Friday, October 7, 2011

Dear Scampers People –

Our days are shorter, rainier, cooler … And we’ve made the adjustment from mainly outside to mainly inside, and that means you’re hearing a lot more of the excited greetings from the pooches when you arrive to drop off or to pick up. Don’t worry – all that noise is all in fun, and they can’t keep that kind of racket up for very long. 

Congratulations to Bert Haynes, Pooch of the Month – October 2011
Congratulations to Bert Haynes, Pooch of the Month for October, as voted by Scampers Facebook friends. Bert H. has been a frequent camper for several months, and has charmed all the humans as well as all his fellow campers with his inimitable style and carefree hop/skip/hop.  For interested parties, Bert has responded with a heartfelt acceptance speech; the transcript can be found on our Facebook page. 

Don’t forget to send us your Halloween Pooch Pics for Next Month’s Pooch of the Month!
We’re looking forward to seeing how you celebrate Halloween with your pooches – send us your best costume pics to be posted for your votes. Deadline for submissions is midnight  October 27th.

Last Two Days – Please Vote for Scampers
We are very proud to have been nominated for Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington in the Doggy Daycare category. Voting ends this Sunday, October 9th. If you feel inclined, you can add your vote by clicking here. We sincerely appreciate your votes! 

Pooch Needs a Spruce-Up? Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-’N-Run – Next Visit is this Tuesday, October 11th  
Chris will be at Scampers for a grooming visit again on Tuesday, October 11th. 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. 

Reminder: Reservations Time has Arrived
With Scampers Campers attending in the numbers we have been seeing these past couple of weeks, we ask everyone who hasn’t already done so to please notify us in advance of your plans to bring your pooch. While we still have a dozen or so “drop in” spaces available, our roster must be limited by the number of staff we have on hand in order to maintain safe ratios.

* We ask our customers who maintain regular attendance days, please “Reply” with specifics to formally confirm those days for us.

** For those of you whose pooches’ attendance does not follow a pattern, we are exploring options for online reservation systems. Meanwhile, notification by email works best – “Reply” to these Weekly Recap Messages to get your notification to both Stina and Linda.  

One More Week of the Back to School “Friends with Best Friends” Promotion
Don’t forget about our Back To School edition of Wanted: Friends with “Best Friends”. When you refer a new client to Scampers and they buy a pass, you get a Scampers Free Day Reward Card. Collect (and use!) as many Rewards Cards as you can.

Friends with “Best Friends”, Sept-Oct 2011

Refer a friend to Scampers before October 14th, 2011 and we’ll waive the Temperament Test fee for their “best friend”, AND you will each receive a Free-Day Reward Card if they purchase a 10-Day Punch Card or Scampers Camper Monthly Pass.  That’s up to a $62.00 savings for your friend and up to $29 value for each Reward Card you collect. There is no limit to the number of friends you can bring within the month; and each new friend’s purchase of a pass will result in another Free-Day Reward Card for you. All we need is their vet to fax us their vaccination records (which they normally have a quick template for … our fax number is: 425-821-4685), and we’ll take it from there!  Be sure they tell us they were “wanted” so we can give you each your Rewards during our Back To School Wanted! Event!! 

Reminder – Prong Collars too challenging for our fumbly fingers
To our pooch families who use prong collars, we have to ask you a favor: We have found that these collars are a particular challenge to un-prong and re-prong during the particularly frenetic pooch drop-off and pooch pick-up times, and we therefore ask that you remove them yourselves at drop-off and restore them yourselves at pick-up. Our arthritic fingers are ever so grateful! 

Pawlogic’s Inspired by the Back-To-School Season
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. Call Cathy at 425-443-5280 to reserve your spot – there’s been a great deal of interest already, so please give her a call to make sure you get one of those slots! 

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. 

Photos and Video
We are now 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. 

Stina Hughes and
Linda Olsen, Partners

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