Scampers Weekly Recap - December 15, 2017
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We're getting closer and closer to the Christmas holidays, folks. Counting the days! Making the list, checking it twice! Nobody's naughty, right?

Remember, if you have pre-festivity errands to run, we are available to help. Give us a call to reserve a spot!
Holiday fashions in support of Homeward Pet
For a $5.00 donation, you can dress your pooch in a Spectacular Debbie Jennings original canine fashion kerchief or sparkle collar available to Scampers Campers to celebrate Christmas and Hannukah! (Yes, we have Hannukah kerchiefs too!)

And your entire $5.00 donation will be forwarded to Homeward Pet Adoption Center, a fabulous non-profit shelter in Woodinville giving pets a second chance through rescue, shelter and adoption.

Look for the displays in our lobbies! Let's raise some money for Canine Rescue together!
We who live with dogs enjoy their slobbering, shedding, anything-gobbling ways - our love for them is limitless, and they return that love, and keep us smiling - that in itself is quite a wondrous gift. There are some other rather important benefits to dog ownership, according to scientists: They're good for our health!

Science Daily reports: "A team of Swedish scientists have used national registries of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health."  If you want to know more about how dogs contribute to our heart health, follow the link to read this Science Daily article.

Meanwhile, scientists at Baylor University are seeing similar benefits for hypertension patients. MedPage Today reports: "...having a dog or cat in one's life was associated with beneficial cardiovascular effects, including:
  • Increased physical activity
  • Favorable lipid profiles
  • Lower systemic blood pressure
  • Improved autonomic tone
  • Diminished sympathetic responses to stress
  • Improved survival after an acute coronary syndrome
They concluded that the data supported a possible association between pet ownership and decreased cardiovascular risk. "We saw the most robust data for dogs helping to increase their owners' exercise ability," Levine told MedPage Today."

and the American Heart Association is recommending patients adopt pets!

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.

Whispering sweet nothings?

The Bellevue Bunch has been busy this week. They enjoyed introducing pretty Boxer, Maile, and Si the Border Terrier mix to their fun on Monday. Tuesday, their newbie was Zo'e, the senior Pug, who enjoyed visiting with fellow senior Pug, Kymani.

On Wednesday, Coco the Australian Labradoodle and Phinney, the Terrier Mix, got to explore and romp with the pooches.
In Kirkland, the Welcome Waggin was super-busy on Monday welcoming Harper the 6 year old Jack Russell mix, Chester the American Eskimo Dog mix, and Vinnie the Manchester Terrier. The three newbies found our Littles party to be a lot of fun indeed, and made a bunch of new friends.

On Friday, the Kirkland party was happy to welcome young Bourbon, a handsome red Cattle Dog, while Kali the young miniature Australian Labradoodle was introduced to our Littles.

Newton serenades Mochi...
...who does not seem very impressed
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 staff bio for you in the next couple of weeks
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 19th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, January 2nd.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, January 8th. His next visit will be January 22nd. As a general rule, he'll be visiting Bellevue on alternate Mondays, with the occasional switch when there's a holiday that interferes, and this month, it'll be Christmas!

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 do have a waiting list, in case there are any cancellations, but that list is pretty long too. 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 
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