The Barking Mad team 2013

Steve Hallam


45 Welcomes Road
CR8 5HA    Twitter @BarkingMadCroyd
Contact Me       0208 6602697

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Steve Hallam

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

Happy dog

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

  • South Croydon
  • Sanderstead
  • Selsdon
  • Warlingham
  • Purley
  • Kenley
  • Whyteleafe
  • Cousldon
  • Chipstead
  • Caterham
  • Godstone
  • Oxted
  • Limpsfield
  • Westerham
  • Brasted
  • Sundridge
  • Biggin Hill

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Very professional and efficient. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend or to use again. Thank You.

Posted by: Jeff Kelly on

Hello Stephen,
Tyler and I would like to thank you for finding such a lovely host for him, Debi has looked after him so well, I’m sure Tyler enjoyed being with Tim as well, I think sometimes he misses male company. This was just perfect and I can REALLY look forward to my holiday now, knowing Tyler will be so well cared for.
Kindest Regards

Posted by: Jackie Ward on

Our weimaraner hated going to kennels so much and lost lots of weight when there, so we decided to try Barking Mad. He has now stayed with Stephen three times and comes back very happy and healthy. He seems to love the continuous contact with the host and their dog and had even learnt to not pull as much on the lead – an added bonus!

Posted by: Catherine on

Another holiday for Rolo successfully completed in December. It's such a relief to know that he's so well looked after by his host family in Sanderstead. Thanks to Steve and Tina everything goes to plan and we can go on holiday with no worries about our neurotic pooch. Sorry hosts that he barks at other dogs on the TV. He doesn't like intruders in the room! One trip for 2015 already booked and we've also recommended Barking Mad to our son and daughter-in-law for Rolo's buddy Jenson over near Woking. Many thanks for all your hard work Steve.

Posted by: Valerie Mottram on

Our precious Tilly has been with BM for 7 years and as always very happy in her 'holiday' home and this is very assuring to us. BM always puts the dog first with a professional and friendly attitude, their service is first class and we will always recommend to other dog owners.
We can go away and know without doubt that Tilly will always be part of the family and thoroughly spoilt and very happy.

Posted by: patricia Chambers on

Very frightened German Shepherd has just come back from her 3rd Barking Mad holiday. Testimony to how happy she has been is the fact that she wants to jump back into Steve's car. Fantastic, very grateful to her temporary owners

Posted by: Sandra O'Brien on

Very efficient, friendly service. Appreciated card from Jerry and positive feedback from his carers. Jerry was very relaxed and happy on his return which was great as he is now an old timer of 14 yrs.

Posted by: Carole Hill on

I had arranged for my very bouncy 15 month old Golden Retriever to go into kennels for the weekend we were away but he developed kennel cough and couldn't go. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, for without it I would not have come across Barking Mad who arranged for him to stay in a member's home (without other dogs) at very short notice. I was very impressed with the professionalism shown, the indepth questions concerning his behaviour and temperament and the lengths taken to find a mutually suitable home. The dog seemed to enjoy himself and came back really happy. The host family even sent a lovely "Wish You Were Here" card (from the dog) telling me what he was getting up to! I would definitely use Barking Mad again and will recommend it to my friends. Shame they don't take kids for the weekend - maybe there's an idea for the future!!!

Posted by: Juile Axford on

This was our dog's second two week holiday with Barking Mad. She came back happy and relaxed. Efficient service and we would not even consider kennels.

Posted by: Julia on

Very pleased with Barking Mad. Bonzo always has a wonderful time when he is being looked after by one of their hosts.

Posted by: ANNE GILES on

Super service with no worries. Barking Mad representatives collected and delivered as arranged. Our little dog enjoyed his stay and was well matched with his Carers.
He came home very relaxed and happy and we were really pleased with his report and photos supplied. This service has certainly put our minds at rest and we can now go away secure in the knowledge that our dog will be well cared for.

Posted by: ann bryant on

Excellent service, dog very happy.

Posted by: Sandra O'Brien on

We are writing this after Deminka and Laika's second stay with Barking Mad (and only a few weeks away from their third).

On both occasions they both seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed themselves, without any of the stress that we have always associated with Kennels (which we now have no intention of ever using).

As most dog owners will now, it is a godsend to be able to plan short family trips and knowing that in the instances where we can not take them with us, they are taken care of in a loving and comfortable environment.

