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The Barking Mad team 2013

Steph Evans

East Devon

Seaton
EX12 2HN
Contact Me        01297 20323
Twitter               @barkingmadsteph
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Steph Evans

Hello, my name is Steph Evans and I am the proud owner of Barking Mad Exeter, which covers the beautiful area of East and Mid Devon.
I live with my husband Kimmo and daughter Jess in Seaton, along with my ‘boys’ Max and Paddy – a terrier mix and a smooth haired collie. They are sociable, entertaining dogs just like Peter Kay’s comedy duo!


Before joining the wonderful world of Barking Mad I worked as a Finance Manager for Water Babies, a franchise baby swimming company. I have also worked as a Finance Manager for a Homeless charity, a Sure Start programme and various Local Authority departments including Social Services, Education and Police. I am also a parent governor at my daughter’s high school in Axminster.


Although people say you shouldn’t work with children and animals I have found myself working with both along the way and I love running my Barking Mad franchise business and meeting new people and their beloved dogs every day.

If you would like to know more about the Barking Mad service or are interested in becoming a ‘host’ and joining the fabulous bunch of people who look after customers dogs while they are away, please call me and I will be delighted to tell you more.

 

Business For Sale

Unfortunately due to my husband recently relapsing with a serious illness I now need to change my priorities in order to care for my family, so it is with great regret that I have made the difficult decision to sell my franchise business.
Business will continue as normal with existing and future bookings unaffected, customers and hosts can still contact me in the normal way.
If you, or someone you know is interested in learning more about this opportunity to buy my business please do not hesitate to call our Head Office franchise sales team on 015242 76476.
Meanwhile, I remain dedicated to providing customers and hosts with the top quality service they are accustomed to.

 

 

 

 

Happy dog

We're delighted to provide our service in the following towns and surrounding areas:

  • Exeter
  • Exmouth
  • Ottery St Mary
  • Budleigh Salterton
  • Sidmouth
  • Seaton
  • Axminster
  • Honiton
  • Feniton
  • Cullompton
  • Uffculme
  • Willand
  • Tiverton
  • Crediton
  • Dawlish

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As soon as Tilly knows she is going on holiday with BM she waits by the window. As soon as she hears the car she gets very excited. She is out the door and in the back of the car before you can say goodbye. Its very reassuring to know she is so happy. She is just back from her 6th holiday in 2013.

Posted by: Martin Owen on

Charlie returned from his "second holiday" at Barking Mad looking happy and healthy and totally relaxed ......... what a difference to when I picked him up from kennels before I started using BM. From now on, when I book my holiday, I book Charlies!!!! Thank you very much. Helen

Posted by: Helen FitzGerald on

My two have just come back from their stay with Barking Mad and as usual are full of beans. We are always happy to leave them with Steph and the team as we know they will be well cared for.

Posted by: John Bentley on

Thanks to Chris and hosts Penny and Ian for taking such great care of Podge. He came home very happy and so well groomed - his coat was gleaming - he had obviously been pampered!

Posted by: Angie Fox on

As always, very efficient, make you feel comfortable that your dog will be looked after well. Always returns happy, never traumatised. The dog has a great time, no need to worry.

Posted by: Andy Swift on 8th Apr, 2013

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Jaffa seemed to enjoy her week-end away,she has got that many peculiar traits, that it is good to know that she settled in with her "carers" Sam & Vic.The note they sent back with Jaffa put our minds at rest.so please thank them.We hope she will go back to them in July.

Posted by: Brian & Margaret Taylor on

My News

July 2014

Unfortunately due to my husband recently relapsing with a serious illness I now need to change my priorities in order to care for my family, so it is with great regret that I have made the difficult decision to sell my franchise business.
Business will continue as normal with existing and future bookings unaffected, customers and hosts can still contact me in the normal way.
If you, or someone you know is interested in learning more about this opportunity to buy my business please do not hesitate to call our Head Office franchise sales team on 015242 76476.
Meanwhile, I remain dedicated to providing customers and hosts with the top quality service they are accustomed to.

April and May 2014

I would like to dedicate my Spring news to say a heartfelt thank you and goodbye to some of our Barking Mad long standing customers who are no longer with us. In particular, a special mention for Felix the Golden Retriever who enjoyed many Barking Mad holidays with us, staying with 5 different host families over the years who all really loved him. He nearly made his 16 birthday – he was a gentleman of a dog and he will be greatly missed.

We have also welcomed some new young puppies to the world of Barking Mad in April and they have experienced exciting new adventures during  their first time being away from home and are keen to do it all again!

All my host families are starting to get booked for the summer month’s now so if you would like your dog to stay with a particular host – get in touch quick!

 

February/March 2014

Well at last the weather seems to be improving a bit and people are starting to think about holidays so bookings for Barking Mad are coming in for the spring and summer. If you have a favourite host family for you dog remember to book early to avoid disappointment as they say!

