Happy New Year from Barking Mad Lydney!
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and have had a good start to 2020 so far. We had a great time at Barking Mad Lydney, Pedro and Gabby had lots of fun opening their presents on Christmas day and enjoyed plenty of extra fuss from family that came to visit us too. We also welcomed two new furry customers on their first home from home dog boarding stays over the festive period. They had a great time with their dog sitting hosts and we look forward to welcoming them back again in 2020.
We had a fantastic visit to Dean Farm Trust in Shirenewton, Chepstow just before Christmas on one of their guided visits. We got to meet many of the 216 animals that live at the Sanctuary including donkeys, calves, turkeys and goats during the visit. Thank you to the wonderful staff and volunteers for showing us around and providing lots of lovely snacks which we thoroughly enjoyed. Pedro the Greyhound has a namesake at the sanctuary, Pedro the Donkey who is pictured above. If you would like to visit Dean Farm Trust there are a number of guided visits and open days planned for 2020. You can find all the upcoming dates on their Website and Facebook Page.
Going on holiday in 2020?
If you are thinking about a holiday in 2020 but aren’t sure about who would care for your dog when you’re away, then we have the perfect solution for you. We offer home from home dog boarding in the Forest of Dean and surrounding areas. Your dog will stay with one of our experienced and caring dog sitting host families. They will receive one to one care and attention throughout their stay. Our dog sitting hosts love having your dogs come to stay and will maintain your dogs existing routine providing plenty of walks and cuddles, so it really is a home from home for them. We are very proud to be rated by our customers as a 5* dog care service on the independent review site TrustPilot.
Are you looking for a new hobby in 2020?
If you are a dog lover but are missing the companionship of a four legged friend at the moment we have the ideal hobby for you in 2020. Are you wanting to get fitter and healthier but need some extra motivation to get out and about? Going out walking with a dog is a very sociable experience and it’s a great way to meet lots of like minded people. Did you know is been scientifically proven that spending time with dogs is good for our health and wellbeing too? You can read all about the benefits here.
Perhaps you already have a sociable dog that would love a visiting dog as a playmate? Being a dog sitting host for Barking Mad Lydney is totally flexible and you let us know when you’re available to host dogs for holidays and short breaks. You can let us know the sorts of dogs that would suit your lifestyle and we do the rest. We offer 24/7 support and full insurance. We collect and deliver the dogs to your home so all you need to do is provide care and cuddles for your doggy companion during their stay. You will need to have a safe, enclosed outdoor space and any resident children need to be 5 years or older. If you are retired, work from home or have extended periods away from work (e.g. teaching) then we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with Lucy on 01593 372 194 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find further information about becoming part of the Barking Mad Host community here.
Where we will be this month:
We will be at Raglan Garden Centre on 9th January along with Barking Mad Pontypool from 12pm. Please do come and say hello if you spot us. We’d love to chat to you about our dog boarding services covering the Forest of Dean and South East Wales.
We will be at the Chepstow MIBA Networking Meeting on January 27th which takes place at the Two Rivers Pub, Newport Road, Chepstow. There are still a few tickets remaining, if you would like to attend you can find more information here.
We are also going to be the Star of the Month talker at Dog Days on 29th January for the Dementia Friendly group that meets at Drybrook Rugby Football Club on the last Wednesday of every month.
Feeling Festive at Barking Mad Lydney
At the beginning of November we attended our first MIBA (Mums in Business Association) Gloucestershire Networking event held at Dixie Dot Crafts in Gloucester. We loved meeting lots of other local business owners from Gloucestershire and the Forest of Dean and chatting about our home from home dog boarding service. We are looking forward to the next event which is going to be Christmas themed and will be held at the beautiful Harts Barn Cookery School in Longhope, Forest of Dean.
November has been an exciting month for all of us at Barking Mad and our charity partner Dogs for Good. Our Puppy Partner Prince has now qualified from his training and has been placed with a family with a six year old boy with autism. Well done to Prince and a huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far to this fantastic cause. Dogs For Good is an inspirational charity that train assistance dogs for people with a range of disabilities and children with Autism. If you would like to make a donation you can do so through our Just Giving Page. You may have seen our article all about Prince in The Forest Review earlier in the month but in case you missed it here is a link: https://www.theforestreview.co.uk/article.cfm?id=117773&headline=Puppy%20Prince%20to%20change%20boy%E2%80%99s%20life§ionIs=news&searchyear=2019
We attended a fabulous Christmas Market held at The Speech House Hotel in Coleford on 7th November. The market was organised by local business Cute as Duck who specialise in personalised gifts and products. The Christmas Market was set up for local crafts people to sell their fantastic products and to raise money for Heart Heroes, a charity that works with children and their families who are living with heart conditions. All of the stalls were local crafts people selling handmade products and gifts. It was a great success and the market was busy all evening, we managed to get quite a bit of our Christmas shopping done too.
