Scampers Weekly Recap – August 4, 2017

Scampers Weekly Recap - August 4, 2017
Dear --Valued Customer--
Summer's in full swing - we're loving this sunshiny and breezy day.

You can be sure a bunch of the Kirkland pooches are rollicking by the "pools" while most of our Bellevue pooches are partying hearty in the lovely shade.
We are hosting a lot of pooches these days, and, believe it or not, we have an awful lot of Look-Alikes! Of course, it's always a good idea to have your furbabies clearly identified, just in case of the unthinkable, but our wranglers would so appreciate just a bit of help identifying which one is which, just every once in a while.
Hello, My Name Is...
At the end of every month we post an album on our Facebook page with a bunch of pictures of your pooches taken by our wranglers over the course of that month, and the photo that garners the most "Likes" becomes our Pooch of the Month photo in our lobbies.
Congratulations to our latest Pooch of the Month winner: Sergeant! He ran away with the voting, even when we counted just one of his submissions (oops! duplicate pics uploaded!) Although, he isn't actually known for his speed, his Bubble Gum Tongue makes him a winner in our books!

Sergeant, in his super-slo-mo Superman pose, with bubblegum tongue.
Update on Scampers Bellevue
Our Bellevue shop is set up with air conditioning in the boarding area, offices and kitchens, but not in the play room, so our building is sporting a new awning, the brilliant brainchild of brainiac Stina, who climbed a monster ladder a gazillion times to set up the mounting system along the top ledge.

The reflective awning ensures that the morning sun has no opportunity to superheat our black rubber floors.
Between the reflective awnings and the bank of box fans we've set up, we're keeping all the campers cool and shaded.

We've also added kiddie pools to the pooches' delight. There's no run-off, as the pool slosh evaporates before it gets beyond our yard!
Lefty's discovered the source
Wrigley's digging the "Fish"
Sarah and Lucca enjoy the fans

Every once in a while we come across a dog-oriented joke.

Here's the Friday Funny we posted on our Facebook Page
to help us turn our weather's-way-too-hot frowns upside-down!

And, since no one is really working in this stuff - steal a moment to show us how you are coping with this heat - take a moment to log in to comment with your best hot weather selfies!

Watch for the updates of our framed Friday Funny in our reception area.

We'll also make sure they're posted on our Facebook page so you can share them with your friends.
Heard 'Round the Water Bowl
We're a pretty close knit group of pooches - we form strong friendships, and we get to know each other very well. When new pooches join us, we love to introduce them around and get them started in their Scampering adventures - that's why they call us the "Welcome Waggin".
Our Welcome Waggin team was happy to welcome newbies at both locations again this week.
Kirkland's Welcome Waggin's been super busy this week. On Monday, we got to introduce Joey C, the Poochon pup, and Kahleesi Golden Retriever, to our summer outdoor pool and splash party. We think they had a good time, and look forward to seeing their return.

Tuesday turned out to be new puppy day, as Vera the young Doberman mix pup was our Kirkland newbie on Tuesday, while at Bellevue, we welcomed Noli the young Corgi. Both pups have just crossed that six months mark - lots of fun, and growing quickly.

Tycho C the Keeshond was a big hit when he joined the pooches on Wednesday. We're looking forward to the day he gets to play with Velvet and Stark! Meanwhile, Duncan the Lab rocked around the pool with all the big pooches until it was time to come indoors to the cool shelter.

On Thursday, the Bellevue Bunch got to welcome Milo the Pittie Mix to their party, while playful Portuguese Water Dog Jack L and tiny Frenchie pup Maximus happily made themselves right at home in Kirkland.
Welcome all. We're delighted to share our days with you!
Hey, Peeps, don't forget, if you're curious about how we spend our days and you're not quite sure what those report cards really mean, you can watch the adventures in the photos and videos our wranglers are posting on the Scampers Facebook page.

Drinking buddies
We've added Instagram to our assortment of Social Media tools. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Keeping cool in Kirkland

Kalie and Zoya share a throne
Every once in a while we receive a photo from one of our customers showing us what their beloveds are doing after their day at Scampers.
We've seen many of our Scampers families expand recently, and we're looking for pics of our campers tending to their new humans. We hope we'll see lots more baby and pooch pictures! Click here to send your pics in via email.

Pi's wish came true -
she has a new baby sister!


Karsen was introduced to new baby sister, Hayden.
He's doing a great job of being a girl's best friend.
Apparently, young English Setter Leica is getting lots of exercise when she comes to Scampers. Here's what she looks like at home.