Posted by: Jana on

Thank you so much to Steve and Tina for ensuring that Rafferty was taken care of whilst we were on holiday. As this was the first time he had been left with anyone other that the family for any length of time we were a little anxious but appreciated our "pup-dates" whilst we were away. A huge thank you to Lyn for her patience and understanding, especially the first two days when Rafferty was settling in. He apologies profusely for pooing in your bedroom - he has NEVER done that before! All was well in the end however and he came back having had a lovely time with lots of attention. Thank you all again, and we will definitely use you again to look after our grumpy little chap (definitely Lyn!!)and would not hesitate to recommend your services to other dog owners.

Posted by: JENNIE AND CRAIG on

Our 12 year old miniature poodle enjoys her time with her lovely host when she can't be with us. We have never sent her to kennels and trust Steve and the team to ensure that she is well looked after. She is an anxious rescue dog and going to an experienced host makes all the difference. We know that she settles well as soon as she sees Mavis and returns to us happy and relaxed.
Our thanks to Steve and the Barking Mad Team.

Posted by: Carol on

Our beloved puppy Candy has recently returned from her 2 weeks stay. We missed her but know there will be times that she can't come with us. We first got in touch with Steve in March following a recommendation from a friend. Steve came and spent time with our family as he got to know Candy and was very supportive when it came to a trial weekend. Having this trial weekend was very wise and i soon realised it was a trial run for me when our holiday came in August, I knew what to pack, what to expect and how it works when it was time for Candy to go.
We missed her and talked about her on day one of my children said ' I am Candy sick'...BUT I never worried about her and I knew she was in good hands and we would be with ether again soon.
The service is clearly well thought through, from collection and transportation and a postcard when she returned!!
This is an excellent service and Steve has been a reassuring, professional and very friendly and I know we will be contacting Steve in the future for sure.

Posted by: The Wilson Family on

A massive thanks to Stephen again for placing Coco. our energetic cocker spaniel with a super host family. He came back really happy & still pleased to see us !! after 2 weeks. I was anxious that she'd behave herself as has been spoiled over the holidays by our teenage son. Stephen sent us a few photos of Coco showing she was really happy. Complete peace of mind whilst away.

Posted by: Michelle Stevens on

Many thanks to Stephen and our host family for looking after Theo our Weimaraner - he has been going on his holidays with Barking Mad since he was a puppy and he is always very happy to go off . He came back happy and relaxed and slept for a day this time (he is nearly 8 now) - and I know that he has been very well looked after and very well exercised! Thank you very much for such an efficient and professional service and for the care of the host families - and for the peace of mind to enjoy our holidays too.

Posted by: Cathy Caiger on

Huge thanks to Stephen for once again placing our lovely Border Alfie with Mena & Bill for a grand total of 3 weeks...yet again Alfie was excited about HIS holiday from the word go! Lovely photos showed us how happy & content he was especially with his jaunt to their caravan! I am always recommending BM to other dog owners...complete piece of mind is ensured.

Posted by: Deb & Alfie Paton on

Once again Maisy came home relaxed and happy after her holiday. We can go away knowing she is in safe hands. Wonderful service from Steve, even managing to find a place at short notice. Thank you.

Posted by: Juli Lyell on

We were really happy with the service we got for Monty - it was very reassuring for us to know that he was returning to a couple he has had in the past and that know him - especially given his medical needs. Would, and do, always recommend Barking mad to other dog owner friends.

Posted by: Trudi Stevenson on

What a wonderful service,and thanks to you all. Alfie returned home relaxed and happy. Steve made sure he was safe indoors with mum (85) put his bed back in place and was really kind. Such a relief to know all was ok. Would recommend anytime. Hope I get the same service when I move to whitstable. Thank you all Posted by Paula Pearce

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Very pleased with everything after what I thought was a 'rocky' start. Wasn't sure about dog being collected from us rather than us delivering which we've done before but that, too, seems to be fine.

Posted by: Chris van Welsenes on

Phoebe has been looked after by Barking Mad for many years now. The care shown by the families is testament to the professional service first shown by Hilary, and being carried on now by Steve. From collection to return we know that phoebe is in good hands and returns to us a happy and relaxed dog. We tell all our friends (both dog owners and non) about phoebes holiday and how much she loves it. Already starting to think towards next year - once again a big thank you to Steve and Barking Mad. We don't know what we would do without you!

Posted by: Jim & April McLoughlin on

Steve delivered Alfie back to my mum (85) a day before I was due back from holiday. Steve was lovely as mum is not too mobile, he unpacked Alfie's bag, put his bed back and made sure all was ok before he left, mum said he was a charming man and Alfie was at ease with him. Alfie was a stubborn tinker while I was away and would let the host know when he was not going to walk, yep, sits down and doesn't move till you turn round to go home. Alfie returned home a relaxed dog and I enjoyed my holiday. Thank you Barking Mad can not spread the word about you enough.
Our best wishes to you
Paula, mum & Alfie xxx Posted by Paula Pearce

Posted by: bmadadmin on

An excellent service from start to finish. I felt totally assured from the start that Poppy would be looked after well. She was pampered by the host and seemed to love her stay.

