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Dog Sitting / Sitters Ashford

Welcome! We're Barking Mad and offer dog sitting in Ashford. Nobody wants to put their dog in a cage when they go away on holiday or to work for the day, only to have him or her fed and watered at set times along with all of the other dogs. Barking Mad is a better alternative to traditional kennels as the service is provided directly by people who love dogs and your pet will stay with them in their own homes just the way you would want.

Stress and anxiety is experienced by any animal if they are taken away from the individuals and things they know and love. Dogs aren't any different. Dogs are traditionally pack animals so as part of that pack, you and your family sometimes have to be separated, and when you do we'll be there to reduce these effects upon both you and your dog. We try and put your dog with a family or individual that they are at ease around and you approve of. It is important that your pet dog has their favourite toys, bowl, food and blanket etc around them to keep their levels of stress to a minimum and to keep their senses engaged with familiar smells and tastes for example.

All the hosts on our database have been personally vetted by our specialist team to ensure that you, the customer, has the very best service possible. It is important to keep to a routine and this can incorporate the time of day they are generally walked and fed. In the event your dog requires any special attention such as medicine given they we are able to assist with this too.

When it comes to dog sitters in the Ashford and surrounding areas we really are the best, don’t just take our word for it either! Check out or reviews. Our database of host families are just filled with dog lovers waiting to look after your pet for you. We ask our customers to leave us a testimonial which you can see on the page further up and they really do speak for themselves! It's true - people who love their dog love Barking Mad too!

We are not just dog sitters in Ashford either, we are UK wide. If you need a dog boarding service anywhere else for whatever reason we have you covered whether it’s for the day while you work, the weekend away, or the family holidays.

It is our aim to make sure that you are totally informed of things whilst you aren’t there. We can send you pictures and updates of your dog having fun to give you that added peace of mind that he or she is being properly looked after. Should anything unforeseen ever occur then our skilled dog carers will handle the problem and keep you fully informed along the way. Please rest assured that our national chain of dog carers will do everything possible to ensure things go smoothly.

We started Barking Mad in 2000 after we realised that dog lovers everywhere were missing out on such a service this is our Unique Selling Point, other similar companies have since popped up but nobody can rival our custom made bespoke to you service. Other companies sometimes have helpers who will call at your home and feed your pets and take them for a walk but dogs require company, love and attention. You know yourself that every now and then your dog can almost appear human, we know a lot of people even view their dog as their own children. Wouldn't you want the very best for any member of your family if it were possible?

Before you pick your host family we invite you to flick through our brochure of suitable candidates over a welcoming meeting. Our method is simple and it begins with a telephone call or by submitting our contact form, so what are you waiting for? Let's start a great new relationship today!

Hello and welcome to
Barking Mad Dog Sitting Service

Local Professional Service

Individual Care

Peace of Mind

Alternative to Kennels

Organised Over 80,000 Doggie Holidays Since 2000

Over 70 Local Branches

Our award winning professional pet sitting service gives customers complete peace of mind. We receive fantastic customer feedback which is undoubtedly the result of our belief in developing a personal relationship with our customers – we are not an online agency - so you can be confident that once your holiday is booked, we’ll personally take care of everything.

How our dog sitting service works

It’s really important to get to know you and your dog, especially in the beginning. We’ll come to you for an initial registration meeting which takes an hour, to find out about feeding and exercising routines, likes and dislikes and any other individual needs, so that we can match your dog/s with exactly the right family. No two dogs are ever the same so please don’t worry, we love dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages, pedigree, Heinz 57 or rescue. They can sleep in the bedroom, pull on the lead, or even hide your favourite socks so long as they’re friendly we’d love to meet them.

Selecting the right home from home family is very important and your input into this process is invaluable. We understand you will want to know exactly where your dog is going, so during our time together you will see all of our dog-loving families, what experience they have and what their homes and gardens are like. All of our host families are carefully inspected by us each time we deliver or collect a dog, they are guaranteed to meet our extremely high pet sitting standards. Furthermore our hosts are at home during the day to ensure care is always provided especially where puppies, dogs on regular medication and senior citizens are concerned. If your dog is extremely sociable and you’d like him to have some company during his stay, then we can arrange a holiday with a family who have a resident dog of their own.

We provide a complete service including door to door chauffer driven transportation, a real bonus for busy customers preparing and returning from time away. The main benefit however is for your dog. Being collected from home is far less stressful and overcomes any anxiety which could be caused when left behind by you.

Our Prices

One off initial registration meeting £40
Daily boarding rate £24
Daily boarding rate for additional dogs £20
Collection and delivery £36

Bailey – All ready for his holiday complete with paddling pool!

At the registration meeting you’ll receive one of our exclusive ‘Holiday Doggie Bags’ which you can pack with food, bowls, toys, treats and anything else to help your dog settle in more easily.

We even offer an unlimited luggage allowance at no extra charge!

Complete peace of mind

Host families are given a Pet Schedule detailing all of the information we gathered at the initial registration meeting and we’re on hand 24 hours a day 7 days a week to support them.

We’ll send a photograph of your dog to you as soon as he’s been safely delivered to the host. The very next day we give you a ‘rest easy’ update, so you can then sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of your time away in the knowledge we’ve got everything covered.

On the day of return you’ll receive a fun postcard from the host and we’ll stamp your loyalty card so you can gain points which will entitle you to a free night away.

The best bit for us is seeing dogs happily settled-in and comfortable with their host. We will, wherever possible, be sure to use the same family each time you book a holiday. There are no minimum or maximum time limits we’re here whenever you need us.

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Welcome to Barking Mad

If you love dogs but can’t commit to the full time financial and emotional responsibility of having a dog of your own, or if you have a very sociable dog who would benefit from visiting guests coming to stay, then you’ve come to the right place!

Our very own host families are extremely special people indeed. They have been selected carefully and interviewed in depth at home to ensure they meet our criteria. We get to know them really well and have worked with many of them for a great number of years.

Who are our hosts
It goes without saying, all of our hosts, without exception, are absolutely dotty about dogs. Some are actively retired people who’ve had dogs all of their lives but now enjoy the freedom and flexibility of caring for dogs on holiday. Others are younger, often with a family at home, where the addition of a visiting dog is great fun for all.

How it works
We’ve done all the hard work so you don’t have to. We think it’s important that our hosts concentrate on looking after visiting dogs and that they are not exposed to, or distracted by a constant flow of potential customers and dogs coming and going. Our hosts are also protected from the awkwardness of dealing with money, insurance and paperwork, so that the enjoyment of looking after visiting dogs remains their focus.

Support 24 Hours a Day – 7 Days a Week
Looking after someone else’s dog is great fun, however from time to time you may need a little local, on the ground support and it’s great to know we’re on hand 24/7 to provide just that.

If you’re interested in joining our fun, dog loving host community to become a pet sitter we’d love to hear from you.

CLICK HERE to make an enquiry

Our fantastic host families are the heart of our business and we simply couldn’t do what we do without them. If you know someone who’d like to join us, please let them know.

Our Hosts

A small selection of our lovely host families:

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Host Comments

Brenda - 2nd May, 2017
"We recently had Fozzie for several days it was such a joy to have him my dog Wiggles loves him a lot.
My whole family love him as did our friends where we walk every day.
We look forward to his next visit.
Brenda Street"

Carol - 13th Apr, 2017
"We enjoy looking after peoples dogs as it gives us pleasure to think they have come from home to home. Sometimes our commitments are heavy but It fits in with our lifestyle as we can do it as and when we can. It gives us pleasure and hopefully the pets enjoy our company too. Barking Mad are efficiently run and if I had a dog of my own would gladly let them find a host for my."

Celia - 23rd Mar, 2017
"Lulu has just been to me on her fourth visit. We've both had a lovely time and it seems strange today without her. She is well known and well loved by my friends and neighbours now as well as the local dogs. We all look forward to seeing her again soon."

Jackie - 6th Jan, 2017
"We had the pleasure of looking after Pip for 2 weeks over Christmas this year! We all loved having him for his 2nd visit with us. We enjoyed the walks (even in the cold and sometimes wet) and my children loved his company too!

I would love to have a dog of my own sometime soon, but looking after dogs with Barking Mad gives me the opportunity to see how a dog would fit into our lives, what challenges it might bring and what delights too! I can test out different breeds and ages too in case I go down the rescue dog route!

Definitely a win win option."

Brenda - 6th Jan, 2017
"We recently had Molly come to stay we all fell in love with her. My dog Wiggles loved her too
She was so good and had us laughing when she showed attention to the Tv.
We enjoyed her company and will look forward to her coming to see us again.
Beautiful Girl."

