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Lucy Mumford
Exeter, Mid & East Devon

EX14 9DP
Tel: 01404 565000


Dog Sitting / Sitters Exeter

Welcome! We're Barking Mad and provide dog sitting in Exeter, Mid and East Devon. The expected idea of dog kennels has become antiquated by a better option - you needn't place your beloved pet into a cage to be fed and watered whilst you're away. Barking Mad is a more positive alternative to traditional kennels as the service is provided directly by people who love dogs staying with them in their own homes just the same as if they were still with you.

Separating your pet from their family is like separating a dog from a pack in the wild and they will pine for you to return. The stress your dog goes through during this period is usually reduced by surrounding them with their favourite toys and their own bed etc. What is important for everyone is that your dog stays in a host family that they can feel at ease around. We have seen amazing success using this mix and it's also a relief for owners if you know your dog is having a little holiday on their own too. Our team has got our services finely tuned. When you need to go away you can rest assured safe knowing your dog is being expertly cared for.

Our hosts are substantial in number and type. We have single elderly people to young families all just ready and waiting to look after your dog. You can select if they already have pets or not, you can also choose to have them walked or fed at a certain time of the day, given their favourite toys from home and be treated as special as you wish them to be. This is a particularly great service to offer you peace of mind if your dog requires medicine to be given as well.

We really are the best dog sitters in Exeter, Mid and East Devon and our reach is far and wide. Our host families are almost everywhere throughout the UK. Our local branch is just a short trip from wherever you are. If you are still unsure whether you should use us or not then please just read our previous customers testimonials to help ease any uncertainties. We always ask our customers to leave us feedback, we know the best business is often passed by word of mouth marketing and Barking Mad Exeter are no exception to this principle.

We want to keep you informed when you are away too. Your pet will be no doubt having fun but our frequent updates for you will offer that extra confidence that your dog is being fully looking after. Our national chain of dog carers are here to support you, should anything at all ever go wrong then rest assured that we will take the correct course of action whilst keeping you informed throughout.

We started Barking Mad in 2000 after we realised that dog owners just like us all over the country were missing this sort of service, other similar businesses have popped up since but nobody can rival our custom made bespoke service. Other providers may have helpers who will visit your home and feed your dog and take them for a walk but dogs need to have company, get given lots of love and attention. You know yourself that sometimes your dog can almost might seem human, we know a lot of people even see their dog as a big part of their family. Wouldn't you want the very best for any family member if it were accessible?

We invite you to select the right “home from home” family, during our initial meeting you will be able to see all of the host families and choose which ones experience suits you and your dog best. Our whole process is simple and it all starts off with a phone call or a form submission, so what are you waiting for?

Hello and welcome to
Barking Mad Dog Sitting Service

Local Professional Service

Individual Care

Peace of Mind

Alternative to Kennels

Organised Over 80,000 Doggie Holidays Since 2000

Over 70 Local Branches

Our award winning professional pet sitting service gives customers complete peace of mind. We receive fantastic customer feedback which is undoubtedly the result of our belief in developing a personal relationship with our customers – we are not an online agency - so you can be confident that once your holiday is booked, we’ll personally take care of everything.

How our dog sitting service works

It’s really important to get to know you and your dog, especially in the beginning. We’ll come to you for an initial registration meeting which takes an hour, to find out about feeding and exercising routines, likes and dislikes and any other individual needs, so that we can match your dog/s with exactly the right family. No two dogs are ever the same so please don’t worry, we love dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages, pedigree, Heinz 57 or rescue. They can sleep in the bedroom, pull on the lead, or even hide your favourite socks so long as they’re friendly we’d love to meet them.

Selecting the right home from home family is very important and your input into this process is invaluable. We understand you will want to know exactly where your dog is going, so during our time together you will see all of our dog-loving families, what experience they have and what their homes and gardens are like. All of our host families are carefully inspected by us each time we deliver or collect a dog, they are guaranteed to meet our extremely high pet sitting standards. Furthermore our hosts are at home during the day to ensure care is always provided especially where puppies, dogs on regular medication and senior citizens are concerned. If your dog is extremely sociable and you’d like him to have some company during his stay, then we can arrange a holiday with a family who have a resident dog of their own.

We provide a complete service including door to door chauffer driven transportation, a real bonus for busy customers preparing and returning from time away. The main benefit however is for your dog. Being collected from home is far less stressful and overcomes any anxiety which could be caused when left behind by you.

Our Prices

One off initial registration meeting £30 (£40 for 2 dogs)
Daily boarding rate £22
Daily boarding rate for additional dogs £18
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!

Complete peace of mind

Host families are given a Pet Schedule detailing all of the information we gathered at the initial registration meeting and we’re on hand 24 hours a day 7 days a week to support them.

We’ll send a photograph of your dog to you as soon as he’s been safely delivered to the host. The very next day we give you a ‘rest easy’ update, so you can then sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of your time away in the knowledge we’ve got everything covered.

On the day of return you’ll receive a fun postcard from the host and we’ll stamp your loyalty card so you can gain points which will entitle you to a free night away.

The best bit for us is seeing dogs happily settled-in and comfortable with their host. We will, wherever possible, be sure to use the same family each time you book a holiday. There are no minimum or maximum time limits we’re here whenever you need us.

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Welcome to Barking Mad

If you love dogs but can’t commit to the full time financial and emotional responsibility of having a dog of your own, or if you have a very sociable dog who would benefit from visiting guests coming to stay, then you’ve come to the right place!

Our very own host families are extremely special people indeed. They have been selected carefully and interviewed in depth at home to ensure they meet our criteria. We get to know them really well and have worked with many of them for a great number of years.

Who are our hosts
It goes without saying, all of our hosts, without exception, are absolutely dotty about dogs. Some are actively retired people who’ve had dogs all of their lives but now enjoy the freedom and flexibility of caring for dogs on holiday. Others are younger, often with a family at home, where the addition of a visiting dog is great fun for all.

How it works
We’ve done all the hard work so you don’t have to. We think it’s important that our hosts concentrate on looking after visiting dogs and that they are not exposed to, or distracted by a constant flow of potential customers and dogs coming and going. Our hosts are also protected from the awkwardness of dealing with money, insurance and paperwork, so that the enjoyment of looking after visiting dogs remains their focus.

Support 24 Hours a Day – 7 Days a Week
Looking after someone else’s dog is great fun, however from time to time you may need a little local, on the ground support and it’s great to know we’re on hand 24/7 to provide just that.

If you’re interested in joining our fun, dog loving host community to become a pet sitter we’d love to hear from you.

CLICK HERE to make an enquiry

Our fantastic host families are the heart of our business and we simply couldn’t do what we do without them. If you know someone who’d like to join us, please let them know.

Our Hosts

A small selection of our lovely host families:

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Host Comments

Celia - 19th Jul, 2016
"Hugo has just had two weeks holiday with me. As a lively two-year-old Springer he was more of a challenge than I've had before but I loved it, and him. We walked many miles and I managed to loose some weight. An added bonus for me!
I think Hugo enjoyed having my undivided attention and he certainly made the most of it. I always think about how I would like my own dog to feel - happy, secure, content, and loved."

