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Alan & Amanda Hartley

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Tel: 0113 2870808


Dog Sitting / Sitters Leeds

A warm welcome to the Leeds branch of Barking Mad! We deliver a five-star dog care service operating in your area. We’ve designed the ideal holiday home service for your beloved pet when you are away.

Whenever a dog owner is away from home, finding the right place for their animal to stay is a top priority. One major problem is that kennels can be a far from comfortable option for many, with a varied collection of dogs grouped together for meals and exercise. This may not consider the sensitive nature of your dog’s personalised routine.

The fact that dogs are pack animals means that they will identify as a part of your family unit. They are also very perceptive creatures, lighting up with excitement as soon as you pick up your keys to head out for their walk, or showing concern when you take out your suitcases to pack for holidays. This sensitive nature is a fantastic feature, but it can leave your dog feeling very lonely when they’re separated from their family. Separation anxiety is a real factor for many dogs.

We invest a lot of time and effort into caring for your dog’s individual wellbeing. Barking Mad’s personalised care greatly reduces any disruption your dog might suffer. We arrange this through our individualised service designed to cater to your dog’s needs. We place your dog in a home environment with one of our hosts; a trusted dog lover who will provide dedicated care. We encourage you and your dog to pack personal items to minimise the disruption of their transition. Whether it’s their favourite blanket, toy or bag of treats, these items connect your dog’s senses with familiar smells and tastes to comfort them.

We vet each of our hosts and keep in regular face to face contact with our expert local pet care business owners and colleagues to ensure that every host is of the highest standard. Barking Mad provide every host specific guidelines on your dog’s preferences and day to day routine. Any additional medical or nutritional needs will also be carefully catered for. We also make sure a team of dog care experts who can provide emergency support around the clock, so every angle is covered.

We’ve built up the premier dog care service in Leeds. rated as five-star not just by us, but by a host of satisfied dog owners. Examine our testimonial section and you’ll see a large selection of reviews that are all independently verified. We take great satisfaction in seeing our clients’ statements on our service. We take every opinion into account so that we can continue to refine the quality of our service.

As dog lovers ourselves, we know how much you’ll miss your pet, particularly if it’s your first significant time apart. To provide each client with peace of mind, we include a holiday update feature as part of our care. We’ll send over photos and a dog holiday postcard so you can see how your dog is getting on. We’ve made it a point to think through every aspect of our process with the intention of reducing any potential stress to you and your dog, giving them a great time with us, and you a peaceful time away.

Our network of five-star branches all around the country means that Barking Mad can offer many other areas the same excellent care that we deliver in Leeds. We should always have a branch close by if you need care in another part of the country. We also cater to varying lengths of stay, whether you want your dog to stay for one day or weeks.

We’ve always set new standards for personalised care, refusing to settle for the kennel method of grouping many dogs as one. When Barking Mad began in 2000, it was with the desire to provide a higher level of care, to operate a personalised system that met your dog’s needs in detail, and we are now the UK’s top pet care provider.

We’d love to hear from you today. The process is a simple one; you can give us a quick phone call on 01524 220202 or email us at contact.centre@barkingmad.uk.com. Our team of pet lovers will tell you more about our service, and when you’re ready to proceed we’ll come to meet you and your dog to begin to design their perfect dog holiday!

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 £40
Daily boarding rate £28
Daily boarding rate for additional dogs £20
Collection and delivery £40



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

Brenda - 2nd May, 2017
"We recently had Fozzie for several days it was such a joy to have him my dog Wiggles loves him a lot.
My whole family love him as did our friends where we walk every day.
We look forward to his next visit.
Brenda Street"

Carol - 13th Apr, 2017
"We enjoy looking after peoples dogs as it gives us pleasure to think they have come from home to home. Sometimes our commitments are heavy but It fits in with our lifestyle as we can do it as and when we can. It gives us pleasure and hopefully the pets enjoy our company too. Barking Mad are efficiently run and if I had a dog of my own would gladly let them find a host for my."

Celia - 23rd Mar, 2017
"Lulu has just been to me on her fourth visit. We've both had a lovely time and it seems strange today without her. She is well known and well loved by my friends and neighbours now as well as the local dogs. We all look forward to seeing her again soon."

Jackie - 6th Jan, 2017
"We had the pleasure of looking after Pip for 2 weeks over Christmas this year! We all loved having him for his 2nd visit with us. We enjoyed the walks (even in the cold and sometimes wet) and my children loved his company too!

I would love to have a dog of my own sometime soon, but looking after dogs with Barking Mad gives me the opportunity to see how a dog would fit into our lives, what challenges it might bring and what delights too! I can test out different breeds and ages too in case I go down the rescue dog route!

Definitely a win win option."

Brenda - 6th Jan, 2017
"We recently had Molly come to stay we all fell in love with her. My dog Wiggles loved her too
She was so good and had us laughing when she showed attention to the Tv.
We enjoyed her company and will look forward to her coming to see us again.
Beautiful Girl."

