August Lancashire Dog Holidays…
What a fantastic August we’ve had, looking after lots of gorgeous pooches whilst their owners had a well deserved break! If you’re new to the Barking Mad concept, let us explain exactly what happens on one of our dog holidays…
The reason why Barking Mad’s dog sitting service receives such fantastic feedback and has so many happy customers is because we really take the time to match dogs to their perfect holiday host. Once a host has been decided upon, who matches all the dog’s requirements and we have chauffeured them to their holiday home, the fun can really begin. The visiting dog immediately becomes part of the family and takes part in outings and general daily routines, just as a dog of the host’s own would.
Lucy holidayed with one of our hosts this August and demonstrates this perfectly, visiting a local flower pot festival in Settle and a beer garden, in the course of her time away from home.
Find out more about Barking Mad Lancaster dog home boarding HERE
July Lancaster and Morecambe Dog Sitting News
Wow… what a busy month July has been for our dog sitting service in Lancaster and Morecambe! We’ve welcomed a variety of dog breeds including cockapoos, old English sheepdogs and everything else from a pug to a boxer, who have all enjoyed their dog holidays with our lovely host families.
Our fabulous host Richard has once again put pen to paper to describe little Henry’s stay with him…
We’d been for a walk that morning
And I ran round,all over the place
I dare say I’ve got a few years on him
As he couldn’t keep up to my pace !
Later on,we played in the garden
I loved it but he huffed and puffed,
And I always thought that humans,
Were made of much stronger stuff !
I lay on my back for a tummy tickle
He said,”Henry,I’m not scratching your itch
I’m looking for your battery compartment
Or even your on and off switch !”
“Oh”, I said,”Don’t waste your time,
I can play and walk for hours and hours,
No batteries needed,I’m nine months old,
Fully charged with Cocker-Poo power !”
Find out more about Barking Mad Lancaster dog home boarding HERE
Sunny June Lancashire Dog Holidays
As time is rapidly flying by and hurtling us towards this year’s busy, summer school holiday season, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on what a marvellous June it has been! In the extremely warm temperatures, our dog sitting host families have been taking extra care to ensure that your canine family members remain comfortable and enjoy their dog holidays. Early morning / evening walks and seeking out the shade have definitely been on the agenda as Lancaster, Morecambe and the surrounding area have basked in temperatures up to in excess of 30 degrees!
Providing a chauffeured dog holiday transport service is also more challenging in the heat but we would like to reassure customers that we are taking every precaution to keep your pups comfortable, when travelling to their host family accommodation. The area which we cover is large, so whether you need care for your cockapoo in Carnforth, a dog sitter in Galgate for your German Shepherd or if your beagle needs home boarding in Beetham, we can cater for their individual requirements with our bespoke, independently 5* rated alternative to kennels. Do give us a wave if you see the Barking Mad Lancaster car out and about!
A regular guest of our Lancaster dog sitting service, Gilly, recently enjoyed a lovely stay with hosts Richard and Shirley. Once he had ‘bossed’ the fly screen curtain, he settled right in and made himself at home. Richard penned this fantastic poem about his exploits:
Now,as you know I’m strong and brave
And nothing much puts me off,
But I have to say on that first day,
Something scared me quite a lot.
I’d just gone inside with Kathryn
And we were saying our hello’s,
When I remembered the big back garden
And that’s where I wanted to go.
They opened the door to let me out
But my way was completely blocked,
A fearsome thing made my alarm bells ring
And my poor heart nearly stopped.
They shoo-ed it aside and I ran out
But my enemy would’t give in,
And while I was out it re-grouped itself
And wouldn’t let me back in.
I stared and I scowled but it wouldn’t back down
‘Till they came and pushed it across,
And that was when I said to myself,
“Man-up Gilly and show it who’s boss ” !
The door was open,my chance had come
I ran head down ‘n’ to my great delight,
When push came to shove,it wasn’t so tough
And split itself open in fright !
Yes,it scared me at first,I’ll admit it
But believe me there’s nothing more certain,
I’ll tell family and friends how I won in the end
And conquered that fierce fly-screen-curtain!
A Marvellous May for our Morecambe Dog Sitters
As proud sponsors of inspirational charity, Dogs for Good, we were very excited to learn that our charity partner holds an annual fundraising walk along Morecambe Promenade and couldn’t wait to get involved. The weather was very kind to us and the sun shone down, as we enjoyed a lovely walk with fellow local dog lovers from the Lancaster and Morecambe area. We even managed to sneak in a quick photograph with Eric Morecambe, as well as helping to raise more funds to help to train more amazing assistance dogs to change and enrich lives!
Sunny Lancashire holidays for dogs…
Our doggy customers have certainly benefited from the gorgeous weather this month. Our experienced host families have done their utmost to ensure their canine guests enjoyed the sunshine, whilst taking care that they didn’t get too warm.
