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Welcome to your local Barking Mad! We’re delighted to introduce ourselves, and tell you a little about our five-star rated dog-boarding service in Newark, Sherwood & Kesteven. Our aim is to offer the perfect ‘holiday home’ to your dog by offering short-term dog sitting with personalised care, in a caring home environment provided by dog loving hosts.
Understandably, many dog lovers dislike the idea of having to leave their much-loved pet in a traditional kennel environment. Many dog care facilities involve numerous dogs receiving their food and exercise together in one big group. Little attention can be paid to individual routines and preferences, which can be extremely worrying for owners who are spending time away on holiday or for work reasons. Here at Barking Mad we offer the ideal alternative; we make it our aim to keep your dog’s tail happily wagging while you’re away.
Separation anxiety can be a real worry when any animal is parted from the individuals and objects that make up their regular routine. As any dog lover will be aware, dogs are highly perceptive; just cast your mind back to their reaction when you last picked up your keys to go out, or began to pack your suitcases ready for holidays. Dogs are pack animals, it’s part of their nature, and they live with you as a part of the family group. Sadly, due to the arrangements of human life, it’s unavoidable that at times separation will have occur, and even for a short while it can cause your dog to worry.
Thankfully, here at Barking Mad, the UK’s number one dog care provider, we’ve developed a service that can reduce the stress levels suffered by both you and your dog during the time you have to be away. Your dog will be located with a dog loving host family or individual, who know to follow our strict pet care guidance. We make sure that they feel totally at ease with their hosts, knowing that it’s vital for them to be able to bring their own familiar toys, food and blanket. A few of these home comforts can be truly reassuring and massively reduce levels of stress, soothing and focusing your dogs senses with a few familiar tastes and smells. We make it our number one priority to make sure your dog is a comfortable canine.
Our specialist team of experts make sure to personally and regularly vet each of our hosts, guaranteeing that our customers and their dogs receive the best care possible. We understand just how important it is to adhere to even the tiniest details, so we make sure to put a great deal of emphasis on ensuring that we keep closely to your dog’s daily routine. We understand that being exercised and fed at their usual time is a key feature to your keeping your dog well cared for. We also have a lot of experience in providing any extra attention that your dog may require, such as medical supplements or nutritional care. We have a database full of hosts who are all dog lovers, waiting to offer your pet a top quality short-term stay.
When it comes to finding a dog sitters in Newark, Sherwood & Kesteven, we are recognised as the best option. You don’t, however, need to simply take our word for it, why not take some time to browse through a few of our independent reviews? We ask each of our clients to feedback a little on their experience, with some of their quotes clearly visible further up the page. They really do speak for themselves, with the vast majority calling us a five-star service. It’s true; owners who love their dog, love Barking Mad as well!
We appreciate that you will want to stay informed about your dog’s stay and we provide this chance. We’ll be able to send you some photographs of your dog, as well as their holiday postcard, to provide you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your dog is being cared for well. A few snaps of your dog enjoying their time can really help you to relax and enjoy your time away. Should there be any unforeseen problems crop up, please know that our expert dog carers can handle any additional needs, with 24-hour support on hand.
Barking Mad are proud to provide the best dog care service in Newark, Sherwood & Kesteven, but we’re not limited to just this area. We actually have a network of dog care branches all over the country, so if you’re ever in need of a dog-boarding service in a different area, we’d love to help. Our team of dog carers provide our service for a variety of time periods, whether it’s a day or several weeks.
Barking Mad started in 2000 after we saw that dog lovers were missing a quality dog sitting service. We don’t, unlike many companies, think that a few visits to your home to feed and walk your dog is enough. We know that your dog needs company and attention every day. Our method is simple and starts with a simple call or contact form.
So what’s stopping you? We’d love to hear from you today on 01524 220202, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll begin to provide you and your dog with our ideal care service.
|One off initial registration meeting||£35|
|Daily boarding rate||£23|
|Daily boarding rate for additional dogs||£17|
|Collection and delivery||£35|
Bailey – All ready for his holiday complete with paddling pool!
At the registration meeting you’ll receive one of our exclusive ‘Holiday Doggie Bags’ which you can pack with food, bowls, toys, treats and anything else to help your dog settle in more easily.
We even offer an unlimited luggage allowance at no extra charge!
Host families are given a Pet Schedule detailing all of the information we gathered at the initial registration meeting and we’re on hand 24 hours a day 7 days a week to support them.
We’ll send a photograph of your dog to you as soon as he’s been safely delivered to the host. The very next day we give you a ‘rest easy’ update, so you can then sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of your time away in the knowledge we’ve got everything covered.
On the day of return you’ll receive a fun postcard from the host and we’ll stamp your loyalty card so you can gain points which will entitle you to a free night away.
The best bit for us is seeing dogs happily settled-in and comfortable with their host. We will, wherever possible, be sure to use the same family each time you book a holiday. There are no minimum or maximum time limits we’re here whenever you need us.
