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Bub­bly Petz's cage- and re­straint-free en­vi­ron­ment puts furry ones at ease dur­ing groom­ing.

Bub­bly Petz isn’t just about mak­ing your furkid look good. Bright, airy and free of cages, the pet groom­ing salon places a strong em­pha­sis on the well-be­ing of its furry clients.

BY CHRISTIANN PRIYANKA

We’ve seen our fair share of pet groom­ing joints, so trust us when we say that Bub­bly Petz—lo­cated at the ground floor unit of a Joo Chiat shop­house—is in a league of its own. While the aes­thet­ics are cer­tainly pleas­ant (think light wood fur­nish­ings and brightly lit spa­ces), it’s what the salon be­lieves in and prac­tises that has us sold.

Founded by Des­mond Chan and Maeve Suar, Bub­bly Petz was birthed from a need and a heart for an­i­mal wel­fare. Des­mond, who holds a de­gree in busi­ness, eco­nomics and fi­nance, took up groom­ing cour­ses af­ter his Shih Tzu, Choco­late, went through a trau­matic groom­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

With a strong be­lief that an­i­mals de­serve bet­ter, Des­mond and Maeve de­vel­oped the ethos and in­te­ri­ors of Bub­bly Petz with the phys­i­cal and men­tal well-be­ing of their furry clien­tele as their main pri­or­ity.

FREE­DOM RULES

Be­sides the ab­sence of cages, other no­tice­able fea­tures about Bub­bly Petz in­clude the spa­cious stu­dio and a mas­sive view­ing win­dow next to it. “The stu­dio was de­signed to en­hance com­mu­ni­ca­tion and trans­parency. We wanted to cre­ate a stress-free, cru­elty-free en­vi­ron­ment, which is why there are no cages to lock up the an­i­mals at any time, and no re­straints, or groom­ing loops around their necks,” shares Des­mond.

A CALM WAIT

Furkids that are wait­ing their turn to be groomed or picked up are never re­strained. They are placed in a com­fort­able air-con­di­tioned room hous­ing an aro­mather­apy dif­fuser, a pee pad and mag­a­zines. Sooth­ing muzak plays in the back­ground. The room also serves as a wait­ing space for anx­ious paw-rents who can view the groom­ing process through a win­dow be­tween the room and the stu­dio next door.

QUAL­ITY OVER QUAN­TITY

To en­sure that every pet re­ceives their un­di­vided at­ten­tion, Des­mond and Maeve only see up to 10 clients a day. The salon also al­lo­cates sep­a­rate days for dog and cat groom­ing. Thurs­days and Satur­days are set aside ex­clu­sively for fe­lines, while the rest of the week are al­lo­cated to pooches.

ECO-WARRIOR

“We believe that com­pas­sion ex­tends to not only our pets, but to all other liv­ing crea­tures as well. There­fore, we strive to lead and in­spire a cru­elty-free, sus­tain­able life­style,” says Des­mond. Hence, Bub­bly Petz sells only cru­elty-free, eco-friendly prod­ucts that are plant-based when­ever possible. “A lot of re­search and effort has gone into en­sur­ing that what we sell at Bub­bly Petz is cru­el­tyfree and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly,” adds Maeve.

LIFE­LONG LEARN­ING

With cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from var­i­ous groom­ing schools in Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia and Thai­land, as well as a cat groom­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Na­tional Cat Groomers In­sti­tute in America, Des­mond has ef­fec­tively equipped him­self to cater to ca­nines and fe­lines of all breeds, sizes and ages. He is also Sin­ga­pore’s first in­ter­na­tion­ally cer­ti­fied fe­line master groomer—no mean feat con­sid­er­ing cats are in­fa­mously dif­fi­cult to groom. “At­tain­ing a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quires a lot of time and hard work, but I en­joy the process of prac­tis­ing and im­prov­ing my tech­niques and skills,” shares Des­mond. In ad­di­tion to skill cer­ti­fi­ca­tions, Des­mond and his team keep updated on hu­mane, low-stress han­dling tech­niques, as well as de­fen­sive groom­ing tech­niques, so as to en­able them to bet­ter han­dle pets of all tem­per­a­ments—even ag­gres­sive ones.

Bub­bly Petz is lo­cated at 266 Joo Chiat Road. To book an ap­point­ment for your furkid call 6348 6872 or 9656 3786, or email info@bub­bly-petz.com. Ap­point­ments have to be made a month in ad­vance. Open­ing hours: 10am-7pm (Mon, Wed, and Sun); 12pm-9pm...

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