Carol - 3rd Nov, 2016
"We thought the service we got from Emily at Barking Mad was very professional - the information we received on Inca prior to our having her was very precise and made our experience all the better. It was good to know she was at the end of the phone especially as this was our first time. Inca was a pleasure to have and as advised needed lots of love and attention which we certainly gave her. We look forward to the next time to host again. Many thanks."

Brenda - 26th Oct, 2016
"We recently had Scout come to stay with us what a lovely time we had scout and my dog wiggles became great friends it was really nice. Its nice that the dogs get to visit carers whilst the owners go on holday as it gives peace of mind for all concerned and the dogs are happy too We look forward to scout coming again"

Brenda - 26th Oct, 2016
"Scout came to stay a beautiful little dog we had a great time look forward to seeing her again.
Barking Mad is a lovely idea it is very important that the dogs are happy and we love it"

Celia - 4th Oct, 2016
"Lulu has just gone home after seventeen nights with me. This is the longest stay I've had but it wasn't too long. She is a delightful, easy dog to look after who quickly makes herself at home.
This is the third time she's been to me and I look forward to her next visit."

Brenda - 4th Oct, 2016
"I think Barking Mad is such a lovely idea as the dogs can visit families a bit of a holiday whilst their owners have a holiday too.

We recently enjoyed a visit from a beautiful dog Fozzie he settled into our home quite happily and we enjoyed him too.
Animals need to feel secure with no worries and fitting into a family environment makes for a happy doggie I think Barking Mad is a very good idea
I will look forward to the next vistor on four legs."

Jackie - 12th Sep, 2016
"I have recently looked after Pip for just over a week and really enjoyed it. I am looking to have a dog myself but want to be 100% sure I am doing the right thing before I take the plunge.

I love that with barking mad you get lots of help and support while looking after someone else's precious dog. If you have a problem or the dog becomes unwell you also know that help is at hand. I found the experience rewarding and it was lovely having Pip stay with us. The problem is we missed him when he was gone...

I would like to continue looking after dogs with barking mad.


Celia - 19th Jul, 2016
"Hugo has just had two weeks holiday with me. As a lively two-year-old Springer he was more of a challenge than I've had before but I loved it, and him. We walked many miles and I managed to loose some weight. An added bonus for me!
I think Hugo enjoyed having my undivided attention and he certainly made the most of it. I always think about how I would like my own dog to feel - happy, secure, content, and loved."

Linda - 29th Jun, 2016
"Hello I love having the dogs it gets me out and about too..I am fairly new to the neighbourhood. And I have met people that I would not have met if I was not hosting. All the dogs I have had since I've been hosting have been very good I love them all. I wish I could have some of the small dogs back I had last year!. Posted by Linda"

LindaS - 29th Jun, 2016
"I love being a host we find it encourages us to go out more and explore dog friendly places so we get loads of fresh air and exercise. We have the peace of mind that Barking Mad are on the end of a phone if we need them for any reason and its a great way of having a dog without the costs involved. Also if your lifestyle means you cannot have a dog then this is a great alternative. I would definitely recommend it as all the dogs we have had have been easy to care for and friendly, the hardest part is saying goodbye but because you know they will probably have another holiday before too long you don't get upset you just look forward to their next stay."

Anne and David - 28th Jun, 2016
"Hosting a dog gives us a lot of pleasure and is very rewarding. We have only been hosting dogs for 3 months but we're really enjoying it. It gives you the satisfaction of knowing that each dog has had a lot of love and a good home from home holiday. We treat every dog as if it was ours, taking note of the pet profile guidelines. It is a great help knowing that you have the back-up of Barking Mad should anything untoward happen, which gives us peace of mind. John has been excellent matching us with the dogs we've hosted so far."

Brian and Carole - 8th Apr, 2016
"We have been hosting for 18 months now and have come to know the regular dogs we have. The owners have requested many times that they like them to go back to the same host. We find it rewarding that they make these requests.
Nicola is always very careful to match the host and dog and this shows in the requests she gets.
Keep up the good work. A perfect match makes a happy owner, dog and host.
Barking mad prides itself on this and Nicola and her team work very hard to make this happen.
We have just got another first time little doggy today and we hope that he will want to come back again.
A big thankyou to all the team."

Celia - 6th Apr, 2016
"Archie has just gone home after his second visit. He's the most affectionate little dog I've met. Really loving, kind, and gentle. He can be a bit naughty sometimes but we suit one another well and both thoroughly enjoyed our week."

Gwen - 31st Mar, 2016
"We have just had a second visit from a lovely dog that we first met over last Xmas. Having become very fond of her the first time, it was lovely to see her again. She settled more quickly this visit, and was very relaxed. We really enjoyed our time with her, and look forward to her next visit."

Gwen - 24th Mar, 2016
"We have just had a beautiful golden labrador to share our lives with for the past nine days. He was delightful, really good around other dogs and children, and a joy to be with. I'm looking forward to having him to stay again."

Pam - 18th Mar, 2016
"We have just said goodbye to our latest doggy client and thoroughly enjoyed having him here.
He settled in straight away, was friendly and playful. We never imagined choosing this breed ourselves but he's now a very firm favourite and today the house seems empty without him. Hope to look after him again sometime."

Gwen - 14th Mar, 2016
"I enjoy doing the best I can to make sure that my doggy guest feels relaxed, cared for and loved whilst they're away from home. This is what I would want for my own dog, when I have to go away on holiday, so I find it very rewarding to provide this for other people and their dogs."

Jenny - 8th Feb, 2016
"For me, the best part of being a Barking Mad host is getting to know all the different doggie personalities and making friendships with them, particularly when my new houseguest could be feeling a little bit homesick."

Margaret & Stan - 26th Jan, 2016
"We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting a lot of Barking Mad dogs over the last seven years. We have always had terrific support from Brad and team and prior to that from Chris and Alex. In all that time we have only needed help once during a visit, for minor veterinary attention, and that was dealt with very quickly and efficiently. I think this is because the dogs are well matched to their hosts (and the hosts own dogs!) in the first place. We also use Barking Mad for our own dogs holidays."

Adam - 22nd Jan, 2016
"When we moved to Dundee we both missed not having a dog in our lives. Being a host for Barking Mad gave us the opportunity to have that again, even though giving them back at the end is always hard.
It allowed us to see how well having a dog would fit into our lives in a full time situation, and directly influenced our decision to get our own. Now we look forward to hosting other dogs for Angus to play with.
As hosts, the support you receive from Brad is amazing and the detail he goes into to facilitate yours and the dogs well being is incredible.
I would thoroughly recommend anyone who wants to have a visitor now and again, someone who misses the company of the dog but has commitments and everybody who wants a dog but is not sure if it will work to become a host with Barking Mad, you won't regret it!"

Lorna - 22nd Jan, 2016
"I have been a host for several years, I started with Barking Mad as I wanted to have a dog but visiting family in the south made it impractical, so when I am home I have a dog, I have had a great variety of dogs from a little Jack Russell to a huge mountain dog. Barking mad is great because they match dogs with their hosts in all the years of hosting I have never had a dog that I would not have again. Hosting dogs means I go out everyday, I talk to many people and share doggie stories."

Ed and Barbara - 22nd Jan, 2016
"Having a four-legged lodger for a few days is always a pleasure. Still getting over the loss of our own dog but nothing cheers you up more than another wagging tail around the house. Great support from Brad and his team. If only he could do something about this awful Scottish weather."

Kate & Graham - 20th Jan, 2016
"We live in Shirley and have local parks, woods and fields nearby. Whatever the weather we love taking the dogs out and about. They have joined us for barbecues, street parties and made visits to a local elderly care home. Our grandchildren have learned to overcome their fear of dogs by meeting our 'guests'.Having a dog keeps us fit and healthy too. Our garden is large and well fenced so the dogs can enjoy chasing squirrels!

We would love to have a dog of our own but with working full-time until recently and travelling it never seemed the right time. Having dogs for Barking Mad has 'filled the need'. We have had so many dogs to stay (and everyone a pleasure) and one in particular has come twice a year since 2008.

Tina organises things so well - she 'matches' the right dog to the right host - so everyone is happy ( most of all the dog!)"

Susan - 20th Jan, 2016
"I love being a host for dogs with Barking Mad, and enjoy meeting the different visiting dogs, and getting to know each ones individual personality."

