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Welcome! And thanks for visiting Barking Mad, we offer dog sitting in the Middlesex area. The expected perception of dog kennels has become superseded by a better option - you no longer need to place your much loved pet in a scenario that you wouldn’t be comfortable leaving them in at your own home. Barking Mad is a better alternative to traditional kennels as the service provided directly by people who will stay with them in their own homes giving your dog a holiday too.
Dogs are pack animals therefore you and your family undoubtedly are a part of that pack. When they don't have their pack around them this can be a stressful time for your dog. By making sure that they still have all of their personal items such as their blanket, bowl and toys around this can really help reduce the sort of anxiety they would otherwise experience. Matching your needs to the right host family is really important to us. We want to make sure that we get it right so that while you are away your dog is having a great time too. Ours is a bespoke dog sitting service, delivered by handpicked sitters who will really take care of your dog while you are away in just the way you like.
All the hosts on our database have been personally vetted by our specialist team to ensure that you and your pet, the customers, have the very best service possible. It's important to keep to a routine and this normally include the time of day they're usually walked and fed. Should your dog requires any special attention such as medicine given they we will assist with this too.
We are Middlesex’s favourite alternative to dog kennels with a number of host people just ready to care for youprecious family pet and our success record proves it. Take a look at what our previous customers say about us in the reviews. People who love their dog are inclined to love our service and it shows. Not only are we close to where you live but we have branches through the UK too all offering a great alternative to dog kennels. For those times you need cover elsewhere we can be there for you.
We seek to keep you well informed while you're away. Your pet will be no doubt be enjoying themselves but our regular updates for you will offer that extra confidence that your dog is being fully looking after. Our skilled dog carers will keep you informed and naturally if you had to be aware of something in an emergency we will contact you as soon as we are able but rest assured our host have the backing of a national chain of dog sitters whose only aim is to give you peace of mind and satisfaction for your dog sitting needs.
Barking Mad was started in the year 2000 because we realised that dog lovers all over the UK were missing a great bespoke dog caring service when they were required to go away for a short while, or even longer. Dog kennels we felt just weren't the best option as we were finding that anytime we used these services our dogs seemed a tad depressed every time suitcases came out of storage. If you are anything like us you'll see your dog as part of your family, a lot of people even see their dog as their child and we fully understand that. Would you genuinely want to put a member of your family in that scenario while you go on holiday?
We have a range of suitable candidates for our hosts and before you pick we invite you to meet with us to discuss your needs. Once you've made contact the rest of the process is very simple but it all starts off with a call or contact form submission. Get in touch today to see what Barking Mad is all about!
|One off initial registration meeting||£42|
|Daily boarding rate||£26.40|
|Daily boarding rate for additional dogs||£21.60|
|Collection and delivery||£42|
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.
CLICK HERE to make an enquiry
A small selection of our lovely host families:
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.
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.
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."
My name is Melissa and I manage Barking Mad Middlesex. I live in Staines-upon-Thames with my family, and we are all crazy about dogs and have a love of animals in general. I have worked for one premium retail business for over 15 years in a variety of management roles, and whilst I have loved every minute of it I was ready for a new challenge. Having been brought up living and breathing all things dog it was a tough decision not having them in our lives more recently due to work constraints, and when the opportunity arose to join this wonderful business I thought I would be Barking Mad not to!
You will most probably be reading this because you are looking for the best of care for your beloved dog while you are away from home, and this is what we offer in so many ways.
Our bespoke service will ensure that both you and your dog’s receive a really relaxing holiday, confident in the knowledge that your dog/s are safe and happy. We take time to really get to know your dog’s unique needs at your home, so we can match them perfectly with one of our truly lovely hosts.
Our host families are very special to us at Barking Mad, each host is carefully selected and their backgrounds can vary from teachers on school holidays to retired and missing a four legged friend about the home.
It can be a difficult decision deciding what to do with your dog’s when you are away from home, we really understand this, please give us a call so we can explain how we work and help to put your mind at ease. We often arrange little sleepovers so you can be assured she/he is settled with their host family.
