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NR12 9TF
Tel: 01692 584713


Dog Sitting / Sitters Norfolk

Are you trying to find a dog sitter in Norfolk? Then welcome you to our website, we are Barking Mad. With more traditional dog kennels, no more must you place your dog in a confined space for the greater part of the day, only let out to be fed, watered and walked a few times. Here at Barking Mad we wanted to see change for the better, for the welfare of our pets and yours too. Our service is provided by host individuals and families who have chosen to look after your dog, just the way you prefer for you when you have to go away.

All pets or animals will experience separation anxiety whenever they are taken away from their owners and personal items. Dogs are historically pack animals so you and your family are his or her pack. Separations occasionally do have to happen and once they do we are at hand to reduce the effects upon you and your dog. We make certain that our hosts which your pet is put are people that both you and your dog feel comfortable around. Our experience reveals that if your pet has their favourite bowl, toys and blanket etc around them at this time then they experience less anxiety.

We have assembled a sizeable collection of hosts through the years who are able to suit your needs. Getting the same treatment for your dog that you would do yourself is very important and so you can pick from hosts that do or don't already have pets themselves. You can have your dog walked and fed at their normal times too. This is a particularly great service to grant you peace of mind if your dog requires medicine or individual care to be administered as well.

Our reach is UK wide. Not only are we Norfolk’s favourite dog sitters but we're the UK's favourite too. We have branches all across the UK with host families just waiting for the opportunity to care and look after your dog. If you are still having any doubts then be sure to just read our previous customer recommendations and reviews. It's always wonderful to get feedback from customers. Some of the best business is done via word of mouth marketing & recommendations and Barking Mad in Norfolk is no different.

It is our aim to make sure that you are totally informed of things while you are away. Your pet will be no doubt having fun but our regular updates for you will offer that extra assurance that your dog is being fully looking after. Should anything unforeseen ever occur then our expert dog carers will take care of the problem and keep you fully informed along the way. Please rest assured that our national chain of dog carers will do everything possible to ensure things go smoothly.

Barking Mad was founded in the year 2000 when we realised dog owners throughout the UK were missing a great bespoke dog caring service when they need to go on Holiday, away for a weekend, or even had a change in working circumstances. Dog kennels we felt were not the best option as we were discovering that each time we used these facilities our dogs seemed never to be as happy. Like most pet owners, they are one of your direct family, with most people viewing their dog as their own children and we completely understand this. Would you really want to put a member of your family in a cage while you go on holiday or would you prefer him or her to have a holiday too?

Our whole process really is easy and it all starts off with a phone call or a form submission, so what are you waiting for?

Hello and welcome to
Barking Mad Dog Sitting Service

Local Professional Service

Individual Care

Peace of Mind

Alternative to Kennels

Organised Over 80,000 Doggie Holidays Since 2000

Over 70 Local Branches

Our award winning professional pet sitting service gives customers complete peace of mind. We receive fantastic customer feedback which is undoubtedly the result of our belief in developing a personal relationship with our customers – we are not an online agency - so you can be confident that once your holiday is booked, we’ll personally take care of everything.

How our dog sitting service works

It’s really important to get to know you and your dog, especially in the beginning. We’ll come to you for an initial registration meeting which takes an hour, to find out about feeding and exercising routines, likes and dislikes and any other individual needs, so that we can match your dog/s with exactly the right family. No two dogs are ever the same so please don’t worry, we love dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages, pedigree, Heinz 57 or rescue. They can sleep in the bedroom, pull on the lead, or even hide your favourite socks so long as they’re friendly we’d love to meet them.

Selecting the right home from home family is very important and your input into this process is invaluable. We understand you will want to know exactly where your dog is going, so during our time together you will see all of our dog-loving families, what experience they have and what their homes and gardens are like. All of our host families are carefully inspected by us each time we deliver or collect a dog, they are guaranteed to meet our extremely high pet sitting standards. Furthermore our hosts are at home during the day to ensure care is always provided especially where puppies, dogs on regular medication and senior citizens are concerned. If your dog is extremely sociable and you’d like him to have some company during his stay, then we can arrange a holiday with a family who have a resident dog of their own.

We provide a complete service including door to door chauffer driven transportation, a real bonus for busy customers preparing and returning from time away. The main benefit however is for your dog. Being collected from home is far less stressful and overcomes any anxiety which could be caused when left behind by you.

Our Prices

One off initial registration meeting £38
Daily boarding rate £24
Daily boarding rate for additional dogs £20
Collection and delivery £38

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!

Complete peace of mind

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.

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Welcome to Barking Mad

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

Our fantastic host families are the heart of our business and we simply couldn’t do what we do without them. If you know someone who’d like to join us, please let them know.

Our Hosts

A small selection of our lovely host families:

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Host Comments

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.
Brenda Street"

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.
Beautiful Girl."

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."

Our HostsOur hosts

Sharon Booden

Hello my name is Sharon Booden and I am very proud to be part of the Barking Mad team. I relocated to Norfolk from Milton Keynes with my husband and two daughters in 2005 and have owned the Norfolk franchise since 2010.

Before taking over the Barking Mad franchise I had a number of jobs in an office environment and was also a Registered Childminder for about 12 years while my children were growing up.
As my children approached their teenage years my husband and I made the decision to move our family out of the city to the country for a change of lifestyle. Our first dog Cassie had passed away just before our move to Norfolk and being without a dog when surrounded by such lovely woodland and beach walks made us realise how much we missed having a dog in our lives. This led to the decision to get Sammy who is our Springer Spaniel in 2007. He is as crazy today as the day we first got him.

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Our first experience of Barking Mad was as a customer. We had previously only left Sammy with family but there came the time when this was not possible and after looking at the available options we decided to use Barking Mad. The service we received was outstanding and we were so pleased that Sammy could enjoy his holiday and we could go away and not worry about him.

In early 2009 I heard the Norfolk franchise was for sale and having experienced this as a customer I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to be able to offer this service to others, therefore I brought the company!
I am a very sociable person so the idea of meeting new people and dogs on a regular basis appealed to me. The sale was finalised in February 2010, and I have never looked back. I was so excited to have been given the opportunity to take on this franchise and to be doing something that means so much to me. I still feel thrilled to be able to offer this great service to other dog owners.

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My business has grown dramatically over the past few years and in May 2017 won an award for most improved business in recognition of having met the highest standards of excellence. I have a dedicated team working alongside me who strive to provide the highest levels of customer service and are all as mad about dogs as I am. My husband Chris has also now become part of the team and is now working alongside me full-time.
If you would like to know more about becoming a host or using the award winning service for your dogs, then please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sharon Booden


Meet the team!
Business is booming here at Barking Mad. To help keep up with the demand I have 4 team members working with me. Carol, Denise and Jo have been with me for some time and the newest member of the team is my husband Chris.

                                 Carol                                             Chris                                    Denise

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Places Covered

We're delighted to provide our service in the following towns and surrounding areas:

  • Acle
  • Attleborough
  • Aylsham
  • Caister On Sea
  • Cromer
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Loddon
  • Long Stratton
  • North Walsham
  • Norwich
  • Sheringham
  • Wymondham

Customer Comments

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From start to finish we knew our doggies would be well looked after. Knowing that all of their needs have been listened to and met, gives us complete peace of mind when we send our doggies on their doggie holidays! As soon as the car arrives they are raring to go to their host for lots of fun and games. They always come home happy and content, We couldn't ask for more!
Thank you Barking Mad!!

Posted by: Emma Hamilton on

Judging by how excited Mally becomes on his collection he obviously enjoys his holiday as much as we do.

Posted by: Howard Davenport on

Sparky has thoroughly enjoyed his trial stay so I feel confident that he will be fine while I'm away later in the year and enjoy his holiday as much as I will!

Posted by: Michelle on

Recently we had a serious family crisis to deal with which involved being suddenly called away from home. At the last minute and with no notice at all Sharon and her team here in Norwich were able to come to the rescue and find a family for our old dog Esha to stay with.
We could then get on with our crisis knowing that Esha, who has used Barking Mad families many times before, was being brilliantly looked after. It took another worry off our shoulders.
So thank you Sharon and your team and your families for an amazing and caring personalised service. You are our home from home for Esha.

Posted by: Hannah Aquarone on

As usual, Wendy had a wonderful time. Joy and Jackie made it all the more special for her as she was with them over Christmas. She enjoyed all the company and fuss so much she didn't want to come home!

Posted by: Jill Imrie on

Barking Mad's hostess Sarah looked after my Patterdale Terrier for a few days over Christmas. I was extremely satisfied with the service, my dog had a happy stay and all instructions re. diet etc were followed. I was sent a lovely photo of him with his host and recieved a great postcard on return informing me of how he had been during his stay. I cannot praise Barking Mad and their hosts highly enough, it gives me such peace of mind knowing that my little dog is being well looked after whilst I'm away.

Posted by: Susan Hamer on

Another wonderful holiday for Chesney with new hosts who made his stay so special. He came back looking so happy and relaxed, as he always does after a Barking Mad holiday. We had a great time away too because we can relax knowing that he is always in such safe and loving care.

In fact, we have just booked another holiday. Thank you for being 'Barking Mad' - Chesney's second home.