Carol - 3rd Nov, 2016
"We thought the service we got from Emily at Barking Mad was very professional - the information we received on Inca prior to our having her was very precise and made our experience all the better. It was good to know she was at the end of the phone especially as this was our first time. Inca was a pleasure to have and as advised needed lots of love and attention which we certainly gave her. We look forward to the next time to host again. Many thanks."

Brenda - 26th Oct, 2016
"We recently had Scout come to stay with us what a lovely time we had scout and my dog wiggles became great friends it was really nice. Its nice that the dogs get to visit carers whilst the owners go on holday as it gives peace of mind for all concerned and the dogs are happy too We look forward to scout coming again"

Brenda - 26th Oct, 2016
"Scout came to stay a beautiful little dog we had a great time look forward to seeing her again.
Barking Mad is a lovely idea it is very important that the dogs are happy and we love it"

Celia - 4th Oct, 2016
"Lulu has just gone home after seventeen nights with me. This is the longest stay I've had but it wasn't too long. She is a delightful, easy dog to look after who quickly makes herself at home.
This is the third time she's been to me and I look forward to her next visit."

Brenda - 4th Oct, 2016
"I think Barking Mad is such a lovely idea as the dogs can visit families a bit of a holiday whilst their owners have a holiday too.

We recently enjoyed a visit from a beautiful dog Fozzie he settled into our home quite happily and we enjoyed him too.
Animals need to feel secure with no worries and fitting into a family environment makes for a happy doggie I think Barking Mad is a very good idea
I will look forward to the next vistor on four legs."

Jackie - 12th Sep, 2016
"I have recently looked after Pip for just over a week and really enjoyed it. I am looking to have a dog myself but want to be 100% sure I am doing the right thing before I take the plunge.

I love that with barking mad you get lots of help and support while looking after someone else's precious dog. If you have a problem or the dog becomes unwell you also know that help is at hand. I found the experience rewarding and it was lovely having Pip stay with us. The problem is we missed him when he was gone...

I would like to continue looking after dogs with barking mad.


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

Alan & Amanda Hartley

Hi there!

We are Alan and Amanda Hartley and we live in Kippax, Leeds with our two children, Matthew aged 23 and Jennifer aged 21. We cover the Leeds area including Ilkley and Guiseley, Wetherby, Tadcaster, Garforth, Rothwell, Pudsey and all the places in-between.  We have always been animal lovers, having dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small furry friends.  We were first introduced to Barking Mad six years ago when we became a host family. We loved the companionship of looking after dogs, keeping us fit and active.  Over the years we have had lots of visitors to stay, ranging from Jack Russell’s to a Scottish Deer hound.   We fell in love with the whole concept of Barking Mad and when the opportunity arose to purchase the business we jumped at the chance and have never looked back.  People come to Barking mad for a superior alternative to kennels or house sitting.  They expect the best from our dog holidays and we make it our mission to provide it, every time. We select the ideal host family from our portfolio of trusted dog lovers and provide accommodation in a warm, friendly home environment with one to one dog care, where exercise and feeding routines are maintained.  Barking Mad offers complete piece of mind.  We know that all our doggie customers have wonderful holidays, sometimes better than their owners.

Places Covered

  • Aberford
  • Addingham
  • Adel
  • Alwoodley
  • Arthington
  • Austhorpe
  • Bardsey
  • Barkston Ash
  • Barwick-in-Elmet
  • Beeston
  • Belle Isle
  • Ben Rhydding
  • Biggin
  • Boston Spa
  • Bramham
  • Bramhope
  • Bramley
  • Burley
  • Burley in Wharfedale
  • Calverley
  • Chapel Allerton
  • Church Fenton
  • Churwell
  • Clifford
  • Collingham
  • Colton
  • Cookridge
  • Cross Gates
  • East Keswick
  • Eccup
  • Eccup
  • Garforth
  • Gildersome
  • Gledhow
  • Great Preston
  • Guiseley
  • Harewood
  • Harewood
  • Hedingley
  • Hillam
  • Holt Park
  • Horsforth
  • Huby
  • Hunslet
  • Ilkley
  • Killingbeck
  • Kippax
  • Kirkstall
  • Lawnswood
  • Ledsham
  • Linton
  • Meanwood
  • Menston
  • Methley
  • Micklefield
  • Middleton
  • Monk Fryston
  • Moor Allerton
  • Moortown
  • Morley
  • New Farnley
  • Oakwood
  • Otley
  • Oulton
  • Pool
  • Potternewton
  • Pudsey
  • Rawdon
  • Rodley
  • Rothwell
  • Roundhay
  • Roundhay
  • Saxton
  • Scarcroft
  • Scholes
  • Seacroft
  • Shadwell
  • Sherburn-in-Elmet
  • South Milford
  • Stourton
  • Stutton
  • Swarcliffe
  • Swillington
  • Tadcaster
  • Thorner
  • Thorp Arch
  • Tinshill
  • Ulleskelf
  • Walton
  • Weetwood
  • West Park
  • Wetherby
  • Wike
  • Woodhouse
  • Woodlesford
  • Wortley
  • Yeadon


Customer Comments

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I have used 'barking mad' twice now and have found them to be brilliant.
They completely put our dog first in every way. Within an hour of him being collected we received photos and a video of him with his host family which put our mind at rest before our holiday had even begun. It definitely allowed us to enjoy our time away without worrying about Woody, infact he probably had a better time than we did !!