If you're thinking about hosting for us then we would be delighted to hear from you so please call us on 01784 390263.
Looking forward to hearing from you and meeting your beloved friends! Melissa
Just wanted to say that when Minnie came back to us after two weeks with Beryl while we were on holiday, she seemed VERY happy and relaxed, and she seemed like she had been away on holiday. She even came back with some dog chews that Beryl must have bought for her. It was so lovely to think that someone had taken care of our little dog just like we would. Thanks so much, and we will definitely recommend you,
Thank you for providing such a great service! Don't know what would do without you!
We were very happy to entrust Melissa with sending Elvis on his doggie holiday this year. This is the third time we have used Barking Mad and we are very happy with the service we receive. Elvis is a very friendly dog, who would much rather be with a family than in a kennel, so this suits him perfectly. He has been back to the same people 3 times now, and I believe he treats them as his second family, remembering their house when he returns. We also receive a lovely letter each year from the hosts, saying how much they love having Elvis with them. Having a photo sent by Melissa to show that Elvis is happy and settled is always reassuring to receive too before you go on your holiday.
I will be using Barking Mad and Melissa next time we will be off on holiday, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend her, especially as you can see she genuinely loves all the dogs she deals with.
Poppy has recently returned from a great holiday with Barking Mad. Melissa made a great match for Poppy with Jan, Steve and her new friend Ollie! Poppy went off happily and returned home just as happy. I was updated with texts and photos of Poppy having a fun time. I am so confident that Poppy was truely cared for as well as at home and she just loves the Barking Mad team, I have already booked another holiday for next May secure in the knowledge that Poppy will be happy to go and have a great time. I would definitely recommend using Barking Mad and so would Poppy! Thank you so much x
I would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU for Sue for looking after Milo this summer! I could see that he had had a great time with his best friend Saffie! It is such a relief to be able to go away and know that Milo is in such a good hands.
This is our first experience with Barking Mad and I can't rate it highly enough! Our 4 and a half year old cockapoo, Lola, is very much a home buddy and I was dreading this summer because I didn't know what to do with her whilst we were away. I came across Barking Mad by chance and I'm so grateful I did! From the word go, Melissa was amazing - warm,caring, reassuring and accommodating. She clearly understands and cares for dogs (and their owners!) and put effort into finding a good match for Lola! We arranged a sleepover first with her hosts and Lola went off very happily with Melissa and returned happy too! Her main holiday with Peter and Christine was fantastic! Lola came back very happy (and very clean!!) and we are certain that she was extremely well looked after! Melissa sent some updates and photos to reassure us, and these were really appreciated! I honestly can't thank Melissa and Lola's hosts, Peter and Christine, enough for looking after us all so well! It's so reassuring to know that Lola was with people who liked her and cared for her! I'd recommend Barking Mad to any dog owner who wants their dog to be looked after just as well as they are at home!
Could you please pass on my thanks to Elisabeth for looking after Simmy so well.
She seems really happy and relaxed and looks really well after her holiday so she has obviously been really well cared for. It makes going away that much easier and stress free and hopefully she will want to look after her again.
As usual we were delighted with Tiggy’s care! She seemed to have a great time and we do appreciate the lovely note that they sent too.
When Max our miniature schnauzer came home, he was happy, healthy and obviously well looked after during his 2 week holiday. For us, Barking Mad has been a wonderful alternative to kennels and suits Max's friendly, sociable nature. It was clear Max settled nicely into a family setting where he got attention, affection and plenty of walks. Perfect! Posted by Sally
Roxy stayed with Chris for 6 days and loved it. I am so pleased I have found barking mad Melissa and her team are friendly, approachable and you can see they love dogs. They pick her up (and she was excited to see them) and dropped her back home!!!!. Have already booked roxy in for her next stay with Chris. Thank you all so much Ann and Roxy Posted by Ann
This is the first time we have used Barking Mad.
Jasper who is a 19 month old cocker spaniel had a sleep over, before we embarked on our two weeks holiday. Jasper had a great time with the chosen host.
Jaspers routine, likes and dislikes were taken note of.
