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Hello from Barking Mad Manchester, the five-star rated dog-sitting service in your area. We offer an unparalleled holiday experience for your dog, something that dog owners the country over have always dreamed of. We use only the most suitable hosts, offering the most personalised care for your pet.
You may have considered the worry of separation anxiety when leaving your dog behind as you go off on a trip. It’s a real factor when your dog is part of the family unit. It can be very sad to leave them behind as you go abroad for a break, or head to a different city for work or family reasons. Sometimes it’s just not possible to take them with you, but dogs are very perceptive and can become unsettled at the smallest of things. So we wanted to put together a package that suited them, as well as helping owners to come to terms with their short-term departure.
Many traditional facilities that take your dog in for a stay will feed them, exercise them and look after them within a larger group of dogs. You can’t guarantee what food they’ll have and their routine may be completely different to what they receive at home. This can cause confusion and upset to your pet. Barking Mad understands the need for a regular routine and offers the perfect option for your dog, keeping in mind that its individual care is just that, individual. To stay happy and healthy, the best thing is to maintain its specific routine, the type of food it eats and the type of exercise it takes on.
Our system of dog care is such that we’ve become recognised as a leading dog-boarding company, with some great processes that can help lower anxiety levels for you and your dog. Barking Mad take the approach that your dog deserves to be with exactly the right hosts, so we match them based on your requirements and the strict criteria that all of our hosts have to meet.
Your dog will be able to take some home comforts along with them to settle in, like their favourite play toy, their dog bowl or blanket. Anything that smells of or reminds them of home during their stay away is a great thing, as the sights and smells of a new home, even if only for a short few days, can be confusing and disorienting.
Our team will meet your dog and put together an extensive list of preferences, work out their personality and what types of exercise and food is best for them. Anything that can help breed familiarity within the host’s home will help your dog settle in as quickly as possible. We also make sure they’re aware of any nutritional or medical care that your dog may need, and wherever possible will stick to the routines you have built up over time. All of our hosts love dogs as much as we do, so your beloved pet will be in good hands!
Another addition to our service is our holiday updates, sending you updates in the form of doggy postcards and snaps so that you can see what your dog is getting up to in your absence and how happy they are in their surroundings. We also have expert staff on hand 24 hours a day, so that should anything arise, you are safe in the knowledge that your dog is being looked after constantly in your absence.
We know that we offer the best dog sitting service in Manchester, but if you are a first time client, please don’t just take our word for it. Take a look at all of our verified reviews and you’ll see why we are recognised as a five-star service. Barking Mad is providing care that is loved by dog owners, with our testimonials from happy clients both highly rewarding, but also challenging us to maintain or even improve our service and care.
Barking Mad isn’t just the best dog care service in Manchester, we’ve also got over 70 branches nationwide, all with flexible terms of accommodation. So whether you’re looking for a host family for one day or many weeks, you’ll be happy to know that you can find us wherever you happen to be in the UK!
When we started Barking Mad in 2000, we had a dream of providing a dog boarding service that was unrivalled. We are passionate about caring for our own dogs and wanted to know that in the difficult moments when a dog can’t go with you on holiday or for a family trip, there is a loving home for them to stay in.
Our service is a personalised one, giving your dog the care and attention it deserves throughout each and every day. We won’t just visit occasionally to feed and water, and we won’t be exercising it with tens of other animals, it’s a bespoke individual service based around love. Contact us on 01524 220202 or firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can arrange to meet your dog and match them with the perfect host family!
|One off initial registration meeting||£35|
|Daily boarding rate||£23|
|Daily boarding rate for additional dogs||£19|
|Collection and delivery||£35|
Bailey – All ready for his holiday complete with paddling pool!
At the registration meeting you’ll receive one of our exclusive ‘Holiday Doggie Bags’ which you can pack with food, bowls, toys, treats and anything else to help your dog settle in more easily.
We even offer an unlimited luggage allowance at no extra charge!
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.
Ask for your loyalty card. When your card is full you receive a FREE stay on us! (1 full card = 28 paw stamps).
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.
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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.
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."
I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t a dog in my life, from being very young I remember driving my father mad asking for my own dog. I wore his resolve down and became the proud owner of a very hairy Heinz 57 called Tango. My husband and I now have a rescue Rottweiler called Pluto who we adopted in October 2014 and I am happy to say, has settled in and is now like the family teddy bear.
