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Glossop News – October 2017

This October is Dogtober!!

This October, Barking Mad Glossop is proud to join forces with Dogs for Good (https://www.dogsforgood.org/) to celebrate the incredible things that happen when you bring people and dogs together. This inspirational charity trains dogs to help children and adults with all sorts of challenges, including autism, physical disabilities, special educational needs and dementia.

We'd love to welcome you to a friendly, sponsored woodland walk organised by Dogs for Good on Sunday 15th October at Heaton Park. Why not pop along and help Dogs for Good transform lives, whilst also finding out more about your local dog sitting service.

Have a look at our website.

Date: Sunday 15th October 2017
Venue: Heaton Park, Manchester
For more information click here.

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Glossop News – September 2017

Summer Madness 

We’ve had a busy summer attending lots of events to get our Barking Mad brand out there to the local people. We met lots of lovely dogs and their owners. It was great to chat to them about our home from home dog holidays and explain how our service works. Here are a selection of photos from the events.

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Bracken’s Gotcha Day – 3rd September 2017
When we rescued our adorable springer spaniel, Bracken last September, little did we know how our life would change.
Bracken joined us on the 3rd September last year from the South Yorkshire English Springer Spaniel Rescue and to celebrate I have made a collage of photos of the cheeky chap. He is such a loving dog and is obsessed with his tennis balls. He loves to go on his walks, no matter what the weather is doing! He makes us get out and about even in the worst of weather. Here’s to many more years enjoying him and funny antics.
If you are thinking of getting a dog please consider adopting and giving a home to a dog who is in need.




August 2017

Mottram Show
Date: Sunday 20th August 2017
Venue: Old Hall Showground, Mottram, SK14 6LT
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We are having a stand at the Mottram Show this month. Come along and say hello and meet Bracken the Glossop mascot.

We’d love to speak to you about all things Barking Mad, if you have a dog and want to discuss our award winning dog holidays please visit us and pick up a leaflet.

We would also love to meet you if you are missing the company of a friendly dog and would like more information about becoming one of our holiday hosts. You can care for one of our dogs whilst their owners are away without the full-time financial commitment.

There are lots of different activities going on throughout the day, including a companion dog show.
This is an ideal opportunity for anyone to enter the Companion Dog Show. There are around 18 classes for both pedigree and non-pedigree dogs.


Approximately 7 classes are for a broad variety of pedigrees along with a further 11 novelty classes such as Best rescue, Prettiest, Friendliest even the dog the Judge would like to take home and Junior Handling aimed specifically at our younger competitors.

  • All classes held under Kennel Club Rules. 
  • Minimum age of the dog must be 6 months.
  • Mottram show Rosettes 1st to 3rd in all classes.

No need for advance registration enter on show day from 9.30am judging begins around 11.00am exact details on the schedule.


July 2017

We’re going Barking Mad at Tesco, Greenfield

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Date: Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 9.00am to 6.00pm

Tesco: Chew Valley Road, Greenfield, Saddleworth, OL3 7A

We are having a stall at Tesco Greenfield on the Tuesday, 18th July 2017. Pop along and meet us and claim your free Barking Mad Shopper Bag.
We would love to chat to your if you are looking for holiday care for your dog’s next holiday. We offer an individual, home from home service that is tailored to your dog’s needs.
We would also love to meet you if you are missing the company of a friendly dog and want more information about our rewarding Host Community. Have a dog to stay part-time without the financial commitment and meet like-minded people at our host social events.

If you would like more information about our dog holidays or becoming a host but can’t make the 18th July then please give me a call on 01457 597222 or email me dawn.dean@barkingmad.uk.com

Happy Dog, Happy, Holiday, Happy You!



Saddleworth Show  
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We had a great day at the Saddleworth Show at the weekend. We met lots of lovely dogs and spread the Barking Mad word to everyone. We also met some great people who are interested in joining our growing #host community.

Bracken enjoyed himself meeting some new friends and he got to play ball in the field with his Dad to keep him occupied!