Two days before he had his holiday, Jasper needed to visit the vet.
Melissa reassured us that Jasper would be looked after. We were kept informed on how he was whilst we were away..
We can't fault anything about Barking Mad. We will be recommending barking mad to our friends and will use them again.
Surrey Posted by Robert
We were very happy to leave our precious Dibs in the care of Barking Mad. Melissa inspired confidence with her caring and reliable manner and we knew she would only take Dibs somewhere she would both looked after well and enjoyed. Before I found Barking Mad I thought we would never go abroad again there is no comparison between their services and those of a kennels. Posted by Annette.
I was so glad to have been able to put both dogs with the same hosts and they all had a fabulous 2 weeks I hear....we were so reassured that they were in good hands and had lots of attention! Just the nicest holiday without worries about the dogs' well -being and getting them dropped off this morning by Melissa was wonderful- will be using the Barking Mad service again! thanks
Our Irish Setter Oberon is so pleased we use Barking Mad for all his holidays! It has been now 5 years and everytime he sees the barking mad car he just jump on it, very happy and wagging the tail: such a relief for us to see he's so happy to go !
Melissa is amazing, very caring and always available to get in touch during the holiday, again so important for us! Oberon comes back all the time extremely happy and well taken care. He is a quite picky eater and is such a relief for us to know that he is in such a good hands and so loved!
We are so grateful for all what you do for Oberon!!
Sid is eight years old and hates kennels. We were very apprehensive about leaving him with someone else. Melissa came and was so warm,friendly and very thorough in the way that she matched Sid with the host family. It was obvious that she really cares about the dogs and has their welfare at heart.
Sid has now been hosted twice with the same family and happily settled immediately. It was so reassuring to get a photo and texts from Melissa.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Barking Mad
Maureen and Alan
Even though our border terrier, Rudy, can't "speak", it's very easy to tell that she's been well taken care of and has had a great time with Barking Mad while we've been on holiday. After our recent 3 week trip, we were delighted when Rudy returned with a photo album showing her activities, walks and new friends. She resumed her normal routine and habits in our home with ease (a sure sign that she's been well cared for in our absence). Thank you Barking Mad!
Melissa and Barking Mad are totally amazing! This was my first time putting Harvey in a host home, as he doesn't do well in kennels.
Unfortunately Harvey was poorly just hours before pickup and continued to be through the night. Melissa took such good care of him herself to get him well again and host Beryl gave him all the cuddles and attention he needed after that. They literally cared for him just like he was their own.
I have come home to a very happy and healthy little boy and I am already planning his next break! Thank you so much...
When Melissa came to collect Gizmo for the start of his holiday he was quite happy to go with her. I have used Barking Mad many times now and he has always been happy to go off on his adventure. He knows he will be away for a short while but then he will come home again. Melissa had already been to see him previously so he was used to her. Gizmo always goes to the same host family so they are used to him and vice versa. I know I can rely on them to take care of him and he has all the home comforts that he likes. Kennels would be unsuitable for him as he is such a sociable little dog. Melissa sent me a photo of him just before I went on holiday taken in the garden of his holiday home and he looked very chilled out!
When Sue brought him back on our return from holiday he was just his normal self, pleased to see us of course but well and happy.
I would recommend Barking Mad to any dog owners who want an home from home experience for their pets. They can enjoy their holiday knowing their dog will be enjoying their's.
My dog Sophie was very well looked after by Barking Mad. I was very worried about her, as she does have some medical problems mainly associated with her age, but Barking Mad and in particular - Chris seemed okay with it. As Sophie is a 'rescue' and doesn't take too kindly to kennels, I was very keen for her to be looked after in a home from home environment, and I was very impressed. They really do bother with learning all about the dog, and I would happily recommend the Barking Mad service to anyone.
Bertie (8 months) has already been on holiday twice with Barking Mad. Melissa found a great match for him with a family who love Bertie as much as he clearly loves them; he has arrived home from each holiday very happy and very tired from all the playtime he has had with his new canine friend Amber!! A great service where the care of both the dog and owner is put at the heart of things - thank you!
