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A seriously busy month! – August 2018

August is always a busy month with the kids off school and lots of doggy holidays being taken.  We are delighted to say that this August was one of our busiest here in the Cotswolds.  Lots of dog home from home holidays organised and we are pleased to say lots of satisfied customers – both dog and human!

Ollie is exhausted!   August has been crazy busy for the Barking Mad Cotswold team – just as well Ollie can kick back and relax on his doggy holiday!

Ollie is exhausted! August has been crazy busy for the Barking Mad Cotswold team – just as well Ollie can kick back and relax on his doggy holiday!

One such dog going on her first dog holiday was Bonnie Boo – she is also one of our youngest customers – at only 5 1/2months she passed her trial with flying colours – she is not only well behaved but absolutely gorgeous we are sure you would agree.

Bonnie enjoying her first Barking Mad Cotswold holiday – at only 5 1/2months she is one of our youngest customers.

Bonnie enjoying her first Barking Mad Cotswold holiday – at only 5 1/2months she is one of our youngest customers.

Here at Barking Mad Cotswolds we have a large area to cover with customers spread out as far as Cirencester to Dursley and Fairford to Malmesbury.  We always make sure our dogs travel first class and are safely strapped into our cars to make sure they arrive at their loving hosts for their dog holidays.  Look at Ollie and Bessie in their harnesses – safety first at Barking Mad Cotswolds!

Ollie and Bessie ready to go on their Barking Mad Cotswold holiday – harnesses on for the car journey.

Ollie and Bessie ready to go on their Barking Mad Cotswold holiday – harnesses on for the car journey.

We were delighted at the end of the month to attend The Chedworth Show – we helped run the dog show there and it was such fun.  We ran four classes and then had a best in show final.  Pip the Vizsla was the best in show-a gorgeous pretty dog who was so well behaved.

Our Best in Show finalists – with Pip the Vizsla being crowned winner!

Our Best in Show finalists – with Pip the Vizsla being crowned winner!

We are always keen to recruit new hosts and this month saw us find new hosts in Melksham, Wooton Under Edge and Chesterton in Cirencester – we welcome them to our host community and know they are excited to meet some dog customers soon!

Talking of new dog customers, we have seen an increase in enquires over August and just two of our new customers are Ellie and Alfie – totally adorable!  We are very excited to say they will be out on trial and having their first dog holidays soon.

Look at cheeky Alfie – he passed his trail and has even had his first home from home dog holiday – a beautiful boy in every way!

Look at cheeky Alfie – he passed his trail and has even had his first home from home dog holiday – a beautiful boy in every way!

Say hello to Ellie one of our new customers – about to go out on her dog sitting holiday soon.

Say hello to Ellie one of our new customers – about to go out on her dog sitting holiday soon.

Phew what a scorcher…

Pretty Molly takes every opportunity to have a swim – here she is after a dip in Bowmoor Lake between Fairford and Lechlade.

Gosh its been so hot hasn’t it!!!!   We have been super busy trying to keep our doggy guests as cool as possible here in the Cotswolds while they have been on their dog holidays!

We have also been enjoying the football – we have to say Roxy didn’t enjoy it all while she was on her dog holiday in Faringdon!  She is usually the centre of attention on her Barking Mad Cotswold holiday – normal service soon resumed as soon as the match was over!

Roxy is less than impressed she is not the centre of attention!

June and July have seen us organise organise a record number of dog holidays and as always our hosts have provided an excellent home from home dog sitting experience for our many furry friends.  We saw many regular dogs but also a few new additions to the Barking Mad Cotswold family.

One such dog was Grace – a beautiful Vizsla from Highworth who had her first long weekend break with us – she stayed with a host in Stroud and as well as lots of dog walks she also had lots of cuddles on the sofa and the odd treat – what a stunning girl she is – we can’t wait to provide her with another dog holiday soon!  We are covering the Swindon area at the moment so that includes Stratton St Margaret, Haydon Wick, Cricklade, Abbey Meads, Blunsdon as well as Minety.

Grace loving her Barking Mad Cotswold dog holiday in Stroud.

We also had one of our more travelled customers – Enzo lives in London and comes to stay in the Cotswolds when his mum and dad go away on holiday.  He loves the long country walks he can have in Cirencester and around South Cerney lakes.  He is always such a pleasure to have come out on holiday and we make a special effort to ensure he enjoys his Barking Mad Cotswold holidays as he is such a long way from home!

Enzo out and about on his doggy holiday!

