Scampers Weekly Recap – October 27, 2017

Scampers Weekly Recap - October 27, 2017
Dear --Valued Customer--
We may be in the Pacific Northwest, but we seem to be having a New England style autumn. Our trees are beautifully gilded, our skies are beautifully blue, and our pooches are all loving this cool, crisp October. It's sweater season, even for dogs!

We are promised a few more days of this glorious stuff, so make sure to get out there and enjoy every minute of it before the skies change.
Calling for Halloween Dress-Up Pics
We're collecting pictures of your pooches all costumed-up for Halloween. Click this link to send your pics via email.

One of our early campers, Bella Lee
Scampers Just Had Its 7th Anniversary!
We opened the doors to Scampers Kirland with great anticipation - and trepidation - on October 25, 2010.

So much has changed over those seven years, but we're just where we want to be, we're just as proud as we can be of what we've become, and - now that we've seen how well our Bellevue shop has developed - we're very excited about where we're going over the next seven years. 
We took a little trip down memory lane and found some pics from our earliest days, with some of our original campers. With a collection like this, you can see why we chose this business!
We hope you enjoyed our pictorial retrospective. We sure enjoyed it!

Thank you very much to all of our customers, and to all who have shared in Scampers' first seven years, for making our journey so much fun.
We have loaded up our Facebook page with a selection of photos of your pooches taken by our wranglers during this past month.

The idea is to go in and vote for all your favorites, and maybe do a little lobbying too! The pic with the most "Likes" will grace the lobbies of Scampers for the month of November.

And this beauty is Cassie, our
October Pooch of the Month
After many successful years in the wireless phone industry as an Executive Administrative Assistant Heather decided it was time for a career change. She traded in cell phones and spreadsheets for wagging tails and wet noses. It has been a rewarding journey, from dog walking, to boarding care and finally the perfect fit of doggie daycare here at Scampers where she makes her home.

Heather has been with us for over five years now and has watched Scampers change and grow dramatically. In that time, she has cared for and loved all your pooches as they’ve come and gone over the years.  She remembers all their names, or at least their furry faces, and may even still have old photos saved on a now obsolete cell phone, of which she has many.

These days she puts her administrative skills to good use as the Client Relations Manager although her favorite part of the day is greeting each of you and your pups as they arrive for camp. She still gets in some one-on-one pooch time during afterhours dog walks, which is how this exciting chapter first began.

She lives with her husband, Josh, and their two dogs Max and Penny. Their favorite past time is lounging on the sofa, eating something yummy while watching a good tv show.

Every once in a while we come across a dog-oriented joke.

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.
Heard 'Round the Water Bowl
We're a pretty close knit group of pooches - we form strong friendships, and we get to know each other very well. When new pooches join us, we love to introduce them around and get them started in their Scampering adventures - that's why they call us the "Welcome Waggin".
Our Welcome Waggin team was happy to welcome newbies at both locations again this week.

Afternoon lull, indoors on
a rainy Wednesday.


Remy M squires baby Sunny...

Wilson the Doodle was our Tuesday newbie at Kirkland, and the big dogs made sure to make him feel at ease and welcome. Meanwhile, in Bellevue, Tilly the Brittany Spaniel got to meet the Bellevue bunch, introducing herself all around.

The Kirkland Welcome Waggin' did a good job of showing pretty Zoe the Husky mix around and showing her how we have fun.

Thursday, Sunny the Chocolate Lab pup captured everyone's hearts in Kirkland, while Viktor the Frenchie tried us on for size - he's finding it all fits very well indeed. At the same time, George R, the young Chihuahua mix, found his stride early on at Bellevue, while little puppy Sully the Wheaton Terrier charmed everyone in his Bellevue Bunch.

We're happy to be showing Jackson the Wheaton Terrier how we play today - Yay! It's Friday, time to party like the weekend's about to start!
Welcome all. We're delighted to share our days with you.
Hey, Peeps, don't forget, if you're curious about how we spend our days and you're not quite sure what those report cards really mean, check out the photos and videos our wranglers are posting on the Scampers Facebook page.

Brandon's selfie with
Jett, Remy and Dixie
We've added Instagram to our assortment of Social Media tools. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Moose and many of his closest friends
enjoy a lunchtime snooze.
Every once in a while we receive a photo from one of our customers showing us what their beloveds are doing after their day at Scampers.
We have a lot of young families introducing their furbabies to their new human babies - we love sharing those pictures with our newsletter audience! Click here to send your pics in via email.

Luna Blue is taking good care
of her new baby sister, Julia

Morty meets his new Little Brother, Kiernan.
Morty's displaying love ears, gentle forehead wrinkles, soft eyes and a sweet, toothy smile!
Apparently, young English Setter Leica is getting lots of exercise when she comes to Scampers. Here's what she looks like at home.

