Friday, April 7th, 2012

Dear Scampers People –

Great News: We’ve reached Easter Weekend! AND Spring has sprung… again! Also, your pooches have been enjoying today’s sunshine and balmy blue skies!

Happy Easter!
Have a wonderful Easter Weekend. (BTW – We will be open on Easter Monday.)

Pooch of the Month, April 2012 – Max!
It was a squeaker, but the winner is… Max! This darling Boston Terrier has been a frequent Scampers Camper for just over a year, and in that time, he has built a large circle of enthusiastic friends!

Spring and the Quirks of Nature
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (Facebook page: this will be quite a year for fleas, ticks and heartworms – especially on the eastern seaboard. We here in the Pacific Northwest have a very comfortable climate for those pesky things too, though, so always make sure your pooches are protected.

Scampers has a new product!
Scampers has added a new punch card to our product line – you can now buy a 5-day punch card for $140.00 for your added convenience!

Pooch Needs a Spruce-Up? Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-’N-Run – Next Visit is this coming Tuesday, April 17th
Chris will be at Scampers for his bi-weekly grooming visit on Tuesday, April 17th. If your dog needs some sprucing up, be sure to claim your dog’s spot with him right away – his schedule has filled up completely on more than one occasion.

High Energy Drop Offs and Pick Ups
We have seen that with our larger attendance numbers, the spike in energy level that comes with drop offs and pick-ups can be difficult for everyone.

Earlier is better: If you have the choice, dropping your high energy dog off earlier in the day works much better than later in the day. Dogs who are arriving later in the day find their energy level exceeds that of the rest of their pack, and “fitting in” is more challenging – they arrive super excited and raring to go, and the others are already in “been there – done that” mode. When your dog is joining a pack with a similar energy level, everyone is more comfortable.

Manners Reminders: At drop-off, if your dog has a very high energy level, we can mitigate the anxiety for some dogs by practicing “sit” and “wait” at each of the access points – the door and each successive gate – to help the dog to focus. For other dogs, the best solution is to remove all the barriers to allow easy access and prevent accidents.

Out of Order: At pick up time, the dogs are equally excited to see you. Bear in mind that while we’re delivering your dogs to you, there may be other customers waiting – we don’t want them mowed down by excited pooches, and we try not to keep anyone waiting too long while we practice manners! That may mean, then, that your dogs may be delivered to you “out of order” – it’s just to keep everyone safe.

Stina Hughes and
Linda Olsen, Partners

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