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March 2017

Wags & Wellies Sponsored Dog Walk
Sunday 19th March


Come and join Barking Mad and lots of other dog lovers for a lovely sponsored dog walk at Cuerden Valley Park on Sunday 19th March. The whole event is in aid of Derian House Children's Hospice in Chorley.


Starting from The Barn on Berkeley Drive, participants will be guided through the park on a scenic stroll of natural beauty. On completion of the walk, your four legged friend will receive a Derian House doggy bag full of goodies for you to take home.


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Before and after the walk you can enjoy our selection of stalls, all locally sourced, selling a range of all things canine and cuddly, plus refreshments, stalls, tombola and raffle.


We are delighted to be supporting the event and you can visit the Barking Mad stand with details about our local dog home boarding service for Lancashire and information for people interested in joining our community of dog carers.


Canine check-in will begin from 9.30am. Your start time for you and your dog will be allocated when you receive your information pack. This will include, directions to The Barn, map of the walk and your sponsor form.


For more details and to register to join the walk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wags-wellies-2017-tickets-31536726197?aff=es2


For more information about the walk go to www.derianhouse.co.uk/events/wags-wellies-2017



October 2016

                                                                Meet The Team of 2016!!


                                      Left to Right: Alison, Liz, Ged, Nicola, Siana, Carol

What another busy summer it's been!

I'm pleased to introduce my newly expanded team. Here's a little more info about everyone…
Carol has worked with me at Barking Mad for 10 years now, and is also my deputy. Ged joined as a pet care assistant in July 2015, recognising the need to expand further Liz and Nicola joined to do the same role this summer. Last but not least, Siana works as our admin in the office and joined in July this year. She may contact you for little bits of info to do with your pup!
We hope you enjoyed finding out a little bit more about our team, it's always comforting being able to put a name to a face! We all look forward to meeting you over the next few weeks and months.
If you need anymore information about the customer service or are interested in becoming a host family please get in touch.

I would love to hear from you.

Thanks very much

August 2016

Hi Everyone. Please check out my latest picture of me and my very own special doggies. Flirty my Lhasa Apso is now 17 years (and 8months) old. Gracie, my Westie is 12 years old.

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They are my absolute world so I know just how important customers dogs are! They are not just a dog but a very important family member. Getting even more special as they get older and learning to adapt to their very different needs as they become an older dog. Old age in dogs and age related conditions make caring for an old dog a very different experience from caring for a young dog. Gracie is also an insulin dependant diabetic now which has meant changes to diet, routine and of course learning how to monitor her health and injecting her twice a day.

My customers benefit from this wealth of experience when their dogs come to stay with Barking Mad. I can also ensure my host families benefit from this experience to be certain visiting dogs are cared for to the very highest standard.

If you want to know more about using the service or think you might be interested in becoming a Barking Mad host in the Blackpool and Preston area check out the rest of the website or click on the link to listen to me on BBC Radio Lancashire talking about all the benefits of becoming a Barking Mad host.

Click here to listen to my radio interveiw

January 2016

Hello & Happy 2016 to you!

Barking Mad is delighted to announce that for the second year running we will not be increasing our prices for dog boarding.

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We thank you for your continued loyalty and support and look forward to booking your dog's next holiday.
If you already have dates in mind for any trips away, contact us now to secure your favourite host family. Remember, availability is limited during school holidays, so book now to avoid disappointment.
Don't forget you can easily book on-line: www.barkingmad.uk.com if you haven't created an account on our website yet you can do so by clicking here & following the details.

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Bailey – is all ready for his Barking Mad summer holiday!


December 2015

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Barking Mad (Blackpool and Preston) are proud to support Easterleigh, a local animal sanctuary.
At present they are in need of blankets/bedding, bowls and food. If you have anything you can spare they can be found at:

Queensway Park Farm
St Annes, Lancashire



All here at Barking Mad (Blackpool and Preston) would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and custom and look forward to seeing you in the new year.

A big thank you also to all our hosts without you non of this would be possible.

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We wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

October 2015 - Meet The Team!

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Thank you all so much for your business and continued support over the last 10 years. The popularity of the Barking Mad service continues to grow in this area. To manage demand for the service I am pleased to introduce my new team.

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Carol continues with her invaluable support!

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Ged joins the team having worked in the NHS for many years!

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Debbie joins after having managed her own letting agency for a number of years!


We will all be out and about on pet collections and I very much look forward to you all meeting my new team!

If you have any holiday bookings or questions I can help with please get in touch as always in the usual way!

September 2015 - 10 Year Anniversary

This September see's me celebrate 10 years being a part of Barking Mad. It has been a wonderful 10 years and here's a few things that have happened during that time:

  • We have entered the world of digital.
  • From Yellow Pages to the fast search engine Google
  • Paper invoices to quick and easy new electronic invoices
  • Written pet details at registration to being technologically advanced on the iPad
  • Not to mention all the different hairstyles I've had throughout the last 10 years of Barking Mad!

Here's a look back:

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Me and Gracie in 2006

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Personal Achievement Award 2007

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Me, Gracie and Flirty and the old car in 2008!

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Working in partnership with Thomas Cook 2009

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Me, Gracie and Flirty in 2010

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Proud to be awarded Barking Mad Franchisee of the Year in 2011

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Working in partnership with Essensi Photography in 2011

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At the Great Eccleston Show 2012

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Sporting the new Barking Mad car livery in 2013

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Supporting Flirty whilst she gets older in 2014


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Action Changes Things Award in 2015

Thank you all so much for your valued custom and the loyal support of my wonderful hosts.
Here's to the next 10 years!!


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:

Useful Links

As a thank-you to all Blackpool and Preston Barking Mad customers and hosts I have negotiated a free photo session for you and your pets with Essensi Photography........take a look!!

Auntie's Doggie Day Care
Already operating in Lostock Hall, Preston and newly opened on Essex Street, Preston PR1 1QE. A great set up geared upto Doggie daycare facilities and catering for individual dogs needs.

Bugsie's Mobile Dog Wash
Have your dog washed and groomed at your own home in Bugsie's van. I use them personally. Gordon is great with my dogs. Very calm and re-assuring.


Willows Hydrotherapy
Catering for all your dogs needs when they need assistance with rehabilitation due to illness or an operation.