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 dedicating to pet care for the rest of my life, thus it's 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.
**I often receive overwhelming
requests for long weekends, summer and festive holidays. I would advise against travelling during those periods because several pet sitters are suddenly unavailable WITHOUT notice. If you travel often, you need to have the foresight that part time pet sitters cannot commit 100% to you alone. It's not an entitlement, because they can only handle very limited pet sittings due to their own agendas and full time jobs. Many new customers complain to me about having to change pet sitters every year, some a few times a year. Stick to ONE permanent pet sitter.**
"I think my skittish pet prefers sweet looking pet sitters". It took several pet owners to hire up to 4 pet sitters to realize that pets don't go for smell and don't have the concept of looks. When they sense human fear, it thrills them, turns on their hunting mode and attack the human prey. Many pet sitters sustained scratches and bites, even experienced ones freaked out, which resulted fear in entering the pets' homes. Forget about sweet, experienced, professional. Such extremely cautious and selective pets only trust a true leader of the pack or pride who has a high level of integrity.
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. 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. 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 want to focus on
consistent pet owners who share this same vision.
No surcharge during festive/peak periods or odd hours. It's passion on my part but visits/walks will be shorter due to demands, reunion dinners, 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. 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, forgoing personal appointments, forgoing holidays, 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), which is why many of us prefer NOT to go there. A handful of pet owners and even concierge have approached me, and they all took the initiative to pay me double.
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 know dog training, but they don't. I ended up being the one training and correcting bad behavior which is frustrating and time consuming. I will especially need to screen new customers' dogs whose so called regular-yet-often-unavailable pet sitters/boarders are not trained to reinforce 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 got lost. They need to learn to be independent, and be trained in their hunting skills.
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 photography skills. 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 (September: house renovation. Nov 21-25: overseas. Christmas & New Year: FULLY BOOKED. Chinese New Year: bookings creeping in. Post Chinese New Year: may go Africa for 2 weeks, not yet confirmed):
- 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
(we don't offer 24/7 supervision),
no excessive barking, 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
House sitting (August, Christmas/New Year: not available):
It's not just plain dog walking. I reinforce obedience/discipline and correct unwanted habits/behavior. 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 and dog walkers stood clueless during dog confrontation, and using wrong methods to stop barking dogs, and resulted them in barking even more.
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.
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.
(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 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
Karen (full time long term permanent, mainly dog board and daycare) at Hougang north east
Charmaine (ad hoc, weekday evenings, weekends all day) at Bukit Batok north west
Ruby took great care of our dog. She provided for all her needs and we were kept up to date with regular photos and videos. We will definitely be booking Ruby again.
Grace is committed and provides updates or photos of the walks. The walk with my fur kid was smooth and without incident :)
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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