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Tina Darlington
Bromley / Croydon

Biggin Hill
TN16 3DE
Tel: 01959 571160
@BarkingMadTinaD

Barking Mad Bromley / Croydon
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Dog Sitting / Sitters Bromley / Croydon

Hi there, we are Barking Mad dog sitters in Bromley and Croydon a great alternative to dog kennels. What makes us unique? Our sitting services are supplied by host people and families just like you who'll look after your pet in a way that you will thoroughly approve of. Forget the idea of typical kennels where your dog is placed in a cage and then be let out once or twice per day and fed/watered along with all of the other dogs. Our host families attend to and look after your dog as if it were you yourself doing it.

Dogs are naturally pack animals therefore you, as far they are concerned, are a part of their pack, their leader. When they don't have their pack around them this can be a stressful time. By making sure that they still have their personal items such as their blanket, bowl and toys around this can really help reduce the sort of anxiety they would otherwise experience, familiar smells, tastes really do reduce anxiety. We work with you to pick the right dog sitters for your pet and ensure that while you are away enjoying your holiday that your dog is having the time of their lives too. We put together a bespoke service which puts your dog with the best carers who will really take care of your dog while you are away.

Our hosts are vast in type and number. We have single older people to young families all just ready and waiting to take care of your dog. You may choose whether or not they have already got pets or not, you may also choose to have them walked at a certain time during the day, given their favourite toys from home and be treated as special as you wish them to be. Of course as a result you will get peace of mind, should your dog needs medication then isn't a problem either.

Our company is Bromley and Croydon best alternative to dog kennels as we have a number of families and willing people just waiting to step in and look after your dog for you. Much better than placing them into a situation where they aren’t treated like one of the family! Our reputation speaks for itself, just take a look at what other people are saying about us on the reviews. People who love their dog are inclined to love our service and it shows. Our company is UK wide. Our branches everywhere will present you with a fantastic alternative to dog boarding kennels, we aren't just in your local town. We really do have you covered.

While apart you're likely to be thinking how they are getting on and with our regular updates to Facebook you can be sure that everything is going just right and your dog is enjoying their stay. In addition to keeping you informed we want you to know if anything untoward should ever take place then our national chain of experts will handle the problem for you and keep you fully up to date.

Barking Mad was started back in the year 2000 because we realised that people who love dogs throughout the UK were missing a great bespoke dog caring service when they were required to go away for a short while. Dog kennels we felt just weren't the best choice as we were finding each time we used these services our dogs appeared a bit unhappy each time the suitcases arrived on the scene. If you are anything like us you will see your dog as a part of your family, or one of your own children and we fully understand this. Would you genuinely want to put a family member in a cage while you go on holiday, or would you prefer they had a holiday of their own to enjoy?

Our whole process really is easy and it all starts off with a phone call or a form submission, so what are you waiting for?

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 £35
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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.

Earn a FREE day with every completed Loyalty Card
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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.

Jackie"

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.

Thanks"

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.

Liz"

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

Tina Darlington

Hello, my name is Tina Darlington and I am delighted to be part of the Barking Mad Nationwide Franchise network covering the Bromley Borough, CR0 postcodes of Croydon and the surrounding area.

I live in Biggin Hill with my husband Keith, two boys and our gorgeous Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Oscar who is getting on a bit now!

I have owned the Barking Mad Bromley area since February 2014 and am pleased to say that I have many satisfied customers whose dogs or doggies return time and time again for repeat holidays with one of my wonderful host families. Customers soon have 'favourite' hosts that they request for each of their holidays. Planning and booking your dogs holiday well ahead of time is the best way for me to make the right match for your doggy.

My hosts are so happy to receive a dog on its holiday and really look forward to the walks, cuddles and company of the dog that they are caring for.

You will find that your dog has a complete show of disloyalty when my car arrives to collect him or her as they all jump in with complete excitement as they begin their holiday. You can be sure that you will know how their holiday was when you receive a lovely postcard giving news of their stay.

Many of my customers come from word of mouth and my customer base is growing all of the time. If you would like to register your dog with us so that it can enjoy Barking Mad holidays simply email me or give me a call.
I also need host families, so if you are someone that would enjoy the companionship of a dog staying for its holidays, are a dog lover and have a secure garden I'd love to hear from you too.

