Happy New Year from team Grooming Pit Stop! May we accomplish what we would want to achieve this year. And of course, good health for all of us.
Our Plan for 2022
As we start the year with a busy schedule due to the annual Chinese New Year, we planned to slow down in our appointments starting from February. Our supawvisors are getting old with health conditions of their own, we wished to spend more time with them and care for them as best as we could.
Apart from taking care of our own fur kids, we would like to take the opportunity to take care of our own health too. With not being able to travel yet and not taking a break, we’re mentally and physically exhausted for the past two years. We experienced burnout and we think it’s time that we treat ourselves better too. Forgive us if our slots are limited from February onwards. We needed our break to keep ourselves charged up to serve the fur kids better.
We will still take in appointments for grooming and daycare while we schedule our off days (which have no fixed date/day) accordingly. Our Mini Pawmart will continue to function online and we’ll schedule the deliveries as best as we could.
2022 will be the year where we will slow down for some selfcare and to give our senior fur kids the care they really needed during their twilight years. We hope everyone will support us in this new arrangement and of course, book early to avoid disappointment.
Once again, Happy New Year! Stay safe during this trying time.
On a rainy night, we head out to pick Junior up for his pawcation while his pawrents are off for theirs. It started as a drizzle when we exit the car park. But as we drove further at TPE, the rain got heavier and visibility was a blur. We decided to take the left-most lane on the expressway and drove with care.
Upon reaching Junior’s place, he greeted us happily and can’t wait to start his pawcation with us. As he had some skin issues previously, he had his diet changed and we were taking down mental notes of his new feeding instructions. But of course, his mum sent us a text on the feeding instructions in case we forgot or miss out on something.
Thankfully the rain got smaller on our journey back. Once we arrived, walking back from the car park, Junior had his toilet break. Once home, had his feet wiped and he’s off to look for our Toby.
The first night for him wasn’t a pleasant one. He kept asking us to let him out of our room and refused to head back in. We weren’t sure why but we let him as long as he’s comfortable.
Junior is a very food motivated boy. When it comes to food, he’s very excited and can’t contain his excitement. We had to heat up his food and let it cool, but he doesn’t want to wait and wanted to dive in right away to chomp down his meal. It took us a while to calm him down during mealtime despite him sitting there impatiently and drooling.
It took us a while to understand why he doesn’t want to sleep with us in the room. When we bring in our extra dog bed into our room, did we notice him climbing up and starting to curl up to sleep. So he had been trying to tell us that an extra bed was missing, we didn’t get the hint. Sorry Junior, but we weren’t late to bring in one for you.
Didn’t get to bring him out for walks as the weather was a little cranky lately. It’s either a rainy day or passing rain clouds. Quite annoying actually. So we spent time with all the fur kids at home by taking turns to give them the attention they needed.
Grooming Day, Home Sweet Home
It’s grooming before heading home. Junior’s pawrents requested for a full groom session. They wanted his fur shorter in order to check on his skin condition. After shaving off his fur, we noticed he is still having some rashes and so we took a picture and update his pawrents.
While he was having his grooming session, he was a little fidgety as he wanted to get off the grooming table and mingle with our supawvisors. Had to talk to him nicely that he’ll get his playtime after the session. It did help a little before he got distracted again.
Sending him back after his dinner. While he watch us pack his stuffs, he got so excited and can’t wait to head home. We’re glad he enjoyed himself and looking forward to care for him again.
This week, we pick Covan up first before we head over to the west for Ruffles and Kelly. It was a long car ride for Covan, who gets motion sickness easily. But thankfully, he’s OK and well. Did we share about our first car ride with Covan? He scares the hell out of us by lying in his carrier and being not responsive. Back then we didn’t know he does have motion sickness.
After we pick up Ruffles and Kelly, we’ve decided to head back to the east for our weekly walk before heading home for the fur kids’ playtime.
Excursion at Punggol Settlement
Decided to head over to Punggol Settlement as we remembered the scenery there was awesome. Little did we know, the park’s carpark was full and we had to park at the other open space carpark next to it.
