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Dog Sitting / Sitters Chichester / West Sussex

Welcome to Barking Mad, providers of the premier dog-sitting service in Chichester / West Sussex. We started out with a mission to provide perfect holiday homes for dogs around the country and we can now provide that in your area. If you’re travelling away and need to leave your pet at home, look no further, we can place your dog in a loving, caring home for short-term stays!

There is nothing worse than having to say goodbye to your beloved dog, even if it’s only for a few days on a business trip, or a week or two on holiday. Many owners can’t handle the thought of their dog being left in the kennels with numerous other dogs of all breeds and sizes. It can be hard for them to cope without their own daily routine, their own food and the love and security of their family home.

The feeling of anxiety when leaving your pet behind is a real struggle for owner and dog alike. Your dog is part of your family and will miss you when you are away. Barking Mad endeavours to ensure that your dog does not suffer, that you can travel away with the peace of mind that they are being looked after in your absence. We all know how much love and joy a dog brings to the household; their excitement when they hear the rustle of your keys to go for a walk, it can be tough to go without.

Our personalised service places your dog with one of our hosts, either an individual or a family. Each host is carefully chosen and regularly vetted by our team of canine experts to ensure they are right for the job. Each will have a genuine love for animals and closely follow the Barking Mad criteria for pet care, which is very detailed. Your dog’s comfort and wellbeing is of the utmost importance to us and we’ll place your dog with the host who can deliver this level of dedication and care.

The little details are what make us stand out from the crowd, like our in-depth understanding of your dog’s routine. Your animal will have habits that you have created over time; from the times of day you like to walk them, the distances covered, to their meal times and the type of food they consume. You may also have to provide special medication or nutritional supplements at certain times of the day, all of which is vital to keeping your pet centred.

We understand all of this, so we make sure our hosts adhere to your routine as closely as possible. We also believe that a dog behaves better and has a better time if they feel settled from the outset. With that in mind, you can send their favourite blanket, bowl or toys over with them. That way, there is familiarity with home to ease the separation anxieties that are bound to be present at such an uncertain time. A comfortable canine is a happy one, and a happy pet is a happy customer.

It is this attitude that has brought us to the top table of dog sitters in Chichester / West Sussex, a factor you can see for yourself in the wide range of glowing testimonials we receive from clients on a regular basis. We ask them to provide us with feedback, as it is a great way to keep improving the way we work and seek to maintain our five-star service.

We also understand that you’ll be missing your dog while you’re away, so you’ll receive a few little images of them, as well as a ‘dog holiday’ postcard. This will bring added peace of mind as you see exactly how much your dog is enjoying themselves in their temporary surroundings!

We love being the premier dog sitters in Chichester / West Sussex, but we’ve also extended that same level of service to over 70 branches around the UK. If you require somewhere for your dog to stay, whether for a day or a few weeks, we’ve got you covered. Our loving hosts provide top-level care and devotion to put your mind at ease.

Give us a call on 01524 220202 or an email to contact.centre@barkingmad.uk.com and we’ll be happy to meet you and your dog. It won’t take long to put a bespoke package together that fits your needs and most importantly your dog’s needs. Since 2000, Barking Mad has been helping dog owners get over the worry of leaving their animal behind to go away on business trips and holidays, we’d love to do the same for you!

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 £36
Daily boarding rate £24
Daily boarding rate for additional dogs £20
Collection and delivery from £35

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.

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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.


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.


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.


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

Jane Harrison

Hello there and welcome to my web page!

I cover Chichester and surrounding areas for Barking Mad. I live in Felpham with my mad pooches, Simba (chihuahua), Gemma (LabxStaff) and two of her pups who were born in April 2013 - Rolo (the good boy) and Dot (the naughtiest pup ever!).I have rescued and rehomed many dogs over the years (Gemma being one of them) and continue to do so. I support various national dog rescues with fund raising and carrying out home checks for them when a new forever home is found. All dogs deserve a holiday with love and care, especially those who have come from a rescue centre. I feel strongly that going back to a kennel environment can be detrimental. All our beloved dogs are family and are used to home comforts. This is why I bought Barking Mad - there is no better care for your dog! Your dog enjoys a "home from home" holiday with Barking Mad and you get total peace of mind.

I am looking for more wonderful hosts to join my amazing team of experienced dog lovers. If you know anybody who might enjoy the company of a dog staying with them, please spread the word, you might also consider whether your own dog would enjoy having a playmate to stay - such fun!

I look forward to hearing from you.


Places Covered

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

  • 5 Villages
  • Aldwick
  • Arundel
  • Bepton
  • Bognor Regis
  • Bosham
  • Boxgrove
  • Bracklesham Bay
  • Chichester
  • Clanfield
  • Eartham
  • Elmer Heyshott
  • Felpham
  • Haslemere
  • Havant, Emsworth
  • Hayling Island
  • Horndean
  • Liphook
  • Liss
  • Littlehampton
  • Middleton
  • Midhurst
  • Pagham
  • Petersfield
  • Petworth
  • Rose Green
  • Selsey
  • Southbourne
  • Stoughton
  • West & East Wittering

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All arrangements worked perfectly and Louis returned in fine fettle, having enjoyed his stay and having been very well looked after. It's reassuring to know that your dog is happy and cared for when you're away. It's a great service.

Posted by: David Hughes on

Whirley has had another happy holiday with Barking Mad. She gets so excited when she sees us packing her bag and when she sees her chauffeur she is uncontrollable! To know that she is so happy to have a holiday reassures us and let's us relax on our time away.

Posted by: Suzanne Blyth on

Kimmy is a rescue dog with a troubled brain. She comes back from her holidays peaceful and calm, so I know she is happy with her hosts.
Thank you Jane and Kimmy's hosts!

Posted by: Jacky Sawday on

Once again delighted with the service, with prompt collection at time agreed. Our two dogs seem to have enjoyed themselves and will certainly be using this service again. Many thanks.

Posted by: Adrian Foulks on

It was a little like sending off your precious young child to a new school. Would she like it there? would she settle quickly?and more importantly, would they like her! My mind was put at rest very quickly with an email confirming that Bonnie had settled and a picture with her guardian and Bailey, her new friend for the next few days. A short message the next morning confirmed that all was well. It was clear on her return home that she had really enjoyed her stay and had shared some lovely experiences. Thank you so much to Debbie and Bailey for looking after my three year old black labrador so well, plus the interesting card and very welcome toys.

Posted by: Keith Latham on

Hi,just returned from a week in Spain and for peace of mind George was booked for his holiday with Barking mad. It's great to go away and know that your fur baby will be well looked after(and dare I say it, a little bit spoil too). The convenience of the pick up and drop off makes life so much easier. All of the girls at Barking mad are lovely.

Posted by: Karen Horton on

A wonderful caring service. Love the photo and postcard. Thank you to Jane, Laura and Lexis lovely hosts.

Posted by: Carol Uwins on

My two boys, Marley and Dakota have just had their 7th holiday with Barking Mad! I have absolutely nothing but positive things to say about Jane, Laura and team of fabulous hosts.

Both of the boys are always unbelievably happy to see the Barking Mad car and their beloved Laura at collection. I am always excited to receive the settling-in photos and updates during their stay. It honestly puts my mind at ease when I see how genuinely happy the boys and their host are in the photos.

Upon Marley and Dakota's return, I am met with the same happy and overly loving boys that left home. They love their holidays aka Home away from Home and there is no doubting that they are super spoilt and doted upon during their time away. Thank you so much Barking Mad, we love you guys!

Posted by: Leigh on

Fig and Flower our two West Highland terriers, Spent the Bank holiday weekend with Barking Mad and had a wonderful time!
They came back worn out from lots of exercise and fun!
They are going again very soon and already have their bag packed!!
Well done and Thanks to Jane and her team!!

Posted by: Frances Halliday on

Barney has had a lovely holiday with Barking Mad hosts Shirley & Dave and has returned a happy boy. We have no hesitation in booking him in for moire holidays.

Posted by: Vicki & Roger on

I am so pleased with everyone,my baby girl has such a good time,it was a huge relief to know she was behaving and being so well looked after,all my anxieties and worries were put to rest knowing she was being treated as one of the family by her foster carers and then on returning receiving a lovely card written by a child expressing her love for Shelby just made my day Shelby is already looking forward to get next holiday x

Posted by: Cat holt on

We were very impressed with the quality of the service and how thorough Jane and her team were at every step. Most importantly Marley our cockapoo had clearly had a great time with his host, Tracey. We would not hesitate to recommend Barking Mad

Posted by: Vicki Richardson on

I love knowing that my dog is safe and loved and well looked after while I go away on holiday. The Barking Mad (Chichester) team are wonderful as are the hosts. It may seem odd not to meet the hosts but I know this is for sensible business reasons. Instead you receive lovely photos of your dog with the hosts and a postcard telling you what a great holiday they have had. I highly recommend this company to ensure the safety and care of your dog while you are away.

Posted by: Jan Parry on

Last month our 6 month old puppy Cookie had her first sleepover trial with Eileen and Hugh before our holiday. It is the first time she has been away from home and as a first time dog owner I was nervous that her 'puppy' needs would be met and also the fact that she is very attached to me. I needn't have worried as my puppy came back happy and didn't miss me at all - in fact the change of environment was a positive one, giving her the confidence to be away from me! She's even chilled out a little a home. Jane was very thorough in detailing and understanding Cookie's daily schedule and needs as a puppy and in finding the right hosts, Stephanie was fantastic in updating the schedule on the actual day (puppies change every week!) and Laura took the time to tell me about Cookie's stay when she dropped her off home. I also have to thank Eileen and Hugh for making Cookie's stay a lovely experience - I'm sure she will be very excited to be staying with them again very soon.. Thankyou x

Posted by: Wendy on

I can not thank Jane, Laura, Stephanie, Dee (previous host) Alvin and Penny (current hosts) enough. Marley and Dakota have just returned home from another wonderful holiday with Barking Mad Bognor Regis / Chichester, and clearly had the most amazing time! I was so happy to see both of the boys tails speed wagging, lots of barks and kisses as they' walked through the door. The boys are always so happy to see their bags being packed as they know that they are going on a wonderful adventure with Barking Mad and are always impatient, rushing Laura for them to leave when being picked up, lol. All definitely a testiment to all the love and attention that they receive on their home away from home holidays. The frequent updates, photos and postcards from Jane and the Hosts greatly helps to put my mind at ease throughout Marley and Dakota's stays. Thank you so much from the boys and myself xxxx

Posted by: Leigh Leal on

The service we received from Jane and her team was excellent, nothing was too much trouble. Pippa really enjoyed her time with her hosts who were loving a caring people. I would recommend the service to others

Posted by: Stephen James on

The whole process was fine and Louis was obviously very well looked after. Everything went to plan and I will be very happy for Louis to be hosted by Jenny or any other Barking Mad host in future.