Sandra & Terry - 19th Jan, 2016
"We love being hosts to barking mad, Terry is around most of the day, and I work 4 days a week, so we can have doggies almost all the time other than we are on our hols !!, we already have our fav’s Bruno, Bentley, Darcy , Biscuit, Ben the boxer & Gunner, and Tina will try her up most so we can have them on repeat hols, it means a lot to us as we love looking after all the little & big ones, and they all have there own little characters, we have photos of all the dogs we have had since July last year, and look forward to seeing them all again this year, and miss them when they go home, It’s a pleasure to look after doggies on there hols, & and its filled a gap since loosing a couple of our own pets last year,"

Jenny, John and Jean - 15th Jan, 2016
"Being an animal lover - I love working with Barking Mad and being a host for them. I especially like having their beautiful doggies to stay. The doggies all have their own very different characters and we have some good times filled with really good fun and laughs with the doggies that stay with us.

We all really enjoy having the pets and get out and about and sometimes on the odd occasion we take them out to other parks and places close to home. Its just like having your own pet!

I do like the events and walks that Tina at Barking Mad arranges. Its a chance to get out with other hosts and meet them and hear their tales as a host.

I recall a fete we went to lovely sunny day with lots of dogs and we all had such a great time, I recall feeling quite sorry when the fete ended."

Tracey - 15th Jan, 2016
"We have been hosting since last summer and really enjoy the experience and getting to know the personalities of the dogs, even the cheeky ones !

I particularly like walking in the fields and woods nearby with my host dogs as company, and its great exercise too.


Rosina - 15th Jan, 2016
"I first looked after dogs in 2005 & have kept photos of all my visitors. After a break, came back to it a couple of years ago. I have had Millie two years running & cannot wait to greet her again in July, it feels like a special friend spending her holiday with me :)"

Gwen - 8th Jan, 2016
"Sheba, a beautiful Belgian Shepherd dog, was my first experience with 'Barking Mad'. She was adorable, very gentle, and well behaved. She seemed to fall in love with my partner - maybe she saw him as her temporary pack leader - and we both really enjoyed her company over the Christmas period. Having lost my own much loved collie of over 15 years, in October, I had felt lost without a dog to love and care for - so being a 'Barking Mad' host was ideal for me. We're so looking forward to our next doggie guest, and also hope to see Sheba again at some time in the future."

Celia - 8th Jan, 2016
"My last visitor, Pip, was an absolute sweetie. A breed I've not had experience of before and a real delight. She came to me for just a few days before going on to her regular family.
She loved her bed - well actually my bed - and when she was ready to go up at night she would stand at the bottom of the stairs, with one paw on the bottom step, and stare at me until I gave in."

Elaine - 9th Nov, 2015
"We really love our holiday dogs, we like to spoil them, love them, lots of cuddles and make sure they are really happy with us, it's lovely to get the same dog(s) over and over again, they just make themselves at home, and all our dogs know where the 'treat' cupboard is.. We get such a lot of love from them and look forward to them returning."

Sarah and Stan - 9th Nov, 2015
"We adore having new Barking Mad dogs come to stay and love it even more when they return for second and third visits. Its such a pleasure to spend time with these much loved dogs and take them for walks on the beach and around the countryside. We know that when our 'crazy' Collie goes to stay with a Barking Mad host, she will be safe, happy, and much loved."

Liz - 4th Nov, 2015
"We have really enjoyed hosting our last two dogs, Nelson and Finn. As a family we enjoy meeting the new dogs and letting them be a part of our family, albeit only for a while. It is good to know if we have any issues we can just call Emily. We hope to keep hosting even when we get our own dog, (something my husband would never have agreed to until he realized how complete a dog makes a home)."

Debra - 4th Nov, 2015
"We have had a full calendar for October starting with a surprise arrival as another host was sadly taken poorly. Ruby arrived within 40 minutes of the phone call but soon settled in and became a family favorite. Then came Azi, she takes over our lives but ooh how we love her. Lastly we had Jess, an old lurcher who turned into a puppy again when it was walkies time. Each very different but all very lovable."

Diana - 15th Oct, 2015
"I have always had dogs since I was born,having lived on a farm. I cannot remember ever being without dogs. Now I am on my own it is great to have more than one dog.
I am a dog lover, plus Kali my lab just love to go on walks and have company at home.
So we are both very happy bunnies"

Nicky - 13th Oct, 2015
"I started pet sitting nine years ago for Barking Mad.

It is very enjoyable and I love the country and Beach Walks. I have to make an effort to get out with the dogs here.

I have many regulars that come year after year. Each dog has its separate character. With the pairs I love watching the integration between the two dogs.

I work for Ian Carney who pays a lot of attention to detail, doesn't mind going over things with me if I am not sure and always makes sure the dog is familiar with my bungalow before he leaves. He always promptly answers the phone and I feel that I am not alone with the responsibility of someone else's dog.

My life would be empty without Barking Mad.

Nicky, Dorset Host. Posted by Nicky"

Clive - 23rd Sep, 2015
"Having just said goodbye to our 2nd holiday dog whom we've enjoyed entertaining and looking after. We look forward to our next dog!"

Carole - 21st Sep, 2015
"Nicola and her team always go the extra mile to ensure they are acting in the dogs best interest. If there is any doubt about a dogs health she will always act accordingly so that the owners can rest assured that there dog will get the best possible attention and the owner can relax and enjoy their holiday. We have always welcomed all our lovely dogs for holidays and they enjoy their stay.
Keep up the good work and keep sending these lovely dogs for their holidays that they can enjoy.
A first class team who cares unreservably for the dogs in their care. Posted by Carole"

Debra - 17th Sep, 2015
"We have just enjoyed a lovely long weekend with Roxy the staffy. She is so well behaved we hardly knew she was there but now she has gone our home is a quieter sadder place. This is why we love Barking Mad as each dog gives us a smile!"

Sarah and Stan - 9th Sep, 2015
"We love taking our four legged holiday friends for walks through the fields and to the beach, Its a privilege to get to know the new dogs and become friends and really special when they come back to us for a repeat holiday full of cuddles and fun."

Angela - 21st Aug, 2015
"I have just become a host for Barking Mad and recently cared for my first dog, a lovely old Labrador. He fitted in so well with my own two dogs and I thoroughly enjoyed giving him a special holiday for a few days and am really looking forward to helping out again. It is something very dear to my heart and feel I am being of use to others in providing a safe and welcoming home from home for someone's beloved pet. Plus my own pets also enjoy the company."

Elaine - 21st Aug, 2015
"We love looking after our holiday dogs, they are all really lovely, friendly and usually make themselves at home straight away. We especially like to have the same dog back time after time and they always look really pleased to see us again."

Brian and Carole - 19th Aug, 2015
"Monty is always a pleasure to have in our home.. Just gone back to his home after another great holiday.
Nicola and her team are as always very efficient and friendly. Thank you to all of you.
Brian and Carole Posted by Brian and Carole"

Diana - 19th Aug, 2015
"I love having dogs I was brought up with my father's GunDogs we always had 2 or 3 at a time. A friend saw you advertising for people to look after them while a way on holiday or just for a week- end. So I did just that. I loved having Maisie also Kali loved it as well."

Cynthia - 10th Aug, 2015
"My Barking Mad dogs, many of whom come back again and again, light up my life. They are all different, with different hopes and needs, and getting to know them and earn their trust and affection is pure joy. They go everywhere with me, visiting friends, shopping, and of course on lots of nice healthy walks, good for me as well as them. Total strangers have become friends, stopping me in the street with "What's this one's name, then?" - or even, on between days, with a disappointed "No dog today?"
God bless BM, my area manager Ian, my owners, and first and foremost, all my dogs."

Celia - 4th Aug, 2015
"Rolo has just gone home after his weekend trial. He passed with flying colours. 10/10 I would say and I'm looking forward to his return towards the end of the week.

Well done Emily - you worked out straight away what sort of dogs are best suited to my situation. Quicker than I did."

Pam & Ray - 21st Jul, 2015
"After a year of being without a dog it was great to have not one but two dogs in the house. To see two little faces greeting us from their crate when we returned home was lovely. They settled in well and Emily made sure we were happy with them. Our grandchildren who live opposite were constantly here playing with them, which they adored. If only we had heard about Barking Mad when we were dog owners and didn't want to use kennels!!!!!!!!"

Filomena - 9th Jul, 2015
"Having Pebbles for a few days was delightful and Finley enjoyed the company. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of dealing with a dog other than my own and understanding her needs.
She seemed extremely happy and made herself at home immediately. All doggie friends on park enjoyed meeting her and she was in her element.
Great fun all round."

Mary - 8th Jul, 2015
"I've often asked myself why on earth anyone would want to be a host for Barking Mad. Belly rubs, staffie, Henry's smelly farts, being first out in pristine snow, pickle's snoring (how the walls vibrate), watching Starsky grow from a gangling four month pup into a well behaved teenager. I can go on and on but my favourite is sleeping on the settee on a hot afternoon having a 'nana nap' with a happy, contented pooch sleeping on my stomach dreaming of rabbits.