Linda - 29th Jun, 2016
"Hello I love having the dogs it gets me out and about too..I am fairly new to the neighbourhood. And I have met people that I would not have met if I was not hosting. All the dogs I have had since I've been hosting have been very good I love them all. I wish I could have some of the small dogs back I had last year!. Posted by Linda"

LindaS - 29th Jun, 2016
"I love being a host we find it encourages us to go out more and explore dog friendly places so we get loads of fresh air and exercise. We have the peace of mind that Barking Mad are on the end of a phone if we need them for any reason and its a great way of having a dog without the costs involved. Also if your lifestyle means you cannot have a dog then this is a great alternative. I would definitely recommend it as all the dogs we have had have been easy to care for and friendly, the hardest part is saying goodbye but because you know they will probably have another holiday before too long you don't get upset you just look forward to their next stay."

Anne and David - 28th Jun, 2016
"Hosting a dog gives us a lot of pleasure and is very rewarding. We have only been hosting dogs for 3 months but we're really enjoying it. It gives you the satisfaction of knowing that each dog has had a lot of love and a good home from home holiday. We treat every dog as if it was ours, taking note of the pet profile guidelines. It is a great help knowing that you have the back-up of Barking Mad should anything untoward happen, which gives us peace of mind. John has been excellent matching us with the dogs we've hosted so far."

Brian and Carole - 8th Apr, 2016
"We have been hosting for 18 months now and have come to know the regular dogs we have. The owners have requested many times that they like them to go back to the same host. We find it rewarding that they make these requests.
Nicola is always very careful to match the host and dog and this shows in the requests she gets.
Keep up the good work. A perfect match makes a happy owner, dog and host.
Barking mad prides itself on this and Nicola and her team work very hard to make this happen.
We have just got another first time little doggy today and we hope that he will want to come back again.
A big thankyou to all the team."

Celia - 6th Apr, 2016
"Archie has just gone home after his second visit. He's the most affectionate little dog I've met. Really loving, kind, and gentle. He can be a bit naughty sometimes but we suit one another well and both thoroughly enjoyed our week."

Gwen - 31st Mar, 2016
"We have just had a second visit from a lovely dog that we first met over last Xmas. Having become very fond of her the first time, it was lovely to see her again. She settled more quickly this visit, and was very relaxed. We really enjoyed our time with her, and look forward to her next visit."

Gwen - 24th Mar, 2016
"We have just had a beautiful golden labrador to share our lives with for the past nine days. He was delightful, really good around other dogs and children, and a joy to be with. I'm looking forward to having him to stay again."

Pam - 18th Mar, 2016
"We have just said goodbye to our latest doggy client and thoroughly enjoyed having him here.
He settled in straight away, was friendly and playful. We never imagined choosing this breed ourselves but he's now a very firm favourite and today the house seems empty without him. Hope to look after him again sometime."

Gwen - 14th Mar, 2016
"I enjoy doing the best I can to make sure that my doggy guest feels relaxed, cared for and loved whilst they're away from home. This is what I would want for my own dog, when I have to go away on holiday, so I find it very rewarding to provide this for other people and their dogs."

Jenny - 8th Feb, 2016
"For me, the best part of being a Barking Mad host is getting to know all the different doggie personalities and making friendships with them, particularly when my new houseguest could be feeling a little bit homesick."

Margaret & Stan - 26th Jan, 2016
"We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting a lot of Barking Mad dogs over the last seven years. We have always had terrific support from Brad and team and prior to that from Chris and Alex. In all that time we have only needed help once during a visit, for minor veterinary attention, and that was dealt with very quickly and efficiently. I think this is because the dogs are well matched to their hosts (and the hosts own dogs!) in the first place. We also use Barking Mad for our own dogs holidays."

Adam - 22nd Jan, 2016
"When we moved to Dundee we both missed not having a dog in our lives. Being a host for Barking Mad gave us the opportunity to have that again, even though giving them back at the end is always hard.
It allowed us to see how well having a dog would fit into our lives in a full time situation, and directly influenced our decision to get our own. Now we look forward to hosting other dogs for Angus to play with.
As hosts, the support you receive from Brad is amazing and the detail he goes into to facilitate yours and the dogs well being is incredible.
I would thoroughly recommend anyone who wants to have a visitor now and again, someone who misses the company of the dog but has commitments and everybody who wants a dog but is not sure if it will work to become a host with Barking Mad, you won't regret it!"

Lorna - 22nd Jan, 2016
"I have been a host for several years, I started with Barking Mad as I wanted to have a dog but visiting family in the south made it impractical, so when I am home I have a dog, I have had a great variety of dogs from a little Jack Russell to a huge mountain dog. Barking mad is great because they match dogs with their hosts in all the years of hosting I have never had a dog that I would not have again. Hosting dogs means I go out everyday, I talk to many people and share doggie stories."

Ed and Barbara - 22nd Jan, 2016
"Having a four-legged lodger for a few days is always a pleasure. Still getting over the loss of our own dog but nothing cheers you up more than another wagging tail around the house. Great support from Brad and his team. If only he could do something about this awful Scottish weather."

Kate & Graham - 20th Jan, 2016
"We live in Shirley and have local parks, woods and fields nearby. Whatever the weather we love taking the dogs out and about. They have joined us for barbecues, street parties and made visits to a local elderly care home. Our grandchildren have learned to overcome their fear of dogs by meeting our 'guests'.Having a dog keeps us fit and healthy too. Our garden is large and well fenced so the dogs can enjoy chasing squirrels!

We would love to have a dog of our own but with working full-time until recently and travelling it never seemed the right time. Having dogs for Barking Mad has 'filled the need'. We have had so many dogs to stay (and everyone a pleasure) and one in particular has come twice a year since 2008.

Tina organises things so well - she 'matches' the right dog to the right host - so everyone is happy ( most of all the dog!)"

Susan - 20th Jan, 2016
"I love being a host for dogs with Barking Mad, and enjoy meeting the different visiting dogs, and getting to know each ones individual personality."

Sandra & Terry - 19th Jan, 2016
"We love being hosts to barking mad, Terry is around most of the day, and I work 4 days a week, so we can have doggies almost all the time other than we are on our hols !!, we already have our fav’s Bruno, Bentley, Darcy , Biscuit, Ben the boxer & Gunner, and Tina will try her up most so we can have them on repeat hols, it means a lot to us as we love looking after all the little & big ones, and they all have there own little characters, we have photos of all the dogs we have had since July last year, and look forward to seeing them all again this year, and miss them when they go home, It’s a pleasure to look after doggies on there hols, & and its filled a gap since loosing a couple of our own pets last year,"

Jenny, John and Jean - 15th Jan, 2016
"Being an animal lover - I love working with Barking Mad and being a host for them. I especially like having their beautiful doggies to stay. The doggies all have their own very different characters and we have some good times filled with really good fun and laughs with the doggies that stay with us.

We all really enjoy having the pets and get out and about and sometimes on the odd occasion we take them out to other parks and places close to home. Its just like having your own pet!

I do like the events and walks that Tina at Barking Mad arranges. Its a chance to get out with other hosts and meet them and hear their tales as a host.

I recall a fete we went to lovely sunny day with lots of dogs and we all had such a great time, I recall feeling quite sorry when the fete ended."

Tracey - 15th Jan, 2016
"We have been hosting since last summer and really enjoy the experience and getting to know the personalities of the dogs, even the cheeky ones !

I particularly like walking in the fields and woods nearby with my host dogs as company, and its great exercise too.