Sophie the Bernedoodle must have been
just too tired to pull her tongue all the way back in
after collecting her kisses.

Last week's newbie Loki L,
done in after his first day!

Bliss is a place to rest my head,
a hand to stroke my neck.
This category of owner-contributed pics features dogs enjoying their extracurricular fun.
This is where we'll post the pics we've received of your pooches enjoying summer vacations, beach roaming, ball games, and any other such general exploring. 

Amara turned one
and she and her mom had fun celebrating.


Boating with Barky, Sharky Lupin
Doesn't he look cool?


Who's that in the middle of all those tulips?
Lucky Buddy got to go to the
Tulip Festival last month.
We have also received some great shots documenting "The Real Reason" you bring your furkids to Scampers.

Pretty Abby G is a very helpful pooch indeed. This lovely picture shows her effort at helping to unpack mysterious things at the office.
Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-N-Run, mobile groomer extraordinaire has been serving our Kirkland clients every second Tuesday since we opened in 2010.

Chris will make his next visit to serve our Kirkland clients on Tuesday, August 15th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, August 29th.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, August 7th. We've established that he'll be visiting Bellevue on alternate Mondays, with the occasional switch when there's a holiday that interferes. Except! He'll be taking the next cycle off as a vacation week, so his next visit to Bellevue will be, after Labor Day Monday, on Wednesday September 6th.

Keep in mind that Chris' grooming schedule often fills up, so it's important to get your reservations in early.
Our boarding facilities at both locations have been very busy this season. Please remember to get your boarding requests in early to make sure there's room enough for your pooches. Your boarding requests can be submitted via GingrApp, or you can give us a call to check and see if there's space available. Remember, if our boarding facility at Kirkland is full, there may be space available at our Bellevue shop and vice versa. We'll do our very best to accommodate you if we are able to.

Samson is a frequent Scampers boarder. Here he is greeting the morning staff with his great big grin!
Boarding Drop Off Times
We ask that boarders be dropped off before noon, although exceptions can be made in case of an emergency. Arriving at Scampers is very stimulating for your pooches - even after a busy day of adventuring elsewhere - and it takes several hours for the incomers to settle down. And one stimulated pooch means a whole houseful of stimulated pooches. One of the reasons that Scampers boarding facilities works well for most of our guests is that the guests are good and tired after a day of playing, roving and sniffing. Of course, a tired dog is a good dog.
Dogs on Leashes, Pretty Please!
Some dogs jump up on people to greet them, whether the jumpees want to be greeted or not. Others feel the need to protect their owners. Some are just too darned excited to contain themselves and bolt, sometimes in some very surprising directions.

There are so many things that could go awry, and we worry.

For safety's sake, please be sure to have your dogs on leashes and well under control while moving them between your car and our reception area.

If you need to borrow a leash, we always have a loaner leash available in  our reception area.
Please Navigate our Parking Lots with Caution!
Remember, there are dogs crossing. And people.

And, in our Bellevue lot, which is shared with a car dealership,  we've noticed there are many non-Scampers drivers (some of them have obviously never walked a dog) and, from what we've observed, they're all frustrated Formula 1 drivers.

PLEASE take care when navigating our parking lots, whether you're doing the walking or the driving. We sure don't want any nasty accidents!
Give em a quick stroll first, please!
Remember, arriving at daycare is extra-stimulating. We often have pooches empty out in the lobby because they just can't contain themselves any longer!

If you're bringing you pooch into Scampers after a long car ride, please give them a quick toodle around the bushes or pillars before bringing them inside.

Any poops can be delivered to the green garbage cans - if you need a poop bag, just pop in and ask for one!
We know how much you love your furbabies - that's why you bring them to Scampers, after all. But please remember that very few dogs require more than two meals per day, and for many, one is enough.

We happily provide meal service for very young puppies who really do need a mid-day meal to support their growing bodies, and for dogs whose veterinarians prescribe a mid-day meal, e.g., dogs on certain medications or who have metabolic, gastric, or intestinal conditions; otherwise, however, if your pooch is over 6 months old, please do not bring snacks and meals for them.

Frankly, we're having a tough time staffing for the demand lately, and because so many  on our lunch list don't really need a meal, they're reluctant to eat, and our staffers are hand feeding them, coaxing them, singing to them... They really don't need it, honest!

A gentle reminder that Scampers daycare hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and our weekend and holiday daycare hours are by appointment only,  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In the case of an emergency, we are able to make the accommodation for extended stay. Please call us, though, to advise.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Very best regards,
Linda Olsen and Stina Hughes 
Scampers Daycamp for Dogs

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