Chris and Mary

Posted by: Chris and Mary Ford on

It was not easy to leave Sandy whilst I went on my first holiday without him. It was such a great relief knowing that he was so well look after, by his hosts. To know that he settled down very quickly, and had a wonderful time having lovely walks, laying in puddles, which he loves. He also enjoyed playing with their young grandson. He will definitely look forward to staying with them again. Thank you so much barking mad for the wonderful service you provide for our much loved 'best friends'

Posted by: Julia Hyland on

We are always pleased with the service Barking Mad supplies, we are able to go away knowing that our four legged friend is well looked after. Sharon and her team offer a service that is second to none. Excellent .

Posted by: Sue Ward on

Another successful trip for Bob. He was happy to go. From the postcard that Joy and Jackie sent home with Bob a lovely time was had by all.

Posted by: Jennifer Ashburn on

Daisy, my springer spaniel, came home from her holiday with Jo at Barking Mad with her tail wagging and her ears pricked; happy to be home but looking as though she had thoroughly enjoyed her break. Barking Mad went out of their way to find Daisy an alternative host family at short notice when her trial place didn't work out and it coulndn't have worked out better. However good your kennel arrangements may be, this service is far, far, superior - I can't speak highly enough of them and will definitely be using them again.
Thanks & Regards

Posted by: Linda Coote on

It was the first time Bertie had been away from us without his companion Max who sadly died a few months ago. Normally both went into kennels but we felt as Bertie was on his own, he needed more attention. We need not have worried, from start to finish, we were impressed with the professionalism from BM. Bertie came back to us very happy, in fact we were a bit miffed he didn't show he had missed us and carried on as if he had never been away. He has shown no signs of anxiety separation and we have concluded he enjoyed his holiday as much as we enjoyed ours. The only problem? We missed him more than he missed us! So it's BM from now on.....thank you all and a woof from Bertie.

Posted by: Paulene Galliver on

Our dog lucy came back from barking mad host very happy,
Its nice to know that our cavalier king charles spaniel is well looked after.

Posted by: Robert Pearson on

We have been using Barking Mad for two years and have always been very satisfied with the service. It allows us to enjoy our holidays while confident our dogs needs are being met and cared for by dog loving hosts. Thank you to Sharon and her team for taking us on when we were not really in your catchment area, we will miss you all but look forward to meeting Tania who now covers the area where we live.

Posted by: Caron Mayes on

Just brilliant from start to finish and we had one very happy and obviously well cared for Murphy come home to us yesterday. The photos are super and he looks really at home!
Thank you to everybody who either arranged or transported or cared for our best boy. Much appreciated and worth every penny.
Best wishes to all,
Karen, Mal, Eloise and Ben

Posted by: Mal and Karen Watkins on

We are very happy with the service we have received from The Barking Mad Team. Bob was collected and returned on time.
From the postcard it was evident that Bob had a really fun visit with Jackie and Joy and they had enjoyed looking after him.
Many thanks to everyone.

Jenny and Richard

Posted by: Jennifer Ashburn on

As always, our dog Bob has had yet another happy stay with his hosts Doug & Norma. We were away for 2 weeks, which was the longest period we have left him, and we were able to really enjoy our holiday without worrying about his care during that time. Carol and her team work efficiently to provide an excellent service to their clients.

Posted by: Sue Ward on

Once again Snoopy has returned after his break. He now has very limited mobility due to severe arthritis in all four legs but the hosts, Dave and Caroline, know exactly how to care for him and this is a great comfort to us when we are away.

Posted by: Gordon Watson on

What can I say about how amazing these people are; Muppet has come back a very tired but extremely happy dog. I can now go away with peace of mind that my baby girl is in very safe hands. Thank you so much to Christine, it seems Muppet has had an amazing time and loved spending her holidays with you. Definitely will be booking in with you again. Thanks to all at Barking Mad for the fantastic service you provide

Posted by: Donna & Muppet on

Excellent service again from Barking Mad, so nice to be able to go away knowing my beloved dog is happy with his host family and being well looked after, cant recommend barking mad enough

Posted by: Suzanne Fleetwood on

Bella our Golden had a wonderful time with her host family and we had a lovely relaxing holiday knowing that she was being well taken care of.
Sharon and her team are caring and professional, I highly recommend Barking Mad.

Posted by: Kate Waker on

There too many words to describe how good Barking Mad is. Muppet loves going to her holiday home and always comes back a happy girl; my in concern is that she is better behaved for them than she is for me!
For once when I now go on holiday I can relax and enjoy myself not having to worry if she is being looked after ok; what I love is they treat & spoil her as I do...thank you all and a massive thanks to Doug, Norma and family, you do an amazing job and both Mups and myself couldn't be happier Posted by Donna

Posted by: bmadadmin on

I have just returned from a few days holiday with Doug & Norma and I had a whale of a time, I even had a double bed all to myself (I hope my folks are listening).
D&M (as I call them) really looked after me and gave me some lovely long walks.
Hope to see them again.


Posted by: CILLA on

"Another wonderful carefree holiday all due to knowing that Chesney was having a wonderful time with his Barking Mad hosts. He can't wait to pack his bags again in five weeks!" Thank you

Posted by: Mary and Chris on

Sally loves her holidays with Ruffles.

Thank You Sharon and Barking Mad for making this possible. But a Huge Thank You to Sally's host family

Posted by: Liz Waites on

We are always so pleased with the care that our dogs receive when they go for a holiday with Barking Mad, they know as soon as I am getting their stuff ready and are at the window waiting then when the car arrives they can't wait to get in, I know my boys love us as owners, but when it comes to holidays they love them.

Posted by: Jacqui Kirby on

Louis has just returned from his first trial stay with a host family,
Once I received a text and a photo I felt so much more at ease.
As Louis is a rescued dog kennels would not have.been right for him,
I can now arrange a holiday knowing he will be well cared for by the host family found by Barking Mad

Posted by: Mrs J Faraday on

Once again, Mally has obviously had a great time leaving us completely free to enjoy our holiday without having to worry about how he was getting on. Collection and return times were spot on as usual. Thanks again to Denise and Clive.

Posted by: Howard Davenport on

Thank you so much for caring for Shandy while I was on holiday. I know he really enjoys his time away and it gives me peace of mind that he is being well looked after so that I can enjoy the break also.

Posted by: Sue Smith on

I cannot fault this amazing service for my dog Cookie. Right through from the timekeeping, the text message updates and the lovely postcard from the host family. I cant thank Joy and Jackie enough for looking after Cookie with all her funny little ways and Sharon and her team for showing compassion when collecting her for her first stay. It was very hard for me when she was collected but I knew she was in safe hands.
Thank you so so much!!

Posted by: Evelyn Mallett on

First Trial stay completed, I was more nervous than my dog! I'm sorry for him trying to climb the 6ft fence, thank you for putting up with him, Looking forward for when he stays at his host family's home again.

Highly recommend Barking Mad to anyone who doesn't want to put their dog in a kennel.outstanding service, collection,delivery, updates and the postcard was a lovely touch

Posted by: Sinead on

Archie has just come from his 4th holiday with Barking Mad. I can't thank the host family enough for all the love and care they so clearly gave him whilst staying with them, so much so that he had a bit of a sulk the next day. Sharon and her team show compassion, professionalism and are also very friendly which puts me totally at ease and I recommend this to anybody.

Posted by: Anne Enness on

As usual, Snoopy has returned a happy and contented dog and we are again grateful to his hosts for taking such good care of him.

Posted by: Gordon Watson on

As usual, we are totally satisfied with the wonderful service we have received from Barking Mad.

Sophie has clearly been very well cared for, and each stage of the operation, from pick-up to her safe return, worked perfectly.

Posted by: Michael Balls on

Heidi was returned on Wednesday after her trial stay ..She was happy and looked well. Just sulked for a day so I guess she enjoyed her break. A big thank you to Joy and Jackie. It gives me peace of mind knowing she will be looked after well in January. Oh and not forgetting the photo updates they are brilliant. I do not hesitate in recommending Barking Mad.

Posted by: Margaret Tooley on

Bob has just returned home after his hols with Doug & Norma. He was happy healthy and even seemed to be a little slimmer which is a good thing. After a sleep he didn't seem to be happy to be back with us at all, he'd obviously enjoyed his time with them immensely. A big thank you to Doug & Norma.

Posted by: Sue Ward on

Once again Oscar was well looked after and came home quite happy. It was the 14th time he had been to Clive & Denise's house, its his second home now !

Posted by: SHIRLEY SMITH on

We love our Boxers and will only trust the care of them with certain people, one is our friend, the other is Barking Mad. We know they are in safe hands, we know they are happy, most of all we know they are not in a kennel, their happiness is important to us , so we thank you Barking Mad for being there for our boys.
Steve & Jacqui Kirby

Posted by: Steve and Jacqui on

Very satisfied thank you.

Posted by: Mayes Family on

Wicket and Wags safely returned from another holiday with their host, they are happy and lively and I know they have been well looked-after, many thanks to Sharon and her team.

