Friday, September 9, 2011

Dear Scampers People –

We hope everyone is enjoying the fine weather – a gift of extended summer, perhaps to make up for the very late start? Well, we’re still sunning with the pooches as they splash about in the pooch pools, as you may have noticed if you’ve seen this week’s postings on our  Facebook page.

Congratulations to Greta Gonzalez, Pooch of the Month, September 2011

Congratulations to Greta Gonzalez, the pert Brussels Griffon who joined the Scampers community earlier this summer. She’s a playful pooch who quickly made friends with every camper she met. Apparently Greta has also made friends with every person she’s ever met – our Facebook photo album saw tons of voting activity and her tally exploded in a flurry of last minute votes.

Pooch Health: Many Campers reporting Kennel Cough 

We have been hearing from many of you that your pooches are dealing with Kennel Cough. To those of you whose dogs are ill, we are missing your pooches very much and wish them very speedy recovery. To those of you whose pooches have been able to avoid the cough, we continue watching them carefully for symptoms (a nasty persistent and frequent “honky”, hacking cough that can last a few minutes and can be so severe as to cause the dog to retch). Any dog who displays those symptoms during their Scampers day will be quarantined – in comfort and with loving care – while we wait for their owner to come and pick them up.

We are learning that those who have had their Bordetella vaccination most recently are faring much better, as the benefit of this vaccine fades after about 9 or 10 months. Please make arrangements with your veterinarians to have your reminders scheduled twice a year – let them know that Scampers Campers are required to have their Bordetella vaccinations on a six month cycle.

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.

Pooch Needs a Spruce-Up? Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-’N-Run – Next Visit is this Tuesday, September 13th  

Chris will be at Scampers for a grooming visit again on Tuesday, September 13th. If your dog needs some sprucing up, be sure to claim your dog’s spot with him right away – his schedule can fill up quickly.

We’ve Been Nominated!

Thank you very much for all your kind support through review sites like Yelp and Google. Our online reputation means a great deal to us – we know that many of you have come to Scampers because of the reviews you have found online. We are very proud to have been nominated for Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington. Voting opened on August 29th and ends October 9th. If you feel so inclined, you can add your vote by clicking here or through the Vote For Us link on our  Facebook page.

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. Classes beging September 19th. 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!

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.

Foursquare and FanZappy

For those of you who are into Foursquare and FanZappy, you’ll find Scampers on board now too. Don’t forget to check in! 

Stina Hughes and
Linda Olsen, Partners

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