Scampers Weekly Recap - October 20, 2017
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Dear --FNAME--
We're having another very interesting weather week - with super-wet and windy storms and lots of leaves blowing everywhere! I think we'd all love for this Big Dark to just go away and let us have a nice peaceful autumn, your pooches most of all - we're having indoors play during this stormy weather, and while they're doing very well, they'd much rather play outside.
Did you know? Storm Phobia is real, and it can be really scary.
Does your dog displays anxiety during windstorms or thunderstorms? If so, it's important to recognize that Storm Phobia is real, but it can be mitigated.

The discomfort is physical, even painful, for some dogs. The particular issues that could cause physical discomfort include the fluctuating barometric pressure and static electricity, and those low frequency rumbles of thunder could provoke anxiety at a primal level.

We found a very helpful article in WebMD that describes some of the phenomena that dogs are feeling, and some ideas on how to help them get through the storms. Take heart - a thundershirt, access to a favorite snug hidey hole, and a calm and reassuring favorite human can help a lot.
My name is Brandy and I am the Lead Wrangler at Scampers in Bellevue.

I am originally from Las Vegas, then California, and finally moved to Redmond in 1987. I was raised on a farm and learned to care for and love dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, goats, guinea pigs, hamsters, turtles, and lizards. I currently have 2 Pugs (Kymani & Kona) and a Chihuaha/ShihTzu mix (Rocky).

My background is in corporate event planning, real estate property management, and pharmaceutical sales. After taking a few years off from work to raise my son 12 years ago, I decided to pursue dog training as a career and have been working with dogs ever since. 
I spend my spare time with my partner and our 4 boys. We are either playing, watching and/or attending sporting events. I am always looking for opportunities to further my education and experience to be better at what I do. I made a decision many years ago that being successful in life is about doing what you love and loving what you do.   

My compassion and patience for our canine companions is endless and I am truly grateful to be able to spend each day loving your pets and providing a safe place for them to play.

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

This one's today's:

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 newbies at both locations again this week.
Kirkland's Welcome Waggin had such a nice time welcoming pretty Golden Doodle LJ to the puppy group on Monday. She made a very nice special friend in Finn, although she enjoyed the entire group. That's LJ with Finn in the picture below - She's the little one.

In Bellevue, Monday was Pudding's introduction to the party. This pretty golden doodle is beautifully named, and we look forward to seeing lots more of her. Violet the baby Sheepdog mix was our Wednesday newbie. What an adorable pup she is, and she's going to grow into a big beautiful pooch very soon. Today, Xander and Gigi are our Bellevue newbies. Border Collie mix Gigi's a playing machine - she's really enjoying all her new friends, and Akita mix Xander is making his way very nicely now that he's come to realize it's all for fun.
Welcome all. We're delighted to share our days with you.
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, you can watch the adventures in the photos and videos our wranglers are posting on the Scampers Facebook page. the best water bowl is
the one over by that gate?
We've added Instagram to our assortment of Social Media tools. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Everybody close your eyes
and WISH for treats
to fall from the sky!
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!

Cooper "Eg" met his new little brother recently,
and found him to be utterly fascinating.
Apparently, young English Setter Leica is getting lots of exercise when she comes to Scampers. Here's what she looks like at home.

Little Pugador, Rocky,
after a day of play!

Sweet Olaf
and his great big
This category of owner-contributed pics features dogs enjoying their extracurricular fun.
This is where we'll post the pics we've received of your pooches enjoying summer vacations, beach roaming, ball games, and any other such general exploring. 

Buddy T
shows off his ball skills
for the photographer

Kitty-Kat "Ketchup"
doesn't want
his pooch Bandit to leave
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 Kirkland clients every second Tuesday since we opened in 2010.

Chris will make his next visit to serve our Kirkland clients this coming Tuesday, October 24th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, November 7th.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, October 30th and his next visit will be Monday, November 13th. As a general rule, he'll be visiting 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 have been very busy this season, and especially for long weekends, we're often fully booked!

Please remember to get your boarding requests in early to make sure there's room enough for your pooches.

Your boarding requests can be submitted via GingrApp, or you can give us a call to check and see if there's space available. Remember, if our boarding facility at Kirkland is full, there may be space available at our Bellevue shop and vice versa. We'll do our very best to accommodate you if we are able to.

Samson is a frequent Scampers boarder. Here he is greeting the morning staff with his great big grin!
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, 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 you 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 by appointment only,  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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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