 

Places Covered

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

  • Bromley
  • Crockenhill
  • Chelsfield
  • Green St Green
  • Chislehurst
  • Downe
  • Farnborough (Kent)
  • Keston
  • Orpington
  • Petts Wood
  • New Eltham
  • Beckenham
  • Elmers End
  • Penge
  • Sydenham Hill
  • Dulwich
  • Crystal Palace
  • Croydon (CR0 postal)
  • Shirley (CR0 postal )
  • Selsdon (CR0 postal)
  • Green St Green
  • Farnborough (Kent)

Customer Comments

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Once again "The Boys" had a wonderful time on their "Hols" and came home (reluctantly!!) with photos and gifts.
We never worry about them when we go away, especially this time,as we were only able to give very short notice.
At the sight of their bag being packed or the sound of the Barking Mad car, they are at the front door, waiting to go.
Thanks "Girls" and we will carry on recommending you.

Posted by: Mrs P M Jones on

Thank you for the care Barking Mad took of Alfie last week. Please can you extend my thanks to Val and Kath- especially for managing all the foot business. I know Alfie had a very happy time.

Posted by: Annie on

Dear Tina, Sharon and the Barking Mad Team,


It is with great sadness that I write to tell you that our beautiful Amelie died yesterday morning in her sleep. It was totally unexpected and as you can imagine we are totally devastated. All we can gather comfort from is that she did not suffer and that she died at home surrounded by lots of love and that she lived a full and happy life right up until the end. On Tuesday afternoon she was over the woods chasing/playing with a 17 week old Hungarian Vizsla!!


We just wanted to pass on our thanks and gratitude to all of the Barking Mad team for all your good kind work and support over the last 9 years or so since we have had Amelie. Could you also pass on our thanks and gratitude to the hosts that she has stayed with especially Kate and Graham.


Regards


Paula & David

Posted by: paula mccabe on

Looks like Charlie and Alfie had an amazing time. Thank you so much for looking after them for us. Makes our holidays a lot more relaxing knowing they are looked after. Kelly and David.

Posted by: Kelly Walsh on

It was so nice to go away for the weekend knowing that Maddie and Poppy were having a great time and following the routine that they are used to ... including lots of belly rubs, fun walks and cuddles at bed time! Thanks to our hosts for looking after them for the weekend in just the same way we would at home. They are looking forward to their next holiday in the summer!

Posted by: Jane Adamson on

Dear Tina,
We wonder if you would be kind enough to give our big thanks to the host who looked after Otto so well last week. He had no complaints whatsoever and the lovely card suggested he thoroughly enjoyed his holiday from us. Many thanks of course equally for your service (and your colleague's) and as always everything went wonderfully smooth. Kind regards Ilona & Stefan Weitzel

Posted by: Ilona Navarro-Weitzel on

Barking Mad have been looking after my Jack Russell, Millie, for over 5 years. She has 2 or 3 holidays with them every year and usually has the same hosts. The lady looking after her in the summer especially, takes wonderful care of her & takes her on trips. I receive a lovely photo album or postcard from her every time & I just know Millie's enjoyed herself! She is always returned to us happy & full of beans!

Posted by: Stacey Kennedy on

We are very happy with Barking Mad. Lola loved staying with the "Three J's" and is thoroughly looking forward to going back to them and playing in the local woods and fields. It is wonderful to know that she is happy when we go on holiday.

Posted by: Tessa Gould on

Can't praise Barking Mad highly enough. Our Roxy is a very timid, what I would describe as a 'special needs'! Dog...She is spolit rotten when she stays with Kate & Sharon! Being allowed to do things she's not allowed to do at home... Sleeping on sofas and beds! She loves being with them and it is such a relief to know that she is being looked after and loved equally (if not more!) as she is at home.
No hesitation in recommending Barking Mad to look after your dogwhilst you are away.

Posted by: Sharon Bradley on

We have been extremely happy with the service provided. Our miniature Schnauzer is always placed with suitable families and has a lovely time. We are always confident that he is in good hands when we go on holiday. I highly recommend barking Mad.

Posted by: Judith H on

We used Barking Mad for the first time in May 2015. We were very impressed with the professional but friendly service provided by Tina. She found a wonderful host family for our little Kodi, who came home to us very relaxed and happy! We will be using the same host in September when we are on holiday. Then definitely whenever we need them in the future. Thank you for looking after our little treasure so very very well!

