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Ruby

Ruby

Tarzan & Jane Wannabe

Singapore
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38 recurring guests
Last booked 9 days ago
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Lives with 1 dog, 1 cat and 3 pets
Lives with Shih Tzu Ini
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Home Dog Boarding
Overnight, away from 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. I am a Godma to several local and international pets. It is my professional
full-time and final permanent job, with my husband (Physical Education and Science teacher) as my right hand man should there be any emergencies on my side. It's a husband and wife team.

*Every Christmas and CNY, many pet owners are distressed due to their ad hoc part time pet sitters who quit or stood up. Rethink carefully who you hire in future. Go for long term committed ones (very few unfortunately). My regular customers stick to me forever because I deliberately stay during festive/peak periods just for them.*

*Dog owners have addressed concerns about their previous temp part time dog walkers sitting at sheltered areas and not walking their dogs (I have also seen it), and residents' concerns about expensive pet hotels' untrained dog walkers feeding monkeys and allowing dogs to pee at residents' plants. Please do your part in screening dog walkers. Profiles cannot be taken at face value.*

Priority goes to repeat/regular customers during festive/peak periods. I am frustrated handling non genuine customers who change their minds at the last minute or use multiple pet sitters. If I am your temporary replacement for your inconsistent/inexperienced pet sitter, then I am NOT the one for you. I go above and beyond by studying pets, building 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. Bonding is crucial for me to reinforce discipline (on dogs) and train certain skills (on cats' hunting instinct) since they recognize my voice, tone and no-nonsense style. Our bond is so deep that we
still maintain contact after pet owners have relocated permanently.
Genuine
pet owners know that it's
confusing and unhealthy for pets to have multiple pet sitters. If
you are seeking a consistent and long term pet sitter, contact me for
my kind of experience:

  • popular among pet owners who own skittish/aggressive pets
  • 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 and boarding. We combine monthly dog outings (we also invite dog owners), exchange cat tips and advice
  • keep countless pets since 4 years old, pet owners entrusted me their pets permanently after they relocated 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 regularly 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, Ko Lanta, Ko Lipe). 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 tons of creativity and patience, an extremely sharp sense of smell, sight and hearing. We have searched and helped lost dogs reunite with their owners. We are into Nat Geo and sciences.
  • have family in Tanzania Africa & Oregon USA
  • walk/jog on average 3-4 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
  • involved in music and choir directing leadership roles, I am a pack leader!
  • occasionally do some tour guiding for overseas guests
  • FB Ruby's Animal Adventures
  • with Pawshake ever since it started Aug/Sept 2014


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. Most pet sitters add surcharges even for short visits under 30 minutes or don't work during these periods at all.


Dog boarding (End Feb: 1 slot left; Easter: 2 slots left; Vesak Day weekend in May: 1 slot left; August National day weekend: 2 slots left. June to August bookings creeping in):

  • handled by my husband and me. My maid is too busy with my parents
  • held at my parents' landed property home, it is meant for dogs who love outdoor, huge space and grass, not suitable for 24 hour indoor dogs who barely touch the grass
  • revolution/frontline required, had vaccinations, potty/grass trained
  • I will train dogs to respect boundaries and property, otherwise my tiger mom would roar
  • due to a bad experience with an irresponsible owner who neglected her dogs (in bad shape) and attempted to put the blame on me (Pawshake handled her), I will screen dog owners more thoroughly now
  • limited to 3 dogs at a time, first come first served through
    confirmed
    booking as my place is extreeeeemely popular. No cats as it's a non cat proof house, no extreeeeemely small dogs too
  • no separation anxiety, no excessive barking (I have intolerant neighbors who will complain within 5 mins), non skittish (can be solved with dog walking sessions a few weeks ahead) and non aggressive (I have elderly parents)
  • free roaming most of the time at 100sqm of porch with 24 hour turbo fans running, and a 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! Timid dogs usually settle down within a day due to the large relaxed space to move comfortably and self explore. Leashed during open house gates and on raining periods. Choice of sleeping in the living room or at the sheltered porch
  • 24 hours light background music (I'm a musician afterall)
  • 2-3 walks/jogs a day, sometimes to leash free parks. Neighbors' dogs stop by to socialize. Dog trainer friend and I will invite regular customers' dogs over for monthly dog socialization (planning for more due to overwhelming response)
  • free baths, home cooked dog food
  • 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


House sitting (available only during non festive/peak periods):

  • limited to Bukit Timah (not Bt Batok or Bt Panjang), Farrer Rd, Botanic Gardens, Holland, Tanglin Rd, Stevens Rd, Queenstown as I may have family emergencies occasionally and most pet sitting in these areas
  • additional charges for 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 (45mins):

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 just because your maids took up to 2 hours to tire them out, because the truth is most maids don't walk them.

I have quality leashes, tie-out cables, stakes, tough toys of my own. I organize monthly dog outings together with other assistants or dog trainer. I often have been hired immediately off the streets after dog owners observed my style and recognized me as a genuine dog walker.


Pet visits (45mins on regular days, up to 1.5 hours on freer days): 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 drive thus 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.


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.


As a dog sitter/walker, 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. Many untrained dog walkers undermine discipline. It is frustrating to undo these and to repeatedly retrain the dogs. 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 have even been hired on the spot after dog owners observed my dog walking style and recognized me as a genuine dog walker.


As a cat sitter, I have easily tackled shy/skittish cats. Such cats have been reported to turn 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!

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

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 more than 7 days before the booking, 50% refund if cancelled within 7 days.

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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!

Home 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

Accepted pets

Puppies
< 1 year
Dog sizes
0-40 kg
Dog ages
0-20 years
Dog sex
Female & Male

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. Don't like being in the limelight. Don't wish to be over popular because I just want to care for a dedicated group of regular customers' pets.

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

Resourceful - I travel a lot and blessed to have very good connections, thus I know where to get quality stuff at good deals. I have driven in to Malaysia several times, about every 2 to 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.

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), smell (can detect a roach, rat or certain animal in an enclosed area; nauseat upon bad smell).

Personality - rugged, gutsy, free spirited, fussy, selective, meticulous, dedicated, consistent, cautious

Can Administer

Oral medications
Injected medications

Experience with

Animal welfare as a volunteer
Rescuing pets
ArtboardBehavioural problems

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Ruby

Ruby

Tarzan & Jane Wannabe

Singapore
Home Dog Boarding
Overnight, away from home
40 SGD for each additional pet
50 SGD
/night
All services and rates
Contact Ruby

Cancellation policy: Moderate

Full refund if cancelled more than 7 days before the booking, 50% refund if cancelled within 7 days.
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