Syed Shibly

Syed Shibly – The Town’s Favorite Canine Host

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Leaving one’s pet behind when travelling is tough for both dog and owner, and having to go out of town when the pets are sick or have health complications makes it all the more stressful. Syed Shilby, often faced with a similar predicament, came up with an ingenious way to solve his problem and make his livelihood doing what he loves, while still managing to do his good deeds for society in the process.

The proud owner of a four year old Cocker Spaniel named Choko, found himself incessantly worrying about his beloved pooch in spite of knowing that she was being well cared for at a trusted boarding back home. Choko required special attention owing to cardiac problems and Syed’s concern for her well being  gave rise to the conception of Ruff Pet Services, which is a commercial organization that runs a boarding, day care, dog grooming, canine training center and even a cab service for pets. For Syed running Ruff or starting an entrepreneurship is starting something small at first and then taking it to the next level. It is about how one manages to grow from small to big.

For Syed running Ruff or starting an entrepreneurship is starting something small at first and then taking it to the next level. It is about how one manages to grow from small to big.

Syed informs us that Ruff Pet Services was initiated two years ago, his intent being to provide the best “home away from home” for pooches. He says, “My work revolves around the need of a pet parent.”

Ruff Pet Services, provides clients with in-house carers who stay with the dogs around the clock and also constantly monitor them. Boarders are kept occupied with fun games to help alleviate the stress and anxiety caused by the separation. He advises pet owners to take initiatives to ensure that their dog is comfortable in new environments and interacting with other dogs and humans alike because it helps in the development of the animal’s unique personality.

Pet owners must take initiatives to ensure that their dog is comfortable in new environments and interacting with other dogs and humans alike because it helps in the development of the animal’s unique personality.”

Initially the challenge was finding the right staff, and so after a rigorous screening process, that scored potential candidates for the job on how good they were at handling and caring for K9s, Syed managed to hire a team of workers, who have also been trained, by a canine trainer and behaviorist, and are now certified dog handlers. Syed confesses that personally, his biggest challenge was sacrificing his time with family and friends to take care of business, but he assures us of their unwavering support for his endeavors.

The job did come comes with its set of downsides which for Syed, was one of the harsh realities of running a boarding is also dealing with the abandonment of pets. He says a lot of pet owners assume that a boarding is a convenient way to abandon their pet and it is heartbreaking when it happens it happens. In these instances the team at Ruff takes responsibility of caring for and rehoming the unfortunate victim of foul play. Syed Shibly feels this is his social responsibility to help out with board and foster dogs for NGOs and rescue workers.

The key to success is how effectively you execute the plan. There are and will be hiccups that may come up your way, but you need to stand strong.”

Syed Shibly’s plans for Ruff Pet Services at the moment are to creating a benchmark in the industry by providing clients with exceptional standards in the services they already have to offer. In the terms of long term goals, he plans on expanding his business and hopes to branch out to other cities seeing as there is a potential market in pet grooming and training and he is enthusiastic about setting his primary focus on these services.

Most people wonder and then chase their own tails in hope that they will do something about their dream or that entrepreneurship that they always wanted to start, for those people, our town’s favorite canine host says, “Everyone has a dream and some are lucky to have lived their dreams. Well the journey does not come easy. You have to plan at the correct age to achieve. The key to success is how effectively you execute the plan. There are and will be hiccups that may come up your way, but you need to stand strong.”

Many of us are animal lovers or individuals who want to do something to protect strays or abandoned animals, especially their canine and feline counterparts. For those of us, it only takes one step to move in the right canine or feline direction. If you want to help and care for these gentle beings, don’t just sit there reading this. Get up and lay down the first brick and cement your pet friendly idea today. Do it like Syed, a man with dreams for canines.

2 Comments

  1. A very one sided praise for a service has been so well written. How come the neighbours around the ruff pet services were Not interviewed for their opinions? That it has been started in a residential area and not in a place with larger acreage and without disturbing the neighbours has not been covered.

    It started with a premise of having a small number of dogs and today we have scores of dogs being boarded in a place that may be fit for a dozen or less. That apart the hygiene levels are so poor that the stink they raise with the dog urine and faeces is unbearable. The wafting stink persists for the whole day that we are forced to keep our windows shut. To cover it up they are using “phenyle” solutions that are a worse stinking and toxic redressal for the problem.

    As a next door neighbour we are faced with a very insensitive business enterprise that you have so well described. Its perhaps a very good model and experience that is worthy of being emulated but entirely in the wrong location. Certainly not in a residential layout with cramped quarters, with an area of less than 2000 sq.ft. you cannot house more than 50-60 dogs – like they do during weekends and long holidays as the dog parents love to have their days off without the pooch. Has your writer also checked this? SPCA / PETA would surely approve of this density of dogs? I’m sure the pet parents are less caring about their dogs than one would expect or else they would have found better places for the dogs to be kept. Basic human sensitivity missing here!

    That the handlers are well trained & selected after much evaluation is a laugh. Your writer lapped up everything fed without any check. The regular Whacking of the dogs and making them subservient is a daily affair that we can see and hear, day or night, as many dogs are not trained well enough and miss their familiar people and surroundings. The barking of the assorted dogs may sound like music to a fleeting visitor like you but for us in the neighbourhood its pure torture. We cannot sleep peacefully nor be able to do meaningful work without the persistent disturbance. Children studying and elders resting are disallowed a peaceful existence in the area which should have been a rightful residential requirement. With ailments requiring peaceful sleep being denied, we are frustrated that even the civic authorities have turned a deaf ear. Being a Medical doctor myself, I can assert that the pollution and the health hazards are big for man and the dogs. This includes the caretakers. Sadly even the fourth estate thinks these are good talking points rather than looking beyond the surface.

    They can shift to a place outside the residential area or get a civic amenity site large enough to accommodate their big patronage. That would serve the best interests of all concerned.

    WE HAVE BEEN AT THE RECEIVING END OF THE RUFF DOG RETREAT.

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