Ask for your loyalty card. When your card is full you receive a FREE stay on us! (1 full card = 28 paw stamps).
If you love dogs but can’t commit to the full time financial and emotional responsibility of having a dog of your own, or if you have a very sociable dog who would benefit from visiting guests coming to stay, then you’ve come to the right place!
Our very own host families are extremely special people indeed. They have been selected carefully and interviewed in depth at home to ensure they meet our criteria. We get to know them really well and have worked with many of them for a great number of years.
Who are our hosts
It goes without saying, all of our hosts, without exception, are absolutely dotty about dogs. Some are actively retired people who’ve had dogs all of their lives but now enjoy the freedom and flexibility of caring for dogs on holiday. Others are younger, often with a family at home, where the addition of a visiting dog is great fun for all.
How it works
We’ve done all the hard work so you don’t have to. We think it’s important that our hosts concentrate on looking after visiting dogs and that they are not exposed to, or distracted by a constant flow of potential customers and dogs coming and going. Our hosts are also protected from the awkwardness of dealing with money, insurance and paperwork, so that the enjoyment of looking after visiting dogs remains their focus.
Support 24 Hours a Day – 7 Days a Week
Looking after someone else’s dog is great fun, however from time to time you may need a little local, on the ground support and it’s great to know we’re on hand 24/7 to provide just that.
If you’re interested in joining our fun, dog loving host community to become a pet sitter we’d love to hear from you.
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."
Hello my name is Alex Doy, I live in Newark Nottinghamshire and I run the Newark, Sherwood and Kesteven area of Barking Mad. After many years travelling and living in London, I returned to Newark and decided it was time to get my first dog. Ruby is a Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund that has literally changed my life as only dogs can do!
Barking Mad was the perfect option for me when I wanted to go away as I wanted Ruby to have her own little holiday as well. Knowing that Ruby was still getting all her own home comforts while I was on holiday was a great relief to me. Even though I now run Barking Mad in my area, I still use the service for Ruby. She very much enjoys her time away and loves going out on new walks with the hosts and snuggling up next to them in the evenings. I used to receive text messages to let me know that Ruby was okay which was a really nice part of the Barking Mad service and is something that I now do for my customers.
I couldn’t believe my luck April 2009, when the opportunity came my way to buy a Barking Mad Franchise. I love running the business, and seeing the pleasure that all the dogs bring to the hosts and also seeing the dogs go home happy and content after their holidays!
If you’re eager to know more about either becoming a ‘host’ for Barking Mad or using the service for your own four legged friends, simply call or drop me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.
A solid and reliable service with all our expectations well managed and the reassurance of having our puppy placed with a family that cared and looked after him as if he were their own. Alex is great to work with: very personable and does exactly what she says she will do. A very good first experience
Just wanted to drop a quick note to say thank you. Hero got home from his short break today, we have had such peace of mind knowing how well he has been looked after and enjoyed his break. So happy we found you, we have never left him before and have had such a good positive experience with you and your team. The emails, photos and postcard are such lovely thoughtful touches. Please pass on our thanks to 'Aunty Christine' who looked after Hero for us. Can't recommend your service highly enough.
Thank you xxxx
Have a lovely Christmas and look forward to 2016 - we will be in touch to use barking mad again.
Ronnie has come home from her first 'holiday' very happy! The relief of finding the perfect solution for us and Ronnie is just great! Thank you Alex for your understanding and reassurance and thank you Auntie Christine for caring for Ronnie so well!
As soon as Alex met Brian my dog, getting down on the floor to play with him, it was obvious that his needs were her main priority.
His first 'holiday' was perfect with his indulgent host Christine, and I was kept up to date with texts and photos.
Posted by: Melanie on 11th Oct, 2015
Excellent I was so pleased with the service Alex was great from the registration all the way though sending updates and photos. I was worried as maddie had been though so much the last 3 years but I need not worry she had a wonderful time which made me happy and relaxed on my holiday. I would recommend Alex and Barking Mad to everyone a Big Thank to Kath for looking after my baby.
Excellent service. Our dog had a wonderful holiday. I appreciated receiving photographs and an email to let me know how he was. Would definitely recommend to others.
We used Barking Mad for the first time this summer.
From the initial meeting and registration to when she dropped our dog Buddy back at home after his holiday, Alex was professional and went out of her way to accommodate our needs.
I cannot recommend Alex and the service provided by Barking Mad highly enough. Alex takes the time to understand the needs of her clients and their furry friends and as a result does an excellent job of matching the right host to the right dog.
We will definitely be using Barking Mad again and will not hesitate in recommending the service to all our dog owning friends.
Thanks again Alex for taking on our 3 dogs - a handful all together! They were happy to leave with you, and relaxed and contented when they came back. As we've never left them before it was a bit nervewracking but we obviously worried unnecessarily. We will definitely be using your service again, it was professional and thorough throughout.
As a new customer, I was initially apprehensive about leaving my dogs with someone else. However, my concerns disappeared from the moment Alex arrived at our house. The preparation and interest in my dogs, before they had even been anywhere made me realise that all would be fine and it was!