In 2014 I looked after 24 different dogs, most of whom returned numerous times. So far this year I've had 18 from little to large to very large (ah yes - Dudley). If I put my foot down and ask for time out to have a holiday myself then I get those puppy dog eyes from Ian (the boss) suggesting that I would love to take a dog with me. I generally succumb and thoroughly enjoy our time together.

Would I recommend being a Barking Mad host to anyone else? Having a boss like Ian who is very keen and hands on makes being a host easier. Should anything crop up he will be straight round to deal with it. I love hosting and would urge those people who are thinking about it to have a go. Where else can you wake up to a pair of soulful eyes, a lolling tongue and a wet nose in your immediate field of vision - that's enough about the old man!

Hi you folks at head office. I have spoken to Ian and he says that if you use this can you put it on both his Bath and Dorset sites please. Many thanks. Mary xx"

Celia - 30th Jun, 2015
"Having lost my beloved 15-year-old Westie last July I decided to sign up as a Host with Barking Mad towards the end of the year.
To be honest the first dog that came to me didn't really suit me and I wasn't sure I would do it again. But Emily persuaded me to have another try and I've had several dogs since which have all been delightful. My favourite, Lulu, has just gone home after her third visit.
I know she loves coming to me and I love having her."

Shannon - 27th May, 2015
"I love looking after all the different types of dogs that come for there holiday with me. I love caring for them as if they where my own. It gets me out and about meeting new people and their dogs too. All the dogs I've had come everywhere with me and even though each dog had a different personality they where all great to have. I look forward to caring for more dogs as well as caring for the same dogs that i have had."

Brian and Carole - 27th May, 2015
"Just coming to the end of another period of hosting a Barking Mad dog on holiday. We really appreciate what Nicola and her team do to connect the right dog to the right family. After having dogs all our lives the time came for us not to be selfish and home another dog in later life. Barking Mad filled that gap and we adore giving a home from home holiday to these special dogs. It's just what we wanted for our dogs rather than kennels.

We feel privileged to be a host for Barking Mad and look forward to giving the next dog with a good home, a good holiday.

Nicola and her team are very professional and give the owners and host families a very professional approach which makes a good holiday for the dogs and a lot of fun and satisfaction for the hosts.

Keep up the good work and can't wait for the next dog to come on holiday. Thank you to you all. Brian and Carole"

Brian and Carole - 29th Apr, 2015
"Beau just gone back home after having another fun holiday with us. She so appreciates the TLC we give her and look forward to having her again.."

Sue - 17th Mar, 2015
"I have loved having the pugs, a breed I've been thinking about getting. Was so nice to have a dog in the house again. All very well behaved and was nice to know Emily was always on call should the need arise. Looking forwards to my next house guest. Sue"

Celia - 10th Mar, 2015
"Lulu, a delightful little Coton de Tulear, was collected from me yesterday after a nine-day stay. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I was sorry to see her go. - Can't wait for her to come back again."

Elaine & Tony - 26th Feb, 2015
"Love looking after our holiday dogs. It's a brilliant, well run company, with people who really do care about the dogs, I would highly recommend to would be hosts or dog owners who can rest assured their babies will be well looked after."

Liz - 25th Feb, 2015
"Really enjoyed having Hamish. Appreciated the support, from Emily, with the walking issue and the fact I could call if any issues.

Next dog please.


Hayley - 25th Feb, 2015
"Me and my family love being a part of the Barking mad team! It makes me feel happy knowing the dog isnt in kennels and instead having a fun time in the our home. Its also great for my own two dogs, it gives them the chance to make new friends and socialise with other dogs all shapes and sizes!"

VLG - 8th Jan, 2015
"I recently hosted my first little visitors from Barking Mad. I was slightly nervous having 3 at once, but I need not have been concerned, Emily was very good with lots of info about what I needed to do.
They very quickly settled in and I really enjoyed having their companionship. I loved taking them out each day and watching them play with their toys."

Shirley - 1st Dec, 2014
"It's now twelve years since I first asked Barking Mad to look after our lovely Boxer Amber.Later,we became hosts and since Amber died,Barking Mad has helped to fulfill our enjoyment of canine companionship with dogs of many different breeds and temperament.
It is lovely when we have repeat visitors,to know that their owners are just as pleased with the Barking Mad service and care of their cherished dogs as I was with Amber."

Carole and Brian - 19th Nov, 2014
"Had a wonderful three weeks with Molly she really enjoyed her holiday. Thanks Nicola you were very supportive and explained every thing needed for Molly to enjoy her stay.
Looking forward to our next visitor.

Posted by: Carole and Brian Lee on 18th Nov, 2014"

Geoff and Ruth - 29th Oct, 2014
"We love the opportunity of hosting dogs as we no longer have of our own. This is a great way of having a dog around the house without the commitment of owning a dog."

Liz - 30th Sep, 2014
"My family and I love being hosts as it gives us the chance to meet lots of different dogs and get to know them.

The house feels empty once the dog has gone but we really enjoy giving the dogs a holiday and the owners piece of mind that this member of their family is being cared for safely and for a few days is a part of our family.

It is always good to know that Emily is on the end of the phone for support and the clear guidelines from the owners let us know what the dog enjoys and what their routines are."

Bruan and Carole - 22nd Sep, 2014
"We have just had our first dog on holiday and jess was a pleasure to have. We have always had dogs but lost our last one a year ago. It was a hard decision not to have another, but our age is against commiting to owning another. We saw a local advert for hosts and Nicola from barking mad made the whole process so easy.
Its the best decision we could have made and cant wait for our next doggy to come for a holiday. They make the house a home again. We love it. Thanks Nicola."

Monica - 28th Aug, 2014
"I lost my dog after 15 yrs together , so Barking Mad is ideal for me, I so enjoy having my doggy visitors, every one of them have their own characteristics, which is so nice to discover, whether they like playing ball, or tug of war with one of their toys, and I enjoy our walks as much as they do as well. Posted by Monica Bennett"

Ruth - 12th Aug, 2014
"How does one sum up being a Barking Mad host? Fun, good loving company, enjoyable healthy exercise and sociable walks when holiday dogs are here. When they are not, then time alone to relax, visit friends, have days out, holidays etc, but soon something is missing. You can't beat doggy company! So I look forward to my next 4 legged holiday guest.

When they arrive I read their notes (what to feed, when to walk, favourite games) all the information I need to make them feel at home. Together we enjoy their holiday and I help them write a holiday post card at the end of their stay!

Life couldn't be better, especially when they come again and their body language, eyes and tail all say 'great to be back, let's have more fun.' Penny the Patterdale, Ellie the Collie, Riley and Alfie thank you for coming into my life. I'm sure you are the first of many more holiday makers who I'll enjoy welcoming into this holiday home for dogs.

When my 16 year old Bonnie went to doggie heaven recently I couldn't decide whether or not to get another dog. There were advantages on both sides, so I got in touch with Barking Mad and with help from Nicola I became a holiday home for dogs. It's great fun, varied, flexible and rewarding; The benefits of having a dog whenever you want, without being tied all the time.
Thank you Barking Mad for enhancing my life.

Posted by: Ruth Middlebrough on 9th Aug, 2014"

Mandy - 11th Jul, 2014
"I have always owned animals but current circumstances don't allow me to commit full time to the care of a pet. I missed so much not having one around, saw the advert for Barking Mad and Barking Mad took me on. It is the perfect solution! I have had the privilege of looking after some wonderful dogs, enjoying walks and cuddles with my little friends. Now I always have a doggie to look forward to, some of them stay with me regularly, which is especially fun. Any drawbacks? - having to return my little friends at the end of their holiday!

Becoming a Barking Mad Host is one of the best decisions I have ever made!!"

Mavis - 30th Jun, 2014
"I have been hosting for Barking Mad for almost six years now, and have so much enjoyed the company of some beautiful dogs of many breeds. I didn't want to get another dog of my own, so this was a perfect solution to have the opportunity of having a lovely dog for company, walks and fun, and yet be free to go away whenever I chose. As time goes by, certain dogs return for repeated holidays, which proves that a happy dog means a happy owner who entrusts their much loved pet to you. Barking Mad is a well structured company, and it is always good to know that 24hr support is on hand if ever needed."

Bernie & Susie - 24th Jun, 2014
"Although new to Barking Mad its been one of the best things we have done living on a small farm we have space and plenty of local walks to offer our wonderful friends who have stayed with us. each one is missed and we long for their return.
We have set up a gallery of our new friends and find great pleasure looking at the moments they have shared with us."