Posted by: Lesley Sharman on

we were so pleased with the service provided. Everything happened exactly as planned and our dog came back a happy dog with a nice report that all went well. It was very convenient to have her collected and brought back too. Thank you Barking Mad, will definitely use again

Posted by: Lindsay Alger on

I am really pleased with Barking Mad. Our dog Noel, a rescue greyhound, loves going on his holidays.
Val and Kath who he goes to, really spoil him and he loves the attention. When we re-homed Noel, he had never been in a home, always kennels, and I didn't want him again in a kennel, so Barking Mad is the ideal holiday home for him. Tina is always helpful and I always feel happy that Noel is having a good time. Lots of walks and cuddles.
Thank you Barking Mad. Posted by Vivien

Posted by: bmadadmin on

The service was excellent from start to finish and max came home happy and healthy and we will definitely use you again and recommend you to our friends... Thank you

Posted by: Amanda jewers on

Hatton is my 6yr old English bulldog and he had a perfectly wonderful holiday whilst we were away. I know because he wrote us a post card letting us know. The guys a barking mad treated Hatton so well I know he is in the best of hands with these professionals.

Posted by: Isobel on

Hi Tina

Lovely pictures! Thank you. Looks like everyone is having a great time.

I have been meaning to mail you before but it has been hectic since our return from holiday.

Would you please pass on my sincere thanks to Andrea for looking after Holly so well. As you know I was a little worried about boarding her as she has not long been out from Battersea and I was concerned she would be traumatised by leaving the comfort and security of her new home to go to yet another home. But upon her return it is like she has never been away, no stress or trauma in sight! She is still my gorgeous, laid back, chilled out Holly!

We missed her whilst we were away but looking at her postcard it seems she was far to busy to miss us. She loves being with children and having Andrea's two around 24/7 was brilliant for her. Also Andrea walked her at some of her regular 'run wild' haunts so she must of felt not to far from home. I can't thank Andrea enough for the care she has given Holly whilst we have been away.

Once again thank you for the match and Andrea for her wonderful care of Holly and rest assured that when we book our next travel you will be our first phone call to arrange Holly's boarding with Andrea and her lovely family......I hope.

Kind Regards

Sue & Holly

Posted by: Sue Cook on

We've used Barking Mad several times over the last couple of years and have to say that their service is fantastic. Our Golden Retriever Steffi practially drags local representative Tina out of the door when she comes to pick her up. It's also lovely to get a postcard with comments from her carers and sometimes photographs. Very, very happy with the whole thing.

Posted by: Janie H. on

Please can you thank Misty's hosts Pat & Bree for looking after her & for the postcard.

Unfortunately Misty does eat everything & anything & always has done including not very nice things at times!

She has always eaten very quickly since we re- homed her when she was 2 yrs old. We have tried all sorts of ways to try to get her to slow down, but nothing works. We even bought one of those different type feeding bowls, but within a couple of days she had mastered that too!

Thanks again,
Best regards,

Claire

Posted by: Claire on

Hi

My 10 year old Beagle went to one of Barking Mad 'host families' for 16 days and she came back looking really happy and very relaxed. I would definitely recommend this service as I know that my dog was very well looked after and that she had a lovely time whilst I was away.

Many thanks Barking Mad.

Best wishes

Kerry

Posted by: Kerry Bryden on

Excellent service, always on time and most importantly, our Poppy is happy.

Posted by: sharon on

Once again we have been very impressed by the care and enthusiasm of Tina and Sharon. Charlie loves to see them and jumps into the BM car quite happily, not giving us a backwards glance! He is the same happy dog when he comes home and we know for sure that on this occasion he had a great time with Iris and was extremely well looked after. This peace of mind is invaluable and means that we can enjoy our own holiday. We can't recommend Barking Mad highly enough and would encourage anyone who is not sure to give them a call. They are friendly, efficient, well organised and above all they obviously love our 'best friends' and treat them as if they were their own.

Posted by: Julia C on

Sounds like Toby had a lovely time with his host family and was very well looked after. Tina Darlington was very helpful and kept me informed during our holiday which was very reassuring. Def recommend Barking Mad.