My dogs have had the most wonderful time at their host family home. It is evident from how happy they were when they came home, that they had been very well cared for. They had been walked, fed but most importantly loved and that was all I needed to know.
I would highly recommend Alex and Barking Mad, to anyone who really wants peace of mind whilst on holiday. To know that your loyal trusted furry friend won't miss you at all speaks volumes :-)
Our little westie Harry seemed to have a wonderful holiday whilst we were away! We felt totally at ease knowing he would be well cared for and fussed over. The regular updates from Alex were great and very reassuring. The service she provided from start to end was excellent. We are particularly grateful to Alex for doing everything she could to accommodate our requirements despite it being a late, last minute enquiry. We would not hesitate to contact Alex again.
I have never been so assured whilst going away on holiday that my 2 elder dogs were well looked after. Alex was very friendly, thorough and informative about the process. The whole family including my children were happy seeing pictures of our dogs and the postcard afterwards was a lovely touch to end the week's stay. I could tell by the dogs behaviour that they had a relaxed time. Thanks Alex we will be contacting you again!
A big thanks to Alex at Barking Mad and host Sue for caring for our basset hound Delilah. The service provided by Alex was great, friendly and supportive. Delilah originally stayed with Sue for a trial period in which we received pictures and updates on what Delilah has been upto. The trial was a success and Delilah went back to stay with Sue again a month after. Whilst we were away Delilah fell ill with a high temperature requiring a visit to the vets. Both Alex and Sue were quick to notice the signs and Delilah was in the vets that morning. Through out this we were receiving texts and phone calls and were constantly kept in the know which was reassuring as we were abroad at the time. When Delilah was brought back to us she was her usual self, full of beans and got the all clear from the vets.
The service Alex provides is fantastic and will be using the service again in the future,
I am so pleased we found Alex at Barking Mad, couldn't have wished for a more friendly, professional and efficient service. Alex did a fantastic job matching Charlie our Staffy to his carer Sue. Charlie was collected at the arranged time and went off to Sue. I received a text with photo of Charlie (looking very happy!) not long afterwards - a lovely touch.
He was brought back to us on the 4th day - a very happy little dog, having been very well cared for and I have no doubt spoilt!! We also had a couple of photos of Charlie given to us whilst he was with Sue and a lovely note also from Sue - thank you!
A huge thank you to Alex and of course Sue (Charlie's carer). We will have no hesitation at all in using Barking Mad again and highly recommend them.
Chris & Charles x
Thank you Alex for being so thorough and professional. It became clear earlier in the year that the kennels wasn't the right environment for our 10 year old Labrador with joint problems. He's had a trial couple of days with a barking mad host and came back full of beans. The tell tale sign that he enjoyed himself was that he didn't sulk for several days when he got home. The photo and postcard was very much appreciated. He's already booked in for his summer holidays in August! A big thank again. Liz and Kevin Stones
Toby had a lovely weeks holiday with Kath & Andy, he had lovely walks and lots of cuddles especially with Andy on the settee. A big thank you to Alex who made it a fantastic experience for us all and help relieve our worries by text messages and photos and the postcard.
We will be using Barking Mad again and would recommend it to all dog lovers and especially for those dogs that hate the kennels
Thanks Alex, Kath & Andy x
Big thank you to Alex for finding Bella the perfect hosts for her first of many visits with Barking Mad. Bella returned home happy and contented, which was a relief for me as I'm very protective of Bella and felt that putting her in kennels wasn't an option as she is a rescue dog and has issues with other dogs. But after talking with Alex I felt comfortable enough to let Bella go on her little holiday, I would recommend Barking Mad to anybody.
Posted by: Yvonne Calvert on 13th May, 2015
We were both delighted with our experience of Barking Mad.
It was much appreciated that Alex Doy was able to find a wonderful host for our golden retriever Oscar at such short notice.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Barking Mad to others.
My lovely boxer Poppy has just returned from her holiday with Claire and her family. If she could speak I am sure she would say "it was fab". She looks so well. Alex did a great job with matching us up with a perfect host family. It was great to receive regular texts and photos of Poppy enjoying herself. I would highly recommend Barking Mad, a wonderful service. Poppy is looking forward to her next stay. Many thanks.
I am so pleased I found Barking Mad, it meant I could go away knowing Riley would be safe, warm and well looked after, getting lots of fuss and love. I do think that he is missing Nora and Ged but hopefully will see them again in the future. Thank you Alex, Nora and Ged.
We would like to give a big thanks to Alex for arranging Bonnie to stay with Claire. Alex was recommended to us by a friend and as we have a complex dog, blind deaf and dementia we were surprised that someone could accommodate us, which we are truly thankful for. There were difficulties with her settling and we had a plan "B" in place, just incase. Alex kept us informed of her progress and thankfully she settled.