Posted by: sandy vradenburg on

Bob our excitable boy has just had his trial stay with barking mad. He came back happy and very tired, and we can now go away on our holidays knowing that he is in safe and caring hands

Posted by: Sue Ward on

We had to change our holiday dates at very short notice, Sharon quickly re arranged Murphys stay with no fuss or bother which was one less thing for us to worry about. Murphy had a fab time and would have stayed far longer if he could!. Posted by Tracey

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I contacted Sharon as I had an imminent hospital stay and needed somewhere for my dog Zeus to stay for the duration. I was very pleased and impressed with the speed and efficiency of the service I received and Zeus had a lovely holiday with his host family Juliet and Mark. They even said they would love to have him stay again and I will now recommend this service to everyone.

Posted by: Eric on

Phoebe and Reggie only had a short stay with Caroline and Dave, but they gave me the impression that they wish it had been longer! It was their first experience of "Barking Mad" and they came home very happy after their holiday. The updates and photo were much appreciated, and the postcard they wrote told me all about what they had been up to - Reggie even tried to get back into the car that had delivered them home! Pick up and collection were right on time, and overall I was totally satisfied with the care we all received. Many thanks to you all.

Posted by: Anna Anderson on

My 2 old boxers absolutely love going to stay with their host family, we have nothing to worry about and give them our full trust. Am sure jake & george think of them as family! Barking mad is fantastic, we wouldn't trust our dogs to anyone else and look forward to booking again soon.

Posted by: Ange & Louise on

Barking Mad were wonderfully professional and helpful with arranging for our 16 week old puppy to stay with a lovely couple and their dog when we decided to go on a last minute holiday. She came home very happy and tired (after lots of fun) as did we. It was a relief to be able to go away knowing she was loved and cared for by people who adore dogs and who are happy to follow her feeding, routine etc. Thank you so much to you all and we will definitely be using you again.

Posted by: Pippa Riley-Smith on

Thank you so much for pulling out all the stops when I made a spur of the moment decision to visit a terminally ill relative. It gave me great peace of mind to know that he would be well cared for while I was away and looking at the photos I know he had a fabulous time. What a great service you provide!

Posted by: Sue Smith on

We're sure Charlie had a great time on his first Barking Mad holiday, although he was happy to see us on his return he just wanted his bed and spent almost the whole day asleep, so we know that the hosts kept must have kept him busy, the photo update gave us peace of mind that he was being well cared for and the postcard from his stay made us smile, Thanks Sharon & Carol for an excellent service we will definitely use Barking Mad for our next holiday.

Posted by: Lisa Wells on

Yet again another faultless service. Albert had a wonderful time with Eric Linda and Benji. Will certainly use Barking Mad in the future.

Posted by: Michael Matthews on

Again my blossom as come home relaxed and happy after her stay with a lovely lady called Jenny by the sounds of her post card she was truly spoilt while we were away so nice to know that while we are on holiday she is too thank you barking mad for the wonderful service you provide .

Posted by: Linda Gooch on


Posted by: Suzanne Fleetwood on

Our dog had a wonderful time with Carole and John.

Posted by: Nicola on

This was Molly's first complete stay and We can not speak highly enough of this service!! We cancelled our last holiday as we couldn't bear to leave her in kennels then came across Barking Mad and what a fantastic find!! We went away totally confident that she was being looked after so well & by the postcard & photos she had a better holiday than us!! Amazing amazing amazing service,, Thanks to Sharon & her team!!

Posted by: Joanne Bunn on

It's the third time Lucy and Freddie have stayed with hosts Carole and John, and as the postcard we received when they were returned home contained details about our dogs behaviour which is totally familiar to us, we know for sure our dogs are very happy and settled when on their Barking Mad holiday. Thanks again to all the team, we look forward to seeing you again soon. Posted by Steve and Caron

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Ratchet went for his first stay and I waited at home anxiously. I am delighted to say that I believe he had a fabulous time, he didn't seem to be cross with us for sending him on holiday, and I have no qualms about using Barking Mad again.

Thank you very much.

Posted by: Mrs Diane Thompson on

Judging by the photos Guinness has had a lovely holiday with Jenny. She looked very relaxed & came home calm & happy.

Posted by: Sue Kerridge on

Leia had yet another awesome holiday with Sharons team. Cant fault the service, always recommend Barking Mad. I never worry about Leia whilst I am on holiday because I know she is in good hands.

Posted by: Mrs J Harley on

Snoopy clearly enjoyed himself on his holiday this week and we appreciate the care his hosts gave him.

Posted by: Gordon and Carol on

This is the second time we have used Barking Mad and we couldn't be happier with the service. Fred and Lucy have just returned from a long weekend with hosts Carole and John and from the photo and postcard we received it sounds like they all had a great time. We were free to enjoy our weekend in the knowledge that our dogs were being cared for and their individual needs being met. The texts received from Sharon and Denise while our dogs were away to say all was ok and they had now recovered from an earlier tummy bug was also very much appreciated.
Posted by: Steve and Caron on 11th Jun, 2015

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Our 6 month old puppy, Luther, had a lovely two day stay. He was collected and returned to us a beaming, healthy, happy bundle. He really had a lovely holiday! When we go away for our main holiday in the summer we know he will be looked after and cared for and we won't worry about him. Thank you Barking Mad!

Posted by: Claire and Richard Newton on

Frankie being picked up and dropped off was great, he came back happy but sleepy. Was reassuring to be able to text to check on him and send him off with all his food with a feeling of trust.

Posted by: Jo Betts on

Excellent service from Sharon and her team. Our dog went for a trial stay with the host family, he had a lovey time and came home calm and happy. He was well looked after and thoroughly spoilt I am sure!
Thank you

Posted by: Nicola on

Archie appears to have had another lovey holiday with Barking Mad and returned to us happy and healthy.

Posted by: SUE KEMP on

Snoopy has returned from his 'second home' once again in good form, showing that he has had the same amount of love and affection that we give him.

Posted by: Gordon Watson on

My greyhound is much happier and healthier after a stay with Barking Mad hosts than he has ever been after a stay in any kennels.

Posted by: jan Alexander on

Another great holiday for my dog Neil, he went to the same hosts he did on his last holiday and I believe they love him just as much as we do, he always comes home a happy dog. I can't recommend Barking Mad enough, going away knowing my dog is in safe hands means I can have a relaxing break not having to worry about him!

Posted by: Suzanne Fleetwood on

Chesney has enjoyed another lovely holiday with Barking Mad - this time with a new host, Jenny. He came back looking as well and relaxed as we did! The photos show him looking a very chilled-out little chappie! We always feel that we can relax on holiday in the safe knowledge that Sharon has placed him with a loving host and that we will get a message to confirm all is well. These are the important touches that make us feel we can go on holiday. Thank you again. Chesney is looking forward to his next hol too.

Posted by: Mary Alexander on

Excellent and very helpful service. I had no hesitation in using Barking Mad for my 16 week old puppy and was able to completely relax whilst Betsy was staying with her host family (I just hope they felt the same!!).

Posted by: Andrea Bell on

Ollie has just been for a trial with Jenny and got on great. Sharon and Denise kept me updated as to how he was getting on and this was reassuing as this was a new host family for Ollie. I love the service we get from Barking Mad and the attention they give to ensuring our dog is cared for by the right family. Thanks again to all and Jenny - Ollie will see you in August!

Posted by: Sue on

Fynn and Willow had a night away with Harold and Margaret over Easter and we were able to enjoy our daughter's wedding, knowing they were being taken care of. Our only worry was whether they would destroy Harold's lovely garden!
The service was excellent and Fynn and Willow appeared to have a lovely time and they are looking forward to us going away again some time in the future!

Posted by: Anne and Steve Howlett on

Once again Oscar was looked after so well and came home quite happy. He looks so happy & relaxed in the photographs and I went away safe in the knowledge that he would be fine.

Thanks again for a great service

Posted by: SHIRLEY SMITH on

We are more than happy entrusting our dogs with barking mad, they love you, as soon as they see the car arrive they get very excited!
We have been very happy with the dogs hosts, we have never worried about anything and our boys arrive home happy, settled and abit tired so we know they've had a good time!
We've already booked up for later this year and will continue to do so.
Many thanks xxx

Posted by: ange & louise on

Once again Snoopy has come back from his holiday in good spirits and clearly he has been well looked after whilst we were away.

Posted by: Gordon Watson on

This was the first time our 9 month old Yorkie, Benji, had stayed away from home. Sharon made sure that she got to know Benji well to recommend where he should stay. It was very re-assuring to get an update within 24 hours to let us know Benji had settled in very well. Benji came back very cheerful and confident and we actually think he missed the company of the family's dogs. We have booked Benji again with the same family for our second break later this year. Great friendly but still professional service.

Posted by: Linda & Eric Twyman on

Freddie and Lucy have recently returned home following a trial stay and we were very happy with how smoothly everything went. It was obvious from the texts and postcard that we received they had wasted no time in making themselves at home with Carole and John.

Big thank you to Sharon, Denise and hosts Carole and John, we look forward to using your services again this year.

