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Summer News 2018!

I was lucky enough to win an award at the Barking Mad conference last month.  It was for ‘excellence in service’ which means I’ve passed all the audits and delivering the service above and beyond Head Office expectations.  It was lovely to get this recognition and thanks go to my assistant Pam for putting up with my nagging!

Faye with Lee, Barking Mad’s Managing Director

Faye with Lee, Barking Mad’s Managing Director

The Head Office Team with Faye – the fabulous Lisa, Al and Ellie

It was  a record-breaking spring for new dogs signing up with Barking Mad.  Most of these were referred by existing customers or saw my Facebook page

Its never too early to book as the diary is always busy.  Even if you just want to enquire about the service, please just pick up the phone or send an email.  I’m happy to speak with people and chat about their dog. You can call on – 01505 690391 or email me on faye.carruthers@barkingmad.uk.com

Honey showing off her favourite tree! for barking mad

Honey showing off her favourite tree!

Dexters a lovely sociable pup with barking mad

Dexter’s a lovely sociable pup

Brody settled in straight away our new black lab at barking mad

Brody settled in straight away

‘Furrytail’ Weddings for Local Dog Lovers

With the Royal Wedding this month love is in the air for humans as well as dogs. There is already speculation about whether Meghan’s beloved dogs will join in the celebrations.  Having your dog attend your wedding as a V.I.P is now a familiar sight with dogs taking on roles such as Ring Bearer.  Many wedding venues are now dog-friendly and the hashtag #dogsatweddings has gone viral this year on social media.

wedding day dog Hugo renfrewshire

VIP Hugo enjoying the wedding celebrations!

Local dog lovers who are planning a wedding in the Renfrewshire can now involve their beloved pet in their big day too thanks to a specialist dog care service. The bespoke dog wedding chaperone service allows the happy couple to relax and enjoy their wedding knowing their dog is in safe hands.  Their dog can then join in the celebrations during the day and this adds to the whole wedding day experience which the wedding party and their guests love.  This chaperone service creates fantastic photo opportunities and treasured memories whilst also ensuring the happiness and welfare of the dog.

bespoke dog wedding chaperone service renfrewshire

Bespoke dog wedding chaperone service

Advice for planning a wedding with a canine V.I.P is:

  • Ensure you book a dog friendly wedding venue (or one with an outside area for photographs).
  • Carefully consider what role you would like your pet to play in the proceedings, according to their nature.
  • If you want your dog dressed for the day then ensure they are comfortable in their outfit in advance of the day.
  • Liaise with your wedding photographer, as they will be able to come up with some fun ideas for adorable photos.

If you would like to find out more about including your dog in your wedding plans, Faye from Barking Mad can be contacted on 01505 690391.

Spring News

There’s been lots of enquiries since I put my Barking Mad franchise up for sale but nobody through to the ‘Due Diligence’ stage yet.  Just to reassure everyone, all bookings will be fulfilled by me or the new person running the business.  I’ll also post details on here about the new owner so that the handover process is as smooth as possible.

Dog sitting business for sale

As we all know, we have our beloved dogs for a limited time.  Sadly we lost three special boys recently.  Their owners were regular users of the Barking Mad service and I’m sure they’ll be in touch in the future.  There’s a lovely Facebook page for dog bereavement support. Follow this link to learn more – https://www.facebook.com/groups/DogBereavementRainbowBridgeRemembrance/

 

 

Rory the retriever, barking mad renfreshire, inverclyde and north ayrshire

Rory, Retriever from Kilmacolm, aged 12.

irish setter barking mad

Fudgie, Irish Setter from Helensburgh, aged 12.

stig the irish greyhound barking mad

Stig, retired Greyhound from Wemyss Bay, aged 10.

Our wonderful Host Liz from Dalry is fostering a beautiful Romanian street dog just now. His names Jorge and he needs lots of patience and training to give him confidence and to learn to love again. It means Liz wont be hosting dogs while Jorge is with her which is sad for us but the best thing that could happen to Jorge.

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The lovely Jorge

If you’re planning on going away this Summer PLEASE GET IN TOUCH NOW!  The diary’s almost full and I expect June and July to be fully booked by April.  Even if you know tentative dates, you can register your dog and after their trial, we can confirm the holiday dates. To enquire about availability, just email me faye.carruthers@barkingmad.uk.com

Find out more about Barking Mad Renfrewshire, Inverclyde &  North Ayrshire dog home boarding HERE

For Sale – A very exciting opportunity!

Having run Barking Mad for 4 years, I’ve taken the hard decision to put the business up for sale. When I took it over, we only had 10 Hosts and 70 Customers. It’s now over double that size and growing every year. It’s been the perfect job for me I’ve loved every minute of working with dogs and lovely owners. However, it’s now time for me to go back to my nursing career and hand over the lead to someone else.

