Weekly Recap – Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy End of Valentine’s Week!

What a gorgeous day we’re having! We sure hope many of you are able to get out into that sunshine and collect some of that delicious Vitamin D.

We’re bringing your pooches outside often and for extended visits – they’re all going to come home with suntans today.

Dogs get stomach bugs too
We have seen a jump in the number of pooches with tender tummies recently, and have learned about a canine stomach virus that appears to be making the rounds.

A pooch with this stomach bug may experience symptoms of lethargy, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, cramping, and diarrhea. Does this sound familiar? In other words, they can be just as miserable as you probably remember being when you’ve had a nasty stomach bug.

Veterinarians can offer medications to ease the gastric distress, so please do contact your vet if your pooch starts to show any of those nasty symptoms.

The Dog Health Guide website offers this thorough guide to some of the symptoms of canine gastric disorders, and what they can mean.

Scampers Hours
We are learning that many of our customers lead very active lives that start very early in the morning and run into the evening.

When we drive up to open up shop first thing in the morning, we usually find several cars waiting in our parking lot, with very excited dogs who are anxiously awaiting our arrival and would dearly love to come in along with us, even though the bulk our morning staff doesn’t arrive until 7 a.m.

We ask your patience, though, as our pre-opening staff have boarding dogs to feed, water bowls to set out, along with a myriad of other preparatory tasks.

Note: From time to time, we may set up a pre-opening hour appointment, so you may see one of us bring a dog in early. In those cases, we have arranged for a staffer to handle the appointment.

For our later pickup families, please keep in mind that our premises is used for training events after hours, so it is important that all daycare pooches have departed by 7 p.m., so our evening staff can finish their end-of-day tasks.

Friday Funny
Every once in a while we come across a dog-oriented joke that we just have to share.

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.

…this one’s today’s, chosen in recognition of Valentine’s Week.

Pooch Need a Spruce-Up?
Chris Sugarbaker, Cut-N-Run’s groomer-in-chief is back to his bi-weekly schedule, and his next visit will be Tuesday, February 19th.

If you’re pooch is due for a spruce-up, keep in mind that Chris’ schedule often fills up, so claim time for your pooch ASAP.

K9 Nose Work Classes at Scampers – February 8th – February 22 Class Underway
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 is offering K9 Nose Work Classes using Scampers facility.

For information on the next class, give Vicki a call at 206-849-7643. More information is also available as Scampers front desk.

Scampers Boarding
Scampers has been hosting boarding dogs for several months, and we’ve found our visitors to be quite content and relaxed during their stays. They are in a familiar environment, with familiar people, and surrounded daily by all their favorite playmates.

Our busiest times are the holiday weekends and our suites do fill up, so be sure to get your reservations in early.

Note that there is a premium charge for July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Click here to download a Boarding Request Form.

Pawlogic News
Cathy Madson of Pawlogic Dog Training holds group classes at Scampers location.

Cathy offers classes including Basic Obedience, Continuing Obedience and Real Life Training, and Introduction to Obedience for Puppies.

For more information or to register your dog in any of the classes, call Cathy at 425 443 5280.

Watch for more exciting information on new classes in our upcoming newsletters.

Heard ’round the water bowl
We’re excited to be adding new personalities each week. Our frequent campers are doing their best to make them feel welcome. Here’s some of the gossip heard ’round the water bowl:
“Lily, thank you for being such a nice hostess for newbie, Sadie, on Monday. She’s quite a playful girl, though, so she certainly got into the swing of things quickly!”

“That’s for sure! And then on Thursday, it was Black Lab Annie, and while she started out shy, she warmed up very nicely.”

“Puppy Weezy was an easy fit with the Littles on Tuesday, too. She found lots of good friends to hang out with, and she even got some help to practice her rassling & chase skills.”

“Lucy S. was so happy to meet a lovely selection of new friends this morning, and she loved sharing the sunshine with them too.

“Roxy Shiba sure had a good time with her new friends in the Mediums group. She had such a great time with Kimi, Zola and Ezelle – they’re all going to be good friends.”

“We’re expecting some new friends to join us next week too. I just love meeting all these new fun friends. We keep on building new and wonderful friendships.”

Please Remember to Reserve Ahead!
Our drop in space has become very limited. Occasionally, we’ve had to place a sign on our door to say we had maxed out our current capacity for our staffing levels.

Please remember to reserve ahead via email or phone to be sure we have space for your pooch.

We’d hate to have to turn anyone away, but we maintain our dogs to wranglers ratios as a matter of safety.

As always, if you have a particular attendance pattern you’d like to claim, please let us know what that is if you haven’t already done so.

Wishing you and your pooches a wonderful weekend. Enjoy those early spring rays!
Very best regards,
Linda Olsen and Stina Hughes
Scampers Daycamp for Dogs

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