Scampers Weekly Recap - November 18, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
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Dear --FNAME--

We're having a fun week - we've been seeing lots of puppies again this week! For many of the young puppies, playing in a diverse group means they're learning all those social skills, and getting lots of good exercise.
 
 
 
 
Thanksgiving Holiday Hours at Scampers
Our facility's going to be hopping next week, right through Thanksgiving and Black Friday, with the house full of holiday boarders. That means we can take extra pooches, by reservation only, for holiday daycare as well.

Remember, on weekends and holidays, our daycare is available, by reservation, from 9 am to 5 pm.
 
 
 
 
For a $5.00 donation, your pooch can sport a Debbie Jennings Original holiday-themed fashion kerchief. Your donations are forwarded directly and entirely to Homeward Pet Adoption Center, a fabulous non-profit no-kill shelter giving pets a second chance through rescue, shelter, and adoption.
 
 
 
 
About Giardia
We've had two of reports of pooches diagnosed with Giardia in the last two weeks.

Giardia is a parasite that thrives in the moist Pacific Northwest climate, enjoying the moist grasses at the park, your back yard, and the hind ends of pooches who are carriers. This nasty parasite plays havoc within the intestinal tract, often (but not always) causing diarrhea that is yellow-green, bubbly, and extremely stinky; for some dogs, there are no symptoms, most dogs will experience intermittent diarrhea, and for some unlucky pooches, the symptoms can be much more extreme.

Our wranglers are highly vigilant and if we see a suspicious poop, we make a point of identifying and segregating the source of said poop, collecting a usable sample if possible, and contacting the owner to bring the pooch and the sample to the vet for confirmation of the diagnosis and treatment as necessary. Dogs who have been diagnosed with Giardia are typically treated with a course of antibiotics, and usually experience very quick results, although it is possible for recurrence if the dog's environment is the source of the contagion. Once the vet has cleared the pooch for return to Scampers, we're delighted to have them return, but until the vet has a clear fecal report, segregation from other is very important. Giardia is highly contagious, can be passed from dog to dog, and from dog to human.

At Scampers, our cleaning protocol is designed around preventing the spread of Giardia, based on the protocol recommended by the King County Board of Health. We use a disinfectant spray as we clean up each and every time a dog poops, and at the end of each day, we thoroughly disinfect all surfaces, including the pavement, flooring, fencing, play equipment, etc., indoors and outdoors, using a bleach solution and/or our disinfectant spray.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.

p.s. We're receiving contributions from our customers now! We're stockpiling them and using them. If you've sent in a Friday Funny for us and we haven't used it yet, don't worry, we will! Thanks very much.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 had a fun week welcoming the newbies.
 
 
 
Monday morning brought us puppies Easton and Bear. Easton is a 3 month old German Shorthaired Pointer, and Bear is a 3 month old Chocolate Lab. They were instant hits with their playgroups, and loved participating in all the puppy activities - romping, rollicking, rassling, and sleeping in a puppy pile.
 
 

Thursday was Tica's day, and we made sure she met everyone and had a really great time. She's a smallish bulldog but found her best pals with the active big dogs - much more her speed and style.
On Wednesday, we welcomed Mac the 6 month old Rough Collie and young Coco, a 9 month old Chocolate Lab. More puppy play, more puppy love.

Today, George's baby sister, Utta, is our newbie. She's a baby Rottweiller with an adorable smile and great big feet, and she fits very nicely under the chair.

Yup, there's something special about this time of year - lots of newbies, and most of them are young pups - what fun!
 
 
 
 
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, you can watch the adventures in the photos and videos our wranglers are posting on the Scampers Facebook page.

Cali O and Jed - more puppy love!
 
 
 
We've added Instagram to our assortment of Social Media tools. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.





Ozzy likes to hang out at the top of the slide.
 
 
 
 
Our boarding facility has very been busy this year, especially over the holidays and long weekends.Remember to get your boarding requests in early to make sure there's room enough for your pooches. We're already booked up for both Thanksgiving and the Christmas week.

Your boarding requests can be submitted via GingrApp, or you can give us a call to check and see if there's space available.
 
 
 




Samson is a frequent Scampers boarder. Here he is greeting the morning staff with his great big grin!
 
 
 
 
Boarding Drop Off Times
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, a tired dog is a good dog!
 
 
 
 
Our online management system, GingrApp, is cooking along nicely now. All our customers are able to create private and secure logins to make reservations online for boarding and for daycare - whether full day or half day - as well as upload photos and documents, and, for speed and convenience, set up a completely secure credit card on file.

FYI - you can access GingrApp from the "My Account" link at the top right-hand corner of the landing page of Scampers website.
 
 
 
 
Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-N-Run, mobile groomer extraordinaire will make his next bi-weekly visit to Scampers on Tuesday, November 8th, although his grooming schedule is already full for this visit. His grooming schedule often fills up, so it's a good idea to get your reservations in early. Consider setting up a reservation for Chris' subsequent visit on November 22nd.

