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Marvin saves the day!
I had a phone call from a customer who is a professional photographer asking if by any chance I had a large dog on my books who would be available for a photo shoot. The dog he had booked was under the weather and wasn’t available. So a quick phone call to Marvin’s owners and they were only too happy to help out. They all had a lovely day and Marvin was a natural canine model.
Guess the number of bones.
One of the competitions I ran at the Herne Fun Day was guess the number of bones in the jar.
Three sisters visited the Barking Mad stall and won their dog Roxy the large jar of bones.
Well done girls.
Herne Fun Day
2 hours, 102 dogs and 10 classes made this years fun dog show in Cherry Orchard, Herne very popular and busy.
The day started with the Herne Bay Sea Cadet band opening the show, there were pony rides, go-karts, vintage cars, a brass band, various stalls and the of course the main event; the dog show.
Most people entered their dogs in four or five classes including the normal best dog and best bitch to best six legs and the sausage race where one dog managed to run 15 meters and eat a number of sausages in 7 seconds!
I had a stall with a competition of guess the number of bones and name the dog, but unfortunately because it was very breezy on the day most of my fun bits and pieces had to stay in the car. It still attracted lots of people wanting to know about home from home dog holidays with Barking Mad.
‘Your dogs’ holiday starts here’.
A fresh new image for Barking Mad and a new car has joined the ‘fleet’ to accommodate larger dogs or a two dog family. Even a Great Dane can now be accommodated.
It’s a new year and our team is expanding. Please meet Kevin and Julian.
It has been a busy start to the year with a number of bookings right up to December.
I’m looking forward to all 2017 has to offer. Meeting new dogs (and their owners of course), attending shows, and seeing happy dogs going on their holidays.
Host Family of the Month
We would like to announce with no further ado, that our Hosts of the Month for December are the amazing John and Christine Tait from Otterden, who have cared for many doggy holidaymakers during their time as a host family for Barking Mad Canterbury.
John and Christine have been hosting for Barking Mad Canterbury for nearly two and a half years now. In that time, they have hosted an incredible fifty plus holidays for many different dogs including varied breeds such as Bull Mastiff, Alaskan Malamute and a Samoyed. They have also enjoyed having dogs for extended holidays of three weeks or more.
Christine was very unlucky and sadly fractured her hip earlier this year. She was in hospital for over a week but as soon as she was home they welcomed two Dalmatians for a holiday. That really does show a true love of dogs! They are always willing to go the extra mile with special food requirements or visits to the vets and they always take great photographs and write lovely postcards to customers.
We would like to say a huge thank you to John and Christine and all our other fantastic hosts. Your caring and dedication really do make such a difference and keep tails wagging all year round!
They say time flies and it certainly has as I have now been running Barking Mad in East Kent for five years.
During my host party this year we celebrated this occasion with a cake. Five years ago it was only me running the business. Now I have Julian helping out with the driving, and in January my husband is coming on board. I am looking forward to the next five years.
On Saturday I held my annual host party.
This year it was an afternoon tea held at the Walpole Bay hotel near Margate. The hotel was built in 1914 and still has original bone china crockery and silver cutlery. Every year it is a good afternoon with hosts being able to swap stories about the dogs they have looked after. I held a free raffle with prizes ranging from a bottle of wine and box of chocolates to a wooden spoon! We had a laugh as people found out what their prize was.
It was a real surprise to win an award this year at our sales meeting!
Come and see me at the Herne and Broomfield Fun Day on Sunday 31st July. Canterbury Road, Herne.
Try your luck at guess the dogs’ name, and number of bones in a jar. Or bring your dog and enter the fun dog show.
There are also various bands, classic cars, pony rides, go karts and lots more.
It's a host's life.
Gordon and Clare were one of my first host families to sign up to look after Barking Mad dogs in their home. They had lost their own dog a few years previously, but because of their lifestyle they didn’t feel they could commit to having another dog of their own. Gordon saw my advert in a post office, and that as they say “is history”. They have looked after lots of dogs for me from a Border Terrier to an Alaskan Malamute.
Gordon says it is ideal for them. It is like being a Grandparent, they can have a dog to stay when it is convenient for them and enjoy its company. Then at the end of the holiday the dog goes back to its own family.
During the summer I attended lots of fairs, at one of them I judged a fun dog show with the usual dog who most looks like it 's owner and the sausage race. But mainly I met lots of lovely people and their dogs.
We love working with and recommending local business, here are a list of fantastic people we think you might like to hear about:
Animal House Veterinary Services
Broadway Veterinary Group Herne Bay, Sturry, Tankerton
Bubbles and Cuddles. Whitstable
The Village Groomers Herne
Upper Cuts Herne Bay
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare www.staffordwelfare.com
Email John Laker on firstname.lastname@example.org