The park’s carpark at the moment is free and only limited slots available. And it’s usually full because non-parkgoers tend to take advantage of it. But it’s OK, the other carpark that we went to, though it’s not free, there’s ample lot available.
Tried taking a class photo of the fur kids, but failed terribly. They were all in their own world minding their own business. But it’s OK, we continued our journey towards Punggol jetty which have tiny steps towards the small beach area. Sadly, it was crowded and the fur kids didn’t get to feel the sands beneath their tiny paws.
We did take a break at the jetty and enjoyed the sea breeze while a toddler kept trying her luck to get close to us but was stopped by her mother. As the sun gets hotter, decided it’s time to head back home before all of us gets a heat stroke. Thankful for the nice weather and that the daycare fur kids get to have their walk for the day.
After our break and playtime, it’s shower day for the daycare fur kids. For Ruffles & Kelly, they’re on a bi-weekly shower schedule. And so the day finally arrives!
As much as they dislike it, but it’s time to make them clean and fresh before heading home. Thankfully, they’re quite cooperative during the session. And we meant there’s no need to chase them around the house just to catch them for their turn.
After showering all the fur kids, we sent Covan home first. And we’re in time before he gets all cranky before his dinner time. We were told he can be cranky nearing his dinner time, so we had to send him back before that.
Nap Time, Dinner Time
It’s nap time for all of us, nanny included. The only time we ever had peace was when they’re all taking a nap. So peaceful and quiet. For the humans, we get to have a quick power nap before all the fur kids are awake. Which also means more chaos as dinner time draws near.
It’s never easy feeding a bunch of fur kids, especially the very eager and excited ones when it comes to food. Luckily, we had extra pair of hands to help. So the impact of dinner time chaos wasn’t that bad.
Home Sweet Home
It’s time to head home after dinner. Sending them back can be quite therapeutic especially when the drive towards their home, we get to enjoy the nice sunset. Of course, provided it doesn’t rain on the day and when we’re not taking the KPE expressway.
Once they’re home, did we finally end our work and have some me-time. Do follow us on our website for the next adventure.
It’s the time of the year again! Thank you everyone for your continued support both in our grooming as well as retail. We’re grateful and appreciate every support and motivation you’ve given us to strive forward to serve you better.
On this joyous occasion, we wished everybody good health and be happy. Nothing beats staying positive during this trying time.
It’s the time of the year again where we would sit down and reminisce what we’ve been through for the year. The year 2021 is another year where we’re still stuck here due to the covid-19 pandemic, yet we’re embracing the new norm as we led our lives back to the usual as much as we could.
With the many changes to the rules and regulations from the government, we managed to make it through with everybody’s understanding and patience. It wasn’t a great year as we all hope, but we’re hoping that everybody is still as sane as ever. Covid-19 fatigue is real and that many are experiencing a mental breakdown. May you seek help if needed and stay strong! The world isn’t going to end just yet, so we got to encourage one another to move forward as we battle through and move towards the endemic.
To be honest, with two years of not taking a break, we do experience burnout from work. Though we did have a worrying break last year due to the circuit breaker, we weren’t well-rested. We tried our best to serve everybody as best as we could during the circuit breaker exit phase 1, but due to our groomer being the lone ranger, it’s difficult to schedule everybody while we’re on a tight schedule. The per-day restrictions set by the government weren’t helping either as we try to follow the rules as closely as we could.
But of course, we’re still figuring out how to keep ourselves sane during this trying time. Hope everyone will understand if we were to take a few days off to recharge for the sake of our mental health.
GPS Mini Pawmart Venture
We do have a Carousell account since we started Grooming Pit Stop, however, we weren’t actively selling because our main priority in this small business is dog grooming. However, we had to start actively selling last year during the circuit breaker in the hope to bring us a little income to tide us over during the no grooming phase. Though there weren’t any orders coming in, and we were dejected, we decided to give retail another try.
