Christmas preparations going well here in the Cotswolds!
Well the end of November means it’s time to dig out the Christmas decorations and decide if it’s worth getting a nice tree this year or will the dog knock it over!
November is traditionally a quiet month here at Barking Mad Cotswold so we took the opportunity to catch up on paperwork and start planning how we can improve our unique dog sitting service for 2019. We had a team meeting to discuss opportunities at the Jolly Nice Café and farm shop out towards Stroud on the Cirencester road – and they have very jolly nice mince pies we can tell you. Such a convenient place for the team to meet up as its equal distance for us all. The range of organic and local produce is outstanding – its always nice to stock up on good quality food and it makes a change to shop there rather than the supermarket. Managed to sneak in a little Christmas shopping as well as they have their Christmas gifts in now so the business meeting turned into a valuable shopping opportunity!
The meeting also gave us the chance to do some marketing in some villages close by – Kemble, Coates and Sapperton – beautiful places full of beautiful doggy customers.
We have lots of Christmas bookings with many of our customers going away over the festive period. We will be telling Santa where all our dogs are home boarding so they won’t miss out on their Christmas presents and doggy treats!
In the run up to Christmas we will be out and about actively looking for new hosts to help us care for dogs as 2019 starts – if you, or someone you know, would like some friendly dog company then do give us a call on 01285 711650. We carefully match our loving dogs to each individual host to make sure everyone’s holidays are worry free!
If you fancy a double dose of doggy fun, how about caring for handsome boys Boone and Leo – they love their Barking Mad Cotswold holidays!
Spooky goings on in the Cotswolds!
As October comes to a close and the clocks have gone back we are about to enter one of our quieter times in terms of dog holidays booked here at Barking Mad Cotswolds – we always find the couple of weeks following October half term a little less frantic and it gives us the opportunity to get out and about in the Cotswolds spreading the word about our unique dog sitting service.
We plan on visiting Malmsbury, Tetbury, Cirencester and Stroud in the next week or so – if you see us do pop over and say hello.
Half Term fornight was certainly very busy for us and we had dogs coming on holiday from Dursley, Wooton-Under-Edge, Fairford, Lechlade and Siddington just to name a few locations.
We were lucky enough to trial a beautiful little sprocker called Lulu – honestly have you ever seen a cuter little girl – we are a little in love! She passed her trial with flying colours and we can’t wait to see her again.
The trialing process is so important for our customers – it really does give peace of mind to know that before your big holiday your dog has gone out and stayed with a host and everything has gone to plan. We have a wide range of experienced hosts who know how to give the very best of care for your dog while you relax and enjoy your holiday. We believe we are the only dog sitting company around that insist on this trialing process – we know it contributes to the wellbeing of your dog while you are away.
Someone who passed their trial a while ago is little Thombie – he loved his recent dog holiday – here he is keeping a careful eye on things from his basket!
We had a record month for receiving 5* reviews on Trustpilot – nothing makes us happier than knowing customers both dog and human rate our dog boarding service so highly. We always post our reviews on our FaceBook page so please do check them out.
Summer coming to an end – September 2018
Well what a summer – not only was the weather exceptional we are also proud to say it was one of our busiest summer dog sitting times. Business was up over 20% on last summer and we had many new dog customers! We are pleased to say all the holidays went off without a hitch so we had very satisfied customers all round. We are delighted to proudly say we are the Number 1 dog care company in the Cotswolds.
As you know we provide dog sitting all over the Cotswolds region – a huge area covering everywhere from Stroud to Faringdon and Tewkesbury to Swindon so if you have a dog that you want to see receive 5* dog care while you are away just give us a call on 01285 711650.
As the nights start to draw in we are amused to see Bonnie Boo in Cirencester watching her mum watching the start of Strictly Come Dancing – dog holiday bookings tend to drop off a little in September as people get back from their summer holidays and the kids return to school – but don’t forget half term is only a short time away and we are already getting booked up!
We don’t like to mention the C word too early – but with bookings up on last year for Christmas holidays its worth reminding everyone that we have limited host availability over the festive period so we suggest you have a look to see if you need our home boarding service over Christmas and New Year!
Talking of hosts – we are on a recruitment drive – so if you know anyone that you think would like to provide one on one loving dog care while their owners are on holiday or away then ask them to get in touch with us. A secure garden and lots of love to give are the main requirements for the job J Our hosts really are the backbone of our business and they all love the many varied dogs that they care for – everything from springer spaniels to labradours and cockapoos to jack russels – look at the joy on Judys face as she holds pretty little Ellie, and Pat loved having a very smiley Marli to stay.
Have a dog to stay is a real tonic for people and its scientifically proven that dogs help people combat depression and keep them healthy. If you would like to host or know anyone that might, please get in touch at – email@example.com or call 01285711650
A seriously busy month! – August 2018
August is always a busy month with the kids off school and lots of doggy holidays being taken. We are delighted to say that this August was one of our busiest here in the Cotswolds. Lots of dog home from home holidays organised and we are pleased to say lots of satisfied customers – both dog and human!