Alex was very professional and arranged everything and I would thoroughly recommend her. I just wish we had found her sooner than wait until Bonnie was 14. Claire deserves a big medal
We were very happy with the comments from Jo-Toffee's host. He has settled back home very well and we were very impressed with overall service that you provided.
We have just successfully trialed our Dalmation-cross Charlie who has been to stay with his good friend Tiddly who he has met when Tiddly had been to stay with us. It's always a worry whether your dog is pining for you but by all accounts Charlie really enjoyed his stay and has really taken to Helena and Paul. Everything was perfectly arranged by Alex and it is so nice to know we can look forward to a holiday and know that Charlie will be happy and well taken care of.
We had a personal recommendation to try Alex & Barking Mad-so glad we took it!
Jessie returned from her weekend away as happy as ever!
We suspect she will have rather enjoyed being with Jo and have one- to-one girl time and lovely off-lead walks.
A friendly,personal efficient service from Alex.
Jessie wants us to go away again soon!
I cannot thank Alex and Barking Mad enough for the wonderful time provided to my Jack Russell Casper.
The care and attention to detail from the registration session right through to Casper's return to me was just brilliant.
I was a bit concerned at how he'd get on with his host, but I need not of worried. In fact, he looked a bit cheesed off on his return....which says a lot about the great holiday he had!
I will certainly be using the service again in the near future, knowing my dog will have the time of his life, and I would recommend Alex without hesitation.
Cannot fault the service and care taken to accommodate myself and my dogs needs. Well done for such an excellent service.
Thank you, for your patience and understanding towards ourselves as over protective dog owners and Fudge our energetic, care free Lakeland Terrier.
We did worry but needless to say Fudge thought the trial holiday and her real holiday with Host Karen, her family and Cooma their dog was great fun, and not stressful at all.
Photos and initial texts of fun and games had by the dogs made it so much easier for us to relax and enjoy our time abroad.
Are we glad we use Alex and Barking Mad - Yes
Did Fudge return home Happy & Healthy - Yes
Would we use them again - Oh Yes.
Thank you again, next holiday being planned.
Having tried Barking Mad I wouldn't now contemplate using anyone else. Alex very thoroughly took the time to find out about Jess' personality, her likes and dislikes, and how she/we live to match her with a perfect host and home. Jo our hostess, sent us an update and information which put our minds at rest, leaving us to enjoy our holiday knowing that our beloved Jess was being cared for and contented. She came back clearly happy and waggytailed. The pick up and drop off service is very helpful and just adds to the ease of the whole experience. Thank you guys.
Our 2 dogs,Nellie (11) and Maisie(5) have just had 4 nights on holiday with hosts Kath and Andy. We were attending our daughter's wedding and it was impossible to take them. We needn't have worried, they returned bright eyed and bushy tailed looking very happy with life. We have now booked a 2 week holiday in Jan 2015 as we know the dogs will be happy. It is not the cheapest doggy care in the world but we know there will be nothing to worry about and our dogs will have a great time too. I would like to thank Kath and Andy and highly recommend Barking Mad as it gives peace of mind while the owners are away.
Thank you Alex for introducing our dog Sally to her host 'auntie Jane'. Your regular updates while we were away were a great comfort and a huge reassurance. When Sally returned you could tell she had been well looked after and cared for. Sal arrived home with a huge smile on her face and had enjoyed her holiday as well! Thank you and we will definitely be using you again.
We had a great experience with Barking Mad. Our dog had never been in kennels before and had just had a shoulder operation, so needless to say we were nervous about him going "on holiday". But we shouldn't have been worried. Barking Mad is a professional dog holiday service that should be your first port of call when looking for your dog sitting needs. We will certainly be using them again. Dexter can't wait to see Cooma again!! Posted by Jodi Chapman
Wow! What a fantastic experience! Beau, our 9 month old whippet x greyhound, went to stay with Cath and her husband and truly had a holiday with them! We even got a postcard at the end!! Alex was totally brilliant, she spent ages going through everything with regard to Beau's routine, personality, likes and dislikes etc, which really put my mind at rest . The whole service we received was outstanding and we'll be recommending Barking Mad to everyone! Thanks so much!
We are absolutely delighted with the service we received from Barking Mad. Alex is friendly and professional and I was impressed how thorough she was during her home visit, and the way she took the time to find out everything about Flo and Charlie's personalities and their individual needs. I felt very reassured talking to her and she explained clearly how Barking Mad works. While we were on holiday, the updates by text letting us know that the dogs were fine were so thoughtful and when Flo unexpectedly came into season during her stay, Alex was calm and reassuring about it. Many many thanks too to Chris and Di for looking after Flo and Charlie so well - they came home happy and relaxed and had clearly had a super holiday! Thanks too for being so good about Flo going on heat and of course for the amazing photos and the postcard.
I would recommend Alex and Barking Mad to anyone and look forward to letting them take care of Flo and Charlie next Summer holidays!
