2022 flew past just like that and it’s the time of the year again to give thanks to our lovely GPS Pawmily. Thank you for being there for us and being understanding as we changed and transition our business direction.
It’s a roller coaster ride indefinitely. We know that we’re unable to do grooming as a long-term career as we get older, so we decided it’s about time to introduce our new service and transition into doggy daycare. It was a difficult decision considering grooming has always been our main service since we started Grooming Pit Stop. Fret not, we’ll still be taking in grooming appointments, but scaling down a little.
As we exit 2022 with a big bang, we’ll be looking forward to a awesome 2023 with GPS Pawmily.
We woke up in shock on a Thursday morning. Received a Whatsapp messaged from a friend informing us that she was heading to A&E and asked us to help look after her fur kids. We head over as soon as we could after feeding our supawvisors their breakfast.
Once we arrived, we managed to check in on the fur kids, who seemed to be all calm. The cats were fed and we topped up the rabbits’ hay. Then we “kidnapped” Kelly, the shetland. For the other fur kids, we managed to settle with the other fur nannies to help feed and look after them while our friend recovers. It was a hectic scary morning before all of us calm down and had everything settled.
We had Kelly for about a week, and despite us planning to head down to the nearest park during her stay, the God of Rain decided that we should stay indoors. It rained almost every day, thundery showers to be exact. And so we stayed indoors most of the time. We only headed out during drizzle rain when we walked the void deck using the sheltered walkway.
Although we didn’t do much during her emergency pawcation cos the sky forbid us to head out, I’m pretty sure Kelly enjoyed herself. And thankfully, nothing major happened to our dear friend, and may she recovers even better. Health is wealth.
We head off to pick Katsu up in the morning, together with our supawvisors as we had plans to bring the fur kids out to our friend’s place. His place has a nice garden for the fur kids to run and explore. We jokingly said it’s like having a personal dog park.
After getting all the details and instructions from Katsu’s pawrent, we’re off for some fun! The car ride with Katsu was different. Although her dad has been calling her a monster, she was relatively well behaved during the journey. She would sit quietly till we arrived at our destination.
Mia will be joining us for daycare, her mummy said she’ll drop her off at our friend’s place instead. She needed to collect her newly purchased bicycle located nearby and since it was on the way, Mia doesn’t need us to fetch her.
The Hyper Doggos
Having a decent size garden seems like a great idea where the fur kids get to run and explore. The best part of it is, that it’s private and solely for us. This means we don’t need to worry about unfamiliar dogs and a fight that might happen. Or at least if there were to be a dog fight, at least we do know how to handle the situation and be responsible for it. We’ve read too many stories online about irresponsible pawrents or guardians who don’t want to be responsible for injuries after a fight between the fur kids.
We let the fur kids run about with supervision and make sure they’re enjoying themselves and most importantly, they get along. With the hyper Katsu and Mia, we had to make sure they get a break and water parade in between their playtime. While they take a break, so do we.
It started to get cloudy and we had to get everyone back into the house. True enough, a thunderstorm arrived! Katsu panicked and started crawling up to whoever is willing to give her some comfort. We got to know that she’s scared of thunderstorms after we gave some updates to her daddy.
To be honest, she’s the first fur kid that we doggy sit that’s afraid of thunderstorms. We were a little unsure of what to do and weren’t sure if comforting her is the right way to do it. We’re pretty sure there are many trains of thought for this topic, we’ll definitely do our research about it to prepare us for a future similar situations.
Home Sweet Home
Mia’s mummy picked her up at night after dinner while Katsu head home with us for the night. Guess the girls had a fun time the entire day as Katsu slept well and didn’t disturb us at all.
It was home sweet home for Katsu on the 6th of March. Waited for her daddy to be home before we head over to drop her off. Although it wasn’t our first time looking after Katsu for a day, we were a little reluctant to send her back. Guess fun times always have to come to an end. We’re pretty sure we’ll see Katsu often as the borders start to open up recently.
New fur kid to our daycare, Mia the Wired Fox Terrier. We don’t do weekend daycare, but her pawrent needed help looking after her for the day. Since we had an extra pair of hands, our very silent partner who was available that very weekend, we agreed.