I first came across Barking Mad after I sadly lost my German Shepherd Angel in July 2014. I was unsure about taking on the responsibility of another dog and that is when I came across the great idea that is Barking Mad. I could host whilst the owners were away on holiday and give their cherished dog a home from home holiday experience of their own. I was so impressed by the concept of this bespoke alternative to kennels that I immediately enquired about becoming a franchisee, gave up my career and the rest, as they say is history.
If the thought of leaving your dog in kennels terrifies you, Barking Mad is definitely for you. Our lovely host families are true dog lovers and will supply all the home comforts that will individually suit your dog’s personality and needs whilst also providing a fun holiday. We believe that it is the small personal touches that mean so much to our customers and make the Barking Mad service so special.
I can’t wait to meet you and your best friend and look forward to giving them a first class holiday with Barking Mad.
Fantastic service and real peace of mind when you use Barking Mad. I left my Jesse for the first time for three weeks. I was very concerned as she was to split her time over two different families. All went really well; Jesse got great feedback and acted like she had just been out for a walk! Didn't miss me one bit!
I can wholeheartedly recommend this service. Will definitely be using again and again.
Definitely recommended - let me check up on my little donut and know she was doing well. As a nervous nelly it helped me be able to worry less and actually enjoy my holiday, knowing Dinky was enjoying hers.
I think your service is second to none and I am really happy to leave Olli in your care, she comes home happy and relaxed, everything is perfect,
Great service from Frankie, very thorough questionnaire to cover all aspects. My dog was treated as a special person by Frankie and the family and this gave me confidence that my precious family member is well looked after when I am away.
When we are away we always send Pasha to Frankie. It's peace of mind for us and fun fun fun for Pasha. She always comes home exhausted and we get regular updates about her holiday too. Thanks again Frankie and see you in 2016!
Used Frankie at Barking Mad for two short breaks so far. Zak has loved the two different families he has been to. A longer stay coming up and the service and reassurance we have from using the service and from Frankie gives us the peace of mind whilst we are away.
We've been using Barking Mad for quite a few months now and I would definitely recommend it!! Frankie looks after our Great Dane Nigel so well in fact I think he prefers to be with her than us at times!!!!
Posted by: Tracey Nutsey on 3rd Dec, 2015
Simba and Roxie seemed to thoroughly enjoy their mini break with the Hilary the sitter at Barking Mad. The process to arrange the service was very thorough and we really felt that everything was covered to give Hilary as much information about our pups that she needed to help make them feel at home. We had regular feedback and pictures on how the pups were doing in their holiday home and a lovely update from Hilary and Frankie on their return. I would highly recommend the service and would not hesitate to use the service again in the future. Total peace of mind that my pups were being loved and cared for in a very personable way. Thank you.
Super service all round from Frankie. We had only had Bella our adopted Patterdale for a few weeks and didn't want to use kennels when away so contacted Barking Mad. Everything was explained about the company and how Bella would be having her own holiday whilst we were away. Bella went to stay with Pat and Eccles and had a lovely time. A love of dogs oozes from Frankie - a lovely lady who promised a good time would be had by all. How true she was. Will definately use again and would highly recommend the services by her and the Barking Mad company. Posted by Karen and Malcolm
Frankie is lovely and we are so happy to find someone who clearly loves dogs as much as we do! We would not hesitate to use or recommend Frankie and Barking Mad.
Thanks for a great service which had it's difficulties but was handled very well under the circumstances.
Jura just spent her first full holiday with Frankie
She had so much fun that she slept for 4 days when she got home!
She loves her new friend Nigel and I think might be a little love sick.
Frankie has been great, sending us photos and videos of Jura on her own holiday and being hugely flexible to our schedule, we'll be using barking mad for all of our holidays!
I get a really good service from Frankie. My dogs really like her and are always happy to see her and that's how I can tell they have also had a good time while I have been away. Frankie has always been on time collecting and dropping off my pups which means I can always rely on her. She has never let me down. I always get a message or an email so that I can be assured my dogs are settling in well. They also love the outdoor space and the walks Frankie provides them. I know I can count on Barking Mad to treat my babies like their own. Thank you
We had a great service from Barking Mad looking after our beagle on our recent holiday. From booking through to collection and drop off the communication was great, Friendly staff and trustworthy hosts. We felt relaxed and comfortable with our pet being looked after whilst we were away and would definitely use the service again.
