Weekly Recap – Friday, March 8, 2013

Oh, what a glorious Friday! It’s an afternoon for shirtsleeves and sunglasses, and for making plans for weekend barbecues.

Today, we have all the pooches outside basking in the sunshine and gulping lots of good fresh air. Spring is coming.

Oh, yes, and that means the clocks are changing. (Don’t forget!)

Pooch of the Month, March 2013 – Congratulations, Daphne
This one was such a Squeaker!

Congratulations to Daphne, our March 2013 Pooch of the Month.

This was the closest vote we’ve seen in some time, but she pulled out the win this time.

The campaign teams were mighty active this month, with a single vote margin and huge voter turnout. Pawesome job, Daphne! Click here to visit our Facebook page to see all our March candidates.

Baby, you otta be in pictures!
Scampers good friend and photographer extraordinaire, Mark Smolenski has set up a temporary photography studio in Scampers reception area and will be photographing pooches for the next couple of weeks.

This beautiful girl is Susie, young English Bulldog and current Scampers Lodger. Susie was one of Mark’s first models. We think he captured her best side. Notice the slight halo effect – she’s a real angel!

Mark is building up his portfolio of pooch photos for his new website and we plan to use some of his shots to refresh our Rogues’ Gallery. Electronic files of the photos will be made available to his subjects’ owners, gratis.

Let us know if you’d like professional quality shots of your furry friends and won’t mind if Mark uses those in his online portfolio.

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.

Send us your story, and we’ll feature it on our About page, and maybe also on our Facebook page.

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 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
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:
“Riley was so funny – he very quickly became a favorite friend for many of the Littles. He and Duke are great friends already.”

“Lil Bro is another quick study – a party boy with lots of energy. It’ll be so much fun when he meets fellow pugs Marty and Bruce!”

“Emma was a little more shy to start, but she warmed up to her group and became a little more comfortable. Once she found out she went home to her people at the end of the day, she was very happy with the whole Scampers arrangement.”

“Teddy was a cutie – a nice addition to the Middles group – lots of nice sniffs and wags, and then a good day of hanging out with new friends. Sam the Golden was another great addition – he is equally comfortable with the Big Dog group or the Medium Dog group, and he plays so nicely too.”

“Lily R was a little shy, but once she settles in she’ll have lots of fun. She should get to know some of the other yellow labs – Gunnar, Charlie R, Driver and Zoe S will help her to feel more at home.”

“We’re looking forward to meeting more new friends in the coming weeks. I just love meeting all these new pooches. 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.

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.

Enjoy this wonderful weekend – and don’t forget to set your clocks forward!
Very best regards,

Linda Olsen and Stina Hughes
Scampers Daycamp for Dogs

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