Barking Mad Exeter and Mid Devon are looking forward to attending the Bicton College Lambing Event on Sunday 16th March 14. We will have a stand and are sponsoring the family dog show by awarding the prizes for Champion Dog, Reserve Dog, and the best ‘Have a Go’ Dog! It would be great to see people there, and we will be happy to chat about the Barking Mad service for customers and advise what is involved in being a host.

January 2014

Barking Mad Exeter has been able to start the new near with gusto  - we have had new hosts join us from Seaton, Sidmouth, Tiverton, Tedburn St Mary and Alphington as well as new customers from these areas too. It has been a real pleasure to meet all our new recruits and make the perfect matches for dogs to enjoy stress free holidays!

Booking your holidays well in advance enables you and your dog to book with their favourite host family and if they are not free it gives you extra time to choose a new family, where once again your dog would be welcomed into a warm, loving home environment and experience some new walking venues perhaps?

 

December 2013

 

Christmas Greetings!

We are well into the run up to Christmas now with less than a week to go, so the dogs who are going to be on their holidays over and Christmas and New Year are looking forward to getting their doggie stockings from their host families!

All Christmas and New Year slots are now fully booked up so looking forward to taking bookings for 2014 and beyond. If you book your holidays before the 31st Jan 14 the special offer applies and prices will be at the current rates of £20 per day for one dog and £40 per day for two.

Remember if you or anyone you know would like to become a Barking Mad host family give me a call. Maybe after over indulging during the festive period instead of signing up to the gym you could look after a dog instead and go on lovely long invigorating walks – it’s free!!!

Best wishes and see you on the other side in 2014!

 

 

 

November 2013

 

I have now completed my first month of running Barking Mad Exeter and what a great time it has been!

I have met the host families who have been giving wonderful holidays to dogs in this area for a number of years and would like to say a big thank you for their continued support as well as a few congratulations on meeting a number of mile stones! John & Elsie and Linda have hosted for 10 years, Sam & Vincent and Sue 9 years, and Sally & Michael and Barbara 5 years. All the host families clearly love what they do and are very experienced and dedicated to their role of 5* doggie holiday provision!

I have also taken on 4 lovely ladies as new hosts, Rhiannon, Emma, Julie and Kim. Rhiannon and Emma live in Tiverton, Julie is in Sidmouth and Kim in Seaton. The ladies are passionate about dogs and their welfare and are very much looking forward to meeting and looking after all sorts of breeds of dogs in their dog friendly homes.

I would like to say a big thank you to all the existing customers in the Exeter and Mid Devon area too – again I have had the chance to meet a number of them and their gorgeous dogs. I am about to send out an email newsletter as well as a posted communication so I can make sure that I have everyone’s up to date contact details. Just as a little reminder, any customers who recommend a new host or customer who subsequently join the team or book a holiday get sent a reward – a voucher or one days free boarding with Barking Mad.

Look out for my next up date in December, and in the meantime hope you can keep warm in these chilly times and good luck with getting ready for Christmas!

 

Useful Links

Vets

Welcome to Companion Care Vets Exeter. I am Chris Eiermann the Joint Venture Partner of the Exeter surgery.www.companioncare.co.uk/exeter/

Other Local Links

For trustworthy tradespeople, quality local food and much more, you can rely on OurLocalExpert.co.uk - THE place to find an expert in Exeter and East Devon.
http://www.ourlocalexpert.co.uk/


www.katewheeldon.co.uk 
For unusual pet portraits.


www.k9focus.co.uk 
Rescue centre for large breeds of dogs.

Double Locks Pub, Very dog friendly pub with huge garden next to the beautiful Exeter canal, dogs welcome all year round, both inside and out. www.doublelocks.com Canal Banks, Exeter, Devon. EX2 6LT   Tel 01392 256947

Pet Services

 

Top to Tail, 29 High street, Cullompton EX15 1AB 01884 35957 - Grooming and holistic behaviourist services in Cullompton

Cully Pet Shop, 31 Fore Street, Cullompton EX15 1JS, 01884 32751  - Independent pet shop in Cullumpton, very friendly and helpful service

 

A professional, friendly, reliable and trustworthy pet care company for the people and pets of Exeter. We are fully insured and CRB checked. A business built on an outstanding reputation, excellent customer service and exceptional standards of pet care.
We offer a huge range of pet care services including dog walking, pet visits, a dog playschool, cat visits, small pet boarding and a nail clipping service. We cover the whole of Exeter and surrounding villages.http://www.exeterpet.co.uk/

Dog Groomers

Posh Paws by Petra 68 Fore Street, Heavitree, Exeter.  01392 491122

Gay Dogs, 3 City Arcade, Fore Street, Exeter. 01392 277141
www.k9groomroom.co.uk

Mobile Grooming Company, dogs groomed in mobile salon outside your house!, 0800 0234565, www.mobile-grooming.com

 

 

 

 

 

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