Scampers Weekly Recap - September 14, 2018
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Dear --FNAME--
We're having a day of deluges, and the dogs have moved indoors. We're lucky, though - these deluges wouldn't hold a candle to the deluges that are battering the Carolinas. Our thoughts are with our neighbors to the far southeast. 
 Emergency Preparedness for the Pacific Northwest
While we're not likely to see hurricanes in our idyllic Pacific Northwest, we do have our share of unique threats. Forest fires, earthquakes and tsunamis are all very real possibilities in our area. Unimaginable, but possible.

Have you thought about emergency preparedness for your family? Did you know that very few emergency shelters will accept your pets? Have you considered what happens when the power goes out for many days or weeks? There may be no fuel pumps, no ATMs, no fresh water supply, no toilets. And there will be no 911 for several days.

But you can be prepared. Make plans and communicate your plans with your family and friends. Should the unimaginable occur, you and your loved ones can be as safe as possible.

When we were young and in Scouts, we learned "Be Prepared".

Below are links to information pages posted by your communities and those closest to us, for your reference and information.
Eastside Community Emergency Preparedness Information Sites:
We found this excellent piece in the Bellevue Emergency Preparedness site, discussing pets in particular, and we hope you'll all take a moment to read the entire article, but here is one of the kernels for you:
Make a pet emergency kit. Check out this quick list:
  • Pet food
  • Bottled water
  • Medications
  • Veterinary records
  • Cat litter/pan
  • Manual can opener
  • Food dishes
  • First aid kit and other supplies
Identify shelters.
Make A Pet Emergency Plan
ID / microchip your pet
Have a current photo of you with your pet
Have a secure pet carrier, leash or harness for your pet so that if he panics, he can't escape.

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!
The Bellevue Littles were kept busy as they welcomed Ruby L, a 7 month old Golden Retriever puppy. This pretty puppy is a little shy but couldn't contain her curiousity.

Fitz the 2-1/2 year old mini Labradoodle settled in quite nicely with this playgroup, while Tundra, the wiggly and fun 11 month old Husky/Kelpie got to know all the wranglers and just enough pooches to make her comfy and happy.

Meanwhile, in Kirkland, Handsome 14 month old Border Collie Jett made himself right at home with the Big Dogs
Wallace was the star of the show in Bellevue on Tuesday. This handsome beast is a leggy English Bulldog, only 5 months old, and already quite a big boy. He enjoyed meeting lots of other dogs - a perfect party in a great big puppy suit.

Meanwhile, in Kirkland, the big Puppy group welcomed Griffey, a 10 month old Aussie with lots of energy and a great sense of humor. He had a blast with all his new friends.

Bibi, the little blond Chihuahua from Florida found the Kirkland Littles a perfect fit, and we made sure to make her feel welcome and comfortable.
Wednesday was Sophie's day to join the Big Dogs in Bellevue. She's a sweet-natured Standard Schnauzer, 7 years old, calm and interested, and a very nice addition indeed!

The Kirkland Big Dogs enjoyed welcoming Silas, a big handsome Siberian Husky to the group. He found lots of good friends to rove and romp with, and we're looking forward to seeing him again soon.
Yesterday, the Bellevue Littles got to welcome Wesley, a 2-1/2 year old Miniature Schnauzer. He's happy and smiley as can be, and warmed up quickly and found lots of great friends.

Baby Miniature Labradoodle, Merlyn, a 3 month old bundle of chocolate curls, happily romped around the back forty in Kirkland with all the Littles and puppies. He had a blast, and no doubt slept very well last night.

Today is a super-busy day again in Bellevue, with three new pooches joining the ranks. Bentley is a 3 month old corgi pup, fitting in nicely with the Littles - confident, and playful. Manny is a 1 year old Shiba Inu who enjoys being among the Bellevue Littles. He's making friends with Kona the Pug, and will expand his social circle gradually, but comfortably. Mochi is a 3-1/2 year old Lab Mix. He's acclimating quickly, and loves getting lots of attention, and Hudson and Radar are making sure she has lots of fun.

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 Izzy
and her
versatile hairstyle

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

Wallace with his new
Big Dog Friend
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.

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, September 17th, and his next visit after that will be Monday, October 1st. 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

​Play all day - go home happy. 
13040 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, WA 98004
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