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Kevin Matthews
Central Lancashire

Tel: 01772 696589

Dog sitting services in South Lancashire

Enjoy a worry-free, guilt-free holiday.

Everybody needs a holiday. But there’s no point in jetting off to the sun only to spend the entire time worrying about your dog. Barking Mad is the dog sitting service for Chorley, Darwen and Blackburn that provides every breed of dog with a loving home from home while its owners are away – so you can enjoy a worry-free holiday.

Darwen dog sitting – the alternative to kennels
Across South Lancashire, Barking Mad gives dogs a holiday every bit as good as the ones their owners are enjoying.

New walks, new sights, smells and sounds. New gardens to explore and new fireplaces to fall asleep in front of. We’ll give your dog an adventure tailored to its likes and dislikes, and we’ll make sure that in amongst the new experiences is plenty that’s familiar – usual food, usual bed, usual toys – so your dog has his or her paws under the table in no time.

We’ll chauffeur your dog from home to host. We’ll arrange a trial run to make the transition easier for dog (and owner) and while you’re away we’ll maintain all your dog’s routines.

When you return, you’ll find your dog as happy and contented as when you left.

Who will my dog be staying with?
The key to every Barking Mad dog holiday is your dog host. For dog-sitting in Blackburn, Darwen and Chorley, your dog will be paired with the perfect host by Kevin Matthews.

Kevin discovered Barking Mad when he was looking for dog holiday accommodation for his Border Terrier, Derby. “When it came to booking our annual ski holiday, we decided that kennels were not an option and that Derby deserved a holiday too. We were delighted when a friend recommended Barking Mad to us.”

So delighted, in fact, that Kevin now runs our South Lancashire branch, where he makes it his mission to ensure that your dog is just as happy as Derby was.

Give your dog a proper holiday. Choose dog boarding and dog sitting services in Blackburn, Chorley and Darwen by Barking Mad. You can talk to Kevin here.

Love your holiday - by making sure your dog loves its holiday too. Call Barking Mad.

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Looking after dogs in Blackburn, Chorley and South Lancashire.

Dog Host with the most?

There’s no great secret to becoming one of our wonderful dog hosts. You’ll love dogs (of course), you’ll have experience looking after them, and you’ll give your guests the undivided love and attention they need while their owners are away.

Beyond that, our hosts come from all walks of life – and all stages of it. You could be a retiree with time on your hands, a family looking to care for a dog over school holidays, or someone who can’t own a dog because of the work/life/job you have, but love having a dog in your life whenever you can.

Whoever you are, if you love dogs (and dogs love you back) you could be a great host. You can find out more about dog hosting in Lancashire here.

Could you start your own dog sitting franchise?

One day, not too long ago, each of our Barking Mad franchisees sat in roughly your position reading something like this.

Like you, they loved dogs. And like you, they’d never really thought of turning that love of dogs into a successful business. And then one day, they did.

Want to join them? Find more about running your own dog-sitting franchise here.



Carmen Bowley - 11th Dec, 2015
"Our little dog has been to stay with hosts Anne and David on a number of occasions now and I am sure that she has a whale of a time while she is with them . I know from the comprehensive and fun post cards that we receive that Anne and David have quickly gained an excellent insight into Crumb's temperament and character and look after her as if she was their own . Crumb is clearly very happy in their home and has made herself very welcome , so much so that one photo showed her snuggled up in Anne's cosy slanket !Sorry Anne, I hope you didn't mind! Crumb is made to feel part of the family and has enjoyed fun runs in the park with Anne and David's Grandaughter. Kevin and Lisa have been totally professional and provide a very safe and caring service too .Crumb trots off happily into the Barking Mad van without a second glance at us - all those smells from the other dogs who have been chauffeured in the van are far more interesting than her Mum and Dad waving her off!"

Martin Sharrocks - 5th Nov, 2015
"Thanks very much for taking good care of Athena, our 18 month old Weimaraner. I think she enjoyed herself and had all the exercise she could handle with her host."

Sue Chadwick - 4th Nov, 2015
"As first time users of Barking Mad, we were extremely pleased with how well Ruby settled in with her host family and enjoyed her own mini holiday. Wonderful service, very professional and the utmost care was taken with our beautiful girl. Thank you very much to everyone involved."

Faye Gray - 29th Sep, 2015
"Vince has just got back from another successful holiday with Barking Mad. Such a professional, friendly service, we can't recommend highly enough. From start to finish is stress free both for us and Vince.
Thanks Kevin"

Tracy Haigh - 21st Aug, 2015
"This is the first time we have ever left our dogs with anyone other than family. I was distraught when I saw the concrete cells called kennels, then i saw the advert for barking mad and really liked the idea of a home from home for them. My two golden retrievers were thoroughly welcomed into Lisa and Phils home. I received a text saying they had settled in really well, which really put my mind at rest. Bailey and Daisy came home as happy as when they went. We are so pleased with the service Barking Mad provided that they are already booked in for their next holiday in September:-)"

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