Posted by: Emma on 11th Sep, 2015
Very happy with services provided. Would not think twice about leaving Byron at Barking Mad again. He was happy and exhausted and settled back in very quickly. Impressed with overall professional attitude and loved the funny postcard.
We were very happy with the service provided. Bailey was a little bit unsure at first but we were kept up to date on him & he soon settled down with a lovely lady. The postcard was very funny and he seemed to enjoy his break. Settled back in at home straight away.
Really happy with the good service provided Wilson came back very happy and relaxed.
3rd time lucky for us with Barking Mad. Our much loved Maggie went to stay with Anne who she has been to before and came back happy, settled and ready for a big sleep. Thanks again for looking after her so well. Home from home.
Very professional. Lovely experience. Flynn came back from his holiday a happy dog and I had a good holiday too. Some nice touches in the service. Texts and photos whilst Flynn was away which were appreciated.
we were worried about somebody looking after our very stubborn bullmastiff -Jura - but Frankie put us at ease. Her service is professional and friendly and we knew Jura would feel right at home.
She even came home exhausted and perfectly behaved.
We'll be using Frankie whenever we need a boarding service.
It gives us great peace of mind knowing that our dog will be looked after in a perfectly matched loving home. We have experienced a personal and professional service from the start and would recommend to others!
We were looking forward to our holiday but also concerned who would look after Patches as the last thing we wanted was to put him in a kennel. We are so glad we chose Barking Mad as the whole experience was easy and and centred around making sure our, and more importantly Patches needs were catered for. We have already booked a holiday for next year and will be using Barking Mad again. Posted by Sarah
Thank you for looking after Alfie. It's peace of mind to know that he's being cared for by other dog lovers whilst I was on holiday.
Molly has just returned home yesterday after a great holiday and is now asleep on the sofa! Thanks to both Frankie and Anne for giving her such a good time whilst we were away - I'm sure Molly will be counting the days until her next holiday!
We are so glad that we found Barking Mad. It's the personal touch we were looking for as we didn't want to go down the kennels route when we went on holiday. We have complete peace of mind that our dog is having as much as we are when we are away.
We can't thank Frankie enough for making it so stress free and Carl & Julia for looking after Fudge so well. She is looking forward to her next holiday with them.
Jo & Craig
Jo & Craig
Frankie took fantastic care of our beloved dog. He was clearly very well cared for and came back to us in great shape. She was very mindful of any requests regarding his care and any special requirements that he has. I had full peace of mind that he was happy relaxed in his holiday home. I will definitely be using the service again.
Went away for 11 days and sox my Staffordshire bull terrier was looked after so well by Frankie doig and her family he didn't want to come home and he came home with a new toy which he loves. Thanks barking mad .
Fi had a great time and returned happy, although missing her new doggie friend 'Nigel'. This is a big advantage of the Barking Mad service for us - the opportunity to occasionally have other canine company, as she relishes the chance to make friends and play.
Fi is our much loved 'dippy doodle' and we wouldn't hesitate to place her in the safe hands of Frankie and Barking Mad again.
Having had a terrible kennels experience when we went away on a holiday overseas without Fi,and seeing how dishevelled, dirty and downhearted she seemed when we picked her up... this 'home from home' was our only option really for peace of mind.
Pasha was very happy on her holiday with Jo. I am very impressed with Barking Mad Manchester and will be calling on Frankie again at least twice this year! If not more. Thanks again Frankie for such a great service.
I have used Frankie and once again I am so happy with the care given to my pup. Georgie came back happy and settled and I loved and appreciated the messages and pictures whilst I was away.
I was very concerned as Gucci had been passed around after her previous owner passed away and it took months to settle in. Frankie asked lots of questions in order that she could match a host whilst I was away in Australia for 3 weeks. Frankie suggested a trial weekend to see if Gucci settled. It worked perfectly as Gucci settled and meant that I was relaxed holiday going to Australia knowing that Gucci would be enjoying her holiday with Charlotte (her host). Thank you for your help Frankie.
This is the first time that I've used Barking Mad, but I'm very happy I found you as Tiny had a lovely time with Anne, and she is looking forward to her next holiday.
We have used Barking Mad for over 10 years and continue to receive high quality service. All our dogs have been cared for exceptionally well. We were delighted to find Frankie in the South Manchester area having moved down to Manchester from Cumbria. Thankyou.
We were really worried about leaving Dexter, our rescue dog, as we'd not had him long but Frankie put us completely at ease. It was great to get the photos and updates at the start of our holiday so we could rest assured he had settled into his holiday home well and when he returned he seemed his usual happy bouncy self so we could tell he's had a lovely time. It's so good to know we have a safe and happy alternative to kennels.
