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Barking Mad Newark, Sherwood and Kesteven news March 2018

Where did the time go? Already into March and like most people, it feels like we have been competing with snow one minute and enjoying spring walks with the dogs the next.

It has been a busy start to the year for us. We have been welcoming new customers and hosts to our Barking Mad family and updating the all-important pet schedules for returning customers to ensure we maintain the best of home from home care for our doggie guests.

Our fundraising efforts for Dogs for Good will be given a boost in March as we look forward to returning to the Downtown Garden Centre in Grantham on Sunday the 25th March. Be sure to come and say hello and look out for Maggie the Mascot who will have a paw full of balloons ready to give away.

Dogs for good charity pack

Dogs for Good Fundraising Pack

We recently saw for ourselves some of the terrific work being undertaken by Dogs for Good in Newark when we had the pleasure of meeting Alice and Finn the Labrador who is a PAWS Family Dog.  Aimed at supporting children with autism, parents attend three one day workshops which starts with the basics of how to choose a puppy or dog and safely integrate it into the family, right through to teaching dogs’ easy tricks, which can help in a variety of ways. Just having a pet dog in the home can be incredibly beneficial, by providing an alternative focus and giving parents the opportunity to have a different relationship with their children because of the dog. Alice has kindly agreed to support our fund-raising efforts so please look out for further details soon.

We are looking forward to our next afternoon tea with our wonderful Barking Mad hosts. There may be one or two Easter eggs in sight and a quiz to keep us entertained during the afternoon. If you would like to talk to us about joining this special group of people, please let us know.

Finally, we received a welcomed surprise from our local paper The Grantham Journal this month when they told us that we had been the subject of a caricature created by local artist Terry Shelbourne. We will have the original with us at Downtown on the 25th so you can check out the likeness for yourself.

barking mad colin and Jaqui murphy newark sherwood and kesteven.

Caricature of ourselves. Don’t we look great?!

January News

By now the Christmas decorations should be safely stowed away and we are all looking at the least popular chocolates languishing in the bottom of the remaining tubs! Thoughts now turn to what 2018 might bring.

Dogs for Good

We are delighted to confirm that we will be supporting Dogs for Good as our chosen charity for the year. Everything you need to know about the tremendous work of the charity can be found in the link below:

Barking Mad Supports Dogs for Good

We were delighted that our local newspaper the Grantham Journal carried an article about the partnership. You can read the article by clicking on Grantham Journal .

We have a Virgin Money Giving page which can be accessed here:

Virgin Money Giving

2018 Diary Dates

Dates for your diary when we will be raising awareness of Barking Mad and holding fund raising events include:

A return to the Downtown Garden Centre on Sunday the 25th March to raise awareness of Barking Mad and to raise funds for Dogs for Good.

Dogs for good charity pack

Dogs for Good Fundraising Pack

On the 27th May we will be supporting the Sleaford Family Funfest Dog Show taking place at the Sleaford Rugby Club ground in aid of Rainbow Stars. We are sponsoring the dog show trophies and will have a stall on the day. If you are attending please come and say hello.

The Grantham Family Fun Day and Dog Show is being held on the 1st July in Dysart Park Grantham. We will be supporting the event and have a stall for the day.

Finally, we have been taking a number of bookings from new customers for half terms and summer holidays so please do get in touch soon to secure your dates.

Best wishes

Colin and Jacqui

 Find out more about Barking Mad Newark, Sherwood & Kesteven dog home boarding HERE

Update from the Barking Mad Newark, Sherwood and Kesteven weekend at the Grantham Downtown Garden Centre – December 2017

In our last dog blog we mentioned that we would be at the Grantham Downtown Garden Centre during the weekend of the 16/17th December. We had a fantastic time meeting Christmas dog loving shoppers with some of them even bringing in their dogs to say hello!

Barking Mad Newark at Downtown Garden Centre

Our Barking Mad Mascot ‘Maggie’ helping Jacqui at the Downtown Garden Centre

Maggie had a busy time helping entertain younger dog home boarding customers and handing out Barking Mad balloons. She also had plenty of opportunities to practice her high 5’s.

Barking Mad Newwark, Sherwood and Kesteven Dog Mascot

Maggie practising her high 5’s

We were also raising funds for the Dogs Trust over the weekend and thanks to the generosity of shoppers we were able to exceed our target of donating £150.

Find out more about Barking Mad Newark, Sherwood & Kesteven dog home boarding HERE

Winter News from Newark – December 2017

While everyone is busy making those last-minute preparations for the festive week, we would like to take the opportunity to wish all our terrific dog home boarding host families and customers a very merry Christmas and a joyous New Year.

We would also like to say a big thank you to everyone we have met and spoken to over the last few months who have made our journey to being absolutely Barking Mad such a positive experience. We have met some wonderful people and of course had the pleasure of meeting and taking care of the most adorable dogs.

Barking Mad Newark training day

Group photo taken during our week of training at Barking Mad HQ with Hayley, Sara, Michelle, Sam and Lee

Some highlights for us so far include meeting our hosts at the party held to wish Alex the very best of luck in her new adventures after handing over the franchise reigns to us after some very busy eight years. We still see Alex and can feedback that she is enjoying a well-deserved break in the company of Ruby Sausage.

We also took delivery of our Barking Mad vehicle which hopefully you may have noticed on the roads between Mansfield, Newark, Grantham and Sleaford.

Barking Mad dog sitting Newark car

All sign-written and raring to go

Once we hit the road we set about raising awareness of our service and letting people know we were up and running. We helpfully received some local press interest from the Grantham Journal.

Barking Mad dog sitting news in Grantham Journal

Spreading the word in the Grantham Journal about our new business

At the time of writing we are putting together the last-minute preparations for our host party taking place in Marston where we will be enjoying afternoon tea and swapping doggy stories. We will be holding regular get-togethers in 2018 and working hard to make sure our host community grows and continues to be friendly and fun!

Finally, during the weekend of the 16/17th December we will be at the Downtown Garden Centre near Grantham. Please do come and say hello if you are around. We will be raising funds for the Dogs Trust by offering home-made dog biscuits and having some fun with our mascot who will be touring the store handing out Barking Mad balloons.

Barking Mad Newwark dog boarding masoct

Come and see our Barking Mad mascot at the Downtown Garden Centre near Grantham on the 16th and 17th December

Barking Mad Newark home made biscuits

We will be raising funds for the Dogs Trust by offering home-made dog biscuits

Find out more about Barking Mad Newark, Sherwood & Kesteven dog home boarding HERE