Weekly Recap – Friday, January 25, 2013

We’re seeing pockets of a lovely day – can we hope they’re meant to be a lead-in to a lovely weekend?

We’re definitely seeing evidence of changes, with our days a little brighter, a little longer, and a little busier.

Our camper rosters seem to be growing by a few noses each week. We’ve even expanded into our back room play area a few times. It’s a good thing we found some more wranglers to help us handle all these fun four-legged party-goers.

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 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, February 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 – 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 NewsCathy 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.

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:
“It was great fun introducing Sammy to the group – it was like he was meant to be with all us crazies.”

“Tynan was just the same – that boy was born to party, I am sure.”

“On Abbie’s Littles side, sweetie pie Chloe was a little shy, but still lovely. Abbie, I’m sure I heard you remark that by her third day, she’d relaxed into the routine very nicely.”

“Chief was a very good addition to the Medium dog group – as a puppy, all he has to do is wiggle a little to charm his way into any number of new friendships. Oscar was so much the same – he’s a big-time player for the group.”

“Lily also got to hang out with big boy, Maximus, the newest of the Bulldogs. He’s got plenty of get-up-and-go going on at all times, too!”

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

Linda Olsen and Stina Hughes
Scampers Daycamp for Dogs

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