Posted by: David Hughes on

We are so impressed with your caring and professional service. The e mailed photo, next day text and postcard are all really reassuring and much appreciated. Our thanks to Tracey for taking such good care of Lexi.

Posted by: Colin and Carol on

I have used Barking Mad Chichester on many occasions. Jane and her Team are reliable, trustworthy and my dog always enjoys her holidays with them. This always leaves me free to enjoy myself and not worry about her. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them.

Posted by: Ruth Crimes on

Fully Reassured

After 2 previous bad experiences with our local kennels we came across Barking Mad (Chichester). Birdie our 2 year old Great Dane has just returned from her very first visit as a sleepover with her wonderful host Sara & family. Judging by how tired she is, I would imagine she has had a magnificent time. We much appreciated the update and photos as soon as she had settled into her new surroundings, and totally loved the postcard she came home with. In addition to this some excellent photos of her were taken by Sara's partner Dan. We thought that finding a host family that are able to cope with the size and enthusiasm of a young Great Dane might have been more difficult, but Jane and Laura achieved this with a 100% result - well done.

Posted by: Dave & Sheila on

Hi Jane,

Another successful boarding for Sasha, our Labrador. The people who work for you are a credit to you and your company. Sasha came back this afternoon and, as usual, she's in great shape. Irene obviously enjoys looking after other peoples' dogs. The photos with her, and the letter she sent to us was a nice touch. Laura, as usual, dead on time for collection and delivery, and she obviously loves what she's doing.

Good luck with the business, Jane. You deserve it.

T and K.

Posted by: Tony and Karen Houghton on

Another happy holiday for William with his friend Jenny. Thank you for looking after him so well. Ref.162

Posted by: Terry French on

Kimmy always comes back home, happy and relaxed! Thank you.

Posted by: Jacky Sawday on

Lexi had a lovely holiday at the seaside. Our thanks to Jane and host Sharon for taking such good care of her.
A caring and professional service - thank you

Posted by: Colin @ Carol on

Fantastic service!
My dog happily leaps into the BM car boot when collected as he knows he's going somewhere fun and safe.
BM is run by a lovely team of people who are professional, friendly and genuinely care. Can't recommend them highly enough.

Posted by: Sam on

Thank you, Rufus always has the best time with the very best of hosts, Helen, which we have come to think as his second home where he is loved, beautifully cared for without exception, and possibly a wee bit spoilt! Special thanks to Connor.

Posted by: Susan Chapman on

This is the first time we have used this service. Our dog stayed for a 2 night sleep over, as we are going away in September. It is a good idea for a practice run so to speak! We had a picture when our dog arrived with the carer to set our minds at rest and a text the next day. Our dog arrived home on time. She has been asleep since, it seems the excitement tired her out! We will now be able to go away in September with peace of mind. A great relief and a quality service. Would definitely recommend. Very professional.

Posted by: Sue on

Great service from Jane and her team as usual. Many thanks from Yvonne and Lily

Posted by: Yvonne Buchanan on

Thank you, to Jane and her amazing team for making another holiday possible. 5* service from start to finish, Ruben is always well looked after and loved, it gives us such peace of mind when we go away to know he's happy too. Everyone is so caring and the collection and return service is excellent. Many many thanks.

Posted by: Maria Wilson on

Our 3 year old Labrador, Rufus, has recently returned from another happy stay with his Barking Mad family. We are, as ever, delighted. Rufus is clearly beautifully cared and loved for, we are hugely grateful and wouldn't go anywhere else. Thank you

Posted by: Susan Chapman on

Lucky Teddy has just come back from his second five star Barking Mad Holiday of the year( not bad as we are only a few weeks in. ) ... !! Always happy to pack his bags and visit his loving hosts knowing he is going to be loved and well cared for while Mum and Dad are away. Jane , Laura , and the team offer an excellent service . We always have peace of mind . If you haven't used the service before we strongly recommend you give Barking Mad a try ... We wouldn't go anywhere else .

Posted by: Jacqueline and Tim on

Delighted with the service.
Our dog always wags his tail with the Barking Mad van arrives.

Posted by: Oli Sargent on

Wonderful , don't know how we ever managed without them , we get peace of mind dogs get holiday with lovely foster family ????????

Posted by: Kim Thompson on

I was suggested Barking mad for my Mini Dachshund but I was so nervous about leaving him as he has separation anxiety, I was silly to worry! Before Milo went on his holiday I emailed the team a few times and my worries were laid to rest. When it came to Milo going I received pictures, texts and Facebook updates- this eased my concern even more! Milo returned to me so happy and full of beans along with a lovely postcard filled with pictures of his time away. Thank you so much to my host family and Barking mad for making this so easy for Milo and I! We look forward to booking our next holiday! Xx

Posted by: Kaidee Adams on

Milly has just been returned home after a short holiday with Alvin & Penny who have thoroughly spoilt her. Thank you Jane and Laura for a first class service collecting and returning Milly always polite, accommodating and punctual.

Posted by: Ruth Crimes on

Thank you for the fabulous care of our very special dog! Helen and her family really are the best - thank you!!

Posted by: Janet on

Our dog has obviously had a lovely break with his host family.He has come home happy,healthy and very chilled!

Posted by: Sue Lambert on

We would like to say thanks so much to Jane at Barking Mad for arranging a last minute short stay for Barney recently, special thanks to Sharon who looked after him very well and sent us back a very happy Barney, also to Laura for doing the transfers. Barney will be returning for another stay very soon.

Posted by: Vicki & Roger on

Seem to have two very happy digs come back home to me

Posted by: Kelly on

Teddy has just come back from another Barking Mad holiday . He had a great time with Alvin and Penny , always returns home with his tail wagging and I'm sure he would be telling us all about his adventures if he could talk !! . Teddy was a rescue and has lots of special needs and before meeting Jane and Laura we'd not left him with anyone he didn't know . We were really anxious about leaving him but Jane was fantastic and so reassuring , this has now been his his fifth stay since April and it's been brilliant for both teddy who has grown in confidence and we have peace of mind knowing is going to a home from home and being well cared for. Thank you Jane and Laura for proving such a fantastic service for our treasured doggies xx

Posted by: Jacqueline and Tim on

What can I say... Fantastic. Jane and Laura were amazing at putting my mind at rest. Bella was so happy with Dee. Would defiantly use again. Highly recommend .

Posted by: Becky Field on

Very happy with the service, Scooby had a great time and was well looked after. Would definitely recommend the personal service, far better than kennels any day.

Posted by: karen Hayes on

very happy would recommend, good communication every step of the way

Posted by: vanessa buck on

Whirley has had another fantastic Barking Mad holiday and we have received the best ever postcard!! Thank you as always, we wouldn't trust anyone else with our fur baby x

Posted by: Suzanne on

Bilbo had an excellent holiday. Very well looked after and enjoyed a playmate. Excellent service from pick up to drop off. We will definitely use again - yes it's a bit more costly than a kennel but so worth it for your dog's wellbeing. Would not hesitate to recommend.

Posted by: John welch on

Thanks yet again Laura and Jane. Jane sorts out our dates usually at fairly short notice and always does it with a smile. Laura is great she genuinely loves Bruno and he loves seeing her.
New family this time and by the fact he id sleeping a lot he had a great time and for first time hasn't got moody with us so well done Helen and family.
100% great service, next holiday booked.

Posted by: Pete Lawrence on

I cannot recommend Barking Mad highly enough, an outstanding service from start to finish. Both Jane & Laura provide complete peace of mind, from the lovely photos to the postcard when the dogs were dropped off. A massive thank you to Irene & Dennis for taking such good care of our dogs, especially our old lady.

Posted by: Jayne Copper on

Highly recommend Jane and her team, Henry had Super time and we enjoyed our break. Thanks also to the host family who did a great job.
Posted by: Hazel Fleming on 1st Aug, 2016

Posted by: bmadadmin on

From the very initial contact via email to final drop off back home, Barking Mad Chichester went above and beyond to cater to my boys (twin brothers) needs. My boys are very nervous around people upon first meeting and dislike other doggies, however, none of this put Jane off and she was happy to assign them a host for a trial holiday.
They were collected by the fabulous dog whisperer, Laura, who accepted the challenge of handling two small dogs with the mind-set of dogs 50x their size. We received updates when the boys were settled in and again first thing the next day, which really put my mind at ease.
When my two little "nervous" doggies came home, all I could say was wow and giggle! They were changed little men. They were sharing kisses with Laura and did not want to leave her side! They clearly had a fantastic time. They did not come back showing any signs of stress but were rather very very happy and content. I'm thinking of booking a Barking Mad holiday for myself now. Thank you to the wonderful hosts, as well as Laura and Jane. 10 Paws Up Stars and 10 Belly Rubs Stars.

Posted by: Leigh on

Brilliant . I have only done the trial so far but Jane and Laura were fantastic. Bella came back very happy. Would recommend.

Posted by: Becky field on

Marvin had a great week away with Brian and Margaret. This is the first time he has been away but had a great time. So nice to get a picture and updates whilst we were away. The service was excellent and pick up and drop off all prompt. We will use the service again definitely as it gave us great peace of mind and let us enjoy our holiday knowing he was in a loving home. Thank you !

Posted by: John on

Efficient service, Barney returned home very tired but happy!

Posted by: Simon & Melita Calverley on

Brilliant service. Very reassuring that you get pictures and feedback whilst your love one is away! Highly recommended. Bilbo was so relaxed on his holiday

Posted by: John on

Thank you to all at Barking Mad for making
Henry's stay with Sue and Gerry a happy
time. We will be using them again.

Posted by: Hazel Fleming on

I think the girls would like to go away more often with sofas and armchairs to sleep on! They do seem to have enjoyed themselves.
Thank you

Posted by: Hilary Cooke on

I was very worried about how my girl would cope with her first weekend with her host family due to her being a very nervous anxious rescue dog but I needn't have worried. I found the photos and updates reassuring and I could tell from her demeanour on return that she has been well cared for I am sure she has had fun!

Posted by: Gill Boote on

Buzz has returned from his stay happy and relaxed. We had good feedback about how he settled and enjoyed lovely walks and play with the host family. They obviously looked after him really well and gave him lots of attention. Thank you so much!