Posted by: Caron and Steve on

Orson and Queenie spent a lovely week with the host family. Whenever Sharon or her colleague comes to pick them up, both dogs know that it is holiday time! We are very pleased with the services they provide as we can enjoy our holidays knowing our loved poochies are well looked after and they are having as much fun as we do, if not more!
They always come back very tired which is a bonus as we can chill with them too rather than worry that they are full of beans.
Posted by: Kristina Fields on 15th Feb, 2015

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Fynn and Willow have just returned from their two night trial stay with Harold and Margaret. They seem to have had a lovely time and it was great to receive a text once they had settled in and another to let us know that they had a good first night, even down to being allowed to sleep in the Hosts' bedroom. The postcard at the end of their stay was also very welcome.
Although we were anxious as it was their first time away, we were reassured by the amount of time Sharon spent with us getting to know Fynn and Willow and their daily routines.
Thank you to everyone involved and Fynn and Willow are looking forward to visiting Harold and Margaret again when we celebrate our daughter's wedding without having to worry about them.

Posted by: Anne and Steve Howlett on

Neil our dog has just returned from his holiday as we have, he returned to the same people he stayed with last time and came home a very happy dog! They seem to love him as much as we do. I can't recommend Barking Mad enough, I love my dog as if he was my child and it's so great to be able to go away and not have to worry as I know he is bring so looked after!

Posted by: Suzanne Fleetwood on

As always very happy with the service, that is why we keep coming back to you, our boys are now fast asleep after a very happy time with Barkiing Mad, just glad you were able to help us out once again, when we needed you
Jacqui & Steve Kirby

Posted by: Jacqui Kirby on

Our old boy, Angus, has returned from his holiday full of life, he obviously had a great time with Caroline and Dave again. It is so lovely for us to be able to go away completely reassured that our dog will get the very best care and lots of attention. Thanks Sharon and all the Barking Mad team for giving us peace of mind.....and Angus says a special thanks to Caroline and Dave for all the ear scratches now he can't reach them himself!

Posted by: Kay Hall on

Once again Snoopy has clearly enjoyed his stay with hosts Carole and Dave, who made him part of their family Christmas.

Posted by: Gordon & Carol Watson on

Sophie, our Golden Retriever, clearly had a wonderful time - and so did we, as we knew we could have absolute confidence in Sharon and her Barking Mad team and hosts. We plan to benefit from their excellent and caring assistance in 2015.

Posted by: Michael Balls on

As usual I went away happy in the knowledge that Oscar was being well looked after. I missed him but didnt have to worry about him !

Posted by: SHIRLEY SMITH on

We are extremly happy with the service provided by Sharon at Barking mad and the excellent care given by Ruby's hosts over her two day trial period prior to her Christmas stay.
From the card received and the photographs she looks like she had a brilliant time and bonded with the hosts dog Ruffles very well even stealing his bed without complaint.
The work put into making sure Sharon knew all about Ruby and her needs was phenominal and then placing her where she was so happy.I am sure she is really looking forward to her Christmas holiday.
Thankyou to all involved in putting our minds at rest on this first time away from home for Ruby.


Posted by: bmadadmin on

Alfie had a great weekend with Rupert. Good to read all about it on our postcard. Alfie has been diagnosed epileptic so we are happy that he has a home from home. Sounds as though he certainly makes himself comfortable. Many thanks

Posted by: Marie & Simon on

Our Archie seems to have had a lovely holiday with Barking Mad and returned to us full of life and happy!


Posted by: sue kemp on

Really happy with the service we received from barking mad. Our dog Barney can be a little nervous with new people so the trial period worked perfectly for when we took our 2 week holiday. Without Barking Mad we wouldn't have felt comfortable about leaving Barney and wouldn't have gone on holiday. Would fully recommend the service to anyone and Sharon and the team always keep you informed with updates through the holiday. Posted by Mark Tuttle

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We are both very pleased with the service that Barking Mad provide, Thanks to Sharon & her team,
Marley & Brodie always seen happy and stress free when they return home.
Thanks to Jane, Jack, Nathan & Grace for taking great care of them. Posted by Lynn & Martin Rope

Posted by: bmadadmin on

our dog Leia spent a fabulous fortnight with one of the excellent Barking Mad hosts. I would never think of leaving her with anyone else. Well worth that little bit extra

Posted by: Mr and Mrs Harley on

Thank you Everyone for looking after Rosie- she loves the close company of people, and apart from 'barking at bells'-she is great company. We love to share her.
Mary & Chris
Ps. Please give special best wishes to Thelma.

Posted by: Chris & Mary on

Thanks again Barking Mad for giving Archie our 1year old Cocker a lovely holiday!It was his 3rd holiday and he continues to enjoy himself, returning home happy and healthy. He's already looking forward to next time.
We are completely comfortable knowing that he is looked after very well which all helps us to enjoy ourselves too!

Posted by: sue on

Sally is now an experienced Barking Mad client. She loves going on holiday - no problem at all at leaving her with Sharon or Carol and I think sometimes she has a better holiday than we do. She is obviously very fond of Sharon & Carol and adores her hosts and their dog. We are so very very grateful to all and thank you so much. Sally's next holiday already booked ! [still working on ours]
Posted by: Liz Waites on 10th Oct, 2014

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Excellent service and Archie came back happy & content.
he obviously had a lovely time with Jennifer. Thank you to her for looking after him so well
Ian & Goldie Sims

Posted by: Ian & Goldie Sims on

I enjoyed my holiday because I knew Shandy was being well cared for and having a great time. Thank you so much.

Posted by: Sue Smith on

Snoopy has returned today from his latest stay a happy and contented dog and we remain confident that he will always be in good hands with Barking Mad hosts

Posted by: Gordon Watson on

Gem has stayed with a Barking Mad host on several occasions. She is a typical collie with a few quirks of her own! I hate leaving her for even an hour or two let alone a whole week but the texts updating me on her progress and knowing that she is receiving individual attention is a welcome reassurance. She has always returned happy and well and I wouldn't consider any other option for her holiday care.

Posted by: Christine Cane on

Once again I was so pleased with the service from Carol & Sharon and went away safe in the knowledge that Oscar was in good hands. He came home quite happy and well and the first thing I did was to book him in again for his next holiday. I wouldnt consider using anyone else.

Posted by: SHIRLEY SMITH on

Each time Chris and I go away we leave feeling relaxed that Chesney will be happily enjoying his holiday too with his Barking Mad host. And a prompt text from Sharon always confirms he has settled in well again. We can't praise the professionalism and thoughtfulness enough. Chesney always returns looking relaxed, full of beans and happy. Thank you again to the 'team'.

Posted by: Mary Alexander on

We have been really impressed and happy with the service we have received from Sharon and the barking mad team. From our first meeting to barneys trial so far it's been excellent. Receiving regular text messages really helped to let us know that barney was well and behaving himself with our lovely hosts Paul and Freda. I also thought the post card and photo we received after barneys stay was a nice touch, we will certainly be using barking mad for our upcoming and future holidays.

Posted by: Mark on

Once again Guinness seems to have enjoyed her holiday. She had a new host (Jane) this time and arrived home relaxed as if she'd never been away. From the postcard we received she had been on her best behaviour so hopefully will be allowed to stay again. Thanks again to the Barking Mad team for a professional service.

Posted by: Sue & Jim on

Shandy thoroughly enjoyed his 2 day break away from home - his first holiday with Barking Mad.
Thank you so much for all your care and attention and the service you provide.

Posted by: Susan Smith on

Had a lovely weekend away for a family wedding...so good to know our lovely old dog Angus was also having a great time with his favourite host family.
Thanks for the peace of mind Barking Mad!

Posted by: Kay Hall on

Excellent service as always. Dogs were happy and had obviously had a fun time and judging by the photos, had made themselves at home! We have not left our dogs for that long before so was relieved to hear from Sharon midway through our holiday and just before we were due home, confirming all was ok with our precious pets. Thanks to Jennifer for having them (I know they are a bit spirited at times!) and thanks to Sharon for arranging their stay.

Posted by: Kim Lewis on

Very happy with the service. This booking was rather last minute but sorted by Sharon very quickly. My girls did in fact revisit the first sitters who had looked after them 3 years ago and it was lovely to get the feed back from them of what they thought of the girls and the things they had done together when they stayed.
Pick up was smooth and return was the same. We could see the girls were happy to be home but had enjoyed their time with the sitters.
I have recommended the service to a friend of mine as they were looking for an alternative to kennels

Posted by: Diane Philpott on

When Sharon drove off with Jasper our beloved labra-doodle for his holiday with Juliette and Mark we knew he was in safe hands and we had complete peace of mind. We received texts and emails during our 2 week holiday assuring us of Jaspers wellbeing and contentment with his new family.
Thanks to Juliette, Mark and family, Jasper was fit, healthy and happy on his return home, just a little tired from long walks in the woods. We could not fault the 5 star service we got from Sharon and will be booking Jaspers next holiday with Barking Mad very shortly. Posted by Michelle Burdett

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Very pleased with the hosts who look after our 4 dogs , they always come back healthy and happy , would only use Sharon and Barking Mad
To look after our pets .

Posted by: Jean & Tim on

I have nothing but good things to say about Sharon and Carol, from the first visit to returning of my two dogs Jensen & Georgie from their weekend away with Paul, their host for the weekend. I know they were fed, walked and cared for while in his care. Thanks again Jill & John

Posted by: Jill Hughes on

Alfie had a wonderful week with Rupert and Joy. Our cheeky boy had lots of fun and was spoilt rotten. Texts kept us updated and reassured. Thank you to Alfie's host family and Sharon.
Posted by: Marie & Simon on 23rd Jun, 2014

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We love our boy he is part of our family and means a lot to us, so when we went on holiday we needed to know he was in the best care, for us we knew Barking Mad here in Norfolk was the only place for him to go, he had a great holiday and so did we knowing he was okay.

