Scampers Weekly Recap - November 16, 2018
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Our November has been super-busy, and this week we've been setting records for attendance, with Bellevue hosting even more dogs than Kirkland, and we're putting up our "We're Full Today" signs on the door often. When we're as busy as this, it's very important that we know to expect you. Please make reservations in advance, or call ahead to check that we have space for your pooch - we really hate having to turn anyone away.

By the way, our boarding facilities are now fully sold out for both Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks. We're going to be stacking pooches!
Scampers will be open for our regular hours, Monday through Wednesday, next week, and for Holiday Daycare, by appointment only, on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22, and Black Friday, Friday, November 23, from 9 am to 5 pm. Please note that there will be a Holiday Surcharge of $15.00 for Thanksgiving daycare.

We wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.

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

This one is 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.
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 has been super busy again this week!
On Monday, we welcomed Senjed, a baby Australian Labradoodle. He's just 15 weeks old, so we know he'll grow into the activity. Meanwhile, little Moose, the 11 week old Mini Bernedoodle, was excited to join the group and followed wranglers around, even sleeping on their feet. The Bellevue Big Dogs enjoyed meeting Ollie, a 6 year old Black Lab. He entered the zone very shy but quickly found a friend in Harley Quinn and played with her a lot! Our Kirkland Littles got to meet little Husky baby Blu, a three month old blue-eyed wonder who enjoyed his day with lots of other youngsters.

Sweet Pea joined the Kirkland Littles on Tuesday. She's an 11 month old Tibetan Terrier with a fun personality, and we're delighted to report she is a great addition to the group.

Wednesday was a super busy day for the Welcome Waggin at both locations. The Bellevue Bunch met Beverly, a 5 year old terrier mix. She loved the Littles, and was curious about everything and playful with smaller dogs, loves people. At the same time, Jack the yearling Boxer adapted well to the group setting and wanted to play with any dog that would let him! He made friends with Delilah and Aggie.

Jack's in the middle of the party!

In Kirkland, the Big Dogs welcomed Scout, a gentle-mannered 9 year old chocolate-colored Lab-Husky mix. He's on the quieter end of the spectrum, but enjoyed his day thoroughly. Finnegan is our second Wednesday newbie at Kirkland - he's a 4 month old Golden Retriever, who played in the Big Puppy Group, and got to meet some of our other young retrievers and hounds - he was especially happy to meet Bonnie and Thea.
Thursday was Daisy B's day to check out Scampers. She's a 4 month old Double Doodle, shy and reserved to start, but she had lots of curly friends to meet and will find herself more comfortable in our social setting very soon.

Tiki, an adorable Mini Aussie, also 4 months old, was a little shy coming in, but her curiosity about the others. Friendly with wranglers first, she got more playful as the day progressed

Tiki, Chevy and Sergeant
Today, the Bellevue Bunch is welcoming two newbies - Louie, a 2 year old Golden Retriever who has lots of social practice at the dog park, is enjoying the whole Daycamp alternative. Gracie Mae is a lovely 14 month old Silver Lab - she's a little shy, but she has found new friends and we're making sure she enjoys her day.

Mylo and Lumi relax

Doodle Pals
Hank and LJ

Louie and Lena
Willow and Sally
resting for a bit

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.

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

Truffles and Zara
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.

Rory and Finnegan with their friends

Hank McH is
a Seahawks fan
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.

Luna Beaux is
too pooped to play

Moose the Brittany Spaniel
isn't ready to get up

Harley Quinn
had a very busy first 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.

Luna Beaux
thinks you won't notice
her handiwork

Josie shows us
what she can do to a toy

Groomer Blues are Over -
Here's The Good News!
Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-N-Run, mobile groomer extraordinaire, who has been serving our clients since we opened our Kirkland shop in 2010, broke his hand many weeks ago, but it seems his recovery time is almost over.

Chris' cast is due to come off on Tuesday, and if all is well - and he feels all is well - he'll be back to work as early as Monday, November 26, with a visit to Bellevue. We will let you know for sure in next week's newsletter, and via a Facebook posting

Thanks very much for keeping him in your thoughts - it looks like that helped a lot! 
A couple of reminders:
Please give em a quick stroll before you bring your pooches in
Remember, arriving at daycare is extra-stimulating, and every so often we have had pooches empty out in our reception area because they just can't contain themselves any longer!

Especially 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.

We have garbage cans available for your use, and if you need a poop bag, just pop in and ask for one - we have plenty!
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 - in fact, for many, one meal per day is enough.

We happily provide meal service for very young puppies who actually 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, please do not bring snacks and meals for them.

Frankly, we're having a tough time staffing for the demand, 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...

Most of them really don't need lunch, honest! They'd much rather play with their friends.

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...
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 there is 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

​Play all day - go home happy. 
13040 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, WA 98004
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12532 NE 124th Street, Kirkland, WA 98034
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