Pet-down for pooches

Pet-down for pooches
Diamond the Japanese Spitz waits patiently for her rub down as masseuse Laves Goh gives owner Sylvia Tan her massage first.

As the masseuse worked her magical hands on her tense muscles, she let out a soft whimper.

This is the life, Diamond thought. A dog's life.

Yes, Diamond, a 10-year-old Japanese spitz, is having a massage.

And oh yes, there's a masseuse here who works on pets.

Ms Laves Goh, masseuse and owner of SCENTsational, started the business in 2012 because she noticed many Singaporeans pamper their pets and would spend any amount to make them happy and comfortable.

"So why not offer a massage service for both owners and their cats and dogs?" she says.

Diamond's owner, life planner Sylvia Tan, 46, says: "Since Diamond enjoys belly rubs and I like massages, I thought why not. I like the fact that it is done here at my home, making it conducive for Diamond."

Ms Goh, 32, who has over 10 years of experience in human massage therapy, picked up pet acupressure at the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage in 2012.

"After I got my certification, I broached the idea with my clients. They stared incredulously at me but I told them if humans feel relaxed and rejuvenated after a rub-down, why not the pets," she says, adding that may were willing to give it a go.

It helped her dog, says business acceleration manager Grace Sin, 44.

When she first adopted her chihuahua Creamer, it was a nervous and highly strung dog.

"Creamer was a former breeding dog. She was yappy and not socialising the same way as other pet dogs. Even Rocky, my silky terrier, was not too friendly towards her," says Ms Sin.

So she took Creamer to Ms Goh.

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