Sunday 14 May 2017 - Anstruther Rotary Charity Coastal Walk
What a fabulous day we had! We set off early Sunday morning (in the rain), set up our newly liveried car with new flags too. Had a table for passers by with dog treats, poo bags and of course leaflets. A big bowl of water for passing dogs with a refill tank was also at hand.
After a short mini van journey, we set off from Elie with our lovely holiday dog Lily, heading up along the East Neuk Coast to our first village stop at St Monens. It was a very slow start as we stopped twice for coffee and then frozen yogurt (before we even left Elie) - well you have to chat with the locals.
Then on to St Monans. What a beautiful morning it was. Lily was in her element.
In St Monans we met Jack Marr and his lovely Welsh Springer Spaniel called Marley manning the St Monans Heritage Collection. "You won't find a finer Welsh Springer around these parts" Jack informed me of Marley. We also chatted with the Rotary Marshall's (and had the obligatory photo call), popped in to the East Pier Smokehouse for another chat, and then headed on to Pittenweem.
At Pittenweem we stopped off to see host Pat and her lovely little Westie called Cathy. Pat was also hosting the gorgeous Barking Mad holiday dog Monty (Maltese x Lhasa Apso) and whilst we had a cup of tea in the back garden, Cathy and Monty entertained Lily.
Then on to say hello to hosts Victoria & Johnny and their girls Charlotte and Bella. Friend and business owner of the renowned Cocoa Tree Cafe, Sophie in Pittenweem was also on hand for a photo call with her lovely Cocker Spaniel Ella. Thanks for the energy boosting dark chocolate buttons Sophie.
On to Anstruther and a few stops with fellow walkers and Rotary Marshall's, we decided a lunch stop was in order. Lily was by this time showing signs of "take me home, I'm done!"
The last stretch into Crail was leisurely. We had a fabulous day and were really blessed with glorious weather, great friends, fellow entrepreneurs and good banter. We did pass one poor dog who look very forlornly at us over his wall as we headed to the finish line and then on home for a well earned 'feet up' and a cup of tea. The 24km walk was a breeze!!
Retriever Day @ Kingsbarns - 11 March 2017
Wow! What a fabulous day and brilliantly coordinated by Brian Walker of St Andrews. An estimated 115 Retrievers frolicked and swam at the beach at Kingsbarns whilst anxious owners hunted for their babies amongst the multitude of look-a-likes. Some clever owners had been here before and their dogs proudly wore bright bandannas or ribbons to identify them in the pack of hounds.
Round 2 for 2017 at Elie Shell Bay on 29th April
Dog Rembemberence Month Coffee Morning 4th April.
Please come and join us!
A huge congratulations to the adorable Great Dane Grayson and his owner Jenni for recently qualifying as a TheraPet Dog. What a fabulous achievement! Jenni is now following in Grayson's footsteps and getting all the necessary qualifications to work with him and make a difference. Pictured here, Grayson was recently welcomed as an overnight guest to the Blythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow where he seemed to relish the 'limelight' of celebrity status!
Host Christmas Lunch 2016 - Dobbies, Monifieth
Another great day with my very special family of hosts and support team. Great catch up was had by all and the food was excellent. It is always interesting to hear the dog stories and banter about the year just passed. We are grateful as always for the brilliant support. Thanks also to Karen for always being there for us.
Brad & Jill
2017 Barking Mad Calendar
I'm proud to say that two of my photographs are featured in the 2017 Barking Mad Calendar. The gorgeous Great Dane 'Grayson' is Mr March, whilst the adorable Golden Labrador 'Ben' is Mr August.
Watch this space for 2018!
A big thank you to John and his Team at Cupar Garden Centre for allowing us to put up our Host Recruitment Banner right opposite there Woodies Cafe entrance. Very much appreciated.
Fife Agricultural Show - 21 May 2016
We have just attended another brilliant Fife Show held again in Cupar where we had a fabulous day, despite the weather not playing ball with us. Windy, cold, rain, glorious sun shine.......just a another typical Scottish day. Never the less we had some great fun with Henry the Dog handing out balloons to the kids, some accepting gleefully, others extremely wary of Henry. Henry also had a few choice growls from some of his K9 "friends"!
We met some wonderful new people and hopefully have enticed a few folk into hosting with us in the future. There were many people saying that they had heard good things about Barking Mad and so we will hopefully too, have some new holiday dogs on the way soon.
Looking forward to next year already!
Most Improved Business of the Year Award For Brad Eggleston of Barking Mad
Local businessman Brad Eggleston of the NE Fife, Dundee and Angus branch of Barking Mad received the ‘Most Improved Business of the Year’ award, ahead of over 70 other Franchisees at Barking Mad’s annual franchisee conference which was recently held on the shores of Lake Windermere. Driven by the desire for success, Brad has increased his turnover by an amazing 47% year on year. Managing Director of Barking Mad Lee Dancy said of Brad, “his vision for the business is robust and practical and we look forward to seeing what 2016/17 holds in store”. Barking Mad organise “home-from-home” accommodation for dogs while their owners are on holiday.
Lee Dancy was delighted to report excellent franchise growth year on year with a record number of franchisees in attendance this year. “Our franchise network are dedicated dog lovers who enjoy arranging select pet holidays, providing peace of mind for owners and pets alike”, she advises. “With our franchisees going from strength to strength, the overall picture is very positive indeed” she went on to say. Lee is a great believer in Strategy and Vision and is keen to encourage her franchisees to see the bigger picture; this was reflected in the content of this years’ conference. Franchisees and their partners were given the first glimpse of the company’s dynamic new plans for growth, expansion and development over the next 12 months.
Where to from here? “We are still very much in recruitment mode, looking to appoint franchisees in areas that offer a great deal of potential” says Lee. The energy and dedication of the enterprising people who have become franchisees, combined with the leadership and commitment of Lee Dancy as franchisor, will ensure this business continues to be the industry leader across the UK.
Host Coffee Morning, Dobbies Garden Centre, Monifieth, Monday 26 October 2015
"A brilliant morning was had by all. Way too many cakes but they never went to waste. Host Margaret boxed them up and dropped them off at local Brookfield Care Home. They went down a treat. Lot's of dog stories were swapped and a couple of hosts met other hosts who's dogs they had had during the summer - first hand feedback.
Next Coffee morning is 11am at Fisher and Donaldson's in Cupar on Monday 2nd November 2015 followed by 11am at the St Andrews Golf Museum on Monday 23rd November 2015. All welcome and bring a friend."
We love working with and recommending local business, here are a list of fantastic people we think you might like to hear about:
Places to visit - cupar garden centre www.cupargardencentre.co.uk
Dog Walking and Pet Care - Happy-Mutts www.happy-mutts.co.uk
Books - A lovely new book just published. Ideal Christmas gift http://www.lookafteryourhuman.com/
Dog Walker - Nicola Currie, Ceres, Cupar and surrounding areas 07990 820476
Pet Shop - Reigning Cats and Dogs Ltd. 78 South Street, St Andrews, Fife www.reigningcatsanddogs.org.uk 01334470873
Dog Groomer - Paws For Thought, 64B Argyle Street, St Andrews KY16 9BU Lesley 07963178397 www.pawsforthoughtfife.com
Canine Behaviourist - Paul Connolly "Wolfspeak" www.wolfspeak.co.uk 07790017653