Friday, September 7, 2012

Well, we’re almost in post-Labor Day mode. This gorgeous sunshine is confusing us, though -we all think we’re still in a lovely summertime lull, but don’t be fooled: that back-to-the-grindstone moment is just around the corner for all of us!

September Pooch of the Month – Congratulations, Canuto!
Congratulations to Canuto on his Landslide victory in our most recent Pooch of the Month vote! Enjoy your fame, Canuto, you have earned it!!

Visit our Facebook page to tour photos of all the Scampers pooches – maybe you’ll find photos of pooches whose names keep showing up on all those report cards…

Bow Wow Meow Luau Adoption Event
Sunday, September 9th
at Denny’s Pet World
Hula your way to meet your new best canine or feline friend at this fun and festive Adoption Event where animals from twelve Washington shelter & rescue groups will be available for adoption!

All animals are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations. Trainers will be available to answer any questions you have about how best to work with your new pooch! Adoption fees will vary.

Fun for all! Free balloons, raffles and give-aways!
September 9, 2012
10 am – 2 pm
Denny’s Pet World
12534 120th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
More information at:
For more information contact Denise at

Information for Puppy Owners
We have welcomed a lot of young puppies to the Scampers roster recently. We very much appreciate being chosen to provide care for them (and, of course, every dog who comes to Scampers).

In any daycare situation, certain contagions are expected – in school, children share cold and flu, measles and mumps, and in doggy daycare, dogs get eye infections, stomach bugs and the like. We do our best to ensure that no other dogs are exposed once we become aware of any kind of contagion we may encounter.

There is a virus that occasionally makes the rounds among puppies: Canine Papilloma Virus, otherwise known as “puppy warts”. Unfortunately, the puppy warts virus is all but impossible to contain because the virus has a very long incubation time – typically 6 to 8 weeks from time of exposure to the development of symptoms.

We have had conversations with local veterinarians and have received a lot of advice and information. First and foremost, while puppy warts are contagious, they are not serious and the dogs are not typically bothered by them. Also, the warts tend to be an issue only with puppies whose immune systems have not fully developed and senior dogs whose immune systems are compromised. The virus is transmitted by dogs coming into contact with each other’s saliva, but not by sharing water as the virus is not able to survive in water. Some veterinarians report significant success in treating these warts with Grapefruit Seed Extract, which is inexpensive and readily purchased at health food stores.

We hope that your puppy is one of the lucky ones who has a well-developed immune system and will be unaffected, but we recommend you check periodically around your puppy’s lips, gums and tongue to see if there are any small white “broccoli-shaped” growths. If you find any, please do see your veterinarian, and also please let us know.

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

Note that there will be a premium charge for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Pooch need a spruce-up?
Chris Sugarbaker, Cut-N-Run’s groomer-in-chief, will drive his studio to Scampers on Tuesday, Sept 18th.

If your pooch needs a spruce-up, be sure to claim a spot with Chris right away – his schedule has filled up completely on more than one occasion.

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.

Heard ‘Round the Water Bowl
We’re excited to be adding new personalities each week. Our frequent campers are doing their best to make them feel welcome. Here’s some of the gossip heard ’round the water bowl:

“Long-time Scampers Little, Dexter, seemed so excited to have met a couple of distant cousins – they’re shaped just the same as he is, but Freddie is that lovely Ruby color, and Lottie has lots of colors. What a gorgeous family photo they must make.”

“Speaking of family, new “Little”, tiny Paco, has blossomed so nicely. His big brother, Bruno Snaggletooth, has shown him all the ins and outs and now he’s so confident and playful.”

“Oh, Ginger, meeting your near twin must have been a very strange moment for you – was it like looking in the mirror? You’re so alike, and you even like to play together. You realize you’re confusing all the wranglers – which pooch is which?!”

124th Street – Street Overlay Work Has BegunWe have received a notice that the City of Kirkland will be repaving 124th Street from 124th Avenue to Slater Avenue, and apparently work has begun, with much more to come in the coming weeks.

Typical hours of work will be between 7 am and 6 pm, as well as some “night work”.

We hope this will not be too disruptive to your commute, but we’re sure they’ll help you find your way to us.

Wishing you all a great weekend. Be sure to take advantage of the extended summertime lull – patio parties are still appropriate.
Very best regards,

Linda Olsen and Stina Hughes
Scampers Daycamp for Dogs

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