We were very excited to give a talk on dog psychology and evolution to the U3A organisation in Fairford earlier in the month – they were such a nice bunch of people who asked lots of questions and expressed great interest in our chosen charity this year Dogs for Good – we would like to thank them for their generous donation towards Dogs for Good – very kind of them.

Come along and say hello at The Chedworth Show on August 25th.

We are gearing up and looking forward to the Dog Show we are organising for The Chedworth Show on August 25th 2018 – do come along and say hello we would love to meet you and your dog!

Summer has finally arrived…

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Roxy taking the opportunity to catch a few rays on her Barking Mad Cotswold holiday

With two bank holidays in May and the wedding season kicking off it has been so busy we forgot to post our May blog – so we do hope you don’t mind it’s a few days late!

 

Chilling on the sofa is the best way to pass a holiday!

We have had a fair few weekend doggy guests this month as their mums and dads attend weddings across the country or indeed are getting married themselves.  One such guest was Penny – a beautiful rescue dog that settled in quickly with one of our loving hosts – its always so wonderful that rescue dogs seem to love the Barking Mad Cotswold service – they often have complex needs or quirks that would get ignored in kennels so we know their owners really value our unique dog sitting service.  Pennys dad could totally relax and enjoy his wedding knowing Penny was safe and happy with one of our great host families.

Everyone loves to travel and see new things – Maggie is no exception.

One of the great joys our hosts talk about is the health benefits their doggy guests bring with them – you have no excuse to laze on the sofa with a Barking Mad Cotswold guest – here is Maggie on her holiday – she normally lives just outside Fairford but here she is on holiday just outside Wooton Under Edge – a change of scenery is good for everyone!

Roxy giving her host a good work out!

As shown above Roxy does love to sunbath when she is on her Barking Mad Cotswold holiday – but she does also love to run – so here she is enjoying a good time on her dog holiday with her host out towards Cirencester – she runs like the wind and as you can tell she loves it!

We attened the Lechlade Extravaganza over the bank holiday and it was great to meet so many existing as well as potentially new customers from Cricklade, Swindon, South Cerney and Aston Keynes.  Boy it was hot though – that was the only excuse we needed to have a few ice-creams!

We are looking forward to the Southrop Fete this weekend – 9th June – maybe see you there?

If you would like to find out more about Barking Mad Cotswolds take a look HERE

 

 

A Busy Easter – April 2018

April has been a crazy busy month here at Barking Mad Cotswolds.  With the Easter holidays at the start of the month we were delighted to be providing so many dog holidays for both existing and new customers.  Our unique home boarding service really does go from strength to strength.

Beautiful Millie melting hearts in the Cotswolds!

Beautiful Millie melting hearts in the Cotswolds!

One of our new doggy customers was Millie – a seven-year-old rescue dog all the way from Bosnia – she has been living with her new mum and dad just outside Stroud for over a year and after a successful trial had her first dog holiday over Easter.

We are sure you will agree she is a real beauty and her host fell completely in love with her.  Millie seemed to have great fun in her new home from home and her host was very sad to see her go back home – Barking Mad Cotswold received another wonderful 5* review for the dog care they provided for Millie which really made their day.  We can’t wait for her to take another dog holiday soon.

Sharon and Molly getting a good workout!

Sharon and Molly getting a good workout!

Some of our dogs whilst on their dog holiday love to relax – others like Molly here love to have a good work out – this is Sharon taking Molly on an agility course – Molly loved it so much.  Dog sitting in the Cotswolds is much more than just cuddles on the sofa.

If you would like to find out more about hosting and getting to care for one of our beautiful Barking Mad Cotswold dogs, then do please give us a call – you could have your arms full of gorgeous fluff just like Judy here holding Bertie.

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The perfect host with the perfect dog!

We look after dogs of all ages – our youngest dog customer is around 6 months old – our oldest is Annie here – enjoying her dog holiday in the garden – Annie is 17 years young and recently had to have all her teeth out – that has not stopped her jumping up into the Barking Mad Cotswold car and loving her home from home dog sitting holiday.

Annie sniffing the flowers on her Barking Mad Cotswold holiday

Annie sniffing the flowers on her Barking Mad Cotswold holiday

Finally, this month we just want to let you know we will be attending the Lechlade Extravaganza on May 20th – this is a great event where we met lots of new hosts and customers last year – do pop along and say hello.  We will also be attending fetes in Southrop and Chedworth later in the year.

Spring is in the Air – March 2018

We have spent most of March wondering if the weather is going to get any warmer (along with the rest of the UK) – here in the Cotswolds we have had lots of snow, heavy rain, -8 day time temperatures and gale force winds – honestly no wonder Wooster decided to stay wrapped up warm in his bed/tent while on his Barking Mad Cotswold holidays!  Dog sitting in the snow is a challenge we can tell you!

