Scampers Weekly Recap - February 1, 2019
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Dear --FNAME--
We've had quite an active week again, although our Kirkland Welcome Waggin has had a little less work than the Bellevue Bunch welcoming newbies to the playgroups. 

We've heard of a few cases of Kennel Cough this week, so we've included an information section (immediately below) so you'll know what to listen for and what to do if you happen to hear that characteristic cough. A handful of pooches have taken time away from daycare to recover from the cough. Please keep in mind that if your dog is coughing, they should not come to daycare.
Scampers Health Alert - Bordetella's been spotted on the Eastside
We're learning that there have been a number of cases of Bordetella, otherwise known as Kennel Cough or Canine Upper Respiratory disease, on the Eastside. Bordetella is extremely contagious, and particles expelled by a sneezing or coughing dog can travel long distances and remain infectious for several hours. It's essentially the same as a nasty bronchial cough or flu. Those who are most vulnerable to picking up the infection are dogs who meet up with lots of other dogs, as in a doggy daycare or dog park, or dogs who travel where other dogs have traveled - the elevator of a condo or the lobby of the veterinarian's clinic.    
Symptoms to watch for include runny nose and eyes, sneezing, and a deep, loud, honking cough (it actually sounds a little like a goose honking) that may end with retching, and sometimes lethargy and lack of appetite. Some dogs feel quite energetic at the early stages, but remember that a deep cough is a pretty strong warning sign.    
Typical Treatment
The good news is that, typically, Bordetella is quickly and easily handled with veterinary treatment including cough suppressant and antibiotic, as long as it is treated early. Left untreated, it can lead to more serious health concerns like pneumonia, which can be life threatening, especially for young puppies and for elderly dogs.

Be aware that the visit to the vet will require careful coordination with their staff to protect any dogs who may be in the waiting room when you arrive for your visit. If you need to bring your dog to the vet, it's likely that you'll be directed to another entrance.    
 What happens if a dog starts coughing at Scampers
Our wranglers are super vigilant, listening for dogs who start coughing or retching. If we see a dog displaying any suspect symptoms, we isolate that dog and then call their owner to ask that he or she be picked up immediately and brought to their veterinarian for assessment and treatment.   

Scampers Cleaning Protocols
At Scampers, we routinely make every effort to keep our facility as clean as possible, including daily disinfecting of all surfaces as well as spot cleaning all of the smaller, eliminations of the dogs in our care. We mop with disinfectant cleaners on all floors, and we wash the fencing with disinfectant cleaner. The disinfectant we use is pet safe, but is rated effective on Bordetella virus, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus. Further, our cleaning protocols are reviewed by and fully approved by the King County Board of Health.    
What we ask of you
Please do not bring your pooch for daycare or boarding if you hear your dog sneezing any more than might be caused by snoosing up a dust mote - or any coughing at all until you're absolutely certain there's no possibility of any illness that would be shared to the other dogs in attendance.

And, of course, make sure your pooch is current on all vaccinations.

Final Thoughts
Whenever a new strain of Bordetella breaks out, we see a handful of cases among our population, and as long as they're treated quickly, the pooches feel much better very soon. Within a couple of weeks, the outbreak peters out, until the next one. Remember that this is very much like a cold or flu at a child's school, and while the cough is a nasty one, it'll be over soon.
Pooch of the Month - February, 2019 - Voting Now Open

It's that time again, folks! We've created an album on our Facebook page with a selection of pics of your pooches taken by our wranglers over this past month.

To vote for your favorites, open the pics and click on "Like". The pic with the most votes will be featured in our lobbies as Pooch of the Month.

Kepler, January's Pooch of the Month

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 busy welcoming new dogs this week. The Bellevue Bunch welcomed 8 new dogs, while the Kirkland Welcome Waggin' introduced another one.

We get to meet lots of youngsters who are just learning how to be social with other pooches who aren't their litter mates, and we also get to meet adult pooches and seniors who will help the puppies learn good social skills. 
Clockwise from upper left: Dachshunds Manny and Porter, Husky Tumbles, Harley and Jax, Benny as Lil Red Riding Hood, Besties Louie and Benson, Newbie Ellie.

Wrangler Jackson again,
this time sharing cuddles with
Reid and Hunter

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.


and her sister...

... Daisy Beagle

It looks like Walter
wants some attention

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

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.

Sherman was 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.

Eric's now 6 months old, folks. He'll be graduating from college before you know it! But that tells us we should be looking for some new pics of Scampers campers with their new babies. Click here to send your pics in via email.
Apparently, young English Setter Leica is getting lots of exercise when she comes to Scampers. Here's what she looks like at home.

Lola the Red, after a day of Scampering with friends.
We have also received some great shots documenting "The Real Reason" you bring your furkids to Scampers.

Luna Beaux
wants your leftovers
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!
Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-N-Run, mobile groomer extraordinaire, has been serving our clients since we opened our Kirkland shop in 2010.

Chris will be visiting our Kirkland shop on Tuesday, February 12th, and then again on Tuesday, February 26th.

For our Bellevue customers, he will be back at our Bellevue shop on Monday, February 4th, and then again on Monday, February 18th.

If you'd like your pooch to have some primping time with Chris, please give us a call, or let us know when you visit us.
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.
Why Scampers Boarding Morning Drop-Off Time Matters
Arriving at Scampers is very stimulating for your pooches - even after a busy day of adventuring elsewhere - and it takes several hours for the in-comers 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.

That's why we ask that boarders be dropped off before noon, although, of course, exceptions can be made in case of an emergency.

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

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