Posted by: Steve & Jacqui Kirby on

An excellent service as always. Mally returned exactly on time having obviously been well cared for by our hosts and clearly having enjoyed himself.

Posted by: Howard Davenport on

Many thanks for yet another lovely dog holiday for our lovely Kaspar.And thanks to the hosts for taking such good care of him. The service from Barking Mad & Sharon is second to none, and wouldn't trust him with anyone else. Definitely a 5* service. Thanks again.

Posted by: Ann & Barry on

Guinness obviously had a lovely time on her holiday with Jenny as she came home relaxed and acting completely normal. There were no signs of stress at all. The whole service from Sharon and Carol is very professional. Guinness is already booked in for her next holiday as we know she will be well looked after.

Posted by: Jim & Sue on

This was our first time using Barking Mad and we couldn't be happier. Thank you so much to Sharon and our host. We really appreciated the frequent updates whilst our dogs were away, including a picture message which really helped us to relax, safe in the knowledge that our beloved dogs where being cared for by a person who really loved having them and cared for them. We could never put our dogs in kennels as one of them is frightened of other dogs, so Barking Mad is just perfect for our needs and goes that extra mile to accommodate our dogs special requirement. Really, I cannot sing their praises enough, I am recommending this to everybody I know!

Posted by: Bless Adams on

Many thanks to Sharon and Carol and of course the hosts who look after Chico and Tino so well when we go away. A great service and we really can relax knowing our dogs are in safe hands which is a reassurance when you are so attached to them.

Posted by: Simon Atkinson on

Thank you so very much for looking after Maggie on her very first visit away from home. From the initial assessment to the collection and return of her, the service that we received from Sharon and her mum was absolute first class. The host that was chosen for Maggie was done with great care, and the best suited to her needs. Despite a wary start, with Paul's time and patience Maggie soon settled and I feel confident that she will continue to have many happy stays with him. I can't thank Sharon enough for her reassuring and friendly texts during this anxious time.So glad that we found and decided to use Barking Mad, knowing our dog is being well cared for by a great team of friendly dog loving people will allow us to enjoy our holiday without feeling guilty and hopefully a few less tears next time.....

Posted by: Michelle Hough on

My fears were quickly way laid when I recieved a text so say how well Buster and Bonnie had settled in. Excellent level of service throughout and no sign of stress in the dogs at all . Hopefully they will be able to come off the lead next time!

Posted by: Kim on

Barking Mad is a brilliant way to go on holiday without feeling guilty about how my dog is being cared for. Lady had a great time and came back well and happy. Many thanks

Posted by: Dawn Zielinski on

Thank you for a good service I could not fault anything blossom was well cared for and came back happy .

Posted by: Linda gooch on

Neil our staffie is a rescue dog and I hated the thought of putting him in kennels while we went away so after I researched dog sitting online I found Barking Mad and thought it sounded a great service. I contacted Sharon and right from the first phone call I was so impressed with the service, the consultation was very thorough and I felt happy that she knew my dogs needs and he would be catered for. My dog can be a bit of a handful at times so I was quite nervous when he went off for his trial visit but again Sharon was great with texts to put my mind at ease letting me know he was ok. Neil came back from his holiday such a happy dog and it was such a relief to know his time away from his family didn't seem to bother him like i'm sure it would if he went to kennels. I would recommend Barking Mad to any dog owner that wants to go away and know their dog is going to be looked after like you look after them.

Posted by: Suzanne Fleetwood on

This is the first time we've left our dog Benji with anyone. Benji was a rescue dog and had been quite badly treated prior to the rescue, we had to work hard with him to increase his confidence, to allow us any time away during the day at all as he suffered terrible seperation anxiety from us. I am totally in love with our dog and couldn't bear the thought of him being in distress. We'd resolved that we would have to take Benji with us from now on for all our breaks and work around him. On discovering the ability to get him properly cared for in a home environment picked to match his needs, this meant we could cover working away, weekend breaks and a well deserved holiday in the sun. Also there is the flexiblity of different homes so dates can be accommodated. It was such a relief. Sharon carefully noted all Benji's routine, feeding, grooming requirement and quirks. Once he was with Jane (his holiday family) we were kept upto date with texts and we received a postcard and photos. He was having his belly rubbed and we could see he was contended and relaxed. I was so nervous, but Benji returned home as happy as he left, thank goodness. I would wholeheartedly recommend Barking Mad. If you are reading this and kennels are not right for your best buddy then I think this will be the answer for you too. All bests Deb. Posted by Deb, Simon & Connor Downer

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Nice to be able to enjoy our short break away knowing that Taffy was being looked after at her 'home from home'. She was full of beans on her return and had clearly had a good time. Great service from Barking Mad as usual.

Posted by: Jos & Margaret Eastham on

Scoobie went off on Holiday on Friday afternoon and returned relaxed and cheerful on Monday. The service we received from Sharon was impeccable, down to a telephone call on Monday apologising for the fact that she was running a little late! We had a text on Saturday to say the Scoobie had settled in to his holiday home and we could therefore relax and enjoy ourselves. Barking mad is the only solution as far as we are concerned if we are going somewhere where are dog simply cannot accompany us. There's only one word for it; BRILLIANT!

Posted by: Nigel and Shaz Dowdney on

Another wonderful holiday enjoyed because we could relax in the knowledge that Chesney would have a happy time too. On this occasion, he had sprained a neck muscle and wasn't feeling 100%, but Sharon's professionalism and his host's loving care ensured that he was comfortable. Thank you once again for making a worry-free holiday a reality.

Posted by: Mary Alexander on

Our dog Chester had a lovely time with his host family, and came home very healthy and happy.
I would recommend barking mad to anyone who loves their dog.
And thanks to Sharon for everything.

Posted by: Tracey Williamson on

This was our first time of leaving Conker with someone other than family,following a bad experience in kennels.We were quite apprehensive of leaving him but Sharon assured us, he would be well looked after & he definitely was. We had a lovely postcard & pictures of Conker with his host,we have happily rebooked for our next trip with the same host as Conker seemed to have had such a good time.

Posted by: Donna on

It was such a comfort to know that although we couldn't take Higgins away with us at Christmas he was happily ensconced with his host family. We have lovely photos to prove it! Thank you for making it so easy.

Posted by: Penny Graham-Jones on

Once again, Snoopy has returned a fit and happy dog, proof that he has been well looked after and loved by his temporary carers as much as we do.

Posted by: Gordon Watson on

We were very happy with Snoopy's recent stay. The report and photos clearly show he was very well cared for and loved and we are confident it will be the same on his next, much longer, stay with the same hosts.

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Our dog Leia, is always happy when she returns from her Barking Mad experiance. we never worry when we are away that she isn't being looked after well and it helps us relax knowing she is in good hands.

Posted by: Brian Harley on

It is a great relief to know that Sophie can be cared for so very well when we have to be away, and we are very grateful to all concerned at Barking Mad.

Posted by: Michael Balls on

Taye is such an important part of our family. Knowing he is loved and exercised while away, as opposed to being cooped up in a kennel is a weight off our minds. He is just back from his very first stay extremely happy and is now just back from being groomed and trimmed et al and is like a new golden retriever! Thank you Sharon, I will definitely be booking again. Posted by Clare Hirsh

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Another happy holiday for Chesney and a wonderful relaxing holiday for us knowing that Sharon had carefully matched him with a loving new host. He came back full of beans and in top condition. We are already planning the next one! Barking Mad ticks all the boxes.

Posted by: Mary Alexander on

Our Boy is precious to us and we would never put him in a kennel,we want him to have a good time when we have to leave him and to leave him with people we trust, this we know will happen when we come to Barking Mad. Bundle also knows when Sharon comes to collect him that he is in for a treat he is more than happy to go with her, he always comes back happy and in good health, we know he has had a good time and the people who have been looking after him have his interests at heart, they have looked after him for us we always recommend Barking Mad and will always send our boy there. Jacqui & Steve Kirby

Posted by: Jacqui Kirby on

Hi Sharon,
Thanks again to Denise & Clive for taking such good care of our lovely Kaspar, we love him to bits and wouldn't leave him with anyone else but Barking Mad. Many thanks to Carol for the collection and return of our special little boy. Great service as usual.

Posted by: Ann & Barry Todd on

Had our dog Toby returned today after a weeks holiday, from reading his postcards he has had a great time, i'm not surprised he is so sleepy, sounds like he hasn't stopped all week, thanks again to Sharon & all the team, its great to know he has such fun. If you are considering using barking mad, go for it, you won't be disappointed!

Posted by: Michelle Cousens on

thank you for providing such a great service to our beloved dogs Queenie and Orson. They had a fab time and I could rest easily on my business trip knowing that my doggies are well looked after.

Posted by: Kristina Fields on

We have been very happy with the care that Barking Mad (Sharon and Carol) provide together with their host families and we know Coco is very happy with her holidays last week was no exception. thanks to all of you

Posted by: Celia & Phil on

Just had a lovely weekend away, happy in the knowledge that our lovely old dog was enjoying all his home comforts with a Barking Mad host family....thanks Sharon for the peace of mind.