Ginger loved her holiday...and came back to us looking so clean, relaxed and content! It made us feel so much better, knowing that she was having excellent care while we were away. Many thanks to Barking Mad!
Sadie had a wonderful stay. She was very happy to go with Melissa! Hopped right into her car! She had lots of fun with Oska and Melissa sent me an adorable video of them playing together! I always feel very comfortable leaving Sadie in the care of Melissa and the Barking Mad team. Thanks for taking such great care of her while we were away!
I have used Barking Mad for many years and I am always very happy. Melissa is great with providing updates and I know that my dogs are very well cared for. Couldn't do without Barking Mad!
This is the first time I have used Barking Mad and I am so grateful to have found such an amazing service. I was very anxious to leave Maisie with people she hasn't met before but after reassurance and updates from Melissa, I was able to relax knowing she was happy and being looked after by a family who love dogs!
I will most definately be using the barking mad services again and will reccommend it to friends and family!
Thankyou so much!
This is the first time we have used Barking Mad and I'm so happy we did. Our little Westie Nellie
is only 6 months old so we were rather anxious to leave her with anyone whilst we went on holiday for 10 days, however Melissa's caring and nurturing approach reassured me that this was the best option for us and we were right. From the very start Melissa ensured that Nellie's welfare was priority, matching her up with the most suitable host family and arranging a sleepover beforehand. The added touch of texts, pictures and post cards made the experience even more special. Thank you to Melissa, Louise, Paul, Mary and Jamie for taking such good care of Nellie, We didn't worry once whilst we were away as we knew she was in the best hands. We will definitely use Barking Mad again and will be recommending our friends with dogs to do the same!
I'm so pleased with the Barking Mad experience. We arranged a sleepover so our dogs and the host family could get the chance to know one another. Then Scruffy and Kiki went on their proper holiday and we went on ours, happy and relaxed because we knew they were in such good hands. It was lovely to receive text messages and photos to reassure us that all was well. It's obvious that they were both very happy and well looked after, and a big thank you to Melissa and to host Jan for pulling out all the stops.
This is the first time that I have used Barking Mad and I have to say that I am extremely impressed with the service that Melissa and her team provided before, during and after my dogs stay with his host. I was kept up to date whilst away with text messages and pictures which alleviated any concerns. The whole experience was completely stress free. So thank you very much! From two happy beings!
I can't praise Melissa & Sue enough for their fantastic service! Since my first contact with Melissa in September she has made such an amazing job to accomodate the special needs with our Milo and making sure he is well looked after during our Christmas holidays. Milo absolutely loves his host family and adores Saffie - he clearly missed her when he got back home! It is such a relief to know that Milo is in such a good hands while we are away. Thank you so much Melissa & Sue!!! Milo can't wait his next holiday...
I am extremely impressed by the service that I have received from Barking Mad. We have just returned from a 2 week holiday over the Christmas period and are so happy to know that our dog, George, had a lovely time too. Once he got over his excitement at seeing us I think he missed his host family and it is so reassuring to know that he has spent time with people who loved having him and put his well being first. Melissa was great at fitting in around our flights too - and letting us know how George had settled in. I will always use Barking Mad in the future and couldn't recommend the service enough.
Fantastic service. Melissa and her team did themselves proud. They looked after our Benji with the greatest attention, he has come back a very contented dog. I highly recommend anyone considering using kennels to think again and use the Barking Mad team.
Thanks again Melissa and I hope you and your colleagues have a very fruitful and productive 2015.
Smooth and easy as last time! Melissa was also great at accommodating a last minute change of plan which meant having Quincy for an extra day. Thanks so much
Posted by: Lizzie Nicholson on 5th Jan, 2015
Thank you so much for the great and efficient service but most of all for finding such lovely hosts for Harley. As he is still very young we were anxious for him to be well looked after in a home environment and we felt kennels would have made him very unhappy as he is such a sociable dog. He clearly had a wonderful time with his lovely caring hosts and came home extremely happy and clearly very well looked after!
Thank you Melissa and Barking Mad we will be using your services again!
