Scampers Weekly Recap – June 3, 2016

Scampers Weekly Recap - June 3, 2016
Dear --Valued Customer--

We seem to be sliding, slowly, back into summer. We're delighted with today's sunshine and plan to make a wet and wild day of it, with sprinklers and hoses.

Our water-loving furbabies will probably be a little damp at pickup time!
Special Note: We are expecting to have an extra-warm weekend. Remember that Scampers is available by reservation on weekends - please don't leave your pooches in the car while you're out and about on your weekend errands. Just give us a call to let us know you're coming.
We are seeing a handful of cases of Bordetella (Kennel Cough) in the Scampers community.

Please keep your ear tuned to any noisy honking, hacking coughing. It may sound like your pooch has something stuck in his or her throat.

Bordetella is an airborne upper respiratory disease, and while it is extremely contagious, it is rarely deadly. It is very uncomfortable, though, and if left untreated can lead to pneumonia.

Treatment is usually very simple, involving antibiotics and a cough suppressant, and resolves the symptoms very quickly. Make sure your dog's vaccinations are up to date. Note that at Scampers, as for most dog daycare operations, that means within the last six months.

If your dog shows symptoms, please do not bring him anywhere where he may come into contact with other dogs - even your visit to the vet's office needs to be carefully controlled. There's a reason it's called Kennel Cough

Our Pooch of the Month contest, this month celebrating water play, attracted brisk voting levels and in the end, it was Lexie, our intrepid water chaser Boston Terrier who won out!

Congratulations to Lexie and her humans on her big win!!

When you drop your pup off at Scampers, you know he’ll get lots of physical exercise running and playing with his buddies. But we make sure he gets plenty of mental exercise, too!

That’s because dogs are smart, and they need mental stimulation to stay healthy and happy. Learning new things can help keep their brains healthy, build their confidence, and prevent problems like barking, chewing and digging.

While group activities go a long way toward fulfilling a dog’s need for mental exercise, most get big benefits from one-on-one training time, games and puzzles. Which is why we’re so excited to offer PupPod to our clients!

Through lights, sounds and motion detection, PupPod encourages your dog to use his brain to figure out how to get a reward. The better he gets, the more challenging the tasks become. So he’s always learning new skills and expanding his problem-solving prowess.

Best of all, you get to watch video of your canine genius at work after each session!

Many of you may have noticed breed-specific or class-specific tendencies in your own pets – boxers have boundless energy, terriers are tenacious, Labradors are loyal and loving, and shepherds like to herd their toys (or their people) together to keep a watchful eye on their charges. What you may not have noticed is that these behaviors are closely linked to height, weight, and head size and shape.

If any of you are horse lovers, this may not come as a surprise to you. Dr. Temple Grandin has been discussing the connection between physical and psychological traits in livestock for decades. It wasn’t until February of this year that the canine world had a similarly robust data set from which to draw conclusions. The statistical analysis is rigorous, and detailed, but Dr. Stanley Coren wrote an excellent summary here. He states that brachycephalic dogs are more likely to play with a human and a toy than dolicephalic dogs. Dolicephalic dogs are more likely to have a calm response to a new or confusing situation than a bracycephalic dog. Shorter dogs tend to be more aggressive, whereas taller dogs tend to be more cooperative with their humans. And heavier dogs tend to be calmer than lighter dogs.

For more information on conformation, bone structure, and coloring as an indicator of personality traits, I suggest Dr. Temple Grandin’s Animals Make Us Human, specifically the chapter on dogs.

If you are interested in the original data from the canine experiment, you can find Dr. Holly Stone and her colleagues here.

Thanks to Elise Poston for this submission. Look for more Did You Know tidbits from Elise in future editions of Scampers Weekly Recap. Learn more at
Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-N-Run, mobile groomer extraordinaire will make his next bi-weekly visit to Scampers on Tuesday, June 7th. His schedule fills up quickly, though, so make sure to get your reservations in early. If our current schedule does fill up, we recommend setting up a reservation for Chris' next visit, then, on June 21st.

Feel free to give us a call to schedule an appointment for your pooch, or ... 

If you've created your GingrApp identity, you can set up your reservations now on GingrApp. When you make your daycare reservation, you'll notice the option to select "Additional Services". Choose the service you'd like to add, then confirm by clicking the blue bar on the right, then choose the date (again), and choose from one of the times available.
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.
Weekly Report - We are delighted to report that this week we collected $13.15 for Homeward Pet through our coffee fund. Thank you very much. We hope you enjoyed your coffee!
You are all Homeward Heroes!!
...Thank you so much for helping make our animals' futures bright!
- Alora Knapp
Development Coordinator,
Homeward Pet

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 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".
On Tuesday, we welcomed Ellie Tan Dog and Newton Samoyed to the Active Big Dog group. Ellie is a sweetheart and a great singer, while Newton is a party boy and a great dancer!

Sammie joined the big dog group on Wednesday, and taught all the wranglers her special game of making toys out of leaves and hairballs. Meanwhile, Roxy the Shih Tzu joined the Littles and was immediately welcomed into the Shih Tzu club.
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.
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.

It looks like Pliny's baby brother is
learning to walk - fun times ahead!

Here's Aussie Ozzie O looking after his new baby, Tali. What a beautiful pair!

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

Gentle Golden Kenny is
taking very good care of
brand new baby Advay.

Buddy T stretches out
at his mom's feet at day's end

Little Jemma seems to remember that her bed is for sleeping, but it looks like she missed her mark.

Odie just needs a place to put his snout
while he takes a little nap.
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 London giving us her impression
of a tired poodle. She's 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!

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. 

Congratulations to McKinley, Blue Ribbon Pooch

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

Murphy C surveys his domain!

We have also received some great shots documenting "The Real Reason" you bring your furkids to Scampers.

Ripley S' mom doesn't usually maintain
an open-door policy for her home office.
And this would be the reason.

Buddy T decided to do a little remodeling
as a surprise for his mom

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.
Scampers Online Reservations and Account Management
Our online management system, 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 - whether full day or half day - as well as upload photos and documents, and, for speed and convenience, you can 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.
Reservations, please!

We're filling up these days! Often!

Please make sure you get your reservations into our system, whether via the GingrApp Portal, or by phone or email. We are also very happy to set up recurring appointments for our customers who have predictable schedules.

(This picture is a little bit exaggerated, by the way. They all gathered around because they wanted to know what Amanda had in her hand.)


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!

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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