If you've created your GingrApp identity, you can set up your reservations now on GingrApp. When you make your daycare reservation, you'll notice the option to select "Additional Services". Choose the service you'd like to add, then confirm by clicking the blue bar on the right, then choose the date (again), and choose from one of the times available.
 
 
 
 

Our friends at PupPod are busily working on improving PupPod for your pooches brain training.
 
 
 
 
Erick Eidus, PupPod's CEO, had some great news on what's coming up for PupPod:

              We’ve also refined our product offering and marketing approach over the last few months. We’ve decided to focus on helping pet parents play together with their dog and have lowered the price to $179. At that price, the pet parent receives a PupPod toy and smartphone app. When a dog takes the correct action with the toy, the smartphone app will beep so the parent can provide a treat. 
               The smartphone app includes many fun features such as leaderboards and progress reports. We’ll still support an optional Bluetooth dispenser for parents who want to automate providing treats. 
               We couldn’t have made it this far without your support…so thank you! We’ve learned so much from your feedback. I look forward to the next time we chat. 
 
 
 
 
In the meantime, we're very excited to announce that PupPod has been selected as a finalist for a Pet Care Innovation Prize award from Nestle, and will be competing for the grand prize later this month.
 
 
 
 
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 you 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; 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!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 know that Scampers campers are avid fans, and we're looking for pictures of your pooches proudly showing off their fanwear!
 
 
 


Here's Chomchom, all dressed for the game
 
 
 
We've seen many of our Scampers families expand recently, and we're looking for pics of our campers tending to their new humans. We hope we'll see lots more baby and pooch pictures! Click here to send your pics in via email.
 
 
 





Karsen was introduced to new baby sister, Hayden.
He's doing a great job of being a girl's best friend.
 
 
 
 


Maggie O as Big Sister - she takes her job very seriously.
 
 
 
 


Abbey S is helping Leo as he starts his athletic career.
He's almost walking!
 
 
 
 

It looks like Pliny's baby brother is
learning to walk too - fun times ahead!
 
 
 
 




Here's Aussie Ozzie O
looking after his new baby, Tali.
What a beautiful pair!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Hank's mom tells us he always has
more energy when he gets home.
Apparently, not this time!
 
 
 
 


London loves her pouf.
It's just right for her
post-Scampers snooze.
 
 
 
 





Izzy is zonked out on his bed.
Well, half on his bed.
 
 
 
 



George loves his chickens.
They make great pillows.
 
 
 
 




Apres Scampers Hooch
is one very contented pooch.
 
 
 
 
Apparently, young English Setter Leica is getting lots of exercise when she comes to Scampers. Here's what she looks like at home.
 
 
 
 

We loved this shot of Sadie - the look on her face says that she's not pleased that her belly rub got interrupted for the sake of a camera.
 
 
 
 


Bliss is a place to rest my head,
a hand to stroke my neck.
 
 
 
 
 
This category of owner-contributed pics features dogs enjoying their extracurricular fun.
This is where we'll post the pics we've received of your pooches enjoying summer vacations, beach roaming, ball games, and any other such general exploring. 
 
 
 
 



Morgan, our Mid-day cleaner, is very proud of her dog, Tracy, who is now a certified Reading With Rover dog. Tracy enjoys calmly listening as the children read their books.
 
 
 
 






Lucky Zucco got a surprise birthday party - he turned 10!
 
 
 
 



Scarlett Golden and her favorite human, Susan, have been working through Project Canine to earn certification as the newest Therapy Dog Team at Overlake Hospital.
 
 
 
 


Puppy Bergers Picard Atreyu proudly shows off his AKC Puppy Third Place ribbon, earned last weekend at Bremerton.
 
 
 
 


We wonder why Odie's climbing trees to pick limes.
Perhaps he was planning on Gin & Tonics this afternoon.
 
 
 
 


Little Miss Chomchom is all dressed up and ready for her tromp around Whistler.
 
 
 
 

Murphy C surveys his domain!
 
 
 
 
We have also received some great shots documenting "The Real Reason" you bring your furkids to Scampers.
 
 
 
 



Ripley S' mom doesn't usually maintain
an open-door policy for her home office.
And this would be the reason.
 
 
 
 


Pretty Abby G is a very helpful pooch indeed. This lovely picture shows her effort at helping to unpack mysterious things at the office.
 
 
 
 
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.
In the case of an emergency, we are able to make the accommodation for extended stay. Please call us, though, to advise.
 
 
 
 
Canine Nosework Classes at Scampers
 
 
 
 
Dogs have an incredible sense of smell and an inborn desire to hunt. The sport of K9 Nose Work is designed to develop the natural scenting abilities of your dog by using their passion for hunting and their love of toys, food and exercise.  

It's a great class for your dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy and you get to find out just how good your dog's nose is.
 
Vicki Francks, owner of Cascade Canines continues offering K9 Nose Work Classes using Scampers facility. If you'd like some information on the next round of classes, give Vicki a call at 206-849-7643. More information is also available as Scampers front desk.
 
 
 
 
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
 
Very best regards,
 
 
 
 
Linda Olsen and Stina Hughes 
Scampers Daycamp for Dogs

​Play all day - go home happy. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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