Posted by: Alison goodspeed on

Amanda and Alan are great, Shona loves her holidays, so glad we found Barking Mad. I do recommend your service to lots of people, I couldn't do what I do without you.
Many thanks.

Posted by: Gillian on

I was very impressed with the service offered by Barking Mad. I was glad you came to meet my dog beforehand and found out all about his daily routine, likes and dislikes, favourite toys etc. This meant his stay with you went smoothly and both he and you were happy. I will definitely be using you again. You were prompt with the collection and drop off times and Buddy came home happy and healthy. How you got him to write that postcard I'll never know - he won't tell me the secret!????

Posted by: Gill Cohn on

Thank you to Alan and Amanda, they are very friendly and professional. My Alfie gets more excited when Alan calls to collect him than any other person he knows, it's amazing how quickly he wants to get in the car and go on his holidays. I have only prase for Barking Mad, without them we wouldn't have a holiday.

Alfie sends a big hug and a big thanks from me.


Posted by: Mary Trask on

A huge thank you to Amanda & Alan for looking after my little man so well. It looks like Henry had an amazing holiday with you & came back home with a waggy tail, a smile on his face and a massive trophy! Puts our week away to shame! As big as he is, he's still my little boy and it means such a lot to know he's been looked after and cared for while we were away.

The service you provide both to Henry & myself is fantastic. The pictures and video you sent really put my mind at rest and I knew he was happy, safe and cared for.

I can't sing Barking Mad's praises enough and have lost count of how many people I've recommended you to.

I know Henry loves going on his Barking Mad holiday as he gets so excited when he sees you. Makes him not being with us that bit easier.

So, Best Dog & Best in Show at the Ledsham Fayre, how are you going to top his next holiday?

Posted by: Hayley Germain on

This was our first experience with Barking Mad. We wanted to be sure our precious puppy would be cared for and loved whilst we were on holiday. We were confident after meeting Alan and Amanda that the service they provided would guarantee this and that we would be confident that our puppy would be loved and cared for as we do. We received pictures and videos of his stay and the whole experience was a very positive and happyone. Thank you Barking Mad

Posted by: Liz Stribley on

One is reluctant to recommend a service, until consistency is illustrated. It is without doubt that Barking Mad, specifically Amanda & Allan Hartley and the hosts in Leeds, provide a consistent and professional, high quality, customer service. Benefits are derived not only by the owners but also their beloved pets, in our case an American Cocker Spaniel (with a show coat!) named Berkeley. From collection, to caring and support from the host, inclusive of grooming and activity, receipt of images, whilst on holiday, until drop off, owners could wish for nothing more. We would recommend this service to all pet owners who, like ourselves require the reassurance that whilst their pets are also on holiday, they will be cared for as if they were at home - with love and affection. Long may this service continue.

Posted by: Kathy & Rod on

Hello Amanda and Alan,
I just wanted to say that Jussi couldn't have had a better holiday. He clearly enjoyed every minute from the photos and video. Staying with another dog was a great treat for him as he is very gregarious and he has actually developed much calmer behaviour since he came home. We love Barking Mad because we know our dogs have as good a holiday with you as we are having ourselves! Thank you for all the tlc you have shown our dogs over the last eight years. No wonder we keep on coming back to you!

Posted by: Penny Heptonstall on

Good morning Amanda and Alan,

Firstly I apologise for not getting in touch earlier this week but with the extension at home and back to work I have not found a minute.

I want to say a massive thank you to you both for taking such lovely care of George whilst we were on holiday. We really did get ourselves in quite a state with it being his first time away from us with someone completely new. The pictures and videos were a comfort and especially the one of him out off the lead coming back to his host.

I know he is only a dog, but you being animal lovers will know the attachment and how important it is to know they are well looked after. I cannot thank you enough.

Posted by: Lesley Hirst on

Hello, I have read the lovely postcard we received from Christine I just wanted to say a massive thank you. We were so worried about leaving Poppy and seeing just how happy she is after getting back, we know we made the right decision. Christine has clearly taken very good care of her and we are so pleased. Please could you pass the message on to Christine too, we will definitely be using barking Mad again and will do our best to book as early as possible to make sure Christine is available. Thanks again.