Rosina - 15th Jan, 2016
"I first looked after dogs in 2005 & have kept photos of all my visitors. After a break, came back to it a couple of years ago. I have had Millie two years running & cannot wait to greet her again in July, it feels like a special friend spending her holiday with me :)"

Gwen - 8th Jan, 2016
"Sheba, a beautiful Belgian Shepherd dog, was my first experience with 'Barking Mad'. She was adorable, very gentle, and well behaved. She seemed to fall in love with my partner - maybe she saw him as her temporary pack leader - and we both really enjoyed her company over the Christmas period. Having lost my own much loved collie of over 15 years, in October, I had felt lost without a dog to love and care for - so being a 'Barking Mad' host was ideal for me. We're so looking forward to our next doggie guest, and also hope to see Sheba again at some time in the future."

Celia - 8th Jan, 2016
"My last visitor, Pip, was an absolute sweetie. A breed I've not had experience of before and a real delight. She came to me for just a few days before going on to her regular family.
She loved her bed - well actually my bed - and when she was ready to go up at night she would stand at the bottom of the stairs, with one paw on the bottom step, and stare at me until I gave in."

Elaine - 9th Nov, 2015
"We really love our holiday dogs, we like to spoil them, love them, lots of cuddles and make sure they are really happy with us, it's lovely to get the same dog(s) over and over again, they just make themselves at home, and all our dogs know where the 'treat' cupboard is.. We get such a lot of love from them and look forward to them returning."

Sarah and Stan - 9th Nov, 2015
"We adore having new Barking Mad dogs come to stay and love it even more when they return for second and third visits. Its such a pleasure to spend time with these much loved dogs and take them for walks on the beach and around the countryside. We know that when our 'crazy' Collie goes to stay with a Barking Mad host, she will be safe, happy, and much loved."

Liz - 4th Nov, 2015
"We have really enjoyed hosting our last two dogs, Nelson and Finn. As a family we enjoy meeting the new dogs and letting them be a part of our family, albeit only for a while. It is good to know if we have any issues we can just call Emily. We hope to keep hosting even when we get our own dog, (something my husband would never have agreed to until he realized how complete a dog makes a home)."

Debra - 4th Nov, 2015
"We have had a full calendar for October starting with a surprise arrival as another host was sadly taken poorly. Ruby arrived within 40 minutes of the phone call but soon settled in and became a family favorite. Then came Azi, she takes over our lives but ooh how we love her. Lastly we had Jess, an old lurcher who turned into a puppy again when it was walkies time. Each very different but all very lovable."

Diana - 15th Oct, 2015
"I have always had dogs since I was born,having lived on a farm. I cannot remember ever being without dogs. Now I am on my own it is great to have more than one dog.
I am a dog lover, plus Kali my lab just love to go on walks and have company at home.
So we are both very happy bunnies"

Nicky - 13th Oct, 2015
"I started pet sitting nine years ago for Barking Mad.

It is very enjoyable and I love the country and Beach Walks. I have to make an effort to get out with the dogs here.

I have many regulars that come year after year. Each dog has its separate character. With the pairs I love watching the integration between the two dogs.

I work for Ian Carney who pays a lot of attention to detail, doesn't mind going over things with me if I am not sure and always makes sure the dog is familiar with my bungalow before he leaves. He always promptly answers the phone and I feel that I am not alone with the responsibility of someone else's dog.

My life would be empty without Barking Mad.

Nicky, Dorset Host. Posted by Nicky"

Clive - 23rd Sep, 2015
"Having just said goodbye to our 2nd holiday dog whom we've enjoyed entertaining and looking after. We look forward to our next dog!"

Carole - 21st Sep, 2015
"Nicola and her team always go the extra mile to ensure they are acting in the dogs best interest. If there is any doubt about a dogs health she will always act accordingly so that the owners can rest assured that there dog will get the best possible attention and the owner can relax and enjoy their holiday. We have always welcomed all our lovely dogs for holidays and they enjoy their stay.
Keep up the good work and keep sending these lovely dogs for their holidays that they can enjoy.
A first class team who cares unreservably for the dogs in their care. Posted by Carole"

Debra - 17th Sep, 2015
"We have just enjoyed a lovely long weekend with Roxy the staffy. She is so well behaved we hardly knew she was there but now she has gone our home is a quieter sadder place. This is why we love Barking Mad as each dog gives us a smile!"

Sarah and Stan - 9th Sep, 2015
"We love taking our four legged holiday friends for walks through the fields and to the beach, Its a privilege to get to know the new dogs and become friends and really special when they come back to us for a repeat holiday full of cuddles and fun."

Angela - 21st Aug, 2015
"I have just become a host for Barking Mad and recently cared for my first dog, a lovely old Labrador. He fitted in so well with my own two dogs and I thoroughly enjoyed giving him a special holiday for a few days and am really looking forward to helping out again. It is something very dear to my heart and feel I am being of use to others in providing a safe and welcoming home from home for someone's beloved pet. Plus my own pets also enjoy the company."

Elaine - 21st Aug, 2015
"We love looking after our holiday dogs, they are all really lovely, friendly and usually make themselves at home straight away. We especially like to have the same dog back time after time and they always look really pleased to see us again."

Brian and Carole - 19th Aug, 2015
"Monty is always a pleasure to have in our home.. Just gone back to his home after another great holiday.
Nicola and her team are as always very efficient and friendly. Thank you to all of you.
Brian and Carole Posted by Brian and Carole"

Diana - 19th Aug, 2015
"I love having dogs I was brought up with my father's GunDogs we always had 2 or 3 at a time. A friend saw you advertising for people to look after them while a way on holiday or just for a week- end. So I did just that. I loved having Maisie also Kali loved it as well."

Cynthia - 10th Aug, 2015
"My Barking Mad dogs, many of whom come back again and again, light up my life. They are all different, with different hopes and needs, and getting to know them and earn their trust and affection is pure joy. They go everywhere with me, visiting friends, shopping, and of course on lots of nice healthy walks, good for me as well as them. Total strangers have become friends, stopping me in the street with "What's this one's name, then?" - or even, on between days, with a disappointed "No dog today?"
God bless BM, my area manager Ian, my owners, and first and foremost, all my dogs."

Celia - 4th Aug, 2015
"Rolo has just gone home after his weekend trial. He passed with flying colours. 10/10 I would say and I'm looking forward to his return towards the end of the week.

Well done Emily - you worked out straight away what sort of dogs are best suited to my situation. Quicker than I did."

Pam & Ray - 21st Jul, 2015
"After a year of being without a dog it was great to have not one but two dogs in the house. To see two little faces greeting us from their crate when we returned home was lovely. They settled in well and Emily made sure we were happy with them. Our grandchildren who live opposite were constantly here playing with them, which they adored. If only we had heard about Barking Mad when we were dog owners and didn't want to use kennels!!!!!!!!"

Filomena - 9th Jul, 2015
"Having Pebbles for a few days was delightful and Finley enjoyed the company. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of dealing with a dog other than my own and understanding her needs.
She seemed extremely happy and made herself at home immediately. All doggie friends on park enjoyed meeting her and she was in her element.
Great fun all round."

Mary - 8th Jul, 2015
"I've often asked myself why on earth anyone would want to be a host for Barking Mad. Belly rubs, staffie, Henry's smelly farts, being first out in pristine snow, pickle's snoring (how the walls vibrate), watching Starsky grow from a gangling four month pup into a well behaved teenager. I can go on and on but my favourite is sleeping on the settee on a hot afternoon having a 'nana nap' with a happy, contented pooch sleeping on my stomach dreaming of rabbits.

