Scampers Weekly Recap – October 23, 2015

Scampers Weekly Recap - October 23, 2015
 Dear --Valued Customer--

The Scampers family is about to celebrate our 5th anniversary of hosting and caring for your pooches. We opened our doors on October 25th, 2010, to one guest dog, Sasha, and Stina, Rosie and Biscuit did their best to keep her entertained and happy.

Within the week, we had added corgis Gloria and Schuster, Jax Weenie, and Penny A. And the following week, we added Whiskey, Chester and Mojo.

Chris started grooming pooches that first month, and we continued to add new pooches to our roster. Abby F, Baxter, Butkus, Scout, Max Schnauzer, Scarlet... They came, and we fell in love with each in turn, and while many have moved on and are sorely missed, many continue as regulars on our roster.

We are amazed and bemused at how Scampers has changed over the years. We're now hosting about 85 dogs per day, and we've added overnight boarding for our campers as well as weekend daycare.
We're immensely proud of what Scampers has become, and so grateful to our wonderful staff for helping us to grow and develop to this point.

We're especially grateful to you, our wonderful clients, for entrusting your beloved pooches to our care. You are truly the best, and we're looking forward to sharing our celebration with you next week.

There's only a week left - we're hoping for more votes!

We're thrilled to have been nominated for the third year in a row to King5 Best of Western Washington in the Best Doggie Daycare category.

Last year, we were very honored to be named to the top 5 of about 120 contestants.

This year we're not faring so well, but we hope to gain some ground with a last campaign push for your votes. Of course earning your continued trust is by far our most important goal, but
we sure hope you'll take a moment to vote for us. We'd love to end up in the Top 5 again!

Living in the seismically active Pacific Northwest, we at Scampers are aware of the threat of earthquakes; and while we have a plan in place for handling the dogs in that eventuality, we also knew there was lots more preparation to be done.

In August, former Scampers wrangler, Elise Poston, a trainer for CERT, provided training for our staff in Emergency Preparedness. We all found the information so interesting and compelling, and in just an hour's time we'd gained a much stronger understanding of what we can do at Scampers, as well as individually, to be prepared in case of disaster - earthquakes, fires, etc.

We're offering the same seminar to our Scampers campers family members, at no cost, as a community service.

If you'd like to attend the seminar on November 14th, click this link to send us an email. While there is a limit to how many we can accommodate for this seminar, and response has been strong, we do still have room for attendees.

Note: We plan to schedule a second showing, as this event has raised quite a lot of enthusiasm.
PupPod is the new fun and training game for your dog that everyone is talking about.

We took the PupPod prototype for a test drive at Scampers recently, and everyone who had a chance to try it out had a grand time with it. They found they could make goodies appear by carrying out little tasks.
They had a great time learning and playing - well, how can you NOT have fun discovering the way to generate a bonanza of treats.
We're making plans with the PupPod developers to use PupPod in future to entertain your pooches at Scampers. Watch this space...

psssst... It's going to be so much fun!
Calling for your photo submissions:
October Pooch of the Month - Halloween Theme

We know many of our campers are great fans of Halloween ... or their people are!
There are some brilliant costumes for dogs of all sizes, and we always get such a kick out of seeing our friends all dressed up!

Send us the photos of your pooches in costume, and we'll have a Halloween-themed Pooch of the Month for October.

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".

This week was a busy week for the Welcome Waggin team.

We met Willie on Tuesday. He's a young Labradoodle, always looking for a party - the wetter, the better!

On Wednesday, we met Winston P, the little Double Doodle - he's a cutie-pie, and wears his chocolate brown Zoro mask with panache.

We also welcomed Callie the Shih Tzu on Wednesday. She's just made the very long drive from Atlanta, and seems to be enjoying her new home. She certainly fit right in with the whole Camping routine, but we understand she's had plenty of practice with that sort of thing.
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. Some weekends have found our facility absolutely full to the brim with happy campers!

Remember to get your boarding requests in early to make sure there's room enough for your pooches, especially for the upcoming holidays.

Samson is a frequent Scampers boarder. Here he is greeting the morning staff with his great big grin!
This is Gunde, relaxing during her recent weekend with us. Gunde used to be a regular camper and we've missed her wily sense of humor, so we're glad she still comes to board once in a while.
Sibling Berner-Golden mix pups Nox and Oris found a nice spot for a mid-day nap - boarding is tiring work for these active and mischievous pups.
Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-N-Run, mobile groomer extraordinaire will make his next visit to Scampers on Tuesday, October 27th.

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 ... 
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:


Big Jax R didn't quite make it all the way onto his bed. (It's not like the target was too small for this Great Dane Lab mix.)
Avery's got a nice comfy spot for her post-Scampers snooze.

(Red is certainly her color, don't you think?)

This is Sophus, who couldn't muster up enough energy to get all the way into his bed.

Poor Maggie was so tired, she took her nap right in the middle of the kitchen floor.

Murphy O has a cushy corner for his post-Scampers recovery. His human reports that it doesn't take long for him to recharge.

We know we have lots of Seahawks fans in our Scampers community. Here's where we'll post your 12th Dog pics. We're looking forward to seeing LOTS of those over the next few months.

This is 12th Dog, Izzy, a true fan: all smiles and cheerful squeals.

Nelson is right at home,
at the Home of the 12th man!

Charlotte is showing off her pretty chapeau.

Xi'An is practicing for her runway debut.

Here's Flapjack, showing her enthusiasm for her favorite team.

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. 

Miss Mimi enjoyed her visit to Mulkiteo, especially the fresh sea breezes.

Shay enjoyed hanging out at Twanoh State Park Beach.Doesn't she look gorgeous in this light?

Finley is awestruck by the majesty of Crater Lake.

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

Here's Charlie R, wearing his chicken bag. This is how Sally found him when she returned home one day.

We were not at all surprised to learn that Charlie R's littermate, Gunnar McL, is equally talented. This is Gunnar's attempt at helping around the office. We're pretty sure this is why he spends time with us at 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.
Is anyone noticing a trend? Those yellow labs can be so charming, and so helpful!
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.
It's a very easy process to set up or change recurring appointments for your pooches. Just stop by our front desk or let us know by email if you'd like to set up, change, or confirm recurring appointments for your campers.
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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