Hello – my name is Stephen Hallam and I run the Barking Mad Warlingham business from Kenley, Surrey where I live with my wife Marion.
I previously worked in the IT department of a large construction company but have always loved dogs so took the plunge in 2012 and purchased the Warlingham franchise, which has been operating successfully since 2006.
In the past I did puppy walking for Guide Dogs for the Blind so am used to dogs from a young age, I also used to look after qualified guide dogs whilst their owners were away on their holidays and even retired guide dogs.
I believe Barking Mad provides a true alternative to kennels and a real solution to the dilemma of ‘where will we place our pet?’. All our customers have complete peace of mind knowing their dogs are going to be cared for in a home environment similar to their own; whilst our host families are able to enjoy all the benefits of dog ownership, but on a part-time basis.
I would love to hear from you if you interested in becoming a host, or arranging a holiday for your own dog. You can reach me on 0208 660 2697 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're delighted to provide our service in the following towns and surrounding areas:
- South Croydon
- Biggin Hill
Leave a comment...
Would just like to thank Lyn who looked after Misty, our springer spaniel last week. She came back as happy as she went & she wasn't the easiest of dogs to look after as she was on lots of medication due to a back injury. She also had to be on complete rest, which if anyone knows a springer it is not an easy job! We have used Barking Mad several times & our dog always comes back happy which is so important.
I had been let down and contacted Barking Mad to see if they were able to help. I was only able to give them 2 weeks notice and Steve contacted me and arranged a home visit to meet Kiera, my greyhound, the following day. He organised for a carer and collected her on time and took her away for her holiday. After a few days, she was delivered safely back complete with a couple of photos of her stay with the host family. I was very impressed with the details taken of all her likes and dislikes and the prompt and friendly service. I would highly recommend them to anyone else and most certainly use their service again; they were brilliant!
This was our first time using Barking Mad and the service was excellent from start to finish. Real peace of mind, even before Bonnie went away. Very clear, friendly and professional procedure. Bonnie's postcard was amazing and filled us in on what she'd been up to whilst away. I have read it over and over, it makes me smile. I didn't know they did 'walking holidays' for dogs?! She would have enjoyed that so much, along with the love and fuss that Liz gave her. I am very grateful to Liz and BM. I know that when I use you again I can think of the wonderful holiday Bonnie is having.
Alfie our much loved border terrier enjoys his annual holidays with Mena & Bill so much so that he has a good sulk on return!!We are very happy with his care & know he is much loved by his hosts,he even enjoys a holiday at their caravan whilst we are away....who can argue with the phrase 'its a dogs life'!!
Maisy had a lovely holiday, as always and came home relaxed and happy. We could relax knowing she was being cared for in a family home and had the attention she needed. You give us a brilliant service, I'll never use kennels again!Thank you.
I could never leave Monty in kennels so Barking Mad is an excellent alternative. He has had quite a few BM holidays now and from his postcards, it sounds as though he enjoys them as much as the hosts enjoy him.
Trudi Stevenson on 22nd Aug, 2013
I know that I can trust Barking Mad to find my dog a loving and caring home whilst I am away and know that they will always try to find someone whenever I need them. My dog always comes back vibrant and well. I like the postcard too!
Barking Mad is fantastic, I don't know how I could go away without them! Polly has always been looked after brilliantly and I'm most grateful for their fantastic service. I have recommended Barking Mad to all my friends.
Best wishes and Many Thanks to Steve and Hilary.
Jasper was obviously treated very well on his stay, we had a lovely card to tell us what he's been up to and he came back relaxed and happy. I don't doubt he would love to go again - he might get more attention than he does at home!!
I've already recommended Barking Mad to friends.
Mo-Jo and Maya have been away with Barking Mad a second time, and I think they really enjoyed it. It meant that I could relax and enjoy my time away, knowing that they were being well looked after.
It took a weight off my shoulders knowing that Lucky was being well looked after so I could re-arrange our flights home after they were cancelled due to the weather.
The Mo-Jo & Maya were very excited to be home with me again, but they very soon settled down with no signs of anxiety or distress, indicating that they had not overly been upset at being away
We would like to thank you for your fantastic service. I don't know what I could have done without Barking Mad!
We have always been content to know our dog is being well cared for with her 'host' family!
Hosting with Barking Mad gives us the pleasure of having a lovely variety of dogs to care for and enjoy without the full time commitment that dog ownership brings; and with Barking Mad always available to offer help and advice, it’s a carefree experience and a lot of fun.
Poppy came back very chilled and smelling of roses. She was in a better state than when she left us!
Thank you so much for looking after Lucy recently whilst we were on holiday. She came back a very happy contented dog. She’s tried to top up her tummy tan when the sun is shining since then! Once again, many thanks – I will have no hesitation in booking Barking Mad again.
Best wishes and love!
I just wanted to thank you for the amazing service and peace of mind you gave us whilst we were away. It was wonderful to know that Barnie was in a safe and loving environment. Please pass on our very special thanks to Mavis. Her card was delightful and so much appreciated. I actually think Barnie is missing her as he was very subdued for 24 hours. We will not hesitate to you use Barking Mad again and just hope that Mavis will be free to look after Barnie.
Enjoying my new life working with Barking Mad, meeting great people and more importantly great dogs. Very much looking forward to the next year!
Holiday Makers Birthdays
Hi these holiday makers are having a birthday this month!
Just a big thank you for those who attended the host party at the end of Sept. I hope you all had good time and enjoyed those fab doggy cakes. Looking forward to working with you all soon!
Nelson Veterinary Surgeries, based in Croydon and Thornton Heath, have dedicated teams with vast experience in animal health care giving your pets the best level of service. We are an accredited practice by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons which goes to show our commitment to the best standards available for your pet.
The Eco Dog Company - Purveyors of quality eco friendly and natural supplies for dogs www.ecodogcompany.com/
Simply the Pets offers dog walking, pet sitting and puppy care throughout the
local area www.simplythepets.com .
At Knightsgarden centre Nags Hall branch, Godstone, you'll find the Pet Barn, housed in a Grade 2 listed building, thought to be 600-800 years old. The Pet Barn stocks probably the largest selection of Pet Food and supplies in thearea www.knightsgardencentres.com
Other Pet Services
Welcome to Rescue Remedies. We mainly cover the South East of England, and are home based in the Surrey, London and Hampshire area. We have been rescuing dogs since 2002 and grown from small beginnings to currently carrying around 60-70 dogs on our books. We do not have a 'centre' but are internet based. Our dogs are visible through their pictures with descriptions.
Note to existing customers...
If you wish to book a doggie holiday, simply login to the quick booking section at the top of the page. You will find the access code in your Welcome Letter.