One such dog going on her first dog holiday was Bonnie Boo – she is also one of our youngest customers – at only 5 1/2months she passed her trial with flying colours – she is not only well behaved but absolutely gorgeous we are sure you would agree.
Here at Barking Mad Cotswolds we have a large area to cover with customers spread out as far as Cirencester to Dursley and Fairford to Malmesbury. We always make sure our dogs travel first class and are safely strapped into our cars to make sure they arrive at their loving hosts for their dog holidays. Look at Ollie and Bessie in their harnesses – safety first at Barking Mad Cotswolds!
We were delighted at the end of the month to attend The Chedworth Show – we helped run the dog show there and it was such fun. We ran four classes and then had a best in show final. Pip the Vizsla was the best in show-a gorgeous pretty dog who was so well behaved.
We are always keen to recruit new hosts and this month saw us find new hosts in Melksham, Wooton Under Edge and Chesterton in Cirencester – we welcome them to our host community and know they are excited to meet some dog customers soon!
Talking of new dog customers, we have seen an increase in enquires over August and just two of our new customers are Ellie and Alfie – totally adorable! We are very excited to say they will be out on trial and having their first dog holidays soon.
Phew what a scorcher…
Gosh its been so hot hasn’t it!!!! We have been super busy trying to keep our doggy guests as cool as possible here in the Cotswolds while they have been on their dog holidays!
We have also been enjoying the football – we have to say Roxy didn’t enjoy it all while she was on her dog holiday in Faringdon! She is usually the centre of attention on her Barking Mad Cotswold holiday – normal service soon resumed as soon as the match was over!
June and July have seen us organise organise a record number of dog holidays and as always our hosts have provided an excellent home from home dog sitting experience for our many furry friends. We saw many regular dogs but also a few new additions to the Barking Mad Cotswold family.
One such dog was Grace – a beautiful Vizsla from Highworth who had her first long weekend break with us – she stayed with a host in Stroud and as well as lots of dog walks she also had lots of cuddles on the sofa and the odd treat – what a stunning girl she is – we can’t wait to provide her with another dog holiday soon! We are covering the Swindon area at the moment so that includes Stratton St Margaret, Haydon Wick, Cricklade, Abbey Meads, Blunsdon as well as Minety.
We also had one of our more travelled customers – Enzo lives in London and comes to stay in the Cotswolds when his mum and dad go away on holiday. He loves the long country walks he can have in Cirencester and around South Cerney lakes. He is always such a pleasure to have come out on holiday and we make a special effort to ensure he enjoys his Barking Mad Cotswold holidays as he is such a long way from home!
We were very excited to give a talk on dog psychology and evolution to the U3A organisation in Fairford earlier in the month – they were such a nice bunch of people who asked lots of questions and expressed great interest in our chosen charity this year Dogs for Good – we would like to thank them for their generous donation towards Dogs for Good – very kind of them.
Come along and say hello at The Chedworth Show on August 25th.
We are gearing up and looking forward to the Dog Show we are organising for The Chedworth Show on August 25th 2018 – do come along and say hello we would love to meet you and your dog!
Summer has finally arrived…
With two bank holidays in May and the wedding season kicking off it has been so busy we forgot to post our May blog – so we do hope you don’t mind it’s a few days late!
We have had a fair few weekend doggy guests this month as their mums and dads attend weddings across the country or indeed are getting married themselves. One such guest was Penny – a beautiful rescue dog that settled in quickly with one of our loving hosts – its always so wonderful that rescue dogs seem to love the Barking Mad Cotswold service – they often have complex needs or quirks that would get ignored in kennels so we know their owners really value our unique dog sitting service. Pennys dad could totally relax and enjoy his wedding knowing Penny was safe and happy with one of our great host families.
One of the great joys our hosts talk about is the health benefits their doggy guests bring with them – you have no excuse to laze on the sofa with a Barking Mad Cotswold guest – here is Maggie on her holiday – she normally lives just outside Fairford but here she is on holiday just outside Wooton Under Edge – a change of scenery is good for everyone!
As shown above Roxy does love to sunbath when she is on her Barking Mad Cotswold holiday – but she does also love to run – so here she is enjoying a good time on her dog holiday with her host out towards Cirencester – she runs like the wind and as you can tell she loves it!
We attened the Lechlade Extravaganza over the bank holiday and it was great to meet so many existing as well as potentially new customers from Cricklade, Swindon, South Cerney and Aston Keynes. Boy it was hot though – that was the only excuse we needed to have a few ice-creams!
We are looking forward to the Southrop Fete this weekend – 9th June – maybe see you there?
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A Busy Easter – April 2018
April has been a crazy busy month here at Barking Mad Cotswolds. With the Easter holidays at the start of the month we were delighted to be providing so many dog holidays for both existing and new customers. Our unique home boarding service really does go from strength to strength.
One of our new doggy customers was Millie – a seven-year-old rescue dog all the way from Bosnia – she has been living with her new mum and dad just outside Stroud for over a year and after a successful trial had her first dog holiday over Easter.