We were very satisfied with our experience with Alex at Barking Mad. She was very thorough and made sure everything was carried out as we requested. Our dog had a good break going by the lovely postcard we received after his stay
Henry and daisy have just come back from their first Barking Mad stay. The high degree of prior preparation made by Alex meant that I felt confident that the dogs would feel at home, with every habit and custom covered in our preliminary meeting.
The dogs went off happily and came back equally happily. They were relaxed and there was no feeling of stress or upset. I can only put this down to the wonderful hosts Kath and Andy who have clearly gone to great lengths to care for them in a home from home. Thank you so much to you both! I feel completely confident in leaving my dogs with them in the future. The photos and card that I received at the end show my happy dogs lapping up the love and attention on their 'holiday'!
After my initial meeting with Alex to register Henley and Izzy I felt very happy about the home boarding. When the dogs left to stay with the host I did feel a little anxious but as soon as I started to receive the updates and photo's about them and how well they were and the fact they had settled I was so relieved and I immediately felt at ease. When Henley and Izzy came home they were just their normal selves so they had obviously been happy and well taken care off. I never thought I would be able to let my dogs go to stay with anybody other than my family, but I have already got dates arranged for their next holiday with Kath. It was lovely to receive the postcard with the wonderful comments and the fact that they were welcome back to Kath's. Massive thanks to Alex for everything and to Kath for taking such good care of my two whippets.
Thanks again for giving Robbie a good time with
Jessica. This being his third time with her and
He came back to us a very happy dog.
Thank you Alex and Barking Mad, will be in touch
next time we go away. With love from Robbie to Jessica xxx.
Spot on service and Bossie seemed very contented on his return. I am sure if he could speak he would be saying great time. The card is a great idea and and makes me know he was well looked after. Thank you to all involved in a happy holiday for all
Seamless efficiency! Doodle had clearly been perfectly happy away on her holidays, thank you!
I was highly delighted with personal service I got from Alex and the way in which she found the perfect host for Max. He came back very happy and I feel very happy to let Max go for his holidays again in August. Thank you Alex and Jane. Posted by Judith Brown
Great Service Alex. I would like to thank John and Jean for taking such great care of our bouncy Lucy.
she seems a little calmer (which is good)it must be John and Jeans influence. thanks again for a worry free holiday. John and Jean will be getting a visit from Lucy again.
This was Archie's 2nd holiday with Barking Mad, with a different host than his first short visit. He was away for 9 days and returned to us fit, well and happy, although a little tired as he had obviously had walks aplenty, which he loves.
We are once again so happy with the service that Alex and her team provides and would love to say a big thank you to Kath and Alan who took such good care of our much loved puppy!
Lorraine and Paul
What a great service. Alex was fantastic and Cassie came home a happy little dog. No more boarding kennels for Cassie.
Alex has been an absolute star. A sudden health change with one of my dogs was dealt with the utmost care and I am absolutely over the moon that both Ruby & Izzy received the love and care that royalty deserves
Highly recommend barking mad,very professional company,I was really worried about leaving my little charlie when I went on holiday, Alex came to my home explained the service that they provided,I registered and booked Charlie in for a few days to see how he dealt with being away, Charlie was picked up and taken to ann his carer for a few days,he came home one happy little dog with his photo of his holiday,the service was carried out as discussed in the registration,so pleased I used barking mad,I can now go on my 2 weeks holiday knowing Charlie will be enjoying his holidays as well,many thanks Alex for making me feel confident in leaving Charlie in your care,also Ann for taking great care of him x
We were really pleased at how well our 2 dogs were looked after by the host family especially considering how different our dogs' needs are. The pick up and drop off were very professionally done and saved us a lot of time and worry. I would highly recommend Barking Mad to other dog owners.
What an excellent service, which gives you complete peace of mind that your dogs are being well cared for whilst you are away. Everything was so quick and easy to arrange, even when I had to slightly change the arrangements last minute, Alex was happy to accommodate my requests, nothing seemed too much of a hassle for her. I really liked the text update to say how they were settling in, meaning you can relax in the knowledge that they happy. Alex is friendly, professional and makes sure that she gets all the information needed to ensure that the dogs are matched with the right family - and one of mine is young and a bit full of himself so not the easiest dog to care for. A massive thank you to Alex and the hosts who cared for my boys :)
Teddie and Gym are typical terriers - lovable but feisty and strong willed - so I was very grateful to Alex for making their introduction to Barking Mad so easy for me! Especially as neither had spent any time away from the family before... they're both seven... and I didn't know how well-behaved they would be. However, kennels were never an option so I was hoping for a good outcome...
I felt that Alex took great care at our initial interview to learn everything she could about the dogs and their quirky characters and habits, and she even phoned their dog walker later on for a second opinion! She was very helpful, professional and positive and I felt fully confident that the dogs would be fine.
In the event, I was really pleased because they came back from their stay with Kath in a very happy and relaxed state of mind... nice and tired from all their walks - and with good 'school' reports! Thank you, Kath... I love them but it's good to know that other people like them too!
I feel very happy and relaxed myself now, as well... as Alex, Kath and Barking Mad have solved my 'dog problem' and I can plan for lots of guilt-free holidays in the future. Thank you again.