Posted by: Michelle McClafferty on

We have used Barking Mad on many occasions and have not long received Morpheus back from our holiday of 8 weeks!! He was very happy and had a great stay with Teresa, who looked after him beautifully. I have every confidence in Tina who always ensures the best host for your dog and keeps you up to date when you are away.
This is a fantastic scheme and one we will be using for many years to come.

Posted by: Geraldine Paton on

We have just received max back after our first holiday without him. He is completely happy and not traumatised at all by his stay with iris.He has just settled down at home as if he had never been away.
I am confident that when we go away again he will be safe and loved and will enjoy his holiday with barking mad so enabling us to enjoy our holiday.

Posted by: maggie on

Thank you Barking Mad fot taking care of Tallulah, I would not have been able to get away for my big birthday treat without knowing she was in safe hands, being cared for as she is at home, it made me able to relax and enjoy x

Posted by: Pat on

Pablo has had many lovely holidays with Barking Mad. He is so pleased to see Tina when she collects him! He is always looked after very well and returns to us happy and healthy.

Posted by: Judith Hilditch on

I am very pleased with the service and feel confident that my dogs are being well looked after.

Posted by: Joy Frascinella on

Squiggles loves her holidays with you! She has been a regular visitor since she was a puppy, and has always come home in fine fettle, having been beautifully looked after and very spoiled with cuddles and treats.

Posted by: Andrew Bram & Beatrice Shoemaker (Squiggles) on

Hiya Tina. Thank you so much for your service with Herbie last week. Looks like he had a great time. Thank you!

Posted by: Lottie on

We are going on holiday very soon and we feel very reassured that Nellie will be very well looked after and cared for. The personal touch that you offer means so much. Thank you to Tina and Iris

Posted by: Tracey Scudder on

Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and "Trevor and Maggie" for taking such good care of our beloved pooch, Misty, last weekend. Its so lovely being able to relax and enjoy ourselves in the knowledge that she is safe and being so well cared for.

It was really lovely too, to receive a photo (really cute and I particularly liked Trevor and Maggie's doggie sculpture by their fireplace by the way!) and the postcard telling us what she got up too! Its good to see that she acts much in the same way as she does at home; further reassurance that she was happy and content!




So thanks again,




Sarah and Keith (Marshall)

Posted by: Sarah Marshall on

Barking Mad have been looking after Millie for several years now. They provide an excellent & reliable service. Tina is always on time & Millie is always really keen to go on her own holiday! I receive updates on how she is and have even been given a lovely photo album of Millie's stay! She always comes home happy and playful!

Posted by: Stacey Kennedy on

Could you please thank Iris very much from us for looking after Misty while we were on holiday. She obviously had a very good time & glad they both got on so well.


Thanks also for the soft toy (misty still loves playing with it, though I have had to do some sewing up) & biscuits.

Posted by: Claire on

We recently contacted Tina Darlington at Barking Mad in Biggin Hill. She came round to meet us and our two dogs Olly and Dory and to talk us through the Barking Mad experience. From the moment she walked in the door it was obvious she is a dog and people lover. She resolved all our reservations about leaving our two dogs with strangers whilst we had a week in the sun. The information she supplied was second to none and she made the whole experience very pain free. Our dogs where picked up and brought back at the times specified and they had a great holiday. Would we use again? Now we have found Tina and Barking Mad we will not be going anywhere else in the future. Great people and a great service.
Well done and thank you Tina
Cathy
Posted by: C. Thomas on 7th Oct, 2014

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Our 7-month old Golden Retriever puppy spent his first night away recently with Barking Mad. He was very well cared for and we don't think he wanted to come home! Tina filled us with confidece when she picked Martin up, assuring us he would be well looked after and how right she was! Would recommend BM to anybody.

Posted by: Georgina Tomkins on

We met Tina not long after she'd joined this year, and she's a delight to deal with. She promptly arranged for our golden doodle Coco to go back to the family who had previously had her for a week over New Year where she appeared to have a wonderful time. It's a good feeling to know your pet is in safe hands when you have to leave them behind. Thanks BM

Posted by: Nicola Robson on

Tina and co really care about the dogs and our two, Roley and Poley, have had a great time when she has looked after them. I would reccomend Barking Mad to anybody looking for a holiday placement for their dog.

Posted by: john pitts on

I love going on my holidays with Barking Mad. I have such a lovely time that I never want to come home. As soon as I hear the Barking Mad car and see my bag in the hall I'm ready to go.

