Weekly Recap – Friday, February 22, 2013

Winter’s winding its way towards spring, and we’ve had some blustery days, some days of sunshine, other days of bitter cold.

Your pooches are getting as much outside time as we can give them, and on a day like today, we’re all looking forward to the warmth to come.

What’s in a Name?
Have you ever noticed, when reading the report cards we send home with your pooch, that some of their playpals’ names are very interesting? Scampers hosts many pooches with very creative monikers.

Here are a few examples to tickle your fancy:
• Rebel
• General Lee
• Captain Jack Sparrow
• Canuto
• Remus
• Azby
• Enzo
• Sagan
• Atom
• Grey
• Bojangles
• Digby
• Dallas
• Berlin
• Beijing
• Echo
• Pebbles
• Tissue
• Sharpie
• Zeppelin
• QQ
• Agate
• Pepper
• Tofu
• Cinnamon
• Peanut
• Beans
• Bones
• Matisse
• Makena
• Klaus
• Hanzo
• Vector
• Apu (Tagalog for Grandchild?!)
• Sophus
• Davenport
• Trillian
• Phineas
• Paxos
• Nimbus
• Shugga
• Opie
• Weezy

And four named after mountains:
• McKinley
• Shuksan
• Stelvio
• Rainier

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

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.

Pooch Need a Spruce-Up?
Cut-N-Run’s groomer-in-chief, Chris Sugarbaker, is planning his next visit for Tuesday, March 5th.

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
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.

Her February classes are already well underway, but 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 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.

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:
“We have really been enjoying little guy, Sophus, this week. The little Welsh Terrier has been welcomed by both the Littles and the Mediums – mutt-li-talented!”

“Another pooch who launched right into the fun was Rainier – just let him loose – he’s such a playful fellow.”

“Jacs and Jax were both a little shy to start, but soon were into the full social whirl. Different pooches, different play friends, but both on the shy side and while the spellings are different, the names sound the same.”

“Sadie Puppy had a lovely day yesterday – she found lots of friends to play with, and most of them were just about her size – Little!”

“Scout was today’s intro to the Littles group – he began playing quite early on, once he’d had time to meet all the pooches and all the humans. He’ll have a fine time with his fellow campers.”

“Bones and Rebel sure had a fun entry into the Scampers Big Dog Society. Ripley, we all saw you playing with them. What a nice addition to the group!”

“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.

A “Reply” to this email works very well, or click this link to send an email request as does a quick phone call.

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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