If you want more information about joining our #host community please contact me (Dawn 01457 597222 or email dawn.dean@barkingmad.uk.com).



Saddleworth Show – Sunday 2nd July 2017

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Come and join us at the Saddleworth Show
We are attending the Saddleworth Show again this year. Come and say hello to Bracken, our #Glossop mascot. We would love to chat with you about our award-winning dog holidays and would also love to see you if you want more information about joining our #host community.

There are lots of great activities, including the Springer Dog Club and lots more.

  • Falconry,
  • Donkey Rides,
  • Stone Carving,
  • Coconut Shy,
  • Children’s Trampolines and inflatables,
  • Duck Race
  • Children’s fairground
  • Climbing Tower

The very popular Duck Race will take place in the afternoon on the River Tame which flows near the site.
We will have a stage so that Bands and our Young Talent Showcase will continue.  All that backed up by the usual Craft, Charity and Food stalls.

It will as ever be a great afternoon out for all the family.



June 2017

Marple Carnival – 17th June 2017 10.00am to 5.00pm
Fun Dog Show – hosted by Otterspool Animal Haven

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We have a stand at the Maple Carnival this month. Why not pop along to see us and join in the Fun Dog Show – registration starts at 2.00pm. There are lots of other stands and there is a parade starting at 1.00pm. Follow the link for more information https://www.facebook.com/events/683394008483934/
We would love to see you to chat about our award-winning dog holidays and meet your dog’s. Everything is arranged locally by me and we are the experts at making your dog feel at home.
We’d also love to see you if you want more information about joining our special host community where companionship, friendship and fun are guaranteed. Learn more about having one of our friendly dogs to stay with you for their holidays. Fully supported locally by myself.

May 2017
Is your favourite dog #waitingforHobbes?
Win a £50 Voucher in our dog photo competition.

Speculation is growing surrounding the launch of Barking Mad's #waitingforHobbes campaign! We're inviting customers, hosts and social media followers to join the wait for a hush-hush superhero, with the promise to change lives. So, what is going on? Who or what is the enigma known as Hobbes?
Visit our Blog for clues

To be in with a chance of winning a £50 Pets at Home voucher, visit our Facebook page today! Post a photo of your favourite dog #waitingforHobbes too and simply add the hashtag to your post. The most imaginative and endearing photograph will be chosen by a judging panel at Barking Mad HQ. Entries close at 12pm on Monday 15th May, so don't delay!
Bracken is #waitingforHobbes too!

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April 2017

I will be attending the RSPCA Fun Dog Show as detailed below, come and say hello to me if you are interested in joining our host community and having a friendly dog to stay on their holidays. I’d also love to see you if you want to chat about our award winning service and availability for your dog’s next holiday.
Happy Dog, Happy Holiday, Happy You!

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Date: Sunday 30th April 2017
Venue: Stamford Park, Astley Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, SK15 1NJ
Classes for pedigrees, crossbreeds and Heinz 57’s alike. Including Child's best friend (young handler must not be over 14 years of age on the day of the show), Golden oldie (dogs 8 and over) and best rescued dog. Registration from 12 noon first class 1pm


March 2017

Host Coffee Morning

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If you love dogs but can't commit to one full time why not join our host community.

Pop along to our coffee morning for more info on having a friendly dog to stay when their owners are on holiday. I would love to have a chat with you.

