Scampers Weekly Recap – March 25, 2016

Scampers Weekly Recap - March 25, 2016
 Dear --Valued Customer--

We've been hosting so many dogs this week, we're filling up every day - we've been "just hopping" all week long. Perhaps we're all feeling the spirit of the Easter Bunny!

This pooch is wearing his Easter Bunny costume.

He's saying:

 Happy Easter, Everyone! 
Happy International Puppy Day

This past Wednesday was International Puppy Day. We've been welcoming so many new puppies recently, so we're delighted that someone has decided to celebrate puppies by creating a holiday just for them.

Some estimates put your pet’s chances of being lost someday at 1 in 3. Although no one wants to think of such a terrible event, good planning can ensure that your pet finds his way home again.

In addition to keeping collars and tags in good condition, microchipping your pets is a good option. A microchip is injected just under the skin, usually at the back of the neck. Over time, the chip may move throughout the body, but shelters and veterinarians will scan the entire body for a chip.

However, even if they find a chip, they may not be able to track the owner.
Changes in address, telephone number, or ownership need to be recorded with the microchip provider’s database in order for rescuers to find the owner. You can also register your animal with a services like Home Again (, and even sign up for email alerts about missing pets in your neighborhood.

To keep your pooch safe (or even indoor cats!), make sure to chip, register, and regularly update your pet’s information.

If you find a stray animal, take it to your local veterinarian to be scanned for chips, or contact the Regional Animal Services of King County at, and fill out a Lost Animal Report to help a fellow pet owner!.

Thanks to Elise Poston for this submission. Look for more Did You Know tidbits from Elise in future editions of Scampers Weekly Recap.
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 bi-weekly visit to Scampers on Tuesday, March 29th, and while his schedule is already full for this visit. You can still set up an appointment for the following visit, on April 12th.

His grooming schedule fills up often, so if your pooch needs a spruce-up, we recommend you reserve a spot for your pooch well in advance. 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.
We're still displaying a lovely selection of Debbie Jennings' Easter-themed neckerchiefs, available to you for a $5.00 donation to the Homeward Pet collection box. You can pick one up when you pick up your pooch today! 
Weekly Report - We are delighted to report that this week we collected $47.00 for Homeward Pet through our coffee fund and the sales of the Easter-themed neckerchiefs. Thank you very much. We hope you enjoyed your coffee!

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

Today's is in honor of your
Easter Egg Hunters:
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".
This was a super-busy week for newbie campers! With as many new pooches as we've been meeting, we're so glad that easy-going play pals Cali L and Linus have joined the Welcome Waggin' team to help us with all our introductions.

Ash, the Baby German Shepherd, ventured into the party Tuesday morning. Ash is just a very young thing, still a little wobbly and bemused, but she sure likes to be with all these other fun furry beasts, and she's always happy to be cuddled.

Wednesday brought Wrigley and Georgie C to Scampers, and both were very quick to find their favorite play circles.

Daisy A, Roxy H, and Brooklyn C were our Thursday newbies. Brooklyn the Frenchie just moved right in, as if she'd been a Scampers Regular forever. Roxy H was just as playful and relaxed, and settled in beautifully. Meanwhile, over in the Active Big Dogs group, Yellow Lab Daisy A found lots of sympatico pals ready to romp n rassle with her.

Today, Black Lab Puppy Penny is making her way in the Active Big Dog group. They're big and rompy dogs, but loving and fun, and suit her to a tee.  
We're all waving goodbye and wishing Happy Tails to our Basset/Beagle girlfriend, Flapjack, who is winging her way to faraway Texas.

Thank you for sharing your Kirkland time with us. We're all going to miss you and your great big bark, um, personality!
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.
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.
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!

We are finding that the dogs who are quickest to pick up the trick of the PupPod tend to be relatively independent, have some familiarity with Kongs, and are treat-driven. (Who knew that there are some dogs who really aren't all that interested in treats?!)
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!
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!

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. 

Nurse Odie is
taking good care of Mom.

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 
Scampers Daycamp for Dogs

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