Posted by: Jackson Jones on

Fantastic service. This is such a great way to make sure that your dog is looked after as you would do, while you are away. Tina gives excellent service and we will be using her again with absolute confidence. I would thoroughly recommend Barking Mad.

Posted by: Gerri Paton on

Very good service, our dog Noel loves going to his host family and is very well looked after. The collection and return runs very smoothly and Noel is quite happy to go with Tina.

Posted by: Vivien Singleton on

I'm extremely pleased with the care that Tina shows me and my dogs. I find her attentive and diligent and I am very happy with the service she provides.

Posted by: Heather Shirley on

June 2014
Sarah & Family – Barking Mad Hosts for Bromley: -

Dogs - love 'em. Especially the larger ones that need big walks. Teenagers that won't get up in the holidays - not so loveable. But put together teenagers and the novelty of walking a new dog and, for us, it just works. We have returned our eighth hosted dog having spent a very mixed (weather wise) week and I am delighted that both of my daughters joined an enthusiastic bouncy Labradoodle and me tramping over common, farmland and parks in both rain and sunshine.

I've owned dogs in the past and one day might want to again. However a long day spent out of the house working in a school does not fit with having a dog of our own. So for now we are very happy being hosts during the school holidays. We love the variety of breeds that have arrived on our doorstep with their beds, blankets, biscuits and bowls and the ever smiling Tina. All our dogs have been fun, polite, great company and a joy to host. The information Tina brings tells us exactly what the dog needs and likes and it comes with the reassurance that, should a problem or question arise, Tina would be there at the end of the phone to help.

Having met a few of the other hosts, I realise there are many reasons why we are all barking mad enough to let other peoples dogs into our lives. For me, it's the long walks, exercise, finding new places, meeting other dog owners and walkers and having a wagging tailed companion with me.

Each dog leaves us feeling a little sad as it's amazing how attached you can get to them in a week or two. Then once we've hoovered up the hairs, got used to not shutting doors and carrying poo bags in every pocket, we start to look forward to the next visitor.

Posted by: Sarah Fuller on

My lovely tan and white "heinz 57" dog Sonny has stayed with a Barking Mad family 6 times now and he loves it. Great professional service and have already recomended the company to a friend. Wouldn't use anyone else now.

Posted by: Anita on

We had to leave our 14 year old much loved dog for 3 weeks and he had a wonderful time and came home very well and happy. Barking Mad is the very best pet care company and one we will not hesitate to use again. The hosts who looked after him sent us a card telling us all about his stay too. Would recommend to anyone worried about leaving their dog......worth every penny for the peace of mind.

Posted by: Amanda on

HARRY IS MY SECOND GOLDIE THAT HAS BEEN LOOKED AFTER BY BARKING MAD OVER THE PAST 8 YEARS. I HAVE ALWAYS HANDED OVER BOTH DOGS WITH THE CONFIDENCE THAT THEY ARE WITH PEOPLE WHO LOVE AND APPRECIATE THEM. THIS IS A BRILLIANT SERVICE, AND I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE WHO WANTS THE BEST FOR THEIR PET WHILST AWAY.

Posted by: CHRIS BUCKLAND on

We have used Barking Mad twice now and Noel is very happy on his holidays. He is a very nervous rescue dog but is quite happy to go on his holiday and receives a lot of love and care from his host family and to Vanessa a big thank you for your kindness.

Posted by: Vivien on

Wouldn't trust my girl with anyone else. I know she will be just as loved and cared for as if she were at home. Lady has come on in leaps and bounds since spending time with Barking Mad. She has changed from a nervous girl into a confident, happy, bouncy dog. Their attention to detail is amazing. Lady always comes back with a postcard of what she has been up to and an update from Vanessa too - we always end up having a giggle at Lady's relaxed antics whilst on holiday with Barking Mad.

Sometimes I just can't take her with me, so I do something which is even better, I send her on holiday with Barking Mad which leaves me to have a relaxing time and gives me great peace of mind. It's the best holiday your dog will ever have. We all want our dogs to have the best and this is the best, truly a home away from home. Couldn't recommend them highly enough.