Mia’s mummy dropped her off in the morning while we were waiting for our morning appointment to arrive. Yes, sometimes we groom from home. Either we would provide the pet transport, or the pawrent would drop the fur kid(s) at our place.
Mia’s pawrent requested for a basic groom session during the daycare, and since we had the time while waiting for Phoebe’s pawrent to pick her up, we decided to do the basic groom.
We did have a session once last year, we remembered Mia to be well behaved and would just let us groom her. But she’s no longer that cooperative girl. Her pawrent did mention that Mia does have an attitude of her own now. We wouldn’t say it’s difficult to groom her, it’s more of her walking around the grooming table. We would say she’s just a curious girl in a new environment.
We took Mia along on to our next appointment, but of course, we did seek permission before bringing her over. It’s at one of our friend’s place and we’re there to groom his fur kid. He stays at landed property and has ample garden space for the fur kids to run around. What’s a better way to release Mia’s energy by letting her go crazy in a garden right?
Mia’s pawrent did give us the instruction to manually stop her once in a while before she tires herself out. Mia doesn’t know her limit and she’ll continue to play. The fear of her being exhausted is real.
In order to stop her and get some rest, we had to get her back into our friend’s room to enjoy the nice cool aircon. It’s the only way to separate her from Mozart and take a rest before she tires herself out completely.
Mia’s pawrent has forgotten to pack her dinner, and we had to shamelessly ask Mozart to spare her some kibbles as they both are taking the same brand. We even cooked hardboiled egg to add to the kibbles to entice Mia to eat. We were told that she might be picky sometimes and just hope it doesn’t happen during our care.
She finished them without hesitation and started asking for more. We never knew she could be a glutton. But we didn’t give in to her request as we know that she’s got a sensitive tummy and feeding her more or something new, we got to consult with her mummy.
Home Sweet Home
We ended the day late at Mozart’s place. Since Mia’s pawrent was still out partying, we took Mia home with us instead. Once back to our humble abode, Mia completely went off to bed. She’s got not much energy left in her to be jumpy like she was during the day.
After bidding farewell to her, our day ended and we’re in turn the one with low energy. We’ll definitely see her again on our next adventure.
After we settled our supawvisors and pawcation fur kids, we head out to pick Jeremy up for his week-long stay with us. Once arrived, he didn’t hesitate to hop into our little hatchback to begin his adventure with us. We were told he loves car rides.
During the journey back to our humble abode, Jeremy kept looking out the windows which we lowered a little for him to enjoy the wind blowing against his face or to take in the smell along the way back.
Once home, Jeremy mingled with our supawvisors and pawcation fur kids. And we got to know, he can get angry from the persistent dog(s) that kept annoying him. We had to separate him and Ruffles before a fight broke out. Thankfully we do have a playpen for such a scenario and it does come in handy in times like this.
Christmas Gathering – 27 December
As we had a Christmas gathering planned with our friend, we seek Jeremy’s pawrents for permission to bring him along. Thankfully, they gave the green light and so we took him along. Together with our supawvisors, we head out for a Christmas party.
Our friend stayed in landed property with a garden big enough for them to run or explore. Jeremy enjoyed himself while he explore this new place. At first, he wasn’t happy with our friend’s Lhasa apso for smelling his butt. But after a while of understanding and leaving one another alone, peace was restored.
We had BBQ for dinner and Jeremy was always loitering around us hoping to have some food. Though we were told he can eat anything except kangaroo, but we refrained from giving him anything as the meats were all marinated which wasn’t suitable to feed the fur kids. And so he just had to take in the aroma of our dinner instead.
The next day, Jeremy and our supawvisors looked so exhausted that none of them were willing to wake up for breakfast. It’s like they partied hard the day before and had some hungover the next day.
It’s monsoon season and it’s been raining for days. Sometimes it was just passing rain clouds, sometimes it could rain the entire day. It was a little difficult to bring the fur kids out for walks or excursions. And it was much more when Jeremy is outdoor trained. He needs his potty breaks. But we were told he would use the pee pads if the circumstances aren’t to his favor for outdoor potty breaks.