We're so happy that Rudy is well taken care of while we're away. It was especially nice to read the postcard filling us in on her time with the other family. Thank you!
Thank you for looking after Toby for us, he had a great time and we enjoyed our weekend knowing he was safe
Penny and Daisy have just returned from their holiday and I have it on good authority that they had a wonderful time. I will never stop worrying about them but my worry was lessened by your approach, the photos you sent me and the follow up on their second day. I was impressed with their new 'im on holiday tags' and I love the new loyalty programme. I will certainly be collecting paw prints for a free night!
I firmly believe that no dog should be placed in kennels and Barking Mad offer a fantastic alternative with great service.
Thanks for everything, the girls will be back next year!
Jeni and David
The service was great. Melissa was punctual and informative about Quincys stay with the host family. I felt confident that she had placed our dog with an appropriate family and the process was thorough and efficient.
I look forward to using Barking Mad again!
Hattie thoroughly enjoyed her Barking mad break and we enjoyed our time away safe in the knowledge that she was well looked after. We loved receiving the photos and updates and, as Hattie is still young, we also appreciated the effort that the hosts made to continue her training. We are now free to enjoy our holidays and have found the solution that works for Hattie and for us!
Thanks for taking good care of Comet. It was the first time we have used Barking Mad and we will be using you again in the future.
We've been using Barking Mad for nearly six years and the service has always been excellent, I've recommended Barking Mad many times. Our dog, Mojo, is always very happy to go on her 'holiday'. Thanks again for the great service.
This was our first experience using Barking Mad. After meeting with Melissa, I felt very comfortable leaving Sadie in your care. I appreciate the time and effort you took to place her in the right home! I also appreciate that you were able to place her given I gave you short notice! Sadie was very happy when she came home which tells me that she was well looked after and cared for while we were away. I really appreciate that you sent pictures of her and made sure she was settled before leaving her. I will definitely call you in the future when we need some one to care for Sadie when we are away!
Thank you for making sure Winston had such an enjoyable time with his temporary family. It is reassuring for us to know he was well looked after and made our trip a lot less stressful.
We have been using Barking Mad for 8 years and would highly recommend them. Our dog gets so excited when Mary comes to pick her up and she always looks happy and healthy when she comes home again.
We have been very pleased with the service Barking Mad has provided. Our Golden is always excited when she gets picked up and comes home happy. Also, Mary has been very flexible with our ever-changing travel needs and always works hard to accommodate. Highly recommend Barking Mad for families looking for care for their pet that is beyond the standard kennel experience.
Mary and her team have been amazing the past few months with watching our little dog and I know she has enjoyed the experience. We've been traveling a lot and I'm very grateful to have found Barking Mad!
We were very pleased by the service provided by Barking Mad and will certainly use them again when we go on holiday abroad.
Scamp has been with Barking Mad on two occasions now, and he can't wait for expedition number 3.
Mary explained the whole process at our first session and all has gone smooth ever since.
Scamps second home is with Ollie over in Slough and he loves the time he spends there.
So now we are saving up hard to enjoy our next break away, safe in the knowledge that Scamp will be enjoying himself too.....:-)
Thank you for making sure Mojo had such an enjoyable "mini break". It is reassuring for us to know she is with "doggie" people and that she is having such a lovely time
A very professional service and our dog was looked after extremely well
Barney came home having obviously thoroughly enjoyed his holiday, so we will be most certainly using you again - very efficient service and Mary has been so helpful - well done
Oh how we have enjoyed the warmer weather this last month! We have enjoyed some marvellous holidays with your dogs, gorgeous walks and great company.
Looking for more HOSTS for our Barking Mad family!
As the holiday season starts I am looking for more lovely Barking Mad hosts, I cover many areas from Staines, Sunbury, Ascot, Windsor, Iver and everywhere in between.
Dog sitting has become more and more popular as it is so rewarding for both hosts and the dogs of course, dog boarding doesn’t need to be hard work, and we only place one dog per household so that there is not worry that they will have to get along with other dogs on holiday.