Posted by: Louise on

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for looking after Misty whilst we were away. She clearly has had a great time; cared for with professional, loving hands. Please pass on our thanks to Ashley and her family

Posted by: Sarah on

Our little Puppy, Fluffy is only 5 months old and we were really worried about leaving her to go on holiday. Thanks to Vanessa, Fluffy was looked after by her Host Family like their own pet and came back to us happy and contented. We will certainly use your service again next year. Thank you again.

Posted by: Angela on

We are delighted with the service we have received from your company, from the very friendly service and the fact that we can go away and relax knowing our princess will be safe and thoroughly looked after whilst on our holiday. Thank you very much. we will certainly use you again and recommend you to all our friends and family.

Posted by: Lindsey on

This was the first time we have used Barking Mad and were completely satisfied and felt very happy to leave Corkie in Barking Mad's care

Posted by: Sara on

News

May 2017

Local Fetes have started! 1st May was a little chilly for the Pettswood May Queen! However flocks of people enjoyed all of the entertainment and kept Barking Mad very busy with enquiries for dog holidays in Bromley.

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April 2017

Welcome to the Barking Mad Bromley team 

Rebecca has joined myself and Sharon as one of the team who you will see collecting and delivering your dog home this year. She will also be holding the reigns when I go away on my holidays - business as usual.

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Bromley hosts have been busy recently!

During March and April Barking Mad Bromley hosts enjoyed 2 events. We all met up for breakfast and coffee at Aurthurs in Coolings Garden Centre. A great morning for catching up with each other and an opportunity for me to give out Easter Eggs to all as a thank you for the wonderful hosting that they provide.

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Last weekend we enjoyed a lovely Bluebell walk around Farnborough and High Elms with holiday dogs on their best behaviour. It was great to have you Iris and Misty and Carol with Bramble. Oscar can too - of course!

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Up and coming community events:
May - Pettswood Bank holiday Monday May Queen Fayre - 1st May in Pettswood Road & Memorial Hall
June - Chislehurst Common Rotary Club Fete - 10th June
August - Cudham Recreation ground Summer Fayre and Dog show hosted by Barking Mad - 28th August

Come and say hello and join in the fun of the summer.

January 2017

This is how much fun a doggy has on its holidays with Barking Mad Bromley! You can tell can't you?!! Thank you Host Helen and son

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December 2016

December is a great month for me to be able to meet up with some of my wonderful Bromley hosts and show my appreciation for the services that they have provided throughout the year to provide my customers dogs with many loving holidays! Here is a small selection of them sharing some festive cheer.

Xmas is another busy time for us here at Barking Mad so we would like to wish you all a very Merry Xmas if you are having a browse of my website and Thank you! See you in 2017.

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October 2016

October walk with hosts and holiday dogs at Farnborough Fields , Kent - another beautiful sunny day with our four legged friends

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November Events:

Ladies Pamper Night

Please come and support Bromley Scouts and enjoy some shopping and pampering. Call Karen for a ticket. Come and say hello to me too. Join in my competition to win a Champagne Hot air balloon flight for 2 ! Whats not to like?! See you there.

Thursday 10th November, 19.30 Start
Scout HQ, Homemead Road BR2 8BB
£5 entry including glass of wine or soft drink
For tickets and information please call or email Karen Shipp 02082955805 karenshipp@rocketmail.com

  •  Paraffin Hand Waxing
  •  Indian Head Massage
  •  Hand Made Cards
  •  Eyebrow Tinting/Threading
  •  Candles
  •  Fashion Accessories, bags & Jewellery
  •  Manicures
  •  And Many more different stalls

REFRESHMENTS - HOT FRESH MEXICAN FOOD

October 2016

Barking Mad Bromley welcomes new doggies in October and here are some enjoying their holidays with their hosts.

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Wow - its been a busy Summer with so many lovely doggies having holidays. Look at this collage featuring doggies on their holidays and fantastic Bromley hosts.
                                                                                                                                                                            

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Congratulations to Bromley Host Iris - she has been nominated as UK host of the month for October. Its no wonder really since she loves and spoils every doggy that stays with her. Every doggy goes home with a very full postcard and a gift bag!! She is one in a million. Her diary for 2017 is filling quickly! Book now to avoid disappointment.

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Welcome to new host Denise - we are so looking forward to giving you some doggies. Welcome to the Barking Mad Host group.