More info on the link https://www.barkingmad.uk.com/pet-holidays/become-host/

Venue – Mossley Community Centre, Mossley, Oldham, OL5 0SG
Date: Wednesday 15th March 2017
Time: 10.30am – 12.00 noon

February 2017


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January 2017

                                                     New Year, New You

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If you feel that you lack confidence and that you will never achieve your dreams, look towards your canine best friend. Dogs see us as pack leaders worthy of worship and live in the moment, without worrying about the past. To your dog, you are their whole world and they have total belief in your abilities.
By involving your dog in your plans for 2017, Barking Mad Glossop believes that you will have far more chance of success than just by setting goals.
Dogs are now being widely recognised as motivational. The Kennel Club has launched a Bark and Read initiative, where children benefit from practising their reading to dogs! The Kennel Club states that reading to a dog, “enhances self-esteem, motivates speech and inspires children to have fun and enjoy the experience of reading.”
Similarly, the University of Stirling is so convinced by the benefits of ‘human – dog interaction’ that they have set up ‘Paws for Progress’ as part of their behaviour and evolution research. Young offenders are taught to improve rescue dogs’ behaviour to provide ‘positive and rewarding interactions’. Working together with the dogs meant that the young offenders gained, “increased self-achievement of targets and goals”.
If you want to improve your health and fitness levels, exercise can be far more enjoyable if you involve your dog! How about extending the length of dog walks or taking up a new activity, such as dog agility? Or if you feel like you would like to meet new people, how about brushing up your dog’s skills by joining a training class, or varying your dog walking route and chatting to other dog walkers?
Here at Barking Mad Glossop we would love to see some photos of you enjoying your dog walks and smashing your 2017 goals! Please send to dawn.dean@barkingmad.uk.com or post on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BarkingMadDogCareGlossop/


December 2016

Help with Dog Visits to Lonely Neighbours


Taking your favourite dog for a visit, could be the perfect conversation starter to break the ice with lonely or elderly neighbours this Christmas!

Barking Mad Glossop is inviting dog lovers to join us in sharing a little festive spirit with our neighbourhood.


Age UK’s No one should have no one at Christmas http://www.ageuk.org.uk/no-one/ campaign states that a staggering ‘1.2 million older people are chronically lonely’. If you would like to help us tackle this statistic, a common sense approach is obviously required and your favourite dog must be of suitable temperament.


GMTV’s initiative for 1 Million Minutes to be donated by people is also a great campaign that is worth getting involved with to combat loneliness in the elderly. Follow the link for more info http://www.itv.com/goodmorningbritain/1millionminutes/1-million-minutes

We will be promoting the initiative via our Facebook page 

https://www.facebook.com/BarkingMadDogCareGlossop/ throughout December and would absolutely love to hear from you, if you and your favourite dog have managed to spread a little festive cheer!
Thank you in advance and Happy Christmas!

Dawn and the Barking Mad Glossop Team.

November 2016


When?  Sunday 4th December

Where?  Dogs Trust Manchester

Entry Fee:  Donation on the door

Parking:  Free Parking available

What to expect on the day...

Come along to our lovely Christmas Fair and help raise pounds for hounds in our winter wonderland.

Stroll around our pop-up shops and pick up some lovely stocking fillers, making sure you visit Santa in his grotto! Tuck into a delicious slice of cake or a mince pie, and warm up with a mulled wine whilst meeting our lovely pooches who are looking for love this Christmas. Chance your luck and have a go on our tombola’s and raffle, and munch our tasty sandwiches whilst the youngsters (or you!) make some doggy themed gifts in the ‘craft corner’.

The Christmas Fair is a great chance for you to bring all the family down to see our dogs and learn about what we do; you don’t need to be looking for a dog!

We would welcome any donation you may like to give on the door, and there is lots of free parking on site.

For more information please contact Lucy Marsh via email Or by calling 0161 337 3605.

Saddleworth Women’s Institute Xmas Markets - Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th November. Doors open at 7.30pm, see more info below. 

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Saddleworth W.I. will be launching our now legendary Christmas Markets held at the Saddleworth Hotel in Delph. Due to MASSIVE demand this spectacular shopping event will take place over two evenings Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th November. Doors open at 7pm - £2.50 entrance which includes a complimentary glass of mulled wine or orange juice.

With three market places including a Food Hall, there will be log fires, festive music, and twinkly lights, EVERYONE is welcome! Over 40 stalls selling gifts, toys, handcrafted confectionary and food, handbags, clothing, candles, jewellery, home wares, Christmas decorations and much much, more..... !!!!!!!!!

