Scampers Weekly Recap - June 7, 2019
In This Issue
Tank says "Hi"
Dear --FNAME--
We've been very, very busy at both our shops these past few weeks, filling up nearly every day, and we remind you that reservations are highly recommended, most often necessary, and very easy to arrange.

We don't want to have to turn anyone away and cause any inconvenience, but we also have to maintain a safe environment for the pooches in our care, and overcrowding would be a sure way to cause anxiety in the pack, and under-staffing (for example on weekends, when we are not staffed for daycare drop-ins) is a sure way to cause anxiety in the wranglers!

Please make it a point to call ahead or log in to your Gingr account to make sure there's space enough for your pooch.
A lot of dogs are enthusiastic scavengers - it comes with the package, as we all  know, but do you also know that such behaviors are actually very dangerous to your beloveds? Even a favorite toy or a clothing item pulled from a laundry basket can become deadly if ingested. Follow this link to an article from the AKC website with good information, advice and help for those of you whose dogs just can't resist those found morsels.

Advice for Households with Scavengers:
1 - Teach all the humans in the household to put everything away, behind closed doors or at least well out of reach. Get locking garbage cans.
2 - Watch your pooches, especially out on walks where they'll find the most amazing things in the most amazing places: chicken bones dropped by crows or unthinking fans of fast food, hamburger buns covered in onions, a bag of marijuana, a cigarette butt, rocks, grapes, sticks ...
3 - Train your dog to "Leave It." It could save his life.
4 - If you suspect your dog has found a dangerous prize, do not hesitate to bring him into the vet or to the emergency vet. Timing may be very important.

Last week we posted an album in our Facebook page with a selection of photos taken by our wranglers of your pooches.

Congratulations to Cooper who took the lion's share of the votes. We think that mischievous smile and the innocent cast of his eyes did the trick for him.

Cooper, Pooch of the Month, June 2019

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

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".

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. This week, we welcomed 12 new pooches to the groups. We love meeting new friends and showing them all our favorite games.

Our wranglers managed to get some photos, and we share them below.
Bellevue Puppy Pile

Betty and Cooper
nose to nose




Indy sat!

Birdie sat too

Maverick and Bogey
Full-Tilt Boogie!


Left to right: Miss Zoe, Frieda and Tallulah

Kirkland Boarders, ready for the morning to start!

Good morning,

Good morning,
Scampers is on Instagram. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.
Chris Sugarbaker, mobile groomer extraordinaire, has been serving our clients since we opened our Kirkland shop in 2010.

Chris will be in Kirkland on Tuesday, June 18th and then again on Tuesday, July 2nd. Chris will be in Bellevue on Monday, June 10th and Monday, June 24th.

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.
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. Click here to send your pics in via email.
We have a lot of young families introducing their furbabies to their new human babies - we love sharing those pictures with our newsletter audience!

Rufio is dedicated
to his new job as big brother
to baby Kaci

Young Lab pup Yoshi is bonding with his new human brother, Luke.

Their birthdays are just two weeks apart, and we think they're going to be lifelong friends.

We are always looking for pics of Scampers campers with their human babies.
Apparently, young English Setter Leica is getting lots of exercise when she comes to Scampers. Here's what she looks like at home.

Darwin just wanted to curl up with his human after a day with friends.

After a day at Scampers
Corgi Huxley is
all about the snuggles

Tired Fig, tucked in
for a little snooze.


Luna Beaux
can barely keep those
big beautiful eyes open!
We have also received some great shots documenting "The Real Reason" you bring your furkids to Scampers.

Luna Beaux
wants your leftovers
We have also received some great shots of Scampers campers enjoying their "off-time".

Murphy Howard McH
is ready to party!

Olive's enjoying a
ride in the kayak

Amara meets Springtime
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!
Why Scampers Boarding Morning Check In Time Matters
One of the reasons that Scampers boarding facilities works well for most of our overnight guests is that they are good and tired after a day of playing, or even just roving and sniffing - that does tire them out, really.

Arriving at Scampers is very, very stimulating for your pooches, even after a busy day of adventuring elsewhere, and it takes several hours of busy socializing for the in-comers to settle down. And one hyper-stimulated pooch means a whole houseful of stimulated pooches, so when there's a late-comer, nobody gets a quiet night or a good night's sleep.

That's why all boarders should be checked in before noon. (As always, exceptions can be made in case of an emergency, but we may have to keep the late-comer segregated from the group until they've settled down.)

Holiday Boarding at Scampers
Remember that our boarding facilities at both locations can be very busy, particularly during holidays like Memorial Day weekend, and this year, again, we filled up all our boarding suites. Please be sure to get your boarding requests in early to make sure there's room enough for your pooches.

While we will always do all we can to shoehorn everyone in, there is a limit to how many will fit! Points to consider: If your pooch is a regular at at one Scampers location, and you plan to bring them to the other Scampers location to board, consider giving them a couple of days of daycare at the new location so they'll be a little more familiar and comfortable, and an early start would also be a very good idea, especially for shy or nervous pooches.
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; however, most of your pooches really don't need lunch, honest! They'd much rather play with their friends.

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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