Posted by: Sue Lambert on

Initially I was slightly nervous about leaving my dog with someone I had never met. The trial holiday made the process easier and when Laura came to collect him for the real holiday I was relieved to see how excited he was to get back in the van! Rolo returned fit and well and relaxed back into home life immediately.
I would happily use Barkingmad again.

Posted by: Wendy Bentley on

It is a great relief to me that we can go away and leave Henry and dilly with a caring host family and know that they will be happy and healthy when we return. Thank you so much.

Posted by: Sally on

Emma loved her trial stay with hosts Mike and Grace and don't think she missed us one bit! It is very reassuring to know she was happy and safe and that the hosts will have her back anytime. Thank you very much

Posted by: Alison Lee on

Whirley has just come back from another Barking Mad holiday - she just loves them! She goes away ecstatically happy and comes back ecstatically happy - who could ask for more? We also had the bonus this time of a postcard with photos and stickers - fabulous!!

Posted by: Suzanne Blyth on

We used Jane and Barking Mad for the first time recently to sit our two westies. They were sat for two days with Penny and Alvin and on their return to us were well and happy. Please pass on our belated thanks to Penny and Alvin for caring for our boys, and hope they will be able to have them again in the near future.

Posted by: Ben Matthew on

Barney has come back from another stay with Marion and Brian, he is very relaxed after his holiday. We think once again he has been very well looked after. Thanks to Jane & Laura for organizing everything.

Posted by: Vicki & Roger on

Fantastic service from start to finish. Thorough information gathered prior to collection of dogs to ensure they will not only be placed with the right hosts but also will be treated exactly the same as at home. Collection went very smoothly and both dogs settled in quickly with host family. Both dogs were happy on their return, not sure Pumpkin wanted to come back as she kept trying to get back into car! Excellent service, would recommend and use again.

Posted by: Emma on

Brilliant service as always. The lovely hosts Barbara and Paul who care for my dog with so much love. And Jane and Laura who calmly coped with my anxieties over an unexplained delayed return flight.
Thank you

Posted by: Jan on

Peace of mind knowing my dog is in safe hands while I was away. She enjoys the attention of her hosts and comes home happy and content.

Posted by: Sarah Stone on

Whirley has just returned from another Barking Mad (Chichester) holiday and has had a great time! Whirley is always happy to go, has a great time and is always happy to be home again - what more could you ask for?

Posted by: Suzanne Blyth on

Thanks again Jane great service and a happy doggy :)

Posted by: Peter Lawrence on

Would Just like to thank Jane,Laura and Cat for having Buddy for his first Barking Mad holiday he loves being with people having walks and most of all having cuddles and this is just what he got from cat going by how happy he came home.
Great service and much better than kennels highly recommend barking mad and buddy is looking forward to coming back in may
thanks again Rachel and Rob

Posted by: Rachel and Rob on

I was quite nervous about leaving my darling dog for an extended holiday, but I needn't have worried. She returned relaxed and happy as if she'd just been out for the day. Obviously she'd found a real home from home.

Posted by: cheryl a phillips on

Jane thank you so much for sorting out my Kimmy. It is so nice to go away and know that she is in safe hands. Xx

Posted by: Jacky Sawday on

I was very excited about staying with Penny and Alvin's. They gave me lots of walks, so I had a super time.

Posted by: Harry G on

Very happy with Barking Mad in Chichester - our dog Herbie had a wonderful week whilst we went skiing. Great communication all the way through from booking to collection and delivery of our pooch. Would recommend to anyone.

Posted by: Amanda Talbot on

As usual the dogs seemed to have had a wonderful time. They always enjoy a beach walks! Thank you

Posted by: Hilary Cooke on

Milly home from another Barking Mad holiday. Happy and contended. Thank you Jane and Team always such an easy procedure. xx

Posted by: Ruth on

What would I do without Barking Mad? I need them to look after my Elvis when I am away on business or on holiday. He always has a fantastic time and is well looked after and cared for. All the hosts are brilliant and love Elvis like I do. He is especially fond of Barbara & Paul and of course Mike for male bonding and computer time! I feel that they provide a second family I can rely on. I love the postcards when he comes back and the pictures that reassure me he is OK and settled in. Jane and Laura provide a reliable, caring and trustworthy service, thank you so much.

Posted by: Smartjan on

Our Border Terrier Barney has just returned from another lovely holiday with Barking Mad hosts Brian & Marion, thank you so much for taking care of the little fella while we had a relaxing time in the sunshine. Thanks also to Jane & Laura for organising his stay. We will be booking again soon.

Posted by: Vicki & Roger on

Mabel had another lovely holiday and as usual everything ran very smoothly. Very punctual pick up and return. Stress free for everyone!

Posted by: Caroline on

As always copper returned happy and well. A wagging tail means she was spoilt rotten! Thank you barking mad team.

Posted by: Sarah stone on

Brilliant as always!! Xx

Posted by: Sarah Skinsley on

Thank you very much. Hattie and Lottie obviously have had a good stay. When they came home they were really happy slipped into their usual routine as though they had never been away.
Thank you very much.

Posted by: Hilary Cooke on

Grateful thanks to Jane and Laura for arranging Sky's Christmas holiday. Special thanks to Marion and Bryan who took such great care of her. She seemed to have really enjoyed her time away.. Thanks also for the photos and beautiful comments in the lovely homemade card.

Posted by: Diana on

This is the second time that Jules has been on holiday with hosts Gareth and Karen. When Jane came to pick him up he literally whimpered with excitement when it was time to go out the door and almost pulled me off my feet to get to her car and jumped in, he definitely knew where he was going! When he returned a week later, it was clear that he was happy and contented and had been well looked after. He was also very tired from all the lovely walks. Now that Jules has experienced a longer holiday and returned a very happy dog yet again, we feel reassured that he is in excellent hands and we will always feel confident using Barking Mad. Thank you to Jane and her colleagues and thank you to hosts Gareth and Karen.

Posted by: Julie Rosier on

Thank you very much, Fortnum and Missie were obviously well looked after, and returned home happy. Spoilt we think! It was a good experience for us all.

Posted by: Sally Budd on

Another break away for our Staffie X, Tiny. This time she was the guest of Alvin & Penny for a long weekend. She's returned home happy, healthy and ready for her next holiday in 2016. As always, Jane and Laura have been lovely - collection and return home as stress free as very excitable Tiny will allow! Many thanks to you all.

Posted by: Jackie Gilbert on

Really pleased with how well this works - and how happy and relaxed my dog returned after her first stay with her Barking Mad hosts.
The collection and drop off worked well too - my beloved spaniel seemed to enjoy going off on her own adventure and and that helped me to enjoy my time away too. Very happy!

Posted by: cheryl phillips on

I cannot thank Jane enough for everything she has done for me and my girls! I've been in hospital for 5 weeks and Jane has been superb with sorting the girls out and they were one less worry for me ???? I would definitely recommend barking mad to anyone needing dog ???? boarding. Thankyou so much Jane ????

Posted by: Liz Gilby on

Melly, our spoiled Border Terrier, just back from an unexpected short stay with her favourite, Alvin and Penny.
As I said very unexpected, so great thanks to
Jane who had to shuffle things around to be able to pick up and deliver to suit our times.
Melly comes back, happy and tired from Alvin and Penny, and I assume thoroughly spoiled, so great thanks to all.
Melly already looking forward to January holiday with Alvin and Penny.
Maureen Gray.

Posted by: Maureen Gray on

We have just enrolled and used Barking Mad for first time. Our 3 dogs have gone on their trial sleepover and are now set for a holiday when we go on holiday later in the year.

I am very impressed with everything!! From the first contact to getting to know the dogs and placing them with a lovely family.

Our dogs are part of our family and so finding the right care for them is so important and with Barking Mad we have.



Posted by: Karen Lillington on

Absolutely thrilled, my dog had a super time.
It was his first holiday with this organisation and it wont be his last.

Posted by: Harry Germaney on

Another great holiday for Bruno with Jane and Laura thank u so much for a great service

Posted by: Pete Lawrence on

As always thank you for taking care of our elderly but beautiful labrador, Tessa. By the look of her she has obviously had a great weekend with Belinda and Paul (and many thanks to them too). Its nice to know as a dog gets older that she is in a 'comfort zone' and it makes going away without her a much less stressful thing.
Great service! Thank you.

Posted by: Lynn Morgan on

We were very nervous about leaving Alfie and Pippa for the first time but they seem to have had a great weekend and were very well looked after by Alvin and Penny. This is a fantastic service and we will definitely be using Barking Mad again when we go away without our dogs. Many thanks to Jane and Laura for being so efficient.

Posted by: Adrian Foulks on

Lola has come back from a 2 week holiday with Alvin and Penny. We missed her loads but I had peace of mind that she was being well cared for and it's a home away from home. This is the second time we have used barking mad with two different hosts and it has worked out perfectly, I will certainly be using them again.

Posted by: Wendy Raffell on

Milly has just returned from a long weekend with Barking Mad and her lovely hosts Marion & Bryan. As usual the service is very professional with Milly's welfare the most important thing. She was obviously thoroughly spoilt and even slept on the bed (home from home!). I don't know what I would do without Barking Mad it always enables me to go away and not worry about Milly. Thank you

Posted by: Ruth Crimes on

Whirley has enjoyed another Barking Mad holiday - she just loves them! Thank you Hane and Laura xx

Posted by: Suzanne on

My boys came back from their mini break with Barking Mad Chichester today and have clearly had a great time. They've been snoring for hours!
They've obviously been well cared for and have had lots of lovely walks.
A big thank you to Jane and Laura for finding great hosts for them.
And to Gareth the host, I hope you've enjoyed your time with the crazy collies ???? Thank you for looking after them so well.

Posted by: Karen on

Very organised holiday for our Megan. She seemed very happy once returned. Good experience all round. Glad we are on the books xxx

Posted by: Paula Daws on

Another successful holiday for Sasha, who stays with Irene and her family whilst we are away. She comes back in good shape and the host family seem very happy to have her; it's quite a relief to know that she is being well looked after. For us, this franchise works very well. That's a great compliment to Jane and the small number of people who collect and deliver the dogs. They're all charming and efficient. Well done.

Posted by: Karen Houghton on

Many thanks to Jane and Laura for organising Tiny's holiday with Helen and her family. Tiny goes bonkers when she realises either Jane or Laura have arrived as she knows she's off to be spoilt rotten by her host family. We're happy and relaxed on our holiday as we know she'll be safe and happy while we're away.

Posted by: Jackie Gilbert on

Relieved to hear neither Skye or Misty caused any problems. Always our worry. Indeed it seems they were on best behaviour which is testament to them being well looked after.

