Scampers Weekly Recap – February 12, 2016

Scampers Weekly Recap - February 12, 2016
 Dear --Valued Customer--

We're coming to the middle of February - President's Day is February 15th!

We know many of you will be taking advantage of the long weekend, but since we'll be here with lots of boarding dogs, our daycare is available. Please let us know if your pooches will be attending, though, so we can make sure and have enough staff on hand.
Making progress on our front office - the boarding prep kitchen is next!
Scampers Online Reservations and Account Management
Our online management system , otherwise known as GingrApp, is cooking along nicely now. If you wish, you are able to create your own login to make your reservations online for boarding and for daycare, upload photos and set up a credit card on file (encrypted to a fare-thee-well!) if you feel so inclined.
By the way, for users who have set up a credit card on file, you may use another card at any time, but please let us know before we run the transaction for you so that we can de-select that account.
Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-N-Run, mobile groomer extraordinaire will make his next visit to Scampers on Tuesday, February 16th.

His schedule really does fill up often, and while we'll try to squeeze everyone in, please make sure to get your request in early if your dog needs a spruce-up.  

Give us a call to schedule an appointment for your pooch, or ... 
PupPod is the new fun and training game for your dog that everyone is talking about.

We've launched the pilot PupPod program at Scampers, and have set up a PupPod in our boarding area for interested pooches to exercise their minds. You can sign up your pooch for a 1/2 hour's PupPod time - just let us know if you're interested in having your dog participate in the brain training with PupPod at Scampers.
We're learning that some dogs are very receptive to the PupPod, and find it a great distraction, especially for a couple of the dogs who are more prone to separation anxiety. And with all that brain work, they get good and tired!
If you're interested in seeing whether your pooch enjoys PupPod, let us know, and we'll add them to our schedule. Then, as soon as your pooch is introduced to PupPod play, we'll let you know so you can view them in action. 
You'll be able to access their profiles on the PupPod website, and find links to the videos of your pooches' PupPod play as they are uploaded.

By the way, if you don't have one already, you can create a profile (link to helpful information here) and that's another way to let us know you'd like to add your pooch to the PupPod schedule for an upcoming Scampers visit.

There is some evidence to suggest that some dogs can predict earthquakes! As early as 373 B.C., the ancient Greeks reported that animals fled days before a large quake.

Recent research reviewed in Psychology Today indicates that dogs are likely responding to auditory cues, particularly the high frequency sounds of shallow tectonic plate movement. Dogs with smaller heads and pointed ears showed a greater likelihood of detection than dogs with larger heads and floppier ears. To learn more about the science, see the full article at

To learn more about earthquake preparedness and response with your pets, ask Scampers about upcoming Preparing for Emergencies classes. A safe, healthy pet is a happy pet!s.

Thanks to Elise Poston for this submission. Look for more Did You Know tidbits from Elise in future editions of Scampers Weekly Recap.
Last year, Elise, who is a CERT (Community Emergency Response) trainer and WASART (Washington State Animal Rescue) volunteer, provided training for our staff in Community Emergency Preparedness - think earthquake, fire, flood - with your dogs in mind.

(Did you know that you cannot bring your pooches to the community shelters following an such an emergency?)

We were all so impressed with and so grateful for the information we received that we followed that up with a second seminar, this one for our clients, at no cost.

While we had a good turnout for the event last autumn, many Scampers families who had expressed interest in attending were challenged with time conflicts, so we plan to schedule another seminar this spring.

If you'd like to attend this 90 minute seminar on Saturday morning this spring, please let us know.
Have a Cuppa Joe in support of pet rescue

Hey all -- look for our coffee service each morning when you are dropping off. We're donating the coffee and trimmings to the cause. Any funds we take in for cups of coffee will be forwarded to Homeward Pet.

We hope you'll opt for a quick Cuppa Joe from right here at Scampers so we can all help support canine rescue efforts.

A special Thank You to Nick's "mom", Debbie Jennings, for contributing this great assortment of Valentine's Day neckerchiefs to the Homeward Pet cause.

For a $5, you can take one for your beloved furbaby.

By the way, they do come in a full range of sizes, from tiniest to really big, and are available only while supplies last. (Hint: we are hoping we will be able to offer more of these as we get a little closer to St. Patrick's Day celebrations.)

Here is Jax R modeling his new
Debbie Jennings original
Valentine's Day neckerchief.
Weekly Report - We are delighted to report that this week we collected $41.70 for Homeward Pet. Thank you very much. We hope you enjoyed your coffee!

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

This one's today's...

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.
We're a pretty close knit group of pooches - we form strong friendships, and we get to know each other very well. When we 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".

We love welcoming all the new pooches, and we've introduced a bunch of newbies this week too...
Tuesday morning saw three new pooches - Lucy C, the baby Samoyed, Millie Beagle and Alaskan Klee Kai Luma all joined the fun, and had a great time with a hopping party day.

On Wednesday, we welcomed Lucy Poodle along with Lucy Mix, finding the best spots for each was easy - they're Littles, and felt right at home with the other Littles.

Viszla Leo U had a wonderful time meeting a fun party group, and settled right in for the fun. Meanwhile another Leo, the Mountain Cur Mix, found his perfect twin in Cassie, and played and played all day long. We're pretty sure both dogs slept very well last night!
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.

There's also a ScampersDogs channel on YouTube where you'll find all kinds of fun videos, and we update that selection periodically.

Our boarding facility has very been busy this year, especially over the holidays and long weekends. Remember to get your boarding requests in early to make sure there's room enough for your pooches. 

Samson is a frequent Scampers boarder. Here he is greeting the morning staff with his great big grin!
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're always looking for new material but we have some classics to share:

Apparently, young English Setter Leica is getting lots of exercise when she comes to Scampers. Here's what she looks like at home.

Here's Tillie H giving us her impression
of a tired poodle. Too pooped to notice
her lovely rawhide chewy.

We loved this shot of Sadie - the look on her face says that she's not pleased that her belly rub got interrupted for the sake of a camera.

Like many pooches, Swiffer enjoys the world through an open car window, even if he so tired after his Scampers day that he sleeps through it!

Here's looking at you, kid.

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. 

Little Miss Chomchom is all dressed up and ready for her tromp around Whistler.

These boots are made for walking!

Murphy C surveys his domain!

Luna Blue Pit is learning to enjoy her kid sister's attention. Emily is learning that Luna's a great big sister.

We have also received some great shots documenting "The Real Reason" you bring your furkids to Scampers.
Fenris finds his Scampers time not only a great time to bond with his good friends of the canine variety, but also as a much needed escape from his new friend of the feline variety.

The famous Odie is at it again.
Mr. Champion Counter Surfer has his eye on the beautiful beignet!

Pretty Abby G is a very helpful pooch indeed. This lovely picture shows her effort at helping to unpack mysterious things at the office.
Canine Nosework Classes 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 you get to find out just how good your dog's nose is.
Vicki Francks, owner of Cascade Canines continues offering K9 Nose Work Classes using Scampers facility. If you'd like some information on the next round of classes, give Vicki a call at 206-849-7643. More information is also available as Scampers front desk.

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.
Dogs on Leashes, Pretty Please

Our reception area is often very busy, and we host many dogs with many different kinds of personalities. While we love them all, we know that some are inclined to jump up and greet new friends, and others are inclined to try to protect their beloved humans.

To avoid any kind of mishap, please ensure your pooches are securely leashed and in control while in our reception area. 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Very best regards,
Linda Olsen and Stina Hughes 
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