In 2014 I looked after 24 different dogs, most of whom returned numerous times. So far this year I've had 18 from little to large to very large (ah yes - Dudley). If I put my foot down and ask for time out to have a holiday myself then I get those puppy dog eyes from Ian (the boss) suggesting that I would love to take a dog with me. I generally succumb and thoroughly enjoy our time together.

Would I recommend being a Barking Mad host to anyone else? Having a boss like Ian who is very keen and hands on makes being a host easier. Should anything crop up he will be straight round to deal with it. I love hosting and would urge those people who are thinking about it to have a go. Where else can you wake up to a pair of soulful eyes, a lolling tongue and a wet nose in your immediate field of vision - that's enough about the old man!

Hi you folks at head office. I have spoken to Ian and he says that if you use this can you put it on both his Bath and Dorset sites please. Many thanks. Mary xx"

Celia - 30th Jun, 2015
"Having lost my beloved 15-year-old Westie last July I decided to sign up as a Host with Barking Mad towards the end of the year.
To be honest the first dog that came to me didn't really suit me and I wasn't sure I would do it again. But Emily persuaded me to have another try and I've had several dogs since which have all been delightful. My favourite, Lulu, has just gone home after her third visit.
I know she loves coming to me and I love having her."

Shannon - 27th May, 2015
"I love looking after all the different types of dogs that come for there holiday with me. I love caring for them as if they where my own. It gets me out and about meeting new people and their dogs too. All the dogs I've had come everywhere with me and even though each dog had a different personality they where all great to have. I look forward to caring for more dogs as well as caring for the same dogs that i have had."

Brian and Carole - 27th May, 2015
"Just coming to the end of another period of hosting a Barking Mad dog on holiday. We really appreciate what Nicola and her team do to connect the right dog to the right family. After having dogs all our lives the time came for us not to be selfish and home another dog in later life. Barking Mad filled that gap and we adore giving a home from home holiday to these special dogs. It's just what we wanted for our dogs rather than kennels.

We feel privileged to be a host for Barking Mad and look forward to giving the next dog with a good home, a good holiday.

Nicola and her team are very professional and give the owners and host families a very professional approach which makes a good holiday for the dogs and a lot of fun and satisfaction for the hosts.

Keep up the good work and can't wait for the next dog to come on holiday. Thank you to you all. Brian and Carole"

Brian and Carole - 29th Apr, 2015
"Beau just gone back home after having another fun holiday with us. She so appreciates the TLC we give her and look forward to having her again.."

Sue - 17th Mar, 2015
"I have loved having the pugs, a breed I've been thinking about getting. Was so nice to have a dog in the house again. All very well behaved and was nice to know Emily was always on call should the need arise. Looking forwards to my next house guest. Sue"

Celia - 10th Mar, 2015
"Lulu, a delightful little Coton de Tulear, was collected from me yesterday after a nine-day stay. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I was sorry to see her go. - Can't wait for her to come back again."

Elaine & Tony - 26th Feb, 2015
"Love looking after our holiday dogs. It's a brilliant, well run company, with people who really do care about the dogs, I would highly recommend to would be hosts or dog owners who can rest assured their babies will be well looked after."

Liz - 25th Feb, 2015
"Really enjoyed having Hamish. Appreciated the support, from Emily, with the walking issue and the fact I could call if any issues.

Next dog please.


Hayley - 25th Feb, 2015
"Me and my family love being a part of the Barking mad team! It makes me feel happy knowing the dog isnt in kennels and instead having a fun time in the our home. Its also great for my own two dogs, it gives them the chance to make new friends and socialise with other dogs all shapes and sizes!"

VLG - 8th Jan, 2015
"I recently hosted my first little visitors from Barking Mad. I was slightly nervous having 3 at once, but I need not have been concerned, Emily was very good with lots of info about what I needed to do.
They very quickly settled in and I really enjoyed having their companionship. I loved taking them out each day and watching them play with their toys."

Shirley - 1st Dec, 2014
"It's now twelve years since I first asked Barking Mad to look after our lovely Boxer Amber.Later,we became hosts and since Amber died,Barking Mad has helped to fulfill our enjoyment of canine companionship with dogs of many different breeds and temperament.
It is lovely when we have repeat visitors,to know that their owners are just as pleased with the Barking Mad service and care of their cherished dogs as I was with Amber."

Carole and Brian - 19th Nov, 2014
"Had a wonderful three weeks with Molly she really enjoyed her holiday. Thanks Nicola you were very supportive and explained every thing needed for Molly to enjoy her stay.
Looking forward to our next visitor.

Posted by: Carole and Brian Lee on 18th Nov, 2014"

Geoff and Ruth - 29th Oct, 2014
"We love the opportunity of hosting dogs as we no longer have of our own. This is a great way of having a dog around the house without the commitment of owning a dog."

Liz - 30th Sep, 2014
"My family and I love being hosts as it gives us the chance to meet lots of different dogs and get to know them.

The house feels empty once the dog has gone but we really enjoy giving the dogs a holiday and the owners piece of mind that this member of their family is being cared for safely and for a few days is a part of our family.

It is always good to know that Emily is on the end of the phone for support and the clear guidelines from the owners let us know what the dog enjoys and what their routines are."

Bruan and Carole - 22nd Sep, 2014
"We have just had our first dog on holiday and jess was a pleasure to have. We have always had dogs but lost our last one a year ago. It was a hard decision not to have another, but our age is against commiting to owning another. We saw a local advert for hosts and Nicola from barking mad made the whole process so easy.
Its the best decision we could have made and cant wait for our next doggy to come for a holiday. They make the house a home again. We love it. Thanks Nicola."

Monica - 28th Aug, 2014
"I lost my dog after 15 yrs together , so Barking Mad is ideal for me, I so enjoy having my doggy visitors, every one of them have their own characteristics, which is so nice to discover, whether they like playing ball, or tug of war with one of their toys, and I enjoy our walks as much as they do as well. Posted by Monica Bennett"

Ruth - 12th Aug, 2014
"How does one sum up being a Barking Mad host? Fun, good loving company, enjoyable healthy exercise and sociable walks when holiday dogs are here. When they are not, then time alone to relax, visit friends, have days out, holidays etc, but soon something is missing. You can't beat doggy company! So I look forward to my next 4 legged holiday guest.

When they arrive I read their notes (what to feed, when to walk, favourite games) all the information I need to make them feel at home. Together we enjoy their holiday and I help them write a holiday post card at the end of their stay!

Life couldn't be better, especially when they come again and their body language, eyes and tail all say 'great to be back, let's have more fun.' Penny the Patterdale, Ellie the Collie, Riley and Alfie thank you for coming into my life. I'm sure you are the first of many more holiday makers who I'll enjoy welcoming into this holiday home for dogs.

When my 16 year old Bonnie went to doggie heaven recently I couldn't decide whether or not to get another dog. There were advantages on both sides, so I got in touch with Barking Mad and with help from Nicola I became a holiday home for dogs. It's great fun, varied, flexible and rewarding; The benefits of having a dog whenever you want, without being tied all the time.
Thank you Barking Mad for enhancing my life.

Posted by: Ruth Middlebrough on 9th Aug, 2014"

Mandy - 11th Jul, 2014
"I have always owned animals but current circumstances don't allow me to commit full time to the care of a pet. I missed so much not having one around, saw the advert for Barking Mad and Barking Mad took me on. It is the perfect solution! I have had the privilege of looking after some wonderful dogs, enjoying walks and cuddles with my little friends. Now I always have a doggie to look forward to, some of them stay with me regularly, which is especially fun. Any drawbacks? - having to return my little friends at the end of their holiday!