Posted by: Beth Harper on

Thank you so much Amanda and Alan! The postcard is a great way to see what Duke's holiday was all about, a really good and funny read.
Thanks again, really happy with the service and everything and Duke seems happy too.
Regards Sam.

Posted by: Sam Penrose on

We would just like to thank Amanda & Alan for looking after our Colin! Could you please also pass on our thanks to the host for taking such good care of our boy! He has obviously been very happy with them.
Kind regards
Anne & Robert

Posted by: Robert Frost on

We left our very precious little dog Gizmo with Jean and John, we would just like to thank them for taking such care of him whilst we were away. We find it very hard to leave him (as he is a little bit spoilt ) but although we missed him we felt very happy that he was being looked after as he would be at home with us , ( even being allowed to sleep on the bed ) Once again many thanks to Jean and John and to Amanda and Alan for sorting it all out . X

Posted by: Gill and Eric Heaton on

Hi Amanda and Alan,
Thanks for making my week without my family like home from home. My host is now my new bezzy mate, she was great with me, mum can tell because I am so happy and came home so chilled out. They are so relieved because they say kennels are like the compound and no way do I want to experience that again.
So, a big lick from your staffy mate, Oona xxxx.
P.S I miss that window seat at my host's house.
Mum,Dad and Rosie would also like to say thanks. So until next time, WOOF.

Posted by: Lynne on

I am so grateful to have found Barking Mad. Spike really hated kennels, so when he first went to stay at someone else's house I was a little apprehensive. As a large bouncy dog I had never let anyone else look after him. It was a triumph, from the moment that Alan or Amanda comes to pick him up he is excited and just can't wait to get in the car. He settles in well and I have also learnt a lot about him, especially how well he behaves. He loves people and cuddles with his hosts and he still gets his sofa and when he comes home he is tired and happy. I can go away without a worry. Thank you Amanda, Alan, Mal, Jack & Mavis. Posted by Emma Masters

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We love the care and attention Alan and Amanda give to our dogs. It truly is a home from home service. From Whats App updates whilst we are abroad to keepsake postcards with memories of their stay - we can have peace of mind that our dogs are happy, safe and in the best hands. Posted by Jan Lacey

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Thank you Barking Mad for looking after Max, it's so good to have peace of mind when it comes to dog care and allowing me to have a relaxed holiday. Max is relaxed and happy as well both going and on his return, he loves it when he sees the car.
Thanks again, Jane and Max.

Posted by: Jane Gleiichauf on

This service is sensational and we wouldn't use anyone else. We have total piece of mind and know that Sid (aka Mr December in the 2015 calendar) is loved whilst we enjoy our holidays.

The home collection and delivery of Sid means we are stress free and can pack without him sulking!!

He is loved whilst we are away (probably pleases himself more too) leaving us to enjoy ourselves on our travels.

There are cheaper arrangements but none comparable to these and the whole service is worth every single penny.

We are telling everyone about Barking Mad!!!

Thank You
Posted by: Marcus Foster on 5th Jan, 2015

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Dear Amanda and Alan, thank you for the superb care and love you gave our dog Alfie whilst we were away. I am so glad we found you, because now we know we can leave Alfie in a safe loving home.

Posted by: Jean Brereton on

Was highly delighted with the way our dog was cared for and will use this excellent service again.Wish we had known about Barking Mad years ago.Will recommend the service to all our friends.

Posted by: Barry boyes on

I am so thrilled with barking mad leeds - a truly professional outfit putting your pooches needs first - Molly had the most fabulous holiday with her hosts and we had the most touching letter back commenting on her time with them it brought a happy tear to my eye - we will most definitely return and support wherever possible you are fabulous guys and fabulous hosts xxxx

Posted by: Joanne Warner on

Thank you for giving Bruce such a fantastic memorable holiday and his mummy such piece of mind.I hope his host enjoyed his company as much as he enjoyed theirs.
Thank you from Lynn and of course Bruce. Posted by lynn bentley

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Once again thank you very much for taking care of Chance, I can go away happy knowing she will receive the best care and love, I get picture updates and she always look happy. I will always recommend Barking Mad, Thank you

Posted by: Kayleigh and Chance on

Once again thank you for the wonderful service you provide, Holly has such a good time while on holiday and i am never worried or concerned for her while she is away. Both Holly and myself love it.
Thank you
Elizabeth and Holly Posted by Elizabeth Brooke

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Thank you for looking after Bob!
Really pleased with the care he received and he will gladly come to you for his holidays again :)

Posted by: Joanne Connell on

The service is worth paying that little extra for, the photo's sent to my phone showing Charlie settling in with his hosts were great, I even felt a bit jealous of the care he was getting.
Thank you Barking Mad.

