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October 2017

We all had a great time at our latest coffee morning - as you can see no one was taking the doggy quiz very seriously :) 
We are already planning another one for the New Year



September 2017

We are very much looking forward to attending The Cerney Wick Dog Show on Saturday September 9th - kick off at 11.30am and we can't wait to meet all the lovely doggies entered into the classes.
Do pop along and say hello!



August 2017



We look forward to seeing you all at the Chedworth Show on Saturday 26th August - do come over and say hello and maybe win a huge doggy hamper for your best furry friend. Show opens at 12pm.




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We are also supporting the first ever Dog Show and Family Fun Day at the new rehoming centre of the Cotswold Dogs and Cats Home charity. That is taking place on Monday 28th August in Cambridge, Gloucestershire





We look forward to seeing all our doggy customers and hosts at the Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza - we will be sponsoring the dog show in association with the Cotswold Dogs and Cats Home - a great charity who we enjoy helping out where we can.

See you there on August 4th, 5th and 6th - we are in the animal section.



July 2017

We were excited to have our youngest ever doggy customer come out on holiday this month - this is 4 month old Tashi. She was such a good girl and didn't put a paw wrong Smile .We can't wait to see her again.


June 2017

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Badminton Village Fete tomorrow - it all kicks off at 2pm and we have a fantastic doggy hamper to give away so do please come over and say hello!

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May 2017

Come and say hi to us this weekend at the Cotswold Highland Games on Saturday 20th May and at Love Lechlade on Sunday 21st May and be in with a chance to win this bumper doggy hamper! Your dog will love you forever




April 2017

We will be attending the Cotswold Highland Games on Saturday May 20th. Do pop along and support these worthy causes. We look forward to meeting you and your furry friend - we maybe even have some treats for them!



We will be attending the Love Lechlade event on Sunday 21st May. Do come and talk to us about your dogs holiday needs. We are very excited to support this great family event.



March 2017

Are you interested in becoming a host for us?

This is your chance to look after lovely dogs in your own home while their owners are away.
If this appeals then do come along and join us and many of our hosts for a cup of coffee and some cake.


We are holding a coffee morning on Friday 28th April 2017 from 10.30 - 12.30 - we look forward to seeing you at Jolly Nice - The Old White Horse Filling Station near Frampton Mansell on the Cirencester Road going to Stroud.


Would you be interested in joining the Barking Mad Cotswold team - we are looking for someone to help us out a couple of a days a week starting in April.

We require more support on the marketing side of the business which would include leafleting, attending fetes, calling on local cafes, libraries, shops to ensure our leaflets and posters are displayed also the job would require someone to help out during really busy times collecting and delivering dogs to our host families.

This is a general supporting role and we imagine it would be for 2 days a week paying £8per hour with use of the company car and petrol costs would be covered. Its possible that during very busy times there maybe more hours available.
Dog lovers are a must, a clean driving license and a get up and go personality are also required.

If this appeals then email us alun.davies@barkingmad.uk.com



January 2017

We held a great host coffee morning on January 20th. It was lovely to get together and have some lovely coffee, great cake and lots of doggy chat!


We are already looking forward to doing it all again in April.

November 2016

We have two new dogs joining the Barking Mad Cotswolds family this month - Barney and Wooster! We look forward to introducing them to our hosts as soon as possible.

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As we often say our hosts are the backbone of our business, and as a thank you we look forward to seeing them all on January 20th for tea and cake.


Don't forget all bookings taken before December 31st 2016 for holidays taken in 2017 will be subject to current prices!

October 2016           

We were very happy to help out with a charity event in Meysey Hampton recently. A cream tea, raffle and auction was held to raise funds for a charity that helps rescue and re home dogs saved from the horrendous Chinese meat trade.

Over £2500 was raised to support the work of the The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation.

With Christmas fast approaching please don't wait to book your dog in with us. We have hosts that are already booked and would hate to disappoint anyone by not having availability over the Christmas holidays.

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September 2016

Great to see so many of you at the Cerney Wick Dog show earlier in the month - we sponsored the prettiest bitch competition and I'm sure you will agree the winner is a stunner. Those bows are quite something


Every year Barking Mad head office compile a calendar picking the very best pictures from the whole business - and as you can imagine thats a lot of beautiful dog pictures - and we are delighted to say one of our pictures has been chosen - this is Molly and Monty out and about in the Black Mountains.