In around September this year, we set up our Shopee page and started listing items that we have on hand to sell. We may have limited products available compared to those bigger players online, we’re contented to start things small and slow. We knew all along that retail isn’t as profitable and it’s difficult to get it all going, we decided to push forward. The first order that came in made us all thrilled and happy that the wait was worth it. And true enough, subsequent order came in. Although it was a small order, it did bring our morale up a little and have that tiny glimpse of hope for retail.
Then we decided to set up our own online store from scratch! To be honest, it wasn’t easy. Took us a while to understand how to use the interface and upload the products onto our online store. It was many trial and error as well as testing the page for transactions. We’ve decided on contactless payments, such as paynow, paylah and google pay instead of a credit card. Simply because most of our customers prefer that mode of payment online. And by paying us through google pay, you get to have rewards. Why not right?
Retail is our new venture which we hope it’ll grow and serve everybody’s needs other than just providing grooming services. We know it’s not easy, but we’ll hang in there. Do come and give us your support and grow with us!
Last but not least, thank you everyone for always being there for us.
We woke up at 5:30 am because we wanted to head down to Ang Mo Kio Park Macdonalds to buy the family meal for the picnic set. It starts from 9th December till 12th December and it’s limited to 100 sets per day. The purchase timing starts at 7 am and we thought since this isn’t Hello Kitty, it won’t be sold out that fast. Apparently, when we arrived at 6:45 am, we were told by the staff that it’s fully redeemed. Out of curiosity, we asked what time did the first person arrive. We were told he arrived at 5 am, which mean he have to be in the queue for 2 hours!
We left empty-handed and decided to head over and pick Covan up early. Accompanied him for his morning walk with his pawrent. Got to meet some fur kids around his estate and they’re all cute and adorable in their own ways. Then it’s back to his place and waits a little bit while he ate his breakfast.
Once back to our humble abode with Covan, we decided to take a breather and have a coffee break before heading out again to pick Ruffles and Kelly up. In case you’re wondering, we brew our own coffee. Bought coffee beans and we hand ground them with a grinder. Yes, we’re that hardworking to make ourselves a nice cup of coffee.
We’re not exactly coffee experts, but we do like and enjoy our coffee every morning. It’s a must to perk ourselves up before we start our work. Even on our off days, we do this as well. Who wouldn’t want a nice cup of coffee to start the day?
Journey to the West
Once done with coffee, we head out to pick Ruffles and Kelly for their daycare. It was a long journey from the North-East and so we blasted Westlife’s new songs to accompany us during the trip. Their new songs are awesome and we had it on loop.
Picking up the fur kids was a breeze except for the chaos when we tried putting their harness on before heading out the door. Like most fur kids, they’re excited at the thought of just heading out. We continued with our Westlife’s songs as we head back. But of course, we had to detour a little to get lunch.
SengKang Riverside Park, O’ My Kampung
Head over to Sengkang Riverside Park again. Firstly, it’s free parking so we get to walk the fur kids around. We didn’t get to walk much as part of the place is under construction. So we head over to the sheltered place where O’ My Kampung is located at.
We understand that no dogs are allowed, but we’re thankful the staff allowed us to make a quick order for takeaway while we waited outside for our food. Thank you O’ My Kampung for accommodating us for a little bit. In case you’re all wondering, we’ve read many good reviews about their food and had personally tried it once a few months back, and so we’re back again to try out other food that they have on the menu.
Play time, Nap Time, Dinner Time
Once back, it’s playtime for the fur kids. Covan and Ruffles had a game of hide and seek again. While Kelly and our supawvisors are minding their own business. While we had lunch, we used our eye power to watch over the fur kids while they’re off to mingle around.
Like the previous week, we sent Covan back after his shower. Just in time for his dinner before he gets all hangry at the humans. Meanwhile, back at our place, the others had their nap time while our chef prepares their dinner. It was a peaceful day, in fact, we humans get to have a little nap as well.
Feeding two fur kids is nothing to us. But feeding four is a little mess. It’s like having a war in the kitchen. As our Twix is blind now, we had to protect her food bowl and not allow the others to snatch her food.