Have you heard about Barking Mad’s UK Dog Awards? The awards have been created to celebrate our fabulous canine companions, there are five categories to enter: Dog with A Job, Best Pupfluencer, Man’s Best Friend, Waggiest Welcome and Best Puppy Dog Eyes. There are some fantastic prizes on offer including Doggy treats from Laughing Dog Food, personalised pooch products from My Posh Paws, pet care products from Animology, personalised dog toys from Mutts and Hounds, as well as the opportunity to win a Free Barking Mad doggy holiday worth up to £150! If you haven’t entered yet you can enter here: https://www.barkingmad.uk.com/uk-dog-awards/
Pedro and Gabby enjoyed a lovely walk by the Gloucester Sharpness Canal at Frampton on Severn in November. It’s a great place for a circular walk starting from the village of Frampton-on-Severn, it is mainly level and there are a couple of pubs and a café to stop for a drink or bite to eat whilst you are there. We love Ley Bistro which is dog friendly, serves great coffee and cake as well as a full menu for delicious lunches. Did you know that although we work mainly in the Forest of Dean our dog sitting services also cover Frampton-on-Severn, Slimbridge, Whitminster and the surrounding villages? Our webpage shows all the areas we cover and you can get in touch with us at email@example.com if you would like more info.
Coming up for Barking Mad Lydney:
We are looking forward to attending the Forest of Dean Ladies Who Latte Networking meeting on 4th December this week. They are held on the first Wednesday of every month at The Lyon Inn in Westbury-On-Severn. These meetings are free to attend and it is a fantastic friendly group. New members are always welcome. We will also be at the MIBA Gloucestershire Networking Event on 5th December.
If you are looking for something fun to do with your dog this December why not pop along to the SantaPaws Christmas Grotto and Fun Dog Show on 15th December from 1pm to 5pm at Forest Oak Dog Training Club. There will be lots of great stalls, a Doggy Christmas Grotto and Novelty Dog Classes to take part in. They will also be raising funds for the Forest of Dean Dog Rescue at this special event.
We will also be attending the Christmas guided visit at Dean Farm Trust on 22nd December 2019 to meet all of the fabulous animals that they care for at the sanctuary. This will be Dean Farm Trust’s last event of the year but keep an eye out on their website for future visits and open days in 2020.
Christmas Wishes from Barking Mad
Thank you to all our fabulous host families that have joined us in 2019 since we started in May. Our wonderful hosts provide the very best home from home dog boarding stay for our fantastic doggies when their owners go away. We look forward to welcoming back our existing customers in 2020 as well as lots of new doggies for their first Barking Mad Dog Holidays.
We would like to wish you and your pets a fantastic Christmas and prosperous New Year! Best wishes and thanks for all your support from Lucy, Pedro and Gabby at Barking Mad Lydney.
Autumn begins for Barking Mad Lydney
September was National Dog Remembrance Month. A month dedicated to our fabulous dogs that are no longer with us. For all of us at Barking Mad Lydney we understand that dogs are family and their loss can have a profound effect. There is a fantastic support group on Facebook where you can share stories of your dog and connect with lots of other people that have been through a dog bereavement themselves. The Dog Bereavement and Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Group can be found by clicking here.
We joined lots of other stall holders and local people at the Tintern Table Top Sale on 15th September. It was held at Tintern Village Hall which is next to the beautiful Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire. We met lots of lovely doggies who came by our table and enjoyed some of our homemade dog treats while we chatted to their owners about our bespoke home from home dog boarding service. We also met some dog lovers who don’t have a dog of their own but were interested in becoming part of our host community in the Wye Valley. If you love dogs but can’t commit full time Barking Mad have the perfect solution. We can match you with lovely doggies for short stays when it is convenient for you. If you would like to find out more about how hosting works please click here. We also took some books CD’s and Bric-a-Brac along to raise money for our chosen charity Dogs For Good.
