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September is Dog Remembrance Month

Celebrating Lives and offering empathy and support…

Barking Mad Dog Sitters launch second Dog Remembrance Month

Rainbow Bridge Illustration by Hannah Robinson Illustrations

Dog owners who have ever experienced saying goodbye to their beloved, four-legged best friend, will understand just how heartbreakingly difficult and emotional it can be. The UK’s second Dog Remembrance Month begins this September 1st and will once again create a focus for dog lovers to come together and celebrate the lives of their cherished pets, whilst providing mutual support and understanding.

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Barking Mad Competition Winner Celebrates Pet’s Life

A fitting tribute to Brodie

Barking Mad dog sitter's competition winner celebrates pet's life

Barking Mad #Dogselfie winner Sharon Burns and Brodie


They say that a picture paints a thousand words and this has never been truer than when Barking Mad Dog Care launched a #DogSelfie competition last November! The leading dog holiday specialists wanted to give dog lovers everywhere the chance to celebrate the relationship they share with their canine companions. They decided to launch a search for a ‘selfie’ which captured this special companionship in a split second image. So many fantastic entries were received but there was one which clearly stood out as the winner.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the Barking Mad HQ office when Sharon Burns shared her #dogselfie and commented:

“This is the last ever picture of me and Brodie. He lost his battle with cancer not long after this was taken.”

Brodie’s proud pose and greying muzzle really melted the hearts of the Barking Mad judging panel. The love between him and his owner was clearly apparent and made the image a very worthy winner. Sharon was delighted to win the competition and happy to receive the prize of a photo shoot for her other three lovely dogs: Carrac, Brea and puppy Quinn.

Barking Mad dog sitter - A Tribute to a Lovely Dog

Carrac, Brea and puppy Quinn at home, looking forward to their photo shoot


Kim Smith of Barking Cat Pet Photography in Edinburgh enthused:

“It was a delight to work with Sharon, winner of the Barking Mad dog selfie competition and her gorgeous dogs: Carrac, Brea and puppy Quinn. It was also a pleasure to work in partnership with Tina from Barking Mad Edinburgh and share in the joy that dogs bring to so many people in Scotland’s capital.”

Barking Mad dog sitter Tina with dogselfie winner of a photo shoot

Tina Patterson of Barking Mad Edinburgh presents Sharon with a framed print from the photo shoot


Dog Remembrance Month provides support

The dog sitting experts are very keen to raise awareness of the devastating impact of losing a beloved pet. It was this desire which led to the launch of #DogRemembranceMonth , a UK first, which has run throughout April. Every day Barking Mad comes into contact with people who have sadly lost their beloved pets and it was apparent that not everyone receives the support that they need.

The home dog boarding service decided to bring people together for mutual support and give everyone the chance to celebrate their pets’ lives. The first step was to create a Facebook group where people could connect and share their stories. The Dog Bereavement & Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Group is proving really successful in making a difference and has gained nearly 700 members, at the time of writing. If you would like to share your story or offer support to others, new members are always gladly welcomed!

Many people who have lost their canine best friends turn to Barking Mad as an alternative to a dogless life. Becoming a host for dogs who are on their holidays, can be an ideal solution for somebody who misses the companionship of a lovely dog but who doesn’t feel ready to take on the full time emotional responsibility of a new pet.