Scampers Weekly Recap - September 21, 2018
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Dear --FNAME--
September is passing quickly. We're starting to notice that mornings seem to be starting awfully early.

That means we're headed towards the holiday season, particularly those Thanksgiving and Christmas boarding rushes, so if you're hoping to board your pooches with us, please do get your reservations in very early.
Celebrating our Back to Schoolers
Both of our facilities have seen a recent flurry of staff departures because many of our crew members for the summer have gone back to their studies. We wanted to take a moment to recognize this talented group of employees who have so much ahead for them!

In Bellevue, Vanessa recently departed for four months of study in South Korea. During her summer with Scampers, while on her breaks here she could usually be found practicing her language skills in preparation for her travels. Sarah - also known as Wbey - was one of our very first employees hired at the age of fifteen. She has recently departed for Fort Collins, CO to embark upon her Veterinary Medicine studies. Ava worked for us in Kirkland prior to this year and reconnected with us this spring to join the Bellevue crew. She is now returning to WWU campus to continue her studies in Finance. Gwyn is a returning student who worked for us in Kirkland. She spent her summer wrangling before heading back to school to study Zoology. Abby has been part time with us during her UW studies, has had to become more of an on-call staffer due to a larger course load. She is a Mathematics major at UW with a bright future.

In Kirkland, Jessica S-S has begun her studies in Animal Behavior at Seattle Pacific University. While she's not terribly far away, she's super-busy, so we'll hope to see her rejoin us during breaks.Jackson headed off to Whitman College in Walla Walla last month. We hope to be seeing him during winter break. Kristin began her studies at Gonzaga, and promises to return during her school breaks as well. 

We wish all of our departing students the very best of success as they embark on their educational endeavors.

We are also very proud of Kirkland wranglers Taylor, Tim, and Josh who are also pursuing scholastic endeavors, but are attending colleges close by and can continue with part time work tending to your pooches.

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 super busy with no less than 14 newbies this week!
Tuesday was Enzo's day at Bellevue. He's a 1-1/2 year old male doodle who was very excited to be at daycare and made lots of friends right away. He's super playful and well adjusted and loves people and dogs.

Koa is a 1 year old male chocolate lab who was just a mite shy at first but he acclimated quickly. He wants to be friends with everyone. He's confident and comfortable at daycare and found a great friend in Hawk.

"T" (short for "it's Tea Time, let's go") is a Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel youngster with lots of impish energy. He was delighted to find a whole bunch of lookalikes, as we had three other Blenheim Cavs with us in Kirkland on Wednesday! Finnegan, Rory, Murphy and T turned the play zone into a veritable puppy tea party!
On Thursday, the Bellevue Bunch welcomed Bullet the Husky Pup plus companion pooches Charlie the English Mastiff and Sherman the American Bulldog.

Bullet is only 7mos old, and was a little shy at first but in short order we learned she could also be very playful once she got comfortable. Fellow Husky pooches Anna and Loki took her under their "wing" and she found new BFFs Muppet and Bentley.

Charlie is a 2 year old Mastiff, and while she was quite shy with new dogs and people, she was happy to stay close to  her sibling Sherman, and she was happy to settle down and observe the group. Sherman is a 5 year old male American Bulldog. He's calm and curious, and confident with the other dogs, and loves getting attention from the Wranglers but he made sure to keep sibling Charlie company

Artie the yearling yellow lab had a great time on Thursday, when he joined the Kirkland Big Puppy group. He's a very active player, and made friends with everyone he met.
Today, the Kirkland Littles are happy to welcome Winston the Pointer/Boston mix. He's a lovely fellow, a little quiet and shy, but very interested in meeting all the other pooches - his nose has been very busy today!

Parnassus, Max and Jinx
A Collie Party
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.

Pretty Molly
at Bellevue

The Chocolate Labs
Bubba and Thea
Scampers is on Instagram. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Bentley the Corgi and
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.

Rory and Finnegan with their friends

Hank McH discovered
he's a water dog!

Queen Amara
enjoys a day on the lake
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's 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. The good news is that Eric and his mom are both doing well, and Sherman is ready to start his big brother duties when the time is right.

Big Newbie Harley L
was completely played out
after his first day at Scampers

Murphy McH
his tennis ball!

Hank McH and his dad hiked a
realllllly LOOONNNNGGG way!

Murphy McHugh,
10 pound Maltipoo,

couldn't quite make it
all the way into his bed

Cody and Wynston
Apparently, young English Setter Leica is getting lots of exercise when she comes to Scampers. Here's what she looks like at home.
We have also received some great shots documenting "The Real Reason" you bring your furkids to Scampers.

Josie shows us
what she can do to a toy

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 on Tuesday, September 25th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, October 9th.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, October 1st, and his next visit after that will be Monday, October 15th. As a general rule, Chris visits Scampers Bellevue on alternate Mondays, with the occasional switch-out 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.
Below, Sophie C's before and after pictures. She looks so tidy and fresh after her summer "puppy cut".
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!
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, 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...
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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