Friday, November 30, 2012

We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holidays. We certainly did too! Our holiday time was spent renovating our facility with an entirely new fencing system. We are so pleased with the result, and feel it was worth every minute of effort.

Many of you have seen the improvements we’ve made to our facility, but for those who have not, we’ll give you a virtual tour. Our new fencing system is designed with “traffic control gates” to make it easier to contain our pooch communities and move them back and forth indoors and outdoors. The play spaces are large and well organized, and the atmosphere is bright and fresh. Finally, because the panels are solid, there are no external stimuli, so it is also very much quieter. We’ve posted a photo album on our Facebook page.

Pooch of the Month – December, 2012 – Congratulations Yoda
This month, we featured a fashion show of the Littles in their finery, and voting was again very brisk. Congratulations to Yoda, Pooch of the Month for December, 2012. His Red Parka fashion photo garnered the most votes … by a landslide! Congratulations to proud “Mom”, Niki, who is a highly skilled campaigner, and thanks to all his friends who clearly recognize just how special a pooch he is.

Update on Chris Sugarbaker, Accidents Happen
Chris Sugarbaker, Cut-N-Run’s groomer-in-chief, recently advised us that his studio-van had been damaged in a car accident.

We are very pleased to report that while the van was beyond repair, Chris is recovering well, and he has managed to find another van which he is in the process of fitting it out. Chris plans to be back on the road in a couple of weeks – we’ll let you know when he’s back on schedule with us.

K9 Nose Work Classes Starting at Scampers
Dogs have an incredible sense of smell and an inborn desire to hunt.

The sport of K9 Nose Work is designed to develop the natural scenting abilities of your dog by using their passion for hunting and their love of toys, food and exercise.

It’s a great class for your dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy and to find out just how good your dog’s nose is.

Vicki Francks, owner of Cascade Canines will be offering K9 Nose Work Classes using Scampers facility beginning Friday, December 7th.

Contact Vicki at 206-849-7643. More information is available as Scampers front desk.

Pawlogic News
Cathy Madson of Pawlogic Dog Training holds group classes at Scampers location.

Cathy offers classes including Basic Obedience, Continuing Obedience and Real Life Training, and Introduction to Obedience for Puppies. For more information or to register your dog in any of the classes, call Cathy at 425 443 5280, or … Visit the Pawlogic website to book classes for your pooch with Cathy.

Watch for more exciting information on new classes in our upcoming newsletters.

Scampers Boarding
Our boarding services are proving to be very popular, and we’ve been taking bookings for the upcoming holiday seasons. If you foresee needing space for your pooch at Scampers, please get your reservations placed early.

Note that there is a premium charge for Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Update on Report of Parvo Outbreak in the Region
After a conversation with the medical director at Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services (ACCES), we are able to give you more information on the situation. She explained that 7 canine parvovirus cases over 2 weeks is an unusually high number of cases for the emergency clinic, but she was very clear to stipulate that she would not characterize this as an outbreak, as each of the cases had a specific and identifiable history.

Whether we are to consider this an outbreak or not, canine parvo is a highly contagious and potentially lethal viral illness, and it is absolutely crucial that dogs who frequently mix with other dogs (whether at daycare or at dog parks) maintain current vaccinations, and a visit to the vet is warranted should your pooch display any of the following symptoms:
• lethargy
• vomiting
• foul smelling, bloody diarrhea
• fever
• dehydration
• significant weight loss
Parvo is spread from dog to dog primarily through exposure to contaminated feces. It is also spread through contact with hands, instruments, clothing, food and water dishes, toys and bedding.

To reassure you, at Scampers, we use Dupont Virkon, also known as Trifectant, which kills the Parvo virus, on each and every poop that falls whether indoors or out, as well as for our daily mopping up routine indoors, and we spray our yard each evening with a bleach solution.

Nonetheless, please remember you must never bring a sick dog to Scampers. Please check with your veterinarian if you suspect your dog is ill and carrying a contagious condition, and while we miss them while they’re away, we also ask that you await your veterinarian’s clearance before bringing your beloved furry beasts back.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
Very best regards,

Linda Olsen and Stina Hughes
Scampers Daycamp for Dogs

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