Bring your pet to work

Bring your pet to work

Call them the resident mascots. Shops and business owners here are making their beloved pets a part of their retail or work space.

A floral boutique, a bookstore and a web consultancy firm are among places here where you might be greeted by a cat lazing on a table top, or given a regulatory sniff by a curious dog.

These people bring their pets to work

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    When Ms Ong decided that she was going to take Sir Rupert (above) to the office on weekdays, she called for a meeting with her 14 employees.

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    They drew up a list of house rules for having a dog around the two-storey shophouse where the Web consultancy is located.

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    When clients who are afraid of dogs visit the office, he is put in his cage. Those who love dogs are more than welcome to pick him up for a cuddle.

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    Where: Floral boutique One Olive in Tiong Bahru

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    Who: Ms Amy Yap (left), 41, and Niki Yapp (far left), 42, the owners of One Olive

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    Passers-by often stop to stare at the white-and-gray kitten sitting on a turf-covered pouf, surrounded by flowers, in the shop’s window display

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    The seven-month-old kitten was named after the day of the week her two owners adopted her.

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    She was found perched precariously on the 28th-floor ledge of an Ang Mo Kio HDB flat, by a friend of theirs.

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    Ms Yap says: 'People come in just to look at her. They call her sweet and pretty.'

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    Where: Indie books and craft store Cat Socrates in Bras Basah Complex

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    If you cannot spot him around the store, he may be hiding in his favourite spot – on top of the shop’s fridge – where he goes when he does not want to be disturbed. 'His reaction to strangers is very good – people can touch him. He is very calm and quite relaxed.'

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    Where: Multi-disciplinary creative agency NiCE in Dhoby Ghaut

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    Where: Independent bookstore Books Actually in Tiong Bahru

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    Where: Recording studio Snakeweed Studios in Bedok

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    Three tabby cats – sisters, rescued by Mr Soosay near his studio on Election Day two years ago. He says: 'A man meant to kill them. He had put two in a sack and was strangling one of them. I punched him, took the kittens and ran.'

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    The studio’s clients agree that Missfit is the most 'sayang' (Malay for “dearest”), Misstin is the most “manja” (Malay for 'pampered') and Misseah is the prettiest.

Web consultancy Digital Boomerang’s founder Charlotte Ong, 38, takes her five-year-old corgi, Sir Rupert, to her office in a two-storey shophouse in Telok Blangah.

He is there from weekday mornings and goes home with her at night.

Says Ms Ong, who adopted Sir Rupert more than a year ago: “He lightens up the mood. We have good and bad days. On tough days, he is really comforting to have around.”

At first, Ms Tan Yan Ling, 24, a user experience consultant at Digital Boomerang, was apprehensive about having a dog in the office when she started working there more than a month ago.

She has since warmed up to Sir Rupert.

She says: “I never grew up around pets – except fish and tapoles. But he is cute dog, I like him.”

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