We have 2 dogs who have recently stayed with Frankie over the Bank Holiday.
We have a deaf dog who is very shy and nervy with a lot of people, but Frankie put her at ease straight away. Our other dog loves cuddles, & they have both come back very happy and have clearly been well looked after.
This was their first stay away from the family since they were puppies, but they will be getting more.
The whole weekend we had text and e-mail updates with pictures, showing how they were getting on.
We would be very happy to use Barking Mad again, and are already thinking about when we are going to book again.
We would highly recommend this service to anyone and would recommend Frankie, as she handled our 6 year old deaf dog very well, and also gave our other dog exactly what she needed, even though they have very different needs.
Georgie stayed with Frankie over Easter. She was so well cared for and the updates we got showed she had loads of fun.
I would definitely recommend Barking Mad for piece of mind.
This was Nigel's first stay with Frankie and I'm so happy that he's happy!! Just booked all his holidays for the rest of the year with Frankie!!!! Xxxx
Our young dog has returned from her second stay with a Barking Mad host and this was another big success. She was matched with a family set up similar to our own and seemingly made a huge fuss of. She came back happy and relaxed with a postcard update of her stay.
This great service means we can go away happy in the knowledge that she is well cared for as part of a family home and enjoy ourselves without any worry.
Emily arrived back home happy and contented, settled down to her breakfast and was her playful self. Picking up and dropping off times were ideal and we wouldn't hesitate in recommending Barking Mad to any dog owner.
It was ideal receiving the emails letting me know how she was doing, which put my mind at rest.
I would like to take the opportunity of thanking Anne for looking after her, and knowing she was in save hands.
Keep up the good work
Posted by: Janet Wells on 23rd Mar, 2015
My Giant Schnauzer pup has just had her first weekend away. She was very well looked after, it's hugely reassuring to know she was cared for and had fun.
The process has been easy and I would definitely recommend this service.
Molly has just had her sleepover and it was a relief to see and hear that she had such a good time with her carefully selected host Anne.
Thanks to both Frankie and Anne - we can now look forward to our holiday knowing Molly will be having as much fun as us!
Would definitely recommend Barking Mad!
Patches came back from his sleepover happy. it is a big weight off our minds knowing that patches will be looked after with love and care while we are away. I'm sure Patches is looking forward to spending more time with Jean in August and climbing on her table again. We are very impressed with barking mad and their care they give to the dogs and their owners.
Many thanks to Frankie for organising a host for our dog, Maggie, whilst we were away this weekend. She is only young and we have never left her anywhere before so were a little apprehensive.
However, Frankie spent a good deal of time getting to know Maggie and her routines, likes and dislikes before matching her with someone well-suited. The whole process was hassle-free and it was reassuring to receive texts and photo updates whilst we were away. Maggie has come home today happy as ever.
I would highly recommend Frankie and Barking Mad as a great home from home alternative instead of kennels and would be happy to use them again.
My dogs Tia and Brodie did an overnight stay with a host ready for their 2 week stay when I am away. I was overjoyed with the communication throughout everything, as I have never left them before. When they returned home you could tell they had really enjoyed themselves and were content. Barking Mad has been great and I have got complete peace of mind when I go away for 2 weeks and don't think the dogs will care as they will have a great time!
Posted by: Mel Pearce on 7th Mar, 2015
Ralph stayed with Frankie for 5 days while I was away over Christmas. This was the first time for Ralph & me to be parted from each other so I was stressed to say the least. After meeting Frankie it became apparent that my little Ralph was in very trusting hands and I felt relieved that I had chosen "Barking Mad". I had regular updates also pics of walks Etc! I highly recommend Frankie, 10/10 !! I will be booking Ralph in again for his next stay while I'm on holiday.
Thanks so much Gail & Ralph Xxx
Posted by: Gail Jones (Ralph) on 3rd Jan, 2015
I had never heard of Barking Mad until it was recommended to me by a friend and I am so glad they did.
We had a fantastic holiday knowing that Coco our Labradoodle was in good hands. Frankie was very friendly and professional which made us feel very confident.
Hope to see you again soon on our next holiday!
