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A lovely opportunity at the end of September to meet up with some of our hosts and go on a great dog walk and back to the pub after for a drink and cake. We love getting together for a chat and catch up.
Just like the mixed weather we had over the summer with rainstorms and boiling hot days, we had equally mixed dogs out on Barking Mad holidays - from dogs who have been on many holidays to dogs who came on holiday for the first time; from tiny dogs to big dogs. But the one thing they all had in common was enjoying a great summer holiday with our fantastic hosts.
If you would like your dog to join in the fun call us to register them now so they can enjoy a Barking Mad holiday - 01634 817405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like to join our host community? Like to have a dog to stay when it suits you - do get in touch and we would love to have a chat.
A very hot month for us all, with our dogs on holiday being kept as cool as they could by our fabulous hosts. Early morning and late evening walks had by many.
How happy were Rosie and Lilly to be back on holiday with Marge? They all had such a lovely holiday and are coming on holiday again in August.
We are looking forward to many happy holidays over the summer months - if you haven't yet booked with us do get in touch before you make your own booking to see if we have availability for the dates you are looking at - email@example.com
We have our brand new look for Barking Mad Maidstone. New look cars and new look uniforms - and the same excellent service as always.
Looking forward to seeing our lovely doggie friends out on holiday over the summer.
If you haven't booked yet don't leave it too late - do get in touch if you are planning a summer break. We do have availability but best check dates with us first - email Victoria and Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org
A brilliant Easter holiday - perfect sunshine for our Barking Mad Maidstone host walk on Easter Sunday, followed by drinks and cake at the Robin Hood pub.
And lots of Barking Mad dogs enjoying fantastic April holidays. Look at Ziggy enjoying his fabulous walks on his holiday with Paula.
Spring sprung in March and our Barking Mad dogs loved the sun.
Billy had a great time being back on holiday with Colette again - look at him enjoying himself in Colette's beautiful garden.
And Sheila was delighted to welcome Sapphire back on her holidays and they enjoyed some gorgeous walks in the sunshine.
Don't let your dog miss out - book their Barking Mad holiday so they can join in the fun.
February has got off to a flying start - lots of new customers booking with Barking Mad Maidstone so their dogs can share the experience of the best dog holidays. Old and young, small or big we are happy to offer brilliant holidays to dogs of all shapes and sizes. Do get in touch soon to register.
We hope you are enjoying our Barking Mad Maidstone facebook page - do take a look and like!
New Year resolutions fading fast or still going strong?
However you are doing it is a great time to be planning those all important holidays.
And nothing can be more important than your dog having the best holiday too.
Do get in touch with your holiday dates as soon as you can so we can get your best friend booked in for their Barking Mad holiday.
A great host party on 10 December with our brilliant hosts, at the Command House, Chatham. A chance to get together and join in a dog walk afterwards.
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas......
Barking Mad Maidstone were delighted to have a stand at the Bearsted Christmas Fair on 26 November.
We held a raffle with 5 gift sets of boxed dog postcards and knitted animals (knitted and donated by our lovely host Wendy) - and a first prize of a Barking Mad registration and 2 day holiday - the lucky winners have been notified (with thanks to Barking Mad Royal Tunbridge Wells for offering the prize to the winner who lives in their area).
All proceeds from the raffle and a donation for each dog decoration are going to Rochester Wisdom Hospice - we raised a total of £72.00.
Sunday 9th October saw us setting off on a lovely host walk from the Robin Hood Pub. We were so lucky with the weather - it was beautiful - and perfect for seeing the stunning local views. Then back afterwards for cake and drinks sitting in the sunshine. Happy dogs, happy hosts, happy days!
Barking Mad Maidstone are delighted to welcome new and regular doggy friends alike.
We have many regular customers who come on holiday throughout the year, every year. Flo first registered with Barking Mad Maidstone in 2013 and has come out on loads of holidays with us since. She is such a beautiful dog.
Tilly first registered with Barking Mad in 2012 and this year came back out on holiday with us for two holidays, and had a fabulous time. Tilly certainly enjoyed her action packed holidays. Look at how gorgeous she is.
And look at one of our newest customer Olive - how happy are we to have registered her and we can't wait for her sleepover in October!
What a Barking Mad summer we have had! Lots of lovely dogs enjoying brilliant holidays with our fantastic host families.
We have welcomed dogs back on their annual summer holidays and new dogs have joined in the fun. New friendships have been made (like Rusty on his holiday with Oscar) and lovely experiences shared .