 

October Events: 

Saturday 22nd October - Host Walk at 2pm. Meet at St Giles church - Farnborough Friday 28th October - Host get together and lunch - Aurthurs restaurant - Coolings on Rushmore Hill. 12 noon.

 

July 2016

A fabulous afternoon at Chelsfield Village Fete on 16 th July , with visits from many hosts and their holiday dogs . The weather was kind too.

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June 2016 

This is a very special group of Barking Mad Bromley hosts who have each hosted between 5 and 12 years for Barking Mad Bromley.

I treated them to Cream Tea at the Bo Peep pub in Chelsfield and Barking Mad HQ gave all hosts having hosted for 10 or more years a lovely Rose Bush. Congratulations team Barking Mad Bromley!

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May 2016

Bromley dog's enjoying their holidays!

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    Shelby on her holidays            Welcome to new host Voy and her first Barking Mad dog Lily   Lovely host Jenny with Lola

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                        May Bank holiday madness at the Pettswood May Queen fete, joined by hosts June, Sandra and Iris

                                                                

                                                                      

March 2016

Barking Mad Bromley March OFFER

Happy Easter everyone - Its competition time! Win yourself a fabulous Barking Mad Shopper bag for life, plus 2 Doggy Easter eggs, plus a soft squeaky toy. WOW

To enter, simply visit my Facebook page, Like it and Share it. Easy!


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January 2016

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Barking Mad Bromley January OFFER

Happy New Year - Its competition time! Win yourself a fabulous Dog portrait photo session and FREE 6x9" print - kindly donated by Life Photography Bromley


To enter, simply visit my Facebook page, Like it and Share it. Easy! Here is the link - https://www.facebook.com/BarkingMadDogCareBromleyOrpington/

 

December 2015

Barking Mad Bromley enjoyed a peaceful month with just a few doggies enjoying their holidays. Take a look at a small selection of photos from December.

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There was time for my hosts to get together and enjoy a healthy 5 mile circular walk in local countryside. Everyone came with a doggy and we had a great morning together.

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A few of my hosts had a doggy friend come to stay at Xmas and the New Year and had wonderful times together.

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October 2015

As Summer has now officially come to a close, I would like to say Thank you to all of you who have enjoyed using Barking Mad. You have kept the Bromley team and our special hosts very busy and we have enjoyed seeing all of our regular customers and meeting new ones too.

We now have quieter times over the next couple of months where host availability is very good and if you fancy a weekend away we should be able to accommodate most requests. The special offer below might help you to arrange a long weekend away to do your Xmas shopping, have a city break or take a theatre weekend.

Looking ahead to peak times next year, I would strongly advise that you secure your holiday as soon as you are able since host availability becomes limited quite quickly especially for School holiday or Uni holiday periods. We already have some bookings in the diary! Thank you.

Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 special offer - 3 days for the price of 2! Get your Skates on and take advantage of our latest offer!

Make a 3 day booking for a break in November , December (Excluding Xmas and the New Year holiday dates) and January and get the 3rd day FREE.

Offer ends 30th November 2015

Host walk with hosts Kate & Graham, Jenny and dogs Steffi and Oscar:

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Barking Mad hosts are very special people and I have a really great selection of hosts to suit most dogs! BUT my host bank needs expanding. If you as a customer would like to also become a host, or you know someone that would enjoy hosting please let me know. A £25 M&S voucher will come your way for any successful newly recruited hosts.

Barking Mad Bromley Hosts pose for our Christmas Photo!

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Dogs on holiday Gallery

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Boo along with Oscar enjoying a walk at Toys Hill

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Ben going home

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Amber going home

Bromley Barking Mad Hosts Enjoy a Thank You lunch to celebrate the busy Summer Dog holidays that they have enjoyed

The end of October was the ideal time for a get together of Bromley Hosts who have all enjoyed looking after Barking Mad dogs this summer on their holidays. They had lots to talk about and enjoyed swapping stories of the dogs they looked after!

Scouts Pamper evening - Thursday 12th November 7.30pm - Homemead Road, Bromley BR2 8BB - £5 entry fee

Barking Mad will be exhibiting at the Scouts Pamper night and will be promoting our £5,000 Holiday Free Prize Draw.....have you entered yet? The competition closes on 7th December. You have to be in it, to win it!!

