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June Dog Sitting Host Spotlight

Introducing Dawn, one of our amazing Barking Mad hosts…

Barking Mad dog sitting hosts love to spend time with doggy guests

Host Dawn enjoys spending time with a Barking Mad guest

If you could choose the perfect person to care for your dog in your absence, what qualities would you look for? – Someone caring, responsible and a passionate dog lover? At Barking Mad Dog Care, we have had eighteen years of experience of carefully matching our thoroughly vetted host families to our doggy guests’ individual requirements. We assess each host family in person and visit each time a customer’s dog comes to stay, to ensure that our high standards of dog sitting quality are maintained.

Each month we will be shining a spotlight on one of our fantastic dog sitter host families to show just what amazing dog lovers they really are! This month we are delighted to introduce you to Dawn Anthony, from Anglesey, who has hosted for Barking Mad for over a year.

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Barking Mad Newcastle Tyne Valley Dog Sitting Local News

Calling All Dog Lovers! – June 2018

Could you be a host?

Barking Mad Dog Care is always keen to meet people who would like to host our super guest dogs. Many people have heard of dog fostering but don’t realise that they can join our dog sitting host community and offer short breaks and holidays without the long term commitment of fostering or ownership. We’re spreading the word with our local coffee mornings in dog-friendly cafes.

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Barking Mad Reading Dog Sitting Local News

Barking Mad Reading’s 10 tips to protect your dog this summer

Sunny days!

Here at Barking Mad Dog Care Reading, we love the sun! Having a BBQ, spending time in the garden, and of course heading down to the nearest river, lake or beach for the day. It really is a beautiful time of year for us two legged animals, but do our furry friends enjoy the heat as much as we do? With summer well underway we wanted to provide you with some of our top tips to ensure your dog is well looked after on those hot days.

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Barking Mad Maidenhead and Marlow Dog Sitting Local News

Introducing my own dog, Dusty.

I’d like to introduce our own dog, Dusty.  She was six last November and we have had her since she was 8 weeks old, travelling from Ascot to Salford in Manchester to collect her in January 2012.  She has been a revelation and changed our lives in ways we wouldn’t have thought possible.  Dusty is a Bishon Frise / Shih Tzu cross; they are known as Shichons (or sometimes Zuchons). Here are a few photos of her and a great video of her playing with one of her ‘best mates’ Coco, a Manchester Terrier.  She is amazing with children, and generally OK with other dogs, but it’s not always possible to tell how she will react to other bigger, darker dogs.  She sometimes takes an aggressive stance, but often her bark is misinterpreted as all she wants to do most of the time is play.

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Prince Harry Namesake Marries Meghan in Barking Mad Wedding

Prince Harry Namesake Marries Meghan in Barking Mad Wedding

Do you Newfoundland Prince Harry take springer spaniel, Maeghan to be your wife?

A gentle giant Newfoundland dog, officially named after Prince Harry by his royalist owners, has married his very own Meghan in a special doggy wedding ceremony in Leslie, Fife, after a search by a dog holiday specialists, Barking Mad Dog Care.

Owners Stacey Kilpatrick and mother, Andrea Johnston, decided to name their Newfoundland puppy after the royal groom-to-be in April 2017 and were delighted to receive a reply from Kensington Palace acknowledging the occasion. Newgranden Prince Harry (Harry for short) is a regular sight at his owners’ hairdressing salon, Reflexions, in the village of Leslie, Fife, and holidays with local dog sitters, Barking Mad Fife and Kinross, whenever his owners are away.

A gentle giant Newfoundland dog, officially named after Prince Harry by his royalist owners

Owners Stacey Kilpatrick (30) and mother, Andrea Johnston (64) with Helen Teevan and royal groom and bride

Stacey Kilpatrick said:

“We were so excited about the alternative Royal Wedding. We love the Royal family and even named our beloved Harry after Prince Harry. I’m so glad we said yes to Elaine finding Harry his very own Meghan, as it’s all been so much fun.”

Elaine Warburton, of Barking Mad Fife and Kinross, said:

“We all adore our Prince Harry! He’s such a gorgeous, friendly boy and is always happy. The holiday host he stays with absolutely loves looking after him, when Stacey and Andrea go away.

Dog sitting customer Prince Harry

Prince Harry the Newfoundland dog dressed for his big day with Maeghan

We decided that it was such a shame that he didn’t have a companion called Meghan too and launched our very own search, to commemorate the marriage of the human Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

We were contacted by the owners of several canine Meghans, including springer spaniels and a border collie and it was up to Stacey and Andrea to pick the perfect companion for their pooch. They chose gorgeous springer spaniel, Maeghan, who looked adorable as the blushing bride, accompanied by doggy attendants, Shadow and Isla.

We truly are ‘Barking Mad’ arranging a ‘wedding’ for Harry and Maeghan but it’s great to see so many people get on board and help us bring them together. We just love doggies and making sure they always have a great time with us.”

Maeghan’s owner, Helen, said:

“When we heard that Harry was looking for his Meghan we thought it would be a wee bit of a laugh and so put our gorgeous girl forward. We were amazed when she was picked but so glad Maeghan will be Harry’s special furbie friend.”

Barking Mad dog sitting customers get married

The Happy couple Harry and Maeghan!

The wedding ceremony took place in Leslie, Fife, with a special photo shoot organised by Elaine and husband, John and a wedding gift, of a dog holiday, from Barking Mad. The husband and wife team of pet sitting professionals were recently awarded the title of Franchisee of the Year, at Barking Mad’s national conference, fighting off stiff competition from over seventy others to become top dogs. As proud owners of four springer spaniels and a cocker spaniel, running their own dog sitting business allows them to further indulge their love of dogs.

Barking Mad is no stranger to wedding arrangements after recently introducing a ‘furrytail wedding’ dog chaperone service, allowing precious pets to participate in their owners’ special days.

Barking Mad Founder and Managing Director, Lee Dancy, said:

“We strongly believe that dogs are a real part of the family and as such, it is only natural that you would want to include your dog in your wedding day. We will happily step in to care for your pet, allowing you to relax and enjoy your wedding, knowing that your dog is in safe hands. By accompanying your dog on the day itself, we ensure that we create an experience which you and your guests will love. We provide fantastic photo opportunities and create treasured memories, whilst also ensuring the happiness and welfare of your dog.”

Dog sitters customer Prince Harry the Newfoundland

Royalist Harry proud to be part of a Royal celebration

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