We attended the Heat Heroes Coffee and Cake Day held at the stunning Tudor Farmhouse Hotel in Clearwell, Forest of Dean. Heart Heroes is a charity that raises money to support children and their families living with Congenital Heart Disease and other Heart Conditions. There were lots of delicious homemade cakes and a fantastic raffle that lots of local businesses donated fabulous prizes to. The Tudor Farmhouse Hotel based in the Forest of Dean offers boutique accommodation and a restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the week. You can find more details here: https://tudorfarmhousehotel.co.uk/
We celebrated a very special day on 20th September as it was our Pedro’s 4th Gotcha Day. Pedro had great fun opening his Gotcha day present, Gabby also got a present so she didn’t feel too left out. We went for a lovely walk around Pittville Park in Cheltenham which is one of their favourite places and then for a meal at a dog friendly pub after. As we don’t know their exact birthdays we celebrate the day that we re-homed them instead. Pedro and Gabby were our inspiration for changing career and starting up a local dog sitting service where dogs can have a holiday too.
We had a fantastic day out at the Dean Farm Trust Animal Sanctuary Doggy Open Afternoon on 22nd September. This was Dean Farm Trust’s first doggy open day and it was a great success. There was a woodland dog walk, fun dog show and lots of homemade cakes for humans and dogs. Dean Farm Trust is a registered charity committed to raising awareness about sick, ill treated and abused animals. They care for over 200 different animals at their sanctuary in Shirenewton just outside Chepstow. The animals in their care will have a home for life at the sanctuary. To find out more please visit their website: https://deanfarmtrust.org.uk/
We held our first Barking Mad Lydney Dog Walk on Sunday 29th September in Cinderford, Forest of Dean. Unfortunately there had been some rather stormy weather leading up to the walk so it was only a small gathering this time but it was very enjoyable and the dogs all had a fantastic time. Do keep an eye out on our Facebook Page for our future events here.
We welcomed our youngest doggy guest at 14 weeks old and her big sister on their first Barking Mad Holiday. They had a fantastic trial stay with their dog sitting host family and we look forward to seeing them again very soon. We do have some limited last minute availability for dog boarding in October Half Term. Please get in touch with Lucy on 01594 372 194 for booking your dog holiday care.
We would also like to welcome our fabulous new hosts Christine and Sandie who have joined Barking Mad Lydney’s host community. They are excited to be providing the very best holiday care for your dogs when you go away. They are both looking forward to offering lots of walks and cuddles to their doggy guests.
August Holiday Fun for Barking Mad Lydney
On Wednesday 7th August we attended our very first business networking event in The Forest of Dean. It was held at The Lyon Inn in Westbury-on-Severn and is hosted by Ladies Who Latte. It was a great opportunity to meet local business owners and chat about our home dog boarding service in The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. It is a very supportive and friendly group with lots of good advice shared from all the attendees. This is a regular meet up which takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. You can find all the details on their Facebook group here. If you are a local business why not come along to the next one and join in. The Lyon Inn is a great venue, the family run pub pride themselves on fresh, home cooked food. Please visit their website for more information: http://thelyoninn.com/
Pedro and Gabby had a great day out and walk at Lydney Harbour in the Forest of Dean. We were very lucky to have a clear day and were met with fantastic views across the River Severn. It was great to see lots of other dog owners out walking there too. I highly recommend visiting with your dog if you haven’t been to Lydney Harbour before. We even had time to pop to Lydney Brew after for a bite to eat and a coffee. Lydney brew is one of our favourite cafes as it is dog friendly place and serves great coffee and food. You can find them here: https://lydneybrew.co.uk/
We attended the Social Media Strategy Essentials workshop in Gloucester which was hosted by Fastershire and Core Tree SMS. We are always looking for ways to improve our dog sitting services in the local area, this was a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and streamline our social media platforms. It was held in the historic docks in Gloucester at North Warehouse. Lots of people attended from all different business backgrounds.
In support of the Forest of Dean Dog Rescue we went along to their coffee morning and Dog Fun Day on 17th August at The Fountain Inn in Parkend. There was a great turn out with so many different breeds of dog to make a fuss of. As well as lots of yummy cakes, a dog related quiz and a raffle they had also organised a fun dog show. We decided to enter for a bit of fun and were delighted when Pedro came home with a lovely rosette for third most handsome dog! We got to chat to lots of dog lovers while we were there about our professional holiday dog care services. It was a brilliant dog friendly day out. If you would like to support or find out more about The Forest of Dean Dog Rescue charity here is a link to their website: https://foddogrescue.org.uk/.