Posted by: Tracy Pratt on

Our Westie, Nellie, came back happy after her two-week stay with Barking Mad. She was obviously well looked after with none of the stomach upsets she has had in the past after staying with other pet-sitting services. I would happily recommend Barking Mad and will use them again in the future.

Posted by: J Barr on

Barking Mad have been excellent with Rufus, from being a very nervous rescue lurcher to a confident happy character, they have taken very good care of him over the last 2 years carefully choosing his host and looking after all his needs.
Rufus and myself will be a lifetime user of this wonderful service and cannot recommend you highly enough.
Thank you.

Posted by: Jenny Piercy on

Just a great big thank you yet again for Jaspers holiday with his host Jean, he has come back really really happy, obviously very well cared for.
Thanks, Sue.

Posted by: susan jones on

This has been simply THE BEST service from beginning to end! A huge thank you to Alan -so professional and certainly understands dogs and their owners. Amazing how you even managed to return Dinky''s kong toy the same day ( ! ) after it was accidentally left behind at the family's home. Dinky''s host family Duncan and Zoe and their two girls did a wonderful job of caring for our dog. Another huge thank you to them. After this experience I would never opt for kennels ever again .

Posted by: Chrissy and family on

Dear Amanda and Alan,

Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to get to know our "boys". It was reassuring to know that nothing was too much trouble and that every detail about them mattered...even the ways they like to be stroked!

Photos and a postcard home was a lovely touch. It was clear from these that Monty and Mac had a great time with Mal and Pam. A big thank you to our wonderful hosts. Our boys thoroughly enjoyed their stay...far superior to any kennel experience. Monty and Mac returned happy and healthy as if we'd never been away.

A highly professional, caring service. Thank you from all the family.

Posted by: Barbara and family on

I would just like to say thanks, Jasper came back so happy after his holiday, I am glad his host enjoyed having him, a big thank you to them too.

Posted by: Sue Jones on

Thank you very much for the care and consideration you showed while looking after Alfie, he returned happy and in high spirits with a wagging tail to greet me. So glad to have found your wonderful service, I can now confidently book another holiday without worry.
Thank you
Mary and Alfie.

Posted by: Mary Trask on

Thanks for looking after Rusty.

It is a wonderful service you provide,I was able to concentrate on my task without having to worry if she was alright.

Can you pass on my regards to your wonderful host,Sam,I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone.It was a very efficient and professional experience .Tracy Ford.

Posted by: Tracy Ford on

Dear Amanda and Alan,

I wanted to say thank you so much for taking such good care of Luna. She has been completely happy this week and has not had any of the symptoms I have heard about from other dog owners who have kenneled their pets. In fact, we think she has gained a bit of confidence whilst on her own. I can't thank Mal and Pam, her hosts, enough for their kind hospitality, for honoring her timid nature and for doing so much to keep her feeling loved. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I was bragging about Barking Mad to a friend today; you have a forever customer in our family! Many thanks to the whole crew!

All best,


Posted by: Milinda Mulikin on

Amber is our cherished baby and she had never been away from us in 13 years so as you can probably imagine we were very nervous, apprehensive and suffering sleepless nights. Alan and Amanda were superb, very calming and reasuring, every detail we could think of was recorded, Amber has a few medical needs and every one was followed precisely. On the day of collection Alan was very calm and patient,he even returned with my wife's glasses that had mistakenly dropped into Amber's bag before we left. Amber returned full of life with a wagging tail that said it all, the photo's and postcard told us that she had a better time than we did.
Thank you Barking Mad, we are so pleased to have found you, your service is second to none.

Posted by: Mr Cherrington on 4th Apr, 2014

Posted by: bmadadmin on

As soon as the Barking Mad van pulls into the drive I have two over-excited dogs who, after greeting Alan and Amanda, sit on the doormat waiting to go. They dive into their van, I wave them off and turn back into my empty house happy in the knowledge that they are in safe, loving hands and are going to have a great holiday.

Posted by: Jan on

Fred loves his holidays and is always happy to go and stay with his host, he must have such a good time and always comes back looking wonderful. The postcards and photo's are lovely to see and add to the holiday experience. We can happily book our holidays knowing Fred will be looked after so well, thank you Barking Mad.

Posted by: Mrs W Bott on

This is such a professional organisation!

Holly leaves me without a backward glance, and returns having obviously been loved and cared for.

I am just so delighted to have discovered Barking Mad, and can't thank Alan and Amanda enough for finding such a wonderful holiday home for Holly.

Posted by: Elizabeth A Brooke on

The service is excellent, we have no hesitation in booking Edison, our labrador in with Barking Mad. The collection is fuss free and well organised and Eddy is always excited to go, I am sure he wouldn't be like that if his hosts didn't love and care for him so much. Thank you so much and we will confidently be booking another holiday soon.

