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Faye’s Life-Work Balance with Barking Mad

What’s it like to own a dog sitting franchise business?

Barking Mad Dog Sitting Service award winning franchisee Faye Carruthers

Faye Carruthers was delighted to be awarded the Brand Builder of the Year Award 2017

Dog lover Faye Carruthers is the proud owner of Barking Mad Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and N. Ayrshire, a busy dog home boarding franchise business. She enthuses:

“There are no two days the same with Barking Mad as a professional dog sitter.  One day I can be out collecting and delivering dogs and the next I can be popping into a few local veterinary practices, then working from home on new bookings. For me, running my own business means making sure I get time off when its suits both me and my job.  It’s an enjoyable lifestyle with a good income and certainly beats my previous occupation of managing a clinic!  I organise my own life-work balance so I have time to walk my dogs and spend time with family and friends.  I have an assistant so I get weekends off which my husband appreciates (most of the time!)”

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July Dog Sitting Host Spotlight

Introducing Mandy, one of our amazing hosts

Barking Mad dog sitting hosts love caring for dogs who are on holiday

Host Mandy loves caring for Charlie

If you could choose the perfect dog sitter to care for your dog when you have to go away, what qualities would you look for? – Someone nurturing, experienced 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, for your ultimate peace of mind.

Each month we will be shining a spotlight on one of our fantastic dog sitter host families to show just what amazing dog carers they really are! This month we are delighted to introduce you to Mandy Waring, from Chester, who loves to welcome Barking Mad doggy guests into her home.

Amanda was nominated by Peter and Bianca Leaver , owner-operators of Barking Mad Chester and Cheshire West, who couldn’t wait to sing her praises! They told us:

“Mandy truly enjoys the company of dogs and they seem to sense this as soon as they meet her. It is notable how quickly Mandy assesses the personality and quirks of any dog she trials and adjusts her methods to care for each dog as an individual. This means that doggy holidaymakers soon settle in and holidays are always set to go well, right from the very start.

Every time we have asked her to Host, she has readily agreed and has given the dogs we place in her inimitable care, lots of wonderful experiences, which mean they get a fabulous holiday when with her.

Mandy is a real ‘can-do’ person who has an enviable air of serenity about her. She is a joy to work with and we have come to value Mandy very highly indeed as one of our most capable and reliable colleagues in our dog sitting service in Chester and Cheshire West.

Becoming a Barking Mad dog sitting host is the perfect alternative to full time dog ownership

Mandy enjoys a cuddle with Minnie

With their owner’s permission, Mandy has even recently taken two doggy guests (Minnie and Ruby) to another of her homes, on a fabulous ‘holiday within a holiday’ in the Lake District. They clearly had a fabulous time with her there, judging by the pictures we received. They have also visited some rather smart pubs with Mandy and her husband and are generally accepted into her family life with total immersion. The genuine joy with which they greeted her as we took them for their latest holiday, was heart-warming proof, if ever needed, of just how welcoming Mandy is to our Barking Mad dogs.

Mandy genuinely and whole-heartedly enjoys spending time with dogs and we think they bring her company, snuggles and welcome distraction from her work, which she does from home, whilst her husband is away on business. Mandy is a very nurturant person and our dogs benefit from this every moment of every day when with her. She really does have all the crucial personal qualities and motivations for an outstanding dog holiday host.”

Could you be a Barking Mad host?

If after reading Mandy’s story, you feel that you could offer temporary holiday home for friendly dogs, at a time to suit you, why not find your local branch and get in touch to find out more about the real alternative to full time dog ownership.


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

Barking Mad is part of the Franchise Brands plc group of companies and is the UK’s favourite dog holiday company, as verified by TrustPilot. Contact Barking Mad at to find your dog’s home from home today.


Search for Alternative Harry and Meghan Celebrates Puppy Love

Barking Mad Dog Care is proud to provide a wedding dog sitting service

Hugo was a VIP at his owner’s wedding!

Do you know a canine Harry or Meg(han)?

Do you know a dog that shares a name with either the royal bride or groom to be, at the upcoming wedding of the year? We are excited to announce that we have launched a ‘Barking Mad’ search for a canine Harry and Meghan (or Meg) to be the faces of our dog wedding chaperone service, in celebration of the royal wedding on Saturday 19th May.

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Review of ITV’s Britain’s Favourite Dogs

Barking Mad Dog Sitters love Labradors, voted number one in the top 100

Lovely Labradors were voted no. 1 in the top 100!

At Barking Mad Dog Care, we were very excited to learn that ITV was going to broadcast a full countdown of Britain’s Favourite Dogs.  There are now 217 recognised breeds and thousands of combinations of cross breed and we couldn’t wait to find out which was ‘top dog’ after 10,000 people were surveyed. The prime time two and a half hour celebration of all things dog related was described to be:

“A run-down of the top 100 most popular dogs in the UK as voted for by the British public and featuring a host of famous dog-loving stars!”

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