Becoming a Barking Mad Host is one of the best decisions I have ever made!!"

Mavis - 30th Jun, 2014
"I have been hosting for Barking Mad for almost six years now, and have so much enjoyed the company of some beautiful dogs of many breeds. I didn't want to get another dog of my own, so this was a perfect solution to have the opportunity of having a lovely dog for company, walks and fun, and yet be free to go away whenever I chose. As time goes by, certain dogs return for repeated holidays, which proves that a happy dog means a happy owner who entrusts their much loved pet to you. Barking Mad is a well structured company, and it is always good to know that 24hr support is on hand if ever needed."

Bernie & Susie - 24th Jun, 2014
"Although new to Barking Mad its been one of the best things we have done living on a small farm we have space and plenty of local walks to offer our wonderful friends who have stayed with us. each one is missed and we long for their return.
We have set up a gallery of our new friends and find great pleasure looking at the moments they have shared with us."

Niccola - 4th Jun, 2014
"I can honestly say that being a host for barking mad has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has helped me physically, emotionally and financially. After losing my own dearly loved Jack Russell I decided I couldn't have another dog to go through the pain of losing it again. Then along came Barking Mad, it must be nearly 7 years ago now and I've never looked back. All the dogs are such a pleasure and a joy to care for. You love them like they are your own and yes, you miss them when they go home but you know there will be another little one on its way to fill the space very soon . The best thing is that they do all come back regularly so your home really does become a home from home, it is wonderful when they come in and you know they are as happy to see you again as you are to see them. It really is the best thing, everything is in place to ensure you have 24hr help and support if necessary. You can specify what type or size of dog you prefer and also specify when you are available. Basically if you're happy the dog is happy and vice versa."

Karen - 27th May, 2014
"This has been my first week as a host of Barking Mad and I/we are loving
it! My first dog guest was Maisie a bearded collie cross. She stayed with us
for the weekend and was such a pleasure to look after. We had lots of fun at
the beaches and parks. We then had lovely little Malcolm a jack Russell cross.
He was very excitable but settled very quickly. He loved playing in the back garden and on
our walks where he came across rabbits, horses and even hens. We are looking
forward to getting gorgeous Bertie very soon. The house seems strange when we
don't have a doggy guest now.

Thanks again, Brad.
Karen, Brian, Nico and Dylan."

Barbara & Peter - 23rd May, 2014
"Our "visitors" have become part of our family over the years. They are as different as our children, and, just like our kids, we love them to bits. Nicola has proved to be a good friend as well as a wonderful "boss". Of course, we do spoil our dogs but they are on their holiday!"

Bev & Ellie - 15th May, 2014
"We love the flexibilty of having different dogs to look after, and we have a few regulars now, especially over half term and school holidays, they bring such fun into the house, with their own individual personalities, we shower them with love and affection (as would their owners) and get very attached - but we know they have to go home, till the next time..."

Cid - 15th May, 2014
"There are so many reasons to love having dogs come to stay with us..... we love having a variety of sizes and breeds and personalities, there's always something to delight us! My boys love having dogs around to play with, and they don't get bored with walking them or feeding them because there's always something different. We get such fantastic characters come and stay with us, they get us out and about, they fill the house with wonderful dogginess. If there's a downside, it's the sadness when they go back home..... until our next doggy friend comes to stay, that is!"

maxine - 22nd Apr, 2014
"I enquired about being a host following my friends' dog being on a 'Barking Mad' holiday. As soon as I met Tina I decided that I would like to become a host, because I was impressed by her friendly professionalism and her genuine love of meeting the needs of dogs and their owners. I have been very well matched with some delightful canine companions! I look forward to the regulars and to meeting new dogs. I have not had any problems as such, but appreciate the speed of response and action from Tina, Colin and Carol-Ann when I have needed information or help with something. I might also add that that Tina, Colin and Carol-Ann are as lovely as the dogs they bring!"

Mick and Shirley - 22nd Apr, 2014
"When we retired, we considered getting a dog of our own. We'd had lots of dogs whilst the children were young but it had been a few years since our last one had died. However, we planned to travel so thought perhaps it wasn't a sensible idea. Then one day, Shirley overheard a conversation about Barking Mad.....and the rest is history! Tina was brilliant - her passion and love for the animals was obvious and we warmed to her straight away. Very soon after, Charlotte, a chocolate Labrador, came to stay with us for 2 weeks. Charlotte adopted us and gave us all her love, attention and affection. The walks, the fresh air, the laughter we had with her were excellent. We said "goodbye" and looked forward to our next dog. Since 2011, when we became hosts, we've had lots of different dogs and return visits from a number of them. It's great getting to know their personalities and learning about them. Tina is always available to consult if there are any difficulties. If anyone is considering becoming a host, we would strongly recommend it. We've never regretted it for one moment! We've just returned from 9 weeks travelling and are desperate to meet our next four legged house guest!"

Karen and Paul - 17th Apr, 2014
"A house isn't a home without a dog in it. Our labrador, Hero loves to have a friend for a couple weeks - they have lots of fun running and playing together, then Hero gets a rest before the next doggy visitor arrives. There's something very special about a wagging tail, and a doggy greeting! We're very pleased we found Barking Mad and treat all our visitors as we would expect Hero to be treated - with love and respect."

Helen - 17th Apr, 2014
"My family used Barking Mad initially for our own dog Sally. She was an old labrador and I never wanted her to be put in kennels when we went on holiday. Tina at Barking Mad came out and totally put our minds at ease. We were shown various hosts, their gardens and all Sally's needs were taken care of. This made us feel so relaxed going on holiday knowing Sally was in the best hands, literally home from home care. She was, most of the time, homed with the same family which was even more reassuring! Sally did take poorly when we were on holiday once and we were up-dated daily by Tina and Barking Mad took extremely good care of her, I will never forget them for that. When Sally passed away a few years ago we knew we didn't want to get another dog and decided on being a host family. It really is the best of both worlds. My 12 year old son particularly loves dogs coming to stay and the love we get from them. We've had all sorts of different dogs and characters. However, as we are busy during school holidays etc, we can select when we would like to take dogs. We have the freedom now and it's so much fun. The great thing is we know we have the back up and support from Tina which is fantastic. If things sometimes don't work out Tina is there to help and even take a dog should we be unable to look after it (which is a very rare occurrence as Tina is excellent at selecting the right dog for the right host). We take lots of photographs for the owners which Tina emails to them, should they wish, on holiday. We also write a little postcard for the families so they know what their pet has been up to while they have been away. It really is a fantastic company and I couldn't recommend them highly enough. If you are wanting company from a dog but without the full time commitment then look no further than Barking Mad. Go on, give it a try.......!"

Sue and Paul - 17th Apr, 2014
"We became hosts for Barking Mad, thinking it would be good to have a dog occasionally and the exercise would be good for us, being retired we need to keep going!!
Tina impressed us immediately..she really works hard at matching the dogs to the people. We love dogs that are good fun on their walks, but behave in the house (who doesn't?) and we have had a range of young and old, big and small and lots and lots of Labradors. If there has been a problem e.g. The dog needs the vet to check something, Tina, Colin or Carol Ann arrive and take the animal to the vet. We had one dog who obviously wasn't happy, and frankly was making us unhappy, perhaps pining for its owner, and Tina took it and looked after it herself. So we never have to worry that we are stuck with an animal that we don't get on with.
Tina has become a good friend, and her team of Colin and Carol Ann are so professional and caring with the animals it is a pleasure to 'do business' with them.