We had another fun filled day out fund raising for the Blue Cross Newport. It started off with a dog walk around farmland and on the Wales Coastal Path overlooking the River Severn. We then headed back to The Rose Inn in Redwick for tea and cake. The lovely staff and volunteers had even made pupcakes for the dogs to enjoy – they went down a treat with all the dogs. Each dog left with a goody bag and certificate for attending the walk. This was their first event and Blue Cross Newport are hoping to do more next year. Keep an eye on their facebook page for future events.
Our lovely dog sitting host families have been very busy this August looking after all our doggy guests. The dogs all had a fantastic time on their one to one home boarding stays with our fabulous hosts. We can provide your dog with their very own holiday when you go away. The dogs that come to stay have enjoyed visits to the beach, long forest walks and unlimited cuddles. You can see all our fantastic reviews on TrustPilot and our Facebook Page. We do have some limited last minute availability for dog boarding bookings in September through to October Half Term. Please get in touch with Lucy on 01594 372 194 if you are looking for dog care over this period.
Coming up in September, Barking Mad Lydney will be at the following events:
- Table Sale and Bric-a-Brac Fair at Tintern Village Hall Sunday 15th September 11am
- Doggy Open Afternoon at Dean Farm Trust, Chepstow 22nd September at 12.30pm
- Give a Dog A Bone. An informative Nutrition Talk at Bilbo’s Hydrotherapy and Pet Spa, Lydney 27th September at 7pm
Do come and say hello if you are there. We would be happy to talk to you about our bespoke dog boarding services in the Forest of Dean, Monmouth and surrounding areas. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for all our future events.
Schools out in July for Barking Mad Lydney
Barking Mad Lydney and Barking Mad Pontypool have been working together to bring the very best professional dog sitting service to Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire and South East Wales. Every few weeks we meet up at The Fourteen Locks Canal Centre in Rogerstone and have a working lunch. It’s a great opportunity to support each other and look at ways to develop our local dog home boarding businesses. It is a great place to meet and there are lots of dog walks nearby. The café is also dog friendly and we are never short of dogs to say hello to. Here is a link to their page for more information: http://fourteenlocks.mbact.org.uk/.
Pedro and Gabby joined me on a day out to Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire. We had a lovely walk along the river just outside the town by the bandstand. We did some marketing in the town whilst we were there to let people know about our dog holiday care services in the area. We also fitted in a Homecheck for Birmingham Greyhound Protection which is a charity that rescue and rehome sighthounds. I have volunteered with them for a few years helping to find homes for sighthounds in need by doing homechecks for potential adopters in the Forest of Dean, Chepstow, Monmouth and Gloucestershire. You can read all about the great work they do here: https://www.birminghamgreyhoundprotection.org/
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival took place on 13th – 14th July and is one of the biggest Medieval festivals in Europe. It is a dog friendly event and free to attend. There is shopping, food and drink, battle re-enactment, traditional camps and lots of participants dressed in traditional clothing. We met lots of lovely dogs and their owners whilst we were there. It is a fantastic day out for all the family. It can be quite busy and some of the battle re-enactments do have canons in which could be unsettling for some dogs. We took a picnic along and enjoyed wandering round the countless stalls as well as chatting to lots of people in the re-enactment.
We had a great day out at the Brockweir and Hewelsfield Summer Fete on the 20th July. Pedro and Gabby stole the show and were met with lots of cuddles from the many dog lovers that were there. It was held at the Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop which is run by local volunteers. There is a lovely café and the shop is full of local produce. You can find out more information here and it is worth a visit if you are in the area: http://www.bandhvillageshop.co.uk/. Our local dog home boarding service also covers this area for dog holidays.
Welcome to all our lovely new customers who have become part of the Barking Mad family in July. We look forward to seeing lots of you for home from home boarding stays in August and later in the year. All our dogs will stay with one of our fabulous dog loving host families based in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. Thank you to all our wonderful dog sitting hosts who take such good care of our visiting dogs. If you would like a friendly dog to stay with you for short periods you can get in touch with Lucy on 01594 372 194.
Barking Mad Lydney will be organising a social dog walk and coffee morning in September so keep an eye out on our Facebook Page for all the details. We would love for you to join us, even if you don’t have a dog please come along.
