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April Dog Sitting Host Spotlight

Meet dog holiday hosts Malcolm and Steph…

Barking Mad's dog sitting hosts provide home from home holiday care

Meet our wonderful hosts Malcolm and Steph, from Northumberland

At Barking Mad Dog Care, we offer a home from home dog sitting service which allows your dog to go on their very own holiday, whenever you have to go away. Our canine customers stay with carefully selected host families, who are all real dog lovers and adore having four legged guests to stay in their homes.

We have asked our dog sitting professionals throughout the country to nominate host families who typify the wonderful people who make up our Host Community. If you are wondering where your dog will stay, or considering becoming a host yourself, our Host Spotlight will introduce you to a wide cross section of these exceptional individuals and families. You can check back each month to meet another wonderful dog sitting host!

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10 Things to Do When Your Dog Goes to a Sitter for the First Time

Preparing for your dog’s stay with a dog sitter

Barking Mad dog sitters are happy to offer advice when your dog is visiting a dog sitter for the first time

Preparing well in advance for your dog’s stay, helps to provide reassurance for both you and your dog.

Dogs become real members of our families and as such, leaving them behind while you travel, can be a hard decision to make. In an ideal world, your dog would accompany you wherever you go but sadly this isn’t always possible; some dogs don’t travel very well and many hotels/restaurants don’t allow dogs to visit.

It is normal to feel anxious when thinking about arranging for your pet to stay with a dog sitter, such as Barking Mad, but our list of top tips is designed to make the whole experience easier and less stressful. Research and advance planning will ensure that your dog is safe and well cared for while you are away plus offer you extra peace of mind.

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Search for Alternative Harry and Meghan Celebrates Puppy Love

Barking Mad Dog Care is proud to provide a wedding dog sitting service

Hugo was a VIP at his owner’s wedding!

Do you know a canine Harry or Meg(han)?

Do you know a dog that shares a name with either the royal bride or groom to be, at the upcoming wedding of the year? We are excited to announce that we have launched a ‘Barking Mad’ search for a canine Harry and Meghan (or Meg) to be the faces of our dog wedding chaperone service, in celebration of the royal wedding on Saturday 19th May.

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Barking Mad North Bristol Local News

Barking Mad North Bristol Local News – Winter 2017-2018 rainy, cold, muddy and snowy!

Rosie enjoying her barking mad holiday.

Little Rosie braves the mud in the local park

We have been busy arranging dog holidays and introducing ourselves to people who would like to host for us or to be customers. We can’t wait for some dry, sunny weather!

This winter seems to have been exceptionally cold and wet. Everywhere is a quagmire but that doesn’t get in the way of our hosts making sure the dogs have a great time outside, then get cleaned up and tucked up warm inside afterwards! Some of the dogs, like Maya, have enjoyed the snow, but Holly just endures it. It must be worse when your tummy is getting cold!

Maisie on her barking mad holiday cosy on the sofa.

Maisie looking cosy.

Maya in the snow enjoying her barking mad home from home holiday.

Maya enjoying the snow

Holly enjoying her holiday wrapped up in her coat on  her barking mad holiday.

Holly by the frozen pond.

Local Charities we have supported-

We were delighted to be invited to the launch of the Bristol Animal Rescue Centre this January (Bristol ARC). It used to be the Bristol Dogs and Cats Home but now has a bright new logo and it has extended the range of animals it looks after. It is a separate charity; not, as many think, part of the RSPCA. We donated some food for the dogs and a box of chocolates for the wonderful humans who help them there. Ros met supporters including a dog walker who drives miles just to be able to walk a dog once a week. Everyone linked to the charity is dedicated. It is wonderful to have such a facility which was started over 130 years ago and is still fulfilling a need. There are always opportunities to raise funds for them, volunteer e.g. to walk dogs, and of course to offer a forever home for an animal that would fit into your family just perfectly.

Barking mad North Bristol supporting rescue dogs.

: Staff at Bristol ARC, with two lovely rescued dogs

January also saw us visiting the Avon Riding Centre near Blaise Castle Estate to help support Bristol DAWGS who rehome greyhounds. There were various opportunities to show off your dog’s skills. I thought Holly would do well at the sprint. She, however decided to dawdle aimlessly before cottoning on to the fact that I was calling her and waving my arms madly. She then trotted rather than raced, so failed to impress the judges!

barking mad dogs home from home dog sitting service

A few of the greyhounds who have been found new homes.

In February, John answered a call for help from Many Tears Rescue, which was expecting 13 dogs to be brought over from Romania in the next couple of days. They were asking for items that could be taken back to Romania or used by interim foster carers. We were pleased to put together a few things, which John took along. It was heart warming to see how many people had responded to the Facebook appeal. There are a lot of dog lovers around here!

Barking mad many tears contribution.

Our contribution to Many Tears.

Our Main Charity for 2018 is Dogs for Good

In December, we launched our Dogs for Good campaign with a collection box and display at our anniversary celebration with our magnificent hosts. We will be collecting throughout the year. The UK wide network of Barking Mad Franchisees are aiming to raise enough to train an assistance dog. The puppies were born recently and ours will soon be named. It’s very exciting! Our puppy will one day be clever enough to help someone regain their independence. A real life- changer. Such a worthwhile cause.

dogs for good the chosen charity of barking mad north bristol

Dogs for Good – Our chosen charity

In March, we met with other South West Barking Mad Franchisees to share our experiences over a lunch. It’s always fun to meet up, especially when some of our dogs come along too!

Barking mad Fracnhisees maeet up to discuss lots of doggy holidays.

Enjoying a meal at The World’s End, near Taunton.

Dates for your Diary- do come along and say hello; and give whatever you can for Dogs for Good.

We hope to attend the following Shows this year:

12th May : Hanham Common Fayre

28th May: Stoke Gifford Fete and Dog Show

9th June: Mangotsfield Village Festival

10th June: Kingswood Fun in the Park

14th July: Frenchay Flower Show

15th September: Bark in the Park, Staple Hill ( awaiting confirmation )


Barking Mad Central Lancashire Local News

Dogs For Good Activity & Advice Day

Saturday 7th April

dogs for good assistance dog for barking mad

Dogs for Good Assistance dog.

You may already be aware, we are proud to be supporting the charity Dogs for Good.  Their assistance dogs support adults and children with a range of disabilities and also children with autism.  They also train and support community dogs and their specialist handlers to work in activity and therapy in communities and schools.

Come and join us at a wonderful event on Saturday 7th April at Barton Grange Garden Centre where there will be a range of activities, free talks, film and lots of information about assistance dogs and the work of the charity. You will also be able to meet some of the dogs in training.

To find out more about Dogs for Good please visit

​Location address: Barton Grange Garden Centre, Garstang Road, PR3 0BT