Posted by: Rebecca Faulkner on

Tilly is a very anxious dog but always comes home from her 'holiday' relaxed and happy, l am very pleased with the whole process of B.M they give a professional and sympathetic service to all dogs and their owners. 10/10.

Posted by: Patricia Chambers on

As usual our two Toy Poodles came back from their recent stay with Lyn happy and well cared for.
Thank goodness for Barking Mad....I would never go away other wise!!!

Posted by: Alison Littlewood on

We would very much like to thank Alison, who looked after our cockapoo Daisy last weekend. We were nervously anticipating our long weekend away as we had never left Daisy before as she is still only 9 months old - but Steve, and the whole Barking Mad service put our minds at ease. She was in her first season so was perhaps a bit more challenging to look after but we could tell she had had a lovely time and we really appreciated the post-card and pictures we were given at the end - they've been put up on the fridge!

Posted by: Gillian Baxendell on

Rolo is not the easiest dog to handle as he is frightened of other dogs while out on his lead so he likes to frighten them off by displaying aggressive behaviour and excessive barking. Stephen has introduced us to a trainer who has been helping us although it is still a 'work in progress'. He enjoys his stays with Auntie Sue and is usually very happy to jump into Steve's car to go on holiday. We can rest easy on holiday or business trips as we know that he will be well cared for with lots of cuddles from Sue though not from other dogs! Hope Rolo's snoring hasn't disturbed you too much Sue.

Posted by: Valerie Mottram on

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.

Posted by: Claire Champion on

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!

Posted by: Ann Harding on

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.

Posted by: Jackie Lawrence on

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'!!

Posted by: Deb Paton on

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.

Posted by: Julia Lyell on

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

Posted by: bmadadmin on

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!

Posted by: Tina Darlington on

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.

Posted by: Naz Dagnell on

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.

Posted by: Marion Moffatt on

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.

Posted by: Fiona Hooper on

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.

Posted by: Sarah Haswell on

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

Posted by: Fiona Hooper on

We would like to thank you for your fantastic service. I don't know what I could have done without Barking Mad!

Posted by: Naz Dagnell on

We have always been content to know our dog is being well cared for with her 'host' family!

Posted by: Pat Chambers on

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.

Posted by: Aileen and Simon on

Poppy came back very chilled and smelling of roses. She was in a better state than when she left us!

Posted by: Pam Whittingham on

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!

Posted by: Marion Ghazari & family & Lucy on

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.

Posted by: Gillian Travis on

My News

Hi all, Christmas is over now but we had some fun before Christmas at a tea & cake morning at The Dene in Woldingham.  Half a dozen hosts came along to eat cake and eat more cake with a cup of tea or coffee.  I am planning another of these near Easter!

One of my hosts gave out Christmas Cards to the dogs they had had over the year one example is below.




A Happy & Prosperous New Year to you all!


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August 2014

The busiest month of the year is over and boy did it go fast. These two guys never even noticed it happening!


We are constantly welcoming more and more dogs to Barking Mad and have lots more bookings coming in.  I know it is still the summer but Christmas is a busy time so get those bookings in now to avoid disappointment.
Lola & Jessie, Dexter, Bonnie, Jerry & Rafferty have all joined the Barking Mad fun this month!


July 2014
Another busy month at Barking Mad Warlingham, Tina (Barking Mad Bromley) & I had a stand at the Foal Farm Rescue centre  on the 20th and it was a hot day! We met lots of dogs who had brought along their owners and also people who were interested in becoming a host!


Over the August Bank Holiday Barking Mad people from the surrounding areas will be at the Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show 24th – 25th August.  So come along and say hello and bring your dogs too!
Welcome to Bailey, Pip, Buster & Dexter who have joined the Barking Mad family and will be going out on their holidays soon!

June 2014
I have been busy over the last month taking great dogs on their holidays and bringing them home happy woofs!  I covered for my neighbouring colleague for two weeks. One day I had to pick up and drop off nine dogs so I have beaten last year's record of eight!

I expect most of you have booked your hols and my July & August is as busy as ever but I do still have a couple of spare hosts for short stays.

Tina Darlington (Bromley & Croydon) and myself will be at Foal Farm Animal Rescue July 20th so please come and see us.

I am still pondering on whether to allow Sanda, my little black Labrador, to have puppies but the timing this year might not be right.

Finally, welcome to Oliver, Max, Shelly, Daisy, Tali, Honey, Rene & Scampi who all joined the Barking Mad family recently.


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