Posted by: Kay & Geoff on

Our host family did a good job taking care of Wags as he recovered from his operation, he came home happy and healthy and is doing well. Thankyou!

Posted by: Sandy on

Once again, Ollie had another fantastic holiday! I was more relaxed about him going this time following his trial and was amazed how keen he was to jump in Sharon's car and go!! Sharon kept me posted with text messages whilst we were away which was reassuring. When Ollie returned he was a little tired but not surprising given he had been playing constantly for 2.5 weeks with Ruffles and been on a train and to the beach!!! I can't thank Sharon, Barry and Frances enough for the care they provide Ollie when we go away.

Posted by: Sue Jennings on

I felt totally confident that I was leaving my precious Bertie in safe hands! Posted by Jill Emerson

Posted by: bmadadmin on

It's not an easy decision entrusting your dog to someone you've never met and to somewhere you've never been, however, we had faith in Sharon and were not disappointed. Meg had a lovely holiday with Janice and came back relaxed and happy. The text updates from Sharon were a further reassurance that Meg had settled in well in her holiday home. Thank you to all concerned for looking after her so well.

Posted by: Julie & Mark Gilbert on

I think the true test is a happy dog. When we arrive home from our holidays, our dog always looks happy and healthy.

Thanks again Sharon, an excellent service. Posted by Garry Pearce

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Hello Sharon,

this was Jamie's first stay with Barking Mad and we were not disappointed. We went away feeling confident that Jamie would be well taken care of and Jamie came back looking happy and relaxed. An excellent service. The photos and text messages about his stay were icing on the cake.

Thanks again

Posted by: Sally Stubbs on

Once again I went on holiday quite happy because I knew Oscar would be well cared for and happy. The photos are fabulous, let me know if you get one on the calendar ! Thanks again.

Posted by: SHIRLEY SMITH on

Peace of mind when it comes to your pets is paramount and I have received a seamless service with one very happy dog thank you do much

Posted by: Gayle Adamson on

Rusty & Candy seem to have had a wonderful holiday with Janice, we just hope they did not cause too much chaos, although she says they can stay again!

Posted by: Judy v L on

Yet another wonderful holiday which we could really relax and enjoy because we knew that Sharon had placed Chesney with a new host family with whom he was immediately at home. Her reassuring messages made all the difference. Much as we love him, we know he is always in safe and happy hands!

Posted by: Mary Ford on

Well, Esha has been sulking at us. I suspect it's not because she was cross at being sent away from home, but more because she had to come home! She is quite a madam, and we can't thank you enough for looking after her so well.

Posted by: Hannah Aquarone on

Sending Sally off was rather like sending our children off to camp when they were only 8 and hardly able to pick up & walk with their rucksacks. But just like our children Sally came back having had a wonderful time having made new friends and had lots of exciting experiences. Thank you so much

Posted by: Liz Waites on

Marley & Brodie stayed a few days with Denise & Clive their host family for a trial period & came home very happy! "Thank you Denise & Clive" for looking after Marley & Brodie so well. Sharon made everything run smoothly and we feel confident in her professional care and detail of the care of our doggies. Thank you Sharon! We would definitely recommend Barking Mad! Posted by Lynn & Martin

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Greyhound Caspian had a trial stay with a host family last week and came back fairly relaxed. So the worry about leaving him for longer periods has faded.

Posted by: J Alexander on

We have been using the services of Barking Mad for 3 years or more and would not consider placing Jazz anywhere else. He seems to have just as much fun on his holidays as we do! We feel confident leaving him with Sharon and her host families. Thank you for offering such a great service.

Posted by: F & S Heaton on

Angus has recently enjoyed his fourth holiday with Barking Mad.It has been a such a weight off our minds to know he is happy and well looked after while we're away, it means we can relax and enjoy our holiday too! Thanks Sharon.

Posted by: Kay Hall on

needed someone on very short notice and sharon and her team where fantastic. Roxy our staffy had a fabulous time so much so we have already booked her in for her next holiday

Posted by: lizzy and dave on

Ollie went on his trial recently with Barry and came home a very happy dog! I was nervous as Ollie had previously had a bad experience in a kennel. Sharon was reassuring and made me feel comfortable with the host family provided. I am happy knowing that when I go away Ollie will be cared for in the way we care for him. Thanks again to everyone!

Posted by: Sue Jennings on

Meg has been really well looked after and has settled back home straight away.
Thank you Sharon and the families that have looked after Meg so well.
I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Barking Mad.

Posted by: Jane Parish on

Boss is a thoroughly spoilt dog and a very special companion to me. Boss was returned to the RSPCA twice until my sons and I adopted him some 6 years ago and up until this year had never been away from his family. I knew I couldn't put him in kennels which is how I came to know about Barking Mad and I would highly recommend them. Boss has been to two host families and I have had peace of mind whilst being away that he is being cared for and loved in the same way he is at home. Sharon and her team do a fantastic job. Thank you Posted by: Janie Branch on 28th Feb, 2013

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Dylan is always pleased to see Sharon. He tells me he had a wonderful time!! We were able to spend 6 days working at the NEC and were worry free as far as Dylan was concerned. Have used Barking Mad for at least 8 years. Would never think of placing our dog anywhere else when we have to leave him.

Posted by: Simon Welsh on

Another wonderful worry-free holiday which we could enjoy with full confidence in Sharons attention to detail and organisational skills in placing our dog with a loving well matched host family.

Posted by: Mary Ford on

Dave and Toby always come home happy and relaxed. Always looked after and welcomed by hosts.

Posted by: Mark and Melissa on

I am so pleased I found Barking Mad, my dogs have been looked after so well and I was so happy the way I was kept informed about them!

Posted by: Ann Coe on

A brilliant idea; brilliant service; and great for our dogs. We couldn't thank you all enough!

Posted by: Nigel Dowdney on

We are very happy that Bonnie has made such good friends with her host family. It has taken all the worry out of going away now that we know she is in such safe hands. Well done! and a huge thank you.

Posted by: Pauline Arnold on

We had a 3 week holiday to Australia, it broke my heart to leave Joe but I knew he would be and was extremely well cared for and loved. No hesitation in leaving him again - my mind is at rest. Thank You!

Posted by: K. Booth on

We feel totally confident in leaving Esha with the two families who take it in turns in having her to stay. Thank you all!

Posted by: Hannah Aquarone on


August 2017 

I had a busy weekend attending the All About Dogs event on the 27th and 28th August at the Norfolk show ground and was joined on Sunday the 28th by my colleague Tania who operates the Barking Mad franchise in West Norfolk. It was nice to see some of my hosts on the day and so many people enjoying all the events and shows that were running during the course of the 2 days.
The weather was sunny and we spoke to lots of people who were interested in using Barking Mad not only for their dogs future holidays but also about becoming a host family with us too.

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Host BBQ
What a lovely afternoon we had at our Host Family BBQ this month and the weather stayed fine for us too which was an added bonus. It was a great opportunity for my host families to relax, chat to each other and swap stories. It was also nice for new host families to meet existing hosts and one of the topics of conversation was of course dogs.

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If you would like to find out more about joining our friendly host community then please feel free to contact me Sharon or one of the team for more information.

I would like to welcome on board our new hosts Hilary and Catherine. I hope you get lots of enjoyment from hosting with us and will be able to join us for future host events. Details of these will be available via a Mad Mimi newsletters. The first of these events will be a MacMillan coffee morning to be held on Friday 29th September.

Events Diary

North Norfolk Fit Together Walk and BBQ on 8th September. North Norfolk Fit Together put on free walks and other exciting activities to help people of all ages get more active. If you are interested in finding out more about this and all the diary of other events please visit Active Norfolk webpage for more information or email or call 01603 732333.

MacMillan coffee morning from 10.00 am until 12.00 pm on Friday 29th September 2017. This is being held at Ingham Village Hall, Mill Road, Ingham, Norwich NR12 9TD. Please come along and support this wonderful charity event.

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So get your baking aprons on, whisk out, and bring along some yummy cakes for the event. The more cakes we have on the day the more money we raise for MacMillan


July 2017


To mark World photo day on 19th August 2017. I will be running a dog photo competition on my Facebook page. Keep checking my Facebook page for more details.


In May of this year I was pleased to be presented with the Most Improved Business 2017 Award at the Barking Mad annual conference on the banks of Lake Windermere in the Lake District.
I am lucky to have such a great team working with me here in Norfolk and couldn’t have achieved this without their help dedication and support. I would also like to thank all my wonderful hosts for their continued support in providing many Happy Dog Holidays.

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I would like to welcome on board our new hosts Cass and Dave, Valerie, Trudy and Graham, Rosalind and Richard and the Helen’s. I hope you get lots of enjoyment from hosting with us and will be able to join us for future host events. Details of these will be available via a Mad Mimi newsletter to follow. The first of these events is the BBQ in August.

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Events Diary


I am going to be attending the All About Dogs event on the 27th and 28th August at the Norfolk show ground. I will be joined on Sunday the 28th by my colleague Tania who operates the Barking Mad franchise in west Norfolk. It would be great to see you there.




