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Doggy ‘Temps’ Ease the Loneliness of Remote Working


Remote working doesn’t have to be lonely!


Fudge, a customer of Barking Mad Telford's dog sitting service

Dogs like Fudge love staying with our host families, whilst their owners are away


Barking Mad Dog Care is offering a solution to the potential loneliness and inability to switch off that can result from remote working. For those who work from home or are retired, and are spending large chunks of time alone, caring for a waggy-tailed companion on a temporary basis could really help to overcome feelings of isolation. 

Barking Mad’s Managing Director, Rachel Stewart, said: 

“It’s like Bring Your Dog to Work Day in reverse! If you work from home, we can bring you a lovely, friendly dog to care fowhilst their owner is away on holiday, subject to you meeting our host criteria. We take care of everything, included chauffeuring the dog to your home with all their essentials and providing 24/7 support. Caring for a friendly dog not only provides canine cuddles (far better than any virtual hug) but also the motivation to step away from your emails and go and take a walk at lunchtime.” 

Sarah Spendlove, an artist who works from home who hosts for Barking Mad, said: 

“As a host, the process has been really straight forward and well organised. I’ve enjoyed the companionship, exercise and everything else that comes with dog sitting. I’d definitely recommend Barking Mad to others, as it’s brought bundles of furry joy into my home, and I always want to give them the best holiday full of walks and playtime!”


Sarah Spendlove, Barking Mad Host, With Kiera The Dog

Working from home allows Sarah to care for dogs who are on holiday


What are the challenges of remote working?


‘The State of Remote Work’, Buffer’s 2019 annual report which surveyed 2,471 workers, concludes: 

“Remote work isn’t always as Instagram-worthy as it may seem. In fact, many remote workers struggle with unplugging from their work, loneliness and communicating.” 

CEO of fully remote company Doist, Amir Salihefendic, also recognises the problem and said: 

“We need to acknowledge that isolation, anxiety and depression are significant problems when working remotely and we must figure out ways and systems to resolve these complex issues.” 

How can Barking Mad help?

The community of Barking Mad host families consists of active retired people and those who either work from home or have extended periods away from work. It offers the opportunity to care for dogs in your own home, while their owners are away on holiday. Hosts experience all the benefits of dog companionship without any of the emotional or financial responsibilities of fulltime pet ownership. 

To find out more about becoming a Barking Mad host, find your local branch today and get in touch.

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