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Ruby

Ruby

Tarzan & Jane Wannabe

Bukit Timah
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39 recurring guests
Last booked 7 days ago
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Lives with 1 dog, 1 cat and 3 pets
Lives with Shih Tzu Ini
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Dog Boarding
24h stay, at sitter's home
40 SGD for each additional pet
50 SGD
/night
All services and rates

About Ruby

I often have close encounters with wildlife in my overseas self driven trips thus my rare unique background enables me to bond easily with the WILDEST pets. It is my professional
full-time permanent job, with my hub (Physical Education and Science teacher) as my right hand man. We are Godparents to several local and international pets.

*Help! I cannot handle when overwhelming number of pet owners look for me when they got cancelled by pet sitters. Rethink who you hire in future. Many pet owners had 4 to 5 popular pet sitters before sticking to me forever.*

*Dog owners have addressed concerns about their part time dog walkers sitting at sheltered areas and not walking their dogs, and residents' concerns about expensive pet hotels' untrained dog walkers (also high turnover rate) feeding wild monkeys and allowing dogs to pee at residents' plants. Screen dog walkers carefully. Profiles cannot be taken at face value.*

Pets will not remain well trained and well balanced if fickle owners switch unhealthily between multiple pet sitters and maids/friends/relatives/neighbors, resulting in many pets coming to me undisciplined and aggressive. I study them, build strong, long term relationships with them (and their owners), thus I have the same customers for up to 15 years or until their pets' last days. Priority goes to regular customers because long term bonding helps to reinforce discipline easily (on dogs) and train certain skills (on cats' hunting instinct) since they recognize my voice tone and no-nonsense style. I want to focus on a dedicated group of pet owners who likewise want to stick to a long term consistent pet sitter. My
background:

  • popular among pet owners who own skittish/aggressive/difficult pets and highly trained dogs
  • beck and call for a handful of Bt Timah/Holland and Robertson Quay/River Valley pet owners
  • work closely with a professional dog trainer, we share some of the same customers where he does mainly the initial training sessions while I reinforce his training during walking/boarding. We combine dog outings, exchange cat tips and advice
  • keep countless pets since 4 years old, pet owners entrust me their pets permanently after they relocate elsewhere
  • dog jog/swim since a pre Veterinary Medicine (and Music) student in the USA 20 years ago, dad's medical assistant until he retired
  • a PetSmart USA member, volunteer at local and overseas animal shelters
  • travel yearly to rural areas of Africa, Australia, Canada and the USA for wildlife study and photography at safaris, farms, national parks, lion rehabilitation camps, underwater reefs (Cairns, Hawaii, Thailand). We often self drive, spot tiny movements, listen for sounds of faraway wildlife and get up to 3 metres close to them. We get stares for being the only Asians at rural areas and certain national parks. We are Tarzan and Jane wannabes, we possess an extremely sharp sense of smell, sight and hearing. We are into Nat Geo and sciences.
  • family in Tanzania Africa & Oregon USA
  • walk/jog on average 4 to 8 dogs (from hyperactive puppies to strong 40kg sized dogs) and cat sit daily, handled several hundreds of pets to date
  • reputable music instructor teaching elite and gifted students in advanced and diploma level since 1999; held leadership roles in music directing, choir directing and music judging competition
  • FB Ruby's Animal Adventures
  • with Pawshake ever since it started Aug/Sept 2014, probably longest standing pet sitter


Rates:

No surcharge during festive/peak periods or odd hours. This is a sacrifice and passion on my part but visits/walks may be slightly shorter due to reunion dinners or festive visits/parties. Most pet sitters add surcharges even for short visits under 30 minutes or don't work during these periods at all. On my free days, I would call up regular dog customers to allow me to bring their dogs for dog runs.


Dog boarding (Vesak Day weekend in May: full; August National day weekend: 2 slots left; New Year's eve week: 2 slots left):