I should have reduced their food intake by a little as both have put on a couple of pounds. That said I am sure they enjoyed their holiday and, just like us, they probably loved the extras. They will soon burn it off.

No hesitation to organise another holiday for them.

Thank you very much for the smooth organisation.

Posted by: Charles and Lorraine on

Thank you for organising Mabel's holiday. As usual everything ran smoothly and she returned fit, well and happy and with a clean towel!

Posted by: Caroline on

After weeks of worrying about Megan going away for two weeks for the first time she came home a very happy little girl, she clearly had a good time with Jennifer and her family so a big thank you to them and also to Laura and Jane xx

Posted by: John & Karen on

Thank you so much Jane, Laura, Irene & Dennis, Perry had a wonderful time on his mini holiday. We honestly thought he wouldn't settle anywhere but right from the start we had a message to say how happy and settled he was, each day followed pictures and messages. Can't tell you how relieved we are - we can go on holiday happy now knowing he can return to Irene & Dennis and have a lovely pampered time while we are away. Sorry about Perry's snoring !! Thank you so much, Dawn xx

Posted by: Dawn Kohler on

Bella has stayed with Barking Mad Chichester twice recently, both for long-term stays. She absolutely had a ball and made wonderful new friends, of both the dog and human variety! She adores Jane and Laura and has come back with some new good manners too! It's been a pleasure working with Jane and Laura, and I know Bella was very safe and thoroughly happy while she was on her holiday. I'd have no hesitation using Barking Mad again.

Posted by: Rachel on

We were initially worried leaving Nez behind for the first time but needn't have - he came back happy and bouncy as ever. When Laura came to collect him for the second time he jumped straight into the car which said it all.
Thank you Jane, Laura and the wonderful hosts Tracey and Cat for looking after him so well.

Posted by: Sam on

Hattie and Lottie obviously had a splendid time on their hols. It is such a relief to know they are content. They were cared for beautifully and arrived home full of vim and vigour. A big 'thank you' to Alvin and Penny.

Posted by: Hilary Cooke on

Woody obviously had a lovely time with Lynne and Malcolm in his luxury holiday accommodation - and much more preferable to camping in a cold field with his owners! Much appreciated the postcard - made us smile. I hope he didn't wear you out with his exuberance. I bet he would love to stay again. Thank you for looking after him so well.

Posted by: Jane Grisdale on

Copper has slotted straight back into her normal routine. She has been cared for and loved, whilst I have been away. Happy dog = Happy owner

Posted by: Sarah / copper on

Jasper has had a lovely time with Marion and Bryan. As he has a bowel disease I really hate leaving him as changes in routine or any stress can make his condition worse. How wonderful to have my special boy delivered back to me happy, healthy and relaxed. Thank you so much to Jane, Laura and especially Marion and Brian for taking such fantastic care of him x

Posted by: Debs on

Whirley had only recently been on a 2 week Barking Mad holiday so when we went away for a weekend we were worried how she would cope. We needn't have! She was full of beans when Laura came to pick her up to take her to Jennifer's house and was still full of beans when she came home again! The postcard we received was just lovely and made us feel so much better about leaving Whirley. Barking Mad are simply the best!

Posted by: Suzanne Blyth on

Great service as always, Jack has a lovely time and was looked after really well during the big storm xx

Posted by: Sarah on

We were very happy to leave our beloved Missy with you for a second holiday. She returned at ease, and it is lovely to hear she had such a settled time with your host. We will be booking with you again!

Posted by: Giles and Lou Preston on

Whirley has just come home from a 2 week holiday with a lovely couple who cherish her as much as we do. She always comes home happy and it's the same when she leaves! When Jane or Laura appear at the door Whirley is beside herself with excitement. It's comforting to know that Whirley feels safe and happy whilst we are away missing her like mad!

Posted by: Suzanne Blyth on

Thank you for looking after Kimmy so well. She was so happy and relaxed when she came back, I am already thinking of where I can go next!

Posted by: Jacky Sawday on

this must be about the 6 th time of using Barking Mad and I can honestly say I go away feeling reassured that my dogs Rosie and Alfie will be having a holiday too.

Posted by: Martina white on

Happy dog returned home fit and well!

Posted by: Mike Davis on

It is so lovely to be able to go away knowing that Lottie will be loved and cared for as if she were at home. She had a great time with her new host Sheila and came back happy and relaxed. Many thanks to Jane, Sheila and the team at Barking Mad for doing such a great job.

Posted by: Helen Bailie on

Milly back from a weeks holiday with new Barking Mad Host Jennifer & family. She has obviously been looked after very well and returned home her normal happy self. Always relax when away knowing she is being well looked after. Thank you Jane & Team. Ruth x

Posted by: Ruth Crimes on

Jane and the team were brilliant and my dog Dusty had a great holiday away with his host family. I would recommend Barking Mad to anyone who is thinking of sending their pet away and don't want to use kennels. Posted by Glen

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Thank you so much for taking such good care of Scrumpy while I was away. She has obviously had a great time and is now fast asleep in her bed! She is great company and I am delighted that Tracy and Greg thought so too! Please pass on my thanks to them.

Posted by: Sarah Langmead on

Thank you Jane and Laura for your services, first time we have left our Boston Terrier Lola for a long holiday and she came back from her host's June and Alan very happy and content. Will certainly be using Barking Mad in the future.

Posted by: Wendy Raffell on

Another great personal service from BM Chichester. excellent all round from Jane and Laura thank u. Bruno had a great time with his family Posted by Peter

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Our 2 girls Minnie + Mable have just returned from their 2nd holiday with a very kind lady named Julie...we are very happy to have found Barking Mad as myself and Michelle both know that our 2 "babies" are well cared for and are more than happy to go and visit Julie....thank you Barking Mad and a big thank you to Julie...:) :) :)

Posted by: Terry Thompson on

Great service as always, superb hosts my dog loves them, wouldn't trust anyone else to look after him! X

Posted by: Sarah on

My two dogs Romeo and Rocco had a great time away with lots of lovely walks and lots of attention. Thank you for looking after them so well.

Posted by: Lindsay Burns on

Both dogs came home happy and relaxed and I can only say thank you again, you're a life saver!

Posted by: sally reeves on

Thanks once again for looking after our old girl, Tessa, its such a relief to go away and know that she is being well looked after (and spoiled). For the first time ever Tessa went off without any reluctance which was quite a result. Our grateful thanks to Belinda and Paul for looking after her and no doubt Tessa will be back with you again in the near future. Many thanks for providing such a good service.

Posted by: Lynn Morgan on

2nd time of using Barking Mad, & I'm sure it won't be the last. Great way of having a holiday is knowing that your dog is well cared for. Love the email with photo of Billy looking a bit too comfortable in his "new" home! Also the postcard is a nice touch.
I'm sure Billy will look forward to holidaying with Barking Mad again. I certainly won't worry about him. Posted by Shaun

Posted by: bmadadmin on

My 2 yr old Cairn Terrier Skye had a four day stay with Irene, I was texted on the first morning to let me know how she had settled in and had a photograph e.mailed to me of Irene holding her,she seemed very happy and when she was returned to on the pre arranged date and time she was very happy to see me but I could tell she had enjoyed her stay

Posted by: valerie young on

As a new customer I was very pleased with the efficiency and attention to detail that Jane gave. Poppy was clearly very well looked after, and I appreciated the texts and photos. I will definitely use again and have no hesitation in recommending Barking Mad Chichester.

Posted by: Sue O'Neill on

Service with a smile and it all went like clockwork. Pick up and delivery all dead on time and our dog , and the family that looked after her for a trial period, seemed to have had a great time. There are some nice touches, an email after the first night to let us know that all was well, and some photos of the dog with the host family. It puts the mind at rest. We have full confidence in Jane and we will use tthe service again very soon.

Posted by: Tony and Karen houghton on

We found it very easy to register, and lots of information was taken about Barney. His 3 day 'trial' went very well, which gave us confidence to leave him for our week away. We would recommend Barking Mad, which we felt was the next best thing when we were not able to take Barney with us. Thank You

Posted by: Sharon Horton on

After using Barking Mad last year, and being so happy with the service, we instantly knew where our two bundles of fun were going to be holidaying this year. Jane is wonderful with the dogs, knowing their needs and ensuring she knows as much as she can about them before they enter her care and that of the host family for the holiday. It's very clear that our dogs well being is at the heart of what Jane and the Barking Mad team ensure. Everything went smoothly, and we have been blessed again with the fact that our dogs have been so spoiled on their holiday. We also are put at rest knowing that Gitane, who suffers with a number of back problems that affect her day to day life, has a loving family to be with on her holiday who will care for her needs. Thank you again from 2 very happy dogs and their very happy owners!

Posted by: Jack Robson & Neil Howard on

Very impressed, as ever, our boy Rufus is so well taken care of, and clearly loves his holidays. Many thanks

Posted by: Sue & Kevin Chapman on

Jane managed to reschedule a new host for our bundle of energy, Tiny, at short notice. Having known Jane since she took over the franchise we have absolute confidence in her and know that she will go that extra mile to make sure owner, dog and host are happy. We can happily enjoy our holiday knowing that Tiny will be safe and happy and very spoilt. Laura made the pick-up and return home stress free - many thanks Laura and a virtual hug to Jane!

Posted by: Jackie Gilbert on

After our dogs went to Kennels and came home in a distressed condition, we needed to find a way that we could still go on holiday without the dogs, luckily we came across "Barking Mad" and have never looked back, we have two dogs miniature schnauzers they have stayed with the same couple on two occasions, they settle really well and return home in the condition they went away, happy content family pets, I cannot speak highly enough of Jane and her staff, also the couple who look after our pets.

Posted by: Jayne Short on

As usual my dog was throughly spoilt while she was away. She came home tired but still wagging her tail.

Posted by: Sarah / copper on

Thank you so much for looking after Poppy , I can tell that she has had a lovely time and has been well cared for . She is not the easiest of dogs to look after as she is quite nervous , a great success will use your services again shortly. Thank you once more . Clive .

Posted by: Clive Porter on

mutt left home happy and returned home happy, can now look forward to next holiday with confidence

Posted by: Mike Davis on

My springer Jack had a perfect hol with his host and I received some lovely photos of him enjoying the sea. Laura who collected Jack was lovely and Jane was accommodating as always, Barkin Mad is Fab!!!

Posted by: Sarah Skinsley on

Just got back from 12 days in France, which was much too hot for our labrador.