Lancaster Dog Sitter’s News for April
What an exciting April for our dog sitting service in Lancaster and Morecambe! One of the highlights was attending the 15th annual national Barking Mad Conference, meeting fellow dog business owners and discussing how we can make the Barking Mad brand even better. We stayed at the Low Wood Bay Resort in the Lake District and had a huge group photo taken on the shores of Lake Windermere – can you spot Kathryn in the photograph?
It was a pleasure to listen to guest speaker, Peter Gorbing, CEO of Dogs for Good. He talked to us about the inspirational work of the charity and the gift of independence to individuals and families that these incredible dogs bring. We were also very excited as we saw the first images of Prince, the Dogs for Good puppy in training our fund raising is supporting – isn’t he just adorable?
We’d like to remind everyone to join us on the Dogs for Good Morecambe Promenade Walk on 13th May. Lynn has been organising the annual walk for six years now and would love to invite everyone along to meet some of the dogs who are transforming lives of people in our local area. Please call 01524 298106 if you would like to get involved.
March Canine Capers for our Lancaster Dog Sitters
A big hello from our 5* rated dog sitting service in the Lancaster area! It’s been a busy start to our spring/summer season, with lots of lovely dogs either enjoying Barking Mad breaks or booked in and keenly anticipating their holidays. Buster and Elsa, pictured above, belong to a family member of Kathryn’s and were only too happy to join the team, helping out by posing for a social media post.
Whether you require dog sitting in Carnforth, a dog sitter in Heysham, dog care in Bentham, or anywhere in between, we’d love to get to know your dog and chat about our service. We get very busy during holiday periods and so would recommend contacting us in plenty of time, before you are planning on going away.
Crufts success for Barking Mad customer
March saw the return of the annual doggy extravaganza that is Crufts. At Barking Mad Lancaster, we had a special guest, called Fin, during the ‘world’s greatest dog show’. He’s pictured here enjoying a mini break with Barking Mad Dog Care whilst his owner and puppy ‘brother’ were competing. We’re delighted to report that he won best dog puppy and big congratulations were given from the Barking Mad team.
Dogs for Good fundraising update…
This week we attended a fundraising Easter coffee morning held by Barking Mad’s national head office, located in Kirkby Lonsdale. We had a lovely morning and enjoyed the tasty treats that were on offer, for humans and dogs alike. We were delighted to hear that the event raised £125, contributing to our steadily growing national total of over £3750!
It was also fantastic to catch up with Lynn Matthews, our local Dogs for Good representative. We are delighted to announce that Barking Mad Lancaster will be sponsoring Dogs for Good’s Morecambe Promenade Walk on 13th May. Lynn has been organising the annual walk for six years now and would love to invite everyone along to meet some of the dogs who are transforming lives of people in our local area. Please call 01524 298106 if you would like to get involved.
February dog sitting in Lancaster and Morecambe…
February has been another busy month, packed with meeting lots of lovely dogs and matching them with just the perfect, loving host for their holiday care requirements. At Barking Mad Lancaster, you can be assured that your four legged best friend’s welfare is our number one priority. We want your dog to have just as good a holiday as you!
During the recent cold spell, known as the ‘Beast from the East’, we have been ensuring that all our doggy guests stay warm and comfortable, still getting exercise but enjoying lots of cosy snuggling up indoors, just like they would at home. If all of the chilly weather is making you yearn for sunnier climes, if you are considering booking a break why not get in touch with Kathryn, to discuss availability on 01524 401222?
The pitter patter of tiny paws…
As mentioned in the Lancaster Guardian article below, Barking Mad’s chosen charity for 2018 is Dogs for Good. We’re delighted to announce that the litter of puppies which our sponsored puppy is due to come from, has been born. The pups are all thriving with Mum, Brenda and we can’t wait to meet our little bundle of fun!
We’re in the news – and other January goings on…
A big hello from our dog sitting service in Lancaster and Morecambe! We were very excited to appear in The Lancaster Guardian this month, which really made our January. Our fantastic local paper picked up the story of our decision to nominate inspirational charity, Dogs for Good, as Barking Mad Dog Care’s charity partner for 2018.
Back in November it was an absolute pleasure to meet Dogs for Good ambassador Lynn Matthews, who attended our conference in the Lake District. Lynn is a Heysham resident who is helped by the charity to live independently in her home, after being diagnosed with dystonia and epilepsy after an accident at work. Her adorable six year old black Labrador, Christa, helps her to retrieve objects and assists with undressing and other daily activities.
Barking Mad are hoping to raise much needed funds to train more assistance dogs like Christa, to improve and enrich lives. If you would like to help, we would be very grateful for any donation, whether large or small. More information can be found by visiting: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BarkingMadLancaster.
Barking Mad dog holidays are fun no matter what the weather
Meet Lexi (pictured above), one of our gorgeous January doggy guests. January is obviously a quieter time of year than the summer for us, but we still organise lots of winter dog holidays too. Our holiday makers enjoy cosy home comforts and still manage to make the most of the great outdoors.