We do bring him out for a quick potty break before the next rain comes. Albeit short outdoor moment, it was the best we could give in such bad weather. However, we did a short walk at the park connector on a good day which Jeremy and our supawvisors enjoyed. We didn’t walk far as we’re afraid of a change of weather without any warning. Walking near home makes it easier to rush home if the weather were to turn bad.
Jeremy’s pawrents requested a grooming session during his pawcation with us. And we scheduled it nearer to the date before his stay with us ends. We offered to do a video about his grooming session as they were keen to know if he behaved well.
We were told he had never been out for professional grooming before and they were a little worried he might be difficult to handle. They adopted him and had traveled to a few countries before coming to Singapore. Was told the grooming fees overseas were crazily expensive and thus they’ve always groomed him themselves at home. So it’s an honor for us to give him nice professional grooming and we’re glad that the pawrents love it.
Attached is the video on this entry, so do watch it if you’re keen.
Home Sweet Home
It was time for Jeremy to head home. We enjoyed our time spent with him and definitely will miss him. He enjoyed his car ride home and was pretty excited to head home upon seeing his pawrent. Hope we get to see him again and share another adventure together.
Picked up the daycare fur kids and we’re off to Punggol for a walk at the Park Connector. We started the walk from Waterway Terraces 2 and headed towards Waterway Point.
The walk wasn’t pleasant from the start, because we stepped on dog poop. Sadly, an irresponsible pawrent/walker didn’t pick up the poop. It is something we still can’t understand why is it difficult to just pick up the poop or rinse away the pee? Let’s all be responsible and clear up the mess after the fur kids that we’re caring for. It doesn’t matter if it’s our own or not. It’s part of hygiene reason and keeping the neighbourhood clean is part of everyone’s job.
But of course, we didn’t let the unpleasant start ruin our day. We joked about buying the lottery as we might have some luck after stepping on the poop. We continued our journey along the park connector towards Waterway Point direction. As we noticed Covan is getting slower and a little tired, we decided to u-turn and not walk further. Thankful we did as once we arrived under the void deck, it started to drizzle. And so we ended our walk earlier than expected.
Playtime, Covan’s Shower Time
Got back to our humble abode, it’s playtime for the fur kids while we had our lunch. Covan as usual quickly went to his favourite hiding place to avoid Ruffles’ hyperactiveness. Covan prefers to befriend those that aren’t too active for him and Ruffles isn’t under that category. So it’s a game of Covan running out and back to his hiding spot while Ruffles tried to keep up.
Showered Covan after our lunch. Had to drag him out from under the shelf. Thankfully he was cooperative considering he did try to nib us previously. Sent him home after his shower and we’re pretty sure he’s relieved as no more Ruffles chasing him.
Got a call from Ruffles and Kelly’s pawrent who asked if we could keep the fur kids over for a night. She’s doing spring cleaning for the entire house, and there’ll be some moving of furniture. She’s afraid the fur kid will be in the way and disturb the movers, and there will be no peace.
Since our place was available to take them in as pawcation fur kids, we agreed. The first night went well except that Kelly doesn’t want to sleep in our room. She prefers the living room, probably because she finds our room too crowded or she prefers to be alone. On the other hand, Ruffles wanted to be as near us as possible. Anywhere we go, he follows. If we locked him out of the room by accident, he’ll sit by the door and whine till we open the room’s door and let him in.
They had another impromptu extension to one more night as their pawrent was still cleaning up the house and there’s some hiccup over the furniture delivery. As it was a rainy Christmas, we didn’t get any excursion so we had playtime at home instead.
Ruffles & Kelly Meet Jeremy
In the morning of Boxing Day, we head out to pick Jeremy up for his pawcation with us. And so he gets to meet Ruffles and Kelly. It started well, then Ruffles kept annoying Jeremy and thus we had to separate them. Kelly on the other hand didn’t seem to want to interact, she’s in her own world minding her own business.
Home Sweet Home
It’s home sweet home for Ruffles and Kelly after dinner. Their pawcation finally came to an end and we’re glad they’ve enjoyed themselves as much as we enjoyed their short stay here with us. Till then, we’ll have our next adventure again.
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.
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.