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Searching for dog sitting in Cornwall? Then welcome to our site, we are Barking Mad. The expected idea of dog kennels has been superseded by a more modern, better option - you won't have to place your beloved pet in a cage to be fed and watered when you are away. Here at Barking Mad we wanted to see change for the better.
Our service is provided by host individuals and families who have chosen to look after your dog just the way you prefer for you when you have to go away on holidays or even to work on a daily basis.
Dogs are pack animals so you and your family undoubtedly are a part of that pack. When they don't have their pack around them this can be a stressful time for your dog. By making sure that they still have all of their personal items such as their blanket, bowl and toys around this can really help reduce the sort of anxiety they would otherwise experience. We work with you to pick the right dog sitters for your pet and ensure that while you are away enjoying your holiday that your dog is having the time of their lives too. Ours is a bespoke dog sitting service, delivered by personally picked sitters who will really take care of your dog while you are away in just the way you like, as if it were one of their own.
Our portfolio is full of hosts we've handpicked to fulfil the needs of our customers. Keeping to a regular routine is very important and can ensure your dog is fed and walked at their usual time. Should your dog require any particular attention such as medication to be given, or special dietary requirements we can do that as well.
We have branches through the entire UK, not only are we Cornwall’s favourite dog sitters but we are also the UK's favourite too, don’t take our word for it. We have branches through the entire UK of host families just looking forward to the opportunity to care and look after your dog on your behalf. If you are still having any uncertainties then please just read our previous customer testimonials. It really is terrific to get reviews from customers. Often the best business is done via word of mouth recommendations and Barking Mad in Cornwall is no different.
We'd like to keep you informed while you are away as well. Your pet will be no doubt enjoying themselves but our regular updates for you will offer that extra confidence that your dog is being fully looking after, you’ll be able to see this on social media and photos that we send to you so you don’t get too anxious either. Should anything at all unpredicted ever happen our expert dog carers will take care of the matter and keep you fully informed throughout. Please rest assured that our national chain of dog carers will do everything possible to ensure things go smoothly.
People who love dogs everywhere will agree that they wouldn't like their four legged best friend to put into a cage for a week while they go away on a trip. We felt like this too which explains why we started Barking Mad back in the year 2000 and that is why we wanted your dog to have a holiday too. Many people want to think of their dog like a part of their family, sometimes as if they were their very own child. We totally appreciate this and wanted to setup a service that can provide the possibility for owners to place their beloved pet into the hands of people that care and who will look after them in a proper home. So if you feel this way too then we'd like to help you.
We invite you to see all of our dog loving families and carefully consider your host family before you decide to pick. Our whole process is very easy and it all starts with a phone call or a form submission, so what are you waiting for?
|One off initial registration meeting||£35|
|Daily boarding rate||£23|
|Daily boarding rate for additional dogs||£17|
|Collection and delivery||£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!
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.
Ask for your loyalty card. When your card is full you receive a FREE stay on us! (1 full card = 28 paw stamps).
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
A small selection of our lovely host families:
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.
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."
Hello, my name is Mandy Turton I have been running Barking Mad Cornwall since March 2016. I am thoroughly enjoying the experience of meeting lots of lovely dogs and their owners and finding fantastic places for them to stay for their holidays.
I live in Redruth, a wonderful old mining town. We are very close to the A30, the main artery road into Cornwall which gives me amazing access to the whole of the County.
I have 2 dogs of my own, a 2 year-old Cockapoo called Molly and a new cockapoo puppy called Marshall who is 51/2 months old. They both love a good run on the beautiful beaches that Cornwall is surrounded by, or in the glorious lush countryside; I am enjoying more fresh air than I have ever had, taking them for walks and runs and keeping myself fit at the same time.
Barking Mad will provide your dog with a holiday of it's own while you are away enjoying your own holiday. I will match your dog and it's needs to the best fit from my pool of hosts from across Cornwall. (Please check our local news section for news of offers for existing and new customers). You will be able to rest easy while you are away knowing that your furry friend/s is being looked after by someone who has chosen to be a Barking Mad host, and who has been carefully checked by me.
If you would like to use the services of Barking Mad please do get in contact and I will come to see you and your dog and talk you through how Barking Mad works and what we can do for you and your dog.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a host please contact me on 01209 240501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, you won’t regret it and will enjoy the companionship of many different dogs.
