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Ruby

Tarzan & Jane Wannabe, Full-time Long Term Permanent

Singapore
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43 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
45 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 screwed up by popular pet sitters esp summer holidays, Christmases and CNYs. Rethink SERIOUSLY who you hire in future. Many pet owners had 4 to 5 inconsistent pet sitters before sticking to me forever.*

Pets will NOT remain well trained and balanced if fickle owners switch unhealthily between multiple pet sitters, resulting in pets coming to me VERY stressed, 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 10 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:

  • work with skittish/aggressive/difficult cats and trained dogs, correct dogs' bad habits/behavior as well
  • 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 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 of 4 to 8 dogs daily (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 - read my articles
  • 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. Most pet sitters add surcharges even for short visits under 30 minutes or don't work during these periods at all. DO NOT CONTACT ME if cost is a concern to you, if you look at cheap rates over experience, training and consistency.

Sentosa residents:

Available only during non peak periods. There will be a surcharge as it involves extra travelling time, which is why many pet sitters and I prefer NOT to go there. Many pet owners (I rejected some) and even concierge (they know me) have approached me, and they all took the initiative to pay me at least 1.5x my rate.

Priority:

I give priority to regular and genuine customers esp during peak periods. Reasons being:

1. Some pets caught bad habits from other pet sitters/boarders who undermine discipline even though many claim on their profiles that they do training. It's very tiring for me to repeatedly train and correct the pets

2. A few new customers verbally confirmed (I reserved for them), but later pulled out, depriving genuine customers from booking me. I will NOT entertain if such fickle customers come back to me after being screwed up by cheaper or inconsistent pet sitters (yes, many)

Dog boarding at landed property with a big garden and big porch (July 24 to Aug 1: FULLY BOOKED; August 9th National day till 14th: FULLY BOOKED; Christmas & New Year: FULLY BOOKED):

  • handled by my hub and me, we must assess the dog first, no last minutes
  • contact me only if landed property is your only choice as my place is extremely popular among expats
  • no separation anxiety

(we need a normal life),

no excessive barking

(intolerant neighbors WILL complain), non skittish (can be solved with dog walking sessions a few weeks ahead) and non aggressive (I have elderly parents)

  • meant for dogs who love rugged outdoor, huge space and grass; don't mind getting dirty, muddy and smelly
  • (I will clean them). Unsuitable for dogs with skin issues as they will get rashes

  • garden occasionally has wildlife visitors such as cats, squirrels, birds, lizards.
  • Some dogs may get spooked and bark continuously - I cannot afford that

  • I will train dogs to respect boundaries and property, otherwise my tiger mom would roar
  • includes 2-3 walks/day, sometimes to west coast dog park; free baths and occasional home cooked dog food
  • revolution/frontline required, had vaccinations, potty/grass trained
  • limited to 3 dogs at a time
  • (dog owners have seen 10-20 dogs at other boarding places like mine but they got noisy and sets off chains of barking), no cats as it's a non cat proof house. No extremely small slim dogs (eg. Chihuahua) due to gaps of my house gates, but fluffy small dogs (eg. Pomeranian) are fine

  • free roaming at a big sheltered porch with turbo fans where we chill out, and a huge garden (see FB video) 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 during first visits and on the last day

  • 24 hours light background music (I'm a musician afterall)
  • 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
  • Please note that boarding at a landed property is different from boarding at kennels, pet hotels, flats, apartments, condos as dogs get to see the outside world and may bark at unfamiliar passing noise and movements.

    House sitting (Now to Aug 1, Christmas/New Year: not available):

    • limited to Bukit Timah (Coronation Rd, Namly, Shelford, 6th Ave), Farrer Rd, Botanic Gardens, Holland Rd
    • available only during non peak periods
    • 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 hours, at only central areas: 8+am (I have asked around, zero pet sitter works earlier than me) to midnight, 365 days. I cannot adhere to a particular strict timing (esp in the morning - I have to deal with traffic peak hours) 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 pick up bad habits within minutes of walk.

    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.

    In under 40 mins (sometimes within 20 mins), I have dogs that ask for time out, including Huskies, Retrievers, Labs, Samoyeds, Mongrels, Pointers, Wheatens, Whippets, Shepherds! Many became faster and stronger under my training. DO NOT OVERESTIMATE your dogs and make them go for long walks in Singapore's hot weather just because you want to make your money's worth. There have been reports of dogs getting heatstroke and burnt pawpads in morning walks, thus I will only do 30 mins max if weather is too hot.

    Pet sitting:

    My face is an access pass to at least 30 condos due to my excellent PR. I have forged strong friendships with cleaners and security guards. 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 which I have close ties and friendships with the leaders, please contact me as it's part of my volunteer work.

    Below are my close friends and assistants who are extremely popular in other pet apps. I only work with consistent (we sacrifice our holidays for regular customers several times), genuinely experienced and knowledgeable, fearless, weather proof, physically active and tough ones as we also need to handle difficult and aggressive pets. We keep each other in check, we are very selective, and we have our own strict requirements for customers:

    Lyra

    (full time long term permanent) at Farrer Park central area

    https://www.pawshake.com.sg/petsitters/kallang-singapore/all-pets-deserve-kind-attention-576095

    Karen (full time long term permanent, mainly dog board and daycare) at Hougang north east

    https://www.pawshake.com.sg/petsitters/hougang-singapore/fyfys-love-pet-services-3457557#services

    Charmaine (ad hoc, weekday evenings, weekends all day) at Bukit Batok north west

    https://www.pawshake.com.sg/petsitters/bukit-batok-singapore/happy-dog-and-cat-care-flexible-2366762

    Evangeline

    available till mid August at Bukit Merah central area

    https://www.pawshake.com.sg/petsitters/bukit-merah-singapore/sincere-dogsitter-2608918

    Ruby's services

    At the sitters's home

    Dog Boarding
    Dog boarding is an overnight pet care service at the sitter's home
    45 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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    Home Visits
    Simone, 2019-05-15

    Ruby provided excellent care for our 9 week old puppy Marley. Since we had only just adopted her, Marley was quite timid and still in the early phase of being trained.

    We were impressed with Ruby’s patience and the care shown towards Marley, spending much time getting to know her during the pre-visit.

    Ruby was professional, knowledgeable and extremely thorough in providing us with video updates. Marley had a great time with her and we will definitely call on Ruby again.

    Dog Boarding
    David, 2019-05-09

    Ruby was amazing with our bulldog Rocky; first time using Pawshake and was a little nervous as first time leaving Rocky for vacation as well. Ruby kept us updated, has a great environment for dogs and most importantly kept rocky busy and happy. Thanks very much Ruby, really appreciate your help!

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    Ruby's Pets

    Katy
    Cat
    Snowy
    Rabbit
    Browny
    Rabbit
    Nosy
    Rabbit
    Ini
    Shih Tzu

    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

    Ruby

    Tarzan & Jane Wannabe, Full-time Long Term Permanent

    Singapore
    Dog Boarding
    24h stay, at sitter's home
    45 SGD for each additional pet
    50 SGD
    /night
    All services and rates
    Contact Ruby

    Cancellation policy: Moderate

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

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