Shadow has just had his first holiday with Barking Mad, Frankie was very professional and made us feel completely at ease. We received texts to let us know that Shadow had settled in and a lovely postcard telling us all about his holiday when we got back. Sounds like he had a better holiday than us! He came back home to us happy and rested which is priceless to our peace of mind. I will definitely be recommending the Barking Mad service to family and friends.
This is the first time we have used Barking Mad. We have been impressed by their professionalism and thorough service. Sparky and Mutley had a lovely time with their hosts and returned with a photo album which let us see what a lovely time they had. I will definitely use Barking Mad again and would recommend them to everyone. Frankie was very efficient and made us feel confident which meant we went on holiday without any worries about leaving our dogs.
Happy New Year to you all!
Now that Christmas is long forgotten and you are thinking of lying in the sun don’t forget to book your dog in for their holiday especially if you have a favourite host as we do get booked up early especially for the summer months.
Here at Barking Mad Manchester we had a great festive season with lots of dogs enjoying the comforts of a home from home Christmas and New Year’s Day. I want to thank all my hosts for giving your precious pets a great holiday experience and of course TURKEY !! Here are a few dogs getting into the Christmas spirit:
Maisie Heidi John
Barking Mad Manchester would like to wish all our customers, host families and friends, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We have had a busy year organising lots of very happy holidays for dogs, in the Manchester area and matching up lots of lovely dogs with our equally lovely host families. We have received many fantastic reviews and we would like to let you know that we really appreciate and value your feedback.
I am pleased to let you know that Joanne has joined the Barking Mad Manchester Team this month. This is her having a cuddle with Rolo, nobody can resist a puppy. Joanne has had dogs all through her life and at the moment has a Chihuahua cross Jack Russel called Eddy who is very cute and irresistible.
A lovely example of the friendship you make when you join our Barking Mad Host team.
Well it is not all about the dogs this month, as my dog mobile turned into a bird mobile for the afternoon. I was in touch with one of my long time host, Hilary and she asked me would I know of anyone that would like to rehome to Zebra Finches. Well as it happens I have another host Pat who loves birds, has a lovely aviary outside as well as a couple of beautiful cages inside and would love to rehome the Zebra Finches.
Here is a couple of pictures of the beautiful birds.
August and September 2016
What a fantastic summer of holiday bookings we have had and I would like to thank all my host families for all the great holidays that they have given to the dogs and of course all my regular customers that have now used Barking Mad Manchester twice or in some cases even more. We have all had so much fun, me, the hosts and the dogs. Here are a few pictures of some of the dogs that have been out this summer.
Peppa the French Bulldog with hosts Zoey the Pug with our host Emily
Dominic and George
Olli the Great Dane Poppy the Cocker Spaniel
Barking Mad Re-Sale Opportunity
Do you know someone who would love to run a business working with dogs?
An opportunity to buy a well- established, home based, post-coded territory dog business, which covers the Manchester area is now being placed on the market. With a loyal customer base (bookings already in the diary for 2017) and a fantastic team of Host families this business is truly ready to be taken to the next level.
This business would suit anyone wishing to pursue a career working with dogs, but with the added support and benefits that a franchise and its network provides. The investment risk has been massively reduced as the territory is already successful, profitable and continues to grow.
Day to day roles include meeting new customers and their dogs, meeting new host families, admin, marketing as well as being out and about collecting and delivering dogs in and around Manchester!!!
Please contact me direct for further details Frankie Doig on 0161 798 9711 or email: email@example.com
The Dogs Trust held their annual event at Heaton Park on the 3rd July which was a great success. Barking Mad supplied a lovely cuddly dog toy for the 1st prize in the dog show on behalf of Dogs n Divas, doggy day care.
The north west team of Barking Mad met up this month to share best practice and chat about the business, it was a super day! The sun was shining which put everyone in a good mood, I know I learn so much from my colleagues and I am looking forward to the next one.
Mr Butch had his first holiday with Barking Mad this month, he has a lovely story to tell. His owner received a call from Manchester Dog home to see if she would be interested in rehoming him as she had previously fostered him 10 years previously. He had found a loving family then but unfortunately his owner had died. Good news is that he has come back to live with his foster mum!
We supported the Manchester Dogs Home at the Go Walkies event that took place on Sunday, 22nd June. The whole event managed to raise an amazing £880 on the day. We loved seeing everyone having a good time on the day and talking to lots of doggy people and meeting their fur babies.
What a great weekend at the Barking Mad conference, meeting up with all the franchisees and head office staff.
We had a full day of training, sharing best practices and came away knowing that we all love our jobs and the dogs we look after.