  • handled by my hub and me, we must assess the dog first, no last minute walk-ins
  • no separation anxiety (we need a normal life), no excessive barking (neighbors will complain for sure), non skittish (can be solved with dog walking sessions a few weeks ahead) and non aggressive (I have elderly parents)
  • garden occasionally has wildlife visitors such as cats, squirrels, birds, lizards.
    Some dogs may get spooked and bark continuously. Please double check.
  • centrally located landed property home with a big porch and garden which involves a lot of cleaning done by me; also includes 2-3 walks/day, sometimes to leash free parks; free baths and home cooked dog food
  • meant for dogs who love outdoor, huge space and grass; don't mind getting dirty and smelly (I will clean them). Not suitable for dogs with severe skin condition as they will be attacked by several flies
  • revolution/frontline required, had vaccinations, potty/grass trained
  • I will train dogs to respect boundaries and property, otherwise my tiger mom would roar because it's my parents' home
  • I am extremely selective as my place is extremely popular among expats who used to live in homes with gardens or farms, and among owners who found pet hotels too expensive with very limited time to run and roam; also very cautious due to bad experience with a neglecting dog owner which resulted in her dogs' behavioral issues and shifted blame and responsibilities to me
  • limited to 2-3 dogs at a time, no cats as it's a non cat proof house, no extremely small dogs (eg. Chihuahua) too
  • free roaming at a big sheltered porch with turbo fans where we chill out, and a huge garden (see video or FB) where dogs suntan, relieve themselves, play tag with one another, roll and run deliriously at sleeping hours and on rainy days! Shy dogs usually settle down within a day after self exploring at the big comfortable space. Leashed during open house gates and on raining periods. Many owners tell me that my home is the perfect place for dogs, and many dogs held firmly to the ground and didn't want to leave on the last day
  • 24 hours light background music (I'm a musician afterall)
  • monthly dog socialization
  • no late checkout charges, come pick up anytime! I can also send it back anytime, 24 hours. Will pick up your dog or send it home for free if you stay nearby

If you have never boarded your dog before, or if you have only boarded your dog at kennels, have him/her try out home boarding for a night or two first. Home boarding is an entirely different experience from your own home and kennels/pet hotels. Boarding at a landed property is also very different from flats/apartments/condos, as dogs get to see the outside world more and may bark at unfamiliar passing noise and movements.


House sitting (June 17 to July 14 not available):

  • limited to Bukit Timah (not Bt Batok or Bt Panjang), Farrer Rd, Botanic Gardens, Holland, Tanglin Rd, Stevens Rd as most of my pet sitting are in these areas and once in a while I may have home emergencies
  • additional charges from a 3rd pet onwards
  • we are house sitters, not maids. We will keep your home clean, but if you expect us to clean your entire home daily, we expect a fee from you or you hire a part time helper as well
  • if you'll be away for more than 2 years, I am open to house sitting for free


Dog walking/pet sitting: from 8am onwards as my place experiences high traffic volume before that due to a top elite school (my alma mater) next door. About 45 mins on regular days, longer on freer days. I cannot adhere to a particular strict timing as I go by route planning which is time and gas efficient for me. I would appreciate flexible timings.


Dog walking:

I reinforce obedience/discipline. I will NOT walk your dog if you often have other dog walkers who do it as a hobby/temp job or friends/neighbors/relatives offered it free because dogs easily pick up bad habits from them.
It is frustrating to undo these and to repeatedly retrain the dogs.
Proactive genuine dog owners have feedback that many dog walkers/boarders undermine discipline.
I have tackled mongrels, stubborn and skittish dogs who struggled with or refused other dog walkers. My physique, tanned skin and scars are proofs of experience.

I do brisk walking or jogging and in under 40 mins (sometimes within 20 mins), the dogs surrender and stop, including Huskies, Retrievers, Labs, Samoyeds, Mongrels, Pointers, Wheatens, Shepherds! I stretch their stamina and energy levels. DO NOT OVERESTIMATE your dogs and risk them getting heatstroke just because you pay for it and want to make your money's worth. Recently it was in the news that a GR got heatstroke after 20 mins at a 9+am dog run.


Pet sitting:

My face is an access pass to at least 30 condos due to my unique van and my excellent PR with security guards whom I have bonded with and some hilariously communicate with me in pet language! I only cover central areas. I have brought pets to the vet, reached homes not easily accessible, handled homes' water leakage and ant/roach problem. We have cared for pets' heartbreaking last moments while owners are away. We still keep in touch and have visited pet owners who relocated overseas, we share pet food recipes and wildlife travels. I also make my own cat toys.

As a cat sitter, I have easily tackled shy/skittish cats. Such cats have reportedly turned aggressive and attack due to multiple changing of cat sitters who also couldn't handle them. Cats will not be bribed. They look for certain characteristics in cat sitters. I studied big cats and their hunting skills/instincts from lion rehabilitation camps, and have (unexpectedly) turned some outdoor cats, Bengal, Turkish Van, Maine Coon, Persians, Ragdolls, Siberian etc into panting ninjas!


