Weekly Recap – Friday, March 29, 2013

Can you believe it snowed on us a week ago? Today, we’re lounging out in our yard with your pooches, watching the fence installation and soaking up the rays!

Yes, more improvements to our fencing – this time to our outside yard fencing, and clearly just in time! With weather like this, we just have to be outdoors as much as possible.

Pooch Need a Spruce-Up?
Cut-N-Run’s groomer-in-chief, Chris Sugarbaker, is planning his next visit for this Tuesday, April 2nd.

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.

Pooch of the Month – Voting Now Open
We have uploaded a selection from the first two batches of photos taken of your pooches at Scampers by Mark Smolenski of Thialfi Photography for your Pooch of the Month voting fun. Visit our Facebook page to check out the album and vote for your favorites. (BTW: Next month, there will be a whole new bunch!)

This is Bubba, whose photo graces the information folder Mark has placed in Scampers reception area for people who are interested in having photos of their pooches printed professionally.

Note: While Mark will return to Scampers from time to time, the visits will be less frequent. If you’d like professional quality shots of your furry friends, let us know and we’ll let you know when he plans to set up his studio again.

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.

What’s Your Scampers Story?
Does your dog know when it’s a Scampers day? Does he start jumping in circles at the mention of “school”? At the end of a day of Scampers romping and roving, does your dog conk out in his food bowl, or the back seat of your car?

We’ve been hearing some fun Scampers stories lately, and we’d love to add them to our website’s About Scampers section, where we have a collection of our customers’ comments and stories. We haven’t updated that in quite a long time, and it needs some fresh material.

Drop us a quick email with your story, and we’ll feature it on our About page, and maybe also on our Facebook page.

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.

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.

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 425 443 5280 to book classes for your pooch with Cathy.

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

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.

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 just want to know, Abbie, how it felt to see yourself, but all in white – Falcor is such a gorgeous pooch, too. Of course, he looks so much like you!”

“We loved welcoming Kiedis to the big dog group. He’s a good play pal, and loves cuddling with the wranglers too.”

“Pretty Lily Lab-Mix seemed to find her play circle quite quickly. They’re all looking forward to her next visit.”

“Maynard seemed like a good fellow. He has some years on him, but that makes him a very well-rounded and interesting conversationalist. At the same time, cutie-pooch Finn was so adorable and innocent and young – the perfect foil for Maynard.”

“Phoebe Doodle sure enjoyed romping with some of her cousin doodles the other day. I hear she’s coming back for some weekend fun with the boarders!”

“We’re looking forward to seeing our new friends again very soon, and, of course, to meeting more new friends in the coming weeks.”

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.

It’s going to be a great weekend for barbecues and sunscreen. Enjoy, and play safely.

Linda Olsen and Stina Hughes
Scampers Daycamp for Dogs

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