Niccola - 4th Jun, 2014
"I can honestly say that being a host for barking mad has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has helped me physically, emotionally and financially. After losing my own dearly loved Jack Russell I decided I couldn't have another dog to go through the pain of losing it again. Then along came Barking Mad, it must be nearly 7 years ago now and I've never looked back. All the dogs are such a pleasure and a joy to care for. You love them like they are your own and yes, you miss them when they go home but you know there will be another little one on its way to fill the space very soon . The best thing is that they do all come back regularly so your home really does become a home from home, it is wonderful when they come in and you know they are as happy to see you again as you are to see them. It really is the best thing, everything is in place to ensure you have 24hr help and support if necessary. You can specify what type or size of dog you prefer and also specify when you are available. Basically if you're happy the dog is happy and vice versa."

Karen - 27th May, 2014
"This has been my first week as a host of Barking Mad and I/we are loving
it! My first dog guest was Maisie a bearded collie cross. She stayed with us
for the weekend and was such a pleasure to look after. We had lots of fun at
the beaches and parks. We then had lovely little Malcolm a jack Russell cross.
He was very excitable but settled very quickly. He loved playing in the back garden and on
our walks where he came across rabbits, horses and even hens. We are looking
forward to getting gorgeous Bertie very soon. The house seems strange when we
don't have a doggy guest now.

Thanks again, Brad.
Karen, Brian, Nico and Dylan."

Barbara & Peter - 23rd May, 2014
"Our "visitors" have become part of our family over the years. They are as different as our children, and, just like our kids, we love them to bits. Nicola has proved to be a good friend as well as a wonderful "boss". Of course, we do spoil our dogs but they are on their holiday!"

Bev & Ellie - 15th May, 2014
"We love the flexibilty of having different dogs to look after, and we have a few regulars now, especially over half term and school holidays, they bring such fun into the house, with their own individual personalities, we shower them with love and affection (as would their owners) and get very attached - but we know they have to go home, till the next time..."

Cid - 15th May, 2014
"There are so many reasons to love having dogs come to stay with us..... we love having a variety of sizes and breeds and personalities, there's always something to delight us! My boys love having dogs around to play with, and they don't get bored with walking them or feeding them because there's always something different. We get such fantastic characters come and stay with us, they get us out and about, they fill the house with wonderful dogginess. If there's a downside, it's the sadness when they go back home..... until our next doggy friend comes to stay, that is!"

maxine - 22nd Apr, 2014
"I enquired about being a host following my friends' dog being on a 'Barking Mad' holiday. As soon as I met Tina I decided that I would like to become a host, because I was impressed by her friendly professionalism and her genuine love of meeting the needs of dogs and their owners. I have been very well matched with some delightful canine companions! I look forward to the regulars and to meeting new dogs. I have not had any problems as such, but appreciate the speed of response and action from Tina, Colin and Carol-Ann when I have needed information or help with something. I might also add that that Tina, Colin and Carol-Ann are as lovely as the dogs they bring!"

Mick and Shirley - 22nd Apr, 2014
"When we retired, we considered getting a dog of our own. We'd had lots of dogs whilst the children were young but it had been a few years since our last one had died. However, we planned to travel so thought perhaps it wasn't a sensible idea. Then one day, Shirley overheard a conversation about Barking Mad.....and the rest is history! Tina was brilliant - her passion and love for the animals was obvious and we warmed to her straight away. Very soon after, Charlotte, a chocolate Labrador, came to stay with us for 2 weeks. Charlotte adopted us and gave us all her love, attention and affection. The walks, the fresh air, the laughter we had with her were excellent. We said "goodbye" and looked forward to our next dog. Since 2011, when we became hosts, we've had lots of different dogs and return visits from a number of them. It's great getting to know their personalities and learning about them. Tina is always available to consult if there are any difficulties. If anyone is considering becoming a host, we would strongly recommend it. We've never regretted it for one moment! We've just returned from 9 weeks travelling and are desperate to meet our next four legged house guest!"

Karen and Paul - 17th Apr, 2014
"A house isn't a home without a dog in it. Our labrador, Hero loves to have a friend for a couple weeks - they have lots of fun running and playing together, then Hero gets a rest before the next doggy visitor arrives. There's something very special about a wagging tail, and a doggy greeting! We're very pleased we found Barking Mad and treat all our visitors as we would expect Hero to be treated - with love and respect."

Helen - 17th Apr, 2014
"My family used Barking Mad initially for our own dog Sally. She was an old labrador and I never wanted her to be put in kennels when we went on holiday. Tina at Barking Mad came out and totally put our minds at ease. We were shown various hosts, their gardens and all Sally's needs were taken care of. This made us feel so relaxed going on holiday knowing Sally was in the best hands, literally home from home care. She was, most of the time, homed with the same family which was even more reassuring! Sally did take poorly when we were on holiday once and we were up-dated daily by Tina and Barking Mad took extremely good care of her, I will never forget them for that. When Sally passed away a few years ago we knew we didn't want to get another dog and decided on being a host family. It really is the best of both worlds. My 12 year old son particularly loves dogs coming to stay and the love we get from them. We've had all sorts of different dogs and characters. However, as we are busy during school holidays etc, we can select when we would like to take dogs. We have the freedom now and it's so much fun. The great thing is we know we have the back up and support from Tina which is fantastic. If things sometimes don't work out Tina is there to help and even take a dog should we be unable to look after it (which is a very rare occurrence as Tina is excellent at selecting the right dog for the right host). We take lots of photographs for the owners which Tina emails to them, should they wish, on holiday. We also write a little postcard for the families so they know what their pet has been up to while they have been away. It really is a fantastic company and I couldn't recommend them highly enough. If you are wanting company from a dog but without the full time commitment then look no further than Barking Mad. Go on, give it a try.......!"

Sue and Paul - 17th Apr, 2014
"We became hosts for Barking Mad, thinking it would be good to have a dog occasionally and the exercise would be good for us, being retired we need to keep going!!
Tina impressed us immediately..she really works hard at matching the dogs to the people. We love dogs that are good fun on their walks, but behave in the house (who doesn't?) and we have had a range of young and old, big and small and lots and lots of Labradors. If there has been a problem e.g. The dog needs the vet to check something, Tina, Colin or Carol Ann arrive and take the animal to the vet. We had one dog who obviously wasn't happy, and frankly was making us unhappy, perhaps pining for its owner, and Tina took it and looked after it herself. So we never have to worry that we are stuck with an animal that we don't get on with.
Tina has become a good friend, and her team of Colin and Carol Ann are so professional and caring with the animals it is a pleasure to 'do business' with them.

If you are thinking of being a host, do try it...you have a lot of fun, I enjoy the caring for some of the older ones as well as running round with the young ones, without the responsibility of having your own animal. Posted by Sue and Paul Allcroft"

Audrey - 16th Apr, 2014
"Due to health issues I am unable to have a dog of my own. Being a host for barking mad means I can have the company and pleasure of a dog, for a period of time with out the resposibility and cost of owning a dog myself.It is nice to know that as a host I can enable owners to have a break safe in the knowledge that their dog is being cared for by someone whose aim it is to give the dog a holiday in a friendly loving enviorment."

erika - 16th Apr, 2014
"I have been a host for nearly 9 years with my husband and now I am on my own. It is an absolute absolute pleasure to have my little dogs come to stay! I have regular ones and find it a privilege to be trusted with someones pet. They are my friends and it gives me something to focus on meet other dog lovers as well.

Posted by: Erika Cockerill on 15th Apr, 2014"

Dorothy - 16th Apr, 2014
"My husband and I thoroughly enjoy being hosts for dogs. Faye is great and runs a valuable service. Every dog we have has it's own wee personality and we grow to love them more and more every day. They are like little rays of sunshine in our home. We are so happy we decided to be hosts. We love it."

Ian - 16th Apr, 2014
"It is a real pleasure for us to look after so many varied dogs and hopefully give them a great time in a caring way close to their home life.Have done this now for over 3 years with nothing but positive experiences and would fully recommend being a host."

Jaclyn - 15th Apr, 2014
"We are the lucky ones that get to look after your lovely dogs my family and i enjoy it because we get to meet so many different characters and they are all individual and whilst they are with us they are treated as part of our family. We love dogs but because of work commitments we can only host during the school holidays so we are always looking forward to our new guest arriving and we hope to be part of Barking Mad for a very long time."

Our HostsOur hosts

Richard Wall

Hello, my name is Richard and I am delighted to have taken over the successful Ashford Franchise in October 2015, for coverage see below.