If you are thinking of being a host, do try it...you have a lot of fun, I enjoy the caring for some of the older ones as well as running round with the young ones, without the responsibility of having your own animal. Posted by Sue and Paul Allcroft"

Audrey - 16th Apr, 2014
"Due to health issues I am unable to have a dog of my own. Being a host for barking mad means I can have the company and pleasure of a dog, for a period of time with out the resposibility and cost of owning a dog myself.It is nice to know that as a host I can enable owners to have a break safe in the knowledge that their dog is being cared for by someone whose aim it is to give the dog a holiday in a friendly loving enviorment."

erika - 16th Apr, 2014
"I have been a host for nearly 9 years with my husband and now I am on my own. It is an absolute absolute pleasure to have my little dogs come to stay! I have regular ones and find it a privilege to be trusted with someones pet. They are my friends and it gives me something to focus on meet other dog lovers as well.

Posted by: Erika Cockerill on 15th Apr, 2014"

Dorothy - 16th Apr, 2014
"My husband and I thoroughly enjoy being hosts for dogs. Faye is great and runs a valuable service. Every dog we have has it's own wee personality and we grow to love them more and more every day. They are like little rays of sunshine in our home. We are so happy we decided to be hosts. We love it."

Ian - 16th Apr, 2014
"It is a real pleasure for us to look after so many varied dogs and hopefully give them a great time in a caring way close to their home life.Have done this now for over 3 years with nothing but positive experiences and would fully recommend being a host."

Jaclyn - 15th Apr, 2014
"We are the lucky ones that get to look after your lovely dogs my family and i enjoy it because we get to meet so many different characters and they are all individual and whilst they are with us they are treated as part of our family. We love dogs but because of work commitments we can only host during the school holidays so we are always looking forward to our new guest arriving and we hope to be part of Barking Mad for a very long time."

Our HostsOur hosts

Lucy Mumford

Hello, my name is Lucy Mumford and I am delighted to own the Barking Mad franchise which covers Exeter, Mid and East Devon.


I live in a 360 year old cottage in the beautiful village of Rawridge with my partner Paul, daughter Georgia, two cats Sniff and Rabbit and my gorgeous newfoundland dog Stanley. I have lived here for 3 years and in East Devon since my childhood, having a real love of the area, the countryside and the way of life.


Having been a teacher for ten years, I began to find that the demands of the profession were increasing and placing more and more stress into my life. Combined with having suffered a major health issue, I realised that my life had to change. And then it happened - I saw an ad for Barking Mad! Initially it was as an employee but very soon I had the opportunity to buy the franchise; and why wouldn't I? It offered me my own business with a network of support (working with dogs – a passion in my life), flexibility, challenge, working from home but being able to get out and about to meet people and most importantly more time with my dog, Stanley.


So, if you are looking for a home from home experience for your dog, let me introduce you to the excellent service that Barking Mad offers enabling both you and your dog to have a fantastic holiday.


If you are thinking that your life is  little empty without a dog in your life but you feel that maybe taking one on permanently might be a little too much then how about becoming a host - a wonderful role, sharing your love, expertise and care without having the full time commitment.


I do look forward to meeting you soon to share with you the wonderful world of Barking Mad.







Places Covered

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

  • Exeter
  • Exmouth
  • Ottery St Mary
  • Budleigh Salterton
  • Sidmouth
  • Seaton
  • Axminster
  • Honiton
  • Feniton
  • Cullompton
  • Uffculme
  • Willand
  • Tiverton
  • Crediton
  • Dawlish

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Very prompt pick up and excellent friendly service

Posted by: Paul Kirk on

My beloved Labrador was recently looked after by a couple in Sidmouth. It is reassuring to know that he is enjoying a home from home when I have to go away, and that someone who really loves dogs is taking care of him. The best bit was a lovely message from his hosts telling me about his holiday and how much they enjoyed having him,and saying that they are looking forward to having him back.

Thank you Barking Mad

Posted by: Maureen Stone on

We are very pleased with the service provided by Barking Mad. We have a beautiful ten month old cockapoo puppy, Oscar, who has just had his second happy holiday. This time he was a little too high energy for his first host and so Lucy found a second home which gave him the physical and mental stimulus he needed. It is good to know that he was so well looked after and we look forward to using Barking Mad again.

Posted by: Barbara Goodrum on

Lucy is exceptional she always appears happy and pleased to see us and bubba. Bubba is very comfortable with Lucy and happy to go on holiday. She always reassures us he will be fine!
Lucy was brilliant sorting out a mistake I made with return dates. Fab!

Posted by: Steph drake on

Many thanks to Lucy for providing an excellent service with Barkingmad! We are verygrateful to our host family Elsie & John who have taken such good care of Pippa our much loved dog! Posted by Liz

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We have a wonderful 2 year old golden retriever and were nervous about leaving him with anyone due to our previous goldie having a bad experience in kennels but a family wedding meant we would have to find somewhere for him to spend a few days.
We are so pleased we found Lucy at Barking Mad. From the moment we contacted her she made us feel confident that our lovely boy would be taken good care of. The day he was collected we were nervous but our minds were put at rest when we received a photo of him looking happy having arrived with his host family. He came home very happy from his short break with a lovely postcard to say how well he had behaved.
It was wonderful to know he was so well looked after and we would not hesitate to use Lucy at Barking Mad in the future and will recommend it to others.
Thank you to Lucy and our boy's host family.

Posted by: Rosalind Newbold on

We always get consistently good service from Barking Mad. Lucy our local contact is professional and kind and always finds a very suitable home for our dog when we are away.

Posted by: Claire Wood on

We have a lovely 9 year old Cavalier. After moving to Sidmouth Alfie developed Diabetes and now requires two insulin injections a day. We contacted Lucy at 'Barking Mad' and she found us a lovely Nanny who was happy to look after Alfie.
Nanny Nett gave Alfie all the attention he needed and managed his Diabetes with great care. Lucy reassured us that Alfie was in good hands and the communication was excellent.
Alfie returned from his short break in great shape and is looking forward to his next trip to Nanny Nett in a few weeks time. Thank you.
Jacqui and Mike Sutton

Posted by: Mike and Jacqui Sutton on

We used Barking Mad for the first time last week. We are very impressed with the way it is organised and with the host. We will be very happy to use Barking Mad again. We were apprehensive when we were told that we actually don't meet the hosts, but only because our dog had an extremely bad experience through another company. We are delighted to have found Barking Mad. Thank you !

Posted by: Margit on

Gus is so happy when he sees Lucy pull up in her car. He gets in with no problems and seems to genuinely be looking forward to going to stay with the lady who looks after him.

Lucy is so efficient at organising the stays and so easy to deal with.

Posted by: CAROLYN on

I was impressed at how swiftly and professionally Lucy responded to my late request to find a host for my old, blind pug and her active younger pug friend. I contacted Lucy at the last minute as my dogs were unable to go to their usual holiday home ( my parents ) . Lucy rose to the challenge and found the perfect host for their difficult needs. I cannot recommend this service enough. I als thank their surrogate owner, they came back, relaxed, happy and very well groomed! I recomend barking mad and Lucy Mumford. Posted by Juliette

Posted by: bmadadmin on

The service Barking Mad offer gave me the confidence to leave our dog in their care whilst we took a short break. The attention given to Heidi's needs and her habits was excellent.