Wooster had the right idea to just stay tucked up in the warm!

 

Despite the crazy weather we can tell that finally spring is on its way and we have had a very successful month with a record number of hosts recruited for Barking Mad Cotswolds.  We can’t wait for all of them to experience the joy of having one of our doggy customers come and stay.  As a host they will provide a home from home dog sitting service which all our doggy customers enjoy.  We just know these new hosts will be providing 5* dog care which will only add to our Trustpilot 5* review rating.  Barking Mad have over 3000 5* reviews for its dog home boarding service.

One such doggy is Ollie – he and his friend Bessie are regular Barking Mad Cotswold holiday customers – Ollie likes nothing more than enjoying the rare spring sunshine in his hosts garden – don’t forget the factor 50 Ollie?!?!?

Ollie enjoying the spring sunshine whilst on his Barking Mad Cotswold holiday.

Ollie enjoying the spring sunshine whilst on his Barking Mad Cotswold holiday.

Of course, Easter falls in March this year and we have been busy organising many dog holidays over the Easter holidays.  With customers covering a wide range of areas from Dursely to Cirencester and hosts placed anywhere from Tetbury to South Cerney we have certainly been clocking up some miles making sure our doggy customers get the best dog home boarding service possible!

We are also busy starting to book up some summer fetes and are very pleased to confirm we will be attending the Chedworth Show in August and the Lechlade Extravaganza Show in May – we are also looking at fairs in other areas such as South Cerney, Tetbury, Yate and Fairford.  Look back here or on our Facebook page for further details.

Chedworth Show

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

A First for Barking Mad Cotswolds – February 2018

We have had a hugely busy start to February with a record number of dog holiday bookings as well as our best ever number of new dog registrations.  We can tell already this is going to be a bumper year. We love going out to meet new customers to explain how we are an alternative to kennels and how we provide dog holiday care in a home from home environment while they are away.

One of our new doggy customers is Alfie – he is totally blind but this does not stop him from enjoying life to the full and we can’t wait to provide him with a dog holiday he won’t forget!  We have not had to care for a blind dog before but we are sure Alfie will fit in well with the Barking Mad Cotswold family and we have several hosts who are experienced in caring for dogs with disabilities.

Handsome Alfie from Barking Mad Cotswolds

This is Alfie who is totally blind but you would never know it!

We have also recruited several new hosts this month which is great as the business can only grow as long as we have a wide range of hosts to provide the home boarding we need for all our doggy customers.

Milo the barking mad home from home dog sitting dog.

What a gorgeous looking dog – again a new customer that we can’t wait to place with one of our loving hosts.

Another new Barking Mad Cotswold customer.

Another new Barking Mad Cotswold customer.

As the weather is beginning to get a little better our minds are already turning to the summer and the possible summer fetes we can attend – last summer we attended summer fetes in Dursley, Badminton, the air base close to South Cerney and Sapperton.

We are keen to attend as many as possible during 2018 to spread the Barking Mad Cotswold word – we are talking to people in Lechlade and Chedworth about attending their fetes and are looking to secure a stall in Fairford, Cirencester, Tetbury and Malmsbury – so if you know of any suitable fetes do let us know.  We love getting out there and meeting people who need our unique pet sitting service.

If you would like to find out more about Barking Mad Cotswolds take a look HERE

Cotswolds local news – What a busy dog filled Christmas

We have had  hugely busy December – not helped by the dreadful snowy weather.  We had several dogs out on holiday when all the snow fell – some owners were unable to fly back on time and indeed we had trouble getting to some of our hosts for doggy pick ups – it all worked out in the end though thanks to our understanding and caring hosts who had their furry friend for longer than they first thought!

christmas home boarding with barking mad home from home dog care.

Santa is obviously very clever indeed as he found Lottie to give her a Christmas present even thought she was staying with her host for her Christmas holiday!

We provided a record number of dog holidays over Christmas and each and everyone of them had a lovely festive time with their hosts.

snowy home boarding barking mad dog sitting service

We had approx. 6 inches of snow in and around the Cotswolds while Bessie and Ollie were on their dog holiday – they loved playing and eating the snow – meanwhile their mum and dad were in sunny South Africa!

Do come and join us and our hosts for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake – the venue is Jolly Nice on the Stroud Road out of Cirencester – we would love to talk to you about maybe becoming a Barking Mad Cotswold Host.

2nd February 2018 – 10.30am to 12.30am

If you would like to find out more about Barking Mad Cotswolds take a look HERE