Scampers Weekly Recap - July 28, 2017
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Summer's in full swing - we're loving this sunshiny and breezy day.

You can be sure a bunch of the Kirkland pooches are rollicking by the "pools" while most of our Bellevue pooches are partying hearty in the lovely shade.
Nature's way to wear down our pooches claws would have been their constant contact with the rough terrain, but our pampered pooches enjoy soft surfaces, carpet, hardwood, grassy lawns. For claws that are overgrown, however, are at risk of catching and breaking, shattering or tearing during active play on hard surfaces like our Kirkland "Back Forty".

We're sharing this Whole Dog Journal article because we've been seeing some toenail injuries this season (including with our own pooches!) and some toenail injuries just waiting to happen.

When we break a nail, we may cry a bit, then clip off the ragged bits and maybe employ an emery board, and we might even apply a Band-Aid.

When pooches break a nail, though, it's quite a different story, and unfortunately, it will likely require a visit to the veterinarian. It's quite painful and it can bleed a lot. It needs to be trimmed by a professional and well-wrapped in a very secure bandage so it will stay clean and dry for anywhere from several days to a couple of weeks, and there may be a need for antibiotics and/or pain medication.

Even if your pooch isn't breaking nails, overgrown claws can cause other kinds of injuries and compromise the health and comfort of your dog -  just as we need to trim our toenails - and for many of the same reasons.

The best way to make sure these kinds of injuries don't happen is to keep our furbabies' claws well-trimmed. In really only takes a little tiny bit once a week, or a little bit more once or twice a month. If you are able to do this for your pooch, yay for you! For some of us, though, it is a task best left for the pros. Chris the groomer is a great resource at Scampers. Otherwise, your veterinarian likely offers this as a quick service, and there are other excellent groomers who will happily do a canine mani-pedi at any of the area dog-washes and grooming salons. 
It's that time again folks! We've created an album on our Facebook page with a bunch of pictures of your pooches taken by our wranglers over the course of the month.

To vote for your favorites, open the photos and click on "Like". The winning photo graces our lobbies for the month of August.

Annie's winning pic
Maybe something to do with those ears?


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.
Baby Scout was a mite tender in his first few moments at Bellevue on Tuesday morning, but with the help of the other pups, he figured out soon enough that it's all about fun with friends, and by the time his day was done he had charmed everyone and was romping about the place, tail flopping puppy-wise.

Meanwhile, in Kirkland, our Welcome Waggin was busy welcoming housemates Winnie the Shih-Tzu and Daisy the Golden Retriever. We are pretty sure they were too tired when they got home to compare notes, but we look forward to seeing them again soon.

Shaila is the gorgeous Flat-coated Border Collie who joined the Kirkland party on Wednesday. We did our best to impress her with our Party Hearty - we hope she enjoyed her day and will be back again soon. 

Pepi the Poodle joined the Littles at Bellevue on Thursday. She found the whole thing a little overwhelming for the first little while, but by mid-day, she was all-in for the romp like she'd been Scampering her entire life.

Meanwhile, Mr. Freddie McDog was welcomed by the Big Dog group. He's wearing some years, but he sure had a good time carousing with his new fur-friends, and went out the door with a great big smile on his face.

Baloo, the German Shepherd pup was our Thursday newbie at Kirkland. He's sure to be a big player as he grows up, and that'll be a lot of fun to watch.

Today, the Kirkland Welcome Waggin is happy to show Bella the Tibetan Terrier their party style. She'll be good and tired when she goes home tonight! The same goes for Baby Ellie, the Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy. We're looking forward to watching her grow up big and strong, too, but for now, she's just a pup with a ton of enthusiasm.
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.
Jetson & Rocket, with Baby Scout close behind -
Well, that's where the information is!
We've added Instagram to our assortment of Social Media tools. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Cuddle buddies Kaiya and Masa

Snoopy makes himself comfy...
on Fozzy's butt!

They both seem pretty pleased
with their friendship, though
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've seen many of our Scampers families expand recently, and we're looking for pics of our campers tending to their new humans. We hope we'll see lots more baby and pooch pictures! Click here to send your pics in via email.

Karsen was introduced to new baby sister, Hayden.
He's doing a great job of being a girl's best friend.
Apparently, young English Setter Leica is getting lots of exercise when she comes to Scampers. Here's what she looks like at home.

Sophie the Bernedoodle must have been
just too tired to pull her tongue all the way back in
after collecting her kisses.

Last week's newbie Loki L,
done in after his first day!

Bliss is a place to rest my head,
a hand to stroke my neck.
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. 

Boating with Barky, Sharky Lupin
Doesn't he look cool?

Amara Shepherd is turning into quite the mariner. Here she is enjoying a paddle with her mom.

Who's that in the middle of all those tulips?
Lucky Buddy got to go to the
Tulip Festival last month.
We have also received some great shots documenting "The Real Reason" you bring your furkids to Scampers.

Pretty Abby G is a very helpful pooch indeed. This lovely picture shows her effort at 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 on Tuesday, August 1st, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, August 15th.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, August 7th. We've established that he'll be visiting Bellevue on alternate Mondays, with the occasional switch when there's a holiday that interferes. Except! He'll be taking the next cycle off as a vacation week, so his next visit to Bellevue will be, after Labor Day Monday, on Wednesday September 6th.

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. 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!
Boarding Drop Off Times
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, a tired dog is a good dog.
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.
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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