Look forward to seeing you all there and get ready to kickstart Christmas 2016!!

October 2016

A great write up in the Mosley Correspondant online for Barking Mad Glossop, you can read the article here:


“Working with our lovely hosts and our customers and their dogs is a dream job for me. Who doesn’t want to be greeted by a wagging tail and a wet nose each day? But also, one of the reasons I bought the franchise is so that I could get another dog.”

Changing fixed full time hours to a flexible, home based career has meant that Dawn has finally been able to fulfil her dream and has recently been joined by Bracken, a very lovely 8 year old Springer Spaniel.
She enthuses: “We have always had dogs from pups in the past but this time we wanted to rescue one if we could. I have always loved spaniels and as we enjoy lots of outdoor activities, especially walking, we wanted a dog that would be able to join in with us and enjoy our adventures.

I contacted the South Yorkshire English Springer Spaniel Rescue after seeing a picture of Bracken on their facebook page. He had been with them for over 2 months and they were appealing for a home for him. When I contacted them we were due to go on holiday, so they advised me to call them when we got back but that Bracken may have already been re-homed, as they had lots of interest in him.

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Fortunately, when we came back home I called them and he was still available! Someone had gone to meet him but he was too strong for them on his lead. I think it was meant to be!

When we went to meet him, we fell in love straight away. He is so cute and loving. He does pull on the lead but I’m sure with a bit of training we can improve that. His recall is excellent and he comes back to us no problem when out on walks and he is off lead. He loves playing with his tennis balls and having his belly tickled. He also really enjoys a trip to the seaside. It’s all still fairly new so he may have some more quirks we have not seen yet but he has certainly settled in.”

The link to the full post is http://www.barkingmad.uk.com/blog/2016/10/03/barking-mad-career-leads-to-dawns-dream-dog/

September 2016

We have a stand at the Hayfield Country Show on September 17th and 18th. There are lots of great activities for all the family to enjoy. Why not pop along and see us to discuss your dog’s holiday needs or to chat about becoming one of our loving host families who do a great job in caring for our doggy visitors whilst they are on their holidays. Our dog refreshment table will have some tasty treats and fresh water for our four legged friends.



August 2016

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The Saddleworth Show 2016

We had a great time at the Saddleworth Show. Met lots of new furry friends and the Springer Show was amazing. There would have been lots of sleepy dogs last night.

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Local Links

We love working with and recommending local business, here are a list of fantastic people we think you might like to hear about:

High Peak Pet Funeral Services - http://www.hppfs.co.uk/

Ian McConnell Vets - http://www.mcconnellvets.co.uk/

dog friendly cafe- http://www.woolyknit.com/ 

dog friendly pub- http://www.digglehotel.com/ 

dog friendly pub- http://www.thehanginggate.co.uk/

County's End Vets- http://countysend.com/ 

Pet shop in Lees- http://www.addisonspets.co.uk/ 

Trophy foods comes highly recommended. I use it personally and the results for our dog's coat is amazing.
The area is covered by a lovely lady called Karen.

A lovely dog grooming boutique in the Reddish, Stockport area. Erin the owner is lovely and offers a fantastic service.

www.facebook.com/muckypups17/ - Dog Walker  - Glossop/Tameside/Ashton - Rachael Nicole

This grooming parlour is run by Emma and her team. Located in Carrbrook, Stalybridge, if your looking for a local groomers.

www.snobbydogs.co.uk - Dog Groomer - Hyde

www.facebook.com/Rascalsdoggrooming/ - Dog Groomer - Stalybridge - Run and owned by Kathy

www.facebook.com/josgroomroommanchester/?fref=ts - Dog Groomer - Denton

www.facebook.com/CharliesPals/?fref=ts - Dog Groomer - Glossop

http://www.furrtography.co.uk/ - Pet and Equine photography by Lisa, studio and outdoor sessions available and they do gift vouchers.