All bookings will continue as normal and, with Barking Mad being a franchise, all the day to day processes will stay the same under the new owner. If you know when you’ll be away in 2018, just let me know as early as possible and I’ll book your dog in the diary.

The typical person who buys a Barking Mad franchise is a dog lover who wants to run a business from home. The asking price is £60,000 and more information is available via the website. The new franchisee will attend training at Head Office and there’s an induction with me so you’ll get a chance to meet them when the time comes.

It’s an exciting time and a positive growth in your local Barking Mad service. Please feel free to contact me on – 01505690391 or faye.carruthers@barkingmad.uk.com if you have any questions or know someone who might be interested in the sale.

End of 2017!

What a month!

Barking Mad was super-busy this festive season with a record number of dogs heading off for Christmas and New Year breaks.  The youngest was just 18 weeks and the oldest was 11 years old.

Milo on holiday with barking mad

Milo is a regular holiday-maker and settles in straight away

Barking Mad dog sitter host and puppy

Cavalier puppy Boston had a wonderful Christmas with Host Lilian

The Daily Record wrote a lovely piece of Barking Mad just before Christmas.  They featured Hosts Eileen and Shirley and explained how much companionship the dogs provide.  Click this link to read the article – http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/dog-sitting-gives-pensioners-christmas-11734019

Jazz on holiday at barking mad dog sitting

Jazz just loves his holidays with Auntie Eileen

Shirley took great care of Charlie and Molly while their owners were away

We had heavy snow just before New Year but the Barking Mad car managed to make it up the snowy hills and all the dogs were delivered and collected safely. (Glad we don’t get weather like that often though!).

snow at barking mad dog sitting

Heading out on a snowy morning is all part of the service!

To read about what customers and hosts think of Barking Mad, just got to TrustPilot – https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.barkingmad.uk.com

 

Website Trust pilot

Trust pilot

Find out more about Barking Mad Renfrewshire, Inverclyde &  North Ayrshire dog home boarding HERE

It’s All Happening! – November 2017

In November, we had our Annual Sales Meeting, so I was away down to Head Office for a day of updates and training.  Lots of new developments are planned for 2018 and I was lucky enough to be awarded a prize for growing my dog home boarding business area by 14% over the year.

It’s been a tough year due to the number of new competitors but Barking Mad’s service is miles ahead in terms of quality of care so we won through in the end.  We also work closely with our dog sitting hosts and know them all personally.  There’s lots of local events for them to attend and it’s that personal touch that means we can match your dog with the more suitable host and ensure your dog has a great holiday too.

Barking Mad Renfrewshire, Inverclyde & North Ayrshire Award

My award for growing my business by 14% over the year.

 

All the 2018 calendars are printed and being handed out to Hosts and customers this month.  Here is Honey with hers…

Barking Mad Inverclyde Renfrewshire Ayrshire Calendars

Honey is hinting at her owners to book lots of holidays for her in 2018!

You can see loads more photos of Barking Mad dogs on my Facebook page.  It’s https://www.facebook.com/BarkingMadDogCareRenfrewshireInverclydeNAyrshire/. There are photos every day, so always something new to see.

It is all go at Barking Mad now on the run up to Christmas.  Host parties are being booked and goody bags for customers’ dogs.  It’s such a busy time of year!  Watch this space for photos next month…

A Busy October 2017

The month of October was very busy and bookings are now coming in for Christmas shopping weekends and festive breaks. If you’ve never used Barking Mad before, feel free to drop me an email about your dog’s needs – faye.carruthers@barkingmad.uk.com. 

Every dog is special and the Hosts take great care to make your dog’s holiday is as good as yours. To see what other people think of the service, go to Trustpilot – https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.barkingmad.uk.com

I’ve been running Barking Mad for 4 years now and I can honestly say that every days an adventure.  I use my business skills daily but also have the bonus of meeting lots of lovely dog, hosts and customers.  It’s a great work-life balance too as I can spend time with my Collies and fit my job in around their walks.  Happy Anniversary to me!

Barking Mad Inverclyde Cake

Barking Mad Celebration Cake

Barking Mad launched its first ever TV advert in May and its brought loads of new customers and hosts.  The star was Hobbes the Cockerpoo who performed beautifully for the camera.  Follow this link to see the advert – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5duhFe8ZTg

Barking Mad Tv Advert

Barking Mad TV advert

Halloween costumes were all over Facebook this month but the winner for me is my friend Sean’s Boxer, Indie.  She’s makes an adorable fire fighter.

Fire Fighter Boxer Inverclyde

Fire Fighter Boxer

Find out more about Barking Mad Renfrewshire, Inverclyde &  North Ayrshire dog home boarding HERE