What folks have to say...
"Macey and Toby always come back from their holiday happy, which is a great comfort to us and the children always enjoying reading their postcard about Macey and Toby's adventures."
Posted by: Bernie, Mark< jessica, Hannha & Joel on 19th Jun, 2013
"Having had bad experiences of kennels, we decided that we would only send our Labradors to Barking Mad. They are now over 7 years old and love their holidays with their wonderful host. I cannot praise Barking Mad enough, from their willingness to help in anyway possible to their time keeping picking the girls up and bringing them home.
Thank you to Sue for having the girls and Kathryn (and previously Margaret) for providing such a brilliant service."
Posted by: Paul and Anne Strojny on 19th Jun, 2013
"We had to leave our 14 year old much loved dog for 3 weeks and he had a wonderful time and came home very well and happy. Barking Mad is the very best pet care company and one we will not hesitate to use again. The hosts who looked after him sent us a card telling us all about his stay too. Would recommend to anyone worried about leaving their dog......worth every penny for the peace of mind."
Posted by: Amanda on 19th Jun, 2013
"HARRY IS MY SECOND GOLDIE THAT HAS BEEN LOOKED AFTER BY BARKING MAD OVER THE PAST 8 YEARS. I HAVE ALWAYS HANDED OVER BOTH DOGS WITH THE CONFIDENCE THAT THEY ARE WITH PEOPLE WHO LOVE AND APPRECIATE THEM. THIS IS A BRILLIANT SERVICE, AND I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE WHO WANTS THE BEST FOR THEIR PET WHILST AWAY."
Posted by: CHRIS BUCKLAND on 19th Jun, 2013
"Steve, thanks for an efficient and friendly service. Using a traditional kennel was never an option for Poppy. She needs that extra touch...a real 'host from home'. It was obvious on her return that she had a very good weekend away. I will certainly use the service again. Regards, Jeff"
Posted by: Jeff on 17th Jun, 2013
"I just wanted to thank you for looking after Hobbes so well while we were away, you have both obviously spent a lot of time and effort looking after him as he looks lovely, well groomed, healthy and happy. We also loved the photos of him in your garden and for the lovely words you wrote with his report card.
Also thanks for offering to look after him again in the future, having such caring hosts as yourselves looking after our pets has made such a difference and we would be delighted to leave him in your capable care when we go away again.”
Lorna & Stan Davidson - Inverclyde June 2012
We know everyone needs to get away every now and then, so we thought it was about time dogs had a holiday too…
If there’s anybody who knows about dogs, then it’s us. For 11 years we’ve been arranging ‘homey’ holidays just as good as the one we had with Grandma when we went to the beach, ate ice cream and everything. Every day, everybody says thank you, and we don’t think life can get any better than that!
When you book a Barking Mad holiday, you can be confident your dogs’ are going to have as good a time as you - although secretly we hope it’s even better!
Who’s who - It’s really important to get to know you and your dog, especially in the beginning. We’ll come to you and over a cup of tea you can tell us all about your day-to-day routines for feeding and exercising so we can replicate this for your dog. We’ll chat about likes (usually a lot), dislikes (usually the postman) and any healthcare requirements. By the second chocolate digestive we’ve started to understand your dogs’ individual needs and lifestyle. By the end of our meeting, which usually takes around an hour, we’ll all be getting along famously.
Oh and don’t worry, we love dogs of all shapes and sizes, pedigree, Heinz 57 or rescue. They can sleep in the bedroom, pull on the lead, or even hide your favourite socks. As long as they are friendly we’ll get along just fine.
Holiday home - Selecting the right host family is very important and your input into this process is invaluable. You will want to know exactly where your dog is going, so during our time together you are going to see all of our dog-loving families. They are just like you and me, and guaranteed to meet our extremely high pet sitting standards. Together we’ll make the right choice, and you can decide whether your best friend stays in a home with or without a resident dog, depending on his needs.
5 Star - Our service includes door-to-door, chauffeur driven transport for your dog. Being collected from home is far less stressful, and completely overcomes the anxiety caused to dogs when left behind by their owners. Our experience has shown visiting dogs settle more quickly with their home comforts around them including bed, food, toys and treats, arranged as they would be at home. In no time at all, they’ve become part of the family, with their paws placed firmly under the table.
Our hosts are at home during the day to ensure round the clock care is always provided, especially where puppies, dogs on regular medication and senior citizens are concerned. We’re in touch with our hosts regularly, so we will keep you posted during your time away about anything you need to know.
The best bit for us is seeing dogs happily settled-in and comfortable with their host. We will, wherever possible, be sure to use the same family each time you book a holiday. There are no minimum or maximum time limits, we’re here whenever you need us.
Trial Stay - We’ll arrange a short stay in advance of your main booking so that when you’re away you can relax knowing your dog is having as good a time as you are!
Leave it to the experts - There’s no point having a dog and barking yourself, we do all the hard work so you don’t have to. No tedious form filling, laborious visits back and forth to meet various people; a simple phone call is all that is required. Contact us
Peace of mind is priceless - And so we think you’ll agree £20 per day, with discounts of up to £5 for additional dogs is great value. Cost for the initial meeting from £30 and holiday transportation starts at £30. Contact your local branch