I was worried about where to leave my old boy while I was away. He was a rescue dog and is now 14 and very stuck in his ways but Alex settled him with the ideal family who took care of him so well, along with their own dog Jemma. He came back very perky! The break was so good for him that I can't wait to go off and leave him again!!
This is a fantastic service and Alex is both friendly and professional.
I have been extremely impressed by the service from Alex at Barking Mad; Alex's experience showed when she was able to successfully trial our 3 year old rescue Dobie with a host family and their dog at first attempt. Tiddly had a great time with his host family, who obviously handled him with kindness and consistency. Anyone who has had a rescue dog will be aware that they are hard work and don't always get over their issues. Alex's attention to detail and hosts Chris and Jane's dedication really showed when Tiddly returned having clearly enjoyed himself and not one bit put out at having been away! I would highly recommend Barking Mad, especially if you have a dog with issues!!!
From past experience with our previous dog, John and I did NOT want to put Tess into kennels whilst we went away. A 'home from home' was the ideal solution and 'Barking Mad' has more than fulfilled our expectations. Although a bit more expensive than kennels, we would gladly pay that bit extra, knowing that Tess would be happy and well looked-after. She came back a very happy dog and showed no signs of distress, unlike our previous dog who had stayed in kennels. We have booked Tess in for another few days in August and have absolutely no doubts that she will, again, be happy and well cared-for. Also, having Alex collect and deliver Tess is less stressful for her [Tess] and us. The whole process, from start to finish. has been excellent and I have already spoken to one of my dog-walking acquaintances about 'Barking Mad', as she was hoping to go abroad on holiday, minus dog. She was very interested in what we had to say.
I would like to thank Jean and John very much for making Harry and Gracs's holiday so nice,They went on lots of walks and where given lots of love and attention,they have been perfect hosts.I would certainly recommend Barking Mad to anyone,we were able to enjoy our holiday as well without worrying about them,thanks again.
Janet and Sam.
I was very impressed with the professional and friendly service I got from Barking Mad. Tipsy, had her first two nights with Wendy, Jim and their two dogs, she came back very tired but was obviously well looked after, and I am sure she thoroughly enjoyed herself. She is already booked for her next holiday. A big thank you to Alex and everyone involved for the photos and a stress free and worry free weekend.
DEXTER HAD THE TIME OF HIS LIFE WITH A LADY CALLED JO. HE WENT IN THE KENNELS BEFORE THIS BUT NEVER AGAIN! ALEX SORTED EVERYTHING OUT FOR US SHE WAS VERY PROFESSIONAL IN EVERY ASPECT OF HER JOB.
Archie our lively mixed terrier puppy has just had his first holiday with Barking Mad, and seems to have had a wonderful time with his stand in 'mum and dad' .
A big thanks to Alex for everything running so smoothly, just as she described.
We are all so happy with the service, Archie included, that we have just booked our next holiday, so we all have something to look forward to!
I can't recommend Barking Mad highly enough, the whole process was excellent and we felt totally reassured that our treasured dog Lulu would be well looked after. Post holiday we've come home to a very happy dog! I'll certainly be spreading the word.
We adopted Maxxy from the Dogs Trust in November 2013 and (like many other Barking Mad customers) we didn't want to put him in kennels after the experiences and disruption he had already endured. We wanted to "break him in gently" for our holiday in June this year and (after searching on Google) found Barking Mad and Alex!
Alex spent time with us, assessing Maxxy in his home environment and finding out about his needs, habits and preferences. She then placed him for a 3-day trial holiday with Jo.
Suffice it to say that Maxxy's "holiday" was a resounding success and he is booked in again for June.
Barking Mad is the perfect solution for us and very well run by Alex. It is so comforting to know that our pet is having as good a time as we are!
Thought the service was excellent,Bobs came home a happy dog.
I recently used Barking Mad for the for the first time, for my two dogs Lottie and Finn. It was a very last minute holiday booking but Alex was extremely friendly and accommodating, and tried her upmost to find a suitable host within the time constraints. She was even due to go away herself a day or two after I first contacted her, but she rushed about to squeeze me in for our initial meeting to find out all teeny tiny details about the dogs! I left for my holiday feeling confident that my two would be looked after as if they were at home and was reassured by a lovely text from Alex once I had arrived, to say they were fine. The dogs had a lovely week doing all their favourite things with their new holiday family, and strolled back into the house completely relaxed! I loved reading the postcard from them and seeing the pictures, showing what they had been up to. A truly fantastic service - confident I can go away in future and have 100% peace of mind that my dogs are happy! Have told all my 'doggy' friends - thank you!!
I contacted Alex because I was worried about Lol going back into kennels after her experience last time which cost me £55 at the vet. As a result I was able to go away for a few days without worrying. She was a little subdued when she came home, but I soon got my old dog back!