We have used Barking Mad on many occasions for our lively Cockerpoo since he was quite young, as he did not enjoy the experience of kennels. Where possible Mandy has tried to host him with the same family so he feels settled quite soon (as he is a Mummy's boy)! Receiving photos of him whist away is so very reassuring, as is the postcard telling us what he has been up to whilst away.Being able to have him returned to us as soon as we are home (even on a Sunday) is brilliant. I could not recommend this service more highly.
Excellent service un every way , and more important one very happy dog on my return , thank you barking mad .
A really great service!
So easy to arrange with no hassle and with lots of consultation to ensure Digs would be well looked after by a caring family.
Far less stressfull than using boarding kennels, and with regular updates while you are away you have the peace of mind your pet is being well looked after.
We will definately use Barking Mad again.
Many thanks to Mandy and the team from us and Digs
Alfie had a good Xmas holiday
The placement was complicated as we wanted to house our dog upcountry from Cornwall as we made complicated travel plans to travel abroad and then pick up Alfie before going onto Scotland. Being a national franchise this was all arranged seamlessly by our local rep Mandy with the Wiltshire rep Clive. Alfie had a good time with his host. Not sure he actually wanted to come home !
Gary arranged care for Josie, our Jack Russell while we were travelling for a month. We had absolute confidence in Gary after meeting him before he collected Josie. He told us about the lady who would be looking after Josie and it sounded like a match made in heaven, which it was. You always want your pets to be kept safe when you are away from them, but to know that they will be loved and probably spoilt too, is wonderful. We will definitely be asking Gary to arrange care for Josie again.
This is the first time we have used Barking Mad and would definitely recommend.
Excellent thorough service (including pick up/drop off) and was reassured by receiving an emailed pic by the time we'd arrived on holiday.
We have never been keen to leave our girls at kennels so this is such a great idea. I really do think it felt like a holiday for them too!
We will definitely be in touch again soon!
Alan & Sharon (and of course Tilly & Teya)
Our lovely Ben is an elderly Golden Retriever of nearly 12 years. He has been with us since he was 6 weeks old and until he spent two weeks with Barking Mad he had only ever spent his 'holidays' with friends and/or family. So letting 'Barking Mad' particularly Helen, take care of him was a big leap into the unknown. However, Ben went off with Gary very happily and we felt completely at ease. We received e mail photos whilst we were away and it was clear that Ben wasn't missing us at all! Thank you Gary, Ben had a great time, and so did we!
Brilliant! What a great idea Barking Mad is ...
I can honestly say that having been a dog owner for many, many years this is the first time we have felt comfortable, happy & not stressed about leaving our girl Phoebe whilst we go away on holiday.
We now feel like Phoebe is having a holiday too!
And, receiving pictures & a message about how Phoebe was doing on her 'mini-break' with her host family & dog was absolutely fantastic.
We've already booked another 3 holidays for us & 3 holidays with Barking Mad for Phoebe too!
Thank you Gary & the fantastic Margaret & Pirran the retired Greyhound for looking after our Phoebe so well - we couldn't be happier.
Sarah, Steve & Phoebe the Lurcher
This was Boz's first stay away from home. He obviously had a great time and returned after his three days happy, groomed and exhausted! The collection and delivery arrangements were excellent and the choice of host perfect. We would recommend Barking Mad to anyone looking for a care-free holiday for their pet.
First Class - would not now go anywhere else
Superb from point of contact to return of Charlie - wonderful hosts - Roger and Jill to whom we owe many thanks
Cannot find fault - Gary was top man!
This was the first time we have had to leave Charlie out of family - now that we have had the barking mad experience it will not be the last
Gary and Jill Hogan
This was the first time I've used Barking Mad, and I would soooo use them again, totally recommend their services.
I was very nervous at first as I have never left my 18 month old cocker with anyone else apart from family. But when Gary came to pick her up I felt very comfortable and reassured that she was going to have a fabulous time with her hosts. Then not long after, I recieved an email (and phone call) to say she settled in brilliantly, lovely to receive updates everyday and photos, puts my mind at rest. When she returned home(Gary also dropped her off) she was so happy and to receive a postcard of her adventures, was amazing, think she had a better time than I did.
