A new year started with new hosts, new friends and lots of familiar faces. We are looking forward to another happy year with our Barking Mad family! Our Hosts give a warm and loving welcome to each dog that stays, no matter what the time of year or what the weather is. We were delighted to receive our Licence from Bristol City Council, which confirms that we more than meet the new Regulations introduced in October 2018. We have always put the welfare of our customers’ dogs at the forefront of our business. We love to ensure that our dogs have the best tailor made holiday ever and that hosts have great fun with each visitor!
It reminds me of a little rhyme..
‘It’s nice to get up in the morning, when the sun is overhead.
It’s nice to get up in the morning-
But it’s nicer to stay in bed!
We are delighted to continue to support Dogs for Good. A collection at Tesco, Lime Trees Road, raised another £45 to go towards Prince’s training and to our new puppy, Wendy.
We hope to attend local fairs and festivals again this year and will add dates as soon as we have them confirmed.
We are always ready to welcome anyone who would like to host, so please get in touch. The more the merrier! If you would like me to come and chat to you or to a group, please contact me to arrange a date and time to suit.
Moving into Winter around Bristol
Lots of people looking for an excellent home from home dog boarding service have found Barking Mad North Bristol to be the best place for their lovely dogs. We have been delighted to meet some new dogs and to welcome back old friends. Likewise the dogs who have been to loving hosts before, can’t wait to pack their things and jump into John’s car!
We enjoyed celebrating Christmas with our families and wish all of you a peaceful, healthy and Happy New Year. We can’t wait to meet new hosts and new customers and owners in 2019!
Remember to book your dog in with us before you book your own holiday!
If you are a potential new customer, we will also need a spare weekend before your main holiday, for your dog to go on a trial sleepover with a host to ensure your dog is going to settle. Happy dog, happy holiday, happy you!
Look out for us in local cafes, garden centres and Shows in 2019. Contact us at any time, especially if you would like to become a Barking Mad holiday host!
September 2018, moving into Autumn
We explored Hermitage Wood, Ashton Court, at the beginning of the month. We really enjoyed the lovely trees, the wood carvings and especially the fact it was all so pristine. It is clearly visited by caring dog owners and other visitors. Superb views from there as well. We will be back again one day!
Our hosts have had more fun with our lovely visiting dogs. They are all great characters that put a smile on everyone’s faces!
We met lovely people at The Willowbrook Centre on 28th September who liked the idea of having dogs to stay, or sending their dogs to stay with our fantastic hosts. We also raised £26.64 FOR Dogs For Good, bringing our total to £250.
Summer Holidays – August 2018
We have been delighted to help so many people have relaxing holidays, knowing their dog was in our safe hands. Once again, our fantastic hosts have welcomed your dogs into their homes and had a lot of fun. They have sent photos to us to pass on to you and show you that your dog is having a great time. During the heatwave the dogs were walked much earlier and later when it was cool enough. We were able to keep the dogs cool in the heat with chill mats, chill jackets, paddling pools, nice cold tiles to lie on and lots of cool water to drink.The weather has been amazing, but it has been a relief recently to have some rain and slightly lower temperatures, both for dogs and humans.
We have really appreciated the glowing TrustPilot Reviews from our customers, which we pass on to the hosts. We are all proud to give a really good service.
Our customers’ dogs become part of the Barking Mad Family and are truly loved by us and our hosts. We were all very sad to have to say goodbye to three of our senior doggy friends: Chico, Rosie and Fleur have all gone over the Rainbow Bridge recently and left a huge hole in our hearts.
We ran two events in August, at our local Keynsham Wyevale Garden Centre at Hicks Gate, Bristol. It’s a really attractive garden centre and gift shop with helpful friendly staff and good parking, not to mention the freshly prepared food in the café! We are grateful especially to Katy Bevan the café manager, who baked delicious scones and who made special nibbles and lemon squash for our visitors on 21st, when we held a Host Event for our current hosts and anyone who wanted to meet us to find out if hosting was their cup of tea and to enjoy a complimentary cream tea. It was a lovely occasion as new and old hosts were able to get to know each other.
On 15th, we had a stall there, just for Dogs for Good, to raise more money to train Prince. We raised £45 from generous customers.
Rosie Blanning, the South West Regional Organiser for Dogs for Good, lent the smart tablecloth and literature. She also arranged for Puppy Socialisers to bring their puppies along. Mel brought Pepper, who is Prince’s brother. At five and a half months old, he was very excited and enjoyed showing how good he can be ( rewarded with little bits of his kibble each time). He is too young to be out long, so he came for a while in the morning.
In the afternoon, Sue and Mike brought Darley, who is 13 months old, so more used to different places than Pepper, and a lot calmer.
The third ’puppy’ was actually a fully trained dog called Norton. He is four years old and is taken to meet potential clients to show what he can do ( take off jackets, help with the laundry, put footrests down on wheelchairs etc ).
