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Moving to Singapore with 2 spinones

Postby Rubyrosie » Wed, 05 Jun 2013 1:51 pm

Hi we have two italian spinones , about Labrador size, and I would like to know more about having dogs in Singapore. My husband may be relocating with work.

Are there good places to walk off the lead and what about where to live, vets holiday care.....some of what I have read sounds very negative re dogs. We would becoming from the uk ...

Any tips would be welcome...it's early days yet and may not happen but I would like some advice.

Thank you very much..

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Re: Moving to Singapore with 2 spinones

Postby chrislumtc » Wed, 05 Jun 2013 2:49 pm

Rubyrosie wrote:Hi we have two italian spinones , about Labrador size, and I would like to know more about having dogs in Singapore. My husband may be relocating with work.

Are there good places to walk off the lead and what about where to live, vets holiday care.....some of what I have read sounds very negative re dogs. We would becoming from the uk ...

Any tips would be welcome...it's early days yet and may not happen but I would like some advice.

Thank you very much..



you can look for condos around the east coast area/marine parade areas where there are beaches is activities for your dogs. but be remind to always leash your dogs when walking them.

as for vets wise, singapore is a small country, you can always flag a cab or hire someone to ferry your dogs to the clinic in less than 20mins.

we do have pet hotel in sg.

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Thank you for info

Postby Rubyrosie » Wed, 05 Jun 2013 4:26 pm

I have another question ....is there anywhere that dogs can be exercised off the lead...?

As we are coming from the Uk am I right in thinking they will not have to go into quarantine?

Thanks for tips

Kind regards

Rosie

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Postby katbh » Wed, 05 Jun 2013 7:32 pm

You need to go onto the AVA website - http://www.ava.gov.sg/AnimalsPetSector/ ... sPersonal/

One thing that is very important is the timing of your dogs shots. Sometimes these need to be done far in advance.

There are only a few areas where you can legally have your dog off the lead - these are usually only in dog parks. And there are only a few of these and mostly quite depressing.

But if the dogs are well behaved...not bounders...you can get away with it when it is quiet in the parks or at the 'beach'.

You have to be careful obviously for the malay community as they can not touch dogs and there is generally a fear of dogs here if they are over the top or jump up etc.

Most people like dogs but most dogs are also very small.

Vets are ok, no problem there.

Boarding of dogs is pretty awful so you are better getting a dog walker who lives locally who can walk and feed you dog from your own home when you are away.

Usually no problems with dogs in condos but you do need to make sure you have permission in writing to keep the dog. This usually does not form part of the lease. The usual lease just says something like ' you will seek the owners permission before keeping pets'. So you make sure you have permission letter before you sign lease.

It is unlikely you would be able to have your dogs in an HDB apartment as they only allow specified breads and these are small to small/medium dogs - I think the larges they allow is a beagle.

There are plenty of pet palours in the east coast (that is the area I know) but they are also pretty deplorable on the whole. Pets get picked up from you house (along with about 20 other dogs in crates) and are taken to the palour where they sit in the crates until it is their turn. They they get their wash, tizz or what ever and are put back in the crate and returned to you later in the day. So you dog basically sits in a crate for the best part of a day - and usually stacked one on top of the other. So do not think they are going for a pampering - it is far from this.

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 05 Jun 2013 8:13 pm

katbh wrote:You have to be careful obviously for the malay community as they can not touch dogs and there is generally a fear of dogs here if they are over the top or jump up etc.

Most people like dogs but most dogs are also very small.


It's not just Malays, it's more generally an islamic thing. Having a dog rub it's nose on you, or lick you, is akin to eating pork. Strictly verboten.

Also as property here tends to be shoe-box sized, dogs tend to be similarly sized too. Don't be surprised to find everyone here completely terrified of your dopey 10-year old labrador.

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Postby katbh » Wed, 05 Jun 2013 8:43 pm

JR8 wrote:
katbh wrote:

It's not just Malays, it's more generally an islamic thing. Having a dog rub it's nose on you, or lick you, is akin to eating pork. Strictly verboten.



Yes, sorry not just Malay people but also Tamil. Any muslim.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 05 Jun 2013 9:19 pm

Not true at all, Tamils have no problems with dogs unless they are muslims. I know. I've been married to one for 30 years (Tamil not dog! :-) ) . I know a lot heck of a lot of Tamils here.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:14 pm

katbh wrote:
JR8 wrote:
katbh wrote:

It's not just Malays, it's more generally an islamic thing. Having a dog rub it's nose on you, or lick you, is akin to eating pork. Strictly verboten.



Yes, sorry not just Malay people but also Tamil. Any muslim.


And not "any Muslim". I used to golf at Batam all the time... dogs all over the place.

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Thank yo

Postby Rubyrosie » Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:31 pm

Hi all

Thanks for all the info, it does not sound as if it is a good place to bring a pair of gun dogs..does anyone have larger Labrador, retriever size dogs out there....? They are a big part of our family and it would be awful if we had to leavethembehind??

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Postby katbh » Thu, 06 Jun 2013 8:37 am

There are plenty of labs, retrievers, huskies (go figure) here. It is a lovely place for dogs. It is just that some of the local population are not very good with dogs and do not understand when they bound about a bit.
Bring them and you will enjoy it.

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 06 Jun 2013 9:13 am

Strong Eagle wrote:And not "any Muslim". I used to golf at Batam all the time... dogs all over the place.


Well, yes, they don't have the best looking gals over there tis true... ;

But assuming you mean 4-legged 'Canis est in atrium' dogs, that's interesting to me. Were the ones you saw domestic pets, or guard dogs?

I've seen dogs kept as guard dogs in places like say Egypt. But never as pets. It reminds me of the distinction between the roles with working farm dogs.

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Postby PNGMK » Thu, 06 Jun 2013 9:14 am

katbh wrote:There are plenty of labs, retrievers, huskies (go figure) here. It is a lovely place for dogs. It is just that some of the local population are not very good with dogs and do not understand when they bound about a bit.
Bring them and you will enjoy it.


+1. If you can rent afford to rent a house (not an apartment) a lot of your issues will be easier.

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 06 Jun 2013 9:36 am

katbh wrote:There are plenty of labs, retrievers, huskies (go figure) here. It is a lovely place for dogs. It is just that some of the local population are not very good with dogs and do not understand when they bound about a bit.
Bring them and you will enjoy it.


Yes agreed. I'd certainly bring my dogs too, if I had some.

Just expect a bit of reaction from some locals, that's all I'm inferring (incl. the show of how pious they are, by making a bit of a drama out of how afraid of your dogs they are).

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Postby katbh » Thu, 06 Jun 2013 9:49 am

JR8 wrote:Just expect a bit of reaction from some locals, that's all I'm inferring (incl. the show of how pious they are, by making a bit of a drama out of how afraid of your dogs they are).


+1 . is that what it is...piety...You are right you know. And the tittering behind the hands!

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:56 am

katbh wrote:
JR8 wrote:Just expect a bit of reaction from some locals, that's all I'm inferring (incl. the show of how pious they are, by making a bit of a drama out of how afraid of your dogs they are).


+1 . is that what it is...piety...You are right you know. And the tittering behind the hands!


Yes, it's like snobbery. Just a local 'Us vs the Jones's next door' show.

I've seen relatives go from the 'Oh dogs, DIRTY!!' phase, to sitting in an armchair reading and casually stroking a sleeping dogs ears - within the space of a month or two.

It's like a child learning that using the word nigger is inappropriate.


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