If you are planning a trip away and can’t take your dog with you, Kathryn is happy to provide more information about our service and chat about availability on 01524 401222, alternatively you can click below.
Christmas wishes from Barking Mad Lancaster – December news
Barking Mad Lancaster would like to wish all hosts, customers, colleagues and friends of our dog sitting service, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope that everyone has a lovely, enjoyable and restful time.
We’d like to take this opportunity to spread the word about keeping an eye on your furry best friends, to ensure they stay happy and healthy over the festive period. There are often many human treats and hazardous items, such as crackers or party poppers, lying around and sometimes the temptation can prove too much. Dangerous foods include chocolate or Christmas pudding, which are toxic for dogs and can be very harmful. For more information you can click here to read about having a dog-friendly Christmas. If you suspect that your dog may have ingested something they shouldn’t, you should always contact your vet straight away. If they are closed, they will always have an out of hours service you can contact.
As experienced dog sitters in Lancaster and Morecambe, we are happy to confirm that in the recent wet and then wintry weather, our happy dog holidays continued as normal, with snowy walks and cosy snuggles in warm homes afterwards. We really do love what we do and it is a pleasure to continue to meet such lovely dogs and amazing dog lovers, as we visit hosts and customers both new and old.
If all the recent cold and rainy conditions have made you yearn for sunnier climes and you’re thinking of booking a holiday in 2018, why not give Kathryn a call on 01524 401222 to discuss availability. We soon get booked up at peak times so don’t delay in getting in touch to avoid disappointment.
Barking Mad Lancaster News – November
At Barking Mad Lancaster, we have had a very exciting November, with highlights including proudly receiving a special award at the regional Barking Mad business conference! We spent a lovely day at Rheged, near Penrith, catching up with all our northern dog sitting colleagues. We swapped ideas and suggestions, working together to ensure that we can continue to provide a service to our hosts and customers which is second to none.
At the conference, the guests of honour were Dogs for Good ambassadors Lynn and her wonderful assistance dog, Christa. Their demonstration was fascinating to watch, with Christa removing Lynn’s jacket and shoe and even picking up dropped items such as coins! We were privileged to have the opportunity to chat to Lynn before the demonstration and it turns out that she actually is a local resident of the Morecambe Bay area too.
Brrr… winter’s here!
Are these chilly days and dark nights enticing you to dream of a holiday somewhere warm and sunny? If you are thinking of booking a trip away, why not call Kathryn for a chat on 01524 401222 to discuss availability for care for your pet. We offer a bespoke service of home from home dog sitting in Lancaster and Morecambe, including the surrounding area but places fill up fast at busy times, so don’t delay in getting in touch to avoid disappointment.
We hope that all our hosts, customers and friends enjoy the run up to the festive season and manage to keep warm on those frosty dog walks!
Barking Mad Lancaster News – October
We absolutely love this picture of gorgeous Katie relaxing with a little dog holiday reading!
Katie is such a sweetheart and recently enjoyed a lovely dog holiday with hosts Richard and Shirley. Richard loved having her to stay so much that he was inspired to put pen to paper and write this amazing poem!
What Katie said ….
It’s a while since Katie was last here
So it’s good to see her once more,
She’s a lovely dog, a well behaved guest
And really, no trouble at all.
She loves to run in the garden
She loves to go out for a walk,
But we’ve come to know through experience
Katies favourite thing is to talk.
Of course she speaks her own language
And she talks in her own special way,
And although we try our hardest
We haven’t a clue what she says!
Sometimes we “get” what she’s saying
Some things transcend any language,
You don’t need to be Doctor Dolittle to know
When she’s asking for some of your sandwich !
But we’ve taken some notes and recordings
And we’ll study and learn from them later,
So next time she comes for her holidays
We won’t need a Katie translator !
Here at Barking Mad Lancaster, we have had a spooktacular October! Spending time with our customers’ lovely dogs is definitely a treat, although some of our visiting pooches know some pretty impressive tricks too. Our host families are all experienced dog lovers and so we were able to offer our customers reassurance that their pets were in the best of hands, as the strange sights and sounds of Halloween can be a little unsettling for animals.
If you are hoping to get away this winter, it’s not too late to make a booking for our 5* rated dog sitting service in Lancaster and Morecambe. We cover the surrounding area too and have cosy holiday homes on offer, with hosts waiting to shower your dog with the love and attention they truly deserve. To find out about availability or have a chat about our service, just give Kathryn a call on 01524 401222.
Everyone at Barking Mad is celebrating after being awarded the title of Best Dog Sitter at the Dog Friendly Awards 2017, at a ceremony in London. Barking Mad’s Managing Director and Founder, Lee Dancy, accepted the award on behalf of our great national network of local business owners and hosts. We are so proud to provide this award winning dog home boarding service in the Lancaster and Morecambe local area.
Find out more about Barking Mad Lancaster dog home boarding HERE