Summer fun in June for Barking Mad Lydney
Pedro and Gabby joined me for a day out at Lydney Park Estate in the Forest of Dean in early June. We explored the roman ruins, deer park and walled garden, where we were lucky enough to catch the end of the flowering Rhododendrons. It is a great local dog friendly day out for all the family. As long as dogs are kept on the lead they can go anywhere. Keep an eye on the Lydney Park Estate Website for next years opening times.
On 9th June 2019 it was the 10th anniversary for the Great Global Greyhound Walk. Pedro and Gabby joined around 70 other sighthounds at Blaise Castle in Bristol which was organised by Bristol DAWG Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue. It was great to be part of this event raising lots of money for sighthound charities across the world. Pedro and Gabby loved meeting lots of other greyhounds and sighthounds. If you would like to join a greyhound walk next year you can find your local one here: https://www.greatglobalgreyhoundwalk.co.uk/
We had our very first professional photoshoot for our dog sitting service done in June. With special thanks to Andrew Miller Photography for the fantastic photos.
Barking Mad Lydney along with many other business owners joined 78 dogs on the Barking Mad Woofing Webinar Record Attempt on 21st June for Bring Your Dog to Work Day. We were joined by HOWND who are the founders of Bring Your Dog to Work Day. It was great to be part of the record attempt and join lots of dogs and their human assistants on the live video call. Barking Mad Dog Care are official sponsors of the event. You can watch the Woofing Webinar on our Barking Mad Dog Care YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUvQ3LQaLSU&t=470s
The South West Barking Mad Business Owners all joined together to attend Dog Fest West at Ashton Court Estate in Bristol on 22nd and 23rd June. It was a great success and we met so many lovely dogs and their owners. We all enjoyed chatting to dog lovers about our local dog sitting service and how we can provide bespoke holiday care for your dog. People had come from all over and I met families from Chepstow, Monmouth, the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. A few of us also got the opportunity to take part in judging the Fun Dog Shows happening across both days. It was so hard to choose from as all the doggy entrants were wonderful. The four legged visitors who came to the Barking Mad stand enjoyed making use of our paddling pool to cool off and a dog treat or two. Lots of visitors made use of our bags for life as there were lots of goodies to be picked up at all the stands.
Barking Mad Lydney and Barking Mad Cotswolds attended Charfield Community Fete at the end of June. It was the hottest day of the year so far with a peak temperature of 31 degrees. We didn’t meet many local doggies as it was just too warm for them but we did speak to lots of lovely dog owners about our 5* home from home dog boarding service. We had a lovely doggy hamper to give away on the day and ran a competition of guess the number of dog biscuits in the jar. Congratulations to Ken and Puc who won and were only 13 biscuits off the answer.
Barking Mad Lydney launched in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley May 2019
May has been a busy month for Barking Mad Lydney as the Dog Home Boarding Service launched in Monmouth, Chepstow, Lydney, Cinderford and Ross-on-Wye. We provide the alternative to Dog Kennels in the local area for your dog when you are away. We started off at our very first Annual Conference on the beautiful Lake Windermere where we met many of the other Barking Mad business owners. It was great to hear their experiences running a home from home pet care service and how much they love organising holiday care for dogs.
We attended our first local event in Monmouthshire at the Tintern Car Boot Sale. It was a great setting with Tintern Abbey as a backdrop and the River Wye running nearby to the village hall field. We met lots of lovely dogs and their families from the Forest of Dean, Wye Valley, Monmouthshire and surrounding areas. It was great to talk to so many people about our dog sitting service in Forest of Dean and how we can provide home from home pet care for your dog.
Alongside Barking Mad North Bristol we attended the Vets4Pets Pet First Aid Workshop. The First Aid Course was ran by one of Vets4Pets Veterinary surgeons and their Head Vet Nurse. It was very informative and we were given lots of practical advice for different situations when caring for dogs. We even had some very willing doggy volunteers who let us practice applying bandages in return for lots of tasty dog treats. We all came home with a Pet First Aid Certificate and a travel first aid kit.
Barking Mad attended Dog Fest South which was a great success. There were so many dog lovers and gorgeous dogs that came to see us at the stand. It was great fun chatting to so many people about our bespoke dog sitting service. This summer Barking Mad Lydney along with North Bristol, Pontypool, Exeter, East Worcester, South and West Oxfordshire, Hereford and Ludlow and Reading will be attending DogFest West on 22nd and 23rd June 2019. Taking place at Ashton Court Estate in Bristol, we will be there to tell you all about our professional dog home boarding service and our fantastic holiday care for dogs we provide in the local area. We hope to see you there, please come and say hello to us if you are!
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