Home Sweet Home
It’s time to send Ruffles and Kelly home. While we get ready with their harness and leash, they got all excited and started running and turning around. It made getting them ready to head home a little difficult. But we managed it once you get the hang of their patterns. It’s the same as when we groom each individual fur baby. They do have certain quirks that you will eventually know, and they’ll make your job much easier.
Once back at their humble abode, we helped to feed their other fur siblings before we call it a day. It’s a tiring day, but fruitful. Seeing all the fur kids happy at the daycare, we’ll feel a sense of accomplishment.
It was drizzling in the morning at our place when we got up and get ready for work. As much as we would like to laze in bed, we have some pickup to do. And we’re off to our first stop, Ruffles, and Kelly. The first pair of fur kids that we’re picking up for the day. Then it’s to pick up Covan next, our last stop before we head back to our humble abode.
Initially, we wanted to pick Covan up first because his place is nearer to us. But our partner reminded us that Covan does have motion sickness. It’s not advisable to pick him up first and journey to the west for the other fur kids. So we decided to pick him up last so he doesn’t have to suffer the long car ride.
No Excursion, Playtime
We were hoping that the rain would stop and we get to have a quick excursion at a park nearby. Sadly, the rain continued and we just had to head home and start playtime earlier than usual.
Once back to our humble abode, the fur kids start to mingle and chase one another. It was chaos for the nannies, but for the fur kids, it’s just a fun time. In our opinion, they seem to have a fun time. While we eat our onigiri for lunch, we used our eye-power to watch over the kids who started a whole new game of hiding and you can’t get to me.
We sent Covan back after his shower session while the others continued to have their fun time. Don’t worry, our partner at work was home to look after them, no fur kids were left unattended while sending Covan home.
Ruffles seemed to be excited when we’re preparing their dinner. He wouldn’t stop jumping and loiter around the kitchen. As we only have a pair of hands, we had to feed the fur kids turn by turn. Starting from the slower eater. And whenever we bring a bowl off the table, Ruffles would start jumping about like a kangaroo and hope that it’s his. Kelly would loiter around too, but she’s much calmer while she waits for her share.
Heading Home, Jam at KPE
After dinner, it’s time for Ruffles and Kelly to head home. Set up the GPS and we’re off! Somehow, after entering KPE, we heard a siren coming from behind us and we realized it’s the traffic police. At first, we thought he was chasing someone because there’s a motorcyclist driving past us at a high speed earlier. Then we saw the sign in the tunnel that says the middle lane was closed.
While moving slowly in the traffic, Ruffles got tired and fell asleep. As we moved further into the KPE tunnel, nearing the PIE exit, we finally understand why there’s a long jam. There was an accident between a Mini Cooper and a Blue SG car. Somehow we’re glad that the only casualty was the cars, the humans were fine.
Our first traffic jam experience while on daycare duty was pretty memorable. Thankful the fur kids were patient enough during the traffic jam journey.
Once Ruffles and Kelly got home, we’re finally off work! What a day! It’s both tiring yet amazing all at the same time. Looking forward to the next daycare session and we wonder what our next adventure will be like.
After work and dinner, we head over to pick Junior up for his pawcation. While his pawrents are away for a break from work and staycation, he does have one too. Once arriving at our humble abode, or rather a messy one to be exact, Junior was off exploring and saying hi to our supawvisors, whom he hadn’t met for a few months.
As we picked him up a little late, bedtime came fast for our supawvisor, Toby. Junior was a little sad that he didn’t get to play or interact with Toby much that he stood nearby and watch Toby sleep.
11 Nov 2021 – First Day
The day started with us preparing breakfast for the fur kids. And also feeding Junior his medicine. His paw mum told us that it’s easy to feed him his medicine. We can either feed him like a treat, he’ll take it. Or add it to his food. Being skeptical, we tried feeding it like a treat, and true enough, he took it. We even made sure he swallowed it and did not puke it out somewhere.
We had to leave home for a while to meet a new potential pawcation fur kid. And sadly, little Junior didn’t want to be left out. He whined a little as we got ready to head out the door for our appointment. Silly boy, we’ll be home. It’s not like we’re leaving for good and not returning.
