Friday, January 6, 2012

Dear Scampers People –

Happy 2012!  And what a first week we’ve had!

We’re delighted to welcome six new dogs to the Scampers roster this week, and along with our longer-standing campers, they’ve been keeping us hopping all week. You’ll notice we’ve been making changes to accommodate our burgeoning population. We’ve added Zack to our afternoon cleanup crew, and next week Mariah joins our Dog Wrangling crew.

Pooch of the Month, January 2012 – Congratulations Yoda!

All the major news organizations are calling the January 2012 Pooch of the Month race for Yoda!! Voting was brisk, but Yoda proved to have run the best campaign and won in a landslide! Well done, Yoda! Congratulations, also, to his campaign manager and his favorite human, Niki B. who should be very proud! Thanks to all who exercised their democratic rights in this exciting race.

Pooch Needs a Spruce-Up? Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-’N-Run – Next Visit is this coming Tuesday, January 10th   

Chris will be at Scampers for a grooming visit again this coming Tuesday, January 10th. 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.

Requesting Reservations

With Scampers Campers attending in the numbers we have been seeing recently, it’s all the more important that you please notify us in advance of your plans to bring your pooch. We do have some “drop in” space available, however, our roster must be limited by the number of staff we have on hand in order to maintain safe staff-to-camper ratios. With advance notice, we can schedule our staff so we can be sure to accommodate all your pooches. For those of you whose pooches’ attendance does not follow a pattern, notification by phone or email works best – you can “Reply” to these Weekly Recap Messages to get your notification to both Stina and Linda by email. 

Pawlogic’s One-on-One Private Training

Pawlogic is offering a great deal to Scampers Campers – Cathy is offering one-on-one private training for your dogs during their day at Scampers, in half hour time slots, and customized to your requirements. Your dog will come home with an itemized report card and maybe even some homework for you! You’ll also get a complimentary pass to drop in on one of the Pawlogic group classes. For more information on Pawlogic one-on-one training or the group classes, call Cathy at 425-443-5280.

Pooch Health – a Cooperative Effort

Please remember your role in protecting the health of your own dog as well as all the Scampers Campers. If your dog is displaying symptoms that warrant veterinary care, please ask your veterinarian if or when return to a daycare environment is appropriate. Also, as a reminder, we  maintain a policy that all Scampers campers must have current vaccinations. Please keep your dog’s vaccinations current, and ask your veterinarian to forward a copy of any updated vaccination records to Scampers via fax.  Finally, please ask your vet to place your dog on a 6-month reminder cycle for bordetella (kennel cough), letting them know that your dog participates in daycare.

Reminder: Flu Season – Canine Influenza

We’ve been hearing about the Canine Influenza Virus from local veterinarians lately. This is a highly contagious disease which spreads rapidly through coughing and sneezing, and which has been making its way across the continent. Luckily, there is a vaccination. We highly recommend that you talk to your veterinarian about vaccinating your dogs against H3N8 – Canine Influenza. Here are two articles – one  from ABC News, and the other from the Center for Disease Control.

Photos and Video

We are posting videos on YouTube as well as Facebook, Flickr and the Scampers Blog. Take a tour from time to time to see if there are any new shots of your pooch in action.

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy 2012. 

Stina Hughes and
Linda Olsen, Partners

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