I have lived in the village of Egerton since 1994 with my wife Dee and our horse Milly. We used to have a retired Greyhound Suki that we rescued from racing kennels and provided a great retirement. We wanted another dog but busy lives meant that we could not be certain to have the time to dedicate to one. I contacted Barking Mad with a view to becoming a host for some doggie fun in the summer of 2015 and found the Franchise was for sale. Hosting was great but working full time with dogs was better!

People come to Barking Mad for a superior alternative to either kennels or house sitting. They expect the best from our dog holidays and I make it my mission to provide it, every time. I select the ideal host family from my portfolio of trusted dog lovers and provide accommodation in a warm, friendly home environment with one to one dog care, where exercise and feeding routines are maintained. Barking Mad offers complete piece of mind for the owners while their four legged friends are enjoying their holiday too.

So call me today and I’ll happily come over to meet you and discuss the best possible way to care for your dog when you go away. Alternatively if you fancy becoming one of our dedicated hosts, we would be delighted to welcome you to our select clan.

Places Covered

We're delighted to provide our service in the following towns and surrounding areas:

  • Aldington
  • Appledore
  • Ashford
  • Biddenden
  • Boughton Monchelsea
  • Brabourne
  • Brenzett
  • Challock
  • Charing
  • Coxheath
  • Egerton
  • Folkestone
  • Great Chart
  • Hamstreet
  • Harrietsham
  • Hawkinge
  • Headcorn
  • High Halden
  • Hollingbourne
  • Hothfield
  • Hucking
  • Hythe
  • Kennington
  • Kingsnorth
  • Leeds
  • Lenham
  • Linton
  • Lydd
  • Lyminge
  • Lympne
  • Newchurch
  • Pluckley
  • Romney
  • Saltwood
  • Sandgate
  • Sellindge
  • Shadoxhurst
  • Smarden
  • Stowting
  • Sutton Valence
  • Tenterden
  • Ulcombe
  • Warehorne
  • Willesborough
  • Wittersham
  • Woodchurch
  • Wye
  • Cranbrook
  • Hawkhurst Rye
  • Northiam
  • Staplehurst

Customer Comments

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Please would you pass on our grateful thanks to Chris and Mike for looking after Poppy so well. She always comes home in excellent condition and showing no signs of anxiety. Please also thank them for the photographs which are delightful and a very good illustration of the “royal “treatment given to our Princess Poppy.

Many thanks


Posted by: Chris on

We are enormously grateful to Lisa for looking after Willow this weekend - she has come home a very happy little girl indeed. Particular thanks though to Lisa for taking time to do some clicker training. We would be so happy if Lisa would have her back. Please thank her on our behalf.

Posted by: Fiona Williams on

Thank you for sending the lovely holiday photographs of Florrie. We never doubt that she has a good time when she stays over with Barking Mad, but the pictures prove it.
Best wishes Gillian and Hugh and Florrie

Posted by: Hugh Pridham on

Hi Richard
Please can you thank Pat for giving Freddie a lovely time. He has returned happy and relaxed. We had a really nice card with all their news.
Thank you very much for all you have done
Best wishes

Posted by: Colette Thresher on

Thanks Richard for taking care of Lettie, and I’ve asked Rod to pass on thanks to Kim and her husband - She was placid and content, and had obviously been really well cared for.

Posted by: Heather on

Barking Mad Pet Care - Richard Wall;Wed 01/02/2017 19:48
Hi Richard

Thank you for the photos of Brandy. She came back home very happy.

Kind regards

Posted by: Lisa on

Thank you Richard, lovely photos and pleased to see him happy and relaxed.
Can you please say a big "Thank you " to the host family, Freddie clearly had a great holiday looks thoroughly spoilt! He has settled back in at home beautifully.
Happy New Year to you all at Barking Mad, hope 2017 is a good year.
Best wishes

Posted by: Colette Thresher on

Hi Richard - Just to say thanks for sorting out Murphy’s trial run last week, as clearly was a great match the couple you chose for him. He seems to have had a lovely time and has come back much less hyper than his normal stays. The postcards back from those caring from him is such a lovely touch too and very reassuring.

Posted by: Alex Castle on

Hello Richard
Archie came home to us a happy, relaxed, well-cared-for boy on Tuesday - he had obviously had a good time with Mike, Cecilie and Maddie. It is great to know that he now has another lovely caring Host Family to look after him when we are away.
On his homecoming, Cecilie wrote us a super post-card/letter reporting on Archie's days with them. Could you please tell her “Thank you very much” from us?

Posted by: Margot Savage on

Thank you Richard for taking the time to visit our boys at home and for finding them a fabulous host for their holiday. Knowing that our boys were settled with a caring professional who was giving them plenty of exercise and attention meant that we could relax on our holiday.

A fantastic service and we will definitely be using Barking Mad again. Thank you.

Posted by: Tracy Smith on

We really appreciate the fact that our dog has a "holiday" whilst we are away. It removes a great deal of the anxiety about leaving her to know that she is being welcomed and loved by her host.
Trish has provided us with great personal service and We would recommend her and Barking Mad most heartily.

Posted by: Chris on

Monty was returned to us last evening after a weekend with hosts Manda and Cliff. We received a lovely postcard from them, full of praise and love for our little dog. It is very reassuring to know that he is being so well looked after! Thank you barking mad for providing such great service yet again.

Posted by: Maggie & Andy Balfour on

Thank you so much for making our first experience with Barking Mad so happy. The constant text and photos showing both Minnie and Molly with Pat their host was very reassuring and we will certainly be delighted to leave them again with BarkingMad. Thanks again to Trish and of course Pat. XLesley

Posted by: Lesley Robinson on

Thank you Trish for another relaxing holiday without any worries about Mia and Scooby! We could have confidence in the knowledge that they were much loved by their host family. They came home happy and calm.

Posted by: Friedl van Vuuren on

Huge thanks to Trish for taking the time to find such a lovely host for Amy. Having met her at the initial interview, Trish knew exactly who she'd place Amy with and it clearly worked out well for Pat (host) and Amy. This is the first time Amy has spent any time away from us and it was clearly home from home, so much so, she was quite subdued for the first few hours on returning home! I can't thank Trish enough, she delivered all that was promised; above all, piece of mind for us knowing that Amy was being cared for so well. I would recommend Trish and Barking Mad to anyone wanting high quality care for their dog.

Posted by: Beverly Leahy on

Thanks Trish from me,Bonnie and Clyde. From your first visit you took lots of time, and I was really relaxed about my two lovely doggies starting a brand new holiday experience with Barking Mad. They obviously enjoyed their stay with Chris, evidently so, when you brought them home, and we went to look in the garden for them so you could open the gates, we found them both back in your vehicle, ready to go! Thanks to Chris too. I'm sure they will be glad to see you again next month.

Posted by: Suzanne Ross on

I can't thank Trish enough for her support and also her host families. Rossi came into my life after losing my husband suddenly last year. Trish took the time to come and meet me and Rossi when he was a small puppy and had him overnight in her own home before placing him with a host family. He has settled so well when I have been away, and I can now leave him without getting too stressed!. The last trip away he was ready to jump back into her car again when Trish left my house so I know he is happy! I have recommended Barking Mad to everyone I know who owns a dog.

Posted by: Pat Kennett on

Thank you Trish, Sam, Emma and Stan for looking after our lovely Nate so well while we were away.

Sadly Nate had a bout of illness towards the end of the two weeks which meant he could no longer stay with Emma the host (thank you Emma for helping him and for alerting Trish to his illness)

Trish took Nate in personally and took him to the vets, keeping my family informed and ensuring that his health was paramount in every decision that she made and action that she took. I am so pleased that he was in such good care while we were away.

I cannot praise Trish highly enough - Nate (now, happily, on the mend) is in such good care while we are away and we will continue to use the service every time we go away. Thank you Trish.

Posted by: Ant Clarke Cowell on

Thankyou Trish and Colin for looking after me so well. It was much nicer than kennels. I've come home calm and happy and fit. Lick Lick

Posted by: Russ on

A big thank you to Trish for yet again ensuring that our much loved dog Ghana was well looked after and happy while we were away. This was her third visit to the same host family and I think she now considers them to be her second home. I think she enjoys her holiday break as much as we do and we can go away without any worries about her care.

Posted by: Barbara Lloyd on

Many thanks to Trish for looking after Beck so well. It's not always easy caring for an old incontinent dog, especially a relatively unfamiliar one, and Trish has done this admirably and with a smile. Trish also sensitively made a couple of suggestions to help us to further increase his comfort in his old age which was much appreciated and have already been implemented.