During the evening you will be able to be pampered too whilst sipping a complimentary drink.
Please call Karen Shipp for tickets on 0208 2955805

Summer 2015

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Barking Mad enjoyed a great day at the Chislehurst Rotary Fete on the Common.  We had loads of doggy visitors, also a visit from Bob Neill the local MP.  In support of Foal Farm a total of £43 was raised for them in the 'Guess the Number of Bonio's in the Jar' competition. 2 Host families were also happy to join in the spirit of the day.  Their help was greatfully received.

Watch out for photos of the Chelsfield Village Fete and Foal Farm day coming soon.

 

Who's Who in the Bromley/Croydon Team

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Jane - Regular Friday Customer collection and Delivery driver

 

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Keith - Tinas husband who can very ably help at weekends and busy periods                                                         

                 

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:

Here's one of my lovely hosts, Iris talking about why she loves being a host for Barking Mad - if you or someone you know would benefit from having a visiting dog, please do get in touch - I'd love to hear from you!

Dog Walkers 

Dog walker in Beckenham - Debbie 07884 443198

Dog Walking Bromley - 0208 460 0151 - www.dogwalkingbromley.co.uk 

Dog walker covering the Bromley area from Beckenham to Orpington, including Hayes, West Wickham, Shortlands, Petts Wood, Bickley and Chislehurst - Paul 07928 034495, www.paulthedogwalker.moonfruit.com

Miscellaneous

Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre is based in Biggin Hill, Kent. Our aim is to take in as many sick, distressed and unwanted animals as possible and restore them to health and happiness.
www.foalfarm.org.uk

Locke & Busby- Illuminative & creative prop hire of Light up Lettering for weddings and events
www.lockeandbusby.co.uk
Tel 0208 402 1433

Sister Cakes
Samantha Anderson / Tanya Anderson
Email - sistercakes@Hotmail.co.uk
Facebook : sistercakesbromley
Tel : 07805 393407 / 07906 813074

Personal Trainer & Nutrition advisor - Exercise and Training
Laura Jane Owens - Mob : 07850 753168
email : Laura@eatfit.London
www.eatfit.london

Dog Training

K9 Courses is a professional dog training school based in and around the areas of Croydon, Bromley and Sutton, on the Kent and Surrey border. We are a team of dedicated and ADTB approved dog trainers, who apply motivational, positive reward-based training techniques and principles to help you develop a strong, loving and mutually beneficial relationship with your dog.
www.k9courses.com

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CUSTOMER
REVIEWS

Mrs P M Jones - 3rd Nov, 2016
"Once again "The Boys" had a wonderful time on their "Hols" and came home (reluctantly!!) with photos and gifts.
We never worry about them when we go away, especially this time,as we were only able to give very short notice.
At the sight of their bag being packed or the sound of the Barking Mad car, they are at the front door, waiting to go.
Thanks "Girls" and we will carry on recommending you."

Annie - 2nd Nov, 2016
"Thank you for the care Barking Mad took of Alfie last week. Please can you extend my thanks to Val and Kath- especially for managing all the foot business. I know Alfie had a very happy time."

paula mccabe - 25th Oct, 2016
"Dear Tina, Sharon and the Barking Mad Team,


It is with great sadness that I write to tell you that our beautiful Amelie died yesterday morning in her sleep. It was totally unexpected and as you can imagine we are totally devastated. All we can gather comfort from is that she did not suffer and that she died at home surrounded by lots of love and that she lived a full and happy life right up until the end. On Tuesday afternoon she was over the woods chasing/playing with a 17 week old Hungarian Vizsla!!


We just wanted to pass on our thanks and gratitude to all of the Barking Mad team for all your good kind work and support over the last 9 years or so since we have had Amelie. Could you also pass on our thanks and gratitude to the hosts that she has stayed with especially Kate and Graham.


Regards


Paula & David"

Kelly Walsh - 25th Oct, 2016
"Looks like Charlie and Alfie had an amazing time. Thank you so much for looking after them for us. Makes our holidays a lot more relaxing knowing they are looked after. Kelly and David."

Jane Adamson - 29th Feb, 2016
"It was so nice to go away for the weekend knowing that Maddie and Poppy were having a great time and following the routine that they are used to ... including lots of belly rubs, fun walks and cuddles at bed time! Thanks to our hosts for looking after them for the weekend in just the same way we would at home. They are looking forward to their next holiday in the summer!"

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