Posted by: Alison on

Our rescue dog, Jasper, had spent far too long in kennels and had endured a miserable life for quite a few years. When we went on holiday, we couldn't bear to put him in another kennel. Thankfully, we found Barking Mad. The service is just outstanding and the care our lovely dog gets is exactly what he has at home. Great attention is given to keeping his routines the same and there is no doubt that he is loved by his surrogate family. Jasper loves going to his "Aunty Andrea's" for his holidays! He comes home happy, with photos of his escapades with her, plus a postcard with his news. I cannot recommend Barking Mad highly enough. We can relax, knowing he is cared for so well. It is worth every penny.

Posted by: Debra Quin Collinson on 7th Jan, 2014

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We were really worried about leaving Ralph for the first time, but having regular updates with photos, showing that he had settled in and was enjoying himself enormously really helped us to enjoy our holiday better, although it was great to get home and see him again!
Thanks to Barking Mad and Ralph's host family for looking after him so well

Posted by: Lorraine Butler on

I was delighted with the care Billie and Sasha received whilst with you and found the whole process easy and helpful. I will be using you again.
Kind Regards Jill

Posted by: Jill Dooley on

Thanks for giving my Jazzy such a good time on his holiday, Barking Mad is a godsend, as are you two.your so caring.Happy Christmas and a good 2014. X.

Posted by: Debra Quin-Colinson on

Our Staffi Bella absolutely loves going with Amanda and Alan to her hosts Karen and Stuart. I can go away and know she will be having as good a time on her holidays as we are. She now jumps straight into the back of the car when they pick her up. They're brilliant !!!!

Posted by: Timothy Hynes on

Many thanks to Amanda and Alan for the care they gave Xena, she had a wonderful stay with her host and settled back at home straight away.
Thank you to Barking Mad for all the loving care.

Posted by: Beryl Hague on

Louis, Ottley and Barney have had the time of their lives. Amanda and Alan provide an excellent service and give us peace of mind when we're away. The guys enjoy their holiday as much as us. Excellent service as always

Posted by: Peter & Suzanne Bellwood on

Excellent service from Amanda and Alan, yet again my 2 dogs had a wonderful holiday and it's lovely when they return just the same and we are reunited as a family.
I can think of no better place for Billy and Josh to spend their holidays.

Posted by: Mr & Mrs Hyett on 15th Oct, 2013

Posted by: bmadadmin on

The short video on his return just complete's the excellent service, I can go away with a happy feeling that my dog is taken care of very well.
Thank you Amanda and Alan.

Posted by: Pat Hargreaves on

I cannot recommend this service highly enough. My boys are just like my children and it takes a lot for me to trust anyone with them! Amanda and Alan put me right at ease and the boys have now enjoyed two holidays with them. Throughout their stay I was sent videos and pictures of my dogs and Amanda and Alan treat them as though they were there own! I would not dream of sending my dogs anywhere else!
Thank you for everything
Clare (and Jenson and Sebastian of course) x

Posted by: Clare Almond on

The Barking Mad host families are excellant, I would not leave my dog Jasper with anybody else, we are happy to enjoy our holidays knowing our dog is happy and in the best care. He loves his holidays as much as we love ours.

Posted by: Mrs Susan Jones on

First class service from pick-up to return. We have peace of mind knowing that our dog is well looked after by a loving and caring host. The photos and postcard are an added touch. We have used Barking Mad for 5 years and would not dream of going elsewhere.

Posted by: Gina Platt on

We have found you to be very friendly and proffesional and think the type of sevice you offer is invaluable, we can enjoy our holiday knowing Sidney is in safe hands.
Thank you.

Posted by: Anna Kemp on

We were nervous at first when Cleo left on her holiday but we were reassured by Alan and Amanda that everything would be OK, receiving a text message a couple of days into the holiday, saying that Cleo had settled in really well, was very comforting and we knew both Cleo and ourselves would enjoy our holidays. Cleo returned happy and full of life,the feedback, photos and postcard from the host were fantastic and we will happily use Barking Mad again.

Posted by: Mr and Mrs Bond - Cleo. on

Fantastic service, we felt relaxed knowing Bertie was well looked after. We would recommend the great service to friends.

Posted by: Stephen and Rachael Tutill on

The short video as well as the photos just completes the excellent service, I can go away with a happy feeling that my dog, Skye, is taken care of very well.

Posted by: Pat Hargreaves on

Our puppy goes off with Alan and Amanda happy and contented, and she returns back to us exactly the same.She obviously has had a loverly time whilst she has been away and has been cared for to the highest standard. Wonderful peace of mind for us while we are on holiday.

Posted by: Kate Johnson - Bella on

We loved the regular email/texts while we were away of updates on what Boris was doing. That really helped us as we missed him so much, he went to a fantastic host who took him to some great places - thanks.

Posted by: Jonathan Shires - Boris on

We have been 100% happy with Barking Mad and know our dogs are well looked after when we are away. Their host family must love them so much and take great care of them.