He had his own holiday with Irene and her family and he appears to have had an equally enjoyable time. That was a great relief since it was our first time using Barking Mad for a while as we have relied on friends for recent short trips away.

We would not hesitate to use the service again, particularly if we could request the same host, as he has obviously been well cared for and probably spoilt rotten!

Thank you to everyone concerned

Posted by: Christine Jervis on

Taz had an amazing break and I can't thank people enough for the great care he received. I just know he will miss Ashleigh and her cuddles, Colin and his new best friend Saphire.
Thank you Jane for finding him such an amazing home and I have no worries about sending him back for his holiday with Ashleigh.
Jenny, Dave and the mad dog Taz xx

Posted by: Jennifer Vine on

Lily came home in great shape, obviously she had been looked after very well. Thanks to Jane for finding us such good hosts at such a busy time , as we left booking a little late.

Posted by: yvonne buchanan on

Milly home today after another stay with Barking Mad and to a new host Tina. Again has come back happy and well looked after. Thank you Jane great service.

Posted by: Ruth Crimes on

Our 2 little girls Minnie + Mable are so precious to us and in the past it was only family we would let look after them if we were away...that was until our daughter introduced us to Barking Mad and the wonderful service they provide. We met Jane who totally put us at ease that Minnie and Mable would be loved and well taken care of...their little holiday was spent with a very kind caring lady called Julie and we just loved the photos we received of them relaxing with Julie..will definitely be using Barking Mad again..thank you all so much!!!
Terry + Michelle Posted by Terry + Michelle

Posted by: bmadadmin on

I'm delighted with the care my girls have received from Jane(and now Laura too). Nothing is too much, ever. And I'd like to officially thank Jane for all the help she has given me with one of my girls-who I no longer have.
Sparky came back very tired after having so much fun and obviously enjoyed herself, thanks to Mike for having her! Thank you.

Posted by: Liz Gilby on

Lettie has had a wonderful time away and has obviously been very well looked after, while I've had a welcome break!

Posted by: Dave on

We are so happy to see our dogs. Not sure they are as happy to see us as they seemed to have a great time away and looked really content. Thanks to Jane for placing them in the right home, and tracey for looking after them so well! X

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Whirley absolutely loves seeing Jane as she knows she's going on a Barking Mad holiday! Jane really cares about Whirley and about us and that reassures us and that's why we keep coming back!

Posted by: Suzanne Blyth on

I can't recommended Jane and barking mad enough. Millie my American bulldog has been to different hosts several times. Jane spends so much time and thought into finding a host for Millie and has always managed to get her with a family who adore her and she loves them. It is so much better then putting her in kennels.

Posted by: Jody walsh on

Mabel has had another lovely holiday and she returned healthy, happy and her usual self! Thank you for all the photographs.

Posted by: Caroline on

Have no worries leaving Jack with Alvin and Penny as they are brilliant! Jane is fab and super accommodating, would never go anywhere else!!

Posted by: Sarah Skinsley on

Harlie has just returned from her third holiday and has had a fantastic time again. She has come in, had her tea and fallen asleep after greeting me with a very waggy tail!! I've had lovely photos showing the great time she has had and regular reports that she was happy and well behaved :) thank you Jane - fantastic service as always.I have one happy contented pooch on my snuggler!

Posted by: Lynn on

I think the charges work out as rather expensive, however Sky had a wonderful time with Vicky and Fraser and I was able to go away feeling that she would be well cared for.. Sky had a fantastic holiday with her new friend Bali and I was so pleased to receive photos of the 2 dogs together. I am sure she is looking forward to another holiday!

Posted by: Diana on

Django had a great time as always and we didn't have to worry about him at all. He went to a new host and Jane was very good (as always) about sending us updates on how he was doing, very reassuring. Brilliant service as ever, happy dog equals happy family :-)

Thank you Jane, Alvin and Penny

Posted by: Beth and family on

I cannot express in words what a brilliant service Jane has provided! Jules went to stay with his host Gareth and came back like a different dog....in a really good way! Jules is an exciteable young labrador but on return he was calm and tired from all the lovely exercise his host Gareth had given him. He clearly had a great time and a lovely holiday experience. From initial registration, to pick up and drop off, Jane made the whole experience happy and straightforward. Jules jumped into the back of her car full of excitement at pick up and I think he could sense that Jane was someone he could trust and that he was going to have a fun adventure. From an owners point of view, I found Jane to be a genuinely lovely lady who really cares about her pet guests and their owners. Thank you so much Jane and also thank you Gareth for looking after Jules so well. I will be booking again and highly recommend Barking Mad.

Posted by: Julie Rosier on

Our dog Reggie has just returned from his first holiday with Barking Mad and has thoroughly enjoyed himself. I can tell this because he is worn out! He settled in really well and was lovingly looked after, will definitely be having his next holiday with Barking Mad.

Posted by: Sarah Lee-Jones on

A big thank you to Jane and all my dog carers at Barking Mad, West Sussex. Loved my 'holidays' with wonderful caring people...nothing too much trouble. My owner is happy and stress free too!!!

Oscar (the clever typing Westie)

Posted by: Oscar on

I am so happy and pleased with the service me AND my two girls get from Jane!
Sparky,especially, was extremely excited to see Jane again and obviously knew why she was here-to take her on another night away :-)
Maisy has come on leaps and bounds since she had her first night away too :-)
I'm so grateful to Jane and the hosts, who obviously take such good care of my girls. Very happy ;-)

Posted by: Elizabeth Gilby on

Our Boy 'Bruno' had an amazing holiday with Irene and came home a very happy boy. Many thanks to Jane (Chichester) for a very professional and friendly service that completely met our needs. The taster weekend that Bruno went on was an excellent idea and really put our mind at ease leaving him (although missed him loads of course)

Posted by: Pete Lawrence on

Once again, many thanks to Jane for organising Lottie's holiday so efficiently. Although we always miss Lottie, we know that she's happy, safe and well cared for - in fact, probably more spoilt than when she's at home! Already booked next time!

Posted by: Helen Bailie on

Thank you Jane and Tracey for allowing us to have a worry free break and for enabling Dilly and Henry to have a 'holiday' together, which they so obviously enjoy.

Posted by: Sally reeves on

Milly home again this evening after a long weekend on holiday with Barking Mad. She is her usual happy self sleeping on her chair. So nice to be able to leave her and know she will come back happy and content. Thank you Jane brilliant service and lovely host :)

Posted by: Ruth Crimes on

Once again Ellie has come back from her Barking Mad holiday happy and full of beans. We have peace of mind that Ellie is being well taken care of and kept to her usual routine including the cuddles she loves. Thanks again Jane for arranging her stay with Tracey and thanks Tracey for looking after her. Until next time....x

Posted by: Bev and Barry on

Whirley has just returned from her latest Barking Mad holiday. As soon as she sees Jane she is beside herself with excitement which is lovely for us to see. To know that Whirley is well cared for when we are away is very reassuring. We wouldn't let Whirley have a holiday anywhere else!

Posted by: Suzanne Blyth on

Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Jane and Barking Mad. I was let down by somebody else, at the very last minute, just before Christmas and in urgent need of a host. Jane worked tirelessly during the day to find me somebody and even picked up during her day off. Consequently I was able to go away with complete piece of mind and my dog, as ever, was well looked after. Thank you so much.

Posted by: Angela Bird on

Milly has come back from another Barking Mad holiday happy and healthy - what more could you ask. With a different host this time but no problems and I think she was spoilt as usual.

Posted by: Ruth Crimes on

Boris and Toby clearly had a wonderful time and have settled in back at home as if they had never been away. Lovely to see them enjoying themselves. The peace of mind is priceless.

Posted by: Sue on

Thanks Jane, looks like Billy had a wonderful time away.It's certainly taken the worry out of going away again. Next time we decide to go away we wont hesitate in using you again.

Posted by: Shaun Lyndon-smith on

Very happy to use Barking Mad, knowing my Dog Lucy is in good hands. It's the first time I have had a break away from home in six years, as Lucy hates being alone and would not have coped in Kennels. Barking Mad is ideal for Lucy she returned a happy Doggie. Posted by Maryann Williams

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We've used Barking Mad's services via Jane Harrison several times, the first time when our boy Ru was just 6 months old and can only heap praise! Jane is just great, thorough, caring and 100% reliable. Ru clearly loves his stays, is clearly loved and cared for, just as we would like, and it's great to have regular e-mails, texts and photos while we're away. Big thank you!

Posted by: Sue and Kevin Chapman on

Great service, Jane is brilliant and makes everything easy! My pooch Jack is one sleepy happy pup!

Posted by: Sarah Skinsley on

I can say the dogs obviously had a wonderful time. They did not need to re-settle at all and are cheekier than ever. They have obviously been loved and cared for - I hope they weren't too bossy. Hattie did look longingly at our chair and Lottie has spent the evening on my lap - they seem to have had a wonderful time.

Thank you

Hilary and Roger

Posted by: Hilary and Roger Cooke on

This was the first time we have homed our dogs while on holiday but our worries have been forgotten as the dogs had a lovely Christmas with their family. They were well looked after and it was great to have photos sent to us while we were away showing the adventures they were having. No need to worry about future holidays - thank you Jane!!

Posted by: Julian and Amanda on 5th Jan, 2015

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Milly has just returned from another Barking Mad holiday happy and well looked after. Jane as usual was professional and punctual. Thank you see you again soon. Ruth

Posted by: Ruth Crimes on

This was JJ's second holiday this autumn and he loves going off with Jane and always looks disappointed when he is brought home, I am sure he would like to stay longer. I know he is safe and happy with Barking Mad and I love the updates I get. I shall definitely be using them again.

Posted by: Rhona Mitchell on


This was Fred's second time away and he had such a brilliant time and clearly enjoyed every minute, so so much better than kennels etc. Jane was brilliant and everything ran so efficiently,

Andrew Posted by Andrew Haydon

Posted by: bmadadmin on

I always feel a wee bit guilty when Tiny gets home from her holiday break with 'Barking Mad' as I know she will have been treated beautifully and spoilt rotten (but in a good way!). We can relax knowing she is safe, well cared for and most importantly, loved by her hosts, Maureen and Kevin. Thank you Jane.

Posted by: Jackie Gilbert on

Milly returned this evening after yet another Barking Mad holiday and has had a great time. She has made a new friend with her host's puppy, Belle. Home happy and content snoozing as normal in her chair!!

Posted by: Ruth Crimes on

At last a home board where Ghost is happy and fits in. His hosts made sure he was well looked after showing him lots of love. Thank you and I'm sure Ghost is looking forward to his next holiday.