An extremely enjoyable day was had by the Barking Mad Maidstone team on 5 June at the Bearsted Fun Dog Show. Beautiful weather, brilliant dogs, lovely owners and lots of fun. Thanks to everyone for coming to our stand - we loved meeting you all, and look forward to welcoming new hosts and customers.
Barking Mad Maidstone are looking forward to joining the Bearsted Fun Dog Show on 5 June.
Do you love dogs? Would you like to have friendly dogs come and stay when it suits you? Come along and speak to us on 5 June about becoming a Barking Mad host.
Barking Mad Maidstone are delighted to be proud sponsors of the Rochester FC Under 12s team. The boys have had a great season.
Fantastic Barking Mad Maidstone host Easter Saturday walk, and cake and drinks after at the Robin Hood pub. Maybe not the lovely sunshine we were hoping for but we had a great time!
We had lots of happy Christmas and New Year bookings - look at some of the gorgeous dogs who had the best Christmas and New Year with their Barking Mad hosts.
The New Year has seen lots of bookings coming in - do book your doggie friends their Barking Mad holiday as soon as you know your own holiday dates - or get in touch before you book if there is a specific host you would like. Call Stuart and Victoria on 01634 817405; email email@example.com or for your convenience, provisional bookings can be made on this website - simply log in with your user name and password.
We look forward to seeing regular customers back in 2016 and welcoming new customers.
We had a great Christmas party at the Robin Hood Pub in December with the fabulous Barking Mad Maidstone hosts.
The Barking Mad Maidstone team were out in force at the RSPCA Big Walkies sponsored walk event at Mote Park on 11 October, and were pleased to contribute a prize from Barking Mad for their raffle.
It was a great event; raising money for a good cause and we met some lovely dogs and their owners and we all enjoyed the challenge!
We were pleased to welcome many more customers, and hosts on board over the summer. Our hosts have enjoyed having regular and new doggie friends to stay and customers have been really happy with the fun filled holidays they have had.
And of course our very first Barking Mad Maidstone Bride and Groom!
(Photos courtesy of Surrie Reynolds, Wedding and Events, 07803 748836 or 07803 748836)
We had a brilliant afternoon at the Friends of the Vines, Rochester, Cherry Picnic on 11th July 2015. We donated money to MacMillan and met some lovely people with some gorgeous dogs who we hope will become Barking Mad customers soon.
We had a great afternoon at the Maidstone and Weald Samaritans 40th year celebration event on 27th June 2015. The sun shone, the music played and we raised money for the Samaritans by a Pick the name of the Dog game, when these lovely hand knitted dogs made by our super host Wendy were won by lucky winners, and a pick a lucky card where customers won doggie prizes.
2014 was a busy year - my first running Barking Mad - and what a brilliant year it has been. I have met many fantastic dogs, great customers and have been privileged to get to know the many wonderful Barking Mad hosts.
Meet the team
Either Stuart, Victoria,Mariam, Phil, or Jim will come and collect your dog at the start of their holiday and bring them home after they have enjoyed a break with their host family. We look forward to seeing you in 2015.
Mariam and Phil
In December 2014 we had a great Host party - bringing together many of the wonderful people who look after your fabulous dogs. It was a great opportunity for hosts to meet and swap stories and for us to thank them on your behalf for looking after all your dogs so well throughout the year.
Paws in the Park
In September 2014 we had a brilliant couple of days at Paws in the Park. The Hedges family from Penenden Heath won the prize of the massive dog in the Guess the dog's name competition, and we were pleased to have donated over £80 to Kent Greyhound from donations received to enter the competition. We met many new customers and a few people are now signed up as hosts for Barking Mad.
Wonderful hosts, Jim and Debbie, took this great photo of visiting dogs Stan and Jess (on the left) with their own lurchers, Tammy and Connor, while they were on holiday with them last year. I’m still not sure how Jim managed to get them all to sit still and pose for the camera – but I would guess there were several
Congratulations to Pam McDonald and Dave Toner who were the winners of a raffle prize we donated to the Labrador Rescue Kent Fun Day which raises much-needed funds to support the work of this very worthwhile charity. Pictured is their beloved rescue dog, Bailey, enjoying his holiday prize with host, Rob.
See www.labrescuekent.co.uk for further information.
We love working with and recommending local business, here are a list of fantastic people we think you might like to hear about:
Wigmore Veterinary Centre
Local, well-established vets used by many of my customers.
Sally Grist Artwork
Local artist offering hand painted pet portraits and a gorgeous range of handmade gifts for pet lovers.