We are sure you will agree she is a real beauty and her host fell completely in love with her. Millie seemed to have great fun in her new home from home and her host was very sad to see her go back home – Barking Mad Cotswold received another wonderful 5* review for the dog care they provided for Millie which really made their day. We can’t wait for her to take another dog holiday soon.
Some of our dogs whilst on their dog holiday love to relax – others like Molly here love to have a good work out – this is Sharon taking Molly on an agility course – Molly loved it so much. Dog sitting in the Cotswolds is much more than just cuddles on the sofa.
If you would like to find out more about hosting and getting to care for one of our beautiful Barking Mad Cotswold dogs, then do please give us a call – you could have your arms full of gorgeous fluff just like Judy here holding Bertie.
We look after dogs of all ages – our youngest dog customer is around 6 months old – our oldest is Annie here – enjoying her dog holiday in the garden – Annie is 17 years young and recently had to have all her teeth out – that has not stopped her jumping up into the Barking Mad Cotswold car and loving her home from home dog sitting holiday.
Finally, this month we just want to let you know we will be attending the Lechlade Extravaganza on May 20th – this is a great event where we met lots of new hosts and customers last year – do pop along and say hello. We will also be attending fetes in Southrop and Chedworth later in the year.
Spring is in the Air – March 2018
We have spent most of March wondering if the weather is going to get any warmer (along with the rest of the UK) – here in the Cotswolds we have had lots of snow, heavy rain, -8 day time temperatures and gale force winds – honestly no wonder Wooster decided to stay wrapped up warm in his bed/tent while on his Barking Mad Cotswold holidays! Dog sitting in the snow is a challenge we can tell you!
Despite the crazy weather we can tell that finally spring is on its way and we have had a very successful month with a record number of hosts recruited for Barking Mad Cotswolds. We can’t wait for all of them to experience the joy of having one of our doggy customers come and stay. As a host they will provide a home from home dog sitting service which all our doggy customers enjoy. We just know these new hosts will be providing 5* dog care which will only add to our Trustpilot 5* review rating. Barking Mad have over 3000 5* reviews for its dog home boarding service.
One such doggy is Ollie – he and his friend Bessie are regular Barking Mad Cotswold holiday customers – Ollie likes nothing more than enjoying the rare spring sunshine in his hosts garden – don’t forget the factor 50 Ollie?!?!?
Of course, Easter falls in March this year and we have been busy organising many dog holidays over the Easter holidays. With customers covering a wide range of areas from Dursely to Cirencester and hosts placed anywhere from Tetbury to South Cerney we have certainly been clocking up some miles making sure our doggy customers get the best dog home boarding service possible!
We are also busy starting to book up some summer fetes and are very pleased to confirm we will be attending the Chedworth Show in August and the Lechlade Extravaganza Show in May – we are also looking at fairs in other areas such as South Cerney, Tetbury, Yate and Fairford. Look back here or on our Facebook page for further details.
A First for Barking Mad Cotswolds – February 2018
We have had a hugely busy start to February with a record number of dog holiday bookings as well as our best ever number of new dog registrations. We can tell already this is going to be a bumper year. We love going out to meet new customers to explain how we are an alternative to kennels and how we provide dog holiday care in a home from home environment while they are away.
One of our new doggy customers is Alfie – he is totally blind but this does not stop him from enjoying life to the full and we can’t wait to provide him with a dog holiday he won’t forget! We have not had to care for a blind dog before but we are sure Alfie will fit in well with the Barking Mad Cotswold family and we have several hosts who are experienced in caring for dogs with disabilities.
We have also recruited several new hosts this month which is great as the business can only grow as long as we have a wide range of hosts to provide the home boarding we need for all our doggy customers.
As the weather is beginning to get a little better our minds are already turning to the summer and the possible summer fetes we can attend – last summer we attended summer fetes in Dursley, Badminton, the air base close to South Cerney and Sapperton.
We are keen to attend as many as possible during 2018 to spread the Barking Mad Cotswold word – we are talking to people in Lechlade and Chedworth about attending their fetes and are looking to secure a stall in Fairford, Cirencester, Tetbury and Malmsbury – so if you know of any suitable fetes do let us know. We love getting out there and meeting people who need our unique pet sitting service.
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Cotswolds local news – What a busy dog filled Christmas
We have had hugely busy December – not helped by the dreadful snowy weather. We had several dogs out on holiday when all the snow fell – some owners were unable to fly back on time and indeed we had trouble getting to some of our hosts for doggy pick ups – it all worked out in the end though thanks to our understanding and caring hosts who had their furry friend for longer than they first thought!
We provided a record number of dog holidays over Christmas and each and everyone of them had a lovely festive time with their hosts.
Do come and join us and our hosts for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake – the venue is Jolly Nice on the Stroud Road out of Cirencester – we would love to talk to you about maybe becoming a Barking Mad Cotswold Host.
2nd February 2018 – 10.30am to 12.30am
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