Great to know that she was well treated like she is at home, rather than shoving her in a cage at kennels.
Big thanks to hosts Kathy and Pete for treating my girl like a princess!
Posted by: Vicky Mcclarity on 13th May, 2015
This was our first experience of leaving our 12 month old Labrador dog with anyone other than family. We were apprehensive about how he would respond to going away on his holidays without us.
We were kept fully informed of how he was getting on, including a phone call and emails with pictures of him having fun.
I can highly recommend Gary and Barking Mad. It allows you to leave your dog in the knowledge that it will be well looked after in the comfort of someone's home.
Our dog will be enjoying holidays away in the future without us worrying about his wellbeing.
We're so glad we found Barking Mad. Not only does it mean we come back from our holidays to happy and content dogs, but Gary also takes away all that pre and post holiday hassle by collecting and delivering the dogs (and all their paraphernalia). And we love getting the updates from our dog sitters!
Please excuse us if Bex has not already responded.
Our first experience of Barking Mad has been excellent!
Ludo was in great shape on his return. It was very nice to get his postcard from 'Lady' and I'm sure he would love to meet her and her family again. Please pass on our thanks to them too.
Thank you for your help and patience,
We have been delighted with how relaxed and well behaved Mac has been since he returned home. He obviously had a happy holiday and we will not hesitate to use Barking Mad again. We felt so much happier leaving him this time rather than when we have left him previously in kennels. A special thank you to Helen, his host.
Susan,John and Mac.
This is the second time of using Gary and Barking Mad to find a host for our dog Ollie the Sprollie! It's so nice to go away knowing full well that Gary has found the perfect host to look after the dog. I like getting an email or text letting you know that your loved one has settled in and being cared for lovingly, it puts your mind at ease and allows you to relax and enjoy your time away.
This is the third time we have used Barking Mad, and again can't thank you enough for how well Storm was looked after. He has come home exhausted again (which is always a good sign of an active holiday!!).
I recommend Gary and his team every time anyone asks who we have looking after Storm.
Thank you again
Thank you very much for the update photo's which left us very re-assured that our two "boys" were being well looked after by their host. Great service.
John & Jo Gentle
It is very reassuring to know that the holiday host is carefully chosen to match my dog's character and needs, a real home from home. I was updated regularly and he came back very happy, all clean and brushed. Obviously he had a good time! A big thank you to Gary and hosts Karen and Millie.
We stumbled across Barking Mad after seeing his car around Helston. After taking a look at the website we decided to contact Gary for an informal chat the reason being that our dog Monty just hates kennels. Gary was calm and professional and Monty was totally at ease with him straight away. The whole process was so great we thought Monty was going off to stay with a family member.
Monty had a great time while we were away and we got regular updates from Gary saying how Monty was getting on as well as pictures.
We will only be using Barking Mad whenever we go away now as the process and care is second to none and so smoothly taken care of by Gary.
Knowing that our two dogs Lola & Boris were being really well looked after made our holiday much more enjoyable. The updates and photos from Gary meant so much! Their carers did a great job - they came back happy and tired. They even took them to a dog show which Lola won - her first rosette!
My Jack Russell puppy has spent the weekend with a host for Barking Mad. She has come back very happy. They offer a brilliant service and peace of mind. I was very happy and reassured with the service offered and received a postcard reporting on Sandy's activities during her stay. Would definitely use this service again.
Many thanks to Gary and Barking Mad.
This was our Labradoodle Tia's first time away from home,so we were a little concerned how she would be staying with people she didn't know.
But all was well as she settled down quickly and by all accounts had a good time with lots of running and playing.
We would most definitely use Gary again as Tia came back happy and tired. Posted by Gary Marlow
Thanks to Gary for his very efficient and professional service. Our dog seems to have had a great holiday and been well looked after. We will certainly hope to use Barking Mad again.
We were really happy with the friendly efficient service. Charlie returned home a very happy dog with a lovely postcard telling us all his news! Have been singing your praises - huge thanks to you and Kathy.