Maybe you have just lost your own dog and you want some company before committing to getting another, lots of my hosts are retired and like to travel a lot and so hosting fits in perfectly with their busy life as they just let me know when they are free to have a dog on holiday. Also many teachers find hosting just what they need, they can have a dog in the school holidays times which is also when I am at my busiest.
Whatever your situation it is important for you to know that:
1. I only match one dog to one home at the same time (or two if they are from the same family and the host is happy to have two).
2. I only take on friendly, happy doggies so it is a pleasant experience for everyone!
3. I am on call 24 hours a day and go above and beyond to make sure my hosts are happy.
4. Hosts tell me when they are free to have a dog, some only host a few times a year when it suits them, some hosts only have one dog that they have on holiday every time, it is totally flexible to suit you.
5. It is fabulous FUN and very rewarding, for some of my hosts who were feeling a bit lonely before they started hosting, it really has been a life changer.
So if you think dog sitting could be for you just call me for a chat on 01784 390263.
Our Host Party
We had a fabulous Christmas host party at the end of December, fun was had by all! We didn’t have a fancy dress competition but that didn’t stop fabulous hosts Pat and Vernon dressing up!
We held it at the lovely village hall of St Andrew’s in Wraysbury, it is a lovely venue, with a little kitchen area and perfect for parties of up to 40 people. Thank you for letting us have our Barking Mad party there! http://www.standrewswraysbury.co.uk
New Year – New You
We have had record amounts of new hosts sign up to get fit for the New Year. Hosting is absolutely ideal if you want to enjoy the company of a dog and get fit. We have plenty of gorgeous dog’s in all shapes and sizes that adore their walks and will be just the encouragement you need to get up and out again. Saying that, I also have many customers with elderly dogs that like nothing better than to curl up in front of the fire and chill out with you, lovely company for my more mature hosts.
A lovely new vets have opened in Chertsey last year, family run, very friendly and good prices. I have signed up with them and am my four legged friends are very happy! http://www.chertseyvets.co.uk/about-us
Get Ready for Christmas!
We are getting pretty busy already for Christmas so don’t forget to book in quick to reserve fido’s holiday!
For all our current customers we have a special WEEKEND offer for November… 3 nights for the price of 2! So why not treat yourself to a lovely Autumnal weekend away with a cosy log burner and a few lie in’s without the dog’s!
This October we have been running over 9 years in the area, and I have been here for 2 years and I love it even more every day! We now have nearly 200 doggies coming out on holiday with us regularly, I am lucky enough to have 3 gorgeous ladies working on the Barking Mad team and I am going into my third Barking Mad year full of energy and passion to give your doggies the holiday of their life time!
September is Back to School Month… and we need you!
If you fancy having a dog now and again, specifically matched to your needs, age, breed etc. then do get in touch with me and I can go through how it works in more detail for you… it is wonderful though and my host’s will all confirm how much the adore it!
I had a fabulous time this Summer meeting lots of locals at the Summer fete’s and fairs. It was amazing to have so much interest in Barking Mad, from both a customer and host point of view. It was then even more fantastic to sign up some new host families as a result of the fairs and see them enjoying a lovely doggie on holiday before the Summer was out, we had lots of happy faces all around!
I even won best trade stall of the fair at the Englefield Green Fair, presented by the lovely David Furnish (who I did try to sign up as a host… ;-), well a girl’s got to try!)
We would like to thank you for all your support in 2015 and we are very excited about seeing you all and loving your doggies in 2016!
If you already have dates in mind for any trips away, please contact us now to secure a host family. Remember, availability is limited during school holidays, so book now to avoid disappointment. Easter is already getting busy!
We have had some gorgeous new dog's out on holiday recently, from Ruby, a Working Cocker, age 6 months to Mondra, a gorgeous Lab, age 16 years!
Don't forget that if you recommend a friend to Barking Mad we will give your four legged friend a free night's stay, make sure they mention your name when they book in with us.
We have also taken on some wonderful new host families this Autumn/Winter, from retired couples looking for some companionship and exercise! To families who love to host in school holidays and at weekends. It is wonderful to see everyone having so much fun and enjoyment, especially the dogs! Here we are enjoying our Christmas Party!
