Scampers Weekly Recap - February 16, 2018
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Dear --FNAME--
We've reached the February Holiday weekend! We hope you're looking forward to fun long weekend plans.

Our plans are also lots of fun, as for many of us, the holiday weekend means looking after a bunch of your furbabies, as our boarding facilities are - once again - chock-a-block, stacked to the rafters!
While we will have a houseful of boarders, Scampers Daycare will be available by appointment only on Monday, January 19th, for our standard holiday hours of 9 am to 5 pm. If you need daycare for your pooch on Monday, please let us know in advance. We want to  have enough staff on hand.
Have a wonderful Presidents Day!
With the variety of  collars, leashes and harnesses we've seen, we have developed a certain expertise on the matter.

We always ask that all dogs who come into our lobby area be securely leashed to prevent any kind of incident, whether an exuberant dog jumping on another client, or another client's child. Be aware that a lot of dogs exhibit leash aggression, and may lunge at another client, or another client's child, with ill intent. To avoid these nightmare scenarios, we've gathered information variety of leashes designed to assist you to keep your dog and all around you safe and in control.
Double handled leash for use in normal or high traffic circumstances. The lower loop is useful for controlling dogs who lunge or bolt.
This Bungee leash gives you a little bit of give if your dog lunges but you are still in control, and your arm is still attached to you.
A nice soft rope leash is easy on the hands but sturdy enough for even the biggest, strongest dogs.
This traffic leash is very short, ideal for use in high traffic situations.
The Easy Walk harness is designed for training dogs not to pull. With the leash attached at the chest, your dog cannot pull without turning to the side.
The Gentle Leader head harness, with a loop around the snout, is for training dogs not to pull. Again, your dog cannot pull without being turned to the side.

Every once in a while we come across a dog-oriented joke.

This one's todays:

Happy Friday!

Let's everyone get out there and
throw some sticks!

(and a ball)

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 lots of newbies at both locations.
The Bellevue Bunch was happy to welcome yearling German Shepherd mix, Zoe, to their big dog group on Monday. We made sure she enjoyed her day and look forward to seeing lots more of her.

On Tuesday, they got to show their stuff to baby Mini Australian Shepherd, Archie. We  all think Archie's going to grow up to be a magnificent pooch, but for now, d'awww!
The Bellevue Sun Worshippers
At Kirkland, our newbie welcoming crew was busy on Monday with a handsome Italian Greyhound, Archer, who charmed all he met. He's an easy-going dude and a pleasure to host.

Buddy the Basset pup was a big hit when he joined us on Thursday, and returned again this morning for another dose of fun. Luna the Black Doodle Pup delighted her Littles friends

Sasha the German Shepherd Mix is having a fine day with the Kirkland Big Dogs today. She's a gorgeous girl with a hint of Akita in her head shape and a very sweet Mona Lisa smile.

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.

Bellevue Littles
Holly and Sammy
were inseparable
We've added Instagram to our assortment of Social Media tools. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Recent Texas Rescue
Leia, is clearly enjoying her
new home and
new friends
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!

Sleepy Leo Doodle - which way is up?
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 clients since we opened our Kirkland shop in 2010.

Chris will make his next visit to serve our Kirkland clients this coming Tuesday, February 27th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, March 13th.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, March 5th, and his next visit after that will be March 19th. As a general rule, he visits 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 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...
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 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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