I cannot recommend this service enough, a brilliant business I certainly won't be using kennels ever again. My two dogs Tilly and Bracken loved their holiday soo much that it wasn't just me and my husband who we're having the post holiday blues, the dogs did too. They went off with Gary to go on their hols with no hesitation which was a relief as they are our babies and both came home with wagging tails. We were kept up to date with photos from their host family which showed them having such a lovely time and when they came home, we had a lovely postcard from the host family letting us know what they got up to and how much they were going to miss Tilly and Bracken, such a lovely gesture. Thank you so much to Gary and the host family who made my holiday less stressful because I knew my pups were having such a lovely time as we were on our hols. We will deffinately be using Gary again.
Very happy with this service. Organised at very late notice Gary was extremely professional & careful to get to know my dog & her needs. Our dog came back looking very happy!
Very professional company and a happy dog at the end of a week's stay. We liked the regular communication and photo of our poodle during the week and were impressed by a special Barking Mad identity disk, with their contact details (carefully omitting her name) just in case she went walkabout. We were nervous about not knowing the carer at first but all seems to have gone well with lots of play and walks that she loves. Would use again.
Well worth the money.
I would like to thank Gary and the host family for looking after our dog Bradley, he is a very loving dog and 2 weeks in kennels would have been cruel to him. Barking Mad have provided a great service and he came back looking fit and well, the lady who looked after him filled in a schedule of all the walks etc. he'd undertaken whilst we were away, he's now expecting more walks daily.
We will definitely use the service again and would thoroughly recommend to anyone who wants the best for their pet whilst on holiday.
This is the first time we have placed Archie in the care of temporary 'foster parents' when we have been away. Previously we have placed him in kennels but, not any more. It was obvious to us that he had been well cared for by people who really love dogs. The service provided by Barking Mad in arranging a suitable home and keeping us informed about his welfare was excellent.We will certainly use this service again and recommend it to anyone who wants to be sure that their pet is well looked after.
I would like to thank you heartily for arranging Chip's holiday whilst we were away. In his advanced years, I really did not want to put him in kennels. Barking Mad is the perfect solution. As my previous arrangements had fallen through I was worried I would not be able to find a suitable home for Chip but you took care of everything despite it all being rather rushed and last minute!
Chip was clearly well cared for and is most content. Thank you too to to his host, Helen. The picture you sent me with the two of them settled on the swing really put my mind at rest.
I would definitely recommend you to friends.
Fudge went off happily and returned just as happily. The postcard about her holiday was a nice touch. We shall allow Fudge to go on another barking mad holiday!
At first I was a little apprehensive of not meeting the host family that Barli was going to be holidaying with, but as Barli left hand in hand with Gary I could see there was nothing to worry about! I was extremely happy with the quick responses I received when asking how Barli's holiday was going and I really appreciated the photos. I have already booked him in for a few more holidays this year and no doubt will be for next year too. I am very happy with Barking Mad.
This is the second time we have used Barking Mad, and both times Storm has come back absolutely exhausted - which is always a good sign that he's had a good time! The service we have received has been exceptional, and would highly recommend (and have done) to everyone. Storm is looking forward to his holiday in December.
First time we have used barking mad, and we have booked it for a further two trips later this year. Efficient friendly service and it is comforting to know that our dog is always with the same person, and on a one to one basis.
Thanks to Gary for a great service.
The dogs have obviously had a good time with Gary and their minders as they came back with Gary waggy tailed but obviously well walked and keen to be with him the 2nd time he looked after them.
All arrangements went to plan.
I am well impressed by the service that Gary has provided and very happy to recommend him to others.
Our Cocker Spaniel was recently placed with a family for a couple of nights by Gary at Barking Mad. Dexter had a wonderful time and we received a letter and photos from the host family which was fantastic. We were really impressed and have recommended the service to the owner of the Caravan Site we stay on in Cornwall. It is far better than kennels and not much more expensive. Thank you so much.
Thanks to Gary for an excellent service. Our dog Pippa thoroughly enjoyed her stay on the farm. The collection and delivery service makes it much easier to leave them. We would highly recommend barking mad to anyone.
We found out about Barking Mad from a friend and decided to try them out as Bailey, our Old English Sheepdog has had not so good experience in kennels. From Gary's initial visit to us we were impressed at how thorough he was at finding out all about Baileys needs and routine and was very pleased with the family that Bailey was matched with! Gary emailed a photo of Bailey with the family and upon return, received a feedback card from the family giving us details of baileys stay with them. Bailey came back to us in good form and very clean. It is one less thing to worry about knowing that she is well cared for while we are away. We would definitely use Barking Mad again and have no hesitation in recommending them to friends. Thank you Gary!