Posted by: Frances Taylor on

Thanks Lucy for taking Louie at such short notice and keeping us in the loop with a text and picture when he arrived! Excellent very professional service and we look forward to using you again.

Posted by: Paul kirk on

Thanks Lucy, Dylan really enjoyed his holiday with Linda! He was full of beans when we got home and ran around the garden like a mad dog! Thanks again

Posted by: Caroline Clarke on

Thank you Lucy for finding Diesel (our 3yr old GSD) such a super holiday placement. Over this past year he has not been in any set routine due to unforeseen circumstances which has not helped him to settle. So when we decided to try BM it was with some trepidation, however after his nights trial he was obviously happy and full of beans. When you came to collect him for his second visit he was really happy to see you and could not wait to get going. By his 3rd visit he was almost in your car before his bed! It was really nice to receive the post card on his return telling us how he had been during his holiday. He has come home in lovely condition and relaxed and happy. Thank you so much for all your care and attention to detail. Please pass on our grateful thanks to his holiday family. We will certainly hope they can take Diesel next time he has holiday.

Posted by: gill gait on

Such an efficient, friendly and helpful service. I always have utter confidence in leaving my dog with you and he is so happy and relaxed when he comes home. Thank you. Your service is highly recommended.
Posted by: Rebecca Chasey on 27th Aug, 2015

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Fantastic service will be using again

Posted by: Joanna Cattell on

Thank you so much Lucy for arranging Monte's "holiday" again this year. He looks in fabulous condition and appears to have thoroughly enjoyed himself. It is a load of our minds that when we go away we know his stay will be a "home from home" experience, so much better than putting him in kennels. We are all very happy and thank you for such an excellent service. Until our next break away - thank you from the Cook family.

Posted by: Gill Cook on

Lucy, Thank you for "pet-sitting" Zack, our very well loved Jack Russell Terrier last week. He returned home, happy, relaxed and clearly having been very well looked after. The excellent service provided was very much appreciated by us all!! See you next year... Lesley

Posted by: lesley crawford on

Trying to find suitable and caring accommodation for three 12 year old Cocker Spaniels is challenging to say the least. Lucy has provided that service, and we know that the "girls" are extremely well cared for whilst they are in their new homes.

We have just returned from a short break, and as soon as the "girls" came back in the house we knew they had had a great time; well looked after,and happy!!

We have booked another holiday this year and are looking at next year already!

Thank you to Lucy and our "foster" families.

Posted by: Margaret & Brian Taylor on

Frankly I am a little disappointed with Barking Mad. As soon as Lucy drives into our road to collect Tilly our black lab, she goes mad with excitement. She is so pleased to be going on her holidays that she almost carries her own bed to the car and jumps in waiting for the door to shut. It is obvious that she cant wait to go on her hols and leave us to get on with ours. The great hosts clearly are more popular than my wife and I.

Posted by: Martin on

We have already booked Coco in for her next holiday with Barking Mad. She came back exhausted from playing with her host family's dog, but very happy & content. It's so reassuring to know that she is being loved and looked after so well when we are not here to do it.

Posted by: Helen Hemming on

Our Labrador is a traitor! Lucy from Barking Mad opens the tailgate and he jumps in tail wagging and can't wait to get to his new home. Fortunately he does the same thing on the way back to us and he is just the same as before he went on his holidays. A great idea and well done Lucy and Barking Mad!

Posted by: Chris Smith on

Lucy at Barking Mad provides a service which is very professional and caring, with the emphasis on finding the right host for each dog. Our Lab returned from a two week stay looking bright eyed and shiny!

Posted by: Maggie Mansi on

Once again excellent service from Lucy of Barking Mad. Especially so on this occasion as Molly became ill and needed taking to the vets late at night. Lucy looked after Molly as if she were her own dog. What higher praise can I give. Thank you Lucy.

Posted by: Ian Barr on

My husband and I have had to go away on business trips at short notice recently and have appreciated Lucy accommodating our little mini schnauzer. Inka is always willing to hop into the Barking Mad van and when she returns home she is extremely relaxed — we can tell she has been very well looked after.

Posted by: Kim Shrigley on

An excellent service which enables us to go away on holiday knowing our little dog is being spoilt and looked after on her holidays and will come back to us with her pictures and postcard of her adventures. A big thank you to Lucy at Barking Mad an excellent service. Posted by Linda Ward

Posted by: bmadadmin on

I can highly recommend the services of Lucy in her excellent organisation and friendly and helpful services. The feedback from the hosts has been so helpful in giving me the confidence to leave my dog with them and know he will be excellently cared for. He is always very pleased to hop into Lucy's car!

Posted by: Becky Chasey on

I am so glad I found Lucy and the wonderful service she provides at Barking Mad. I lead a very busy life and have to leave my beloved Bella on numerous occasions. Knowing that she is left with loving and attentive families that understand Bella's needs is a huge relief and i'm always greeted by a happy and content dog on my return. Lucy always goes the extra mile in providing Bella with a safe, secure and caring environment whilst I am away and I cannot thank her enough. I would not hesitate in recommending Lucy and Barking Mad to anyone who has to leave their beloved dog whilst away from home.

Posted by: Ranjit Baki on

Thanks again for arranging Monty's latest holiday. We can always be sure that he will have a happy stay away from us and know that we don't need to worry about him. It is a shame that he had his little accident on his last stay with Linda but we are so grateful that you have been able to arrange the lovely alternative for him. He has had no accidents since he came home! We look forward to seeing you soon, Lucy and we know Monty will be happy with your mum.

Posted by: Vicki Andrews on

BM is a fantastic service and my dogs are always happy and extremely well cared for. I know that I can go away without having to worry about them at all and that they will come home with shiny coats and wagging tail and a wonderful record of all that they have done.

Posted by: Emma Rihll on

How pleased we are that we have found Barking Mad.We had a wedding to go to just before Christmas and were unable to take our rescue dog, in the year we had owned her she had proven to be a loyal loving dog and we were very loathe to put her in kennels in case she thought she had been abandoned again. Lucy came to our rescue and assured us that Doris would be well looked after and loved, as all her foster "mums" treated their charges as though they were their own. Lucy met Doris a few weeks before, to take details of Doris's daily routine, and to find a well matched carer for her, and she proved to be so right for our dog and Doris certainly appeared to have had a lovely holiday. We will certainly have no hesitation in the future about using Barking Mad again.

Posted by: Chris & Ron on

BM offers and delivers a five star service. As we suffer with separation anxiety from our dog, BM is the best fit for us. We are able to request the same host Auntie Nettie who is fabulous! We would schedule our next holiday around Auntie Nettie's schedule just to have peace of mind while we are away. Lucy is very caring and kept us updated as needed. We highly recommend BM. We wouldn't use any other services to look after our best little friend.

Posted by: Michelle & John Kemp on 27th Nov, 2014

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We couldn't be happier with the service provided by Barking Mad. We love how happy and content our dog is when she leaves and returns so we know she is being well looked after.

Lucy is always quick to respond to dates requested and has been a pleasure to meet.

Posted by: Pippa on

It was the first time we used Barking dog so we were nervous. Lucy put our minds at rest and on Milo's return it was great to have a letter from the host outlining very honestly how he'd got on. Because it was clear she'd loved having him and he had settled quickly we feel confident about using the service again.