Posted by: mary tibble on

Lettie had a wonderful time with her holiday family and was very happy to go with you for her next visit. Thanks so much.

Posted by: Dave Evans on

Lottie had a lovely holiday and came home happy and relaxed. Thank you to Jane and Barking Mad for making my life so much easier!

Posted by: Helen Bailie on

Dear Jane, I can see that Tessa has had a great time again on holiday while we were away. I will be booking in again with you very soon and I am sure Tessa will look forward to another stay away. Thanks for all your attention to detail, and a big thanks to Belinda and Paul for looking after her,much appreciated as always.

Posted by: Lynn Morgan on

Dear Jane
A quick note to say how pleased we were with the service we got for Jetsan he really enjoyed himself and can not wait until he goes again
Regards Malcolm Doe

Posted by: Malcolm Doe on

Thank you once again Jane. Ellie's returned from her Barking Mad holiday after a weekend of fireworks, thunder and lightening and has settled back to her normal routine straight away. Thanks to Tracey and Greg for taking good care of her and keeping her calm.

Jane not only cares for your dog, she also cares about the rest of the family and understands how you feel when they're out of your care.. You wouldn't get that stuck in a kennel.

Thanks again Jane, see you next time. X

Posted by: Barry and Bev on

Happy happy Harlie - once again, Harlie came home very happy and excited to see us all - I wish she could talk to tell me all she done, I guess a very waggy tail and gleaming eyes sums it all up!! She adores her holiday family and they adore her.....so thank you Jane once again!! This holiday saw her learning the guitar and piano too!!!!!! This was only Harlies 2nd holiday but I am sure that she will already be planning her next one :)

Posted by: Lynn & Family on

Thank you so much ' Barking Mad Jane ' for providing such a great local dog sitting service. It meant so much to us that we were able to go away for a break with the knowledge that Riley was so well cared for.

It is lovely to see Riley get so excited when Jane arrives and he can hardly wait to get into the van, so we are always reassured that he is going to enjoy his holidays as much as we do.

The texts, photos and postcards that we receive from Jane gives us a further peace of mind that Riley has, once again, been well matched with the host.
Thank you once again Barking Mad Jane.

Posted by: Kevin & Sue Trust on

Woody's third and longest stay with Barking Mad - very happy to see Jane and couldn't wait to get in the car for his holiday! We missed him so much while we away for the week, but were not at all worried because we knew he would be well looked after. Thanks Alvin and Penny for giving him a great time.

Posted by: Jane Grisdale on

This is the 4th or 5th time now I have left Rosie and Alfie my Schnauzers with Jane Harrison at Barking Mad and I can honestly say that her kindness and concern for the dogs is why I would not go any where else. She keeps me posted with photos and updates to show that they are settled and the post cards home are very thoughtful.
I would highly recommend using this service without hesitation,
Martina White

Posted by: Martina White on

We have left our dog in Jane's capable hands on quite a few occasions and feel completely confident that Jane has everything organised and really cares. Diggy has been to stay with the same wonderful host family several times now and we are very happy knowing that she is well looked after and loved. We highly recommend Jane and Barking Mad. Diggy's wagging tail and the enthusiastic way she jumps into Jane's car says it all!

Posted by: Mrs Osborne on

Very happy with the service. First time we had used Barking Mad and we were NOT relaxed about leaving our dog. However Jane made it all so easy and sent lots of texts and photos telling us that our dog was happy and having fun, so we could have fun too knowing he was fine. Definitely will be using the service again and total pleasure dealing with Jane.

Posted by: Beth and family on

It is always a pleasure dealing with Jane Harrison..our dog Charlie can't get in her car fast enough to go on "holiday". From the picture reports, he obviously loves staying with Alvin and Penny and very much appreciates the love and attention he gets. It certainly makes going away all that much easier. Many thanks.

Posted by: Barbara Chapman on

Luka always is always happy to leave us and go with Jane, and he always returns happy. Happy dog, happy owners! The feedback cards are a nice touch. A great service with lovely personable people (Jane) fronting the company.

Posted by: Brett & Mel on

This was Mabel's first Barking Mad holiday and everything went smoothly. She returned happy, healthy, walked and brushed! I'm now looking forward to my next holiday with no worries about Mabel!

Posted by: Caroline Ward on

This was Philip's first Barking Mad holiday and also his first stay away from the family.
We were a bit apprehensive about leaving him, but he seemed to have a lovely time and was very relaxed when he arrived back home.
We appreciated the photos and text message while he was away, and the postcard on his return.
Thank you very much for looking after him so well. We wouldn't hesitate to use Barking Mad again, and would definitely recommend your service.

Posted by: Valerie Green on

I am always happy and so is Ollie to deal with Barking Mad, knowing he is happy and safe.

Posted by: Sylvia Wort on

Lily was returned to us in great condition and whilst pleased to be home, she obviously had a good holiday and had been very well looked after. Will definitely use your service again. many thanks Jane.

Posted by: yvonne buchanan on

Yet another successful holiday for Milly. So nice to be away and not worry about her. She always comes back happy and well looked after. Thank you Jane for your wonderful professional service.

Posted by: Ruth Crimes on

Rio has been registered with Barking Mad right from a puppy and he just loves it when the car arrives in the driveway to take him off on his holidays. Although I feel slightly miffed that he is so happy I wouldn't have it any other way. I can go away knowing that he is happy and settled and well taken care of. Jane keeps in touch and lets me know how he is doing and it is wonderful to relax and know that he is happy. Thank goodness for Barking Mad.....

Posted by: Patricia Waite on

Thankyou jane for all your help and all round excellent service for myself and gorgeous Gordon he loved staying with his host Dennis ,and was so chilled and relaxed when he came back from his first 4 day stay. I don't feel guilty or worried when Gordon goes away , I trust jane has my dogs best interest and is with the most suitable hosts .
Thankyou jane for your support and the hosts especially Dennis !
Brilliant barking mad .

Posted by: Marcelle on

My 2 labradoodle dogs had an amazing time at their hosting family and I was kept update with their progress and even had photos emailed to me of them playing and generally having fun! The hosting family treated them as their own and wrote me a lovely postcard with what they had been up to which was a superb touch too! I have had 2 very happy dogs returned to me at the end of their stay!

Posted by: Liz Ware on

I'm extremely grateful to Jane - we've been able to go on holiday again knowing that Bruno is being looked after with the utmost care. Bruno adores Jane, and I love the fact that I don't feel guilty leaving him because he's clearly so happy with Jane and the host families. This trip was very last minute, and I know that Jane went to huge efforts to help us - so thanks again Jane :) X

Posted by: Charlie Sanger on

After losing Shaun who used to look after Harlie in his own home, when we moved house - I placed Harlie in Kennels as at the time, I was unaware of Barking Mad and the service that they offer. I have never felt so guilty on the day I collected Harlie, while the kennels were OK, she was not used to that kind of environment. She had lost weight and appeared to have given up although at all times she was well behaved and popular with the kennel owners - it was clearly something that I would not be able to put her ( or us!! ) through again any time soon. Harlie has come home today and she is clearly a very happy pooch having 'wowed' her holiday companions with her vocal cheekiness, endless amounts of love and affection and tricks she has learned to show how clever she is.Jane has saved the day for us as I have every faith that Harlie will be well cared for and having a great time - its wonderful to have someone praise her for being so entertaining, happy and well behaved - so thank you to Jane, Helen and family and also thank you Harlie for being such a good girl and making us proud :)

Posted by: Lynn on

Boris and Toby had a wonderful time. They returned home pleased to see me but had clearly been well looked after and well walked. Thank you Jane and Barking Mad

Posted by: Sue Saxey on

We have been on the holiday of a lifetime and it was so reassuring to know that while we were away our beloved Whirley was in very safe hands. Jane looked after our needs as well as Whirley's and we are so grateful for all that she has done for us.

Posted by: Suzanne Blyth on

Thank you Jane for finding Vicky & Fraser with Bali to look after Riley for our latest break. He returned home very happy obviously having had a great time with Bali and lots of walks on the beach and park. Barking Mad provides a peace of mind that Riley will be well looked after. Thank you.

Posted by: Sue Trust on

Thanks to Louise for looking after Woody for his first time away from us. Jane was very reassuring and made us feel confident that he would be well looked after. He came back very happy. Looking forward to another weekend stay in a couple of weeks!

Posted by: Jane Grisdale on

Thank you Jane for finding a host for Lucy, she came home happy and content after her weekend away. I will be using Barking Mad again and again, it takes away the stress and worry as to who would have Lucy as Kennels are a no no. Thank you once again Jane at Barking Mad x

Posted by: Mrs Maryann Williams on 9th Aug, 2014

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Milly is home again happy and full of beans after another wonderful "Barking Mad" holiday. New host this time and all went extremely well - many thanks to her host Angie and Jane for their professional approach to everything. I certainly enjoy MY holiday knowing Milly is being well cared for. Thank you. Posted by Ruth Crimes

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We absolutely loved the service that we got at Barking Mad. From the initial and very professional talk through about the dogs, thoroughly going through their likes, dislikes, habits etc. All contingencies were taken care of, their food, treats, toys, beds, towels, grooming, medicine and that made us feel very comfortable seeing the dogs go to their host family knowing they would be well looked after, and they clearly were with exceptional standard! All the hassle of taking to and from were removed as they were 'taxid' to and from their host family. And after they left our fears were allayed about our dogs settling in, we received photos of them full of joy on the first night in their host garden and they had certainly made themselves at home on the sofa. We thoroughly recommend Jane and her team at Barking Mad to give your dog(s) a great holiday in a friendly and safe environment! Posted by Jack, Neil and Martin

Posted by: bmadadmin on

This was Dilly's second "holiday" and as previously, she came back calm and relaxed. What more could I ask for?!

Posted by: sally reeves on

Thanks Jane and Ruth for giving Jake a wonderful holiday. He has come back very chilled and has obviously been cherished while he was away!

Posted by: Danny Pell on 30th Jul, 2014

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Thanks Jane for finding the perfect hosts for our totally whimpish Tessa who hasn't been outside her comfort zone for more than a few days so 2 weeks in another home has brought her back happy and looking really well. Really appreciate the time you took to think about who she would be happy with. Thank you to you and Brenda and Paul for caring so much, very reassuring that all her little foibles were noted and taken care of. Tessa will be back with you very soon and I'm sure she will look forward to visiting again.

Posted by: Lynn Morgan on

Very happy with service, Jane is lovely and made the whole experience easy. Jack our springer loved his stay and came home happy and was well looked after. Worth every penny!