If you or someone you know would like to host for us then please get in touch! Hosting for us is cheaper than the gym, and much more pleasurable too…
If I haven't given you a reward card to stamp, then please let me know and I will make sure you get one ASAP!
One year in......and what a wonderful year it has been! It has been so lovely to get to know you all! We have been busy taking on fabulous new doggies and gorgeous host families, we have nearly doubled the amount of dogs that we have on the books now and the same with hosts! Thank you so much for all of your support, the tea, coffee and odd glass of wine or two along the way... without you and your love of the dogs we wouldn't be able to deliver the service we do and make so many dog's HAPPY! Thank you x
Dates for the Diary:
Sunday 1st November, 10am - join us for a Barking Mad Host Dog Walk - it is the first proper dog walk we have arranged and I have mapped out a walk of about 3 miles at Virginia Waters, starting at a pub and ending at a pub! Drinks on me at the end... This is chance to meet up with other hosts and have a chat and walk at the same time. Let me know if you would like to join us and I will forward you the details.
Wednesday 16th December, 12pm - join us for a Barking Mad Festive Lunch! For host's only - a chance to have a sit down and relax before the madness kicks in! I will be booking a local pub for a set meal around £12- £15 each, again drinks will be on me, let me know if you would be interested in joining us so I can send you further details and book a table big enough! Christmas Doggies - we are nearly fully booked eeekkk! So if you would like a lovely dog for Christmas or New Year then do let me know...
Recommend a Friend - Whether you have a friend who is interested in Barking Mad for their dog's holidays, or maybe interested in hosting for us, please make sure they mention your name when they contact me as you will receive a monetary reward!
FIREWORKS - fun for us.... scary for our dogs...
Some degree of fear is normal but extreme fear can be very distressing for both the dogs and us. I advise customers not to go on holiday in firework season if their dog gets very distressed, and we will refuse dogs who are known to be highly stressed at this time.
However, here are some guidelines on how to prepare for fireworks for your visiting dogs: Signs a dog is worried about fireworks include: - ears back - excessive panting - drooling - shaking - hiding away - barking
Think like a dog! They are scared by the loud noise but don't understand that they won't be hurt, they will often want to hide away, so you can make a safe den for them as secure as possible.
Shut windows and doors and close the curtains, turn on the TV or music to muffle the sound.
Try to distract them by playing a game or giving a chew.
Walk them in daylight when there is no risk of a firework going off.
Don't punish them for any unwanted behaviour or this will make them more stressed. But some dogs love them - we have many that like to sit in the garden and watch them!
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We love working with and recommending local business, here are a list of fantastic people we think you might like to hear about:
We are a 11-vet practice, with our main medical and surgical centre at Staines, which offers consultations by appointment most of the day and a full range of surgical facilities performing soft tissue, orthopaedic and spinal surgery. We also have three fully equipped branch surgeries at Addlestone, Feltham and our new branch Hampton opening soon. All branch surgeries offer consultations and can perform a comprehensive range of surgical procedures. www.willetthouse.co.uk
A gentle approach to help with back, neck, pelvic and musculoskeletal problems
A lovely new vets have opened in Chertsey last year, family run, very friendly and good prices. I have signed up with them and am my four legged friends are very happy! http://www.chertseyvets.co.uk/about-us
We are pleased to offer a fully self contained grooming vehicle right outside your home. Or why not visit our grooming parlour situated in Charlton Village?
Dog food as nature intended
Essential Pet Foods
– a lovely family run pet shop based in Chertsey and Sunninghill, they even stock their own dog and cat food which is lovely and very competitively priced.
David & Daniel are a father & son team. Pet photographers based in Staines, Surrey.Using professional equipment they can photograph your pet in a relaxed atmosphere.You can have your pet's bespoke photographs taken at their studio or at a choice of location or mix of both.
Daniel has won The Kennel Club "Dog Photographer of the Year under 16s" 2008 David has many photographs published.They regularly work as photographers at Crufts.Their prices are very competitive.You will view all your proof photographs before any payment.