Posted by: Lyn Robinson - Monty & Ada on

Amanda and Alan took care of Oscar whilst we got married, they were both fantastic and went above and beyond, fantastic service. Thank You

Posted by: Mr and Mrs Crowcroft - Oscar on

A proper home from home for my two retrievers. The photos provided always make me smile and give me the confidence that the dogs are happy and safe, and are enjoying the walks and games that they get at home.

Posted by: Jan Lacey - Berry and Cedar. on


Our latest 'Local News' has a new home - CLICK HERE


Come and join us at the Holiday Inn Garforth there will be fun and games plus help us finish our doggie jigsaws and perhaps have a game of Boules with us.


Sunday 27 August 2017 at 12.00pm to 3.00pm. We look forward to seeing you there!.



How fantastic is the country side at this time of year?
Here is Freddie standing proud on the hay bales while in his Barking Mad Leeds holiday.

This is what Freddie's owners had to say:   'Our dog loves going to barking mad , he needs plenty of exercise & he gets it , which is great . He is always pleased to see Alan & Amanda , although he can be a handful , they manage him very well . Great service'

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Another scenic view. Here is Ollie with one of her regular guests Rufus. Rufus just loves long walks and Ollie never fails to provide him with a hike or two on his Barking Mad Leeds holiday.
Happy Rufus, Happy owner, Happy Holiday.



Barking Mad Leeds welcomes Willow to the pack. She was resued by her owner at just 8 weeks old, now a 15 weeks she is having her 1st Barking Mad Holiday. Willow loves her bed too. Happy Willow, Happy Holiday, Happy Owner. 


APRIL 2017


As we celebrated our 5th birthday we held a garden party for hosts and friends. We had sandwiches, cakes, goodies and garden games. We are now looking forward to our 6th year and meeting customers old and new and seeing all our host families enjoy their guest dogs.

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Some of our hosts enjoyed a casualget together for lunch at The Holiday Inn, Garforth. It was a fun get together where doggie tales were exchanged and bonds were made.




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During the twixmas period when we have all eaten too much turkey and mince pie we got together for a winter dog walk.                                                                                     


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We joined up to help on our 6th dog walk with St Gemma's. As usual attendance was brilliant and dogs and humans had a great day raising money for this local hospice.


During 2016 Barking Mad ran a national campaign to win a Virgin Balloon ride, with bubble and chocolates. we had a luky winner in Leeds. We cant wait to see photos of the ride itself. 

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As we move it to the Spring our business launches a brand new look. We have a bright new log, new uniform and new livery on our cars.

Look out for us as we travel through all the postcodes in Leeds.

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Our News 

We would like to introduce two new team members to Barking Mad Leeds.

Gill and Paul are passionate about dogs, loving all breeds but they both have a soft spot for Labradors.
They are both retired but have a customer service background. 

Gill will be taking on a administrative role, helping in the office and on the occasional collection and delivery while Paul will be involved with collection and deliveries, settling the dogs in and taking those all important holiday photos and videos.

They are very excited with their new roles and can't wait to meet all our dogs, their owners and all our host families over the next few weeks.



St Gemma's Charity Dog Walk

It was our 5th year supporting the St Gemma's dog walk. It just gets bigger and better and is great fun!

There were two events this year, Temple Newsam and Golden Acre park and we attended both events. Thanks to Our hosts Sam and Charlotte and Marilyn who joined us for the day.

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Poppers Travels

Poppers adventures continues...

Popper has enjoyed a flight in a cockpit and a rather chilly skiing holiday in February.

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If you would like to take Popper on an adventure the give us a call and we can book him in with you! 

Donkey Day 

We enjoyed a fabulous day at the Donkey Sanctuary in Eccup, Leeds.The weather was fantastic which led to a great attendance and lots of family fun. The donkey sanctuary raised £5900 on the day - fantastic! 

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We ran a Facebook competition to win Dog friendly Easter Eggs. Here are some of our winners! 

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We have just launched our new business Facebook page, please take a look, like and share it. There are up to date pictures, videos and occasional competitions to enter. Search Facebook for Barking Mad Dog Care Leeds


Great news for Barking Mad Leeds, we have secured 5 of our holiday dogs in to the 2016 Barking Mad Calendar. We are so pleased.

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We have ordered extra copies and they will be delivered to us in November.

We have 10 calendars to give away for free so visit our new Facebook page for more details - Barking Mad Dog Care Leeds.

We are working hard to supply our customers with a Barking Mad bag, they are great, large and swallow up all your dogs holiday packing, If you have booked your next holiday and don't have a bag, then let us know and we will bring one when we collect your dog.

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We have had yet another busy Summer, all our host families have done a super job, offering fantastic holiday experiences for your dogs.

