Weekly Recap – Friday, January 18, 2013

We are all feeling our way through the frozen fog each morning and evening, but – amazingly enough – we all seem to find our way to Scampers and home again.

Your pooches seem to enjoy the sparkling mists of the early mornings, though, and they love skating and racing around on the frozen puddles – all that slipping and sliding has become part of the morning chase game.

Introducing Friday Funnies
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 todays.

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 next Tuesday, January 22nd.

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 – Now Enrolling for February 8th – February 22

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.

The next classes are scheduled to run Friday evenings from Feb 8th to Feb 22nd. If you’re interested in enrolling your pooch, give Vicki a call at 206-849-7643.
More information is available as Scampers front desk.

Why does Scampers require vaccinations against Bordetella every 6 months?
Dogs who are in close contact with other dogs on a frequent basis, as at a doggy day care, are more susceptible to Bordetella (Kennel Cough). Bordetella has an incubation period of one to two weeks, is an airborne contagion, and is extremely contagious. Furthermore, we have learned the vaccine for Bordetella becomes less effective over time, and by month 8, it is no longer providing adequate protection. We noticed, in prior outbreaks, that those dogs whose vaccines were at 8 months and older were the ones who suffered the most.

As most doggy daycares and boarding facilities in the region, Scampers requires attending dogs to be on a 6-month repeat cycle of the Bordetella vaccine.

If your dog was vaccinated more than 6 months ago, please be sure to schedule a booster shot as soon as possible.

We recommend that you ask your veterinarian to double up on the frequency of their reminder to you for the Bordetella vaccination in their reminder system.

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:

“What a busy couple of weeks our Welcome Waggin’ team has had – we’ve been welcoming new pooches almost every day!”

“When newbies come in pairs, it’s so convenient. Yesterday, Winston and Mia joined us, and Winston was so at ease that he helped to make Mia feel more at home. Today she’s having a very nice time. She seems to have gotten the hang of it.”

“Fred was such a busy boy yesterday – he must have been completely tuckered out by the time he got home.”

“And I’ll bet Tank was too – he got to play with both the Big Dogs and the Middles, and found great friends in both sections. He probably had running dreams all night!”

“Ponyo is sure a sweetheart! She sure hit it off with MaxMor, the Fox Terrier pup.”

“Oh, Lily, we could all see you enjoyed your day with Tiger. He’s a handsome and smiley fellow, and that gorgeous flag of a tail is spectacular!”

“Did everyone have a chance to meet Phineas? He’s such a perfect combination of Frenchie and Boston. If you ever get the chance, take my advice and ask him for a dance!”

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 a wonderful weekend. Stay warm and safe. When that sun comes out, be sure to catch some of those rays!

Best regards,
Linda Olsen and Stina Hughes
Scampers Daycamp for Dogs

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