Posted by: Sarah Skinsley on

Elvis' first time was a great success and I know I can trust Jane and her hosts to look after him. Thank you so much.

Posted by: Jan Parry on

Elvis' first time was a great success and I know I can trust Jane and her hosts to look after him. Thank you so much.

Posted by: Jan Parry on

Having used Jane before, I had absolutely no hesitation in entrusting Ruby to her care. The host family obviously gave Ruby a wonderful time. Thank you.

Posted by: Aileen Aitken on

Skye and Bo had a wonderful 3 days away. They loved rounding up the chickens. They weren't at all worried or stressed...the hosts were obviously very, very good and looked after them well. Thanks Jane, for all your hard work in convincing me all would be well ( and it was!!)

Posted by: sally affleck on

Jane is a wonderful, caring person who makes sure whoever looks after my dogs, do so as if they were their own. She sends texts and photos to show you that they are settled and reassures you that all is ok. I would highly reccommend this service, particulary through Jane Harrison.

Posted by: Martina White on

Many thanks to Jane and her hosts for looking after Timmy for the weekend. He had a great time and we loved his postcard. We will use Barking Mad again next time we are away.

Posted by: Irene Thompson on

Dear Jane
Thanks for sorting out such a great place for Tango to stay and thanks to Janice for looking after him so well. We loved the postcard with all his adventures. Thanks for doing your best too with the timings when we turned out to have a later flight than expected. This was a very easy service to book and use. I will definitely be recommending you to friends

Posted by: Romey christie on

Just want to say thank-you to Jane and her team for giving JJ such a great few days away and coming home so happy and tired, we loved the photo's and we will defiantly be using them again.

Posted by: Rhona Mitchell on

Jane, and the host family (Belinda and Paul) have been an amazing support, and have provided the most brilliant service. It's been so lovely to be able to go on holiday and know that our dog Bruno is getting as much love and attention as he gets at home - if not more! The postcard, photo and updates are very reassuring, and Bruno even came home with his first rosette from a dog show - we're so proud! Thank you for caring so much, it means the world to us.

Posted by: Charlie Sanger on

Dear Jane,
Just a quick note to say, thank you for your great service in looking after my dogs whilst I am away. I feel safe in the knowledge that they are being well looked after and that in turn makes me feel relaxed to enjoy myself. The service is well run and convenient to use. I will recommend you to my friends.
See you again in 5weeks,
Kind regards, Martina

Posted by: Martina White on

Whirley loves her Barking Mad holidays which gives us great peace of mind when we're away. Jane makes the process of booking a holiday for Whirley very easy and stress free and we can always rely on Jane to look after us and make sure Whirley is looked after too.

Posted by: Suzanne on

Molly and Mousie obviously had a fantastic time with Hilary - a little too good perhaps since they now expect 24/7 silver service and cuddles on demand! - the professional service offered by Jane is outstanding and we were able to rest assured on our holiday knowing that they were more than taken care of, they were loved.
Best wishes Andrew & Stephen. Posted by Andrew & Stephen

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Ellie came back from her first Barking Mad holiday happy and full of beans. We are so pleased we found Jane and host Tracey who looked after Ellie for us. She's already booked in for her next stay and we have no worries she will be in good hands. Thank you again Jane for an excellent service.

Posted by: Bev and Barry on

We have never left 7 year old Dilly with anyone other than family members as she is a nervous dog who gets upset at the first sign of a suitcase. However she had a wonderful time at her "sleepover" and came home totally chilled out. It was a great weight off our minds and we are planning our next break away as I write! Thank you Barking Mad, you do what you promise. Great service.

Posted by: Sally reeves on

Cora is only 4 months old and we were worried that she may be anxious with us leaving her with strangers for a short break. As it turned out she settled very quickly with her host family and was full of beans when she returned home. Great service, the photos and texts sent to us by Jane certainly put our minds at rest while we were away.

Posted by: Margaret Pugh on

A Very good company & reliable. They always provide the right host for your dog & the dates you need for your holidays. We have used Barking Mad for a good few years. They have always been there for us & our dog (Ollie), Jane is very kind and is always ready to help.
Excellent service.
Thank You
Mrs S Wort

Posted by: Sylvia Wort on

Milly is still very young (5 1/2 months) so we were worried about leaving her but she has now had 2 lovely holidays with her host family and come back happy and worn out!! (Too much fun):) Jane has always been very professional every step of the way - we will be back. Thank you.

Posted by: Ruth Crimes on

It worried me a bit that I couldn't meet the carers, but having met Jane I was instantly reassured and Buddy walked off with her as if he had known her all his life! It is expensive, but what price do you put on peace of mind. I wholeheartedly recommend Barking Mad. Harriet

Posted by: Harriet Walters on

Luka went on holiday with Barking Mad, I was kept informed at all times with emails, pictures, and texts,on how he was getting on, cannot fault Jane or his 4 day foster mum, he came home a tired happy dog! We have just booked him in for another holiday , we can go away not having to worry about a thing, Barking Mad all the way from now on!! Thank you Jane. Xx

Posted by: Brett stevenson on

Jane was very quick in helping us find a home for my two big dogs at a moments notice due to an insurance claim.

They had a great time with their host family and if I can ever afford a holiday will definitely use Barking Mad again! Also Jane isn't too bad herself!!

Posted by: Denise Roythorne on

Maurice and I cannot thank you enough for all your help whilst Maurice was in hospital. Pixie was extremely happy and content with her hosts and would love to go back again, if possible, soon!

Posted by: Emma and Maurice Payne on

I have only praise for Jane and Barking Mad. Meg my young rescue dog had a great time. A big 'thank you' to her host family and Jane. Even when I got the return date wrong she contacted me and Meg was able to stay another night. I would recommend Barking Mad to anyone. I certainly would choose them again you can be sure your dog will be well looked after.

Posted by: Gillian Harding on

Thank you Jane and Tracey, Kimmy came home so happy and unstressed, she obviously loved being away!

Posted by: Jacky Sawday on

Our Staffie, Frisket is 13 years old and has been to stay with Kevin and Maureen several times. This time we were really worried about leaving him, but he was well looked after and Jane was genuinely concerned to hear how he gets on in the future. It may be a little more expensive than kennels, but well worth it

Posted by: Caroline Durrant on

Bertie loves going on holiday with Barking Mad. He comes back totally relaxed and with his tail wagging and for me it's worry free. I can completely recommend it.

Posted by: Diane on

Many thanks to Jane and her host carer from our dog Django. The service is very professional and extremely caring. Django came home very happy and completely exhausted from all his fun days out. We think he had a better holiday than us! We would certainly use again and would recommend.

Posted by: Simone Burke on

We were really pleased to find your company. Tessa was so well looked after and it was very comforting to receive text from Jane to know she had settled in well and was happy. Many thanks for all your care. Tessa will be back!

Posted by: Lynn Morgan on

Thank goodness for Jane at Barking Mad and her fabulous host family. I have never left Charlie Brown for 17 days before, but I did so with absolutely confidence using Jane at Barking Mad and her host family. Charlie Brown had the best time ever can came home with the look "Oh you have come back then!!". Jane made the whole experience of leaving Charlie Brown stress free and I can't thank her and her host family enough for giving Charlie Brown a fabulous holiday. Thank you for your fantastic service and those wonderful texts to letting me know how he is.

Posted by: Jan Malpas on

Finn loves his Barking Mad holidays, and Jane makes the process very simple and easy, with every detail taken care of and a lovely text to say he's settled in to his holiday home and tales of all the fun he had on his trip when he returns.

Posted by: Kelly McKain on

Barking Mad are such a great organisation, Lottie has such a lovely time when she's away, I'm not sure she wants to come home! We are really happy to know that she is so well looked after when we are away. Many thanks to Jane at Barking Mad.

Posted by: Helen Bailie on

We're really happy with how well Barking Mad took care of our (very indulged and much loved!) dog. I couldn't imagine him coping with any time in kennels, knowing that he is being taken care of in a family home takes away any stress. I appreciate the reassuring texts letting me know how he's getting on.

Posted by: Robyn on

Josie has had two holidays with Barking Mad in recent weeks and we are very happy with the excellent service they provide. We can relax while we are away knowing that Josie is also content with her 'foster' family

Posted by: Shirley and Ray Geier on

Our dogs have holidayed with Barking Mad several times and the level of service each time is fantastic. We never worry and the dogs come back happy and have had a great time.

Posted by: L Blake on

Thank you for being so patient with me and Benson!

Posted by: Cathy Sykes on

I had never stayed away from home and my mummy was very worried about me but I had a great time and my new friends were very kind. Auntie Jane kept in touch with mummy letting her know that I was settled and had slept well. This was very kind and reassuring.

I would like to go visiting again soon.

Posted by: Cara on


September 2017

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August 2017

A recent article in the Bognor Regis Observer has highlighted the dangers of BBQs to dogs. Owners should remain vigilant during the summer months, especially whilst walking on the beach.

A local dog owner described to the Observer how discarded coals resulted in her dog being injured during a walk along Elmer Beach. She said: “I will never forget the screams of pain from my dog as she stepped on the hot coals and smells of burning from her paws from someone’s discarded barbecue.” She warned that the coals were “completely invisible, looking like chalk by the rocks until she stepped on them”.



She also added: “It could have been a lot worse – especially if she had gone to pick up one of the coals in her mouth as she was chasing her ball into the rocks and initially we thought she had burnt her mouth – or if it had been a child running around the area in bare feet. It was particularly distressing as she kept screaming and we initially thought she had been bitten or broken her foot by the way she was holding it but then we could smell burnt flesh and fur.” The dog’s owner added she was keen to voice the warning to others as she we would hate for this to happen to anyone else’s dog, or even a child playing barefoot. In a recent update, her Cockapoo has since started limping and formed a blister on her paw which is being closely kept an eye on.

And also, just a reminder to be careful about when you walk your dog in hot weather as the ground heats more than the air temperature. Please take care when you choose what time of day to walk your dog to prevent its paws being burned on hot pavements. Alternatively, be sure to stick to walking on grass or stay in the shade. Don’t forget to check and clean your dog's paws regularly for any sign of damage.

July 2017

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              We are delighted to receive support with an editorial in the local press…… Not long to go now!

The Team

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New Staff Member

We are delighted to introduce Stephanie, who has joined us recently. Stephanie brings a wealth of experience with dogs, customer care and in administration.

                                                           Welcome aboard Stephanie!”


May 2017

Barking Mad host Sharon auditions for “The Voice” in The Hardwicke Inn, in Bognor Regis.