Delighted to have found 'Barking Mad'. Am happy in the knowledge that my dogs are well cared for & are on a proper 'holiday'. Posted by Susan Horswill
I was delighted to discover that Barking Mad was now in Cornwall. I had previously used kennels but as Charlie is a rescue dog, felt that a place similar to home would be kinder to him. I felt reassured from Gary's initial visit and on return from holiday it seems clear that my boy enjoyed himself too and was well cared for.
I would certainly recommend Barking Mad as an alternative to kennels.
The whippets came back from their holiday stay looking well and waggy tails.
Garry placed them as only pets as they have special emotional needs.
We were able to go for a holiday knowing the dogs were happy and we recieved updates and photos from Garry whilst away.
I was a little apprehensive about leaving my two year old dog Basil but having met Gary felt confident that the service he offered would be well run. Basil was placed with a lady and her young labrador. He had numerous walks and was returned tired and happy. The host had written a daily report on what they had all been up to which was lovely and Gary texted me while I was away with an update. I would definitely use the service again and have already recommended Barking Mad to friends. Basil had a great time and his placement was tailor made for him. Posted by Anita
Barking Mad is definitely a great service, with the dog being collected and dropped back making life very easy. Roo had a wonderful time on holiday on the farm, and even came home tired - being an 8 month old border collie that's quite an achievement!
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Gary and his hosts to anyone. It means I can now go away without worrying about Roo at all, safe in the knowledge she's probably having a whale of a time
I cannot recommend Gary and Barking Mad Cornwall highly enough. We have an adolescent english bull terrier Bilbo who, whilst very loving and affectionate, requires a firm hand. This makes finding a host for his holidays a bit challenging, Gary recently allowed Bilbo to stay with him and his family whilst we went to visit our own family up North. This proved to be a great hit for everyone concerned, he had loads of walks in the woods and on the beach and formed a strong bond with Gary's teenage children. Bilbo came back this morning in great shape and almost reluctant to be home. Gary provided daily email updates, including photographs, which provided the welcome reassurance to us that Bilbo was having a happy time. Barking Mad Cornwall deliver an excellent service which has ensured the best possible care for our dog. I know everyone feels their dog is special, so it is great to know that Barking Mad recognise that and deliver a service to match. Bilbo is resting now in anticipation of his next BM holiday.
Such a fantastic service!!
Knowing prince our dog had been matched with a host that met his wants and needs made leaving him for the weekend that little bit less stressful. Gary was fantastic and flexible with pick up and drop off times which made things easy for us and better for fitting in with princes routine.
Prince looks like he's had a great holiday himself playing on the beach and apparently lounging in a cafe having a waffle !
Highly recommend Gary and the fabulous barking mad hosts! Friendly personal service !!
Brilliant....is just one of many words I could use to describe the Barking Mad concept.
From the moment you meet Gary, you know that he is passionate about the service he is providing for you and your dog. Making you feel at ease knowing that he will find the perfect host for your dog whilst you are away.
The collecting and returning of your pet makes it all the more easy for you too.
Our dog Ollie had a wonderful time with a Lady and her dog getting plenty of exercise and attention and certainly looking healthy happy with his time away from us.
100% Recommend Gary and his hosts to look after your dog.
Could not praise Gary from Barking Mad highly enough. He managed to find a host family for 2 dogs with issues that needed constant company. The hosts he found have provided a loving, safe, relaxed environment that is perfect for them. Would highly recommend.
Knowing the dogs were in a safe, friendly environment with plenty of exercise and cuddles, made our holiday so much more relaxing and enjoyable. Thank you Barking Mad!
Gary looked after Charlie for two weeks over Christmas while we were away visiting family. Charlie obviously had a wonderful time and lots of walks, and came back looking fit and healthy for it. Gary dealt with a medical emergency with Charlie (not Gary's fault) sensibly and correctly, despite us being out of contact. As such, I would feel very happy leaving Charlie with him again!