Posted by: Robin Dearle on

A huge thank you to Trish (Sam and Gerry!) for looking after Harvey so well - He looked like he was having a ball from all the photo's - and certainly when he was dropped home he was attached to Trish's side !!! Which for me, is wonderful to see as he is a very loyal, faithful dog and it was reassuring to see that he had the same trust in Trish ! and had obviously had a fabulous holiday !! A huge thank you to to Trish also, who very sadly had to deal with an awful situation with our other elderly dog, and her prompt action prevented our Buffy from any prolonged suffering - thank you, its never easy when pets grow old X

Posted by: Tracy Semadeni on

A huge thank you to Trish who found Daisy our Newfie a host family. We have used Barking mad twice now and have always found the service to be excellent. Daisy has always had a fantastic time and we are confident and happy that she is being looked after just like if she were at home. Thank you once again!

Posted by: Francoise Spinazza on

A very positive experience. Anna - our very lively border collie - has never been away from us in 6 years so I wanted a 'home-from-home' experience for her. Trish got to know Anna well when she came to visit and matched her perfectly with a family who also had an extremely active dog, they spent the entire time happily playing ball. Had regular text updates and photos so I could see that she was well and truly settled and happy. She came home a happy waggy-tail dog, just as she had left us! She will definitely be off on hols again with Barking Mad. A huge thanks to Trish and the host family.

Posted by: Mrs Alison Osborn on

We know our pets are being left in safe caring hands.
They wag their tails as soon as they see Trish and are happy to go.
That is the biggest compliment to see happy dogs.
We enjoy our holidays the first for a long time because
our dogs weren't happy in kennels inspire of caring staff.
Brilliant service would recommend to all dog lovers.
Philip & Janice

Posted by: Philip & Janice on

I was quite apprehensive about leaving Bertie ( a very active Jack Russel) for the very first time ever and did not want to put him in kennels. I was very pleased to find Barking Mad and Trish. She sent a couple of text messages while I was away to reasure me that Bertie was fine and he came back a very happy and relaxed dog. I would definitely use the service again and recommend it to friends.

Posted by: Rita Major on

We've used Barking Mad for 7 years and thoroughly recommend them. Trish takes the greatest care with Max, a large GSD who is certainly not everyone's ideal house guest! During his last stay Trish collected him from his host family and took him out for a run/play with her own dog which we greatly appreciated. She is a genuine dog lover who takes as much care with clients' dogs as she does of her own. We go on holiday with total peace of mind, knowing that Max will be cared for and won't miss us one bit!

Posted by: Sandra and Garry George on

Once again our greyhound Tommii had a wonderful time on his holiday, it's such a relief knowing he is going to be so well looked after in a home from home, the thought of kennels is a non starter so Barking Mad is the perfect solution. I've used the service a number of times now and every time our dog comes back so relaxed and at ease.

Posted by: Lee Harris on

Trish took care of Maisie as the couple who cared for her before were on hols! Maisie has many health issues and after a very thorough 'getting to know you' session I felt she was in very safe hands. Maisie returned in good health and dog tired. When I go on holiday again I know Maisie will enjoy hers as well

Posted by: Jill Parker on

I'm so glad I bumped into Trish whilst walking home one day. Leaving Treacle was never a problem until a friend got a cat!. The thought of kennels was not an option so finding Barking Mad was a god send. I have left Treacle twice now and both times have full confidence in Trish to place her in a loving home where she will be cared for as we do at home. it's great value for money to know she is home from home, mixing with people, other dogs!! and walks out as normal. Your wishes are all taken seriously and nothing is a problem. I would recommend Barking Mad to everyone with dogs who need care whilst owners are away. Trish is a wondeerful person and puts you at ease instantly. Thanks Trish your a star x

Posted by: Corrinna Pullinger on

Chester stayed with Barking Mad for just over two weeks recently while we were on holiday - his first experience with them. A fortnight later we were away again for a long weekend and as we were so impressed we booked him in again. He was very excited about seeing Trish again and could hardly wait to get in the car ready for another adventure! He comes home an extremely happy dog and looking well. I can only say that if you worry about your pet's well-being whilst being away it's well worth paying that little bit extra for peace of mind and your pet's happiness.

Posted by: Greig Family on

We are so pleased to have discovered Barking Mad and can now go happily away on holiday knowing that Huxley is having a wonderful time too. He has been to 2 families who have both looked after him so well. He even went into an old people's home on this trip and we are now thinking of making him a Pat Dog - something we would never have thought of without Trish and Barking Mad. Thank you so much.

Posted by: Ravi and Nikki Holy on

Thank you as always for a great service! Scrufty had a wonderful holiday and we were able to relax completely knowing that he was being well looked after.

Posted by: Antonia Hutchinson on

Dreading the thought of leaving our Archie in kennels, and family members being unable to look after him on that occasion, Trish at Barking Mad (Ashford, Kent, area) first came to our rescue at very short notice last December, and after a very thorough, but reassuring, registration session, she helped us select his first Host Family. Trish understood and addressed all our concerns and Archie came back to us a relaxed and happy dog. Great result and a brilliant introduction to the Barking Mad experience.

So pleased and confident have we been with the excellent service provided, that Archie is shortly to go on his 5th holiday with a Barking Mad Host Family. It’s wonderful to be able to be away with complete peace of mind, confident that Archie will be safe, happy and well cared for in a loving home environment. We see from Trish’s updates and photos that he feels very comfortable with his Host Family and he always comes back to us stress-free and happy, having had a good fun time.

We have been greatly impressed with the very efficient and professional, friendly, warm and caring service we have always received from Trish and her team of super Host Families. We cannot fault them, would not hesitate to recommend them and will of course continue to use them ourselves.
Many thanks to them all
Margot and Andrew S.
3rd August 2013

Posted by: Margot and Andrew Savage on

I would like to thank my local Barking Mad Franchisee Trish for selecting the most fabulous host family for my 1 year old Tibetan Terrier. I don't have the luxury of having family and friends nearby to look after my boy whilst away...and in the nicest possible way, I don't think I would need them now anyway! My dog had experiences that family and friends may not even be able to give ie socialisation with different people, dogs, and fun days out. This alternative to kennels is the only thing that could put my mind at ease leaving him to go on holiday. I am ecstatic about it to say the least, with Barking Mad, especially Trish, the registration procedure is easy, yet extremely thorough. The host family get an exact account of the daily routine required by you for your pup, from training techniques through to cuddles and communication noises!!! He had a great time, I could relax knowing Trish had seen him settled with the host family, and was informed and kept updated. I cannot thank Trish and the host family enough. He has come home relaxed as ever, and no doubt cannot wait to get out and about next time I go on holiday!! Hurrah!

Laura Maynard on 30th Jul, 2013

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Juno had a fantastic time and we were very happy and reassured that she would be well cared for and have a lovely time herself.

Many thanks

Posted by: Donna Carson on

Once again Lola came back to us looking extremely happy after being hosted by Barking Mad, this time personally by Trish. Lola doesn't enjoy conventional kennels so hosting makes perfect sense to us and gives us peace of mind. Lola always comes back happy and sometimes mixes with other dogs which she really enjoys. Receiving Trish's emails and text updates with photos always reassures us that Lola is having a great holiday in good care.

Posted by: Richard B on

We have been very happy with all that Trish has done for Frodo. He has had two different experiences, summer and winter and they have both been brilliant. He so loved being with Maddy that he seemed quite sad to be home!

Thanks Trish for all your hard work.

Posted by: terry steinegger on

Just want to say a big thank you to Trisha, barking mad and of course the host family for taking care of Defer for me. I was very worried as she can be a little unsocial with other dogs, but straight away Trisha took control of the situation and tried her with a family with another dog and she came home so happy and very worn out. I have no concerns with leaving Defer with Barking Mad again. Thank you

Posted by: Jane Small on

Just want to say thanks again to you, Pauline & Mike for looking after Ziggy on his first time away from home. It really meant a lot to us that he was so obviously in such good hands with Pauline & Mike. We also really appreciated the update texts through the day - it put both our minds at rest in what was already quite a stressful couple of days for us.

Posted by: Andy & Claire Brown on

Marley came back from his host family happy and thats important . Thank you trish and your host family .

Posted by: andrea harvey on

Trish was wonderful right from the start. They say a dog is the best judge of character, true, especially when they nearly smothered her with love without even knowing she was coming to our house! The regular, reassuring updates throughout the week-end and Scooby and Mia's relaxed demeanour when they came home, said everything! Thank you Trish and Maggie and Jock!

Posted by: Friedl VV on

Thank you for sorting out Monty's weekend away at such short notice. We were very impressed how thorough the Barking Mad service is, and look forward to relaxed holiday planning from now on, knowing Monty will be having as much fun as us. Thanks Trish.

