What a lovely pooch we’ve gained today. She’s a soft-eyed Chocolate Lab with tawny golden highlights.
Abby’s just over a year and a half old, and while she’s certainly a gentle soul, she’s got plenty of play in her. She’s keeping Gloria and Schuster really busy!
By Admin on November 3, 2010 in Business
Scampers Daycamp for Dogs, located on 124th Street in Totem Lake, is the latest business opening to focus on your “best friends”.
Co-owners Stina Hughes and Linda Olsen, a sister act whose love for their own dogs drove them to start the business, celebrated their “soft” opening on Monday, October 25th.
There is a very large population density of dogs in greater Seattle’s eastside region, and while Seattle itself has many excellent dog daycare facilities, those already on the eastside thus far offer plenty of acreage but not as much convenience. Locating a large facility on 124th Street, between I-405 and Willows allows Scampers to serve the communities of Kirkland, Bellevue and Redmond as well as workers commuting to and from Microsoft, Nintendo, Evergreen Hospital and so many other employers in the vicinity.
With a neighboring wetland, one major challenge the city posed the Scampers owners was to protect the water table and limit the impact on the water treatment systems. To comply, the ladies contracted In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes to install a proper Rain Garden. Now, “dirty” water and storm runoff goes through a landscaped depression that is filled with varying substrates, designed to filter it prior to it reaching the storm water system and the neighboring wetland.
Other green features include the recycled rubber flooring installed throughout the indoor area and locating a full-spectrum, one-stage cleanser/disinfectant that is fully biodegradable. The Scampers team also uses biodegradable bags for removal of solid waste rather than adding more plastic to the landfills.
Beyond researching green options, the sisters spent an extended period with an animal behaviorist in Oregon, learning the science and art of dog pack management first hand. “We would not have dared enter into this business without as complete an understanding as we could gain of how dogs behave in a pack,” Hughes explains.
“Until you have explored how dogs’ brains truly work, no one can be confident of how to anticipate, assess and minimize a high state of arousal – when a dog goes beyond their cognitive brain function to their limbic state” adds Olsen. “Safety for our staff as well as every dog entrusted to our care is our utmost concern,” says Hughes, “it is one of the reasons that all Scampers campers are temperament tested before joining our pack.”
“We’re very excited to have finally opened our doors. We’re meeting some truly wonderful dogs and their owners,” says Olsen. “The owners get the peace of mind of knowing their dogs are lovingly cared for while they work or run errands and the dogs simply get to: ‘Play all day. Go home happy’ – to borrow from our tag line.”
Scampers Daycamp for Dogs
12532 124th Street NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
If you are thinking about finding a new avenue for your best friend’s enrichment, you may want to consider dog daycare. Sure, the local off-leash park can be a great outlet for their pent up energy. But how much to do you really know about the other dogs there? Do their owners truly have the ability to control their dog(s) should an incident occur? Is anyone there trained in canine first aid? These are all factors you should consider when you venture out for group play with your dog.
For example, do you know which breed of dog is most commonly put down due to uncontrolled biting behavior? It may surprise you to learn that it is the Cocker Spaniel.
Dogs are pack animals, descended from wolves, and it is important to know how their brains work when they get together. It is also important to know that as pack animals, they really are enriched by spending time within a familiar pack on a regular basis. This kind of socialization truly helps them gain a more complete sense of self, as they define their place within a known group.
Dog daycare facilities offer a safe, controlled environment where your dog can interact with other dogs and gain self-realization. Daycare staffers are often trained in canine first aid, and while many have learned a great deal about pack dynamics simply from prolonged exposure to this kind of environment, some have sought specialized training to maximize the safety of both staff and canine visitors. Further, dogs at these facilities are always current with their shots and have undergone temperament tests, so you can have a much greater level of comfort about the group.
If you are wrestling with how to socialize or occupy your dog during the day, consider dog daycare – your dog will become a better canine citizen and you will feel better knowing you contributing to your dog’s sense of well-being.
Dear Scampers People –
We are so excited about the way this week has shaped up at Scampers. We have met and hosted so many wonderful dogs and watched as they have formed friendships with each other. We’ve also met a lot of new people who have heard about us or seen us and have dropped in to check out the action.
We are posting photos and videos of your pooches as they join the Scampers roster, and as often as we can catch all the great photo ops that present themselves. Highlights this week include the Dance of Mojo and Sasha, petite Penny doing her best to pick up a toy twice her weight, Kodi getting a back rub that helped his molting along by at least a full day, Whiskey modeling her Halloween costume for Eric, Jax washing Stina’s face, Gloria and Shuster and Rosie nose to nose to nose, and Sasha greeting Chris Sugarbaker who joins the Scampers team once a week as a mobile groomer. Have a look at our Gallery page, and you’ll see the kind of week it was.
We’re looking forward to seeing you and your pooches again next week as Kodi, Kai and Alice join the pooch community. We still have lots of room, though, so if you know people who need a place like Scampers for their pooches, by all means, forward this message along to them.
Thank you very much for sharing your pooches with us. We love them too!
p.s. Pick up a copy of today’s Redmond Reporter to read an article submitted by Stina.
Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-N-Run is now offering grooming services to Scampers customers. He brings his mobile grooming van once a week, and is available for anything from a pooch pedicure to a full wash-cut-style.
Chris has some twenty years experience as an animal groomer, and has an amazing rapport with animals. We love when Chris comes to Scampers, but the dogs love it even more! He has a way of charming them first with a kind of dog-music that he makes with his mouth, and then with the wonderful massage and fur fluffing to help the dogs shed their excesses.
To arrange Chris’ grooming services for your pooch, call us anytime or ask us the next time you visit and we’ll reserve some time in Chris’ schedule.
We welcomed Penny to our pup population on Tuesday, when she came for a half-day visit to see if she liked our offering, and we were delighted to see her return for more yesterday. She’s a little one-year-old Shih Tzu with the softest coat and the longest plume of a tail, and apparently no recognition of her limitations – in the photo below, she’s trying to pick this thing up and take it to another corner.
It starts with a polite bow, to indicate this is meant to be play.
The Dance is only for two like-minded, consenting pooches, and be a blur of constant flowing motion and very even give and take from both parties.
Here, Mojo and Sasha are chasing a “satellite” – a great toy for all sizes of dog.
Sasha and Mojo met just today, but they’re destined to be great friends.
Watch out, though – when picked up, he tends to lick about the head and neck.
Stina’s getting her face and ears Jax-scrubbed. Apparently she enjoys it!
Eric didn’t mind so much either – he’s still friends despite the through ear-washing he got a few minutes earlier. (See how clean they are!?)
Now Jax is having some finger gnawing time with Eric.