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Ruby

Tarzan & Jane Wannabe, Full-time Long Term Permanent

Singapore
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46 recurring guests
Last booked yesterday
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Lives with 1 dog, 1 cat and 4 pets
Lives with Shih Tzu Ini
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Response time
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Response rate
Dog Boarding
24h stay, at sitter's home
50 SGD for each additional pet
55 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. 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.**

Misconception:

"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

beyond smell,

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

genuine and

consistent pet owners who share this same vision.

My

background:

  • work with skittish/aggressive/difficult cats and trained dogs, correct dogs' unwanted habits/behavior
  • beck and call for Bt Timah/Holland, Newton and Robertson Quay/River Valley pet customers; resident pet sitter with long term parking passes for these condos. I have regular customers who ensure that even if they move house, it's either nearer to or around my area
  • work closely with a professional dog trainer and cat rehabilator friend (we often compare who had the most irregular meals and least amount of sleep). We combine dog outings, exchange tips and advice
  • keep countless pets since 4 years old, pets in the recent 5 years belong to regular customers who entrusted them to me permanently after relocating 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 long stay 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 5 to 6 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 coaching roles in band, choir, and involved in music judging competitions
  • FB Ruby's Animal Adventures - read my articles
  • with Pawshake ever since it started Aug/Sept 2014, probably longest standing and longest working hour pet sitter
Rates:

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.

Sentosa residents:

Available only during non peak periods. There will be a surcharge as it involves extra travelling time (and out of the way).

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 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):

  • we have a HUGE pool of regular customers who book several months ahead, thus don't take too long to get back to me
  • contact me if you genuinely want landed property (not condo) as your ONLY choice. I had customers reserved my place then pulled out and chose condo boarding because it's cheaper, causing much inconvenience
  • rate is non-negotiable

- 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

  • dogs must be
  • 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)

  • meant for dogs who love rugged outdoor, huge space and grass; don't mind getting dirty, muddy and smelly
  • (I will clean them), thus revolution/frontline/nexgard required. Unsuitable for dogs with serious skin issues

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

  • unless your dogs are old and weak, otherwise they will follow our active lifestyle. Includes 2 walks or jogs/day, sometimes to west coast or balestier dog park; water and ball activities (we have loads)
  • free baths, occasional home cooked meals
  • limited to 3 dogs at a time
  • (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

  • 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, 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 meals (to prevent eating other's food) and open house gates
  • 24 hours light background music (I'm a musician afterall)
  • no late checkout charges, come pick up anytime
  • Please note that boarding at a landed property is different from boarding at kennels, pet hotels, flats, apartments, condos. A handful of dogs didn't apply their own house training at my place. It's a different set up which can cause more barking due to unfamiliar outdoor noise and constant passing movements, and cause marking of territories which require a lot of cleaning.

    House sitting:

    • thanks to my parents' upbringing, I am frugal (I inspect and turn off anything in the house that's not in use) and a hygiene freak
    • limited to Bukit Timah (King's Rd, Coronation Rd, Namly, 6th Ave), Farrer Rd, Botanic Gardens, Holland Rd
    • available only during non peak periods, so please do NOT choose me if you need require a consistent house sitter
    • additional fee from a 3rd pet onwards
    • if you'll be away for more than 2 years, I am open to house sitting for free
    Working 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 need sufficient rest thus I would appreciate flexible timings.

    Dog walking:

    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.

    Dog/Cat/Rabbit sitting

    (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!

    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 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:

    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. 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

    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

    Ruby's services

    At the sitters's home

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

    At your home

    Dog Walking
    Find a dog walker to collect your dog from home and take your dog for a 30 min walk
    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

    Communication
    Conscientious
    Profile accuracy
    Treatment of animals
    Value
    Home Visits
    Christabell, 2019-11-14

    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!

    Home Visits
    Simone, 2019-10-23

    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.

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    Ruby's Pets

    Katy
    Cat
    Snowy
    Rabbit
    Browny
    Rabbit
    Nosy
    Rabbit
    Spirit
    Rabbit
    Ini
    Shih Tzu

    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
    Has no kids
    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. 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.

    Can Administer

    Oral medications
    Injected medications

    Experience with

    Animal welfare as a volunteer
    Rescuing pets
    Behavioural problems

    Stats

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    Response time
    100%
    Response rate
    1d ago
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    Ruby

    Ruby

    Tarzan & Jane Wannabe, Full-time Long Term Permanent

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

    Cancellation policy: Moderate

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

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