Posted by: Maggie Balfour on

Thanks so much for making sure that Trusie had a great time while we were away. Also for keeping in touch with us while we were away as we were concerned in how she would be with people she did not know--dont know why we worried she loved every minute of her holiday!!!!

Posted by: Kathy Weller on

Muffin had a wonderful holiday via Trish, returning home well, happy and obviously content. Trish was a pleasure to deal with and kept us delightfully informed of Muffin's progress whilst we were away.

Posted by: John and Diane Bauckham on

Thanks for everything Trish, we can go away on holiday and know Freddie is safe and happy as ever, which is brilliant.

Posted by: Jason Corrigan on

Thank you Trish for all your reassurances, especially at such short notice! Eddie had a fantastic time with Claire.

Posted by: Cath Boyd on

Thank-you so, so much Trish! Paddy had such a lovely time with his host family! From the very first moment I met Trish, I knew she would make sure that Paddy was happy and well cared for. Our holiday was a last minute decision and would not have happened unless I was sure Paddy was O.K. This was the first time I have used Barking Mad, and it will certainly not be the last! Thanks again, Trish!

Posted by: Noeline Sims on

Dexter had a great time at New Romney and Trish was very helpful in getting Dexter down there despite the snow!

Posted by: Jon Rose on

Sadie is always happy to see Trish and Ashley & her host family, she seems to have had so much fun on her holiday.

Posted by: Gail Porritt on

I had a good weekend knowing that Trish and the amazing host family took great care of my treasured hounds. I had 2 happy hounds on my arrival home. Will be using again. Thank You.

Posted by: Jill Turner on

Jock had a great time at the weekend. Thanks Trish, for making it so stress free for us all

Posted by: Catherine Plowright on

It helps me to relax when on holiday,to know Ghana is happy,safe in a loving family home

Posted by: Barbra Lioyd on

Thank you Trish,it's a great service.Scrufty came home very happy

Posted by: A Hutchinson on

I can go away happy knowing Pablo and Bruno will be well looked after and having a good time

Posted by: Laura Baptiste on

Another excellent experience Tomii has a totally stress free holiday away from us and is so relaxed when he comes home

Posted by: Lee Harris on

Trish is a gem,she makes you feel like you and your dog are the most important people in the world.She takes all of the worry out of going on holidays.

Posted by: Nancy Sharpe on

Jasper and Piglet are very happy to go with Trish and come home from their stay away happy too

Posted by: Anne Mc Neil on


October 2017

Work at Barking Mad never stops but it is often fun ???? last weekend we helped raise over £900 for a local charity that supports a school in Gambia. Www.gam-ble.co.uk This doubled up with marketing and walking round Bewl water. We cheated and just walked 8.25 miles rather than the full 13 having stopped for lunch at the Bull. We then took a ride on the lake taxi back for a well earned coffee.

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August 2017

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 Just some of our July dogs on their holidays. Of particular note is Bear just 14 weeks old this husky cross malamute needed a short notice trip as his owner was put out of action by appendicitis. Thanks sel (host) for all the extra work you had to put in.

May 2017

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Willow is having a wonderful time. Willow the lab is a lucky pup, not only has her owner paid for her to have holiday, but lovely host Lisa has organised other dogs to play! It's not all play though as Lisa will be taking Willow out to meet lots of people and dogs as part of her on going training.


April 2017

Working for Barking Mad is not just a question of matching nice dogs with super hosts. There is a lot goes on behind the scenes. Shown here is one of the nice bits, a marketing trip to Hythe.

A nice walk along the Military canal into town and back to the terminus of the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.

Hi to all you dog walkers who took a leaflet!

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November 2016

A few pictures of our happy dogs on their holidays. Thinking about yours for next year? Get in contact.

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September 2016

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Rod and my team at the Hythe dog show on Saturday 10th September. Look out for the car transporting our holiday dogs to their chosen hosts. Out to meet customers and hosts. Want to know more please reply via this site.  

May 2016

Meet Bella, Bingo and Sidney! Just a few of my recent customers on their Barking Mad holidays. Would you like your dog to have a great holiday? Would like a nice dog like one of these to have a holiday with you? Please leave your details so that I can contact you about great dog holidays.

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January 2016


Kent Greyhound Dog Walk - Hythe Sea front
Saturday, 30th January
Barking Mad support Kent Greyhounds, I’m looking forward to the walk.

We are meeting opposite the Imperial Hotel on Princess Parade for a bracing walk along the sea front. Please check our facebook page on the morning of the walk to make sure it is still going ahead, although we walk in most weathers.


January and February Sale 25% off all short trips and trials
Short notice take a break with peace of mind.

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October 2015

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I have taken over the Ashford/Folkestone franchise from Trish Feely who has had to sell to enable her to travel more. Trish and I have effectively swapped places, I hosted for her this summer and when available she will be hosting for me in 2016






I have invested in the business and hopefully you will have either seen my car, seen the advertising or just found me via the web. I look forward to meeting lots of new dogs and signing up additional hosts to provide the best doggy holidays.

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Local Links

We love working with and recommending local business, here are a list of fantastic people we think you might like to hear about:

Ashford Animal Feeds
A vast range of nutritious foods and accessories to ensure substance, comfort and happiness for your pet.

Ashford Dog training
Run by Sandra Tomsett this is a first class reward based dog training. The groups are small so that every dog/owner gets individual attention. Guests like me are invited to visit and watch a session before joining a class for either puppies or further training. http://www.ashforddogtrainingclub.co.uk/

A-Z Animal Care
A Dog, Cat and Small Animal Grooming service just 10 minutes from Ashford on the A28 at Bethersden. Run by a Qualified Veterinary nurse they have been established 8 years with a fully qualified and experienced staff. Call for a colour brochure on 01233 822411 or look on their website: www.a-zanimalcare.co.uk for over 200 testimonials.

Beagles Bakery
Local Ashford based Dog cake and biscuit factory. At The Beagles Bakery we make handmade and personalised bespoke cakes and treats for your best friends birthday, gotcha day, or just because you love them! Your dog’s health and wellbeing are our top priority, along with their taste buds! Although our cakes and treats look sumptuous, they are mainly fat and sugar free and we don’t use any artificial preservatives or taste enhancers. https://beaglesbakery.co.uk

Bone-A-Fide Behaviours
Owned and run by Nathan Thompson who offers a first class canine services including obedience courses, dog walks and away days. The classes are run in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with the emphasis on enjoying the time spent with your dog as well as achieving a well-trained, well socialised, obedient and loyal pet. To contact him telephone 0779 5077921 or look at the website www.bone-a-fidebehaviours.co.uk

Eureka Veterinary Centre

The staff at this friendly Ashford practise will treat your pets as if they were their own and promise to give them the lifelong care and love they deserve.

Kent Greyhound Rescue:
A charity that rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes unwanted and abandoned Greyhounds and Lurchers. It is completely run by volunteers who also fundraise as it receives no funding from the racing industry. Greyhounds make great pets!

Sue Chapman Photography

Commercial photography and Photoshop tuition based in Ashford. Sue has a passion for photography and gives 100% to achieving not just something that the client is happy with but something that she can be proud of too. http://capture-and-create.com/

Warmlake Nurseries
As well as plants, Rob and his staff offer a very wide selection of dog and cat food and accessories together with large range of horse supplies. Well worth a visit when you’re passing Sutton Valence. 01622 844000

Holiday Extras
Holiday Extras is a travel specialist that provides customers with full travel assistance at the lowest possible price.
For all the others things you need to sort when you book your holiday.



Chris - 26th Jun, 2017
"Please would you pass on our grateful thanks to Chris and Mike for looking after Poppy so well. She always comes home in excellent condition and showing no signs of anxiety. Please also thank them for the photographs which are delightful and a very good illustration of the “royal “treatment given to our Princess Poppy.

Many thanks


Fiona Williams - 31st May, 2017
"We are enormously grateful to Lisa for looking after Willow this weekend - she has come home a very happy little girl indeed. Particular thanks though to Lisa for taking time to do some clicker training. We would be so happy if Lisa would have her back. Please thank her on our behalf."

Hugh Pridham - 15th May, 2017
"Thank you for sending the lovely holiday photographs of Florrie. We never doubt that she has a good time when she stays over with Barking Mad, but the pictures prove it.
Best wishes Gillian and Hugh and Florrie"

Colette Thresher - 7th Apr, 2017
"Hi Richard
Please can you thank Pat for giving Freddie a lovely time. He has returned happy and relaxed. We had a really nice card with all their news.
Thank you very much for all you have done
Best wishes

Heather - 15th Mar, 2017
"Thanks Richard for taking care of Lettie, and I’ve asked Rod to pass on thanks to Kim and her husband - She was placid and content, and had obviously been really well cared for."

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