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September 2017

We are so lucky to meet as many great dogs as we do so we thought we’d share some.

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Kington Show was another good day out. The Kangaroo Kid seemed to be a crowd favourite and the rain stayed away. (Mostly!)


August 2017

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We had a fab day out at Ludlow Dog Day. It was great day and we met so many dogs along with their humans.



Here’s Ffion being reunited with Roy for another Holiday.

July 2017


WOW! What a postcard Toby and Monty “created” whilst on holiday with Maggie and Noel. (Thank you Noel)


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Meet 2 of our new host dogs Bear and Teddy. Aren’t they gorgeous, they live with Barry and Tris in Leysters.

June 2017


We’ve been out and about meeting people, chatting about what we do and looking for more hosts. We had a great day in Leominster.


Here’s Dylan the Dalmatian out on Holiday

 May 2017


Nobody told me how a like Paddy and I are. I was just off to the annual Round Table dinner in Llandrindod Wells.

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If you didn’t get a chance to read this article about what we do here it is. Thanks to Kerry Wells in Peterborough for highlighting what we do.

April 2017

We’ve been all over Hereford admiring the colours whilst collecting dog’s for their Holidays. I would like to thanks to Steve for being so thorough and welcoming whilst showing me the ropes. Here is Roxy out on a lovely walk.


March 2017



              The new car is looking very fetching in the glorious spring sunshine with beautiful crocuses.

November 2016

Barking Mad hosts in the Welsh Borders met at Staunton-on-Arrow Village Hall in November to take part in a dog themed quiz and have afternoon tea. 

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If you think you would like to have a friendly dog to stay from time to time why not get in touch to find out how it works.

Karen recently saw one of our posters on a shopping trip and thought she would like to have some company 
for Rosie her Shetland Sheepdog from time to time.

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Here they are with Macy a visiting Border Terrier. She has also had a Spaniel called Sophie and a Vizsla called Layla to stay. Karen lives in open countryside and loves taking Rosie and her visitors on long walks in the Radnor Forest.

Summer News

Barking Mad in the Welsh Borders supports the fun dog show at the LLanver Wakes held in August each year. There was a great turnout of dogs of all shapes and sizes. The Champion of the Show was awarded to Pepper a beautiful German Shorthaired Pointer.

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 A busy summer season
Our wet spring seemed to drift on into summer this Year, but whatever the weather we’re always busy. A record 22 dogs came to stay one weekend in July! There were a few warm days which gave Sam the excuse he needed to take the plunge.

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Spring News

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2006 – 2016
Barking mad in the Welsh borders celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. During this time we’ve had the pleasure of arranging thousands of doggy holidays. We enjoy seeing our regular guests and welcome new customers who are looking for a home from home environment for their dog when they go away.

Our best start to the year ever!
It may have been a wet and wintry start to the year
But we’ve taken record bookings this spring.
Most of our new customers come to us as a result
of a personal recommendation or because they’ve
seen the great feedback we receive.


Winter News

We'll Miss You!

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Thank you Maureen and Joe for all the time, care and attention you have given to your guests over the years.

Maureen and Joe are pictured here with Nancy, one of their favourite guests


Barking Mad Hosts Learn New Tricks

Hosts from across the Welsh Borders got together a Staunton-on-Arrow to hear Laura Allwright from The Flying Vet Nurse give practical tips on taking care of visiting dogs.

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Recommend a Friend

Many of our hosts and customers are introduced to us by a friend or a relative who has used our service. So think about us if you know someone who is worried about finding a place for their dog to stay, or if you know someone who misses having a dog at home.
We say thank you for every successful introduction with a free day's boarding for your dog or £20 cash.
A few of our winter visitors

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Roxy and Sandra

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Stanley out walking with Hugh

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Diva on holiday with Janet

Autumn News

Susan and David are our most recent recruits to our team of hosts. They live a stone’s throw from the historic town of Ludlow and were introduced to Barking Mad by a friend who’d heard they were keen on having dogs to stay. Susan and David are recently retired and are looking forward to enjoying their local walks with their four legged house guests.
Linda started hosting in early October and had Nancy to stay for a weekend the same month. Linda lives in Craven Arms with open countryside on her doorstep. She has had dogs around for most of her life so hosting for Barking Mad helps to fill the gap in her life.