April 2017

Come along and join us for coffee and a chat on Wednesday 19th April from 10.30am-1.00pm at Notcutts Garden Centre, Norwich. Bring along photos of your beloved dogs for our remembrance board. Please visit their website http://www.notcutts.co.uk

Dog Remembrance Month

Dog owners who have ever experienced the passing of their beloved best friend will know what a difficult and emotional roller coaster it can be. The UK’s very first Dog Remembrance Month launches this April 3rd and will create a focus for dog lovers to come together and celebrate the lives of their cherished pets, whilst providing mutual support and understanding. For more information on dog remembrance month please visit our facebook page or our webpage.

What do you remember about your canine best friend?

Come along and join us for coffee and a chat on Wednesday 19th April from 10.30am-1.00pm at Notcutts Garden Centre, Norwich. Bring along photos of your beloved dogs for our remembrance board. View their website here.

New team member

We now have more dogs than ever enjoying a holiday with Barking Mad Norfolk. This increase has led to another addition to the team. Some of you may have heard of him before in conversation with me. The new member of the team is my husband Chris. He has for some reason decided he can put up with me not only at home but at work too (he must be mad!). Chris has come from an IT background and is currently in training. He will be joining us full-time in May and will be out on the road doing collections and deliveries so many of you will get to meet him soon.




Barking Mad has come a long way in the past few years. We are constantly monitoring our service to provide the best possible care for your dogs. We felt the time was right for a rebrand. Over the next few weeks you will notice the logo changing on emails, cars and clothing to name a few. We hope you like the new look as much as we do!


December 2016

To thank our lovely host families for all their dedication and commitment to Barking Mad we treated them to a Christmas party. Lots of mulled wine, snacks and mince pies were enjoyed by all. Each host went home with a gift bag of Christmas goodies to enjoy over the festive period. We regularly hold events for the host community to get together and swap stories. Keep an eye on this webpage for updates on any upcoming host events. These are great fun and are not only for current hosts. Feel free to come along and meet us. If you would like some more information on joining the community then please get in touch.

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To all dogs and dog lovers out there, have a fantastic Christmas and we hope to speak to you in the new year.


August 2016

Host coffee morning

A great time was had by all who attended the Host coffee morning in July. It was a great opportunity to catch up and welcome some new people to the Barking Mad host community. I would like to take this chance to thank everyone at Vera’s coffee shop located within Meales Nurseries, Stalham. They were very welcoming and helpful. I look forward to holding further host events here! Keep an eye out for details of our next event. These events are held monthly, not only for existing hosts but also for anyone who wishes to find out more information.


Barking Mad at the Hickling and Horsey Fetes:


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Upcoming events


Sat 14th August 2016

The Belvedere Community Centre, Belvoir St, Norwich, NR2 3AZ
12.00pm – 4.00pm

Come along to the family fun day in Norwich. There will be face painting, fun fair rides, tombola, dance performances, refreshments and more. Free parking is available on site.

Sat 20th August 2016

Ingham Village Hall, NR12 9TD

Free admission but donations welcome, parking available from 12.00pm. Come along for BBQ, ice cream, games, donkey rides, stalls and more. There will also be a stand for Wing Beat Birds of Prey. For more information please visit the website: www.inghamvillage.co.uk

Meet the team!
Business is booming here at Barking Mad. To help keep up with the demand I now have three employees working with me. Carol and Denise have been with me for some time now. The newest member of the team is Jo. She is already a customer so has experience with different breeds and how things work with the service. I’m sure many of you will meet her in due course.

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Horsey Village Fete and Dog show - Mon 30st May 2016
Horsey playing field (opposite all saints church), NR29 4EF – Follow signs in the village

Horsey Village are holding their traditional old fashioned annual village fete. There are lots of activities to enjoy including raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac, books, cake stall, plants, tea tent, ice cream, live music, treasure hunt, splat the rat and similar type games.
There is also the Fun Dog Show where your dog has the chance to win a rosette.
I will be there with some of my team so you can come along and meet us and have a chat about your pooch.

South Walsham Village Fete in celebration of the Queen's 90th - Sat 11th June 2016
South Walsham Village Hall & Recreation Ground, School Road, South Walsham, NR13 6DZ
South Walsham Village Hall are holding a Traditional Village Fete & Beer Festival to coincide with the Queens 90th birthday Celebrations. We have many activities planned with Bouncy Castle, inflatable’s, games for adults and children, face painting, raffles, tombola’s, plants, book stall, dog shows, donkey rides (tbc) cakes, refreshments, strawberries and cream and lots more to entertain the family.
The fun starts at 3pm with the Fete, with the event rolling on well into the evening with the Beer Festival - Free Car parking too! We hope you will join us.

Stalham Infant School Dog Show - Sun 12th June 2016
Stalham Infant School, Stalham
11am- 2pm
We are hosting our 2nd fun dog show after a successful show last year. There will be a mix of stalls in attendance including several doggy themed ones.

Fransham Fun Dog Show - Sun 12th June 2106
Great Fransham Village Hall, NR19 2JG
1st -4th rosettes as well as fabulous prizes for all places as well as BEST IN SHOW & Best Reserve. Prizes supplied from Elizabeth Devery (Judge), Cobbydog & Arden Grange.
1. Best Puppy/Junior (Pedigree or Crossbreed)
2. Best Veteran ( over 8yrs age)
3. Most Appealing Eyes
4. Waggiest Tail
5. Prettiest Bitch
6. Handsomest Dog
7. Best Condition
8. Best Mover
9. Most Beautiful Ears
10. 2 or more in 1 household
11. Best Basic Obediance – heel. sit, down, stay, weave
12. Best Junior Handler
13. Best Paw Shaker
14. Best Biscuit Catcher
15. Judges Choice.
Also Beer Tent, BBQ, Bouncy castle, plant sale, tea & cakes. Free parking.

Sat 18th Jun 2016 - Sun 19th Jun 2016
Norfolk Polo Club, Langley Abbey Estates, Langley, NR14 6DG
Gates open at 11am, close at 6pm.

Prices - general admission: £10 (children free)
VIP Saturday: £140
VIP Sunday: £95

To buy General Admission tickets, contact Natalie Wilson 01508 480400
To buy VIP tickets, contact Holly Noon 01603 489406

Raising money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Now in it’s sixth year and firmly established in the EAAA social calendar, the Norfolk Polo Festival is a great day out for all the family.

Whether you decide to join us in the exclusive VIP marquee with private lawns and Brasteds silver service or take advantage of the great value £10 general admission price, or £8 if you buy online before 31 March 2016 (children go free). You are certain to have fun with 4 Polo matches each day including the competitive counties cup, free children’s entertainment, exclusive shopping, great food and bar as well as a free after party from 7pm on Saturday night in the VIP marquee.

Visit the festival on Sunday 19 June for a special Fathers Day treat and the only opportunity this year to get up close to the East Anglian Air Ambulance’s newest H145 in Norfolk.

Website: http://www.norfolkpolo.co.uk/

Sat 18th Jun 2016
The Lancaster Ballroom, Holiday Inn North, Cromer Road, Norwich, NR6 6JA.
7pm arrival, 7.30pm sit down - event ends 1am

The masquerade ball is to raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. The night will consist of a three course sit down meal, entertainment through till 1am, a raffle and an auction.

All money raised will be donated to the national charity. Tickets are £40 each and include a welcome drink and a 3 course meal. Tickets can be purchased by emailing masqueradecharityball@yahoo.com or by calling 07850 102144. Masks are essential!

Cromer leg of the Great Global Greyhound Walk 10.30 am
Sun 19th June 2016
Runton Road Car park, Cromer
Organised by Norfolk Greyhound Rescue. This is a UK-wide and now Global event where rescued and retired greyhounds (other sighthounds welcome) are walked & counted on the same day to raise awareness of the plight of unwanted racing greyhounds and what lovely pets they make.

Other dog breeds are allowed as long as they are well-behaved and the owner is sure they will not upset the hounds. Lead walking only for all please.
The Cromer walk begins at 10.30 at the Runton Road Car Park. Please park at the end furthest from the Car Park entrance. We will walk along the Promenade and on to Cromer Pier. Walkers can go beyond the Pier if they wish, to the East Beach, or into town.

Refreshments available en route, car park charges apply, wheelchair access, walkers can go as long or short a distance as they like (by doubling back or repeating the walk). Picnics may be enjoyed in the Car Park at the end of the walk.

February 2016

Host coffee morning
A big thank you to Jane for allowing us to hold our most recent host gathering at the Broadland Nurseries Café in Ormesby St Margaret. Several of our hosts came along for some delicious homemade cakes. These events are a great chance for our host families to meet up and swap stories. Thanks to those who came along and we hope you can all join us for the next one. Keep your eyes peeled for the next date.

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Here at Barking Mad, we like to treat fellow dog lovers. Keep an eye on our facebook page for competitions and cute doggie photos. You could win yourself a treat. So far we have given out calendars and Barking Mad bags. Who knows what we will give away next?

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We are working hard to supply our customers and hosts with a new style Barking Mad bag. These are large and swallow up all your dogs belongings and are great for your shopping too. If you have booked your next holiday and don't have a bag, then let us know and we will bring one when we collect your dog.

