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. Started ad hoc 20 years ago, went into full time 5 years ago and continuing for the rest of my life, thus pet care is my skilled
full-time permanent job, with my hub (Physical Education coach) as my right hand man. We are Godparents to several local and international pets.
**Dog boarding for December 2019 is fully booked. Please consider my friends below.
If you travel during long weekends, summer and festive holidays, be prepared that several pet sitters will be suddenly unavailable. Part time pet sitters cannot commit to you alone because it's not their priority and they have very limited time. Many new frustrated customers feedback about having to change pet sitters frequently. Always check the pet sitter's commitment before hiring. Stick to ONE
permanent pet sitters consistently first and they would usually give you priority.**
"My skittish/aggressive pet prefers sweet young looking pet sitters". After hiring many pet sitters, pet owners feedback that they realize
pets do NOT choose base on scent and do NOT have the concept of looks. Animals read human body languages. When they sense human fear, it turns on their hunting mode and attack the human prey. Many pet sitters got scratched and bitten, resulting fear in entering the pets' homes. Such handling goes way
looks and local experience. When they sense a strong leader of the pack or pride, they trust and respect that human.
Pets will NOT remain well trained/balanced if fickle pet owners switch unhealthily between multiple pet sitters/boarders, resulting in pets coming to me stressed, confused, undisciplined (a few needed rehab) because they are forced to adapt to new faces, styles, environment, etc. Familiarity and long term bonding help 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 study them, build strong, long term relationships with them (and their owners) and treat them like my own, thus I have the same customers for up to 15 years or until their pets' last days. I want to focus on such
consistent pet owners who share this same vision.
No surcharge during festive/peak periods or odd hours but visits/walks will be shorter due to demands, reunion dinners, festive visits.
DO NOT CONTACT ME if you are ultimately looking at cheap rates. I have
regular customers who paid extra just because I have been the most consistent, which means much sacrifice (constant schedule readjustments, very late meals, sacrificing personal appointments/holidays/rest, etc.) on my part.
Available only during non peak periods. There will be a surcharge as it involves extra travelling time (and out of the way).
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 have dog training knowledge, but they don't. I ended up being the one training and correcting bad behavior which is frustrating and time consuming. Whereas my regular customers' pets know what to expect from me as they are already used to my style and discipline.
2. A few new customers verbally confirmed in person, but later pulled out at the last minute, wasting my time. I will NOT entertain if such fickle customers come back to me after being screwed up by other inconsistent pet sitters (yes, many)
Pets' survival skills:
Being too protective towards your pets (they must be accompanied by humans 24/7), and too strict with their meal times thinking that they will die if they delay their meals by some hours, will result pets in having ZERO survival skills if they ever venture outside your home and get lost. They need to learn to be independent, be trained in their hunting skills and given the opportunity to use them.
Pics/Videos for dog boarding:
I usually send a handful once at the end of the day. Being a perfectionist and a wildlife photographer, I won't send much if I am dissatisfied with my skills or if I find that the pictures aren't meaningful. I don't take pics of all walks, because I want to focus on working out the dogs, correcting their bad habits and looking out for sudden dog confrontations. I don't wish to be distracted by phone messages, so dog owners who hire me ought to trust me.
Dog boarding at landed property with a big garden and big porch (Nov 21-25: overseas. Nov 29 to Jan 2: FULLY BOOKED. Chinese New Year: bookings creeping in. Post Chinese New Year: may go Africa for 2 weeks, unconfirmed):
- cleaning of a HUGE place is done personally by me, thus HUGE amount of water and electricity are used, naturally the cost is higher. ALL dog owners feedback to me that I do much more than ALL their previous private and commercial boarders
fully house trained, potty trained, have no separation anxiety
(we don't offer 24/7 supervision),
no excessive barking (I have intolerant neighbors), are non skittish (can be solved with dog walking sessions a few weeks ahead) and non aggressive (I have elderly parents)
(I will clean them), thus revolution/frontline/nexgard required. Unsuitable for dogs with serious skin issues
Some dogs may get spooked and bark continuously - I cannot afford that
(not 20 please, dogs need space to run!), 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
It's not just plain dog walking. I reinforce obedience/discipline and correct unwanted habits/behavior. I have disrupted several dog confrontations led by other owners/maids/dog walkers. I will NOT walk your dog if you have multiple untrained dog walkers because dogs pick up bad habits within minutes of walk. It is frustrating to undo these and to repeatedly retrain the dogs. I have seen dog owners/maids/dog walkers stood clueless during dog confrontations, used wrong methods and wrong choice of words to stop barking dogs, resulting in more barking.
A successful dog walker possesses dog psychological understanding AND leadership qualities.
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 believe in pack walks and dog socialization. During non peak periods, I try to bring dogs (boarding at my place) along to my other dog walking assignments, and I try to walk different customers' dogs (living in the same area) together at the same time. Thus I have clusters of customers (they recommended me to nearby friends) at Bt Timah/Holland and Robertson Quay whose dogs socialize when I walk them together.
(surcharge for any additional hours):
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 (some greet me in pet languages, some call me for help regarding pets, some lunch with me). 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' ill health and 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.
As a cat sitter, I have easily tackled shy/skittish cats. Such cats will not be bribed. They look for certain character qualities 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!
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 who are extremely
popular and highly rated in other pet apps. I only work with truly passionate, consistent, 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:
(full time long term permanent) at Farrer Park central area
https://www.pawshake.com.sg/petsitters/kallang-singapore/all-pets-deserve-kind-attention-576095. I combine dog outings with her almost every week.
Karen (full time long term permanent, mainly dog board and daycare) at Hougang north east area
Charmaine (ad hoc, weekday evenings, weekends all day) at Bukit Batok north west
Ruby was such a Godsend! Our Yuki is a wary dog and very anxious around strangers so I was initially worried that we won’t be able to find someone suitable for home visits while we’re away. It was such a relief for us when we saw how Ruby could quickly build rapport with Yuki and handle her with confidence during the meet and greet. While we were away, Ruby sent us lots of pictures and videos of Yuki looking happy and well. We can’t be more grateful to have found Ruby. True to her profile, Ruby is very experienced and shows genuine love and care for Yuki. Thanks Ruby for giving us such peace of mind to know that Yuki is in your good hands while we’re away!
Once again, Ruby provided great care for our rescue dog Marley. Her patience and flexibility with animals, together with her excellent communication means I am reassured that my dog is in excellent hands with Ruby.
Gift of instruction - especially in the areas of animals and performing arts. I have been coaching since a teenager to music students, english students, adult choirs, youth choirs and pet assistants. High level of patience and creativity. Highly sought after (as a music coach and pet sitter) 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 hundreds of times already.
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 itinerary 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; nauseate upon bad smell).
Personality - free spirited, adventurous, rugged, gutsy, strict, fussy, selective, cautious, firm, assertive, meticulous, dedicated, consistent.
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