We would like to welcome five new wonderful hosts to Barking Mad this month:
We are delighted to be working with such passionate dog lovers. Your first guests will be coming soon!
DOG LOVERS WANTED
We are currently looking for dog lovers to join our amazing team of dog sitters/hosts in Bexley, Gravesend, Dartford and surrounding areas. This role is guaranteed to improve your wellbeing! We have listened to some of our hosts who describe how loving a dog whilst their owner is on holiday has...
* helped combat loneliness
* boosted their mood
* helped them become fitter
* given them companionship
If you or someone you know would benefit from this please contact Michelle on 01322 252662. we would love to welcome you to our community. Please share this post if you know someone who could benefit.
WANTED - Part Time Co-ordinator
Are you a dog lover looking for a flexible part time, home based role to fit around your busy home life? If so, this could be the perfect job for you!
Due to growth, we are looking for a part time co-ordinator to assist us with administrative and marketing duties as well as transporting dogs around the Bexley, Dartford and Gravesham area. Duties include:-
• Transportation of dogs to and from clients homes within the territory
• Diarising and scheduling of pet holidays
• Meeting and registering new clients
• Sales & marketing activities include leafleting, newsletters and attending local events to generate new
• Deputise for the owner in their absence which includes full time cover for 4 weeks per year
Key skills required:
• Prior experience as a co-ordinator ideally gained in a client facing role
• Strong organisational skills
• A self starter who can work on their own initiative
• Must hold a clean driving licence with access to their own car (although a company vehicle will be available)
• Strong customer service skills with the ability to develop strong relationships with clients
Location: Primarily home based but working within the Bexley, Dartord and Gravesham area.
Well it's been a busy few months for us. We have moved out into the beautiful Kent countryside. It's taking a lot of getting used to. Coal fires and tractors going past the windows each day but we love every minute of it.
There's so many brilliant places to walk the dogs and having a much bigger garden has certainly gone down well with Dotty & Butch.
We are delighted to welcome the following hosts to the Barking Mad family -
Debbie contacted us about becoming a host after speaking to one of our current hosts Claire. She loves animals and was looking for company for her own dog Miko.
Sandya & Clive
Sandya & Clive read our article in the News shopper and decided becoming a host would be a perfect fit for them. They have already hosted one of our customers dogs Dolly and they are fantastic with their years of dog caring experience and super garden.
Albert & Anne
Albert & Anne spoke to us in summer about becoming hosts when we were chatting to them whilst walking our own dogs. Sadly Max their boxer past away and they have since decided that they wish to look after dogs for Barking Mad. They have tons of experience in dog care and are happy to taking all dogs big and small.
Brand new tags
Barking Mad Popper models the new style Barking Mad Tag.
All our dogs will now be tagged with the latest tags. I hope you agree that they look very smart.
Busy, Busy, Busy
We have had such a variety of dogs on holiday through June and in to July. They have all been very lucky with the weather which makes for a better holiday.
Lets hope the fun and good weather continues in to August.
Poppers travels and competition update.
Life could not be better for Popper who's Barking Mad world tour continues. Here are just a few pictures of his latest adventures.
If you would like to take Popper away on holiday and enter a Holiday snap in to the competition you need to book him ASAP. The competition closes on 2nd October 2014 and there is a bottle of bubbly up for grabs or if the entry is from a child then a voucher for their favourite shop.
Jean and John in Wetherby.
Jean and John are our host family based in Wetherby. They have been a host family for Barking Mad since 2005.
They have just celebrated 1000 nights of dog hosting. Fred the Toy Poodle was the lucky guest, who coincidently was their very first guest in October 2005. Pictured are Jean and Fred in 2005 and Jean, John and Fred in 2014.
Each guest that stays with Jean and John get 100% attention, they enjoy lovely walks, trips out in the car and picnics to places like Knaresborough and Otley. Each dog is allowed to sleep anywhere, even in Jean and Johns bed. Jean always writes the most fantastic postcards and sometimes the dogs go home with treats and special letters for their owners.
Jean and John are very special hosts who enjoy every guest that comes to stay.
Thank you Jean and John.
Kim is our new student, she is 19 years old and is studying for a National Diploma in Animal Care with the College of Animal Welfare in Leeds. She is covering all areas of animal care including : Grooming, Nutrition, Handling, Animal Accommodation and Exercise of Animals. Kim will be working with us on a regular basis until July 2015. She will be helping with collection and delivery of your dog, helping each dog to settle with the host family. She will be coming to meet new customers and host families and helping with the day to day running of the office. She is looking forward to meeting all our hosts, customers and their dogs.
Welcome on board Kim.