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Susan and David- new members of                Linda getting to know Nancy                                                                       our new hosting team  


Summer News

Dog show winners!

The dog show at Llanfair Waterdine Wakes proved to be a popular attraction this August. The sun shone and lots of local dogs turned out with their owners. George a British Bulldog was crowned champion dog. Here's Iain and George receiving the championship cup.

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Judging gets underway!                          Everyone's a winner!                       British Bulldog, George, was best in                                                                                                                                                show!

John and Sue are the most recent additions to our team of hosts. We met at our stand at the Dilwyn show, started chatting and shortly after that had their first guests for a long weekend. John and Sue live in beautiful countryside outside Kington. They run their own business from home so having visiting dogs to stay suits their lifestyle.
Sid and Dolly are two fantastic happy Maltese terriers who live with Ilsa and Nigel near Leominster. Sid and Dolly had a great time with Gill while their owners went off for a camping weekend.

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Sue and John with Bonnie and Frankie                       Gill with Sid and Dolly

A few of our fantastic hosts with some of their summer guests

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Alfie on his annual summer holiday                     Toby staying with Sandra                         Dotty and Belle with hosts Joe and                               with Mary                                                                                                                        Maureen 

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Jazz having a summer break         Diva enjoying Sandra and Dave's              Tilly ready for action with Jane                   with Vicky                                          lovely garden


Spring Update

Gaynor Joins the Barking Mad team.

Gaynor Kirkham-Painter joins Barking Mad just as the new season starts to help ensure we continue to provide a great service to all our customers.
Gaynor, who lives in Knighton, has been involved with animals for most of her life, including running her own organic Welsh hill farm for 20 years. Customers old and new will meet Gaynor as she will be involved in all aspects of our service.             

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Bella and Gaynor get to know each other


New Arrivals

Alan and Angela have recently started hosting for Barking Mad. They don't have any pets of their own but really enjoy having visiting dogs to stay. They live outside Clun in Shropshire and have great dog walking country right on their doorstep.
Lady is a lovely gentle White Shepherd who lives with Mary near Craven Arms. Here's Lady with Hugh on her first Barking Mad holiday.

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Alan and Angela- our first new hosts in 2015 .                    Lady taking a wintery stroll with Hugh 


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

Animal Welfare

Hereford & Worcester Animal Rescue HWAR  www.hwanimalrescue.org


Marches Vets. A mixed animal general practice in the centre of the Welsh Marches

Teme Veterinary Practice A seven vet mixed practice in Ludlow, Tenbury Wells, Leominster and Clifton-on-Teme.

Hafren Veterinary Group has surgeries in both Newtown and Llanidloes. We are a
long established practice that has served the local large and small animal
community for over 100 years

Arrowfield Veterinary Group has evolved from a long standing Veterinary Practice started in the late 1950s. Situated on the edge of Kington Town, our spacious accommodation, a former Walters of Ludlow trouser factory, enables the Surgery to provide a complete holistic approach to animal care and welfare. We also have a branch practice at Presteigne supplying further coverage 6 miles out of Kington. All surgical procedures are carried out at the main fully equipped surgery at Kington.

Newlands Veterinary Group. We provide care and treatment for dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents and other small pets, and also for wildlife casualties.

Brookfield Vets - Hereford veterinary group

Dog Behaviourists & Training

Golden Valley Dog Training Club - for puppies, obedience and much more.
www.golden valleydtc.co.uk

All Laughing Dogs - trainer Jude McDermott -  www.alllaughingdogs.com.

Dog Services

K9Cares - dog walking and dog day care services.

Raelene Calderhead, pet/house sitting, dog day visits, dog walking    www.countrycompanionspetsitting.co.uk


Charlie's Dog Grooming Parlour - based in Kingsland

Rosie's Grooming Room (Leominster & area) 

Other Local Links

Welcome to Local to Leominster, Herefordshire, a website locally run from within the community, focusing on all that Leominster and the surrounding Villages and Towns have to offer both the community and visitors to the Herefordshire/Welsh border regions.

Local Presteigne & Norton webiste about the area. 


www.leominster.co.uk  - the Leominster Website "Leominster, The Town in the Marches"