Scampers Weekly Recap - November 3, 2017
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Dear --FNAME--
What the heck? Last week, we had kiddie pools out for your pooches on our sunnier afternoons, and this morning, it's... SNOW??

Well, that's definitely proof that all things change in time.
And speaking of time...

This is the weekend we get to sleep just a little extra.

Don't forget to change your clocks back, if they haven't changed themselves!
My name Levi and I am the house manager at Scampers in Kirkland. I started working at Scampers back in January 2012 and have been happily caring for your pooches for 6 years. All of your dogs have made a tremendous impact on my life and I’m so grateful for every moment spent with them, but I am embarking on a new journey and I wanted to let you all know that I will no longer be working at Scampers after November 2, 2017.
I have an amazing opportunity to work with Pasado’s Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary. My main focus will be taking care of the rescue dogs, but I will also be caring for tons of  farm animals as well. While I am sad and very emotional about leaving Scampers, I am thrilled to be starting this next chapter of my life
(Levi, above, with his very dear friend Jeeves.)

I can’t express enough how much every dog here has helped me over the years to look on the bright side and love this life. Scampers is family to me and I hope that you all know I always put my whole heart into my job and did my absolute best every day to keep your dogs safe, happy, healthy, and loved unconditionally. You all have a very special place in my heart.
Thank you for trusting me to take care of your dogs for all these years.

I will be back in to visit with my mini dachshund puppy Banjo - I hope to see everyone soon!
"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive." - Gilda Radner
Editors' note: Levi has contributed so very much to Scampers during the time he's been with us. We're going to miss him terribly, but we understand and admire his dedication to animal rescue, and we are delighted that he's found a way to pursue his passion.
Last week we have loaded up our Facebook page with a selection of photos of your pooches taken by our wranglers during this past month.

Our Facebook fans got busy clicking and liking and voting, and lobbying, and after a week of brisk activity...

Amara's was the pic with the most likes.


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.

Riley and two of her
littlest friends


Butter and Zoey...

We got to meet tiny little Lilo on Tuesday. This charming little Yorkie mix had no trouble making herself right at home in the middle of the Littles party.

Meanwhile, the Bellevue Bunch was super busy, welcoming three newbies! Luna the Golden Doodle, Laynie the Dutch Shepherd puppy, and Molly the Tibetan Terrier were super happy to find lots of friends and fun in the Bellevue play arenas.

Louie the young Golden Retriever was welcomed to the Bellevue party on Wednesday. He's a lovely fellow, and had no trouble making new friends.

Sunny and Fanny
enjoy a game of
Puppy Leap-Frog

Thursday was Reya's first day with the Kirkland Welcome Waggin', and they were pleased to note that she took full advantage of the opportunity to Play and Play and Play all day. We're pretty sure she slept very well last night!

We're welcoming another three new friends to Bellevue today. Penny the Tibetan Terrier's almost 8 years old, so she's probably findng the silliness of the rompy puppies amusing - we expect her to join in the fun! At the same time, we're delighted to entertain Bleu the yearling Frenchie and beautiful Berus the Alaskan Husky. We're making sure everyone's happy and comfy and enjoying their Friday with us.
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, check out the photos and videos our wranglers are posting on the Scampers Facebook page.

Sun worshippers enjoy the
last blast of the season
We've added Instagram to our assortment of Social Media tools. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Pretty Maggie T
enjoys a moment's rest.
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!
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. 

Halloween Pooches for 2017 included Klaus, Chomchom, Frankie B and Huxley.

Klaus the Ewok

Chomchom Cupcake

Unicorn Frankie

Huxley Ewok

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, November 7th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, November 21st.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, November 13th and his next visit will be Monday, November 27th. 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 can be very busy, and - particularly during the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Years holidays - we're often fully booked! Please 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 always do our best to accommodate you.
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 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 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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