Pet taxi/transportation:

Regular customers get negotiated rates. I ferried regular dog customers in my Honda Civic for 10 years. I now have a new van! Dog owners feedback that the van is definitely better than the car. I love driving (and motorcycling), and have clocked at least 30,000km (19,000 miles) on the roads of the above countries that I have self driven.

If you have any unwanted pet food that are not yet expired and wish to donate them to pet shelters, please contact me as it's part of my volunteer work.


Below are my full time assistants. I only recruit physically active and tough ones who are willing to sweat it out:

Lyra
(physically tough, full time permanent and well rounded pet sitter) at Central area https://www.pawshake.com.sg/petsitters/singapore-central/all-pets-deserve-kind-attention-576095

Evangeline
available full time from end Feb till July
(physically tough, can handle skittish dogs, fearless) at Central area
https://www.pawshake.com.sg/sitter/2608918

Ruby's services

At the sitters's home

Dog Boarding
Dog boarding is an overnight pet care service at the sitter's home
40 SGD for each additional pet
50 SGD
/night

At your home

Dog Walking
Find a reliable dog walker
10 SGD for each additional pet
30 SGD
/walk
House Sitting
Find a trusted home sitter to watch your pet overnight in your home
80 SGD
/night
Home Visits
Book a sitter to visit your home to feed and play with your pets
66 SGD for two visits a day
33 SGD
/day

Ruby also offers

Pick up / drop off

Cancellation policy: Moderate

Full refund if cancelled before noon 7 days before the booking, 50% refund afterwards

Reviews

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Fabi, 2019-02-12

Ruby took good care of our kitten Cherry.

Communication was great, she sent us pictures and videos everyday and Cherry looked very happy and healthy when we came back.

Thank you Ruby!

Dog Boarding
Pratiwi Dwi, 2019-02-11

Ruby took care of my dog Momo during the CNY period...

She took a very good care of Momo and gave me updates daily through picture and videos..

She also help to train Momo's behavior on her walk and food, and later then taught me what she did to improve on Momo behavior

Ruby is very friendly and knowledgeable with taking care of dogs,

She handled Momo very well and she also took care another 3 dogs during the time,

Momo come home happy!!

I was worried to leave Momo behind, but Ruby assure me she will be fine and she did!

Will recommend her to dogsit :)

Thank you for taking care of Momo!

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About Ruby's Home

Ruby's home

A medium outdoor area
24/7 supervision
A fully fenced backyard
Emergency transport

Walking areas

Nearby off-leash dog area
Urban & City park

Skills

Specific Skills

I speak English & Chinese
+20 years of experience
Familiar with dog training techniques

Gift of instruction - especially in the areas of animals and performing arts. High level of patience and creativity. Highly sought after but prefer to keep a low profile as I don't want to tire myself.

Gift of leadership - often chosen to lead in performing arts area because I am firm and assertive, I build relationships and communicate/articulate well - probably contributed to easy and successful walking of stubborn and selective dogs. I am a pack leader!

Resourceful - I am very well travelled and thus blessed to have very good knowledge and connections, so I know where to get quality stuff at good deals. I have driven in to Malaysia several times, about every 3 months. Many relatives there too.

Excellent driving skills, even in heavy downpour with zero visibility or on streets with zero lights and reflectors (yes, Africa) - I have been told that I drive more than an average American in the USA itself due to the many national parks I have visited. Driven all kinds of cars, MPVs, SUVs, vans. Rode a motorbike for 10 years but stopped after getting married. Wanted to try class 4, but no time.

Planner - helped friends with overseas full trip planning, led visitors around Singapore

Sharp sense of sight (very observant, detect movements quickly), hearing (can hear distant noises like water drips/running, slight movement noise, high pitches - did much sound mixing for music bands in the past, ears get painful at loud feedback and screaming kids), smell (can detect a roach, rat or certain animal in an enclosed area; nauseat upon bad smell).

Personality - free spirited, adventurous, rugged, gutsy, strict, fussy, selective, cautious, firm, assertive, meticulous, dedicated, consistent.

Can Administer

Oral medications
Injected medications

Experience with

Animal welfare as a volunteer
Rescuing pets
Behavioural problems

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Ruby

Tarzan & Jane Wannabe

Bukit Timah
Dog Boarding
24h stay, at sitter's home
40 SGD for each additional pet
50 SGD
/night
All services and rates
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Cancellation policy: Moderate

Full refund if cancelled before noon 7 days before the booking, 50% refund afterwards

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