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Sat 5th March 2016
B2 Venue, Norwich
8pm - 11pm

In aid of the MIND UK charity, with performances from four pop punk bands - Defined, The Reckless The Brave, Best Intentions & Old Versus New.

£4 entry on the door. More on the website below.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1262270467133473/

Norwich Fashion Week
10th-17th March 2016
NFW is now in its sixth year and the 2016 event is set to be bigger and better than ever. Two new shows have been added to the core line-up, all of which will be housed within the city's vibrant and contemporary building of OPEN, the new official home for NFW16.

Sat 19th Mar 2016
Norwich City Football Club’s Top of the Terrace
6.30pm - 1am (sit down for 7.30pm)

A charity masquerade ball in aid of EACH & The Royal British Legion to raise both awareness and funds for the amazing work both charities carry out. There will be a 3 course sit down meal, raffle and entertainment, as well as a photography of whom you can purchase your photos from at the end of the evening.

If you would like to donate a prize or for more information please contact: denise_ocallaghan@yahoo.co.uk.

East of England Pet Show & Festival of Dogs
19th & 20th March 2016
Norfolk Showground, Norwich, NR5 0TT. Fun Dog Shows, Have-a-go Agility, Flyball, Dog Scurry, displays and trade stands.

October 2015

Christmas Special Offer!

I am currently offering 20% discount on new holidays taken between 1st November 2015 and 31st January 2016. (Discount not applicable to Christmas day, boxing day and new year’s day. Does not apply to existing bookings). Contact me for more information.

I will be attending various events during November and December in the area so check this page regularly for the latest information of where you can come along and meet me.
There are lots of other events taking place in the in the area during November and December which you may like to visit:

Norwich Christmas Switch-on - Thursday 19 November 2015, 6pm to 8pm
The Norwich Christmas Lights Switch-On is one of the biggest nights on the city's calendar. Many see it as the official start of the festive season. So wrap up warm and come out for some music, entertainment, fireworks and a sparkling light show. The event is organised by Norwich City Council who, this year, have lined up some great acts and performances on the streets and outside City Hall and The Forum.
Father Christmas will be travelling around on his sleigh followed by a parade of twinkling lanterns. There will be gospel singers, acrobats, a buxom pair of traditional pantomime dames and dancers and singers from the Garage.
All the fun starts at 6pm and the lights go on across the city at 7pm, accompanied by some spectacular pyrotechnics from City Hall and Jarrold Store.
• Entertainment from 6pm, outside City Hall and The Forum
• 6pm Christmas Parade from Norwich Cathedral to City Hall
• 7pm switch-on and fireworks
Seating for disabled people will be on St Peters Street

Medieval Christmas Market- Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich- Saturday 5th December and Sunday 6th December- 10am to 4pm
This is now an eagerly anticipated annual event with the ancient hall (built in 1430) tastefully decorated in traditional seasonal splendour. Traders will be in period costume selling original and unusual gifts, from historical reproductions in wood, iron and glass to Christmas decorations, candles, cards, wreathes and cakes, wines and ales. Mulled wine, gingerbread and plates of hearty stew.
£2.50, £1 under-16s, under-5s free.

A Weekend of ‘Festive Cheer’ at Woodforde’s- Saturday 5th December 10am to Sunday 6th December 4pm
In preparation for the festive period, Woodforde's Norfolk Ales will be offering the opportunity for members of the public to look behind-the-scenes as it opens its brewery doors on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December 2014, for a weekend of beer and wine tastings, brewery tours and Christmas gift inspiration from local food and drink producers!
The free annual event provides the opportunity for visitors to sample some of Woodforde’s Christmas products including its festive brew Tinsel Toes and its famous NOG Christmas puddings.

A marquee set in the brewery’s yard will be packed with Christmas market stalls showcasing some of the region’s finest produce from wines and cheeses, to chutneys and breads.
Guided brewery tours will be available throughout the weekend for visitors to learn about the art of crafting Woodforde’s fine selection of ales, and give insight into why the brewery was crowned The Good Pub Guide’s ‘Brewery of the Year 2015’ - all free of charge.
Free entry. Saturday 5th December 9am- 5pm, Sunday 6th December 10am- 4pm.

Norwich Arts Centre- Sunday 6th December- 11am to 4pm
The Christmas market with a difference. A yuletide feast of crafts, festive workshops and winter food and drink. Over 30 DIY art, print and craft stalls, live music. The focus is on original and unique items including clothes, jewellery, prints and more.
Free admission.

Santa’s Grotto for Dogs- Saturday 12th December- 10am to 3pm- The Forum Norwich
Santa's Grotto for Dogs is back at The Forum and is bound to get those tails wagging!
Bring your four-legged friends to The Forum from 10am to 3pm on Sat 12 Dec to have their picture taken with Santa Paws and then you can share your snaps with family and friends.
RSPCA Norfolk helps organise this canine Christmas treat and after you've taken pictures of your beloved pets, Santa's helpers will be handing out treats – if your dog's been well-behaved, of course!
If you'd like to dress your dog up for this special occasion, please do, and don't forget to share your photos with us at The Forum!
Entry to Santa's Grotto for Dogs is free and donations to the RSPCA are welcome.

Loddon Farmer's Market- Saturday 12th December and Sunday 20th December- 9.30am to 1pm
Put simply, Loddon Farmers' Market was founded to enable local farmers to sell their products direct to the public so that they get a fair price for their work and that you get fresh, high quality food at an affordable price.
Local growers and producers take personal pride in the food they bring to their Farmers' Market and want you to enjoy it. The emphasis is on freshness, quality and value for money.
They encourage sustainable methods of food production; support traditional animal breeds and heritage fruit and vegetable varieties.

Meet the team!




Carol and Denise are also part of the team and are as mad about dogs as I am. Carol has been working with me for some time now and you may have already met her. As you can see from the photograph we do look very similar which is due to the fact that she is my mum, they say keep it in the family.

Denise and her husband have been a host family with us since 2010 and she also now works as part of the team too.

Local Links

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

Local Events

East Anglian Game & Country Fair

Dog Training & Behaviour

Animal Magic Dog Club who offer Puppy and Obedience Training, Agility and Flyball and a Dog Walking service

Doggy Dilemmas

She is a qualified canine behaviour practitioner with a level 4 diploma in advanced canine behaviour, and an experienced dog owner and breeder. Located Aylmerton. www.doggydilemmas.org/


Forever Living: Natural products made using aloe vera. Many suitable for animals. For more information contact Leanne on: 07960 689767 or visit www.leanneb.myforever.biz/store

Animal Art By Lyn - See your photograph transformed into a lifelike painting by Lyn, for more information go to:  http://animalart-bylyn.webs.com/

Lesley White Paintings  - If you have a photo of something that you want turning into a painting – then I will do just that, for more information go to www.lwpaintings.co.uk  - 20% discount of any painting

Creature Comforters' Blends for Animals.

Used to help gently address the key emotional & behavioural problems experienced by animals – naturally for more info go to www.creaturecomforters.co.uk

Barrett and Coe Photographers (Norwich)
Family portraits, Pet portraits or why not combine the two together in one photograph. For more information go to www.barrettandcoeportraits.co.uk 

Dragon Leads
Hand-made dog collars, leads and equipment. Tailor-made items are a speciality. For more information go to www.dragonleads.co.uk


Dial a dog Wash Norwich  - We’ll take care of your dog's grooming needs in our beautiful customised heated mobile grooming parlour,  for more information go to www.dialadogwashnorwich.co.uk

Hair of the dog - At Hair of the Dog we make it our mission to provide one on one care for your dog. From the minute you walk through our doors, to the minute you leave, you and your dog will have our utmost attention. And if there is anything specific your pooch needs in terms of treatment, all you need to do is let us know! Located in Southrepps. www.hairofthedognorfolk.co.uk

TLC Dog Grooming
22 years experience in dog grooming. Located on Stalham high street. Tel: 01692 580460





Emma Hamilton - 22nd Feb, 2017
"From start to finish we knew our doggies would be well looked after. Knowing that all of their needs have been listened to and met, gives us complete peace of mind when we send our doggies on their doggie holidays! As soon as the car arrives they are raring to go to their host for lots of fun and games. They always come home happy and content, We couldn't ask for more!
Thank you Barking Mad!!"

Howard Davenport - 10th Feb, 2017
"Judging by how excited Mally becomes on his collection he obviously enjoys his holiday as much as we do."

Michelle - 8th Feb, 2017
"Sparky has thoroughly enjoyed his trial stay so I feel confident that he will be fine while I'm away later in the year and enjoy his holiday as much as I will!"

Hannah Aquarone - 26th Jan, 2017
"Recently we had a serious family crisis to deal with which involved being suddenly called away from home. At the last minute and with no notice at all Sharon and her team here in Norwich were able to come to the rescue and find a family for our old dog Esha to stay with.
We could then get on with our crisis knowing that Esha, who has used Barking Mad families many times before, was being brilliantly looked after. It took another worry off our shoulders.
So thank you Sharon and your team and your families for an amazing and caring personalised service. You are our home from home for Esha."

Jill Imrie - 4th Jan, 2017
"As usual, Wendy had a wonderful time. Joy and Jackie made it all the more special for her as she was with them over Christmas. She enjoyed all the company and fuss so much she didn't want to come home!"

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