Scampers Weekly Recap - January 19, 2018
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We are delighted to report that we have been seeing a big upswing in our attendance this month, and have had to put up our "We're Full Today sign at Kirkland three times, while our Bellevue crowds have grown significantly.

It becomes pretty important, though, that you have your reservation in place, or call to make sure there's space before you come.

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 a whole lot of newbies at both locations again this week.
On Monday at Bellevue, we showed ZuZu, the baby Black Lab, how much fun we have at daycare - and we're looking forward to watching her grow up to be a beautiful pooch. Meanwhile at Kirkland, Zomby the Little Blue Frenchie charmed everyone in the Littles party. Bart the Picardi Shepherd Mix eased into the party a little more slowly, he did make lots of new friends before the day was complete.  

On Tuesday, we got to welcome 6 month old Maui, the Aussie Shepherd and Finn the 9 month old Golden doodle at Bellevue, while Kirkland  welcomed Einstein the yearling American Eskimo Dog and Cooper T, the senor Min Pin. All made themselves right at home in their new playgroups, and we're looking forward to lots more play with them! 

Wednesday was extra busy at Bellevue, with housemates Elsie the 2 year old Akbash and Olaf the 3 year old Golden Retriever in the Big Dog Arena, along with Maizey the 3 year old Yellow Lab, while Fira the BichPooPom introduced herself to the Littles party.

While that was going on at Bellevue, the Kirkland Welcome Waggin' got to welcome River the 2 year old Viszla to the Big Dog group in Kirkland, and 5 month old baby Golden Retriever, Casper.
Bellevue Cuddle Time for Housemate pooches: Sully and Bennie form a puppy pretzel while cattle dog look-alike housemates Wrigley and Maisie spoon.
Lilly the Border Collie Mix and Rosco the blue merle Corgi were our Thursday newbies in Kirkland - the Littles kept them happy and entertained, and look forward to their next visit. Minji the Maltese made herself a lot of new friends with the Bellevue Littles.

Today, the Bellevue Bunch is welcoming Mandy the 9 year old Lab/Shepherd/Rottie Mix, while Terrier Mix Winston is meeting all the Littles.

We're delighted to welcome you all, and look forward to lots of fun times together!

Meanwhile we're wishing farewell to Larrabee the Border Collie. She's moved, and since she's not terribly far away, we hope we'll still get to see her once in a while.

Corgi friends Cooper and Emmie
share a moment of quiet shelter
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.

Snickers smiles

We've added Instagram to our assortment of Social Media tools. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Lovely Lexi, lounging in a quiet corner
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.

Dexter K, one tired pup!
Which way is up?
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, January 30th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, February 13th.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, January 22nd. His next visit will be February 5th. 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.
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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13040 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, WA 98034
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