Scampers Weekly Recap - May 11, 2018
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Dear --FNAME--
That week sure flew by! We must have been having a great time for it to be so quick.

Next week, we're expecting to see some workers at the Kirkland location repaving our play areas. That'll be plenty exciting for all the Kirkland pooches.

Our Bellevue shop has been growing by leaps and bounds, lately, and a few of our longer-term staff will be juggling shifts, so you'll be seeing some new faces there - fun times ahead!

You may have noticed we don't skimp when it comes to gates - even in our lobbies!

In fact, we have rather a lot of them, although our reception areas are quite small.

There are very good reasons for the gates and the way we use them - mostly, they help us to control the inflow of dogs, and the outflow.
When it comes to inflow, our "airlocks" help us to control how dogs encounter one another. Our gates and doors help us to maintain safety and security by controlling the flow.

It's important that there be only one dog (or family of dogs) per zone. This helps to mitigate any tendencies toward leash aggression, which is a very common phenomenon even with dogs who know each other very well; and, once in a while, we find pairs of dogs who are, shall we say, "not meant to be friends".

We also need to control the pace of the inflow making sure that we're not overloading our runways and portals with excited incoming dogs. During busier times it may take a minute or two to get your dogs through to their respective play zones, but although you can't see the portal into the runway, our wranglers are working to maintain safety and also to minimize the level of excitement.

While you're waiting in our lobby, or in our parking lot, please be mindful of the need to limit the contact the dogs have - especially when they're excited.
Our system of gates also helps us to control the outflow by putting as many barriers as we can between the play zone and the traffic and ensuring the gates are operable only by Scampers staffers. We ask that you allow us to be the ones to open the last gate from the play zones - we'll do that once we have your dog safely "dressed" in their harness and securely leashed.

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 welcoming a bunch of newbies again this week.
Bentley the Bulldog Mix joined the Bellevue Bunch on Monday. He's a trim, elegant Bulldog with excellent manners, and we're very happy he's decided to join the Scampers bunch.

Mosquito joined the Kirkland Littles on Wednesday. This little Schnauzer, at 4 months of age, is already a going concern, and we're delighted we get to keep him busy!

On Thursday, we had a twofer - Brady the Yellow Lab pup, and Diesel, the Lab mix. Both pooches were very happy to join in the fun, and settled in beautifully with all their new friends.

Dom caught Diesel
in a thoughtful moment.

... dreaming of kibble?
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.

Smitten wants to dance with Frankie!
We've added Instagram to our assortment of Social Media tools. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Holly L hangs out with Tank...
...and snuggles with Blitzen
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.

Siblings Annie and Jeeves

Jill and Otis allow their favorite
paparazzi to snap this great pic
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.

Storm is very proud to introduce
his new baby sister, Lexi

Maggie G welcomes her
new baby sister Sophie

Sibling pooches
Bandit and Skye
cuddle after a busy day

Brutus plans to nap on this shin...

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.
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, May 22nd, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, June 5th.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, May 14th, and his next visit after that will be Monday, May 28th. 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.
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...
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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