Didn’t get to bring the fur kids out for an excursion due to the weather. It was drizzling when we head back home. So we did a little playtime where we had a little game of catching before dinner time. It was tiring for us humans being chased by the fur kids but we’re glad that they had fun and the exercise that they needed.
Before we called it a day, we decided to feed the fur kids a little bone broth for supper. Fill up their tummy for a nice night’s sleep.
12 Nov 2021 – Grooming Day
It’s grooming day for Junior. We couldn’t stand his shaggy look and decided to give him a nice trim. A few hours later, Junior is all fresh and clean with a cuter look.
Had to shave his fur shorter than usual as he’s on cream medication for his skin. With a shorter fur, it’s much easier to see and apply the cream for him. He didn’t like it and did attempt to lick off the medicated cream. Thankfully, we do have an extra e-collar for the fur kids to use.
13 Nov 2021 – Home Sweet Home Day
Breakfast was chaos as we try to separate Junior from our supawvisors as he’s trying to steal their food! It wasn’t easy considering Twix’s vision is deteriorating and she’s a slow eater. We had to protect her food like a hawk to make sure Junior couldn’t get to any.
Fetched Covan back to our place for his weekly shower and he chased Junior with his Kong’s e-collar. After he found out how scared Junior was of the Kong’s e-collar, Covan kept chasing him the entire morning. Poor Junior had a short run in the morning on his last pawcation day. Well, it’s a nice exercise for Covan as he needed to walk more and build more leg muscles.
We send Junior home after dinner and he just couldn’t wait to be back. He ran off greeting his pawrents once they arrived at the lift lobby to meet us up. He didn’t even turn back to say goodbye but it’s OK. We’ll see him again in December for his next pawcation.
Took our supawvisors, Toby & Twix, as well as our weekly staycation boy, Jordan, along to pick up Kelly and Ruffles for their monthly grooming daycare. It was all well and sunny when we set off, however, the sky turned dark as we approach BKE towards Woodlands before we’re welcomed by the thundery showers.
In our mind, we’re like oh man~ How are we going to have our excursion for the day? Despite the thunderstorm, we’ve been hoping that it will be over once we pick up Kelly and Ruffles. If the rain continues, then we’re definitely not fated to have an excursion for the day. And maybe, we’ll just have a short walk in the multi-story carpark before we head home to continue our daycare program. As we’re worrying about the day’s excursion, our old supawvisors are both snoozing away in the passenger seat on their comfy Fuzzyard bed.
Sengkang Riverside Park
Decided to try our luck and head over to Sengkang Riverside Park. Thankfully when we arrive back at the North-East area, the rain had stopped and the sky looked a little gloomy.
Got the fur kids off the car and we’re off for a quick excursion in case the weather decided to change again. It’s our first time walking five fur kids and to be honest, it was total chaos! Some were eager to explore and our leashes started to tangle. We do salute those dog walkers who walk multiple dogs at one go.
As the sky gets darker, we had to urge the fur kids to hurry up and we needed to leave in case another rainstorm comes.
While the nanny (us) are having a lunch break, we needed the sustenance to keep ourselves going with 5 fur kids in the house. They’ve all met before and thankfully, they’re all getting along well.
Maybe it’s the long car journey, from North-East to West and back again, the fur kids seemed to be having their nap time earlier than expected after their few minutes of mingling.
Grooming & Dinner time
We started with Kelly first while the others are either mingling or taking a nap. Once she’s done, it’s the next fur kid’s turn. We continued on till we’ve showered and groom every one of them. Amazingly, they’re all quite cooperative which makes the job easier. If it weren’t for their cooperativeness, we probably would be working overtime.
Dinner for the fur kids is home-cooked food consisting of either chicken/pork, vegetables, and pork liver. They were all circling around as we’re preparing them. Ruffles decided to become a kangaroo jumping around impatiently. But we’re definitely glad that all of them managed to lick their bowls clean. So we’re guessing it’s yummy. Now it’s time to figure out more menu options for the daycare fur kids.
