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April 2017
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.

 

 

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January 2017

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

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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.
                                                 

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Chertsey Vets
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!

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November Deal…
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!

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October Anniversary
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!

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Summer Fun!
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!)

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January 2016

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!

Don't forget you can easily book on-line with our new website, if you haven't created an account on our website yet you can do so by clicking here & following the details.

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!

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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.

Host families

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!
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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!

Autumn 2015

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

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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...

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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!


Please LIKE our page on Facebook to see all the latest news and photos of our doggies out on holiday....

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Local Links

We love working with and recommending local business, here are a list of fantastic people we think you might like to hear about:

Vets

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
www.iverchiropracticclinic.co.uk

Chertsey Vets
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

Dog Groomers

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?
www.mobilemuttcutts.co.uk

Dog Supplies

Dog food as nature intended
www.naturalinstinct.com

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.
http://www.essentialpetfoods.co.uk/

Pet Photography

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.
www.pawprintspetphotography.co.uk