I had to arrange alternative arrangements for someone to look after our newly acquired rescue dog after our friends who where going to look after him (otherwise we wouldn't have got him so quickly before our holidays) couldn't, due to family circumstances. I found Barking Mad's advertisement whilst looking for an alternative to kennels, having just come from one it wouldn't have been fair. She was a star she arranged a 'dry run' to see if he would settle, he was an unknown quantity, however he tended to tug too much for the first Lady she found, but she took him somewhere else and he settled fine, but unfortunately he had a bad ear which wasn't noticed at the time and Alex picked him up from the foster home and met us at the vets. She was a great help because we were at bit shocked as we hadn't noticed it. Then a few days later she took him to his foster home for us and even took him to the vets for his follow up appointment whilst we were away. We can't speak too highly of the service she gave us and the peace of mind whilst we were away. We now know what to do when we next go away. It is certainly worth every penny. He has know settled back with us and really enjoyed his holiday too. Thankyou Alex you are a star.
Posted by: Gill Smalley on 16th Oct, 2013
Our 11 year old Labrador, Max, was very unhappy in kennels last year so I was delighted to hear about Barking Mad and the host family system they offer. Max had a fabulous 8 days with Sue and came home with pictures and a lovely card telling us what he had been up to. We will definitely be using Alex at Barking Mad again for our next holiday, we can go away and relax knowing he will be absolutely fine. Many thanks. Jayne
I contacted Alex at short notice as we didn't want to leave Zak our 18 month old German Shepherd in kennels, after a hastily arranged successful weekend trial we went ahead and booked Zak in for a 10 day stay. Zak has just returned to us, he was very well looked after by Rob & Rachel , he had a great time with them & their 2 dogs.
I would recommend using Barking Mad to anyone, we were totally reassured that Zak was being well looked after while we were away.
A big thank you to Alex for all her help in arranging things so quickly.
I contacted Alex after our usual home boarder let us down,, and although it was very last minute, she arranged aeverything for us ,even collecting Bess on what should have been her day off. Huge thanks also to Wendy and Jim who looked after Bess for us at such short notice. I know Bess must have loved being with them because she was so calm and contented when she came home. We will have no hesitation in using either barking mad or Wendy and Jim again and would recommend the service to anyone. Worth every penny. Thankyou all.
Very happy with the way the first trial visit went. We have booked 2 more. More expensive than a kennel but so much more suitable
Harvey has undergone 3 major operations since October 2012, the last op being in Jul 2013. With our holiday being in August, we did not feel he was recovered sufficiently to go to our usual pet sitter and Barking Mad was a fabulous solution. Harvey was very well looked after whilst we were away, was given lots of tlc by Daphne his host who also had to make sure he took all of his medication each day. The assurance I received from Alex that Harvey would be well cared for allowed us to completely enjoy our holiday. Harvey came back to us just as we left him, clean, well groomed and very happy. If he could talk, I know he would be telling me what a great holiday he had too. Thank you so much to Alex and Daphne.
We were quite apprehensive leaving Sid our newly rehomed dog for such a long time while we were away. We shouldn't have worried at all! In ran Sid, the happiest dog, who had obviously had an amazing time with his hosts and their dogs. Sid says a big thank you to his hosts and Alex. See you again soon!
This was the first time we had gone away since getting our quite mad and much loved working cocker, Bobby. We could not bear the thought of such an active and loving dog being caged all day and night with only 2/3 short walks as proposed by the kennels we looked at, and someone recommended BM. It was short notice at a busy time but Alex was really helpful in finding Bob a home. She grilled me on the phone and came and met us at our house and I didn't really think that she would be able to find a host that could look after the handful that Bob can be. But she found a great host who absolutely fell in love with him when he came back to was obvious that he had had a brilliant time and had been really well cared for. I got a lump in my throat reading my postcard telling me what a perfect dog I have and how much fun they had together. Impressed me so much I'm now looking at becoming a host myself!
This was our first time using Barking Mad and from the time we met Alex at our house i knew we had made the right decision for Cooper, the company is very well organised and professional and we will be using them again for our next trip away.Cooper is a friendly dog and loves company so im sure he loved Ann's company as much as she enjoyed him being there. I liked the post card and pics too. Thanks again
Not having any previous experience of the service Barking Mad offered I was naturally anxious about leaving our adored labrador (Badger) with strangers. However, the professionalism and care Alex showed in the detail and concern for Badgers' welfare whilst he was out of our care impressed me. On our return it was apparent that Badger had had a great time and had been well cared for. He is already booked in for his next holiday!
I met Alex While out walking with Robbie, She told me she finds host families for the dog, while it's owners go on holidays.
We went on web-site and found it was just what we where looking for, as Robbie was not happy going in kennels.
He was taken to a caring host and came back a happy dog.
We enjoyed our holiday more knowing Robbie was happy on his holiday.
We will be using Barking Mad again and would recommend them to anyone.
Thankyou Barking Mad.