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All of our customers and hosts will receive a copy of the calendar mid November as a thank you for being part of the Barking Mad Cotswold family.

We are starting to fill up our October half term and Christmas slots - so please if you are thinking about booking a holiday over those times, do give us a call to ensure you get your favourite host and the times you want. We hate to disappoint any customer.

August 2016

Wow what a busy August - back to back dog collections and holidays. We have received many 5* reviews over the month from happy dog owners which makes all the hard work so worth while.

Our hosts are the back bone of our business and we have welcomed 5 new hosts to the Barking Mad Cotswolds family this month which is great news for all our customers.

We are looking forward to attending the Carney Wick Dog Show on September 10th so maybe see you there!


July 2016

We really enjoyed The Cotswold Show - we met lots of potential new hosts and customers and it was great to see so many of our existing Barking Mad family pop along to say hello.
Can you spot Molly who worked hard all weekend!


Enzo is very relaxed on his Barking Mad Cotswold holiday - he has travelled all the way from London to join us. Its so important to book early to secure your dog holiday. 

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We are having trouble getting any work done this week as Oscar is a bit of a distraction!

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Barking Mad Conference - Lakeside Hotel Cumbria

We had our annual National Conference in Cumbria on April 24 and 25th. A great opportunity again to catch up with colleagues, share in the success of the business over the last twelve months, and to spend time looking at how we can develop Barking Mad and maintain our position as market leader.

The headline news was that the Barking Mad network across 70 franchises generated over £3m of sales last year (a growth of over 20%), and the introduction of the TrustPilot customer feedback has provided our customers with a valuable independent communication channel, to enable us to continually improve the service we provide to you.

The highlight of the event, as always, was the conference dinner, which provided a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, and to share some of our Barking Mad experiences!

Prior to the dinner, our Managing Director - Lee Dancy handed out awards for outstanding achievement. Pictured below are the staff from Barking Mad HQ who were given light hearted awards for the invaluable work that they do in supporting the network.


Autumn 2015                                           

Tyson’s Story

Tyson is a 2 year old Hungarian Vizsla who was born with a Cyst on his brain. 

Tyson1.JPGIt grew significantly as he got older, which resulted in him having quite regular fits.

They contacted Barking Mad - His owners became increasingly worried about his condition, and were not sure who would be able to care for him when they went on their Honeymoon in October.

"Barking mad proved from the very first contact we made how professional and caring they are towards our beloved dog. Attention to detail is key and they hit the mark. Right from the off with the consultation the right questions were asked, probing in to Tyson's routine and medical history. The trial is a fantastic way to ensure both dog and family are content with each other and the new surroundings are not too stressfule dog. The photographs which were sent to us while Tyson was on holiday was a great way to keep our minds at ease as this was his first time apart from us for a period as long as this. Tyson was registered, and a trial arranged with a Barking Mad Host who was an experienced retired Veterinary Nurse. This was particularly reassuring for the family, as Tyson was being quite heavily medicated at the time, and required loving care if he had a fit.

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 Prior to the wedding, Langford Veterinary Services in Bristol carried out a pioneering  procedure to remove the cyst. The operation was a remarkable success, and six weeks  on,Tyson has had only one minor fit (while on his Barking Mad holiday!)

 A great service and we have, and will continue to promote your business by word of  mouth.

 Many thanks for taking care of our boy,"

 Paul & Jimmy 20th October, 2015

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:

Useful Links


The Bridge Veterinary Clinic  http://www.bridgevetclinic.co.uk/


Cotswold Vets     http://www.cotswoldvets.co.uk/


The Rowe Veterinary Hospital        http://www.rowevetgroup.com/contact-us/contact-us-wotton.aspx

Dog Grooming

Charlie Allen's dog grooming salon http://www.charliesgrooming.co.uk/



Tobias Robins Photography  http://www.trphotography.co.uk/index.htm


Dog Walking

Muttley's Mates   www.muttleys-mates.co.uk


Dog Training

Ourway Training  www.ourwaybehaviour.co.uk