Scampers Weekly Recap - December 8, 2017
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Dear --FNAME--
December seems to have hit! Frigid temperatures have frozen our hoses and sent us indoors for the bulk of our days this week, but your pooches are making the best of things, having a blast!

The holidays will be here before you know it! If you have errands to run, trees to decorate, gifts to wrap... remember we can accommodate your pooches and keep them safe and busy - Saturdays and Sundays too, but with advance notice please!
Last week we created an album in Facebook with a selection of photos of your pooches taken by our wranglers.

We ended up with a flurry of votes. Banjo, Levi's pooch, scampered away with the lion's share of the votes, but he is, after all, a staff pooch. Close behind were Lupin and Sunny, so we're calling this month a multi-pooch month.



My name is Nathaniel and I've been a wrangler at Scampers for going on 3 years now.  How time flies. 

I grew up in semi-rural Western Massachusetts with plenty of dogs and cats in our house over the years. 

After graduating from UMass with a BA in Political Science I worked there as a cook and also in Palm Beach, Florida. 
In 2002 I travelled across the country to the Seattle area with an inherited dog after helping care for my mother back in Massachusetts. 

Tara and I had fun camping along the way.

Here I have worked in landscaping and assisted living, as my one rule for myself was that I would no longer work as a cook. 

I fell in love with the mountains and rivers, started running marathons, and became addicted to fishing for steelhead. 
I've found a perfect fit at Scampers after my time in assisted living as I traded the care of people for that of dogs.  And I'm thrilled to be able to bike the Cross Kirkland Corridor as my commute to work.

No longer having Mom's dog I enjoy borrowing all of yours while I'm at work.  I've learned a lot about canine behavior during my stay at Scampers and I really enjoy interacting with your pooches.  Woof!
We're hearing about an update to the 2010 warning from the FDA about the treats we may be giving our dogs. Please take note the updated warning is related to popular "bone treats" - bones that have been commercially processed, marketed as dog treats - and you'll want to read the linked article if you're considering any stocking stuffers for your pooches. Reported injuries have included:
  • Gastrointestinal obstruction
  • Choking
  • Wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • and much, much worse. Please be careful!

“In general, the FDA advises pet owners not to give their dogs bones from animals/meats and recommends that pet owners talk with their veterinarian about alternatives to giving bones to their dogs,” the spokeswoman said. “Pet owners should always supervise their dogs with any chew product.”

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

Today's is chosen as a nod to the cold:

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.

Whispering sweet nothings?

The Bellevue bunch welcomed baby Frenchie Milo on Monday. This handsome little dude is going to be a great addition to the party on Bel-Red Road! Meanwhile, in Kirkland, Amber introduced herself to the group. She's a lovely gal, and we're delighted to welcome her.

Tuesday was a busy day for the Welcome Waggin at both shops - in Kirkland, the big dogs welcomed Raider, the pure white Pitbull with the perfectly placed eye patch. He smiled all day long, enjoying all his new friends. Walter the Golden Retriever joined the rompy puppy group, and danced and pranced and had a very fine day indeed. In Bellevue, lovely Hazel the Boxer got to romp with the big dogs and find out how much fun can be had with her new friends.

Wednesday was young Marcy's day. This lovely Golden Doodle happily joined in all the Bellevue activity, and we're looking forward to seeing lots of her.

Thursday, the Kirkland Littles got to welcome Pepper, the you Formosan Mountain Dog. We made sure she felt right at home.
Today, in Kirkland, we're hosting baby Mini Aussie, Pippin. This darling pup is going to be so fun to watch, as she grows into her personality!

Newton serenades Mochi
who does not seem very impressed
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.

Sun worshippers enjoy the
last blast of the season
We've added Instagram to our assortment of Social Media tools. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Maggie T enjoys a moment's rest.
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 Kirkland clients every second Tuesday since we opened in 2010.

Chris will make his next visit to serve our Kirkland clients this coming Tuesday, December 19th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, January 2nd.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, December 11th. His next visit will be January 8th. As a general rule, he'll be visiting Bellevue on alternate Mondays, with the occasional switch when there's a holiday that interferes, and this month, it'll be Christmas!

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 Christmas/New Years holidays. We are full to the brim for Christmas already, but we are able to refer you to alternative facilities. We do have a waiting list, in case there are any cancellations, but that list is pretty long too. Please remember to get your boarding requests in early to make sure there's room enough for your pooches.
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 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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