Little Pugador, Rocky,
after a day of play!

Sweet Olaf
and his great big
This category of owner-contributed pics features dogs enjoying their extracurricular fun.
This is where we'll post the pics we've received of your pooches enjoying summer vacations, beach roaming, ball games, and any other such general exploring. 

Buddy T
shows off his ball skills
for the photographer

Kitty-Kat "Ketchup"
doesn't want
his pooch Bandit to leave
We have also received some great shots documenting "The Real Reason" you bring your furkids to Scampers.

Pretty Abby G
is helping to unpack
mysterious things at the office.
Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-N-Run, mobile groomer extraordinaire has been serving our Kirkland clients every second Tuesday since we opened in 2010.

Chris will make his next visit to serve our Kirkland clients this coming Tuesday, November 7th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, November 21st.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, October 30th and his next visit will be Monday, November 13th. As a general rule, he'll be visiting Bellevue on alternate Mondays, with the occasional switch when there's a holiday that interferes.

Keep in mind that Chris' grooming schedule often fills up, so it's important to get your reservations in early.
Our boarding facilities at both locations can be very busy, and - particularly during holiday and summer seasons - we're often fully booked! Please remember to get your boarding requests in early to make sure there's room enough for your pooches.

Your boarding requests can be submitted via GingrApp, or you can give us a call to check and see if there's space available.

Remember, if our boarding facility at Kirkland is full, there may be space available at our Bellevue shop and vice versa. We'll always do our best to accommodate you.
Why Scampers Boarding Drop Off Times Matter
We ask that boarders be dropped off before noon, although exceptions can be made in case of an emergency.

Arriving at Scampers is very stimulating for your pooches - even after a busy day of adventuring elsewhere - and it takes several hours for the incomers to settle down. And one stimulated pooch means a whole houseful of stimulated pooches.

One of the reasons that Scampers boarding facilities works well for most of our guests is that the guests are good and tired after a day of playing, roving and sniffing. Of course, as we all know, a tired dog is a good dog.
Safety Reminders:
Dogs on Leashes, Pretty Please!
Some dogs jump up on people to greet them, whether the jumpees want to be greeted or not. Others feel the need to protect their owners. Some are just too darned excited to contain themselves and bolt, sometimes in some very surprising directions.

There are so many things that could go awry, and we worry.

For safety's sake, please be sure to have your dogs on leashes and well under control while moving them between your car and our reception area.

If you need to borrow a leash, we always have a loaner leash available in our reception area.
We are hosting a lot of pooches these days, and, believe it or not, we have an awful lot of Look-Alikes! Of course, it's always a good idea to have your furbabies clearly identified, just in case of the unthinkable, but every once in a while our wranglers would so appreciate just a bit of help identifying which one is which, just every once in a while.

Hello, My Name Is...
Please Navigate our Parking Lots with Caution!
Remember, there are dogs crossing. And people.

And, in our Bellevue lot, which is shared with a car dealership,  we've noticed there are many non-Scampers drivers (some of them have obviously never walked a dog) and, from what we've observed, they're all frustrated Formula 1 drivers.

PLEASE take care when navigating our parking lots, whether you're doing the walking or the driving. We sure don't want any nasty accidents!
Give em a quick stroll first, please!
Remember, arriving at daycare is extra-stimulating. We often have pooches empty out in the lobby because they just can't contain themselves any longer!

If you're bringing your pooch into Scampers after a long car ride, please give them a quick toodle around the bushes or pillars before bringing them inside.

Any poops can be delivered to the green garbage cans - if you need a poop bag, just pop in and ask for one!
We know how much you love your furbabies - that's why you bring them to Scampers, after all. But please remember that very few dogs require more than two meals per day, and for many, one is enough.

We happily provide meal service for very young puppies who really do need a mid-day meal to support their growing bodies, and for dogs whose veterinarians prescribe a mid-day meal, e.g., dogs on certain medications or who have metabolic, gastric, or intestinal conditions; otherwise, however, if your pooch is over 6 months old, please do not bring snacks and meals for them.

Frankly, we're having a tough time staffing for the demand lately, and because so many  on our lunch list don't really need a meal, they're reluctant to eat, and our staffers are hand feeding them, coaxing them, singing to them... They really don't need it, honest!

A gentle reminder that Scampers daycare hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and our weekend and holiday daycare hours are by appointment only,  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In the case of an emergency, we are able to make the accommodation for extended stay. Please call us, though, to advise.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Very best regards,
Linda Olsen and Stina Hughes 
Scampers Daycamp for Dogs

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