Scampers Weekly Recap - December 1, 2017
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Dear --FNAME--
We're in December. Wow - that seems to have happened awfully quickly! We're finally getting over our turkey hangovers, and preparing to decorate for the upcoming holidays, and making all those other holiday plans that have to be made. We look forward to helping you to care for your pooches in every way we can, but please be forewarned, our boarding facilities have both filled up already.
It's that time again, folks! We've created an album in Facebook with a selection of photos of your pooches taken within the past month by our wranglers. The pic with the most "Likes" will grace our lobbies for the month of December.

Amara, Pooch of the Month - November, 2017
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.

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.

Two comfy Rileys

Companion snoozers Cody and Wynston

We were happy to welcome Barney the 14  month old Border Collie to the Bellevue bunch on Tuesday. This happy pooch found plenty of friends to romp with - his favorite was Kona the Rhodesian Ridgeback.

On Wednesday, we welcomed Bailey the 19 month old Bichon Frise, to get her socialized. We're going to coax her to be active and playful, and give her lots of good, healthy puppy activity. At the same time, Wally the 8 year old Border Collie, got to try on the Bellevue party. He's used to dog walkers, but we think he may be convinced to enjoy the more active atmosphere - so far, he's playing his cards pretty close to the vest!

Thursday, the Puppy Group members of the Kirkland Welcome Waggin' got to welcome Sonia and Snickers. These two come from totally different families, but met here and bonded and had a blast with each other, as well as all the other members of the playgroup.
Today, in Kirkland, we're hosting baby Golden Retriever, Riley. This little beauty is going to grow up to be such a lovely gal. For now, she's a happy puppy, romping and playing with all the Littles. Meanwhile, in Bellevue, 10 month old Bichon-Shih Tsu mix Hemingway and 9 month old Corgi Dug are playing happily in the Littles group!

We're wishing happy trails to our Thursday friend, Murphy the Lhasa Apso. His family is moving northward, but we the affable dude will be finding new friends in no time!

Little pals Oscar and Maggie
mugging for the camera!
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.
We'll have another bio for you in the next week or two.
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 5th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, December 19th.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, December 11th. His next visit will be in early January. As a general rule, he'll be visiting 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 Christmas/New Years holidays. We are full to the brim for Christmas already, but we are able to refer you to alternative facilities. We have a waiting list, in case there are any cancellations. 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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