PG 54 PAW-SITIVE PASSIONS
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.
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.
“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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments have to be made a month in advance. Opening hours: 10am-7pm (Mon, Wed, and Sun); 12pm-9pm...