Meet Lulu our youngest ever Barking Mad Manchester holiday goer. She was only 17 weeks old on her first holiday and we all fell in love with her.
Making a dog Easter egg
Don’t be tempted to share your Easter eggs with your canine friend as chocolate is toxic to dogs. Follow our step by step guide to making your dog an Easter treat that is safe for him.
You will need;
Several packets of doggy choc drops
An Easter egg mould
Step 1: Place the chocolate drops into a heatproof bowl. Fill the saucepan with water and place the bowl on top. Warm the water gradually and stir the melting chocolate.
Step 2: Lightly grease the egg mould and spoon the melted chocolate evenly around it. Place the mould in the fridge.
Step 3: Once the two halves have set, fill one side with some of your dog’s favourite treats.
Step 4: Spread melted chocolate around the edge of one half of the egg and stick the second half in place.
Step 5: Once cool, trim away any rough edges and wrap the egg in cellophane and tie with a ribbon. You could also make an extra egg for a friend’s dog too.
REMEMBER! Dog-safe chocolate is a treat and should only be fed to your dog in small amounts at a time.
February the month of love!
Love was in the air this Valentine’s weekend with Barking Mad, you too could have a special four legged friend in your life by becoming one of our wonderful host families. Companionship, love and so much more.
Happy New Year from all at Barking Mad!
As usual the year has started off busy with lots of customers getting in touch to book their dogs in for their holidays. It’s always a good idea to get organised and book your dog in for their holiday when you are arranging yours. We do get booked up, especially at busy times and we don’t want to disappoint your dog. As we always say at Barking Mad….dogs deserve a holiday too.
The run up to Christmas has been very busy with lots of our wonderful Barking Mad dogs out for weekends and a few on holiday for Christmas. Here are a couple of pictures from Christmas day!
Barking Mad also announced the WINNER of our £5000 holiday draw, what a great Christmas present.
Please remember to take part in our fantastic competition what better way to end 2015 than winning £5000 to spend on the holiday of your choice in 2016. If you haven't entered yet then click here for your chance to win.
Always nice to see some cute pictures of our Barking Mad holiday guests so here is Simba and Roxie who had their first holiday with us this month.
Simba & Roxie
St Ann’s Hospice Paws Spooktacular was a spooky success!
On Halloween, over two-hundred owners and their canine friends dressed up in their scariest costumes to attend the event. Batman and Superman were the winners of the Best Dog Fancy Dress that was sponsored by Barking Mad. We all had a great day and everyone looked amazing in the costumes.
Barking Mad Bandana’s
We have been busy this month making our lovely bandana’s which we sold to raise money for St Ann’s Hospice at the Spooktacular event. Nigel and Shadow look very elegant modelling our bandanas.
Had a great day in Wythenshawe at the Garden City Festival! Met lots of fabulous people and drummed up a lot of interest in Barking Mad.
Even had a phone call from a potential host who left a message before I got home from the event!! I have now met Maureen and she has joined our wonderful host team and looking forward to having her first four legged visitor.
It was a very busy month this month, I had great fun picking up and returning all the dogs from happy customers and very happy host families. I thought it would be nice for you to see some of the fantastic dogs that were out on holiday with us.
Jura Cydney Cacho
Rita & Ryan Poppy & Max Molly
We love working with and recommending local business, here are a list of fantastic people we think you might like to hear about:
Looking for a cat sitter, check out this facebook page:
Paws for Thought Dog walking service:
Doggy Day Care
Dogs and Divas - Whether you need daycare for work or you are just shopping at the Trafford centre please check out. They have two venues and also do doggy grooming
Bean & Bear Little Dog Day Care - As the name suggests they specialise in little dogs and are based in Didsbury. Check out their facebook page
Paw the Love of Dog - As well as doggy day care they also do dog walking and collection and delivery at very reasonable prices. Check out their website
Buchanan Veterinary Group http://www.buchananvetgroup.co.uk/
Dog Groomers - Hot Dogs Professional Dog Grooming Salon, 501 Barlowmoor Road, Chorlton, M21 8AG, Mob: 07476 011101, you can also find them on Facebook
Dog Walking Services - Wagtales, For professional Dog Care, Mob:07530 591469, website: http://www.wagtalesonline.com/
Dog Store - Betty & Butch, the famous dog store, 503 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester, M21 8AQ Tel: 0161 881 8864 http://www.bettyandbutch.co.uk/