dog. He's a handsome fellow, and we're delighted to host him - we're looking forward to introducing him to his doppelganger, Radar, who we think he may be rleated to. Jeter is a young Border Collie mix with a bunch of youthful energy, and the Cattle Dogs were glad to keep him busy romping and rollicking with friends. Maggie is a little Beagle/Dachshund mix - she's a lovely girl and discovered she fits nicely with the other Littles.

On Thursday, our Belleue Bunch got busy again. Young Yellow Lab girl, Butter, was acti ve hand delighted to find a bunch of Big Dogs who loved to play with her.
Today, we're welcoming three newbies in Bellevue - Little Cooper a 6 month old Terrier Mix, started out shy, but found his groove quickly and enjoyed his day immensely. Rosie the Doodle pup is merrily wading into the Littles, and Happy, the baby Beagle, fits her name to a tee, and is already adored by all who meet her.

At the same time, our Kirkland Big Puppies group is welcoming German Shorthaired Pointer, Stella Bear. This pretty girl is just a mite shy, but quickly found she has lots of good friends to enjoy.

Today, we'll bid Adieu and Happy Tails to our good friend, Ozzy the handsome Aussie. We will miss him a lot, but we all know he'll find lots of very good friends and fun new playmates when he gets to his new home New Jersey.
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.

Someone wants
to go for a ride!
We've added Instagram to our assortment of Social Media tools. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Kirkland pooches
enjoy a rare
ray of sunshine
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.
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.

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!

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.

Dexter K, one tired pup!
Which way is up?
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, February 27th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, March 13th.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, March 5th, and his next visit after that will be March 19th. 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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