All the Puppy Socialisers around the country know each other and Mel, Sue and Mike have been helping the charity for years.They explained how dramatic the difference can be to peoples’ lives once they get a dog. A person with MS for example, unable to leave the house, can now get in a wheelchair and race along the beach with her dog. I’m so glad we are able to help raise money to train Prince who will one day be transforming a life. If you would like to donate online, Click here! and to see Prince training, Click here
Summer Fun in North Bristol – July 2018
John, Lisa and I enjoyed a rather hot day on 14th July at the Frenchay Flower Show. The water bowl for visiting dogs was very welcome, and most were also happy to have a little treat as well!
Our stall was between Alan’s selling cacti and The Avon Wildlife Trust selling herbs and native wildflowers and seeking new members. It was great to wander around the stalls and meet skilled local crafts people, local charities such as the Rotary members, say hello to Alpacas, admire the traction engine, the flower arrangements… so much on offer and such a friendly, social occasion.
We were pleased to meet so many people who were interested in becoming hosts or customers for Barking Mad. Having a dog to stay now and again is great fun, and customers love to know their dog will be loved and treated as one of the family in a home from home. Everyone agrees it is a great idea!
We raised £34.64 for Dogs For Good, with the Guess the Name of the toy dog, and a raffle where a £1 donation won a prize every time. We are very grateful for the generosity of those who donated to train Prince to become an Assistance Dog. We were amused when Christine from the Hawk and Owl trust won the little Snowy Owl soft toy! She was also lucky enough to guess the name of the toy dog!
On another hot morning, we went to Snuff Mills with a couple of our hosts and the dogs they were caring for. It was much cooler there and the water was so low we could see one or two poor fish looking to find deeper water. The dogs loved splashing about. Even Holly had a little paddle. It’s a great place to take dogs, whatever time of year.
Where to find us in August
Wednesday 15th August: we will be collecting on behalf of Dogs For Good, 10am-3pm at the lovely Wyevale Garden Centre, Hicks Gate, BS31 2AD ( near the Bath Road Park and Ride). Please come along and help us raise money to train Prince to be an Assistance Dog.
Monday, 20th August: we will be at the Café to tell you about hosting, 12pm–3pm.
If you would like to have a friendly dog come to stay with you now and again, we will treat you to a cream tea! Please RSVP for 20th if you would like to host, so that Katy can ensure they bake enough scones! Email email@example.com or Facebook Barking Mad Dog Care North Bristol.
Recent TrustPilot Reviews, July 2018
A brilliant service
A brilliant service, we couldn’t do without Barking Mad! All the hosts are so kind and it’s lovely to know your dogs are having as good a time as you are! Mrs Legg
Lovely holidays for dogs with Barking Mad
Kassie is a Maltese and she loves her Barking Mad holidays, this was her 5th year. She came home very happy and contented, it was lovely having the email updates of her adventures with her lovely host Linda. I will always use and recommend Barking Mad, in fact Kassie will be having another holiday with them again later this year. Karen
Spring into Summer – North Bristol’s local news June 2018
We have had a very busy time, meeting up with some of our hosts, seeking more hosts, raising money for Dogs for Good, registering new dogs , taking dogs to and from their holiday hosts and attending local events. It has been fantastic to meet so many people and such lovely dogs at these events. They are always such happy, family occasions and the huge variety of dogs walking around all get along too.
We had stalls at Hanham Common Fayre, Mangotsfield Festival and Kingswood Fun in the Park, where we were entertained all morning by the drummers and dancers. We also managed to snatch a day away to meet our new grandson, who finally arrived in mid May! He is cute, but maybe these dogs are even cuter!?
On 10th May we held a coffee morning at Chief Trading Post in Oldland Common for our current hosts and anyone wishing to learn about hosting. Chief Trading Post is so quirky, we love it. The staff, especially in the coffee shop, made us very welcome. We were very pleased to welcome one new lady, who has already looked after one dog and to add another who was so keen that she wanted to sign up ready for a few years time when her daughter will be 5 years old!
They were at Hanham Common Fayre, Mangotsfield Festival and Kingswood Park and really enjoyed explaining how we arrange holidays with hosts for our customers’ dogs. They were delighted and grateful that so many also played Guess the Name of the Dog to raise money to train Prince, the Dogs for Good puppy being sponsored by Barking Mad. We hope that one day he will be able to support someone to have a more independent life, like the Black Labrador in this photo.
We take pride in ensuring our customers’ dogs have really great holidays with their loving hosts. These three have all had a fantastic time. Walking in the woods, playing ball on the Common and playing with their favourite toys when they get home. We match each dog and host carefully. Which dog would you choose if you were a host?
Our next Event is the Frenchay Flower Show on 14th July, 12.30-5.00pm; another great local occasion, with fun for all the family; not just those with green fingers! We hope to see you there. Come and have a chat, and please play Guess the Name of the toy dog, donating to Dogs for Good. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Barking Mad North Bristol Local News – Winter 2017-2018 rainy, cold, muddy and snowy!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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 )
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