Home Sweet Home
After dinner, we prepared Kelly and Ruffles to be ready to head home. A long car journey back to the west and Ruffles seemed to be enjoying his ride by sitting on top of our car’s armrest. It gave him a nice view during the car ride and in our opinion, his balancing skill is superb.
Our Thoughts for the day
The day was memorable and which we’ve decided to make some changes to the excursion. It’s a hassle to be holding on to that many leashes and the way we hold it apparently is dangerous for us. And so, we went online in search of how to walk multiple dogs and we’ve decided to invest in a new leash that will help us walk multiple dogs safely. Now we can’t wait for the new leash arrival and give it a try.
We’re glad to have this opportunity to learn and change the way we do things in order to have some safety measures in place not only for us but for the fur kids as well.
We received a request to walk a Goldendoodle on the evening of 13th October and on the morning of 14th October. It’s been a while since our last dog walk and we’re very much excited and gladly agreed to the job offered.
The pawrent gave us a heads up that his Goldendoodle may not be dog friendly and might lunge forward when she encounters other dogs and we just need to make sure we’re holding on to the leash tightly. With that information, we’re very much excited to meet this Goldendoodle and wonder how much fun the walking sessions will be.
Our hearts melted when we met Deedee. She greeted us with excitement yet gently. She’s smaller in size than we expected for a Goldendoodle, and so our feet are safe from the excited stampede. Deedee waited patiently for us while we were chatting on the phone with her pawrent before the start of our walk.
She did get all so excited when we’re about to leave home for her walk, but we’re pretty amazed how cooperative she was to allow us to hook the leash on her harness. Most fur kids that we had to put the harness or collar on aren’t cooperative, so it was indeed a nice surprise with Deedee.
Walking within the Condominium’s Compound
We’ve walked quite a few fur kids before Deedee and most of the walks are at the nearby park or around the HDB estate. It was our first time walking within the condominium’s compound and we were surprised at how huge it was! Although we did our homework by using google map to check out the place, it was different to be walking in it.
We’re not exaggerating, but there’s ample space to walk in the compound and to avoid other dogs as well if need to. Although our first walk was in the dark, which is difficult to navigate at some corners due to poor lighting, it’s a nice place to stroll after dinner if you’re staying there.
Our second walk was in the morning which made it easier for us to walk around and avoid stepping on other dogs’ pee and poop which the pawrents didn’t clear. With the nice sunlight shining down, we get to walk to corners that we didn’t get to the previous night. It’s a nice environment, to be honest, it would be even nicer if the pet owners staying there would be considerate enough to keep the place clean.
Our experience walking Deedee
Deedee didn’t lunge forward when we came across a few dogs during the walk. Although she was curious and interested, with a gentle “let’s go”, she followed me in another direction. After her walking session, we shared this experience with her pawrent and we think she only lunges towards other dogs when her pawrent walks her.
She’s also a sweet girl who doesn’t pull on the leash much, instead, she walked next to us in a relaxing manner. She made the experience a nice one and it was a little sad when our second session was over.
Hoping to see her again in the future. Till then, we’ll reminisce about the time that we had together.
We did a video of our session and we’ll be sharing it with everyone. Enjoy. Note: Video has been edited to be at 2.5 times speed cos TikTok only allows 1-minute video.
Our website is finally back! We took a long hiatus in constructing our website because we’re unsure of what we want. And there’s the procrastination of getting it done. If we could drag it as long as we can, why not right? But we’ve decided, enough is enough. We need to get our s**t together and get our website back up and working!
GPS Mini Pawmart
We’ve created an online store! Yes, our very own GPS Mini Pawmart. The link is provided on the right side of our website. Click on it and start shopping with us! We’re still updating with more products coming along the way, so stay tuned.
It’s OK if you’re not buying from us now. We welcome you to browse our store. Who knows maybe in the future, you’ll be purchasing from us.
Updating in progress
We’re still updating our website and adding more products to our Mini Pawmart. Give us some time while we hunt for more awesomeness and give you a wider range for your fur kid’s needs.
In the meantime, do enjoy our new website. Do come back and visit often to find out what other awesomeness we have to share with you.