Friday, May 13, 2011

Dear Scampers People –

See?! We told you Spring is coming! We’ve actually been able to spend the last two days out in Scampers’ “back forty” with your pooches and they’ve loved basking and romping in the sunshine. You’ll be able to see all the action in photos in Flickr, Facebook and the Scampers Blog.

Pick Ups and Drop Offs – Introducing the Doggy Do Si Do

You are all aware of our “airlock” safety gate at our front door – it limits the possibility of even the most agile of Scampers Campers scrambling out the door. There are other safety issues associated with pick-ups and drop-offs that you should be aware of. While all of our dogs are wonderful and possess wonderful personalities, we are careful to recognize that: first, some pairings are less ideal and could escalate into aggression; second, some dogs enjoy jumping up on people; and third, confusion increases the possibility of a frantic dog finding his way through the airlock. To avoid these kinds of issues, we try to choreograph the exchange such that there is only one dog or family of dogs in the reception area at a time while we work through our pick-ups and drop-offs. Please forgive us if there are busy times when you’ll need to wait a moment or two.  

Has it really been Six Months?!

No, we’re actually on Month 7. (Hooray!) And for that reason, we’re suddenly coming across a lot of your pooches who need to have their six month Bordetella (Kennel Cough) booster. Recognizing that dogs who are in close contact with other dogs on a frequent basis (as at a doggy day care) are more susceptible to Kennel Cough, we require that Scampers Campers be protected against Bordetella on a six month cycle. We’ve been adding that reminder to the Report Cards, and we recommend you ask your veterinarians to increase the frequency of the Bordetella vaccination to six months in their reminder system as well.

Reminder: Scampers Sponsoring Relay for Life Team, Redmond Relay Runners

Scampers is proud and delighted to be sponsoring “Redmond Relay Runners” who will be participating in the American Cancer Society’s 24 Hour Relay for Life to be held at Redmond Senior High School on June 4th and 5th. The Redmond Relay Runners team is led by Elaine Wang, and includes all the members of Scampers evening cleanup crew. If you’d like to donate to the Redmond Relay Runners, follow this link:

Update: We think there may be some special home-made treats for your pooches to be picked up at Scampers – this will be an additional fundraising effort for The Redmond Relay Runners to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Upcoming Dog Events – Whiskers, Wings and Wagging Tails, and Go Dog Go!

We’re excited to be participating in two upcoming local pooch-oriented events – Whiskers, Wings and Wagging Tails, to be held at the Redmond Seniors’ Center in Redmond on May 21st, and Go Dog Go! I to be held at Juanita Beach in Kirkland on July 23rd. Both events offer lots of adventure and fun, and are not to be missed for “dog people”.

Pooch Needs a Spruce-Up? Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-’N-Run – Next Visit is Tuesday, May 24th

Chris will be at Scampers for a grooming visit again this coming Tuesday, May 24th. His schedule gets quite full quite quickly, so if your dog needs some sprucing up, be sure to claim your dog’s spot with him as early as you can.

Pawlogic Dog Training LLC

Cathy Madson of Pawlogic Dog Training has been using the Scampers space after hours for group classes including Basic Obedience, Continuing Obedience and Real Life Training, and Introduction to Obedience for Puppies. If you’re among some of the later pickups, you may have seen her setting up her equipment – lots of color and fun. For more information, or to enroll your pooch in one of the classes, feel free to speak to speak to Cathy the next time you see her here, or call at 425 443 5280. You are also invited to visit the Pawlogic website at 

Stina Hughes and
Linda Olsen, Partners

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