Gary was so helpful in finding us a fabulous home for our dog Billie at short notice around Christmas time. He was thorough , reliable and provided an outstanding service in getting the right place for Billie. She had a fantastic time, on the beach, in the river , and in the pub! Having Billie collected and dropped off was an incredible help when travelling. I have already recommended this service to many dog owners. Many thanks! Gary
Handing the dogs over to Gary from Barking Mad gave us many fewer things to worry about when starting our holiday. Not having to make a separate trip out to drop them off and pick them up and knowing they were having a lovely time, made it all worthwhile. Thank you Barking Mad!
Gary at Barking Mad - Cornwall went out of his way to help. A change of plans meant I needed to find a dog sitter for Charlie over Christmas. Of the dozens of people I contacted, Gary was the only one willing and able to look after our dog at short notice. Our first meeting with him reassured us that Gary was the right person to look after our dog, which was confirmed by the trial overnight stay - Charlie had obviously taken quite a shine to Gary! Barking Mad - Cornwall were helpful, professional and a joy to deal with. Thank you!
Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year, I certainly did, and now have to tackle the weight gain by going out for lots of walks with my two pups. Marshall is growing extraordinarily fast and is now heavier than Molly, he is still adorable and very cuddly and has a big resemblance to a teddy bear at the moment! Here he is with Molly on one of our local walks.
Offers for the New Year
We thought we would start the New Year off with some offers as a thank you to existing customers and a welcome to new ones.
Existing customers are now automatically included in our loyalty scheme and will receive double points for any holiday booked 2 months in advance. Once your card is filled with dog paw prints, you get a free day on your next holiday, so get your thinking caps on and book your holidays, City breaks, family visits in as soon as you can to take advantage of this great offer. As an extra we are also giving you 1 free day per 7 days booked for any bookings taken before the 31 January 2017.
New customers - if you register your dog before the end of January you will get free registration (usually £35), and for every 7 days of your holiday you will get 1 free day, (for holidays booked by 31.01.2017). What a great saving, get thinking about your next sunny or adventurous destination to be able to take advantage of this offer.
Thank you to my host families
To round off the year in style, we had a fabulous host get together at the Atlantic Café in Portreath. We had a great turn out including several dogs and a bimble on the beach was a must.
My guests enjoyed a lovely coffee/tea or two and a scrumptious cake from the selection available, and thanks to a fellow franchisee we also had a dog quiz that was a lot of fun and somewhat noisy!!
I would like to say a big thank you to my host families, I couldn't do this service without you.
If you would like to become a host please contact me by email: email@example.com or telephone: 01209 240501.
Well what have we been up to in the past 8 months…lots as it happens, where has the time gone!!
First of all we have an additional member of staff, the lovely Janie, an absolute dog lover who cannot have one of her own due to a couple of cats, so instead she helps me out when I need it. She has managed to meet most of my host families now and many of the lovely dogs that we look after, she is also a great sounding board for me, and helps with marketing and advertising while out on her travels.
In addition we also have a second vehicle, this is particularly useful when both Janie and I need to be out and about collecting and returning dogs, but also for those older furry friends who struggle to get into higher threshold cars.
During the initial period, we have been to several shows trying to increase the visibility of Barking Mad Cornwall, it really is lovely to get out and meet lots of fantastic dog lovers and I have gained new customers from these shows which is always a good thing!
We even had a host get together on a beautiful sunny day at Trelissick near Truro at the end of May, this included a lovely walk with the dogs followed by tea and cakes at the café.
It was a lovely opportunity for some of my host families to meet others and one that we are repeating for Christmas at The Atlantic Café, Portreath on Wednesday 7 December from 1.30pm. Tea/coffee, cake and mince pies are on me as a thank you for all the wonderful support I have from my host families.
To cap it all I have a new puppy! An adorable little chap called Marshall, who will be company for Molly and a gorgeous addition to our family and new member of the Barking Mad Cornwall team!
We love working with and recommending local business, here are a list of fantastic people we think you might like to hear about:
Head and Head Vets, The Veterinary Centre, Water Ma Trout, Helston, TR13 0LW
Phone: 01326 572216
Clifton Villa Veterinary practises - www.clifton-villa.co.uk at the following locations;
Plumb Crazy Pet Supplies - Water Ma Trout Industrial Estate, Helston, TR130LW
Phone: 01326 565405
Hog House - 8 Water Ma Trout, Helston, TR130LW
Phone: 01326 564433
Oscar Pet Foods
South West Cornwall - Clive Newton 01326 619025 or 07817854353