Posted by: carol austin on

Belle our 4 year old Dally has just returned from yet another holiday on someone else's sofa!!
We have used Barking Mad ever since she was a puppy and also with our previous Dally over the last 10-12 years or more.
We have never had a bad experience and our dogs always look forward to their holidays and are very happy when they come home so we know that the right fosterers have been chosen for them .
We would recommend BM to anyone and believe it is much better than kennels.

Posted by: david deverill on

We have used BM for many years, often four to five times pa. We have seen three different owners to the local franchise and all have been first class, obviously the selection and training process works well. Tilly our black lab gets so excited when the BM car turns up to take her away on her hols. She runs out and jumps in the back without any prompting. This has to be the best accolade to BM.

Posted by: Martin Owen on

As soon as Tilly knows she is going on holiday with BM she waits by the window. As soon as she hears the car she gets very excited. She is out the door and in the back of the car before you can say goodbye. Its very reassuring to know she is so happy. She is just back from her 6th holiday in 2013.

Posted by: Martin Owen on

Charlie returned from his "second holiday" at Barking Mad looking happy and healthy and totally relaxed ......... what a difference to when I picked him up from kennels before I started using BM. From now on, when I book my holiday, I book Charlies!!!! Thank you very much. Helen

Posted by: Helen FitzGerald on

My two have just come back from their stay with Barking Mad and as usual are full of beans. We are always happy to leave them with Steph and the team as we know they will be well cared for.

Posted by: John Bentley on

Thanks to Chris and hosts Penny and Ian for taking such great care of Podge. He came home very happy and so well groomed - his coat was gleaming - he had obviously been pampered!

Posted by: Angie Fox on

As always, very efficient, make you feel comfortable that your dog will be looked after well. Always returns happy, never traumatised. The dog has a great time, no need to worry.

Posted by: Andy Swift on 8th Apr, 2013

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Jaffa seemed to enjoy her week-end away,she has got that many peculiar traits, that it is good to know that she settled in with her "carers" Sam & Vic.The note they sent back with Jaffa put our minds at rest.so please thank them.We hope she will go back to them in July.

Posted by: Brian & Margaret Taylor on


January 2016

Happy New Year!

Hello, hope you all had a great Christmas and a wonderful start to the New Year. I personally have been lulled by the weather, thinking that we were going to stay warm throughout the Winter. How wrong was I! The cold has definitely arrived. But it does mean that now is a good time to plan your holidays for the year. Warm places with plently of sun. Our own country doesn't do too badly in the Summer. With this in mind remember that you need to book your dog's holiday too. The earlier that you book the more chance that your dog will be able to stay with your prefered choice of hosts.
Oh, just a little reminder. When you book your dog in to be hosted we do ask for your deposit to be paid within 10 days from the contract to ensure that you have secured the host that you have asked for. Thank you

And Finally, a message from Stanley:

Hello Ev'rywun, Stanley here. It feels like such a long time since I have spoken to you. We had a great Christmas. I got toys and treats and ev'ryfing. I am a well happy boy. To celebrate how good I am feelin', I wanted to do somefing to help you feel good too. So, I am goin to slip a dice into Mum's bag. At the end of every holiday you can shake the dice and you get that many extra loyalty points. I s'pose I should tell Mum so that she knows! Byes for now X


October 2015

So what has been happening in the world of Barking Mad Exeter, Mid and East Devon? We went out to three shows, K9focus at Heavitree Park, Canine Capers at Escot and we also visited Branscombe Harvest Fair. They were all great shows but I particularly enjoyed Branscombe’s Harvest Fair as I used to live there and it was great to be able to catch up with so many people.

event.jpgStanley here . . . sorry I just had to jump in to say “I went to my first show, I woz at Branscombe Harvest Fair and it woz briwyant”.
Thank you Stanley. And as I woz (oops) was saying, the stand is now tip top, all colour coordinated, with lots of clear information about both having your dog looked after and becoming a host.
“Look, Look, there I am, that’s me that is!”
Keep looking out for us as we will be at several shows in 2016!



Our other really exciting news was that we took part in Honiton Carnival. It was a great night, dry thankfully. We had the car in the procession with 8 ‘dogs’ dancing along behind to the tune of ‘who let the dogs out!’ It was great fun and we came third in our class.
“Well I don’t think that was as good as Branscombe Fair as I wasn’t in it!”


Finally, just a reminder that any holidays booked during November for dates from now until the end of 2016 will only be charged half price transportation. So dispel the winter blues and get thinking about those wonderful Summer Holidays!

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


Welcome to Companion Care Vets Exeter. I am Chris Eiermann the Joint Venture Partner of the Exeter surgery.www.companioncare.co.uk/exeter/

Other Local Links

For trustworthy tradespeople, quality local food and much more, you can rely on OurLocalExpert.co.uk - THE place to find an expert in Exeter and East Devon.

For unusual pet portraits.

Rescue centre for large breeds of dogs.

Double Locks Pub, Very dog friendly pub with huge garden next to the beautiful Exeter canal, dogs welcome all year round, both inside and out. www.doublelocks.com Canal Banks, Exeter, Devon. EX2 6LT   Tel 01392 256947

Pet Services


Top to Tail, 29 High street, Cullompton EX15 1AB 01884 35957 - Grooming and holistic behaviourist services in Cullompton

Cully Pet Shop, 31 Fore Street, Cullompton EX15 1JS, 01884 32751  - Independent pet shop in Cullumpton, very friendly and helpful service


A professional, friendly, reliable and trustworthy pet care company for the people and pets of Exeter. We are fully insured and CRB checked. A business built on an outstanding reputation, excellent customer service and exceptional standards of pet care.
We offer a huge range of pet care services including dog walking, pet visits, a dog playschool, cat visits, small pet boarding and a nail clipping service. We cover the whole of Exeter and surrounding villages.http://www.exeterpet.co.uk/

Dog Groomers

Posh Paws by Petra 68 Fore Street, Heavitree, Exeter.  01392 491122

Gay Dogs, 3 City Arcade, Fore Street, Exeter. 01392 277141

Mobile Grooming Company, dogs groomed in mobile salon outside your house!, 0800 0234565, www.mobile-grooming.com








Paul Kirk - 27th Jun, 2016
"Very prompt pick up and excellent friendly service"

Maureen Stone - 23rd Nov, 2015
"My beloved Labrador was recently looked after by a couple in Sidmouth. It is reassuring to know that he is enjoying a home from home when I have to go away, and that someone who really loves dogs is taking care of him. The best bit was a lovely message from his hosts telling me about his holiday and how much they enjoyed having him,and saying that they are looking forward to having him back.

Thank you Barking Mad"

Barbara Goodrum - 16th Nov, 2015
"We are very pleased with the service provided by Barking Mad. We have a beautiful ten month old cockapoo puppy, Oscar, who has just had his second happy holiday. This time he was a little too high energy for his first host and so Lucy found a second home which gave him the physical and mental stimulus he needed. It is good to know that he was so well looked after and we look forward to using Barking Mad again."

Steph drake - 3rd Nov, 2015
"Lucy is exceptional she always appears happy and pleased to see us and bubba. Bubba is very comfortable with Lucy and happy to go on holiday. She always reassures us he will be fine!
Lucy was brilliant sorting out a mistake I made with return dates. Fab!"

Liz Hagan - 22nd Oct, 2015
"Many thanks to Lucy for providing an excellent service with Barkingmad! We are verygrateful to our host family Elsie & John who have taken such good care of Pippa our much loved dog! Posted by Liz"

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