Our gentle old rescued staffie "Polly" has been going away with Alex and her hosts for both long and short holidays since 2007. In August 2011 she was joined by a very naughty rescued Lancashire Heeler called "Tinker". So far Alex has managed to cope with all our requests, sometimes at very short notice, a total of 23 times. There are three more Dog holidays in the pipe line. Both dogs cannot wait to go with Alex and always come back fit and well, thanks to the high standard of hosting. We cannot thank Alex and Barking Mad too much for the peace of mind we have when away from home and our "family". We thank all the hosts, past and present, for looking after our dogs so well.
Thank you Sue for looking after Annie so well. Annie is an adorable dog who has only been with us since November and we were very concerned about where to give her a holiday so that we could know that she was being loved and looked after the same as she was with us.
Thank you for the post card and the update about her and we will be so pleased for her to stay with you again in September.
Thanks to Alex for making the whole process so easy also thanks to Sue for taking care of Louie.
Wish we had discovered Barking Mad earlier and would recommend to anyone who wants total peace of mind. We are happy and Louie is happy...sorted!
We have an energetic lab, Jemma and she loves going on her holidays with Alex at Barking Mad. She has a great time and is loved by the kind hosts who look after her so well ( Jo, Clare and Mike). We have complete confidence in Alex should there be any problems. Thanks to all for giving us piece of mind while we are away.
Lizzie had 4 major operations in 2012. Now she's much better we wanted a holiday but were reluctant to leave her in kennels. Barking Mad was an ideal (though expensive) alternative and it is clear that she was well looked-after - thank you Host Sue.
So happy to have Henry home after his trial visit, but even happier to know that he's been so well cared for, had lots of fun and will enjoy his next holiday as much as we will enjoy ours. Thanks Alex, Jean and John.
Well we have just booked mayas week with barking mad again and can honestly say that our dog gets very excited when she is picked up for her holiday and actually sulks when she comes home , we never worry when we are away as we know that maya is having as much fun on holiday as we are --- would recommend BARKING MAD to anyone and will be using them on alot more occasions
Happy Pet = Happy Owners
Thankyou Barking Mad
It gave us great peace of mind to know Gizmo was safe and loved and that you are there.
Dear Alex. Thank you so much for all your help and please pass on our heartfelt thanks to Julie, Andrew and Audrey. Judging by the photos Roise really enjoyed her stay.
Thank you Alex for all your help. Dogs seemed very happy when we got back. Please pass on our thanks to Di & Chris. (hosts)
Thank you Alex for all your help. Dogs seemed very happy when we got back. Please pass on our thanks to Di & Chris. (hosts)
The service we received was fantastic. I was nervous about Poppy going to a stranger but I needn't have worried, she came home a really happy dog. Should I require a sitter again I would not even consider going anywhere else but Barking Mad. A wonderful service for all of us - Thank you
Thank you for looking after Lucy so well. She was happy and relaxed when she returned. The feedback we received from the hosts Di & Chris was great, along with the photos, it looks like Lucy had a great time
In May I attended my 08th Annual Conference held in the fabulous Lakeside Hotel on Lake Windermere. We had a fantastic day this year with everyone swapping stories and comparing notes of how we run our Barking Mad businesses. There was lots to discuss including the very exciting showing of our very first advert for Barking Mad! It was great catching up with my fellow Franchisee's as we are all so passionate about Barking Mad and the service we provide.
A Christmas party for Staffordshires!
Secret Santa - Bring along a doggy gift up to the cost of £2 and take part in exchanging gifts and joy under the Christmas tree! - Professional Photos
Beverley Perkins a local photographer will be hosting a Christmas photo shoot - £5 standard doggy photo, £10 festive doggy photo and £15 dog and owner festive photo. All proceeds will go to the shelter.
More details to be found on: http://www.rspca-radcliffe.org.uk/
I have been lucky enough to find two fantastic people to join me at Barking Mad to help with the day to day running of the service.
Sue comes with some great doggie experience having worked for the RSPCA for the last 25 years. Chris runs a local branch of Oscar’s Pet Food, so if you require any nutritional advice please feel free to ask! Both Sue and Chris have been fully trained in the art of collection and delivery. Sue is also helping out with some of the admin work.
Having now completed their training they are looking forward to meeting you and your dogs over the coming summer months. We will be able to let you know which member of the team you will be meeting when we contact you, a few days prior to your holiday to confirm arrangements.
In November at the Annual Barking Mad Sales meeting I was very grateful to receive the “Team Titanium” Award from Lee Dancy the Founder of Barking Mad. This award is in recognition of my continued success and business growth with Barking Mad.
It has been a great achievement over the last 7 years to steadily grow the business and continue to provide an excellent service to all my customers. It is an achievement I am very proud of!
The Women’s Institute was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities. Since then the organisations aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK.
The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.
In 2015 WI members all over the country have been celebrating 100 years ……..
I am delighted to say I met with the WI Newark branch on the 14th October and gave a talk on the benefits of hosting with Barking Mad. The talk was well received and interactive and the WI ladies agreed to spread the word to friends and family about becoming a host for Barking Mad.