We are busy with bookings for the October half term and are now taking bookings for Christmas and we have a booking for August 2016 already.
Please contact us as soon as you have thoughts about holidays in 2016, we can secure your booking quickly and you can settle down knowing that job can be ticked off to do list.

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Popper has enjoyed a busy Summer, he has been to various destinations including Florida and Tenerife. There is still time to enter Poppers world tour 2015 competition. If you would like to take Popper to your holiday destination just let us know and we will book him in with you. Take a picture of him having a good time and What's Ap or E Mail it to us and we will enter it for you. A bottle of BUBBLY is up for grabs. Closing date 31st December 2015.

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We are working hard to supply our customers with a Barking Mad bag, they are great, large and swallow up all your dogs holiday packing, If you have booked your next holiday and don't have a bag, then let us know and we will bring one when we collect your dog.

Brand new tags

Barking Mad Popper models the new style Barking Mad Tag.




All our dogs will now be tagged with the latest tags. I hope you agree that they look very smart.

Busy, Busy, Busy.

We have had such a variety of dogs on holiday through June and in to July.  They have all been very lucky with the weather which makes for a better holiday.


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Lets hope the fun and good weather continues in to August.


Poppers travels and competition update.


Life could not be better for Popper who's Barking Mad world tour continues.  Here are just a few pictures of his latest adventures.


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If you would like to take Popper away on holiday and enter a Holiday snap in to the competition you need to book him ASAP. The competition closes on 2nd October 2014 and there is a bottle of bubbly up for grabs or if the entry is from a child then a voucher for their favourite shop.


Happy snapping.




Hi, Poppers travel competition for 2013 had some fantastic entries, here are just a few. The Chicago Bean, London's Big Ben, Hard Rock Café New York and The Grand Canyon

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The winning photograph was judged independently by all the staff at Barking Mad Head Office and was taken by Jan and Peter Lacey whilst they were in Argentina.  The picture is titled  - 'Fin Del Mundo' which means End of the World.




Here at Barking Mad Leeds we have a small soft toy dog, Popper,  he is travelling the world.  He travels with our customers and host families.  Popper is a great ‘hit’ with the children, they all love taking him away with them. 

Popper loves having his photo taken with iconic landmarks, just recently he travelled to Wales and climbed Mount Snowdon, he has visited Rome and Gibraltar and has been very lucky to spend the day on a flight deck.

You can keep up with Poppers adventures on Barking Mad face book page or follow Barking Mad Leeds on Twitter.

He is travelling to some fantastic places in 2013, look out for him or even take him with you, just ask us for details, he gets booked up quickly.

Here he is in sunny Llandudno                            A star visit in Hollywood


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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:

Pet Shops


Dog Grooming/Walking

Pawfect Walkies is a fantastic professional dog walking service. Take a look at he web page for more info.






Alison goodspeed - 15th Apr, 2016
"I have used 'barking mad' twice now and have found them to be brilliant.
They completely put our dog first in every way. Within an hour of him being collected we received photos and a video of him with his host family which put our mind at rest before our holiday had even begun. It definitely allowed us to enjoy our time away without worrying about Woody, infact he probably had a better time than we did !!"

Gillian - 15th Apr, 2016
"Amanda and Alan are great, Shona loves her holidays, so glad we found Barking Mad. I do recommend your service to lots of people, I couldn't do what I do without you.
Many thanks."

Gill Cohn - 28th Oct, 2015
"I was very impressed with the service offered by Barking Mad. I was glad you came to meet my dog beforehand and found out all about his daily routine, likes and dislikes, favourite toys etc. This meant his stay with you went smoothly and both he and you were happy. I will definitely be using you again. You were prompt with the collection and drop off times and Buddy came home happy and healthy. How you got him to write that postcard I'll never know - he won't tell me the secret!????"

Mary Trask - 27th Oct, 2015
"Thank you to Alan and Amanda, they are very friendly and professional. My Alfie gets more excited when Alan calls to collect him than any other person he knows, it's amazing how quickly he wants to get in the car and go on his holidays. I have only prase for Barking Mad, without them we wouldn't have a holiday.

Alfie sends a big hug and a big thanks from me.


Hayley Germain - 16th Sep, 2015
"A huge thank you to Amanda & Alan for looking after my little man so well. It looks like Henry had an amazing holiday with you & came back home with a waggy tail, a smile on his face and a massive trophy! Puts our week away to shame! As big as he is, he's still my little boy and it means such a lot to know he's been looked after and cared for while we were away.

The service you provide both to Henry & myself is fantastic. The pictures and video you sent really put my mind at rest and I knew he was happy, safe and cared for.

I can't sing Barking Mad's praises enough and have lost count of how many people I've recommended you to.

I know Henry loves going on his Barking Mad holiday as he gets so excited when he sees you. Makes him not being with us that bit easier.

So, Best Dog & Best in Show at the Ledsham Fayre, how are you going to top his next holiday?"

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