Barking Mad Dog Care (Bognor Regis) shared Bognor Regis Post's post — feeling proud.
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#BarkingMad host Sharon hits the headlines! Well done Sharon, we are all awaiting the results with you 

"Sharon Brett, 45 from Bognor Regis didn’t know what to expect. She said: “This is my first ever audition for anything.  “I’ve done karaoke here before but wanted to see what else I could do.  “I’m lucky to have my family and friends here supporting me. I only decided on the song three weeks ago.”...

Her rendition of Annie Lennox’s version of I Put a Spell on You certainly impressed her fans.  Her co-worker, Jane Harrison, said: “She was brilliant. I’m very proud.”

Hounds for Heroes

We all know, or have known, relatives, friends or colleagues in the Armed Forces and Civil Emergency Services, who put their own lives at risk to protect all of us. Here at Barking Mad Dog Care Chichester, we wanted to give something back to these selfless individuals, by supporting the great work carried out The Charity, Hounds For Heroes.

On the 23rd July 2017 (weather permitting), we have arranged a Fundraising Trandem Skydive in Salisbury for colleague Laura Stentiford. We would like to raise as much money as possible for Hounds for Heroes and just as a thank you to Barking Mad Laura! Please do support us in any way you are able at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BarkingMadChichester

Hounds For Heroes started out as the dream of one man. Allen Parton a Royal Navy Veteran of the first Gulf War suffered severe physical and mental trauma whilst on duty. The arrival of an assistance dog by the name of Endal transformed his life and that of his family.

The charity’s purpose is to provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed forces and Civilian Emergency Services. Through this provision the charity hopes to give itsclients an enhanced quality of life in line with their expectations.


The charity will also be able to provide help and practical support to help them achieve this. There are over 900,000 injured servicemen and women in the country and that number continues to grow on a daily basis.

The unique mental attitude of serving personnel, and of those in the emergency services means that only a handful so far have chosen to have an assistance dog provided by the civilian offerings. When the guns fall silent on the battlefield. or the sirens stop wailing in the streets, the battle with disability, trauma and bereavement go on forever for all those affected.

It is in the aftermath of conflict and trauma that Hounds For Heroes dogs will come into their own. Taught to problem solve, and to be intuitive, our dogs will remove the sense of disability in the client’s life and replace it with a feeling of ability.

January 2017

Congratulations to Laura, my colleague, who has attended and passed her First Aid Course today!

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December 2016

The festive season has officially begun at Barking Mad Chichester. Many guests are beginning to arrive on their 5* Christmas breaks.

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Just a few of the many who will be arriving over the next few weeks. A few spaces available, if you need us, get in touch.

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Wishing everybody a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Our First Google Review!

"I cannot recommend Barking Mad Chichester enough. The high attention to detail, personal service, and the endless genuine amount of love shown to myself and my two little furbabies goes far beyond my expectations.
I have two Chihuahua-Jack Russel-Maltese mixed brothers, who have anxiety problems and are apprehensive when they meet new people. However, when they see their holiday bags are being packed, and the Barking Mad car pulls up to the house, they are literally jumping up and down with excitement. They are so very happy to go on their holidays (I try not to take it personally that they can't wait to abandon me).

We receive messages and photos to let us know that the boys have settled in with their host and also periodically throughout their stay. Upon their return, the boys are very happy and settle back into their home routine without any problems. They also return home with a lovely postcard, letting us know about their adventures. I keep threatening Jane, the owner of Barking Mad Chichester, that I will be booking myself on one of their holidays soon enough."

Wow and thank you so much Leigh!

August 2016

We are very pleased to be supporting our local hospital on Saturday. Why not come on down and join us?

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We were very happy to support Canine Partners at their annual event. It was hot, then the heavens opened, this did not dampen any spirits - Laura, myself and host Sara (with guest Solomon on current holiday) were totally inspired by this amazing organisation and their gorgeous dogs and trainers. We are pleased to announce they took over £6,000 on the day. Congratulations Canine Partners - we will see you next year:)

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February 2016

Barking Mad ‎Chichester are eggstatic to be supporting Littlehampton District Lions Club Charitable Trust in the run up to Easter. All funds raised by the Lions Club from public fundraising are used for charitable purposes. We have a HUGE 1k eggstravagent Belgian chocolate Easter Egg up for grabs - WOW!

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Looking to all my customers, hosts, friends, relatives, neighbours and all my facebookers to support this worthy cause. We have a minimum target of 100 numbers to be sold in only a few weeks.

Please please support this worthy cause and enjoy the chance to win this fabulous prize for yourself or as a gift. Payments can be mad easily via: paypal.me/BarkingMadChichester please give me your choicie of numbers - first come first served re numbers

January 2016

My colleague, Laura, and I visited Elaine Barter at Arundawn Dog Rescue in Horsham. Rescues are very important to us and we do all we can to support them, including homechecks and networking. We met Bruno and Zoe, who along with others are awaiting their forever homes. We took 45 tins of dog food kindly donated by our dog loving hosts, which they were very happy to receive.


December 2015

Celebrating the completion of another successful year with some of the amazing hosts who look after your dogs, whilst you are away.

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October 2015
Barking Mad Chichester always allows time to support the local dog charities. I have carried out Home checks for Mount Noddy, Rescue Homecheckers, K9 Partners, Border Collie Spot Rescue and Holbrook Animal Rescue. 



Laura joined me in May on a part-time basis. I am delighted to say we are now so busy and Laura is such a hit with customers, hosts and all our doggies that she has become a permanent and full time fixture!







Does your dog like swimming? - I am so pleased and proud to be associated with and recommend swimming for dogs. M.A.D (Mad About Dogs) Training Centre
To book a swim, or for any enquiries, please message us or email: mad_about_dogs@btinternet.com or telephone 07771 357879.

My 9 year old Ellie enjoying her second swim, swimming can be for fun or hydrotherapy. Ellie is now 9 and suffers arthritis.

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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:


St Peters Veterinary Group. St Peters Road, Petersfield, GU31 4AA. Telephone:- 01730 266431.www.stpetersvets.co.uk

Downlands Veterinary Group,118 Victoria Drive, Bognor Regis, PO22 2EJ. Telephone:- 01243 841111 www.downlandvets.co.uk

Alphapets  11-17 The Precinct, West Meads, Bognor Regis PO21 5SB  01243 842832

Pet Shops

Bognor Pet Supplies.  24 Felpham Road, Felpham, West Sussex PO22 7AZ tel. 01243 870300 contact Ron or Aly.

S.P.R Centre - Greenfields Farm, Fontwell Avenue PO20 3RU 01243 542815 www.sprcentre.com



Ragamuffins.  3 Bankside 128 Middleton Road, Middleton on Sea PO22 6DB  01243 585300

Canine Clips.  Dog Grooming and Pet Spa.   4 Stocks Lane, East Wittering.  PO20 8HN  www.canine-clips.co.uk  01243 671444



Pet Services

Chichester Cattery. Cattery and Rabbit & Guinea Pig Boarding. West Stoke Road, Chichester, PO19 3PL. Telephone:- 01243 536959. webenquiry@chichestercattery.co.uk or www.chichestercattery.co.uk

Canine Massage.  Sylvia Pyne. Canine Massage Therapist.     07837 689515                                                       2 Watersedge Gardens, West Wittering PO20 8RA        www.dogwalkingandmassage.co.uk

Dog Training.  Bognor Regis District Dog Training Club - Hilary Sykes (Chairman and Secretary) 01243 860083

Mad About Dogs.  Dog training at Tangmere Village Hall. Keith O'Dell  01243 790140 mad_about_dogs@btinternet.com


Rescue Centres 

The Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre, Holborow Lodge, Chalder Lane, Sidlesham, Chichester, PO20 7RJ. Telephone:- 01243 641409. www.crrc.co.uk

Animal Rescue Centre, The Old Gardens, Highleigh Road, Sidlesham, West Sussex PO20 7NN. Telephone 07530613212.www.theoldgardens.co.uk

Mount Noddy Rescue Centre, Blackmill Lane, Eartham, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0LL. Telephone:- 01243 773359. www.mountnoddy.co.uk 

Pet Rescue.  Sussex Pet Rescue.  Jan Meredith     01403 864742
1 Genthorne, Henfield Road, Cowfold RH13 8DR     www.syssexpetrescue.org.uk


Pet Photography 

Nicki Feltham Photography   01243 587517  www.nfelthamphotography.co.uk 


The Good Dog Guide  -   http://www.thegooddogguide.com/ 

Laura Quiggan. Artist.Telephone:- 07917865668. 7 The Parkway, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2BS.quiggsie@hotmail.com

Dog Transportation - www.dogcages.net

Estate Agent.  Henry Adams llp.  3a Bankside, Middleton on Sea, West Sussex PO22 6DB 01243 587687 www.henryadams.co.uk

Tree Care -  CM Tree Care Chris Matthews.  cmtreecare@hotmail.co.uk 07930 470280

Kamtec   www.kamtec.co.uk keith-dowsett@bt connect.com
Unit M3A, Durban Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex  01243 842233

The Hare and Hounds Public House     02392 631433     www.hareandhoundspub.co.uk
Wildham Lane, Stoughton PO18 9JQ



David Hughes - 19th Jul, 2017
"All arrangements worked perfectly and Louis returned in fine fettle, having enjoyed his stay and having been very well looked after. It's reassuring to know that your dog is happy and cared for when you're away. It's a great service."

Suzanne Blyth - 29th Jun, 2017
"Whirley has had another happy holiday with Barking Mad. She gets so excited when she sees us packing her bag and when she sees her chauffeur she is uncontrollable! To know that she is so happy to have a holiday reassures us and let's us relax on our time away."

Jacky Sawday - 28th Jun, 2017
"Kimmy is a rescue dog with a troubled brain. She comes back from her holidays peaceful and calm, so I know she is happy with her hosts.
Thank you Jane and Kimmy's hosts!"

Adrian Foulks - 28th Jun, 2017
"Once again delighted with the service, with prompt collection at time agreed. Our two dogs seem to have enjoyed themselves and will certainly be using this service again. Many thanks."

Keith Latham - 28th Jun, 2017
"It was a little like sending off your precious young child to a new school. Would she like it there? would she settle quickly?and more importantly, would they like her! My mind was put at rest very quickly with an email confirming that Bonnie had settled and a picture with her guardian and Bailey, her new friend for the next few days. A short message the next morning confirmed that all was well. It was clear on her return home that she had really enjoyed her stay and had shared some lovely experiences. Thank you so much to Debbie and Bailey for looking after my three year old black labrador so well, plus the interesting card and very welcome toys."

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