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Another very busy summer draws to a close and I would like to say a very big thank you to all of my hosts.
Their dedication,loyalty and exceptional care provided to all of my customers' dogs never ceases to amaze me.
If you or someone you know would like to care for a lovely friendly home loving dog, please contact me for an informal and friendly chat to find out more about joining our host community.

No full time commitment, and dogs to suit every lifestyle.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.



At Oldbury Court with another host couple on a rare sunny afternoon. Will all three dogs sit at the same time?


                                                     No! Holly shows us up every time! Greedy girl!


Which of us is the most handsome? This was at Overscourt Community Woodland, another great place to walk, with this interesting sculpture to discover and fabulous views.


This is the raffle prize we donated in aid of Tom Ashford, at Tom’s Family Fun Day and Dog Show, at Oldsbury Court. We also gave a huge Barking Mad bag full of doggy goodies for the winner of the Best Paw Shake, which John judged. We hope Tom gets his life saving treatment soon and were glad we could be there to offer our support.


Holly with Kasu at Frenchay. Kasu is really talented. Will Holly learn how to do tricks like he does? Probably not!


                                               Marley, making herself at home. She is a real sweetie.


Polar Bear Windows’ balloon was the first to land on Siston Common opposite our house this Summer, during the Bristol Balloon Festival. We watch them flying across every year. The dogs are not usually keen on them and start to bark long before we have even noticed them. Strangely, they are one of the things that don’t bother Holly much. Cats are much more annoying to her way of thinking!



Barking Mad stall at Heathfest, Bromley Heath. It was a gorgeous day, a really local celebration of talented young dancers and martial arts clubs. We invited children to name our dachshund balloon and the name was drawn out of a hat. The winner won the balloon and £5! We had the chance to chat with a local councillor who was running a quiz about the local area, and with Gary who was representing the Voice Group of Magazines that we and many local businesses advertise in. They always have interesting articles and local news which we enjoy reading.


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Our Barking Mad stall at Kingswood Park. Fun in the Park organised by the Friends of Kingswood Park, who are volunteers working hard to improve and maintain the park for local residents of all ages. It had an Elvis Presley theme, so our photos were chosen to match his song lyrics eg ‘I can’t help falling in love with you’… and .. ‘Lay off my blue suede shoes’!We bought some lovely plants grown and sold by members of the Kingswood Methodist Church and sampled some delicious elderflower cordial made by a member of the South Gloucestershire Wine Society. Last but not least, I enjoyed a cupcake from another stall and had an interesting and informative chat with the representative from Avon Wildlife Trust.


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John and fellow South West franchisees at the National Conference in the Lake District. Running a Barking Mad Franchise is a skilled juggling act!


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                                                           John’s car with the bright new logo.

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John with the new leaflets at Pomphreys, seeking more hosts and customers for our great home from home dog holiday service.

December 2016


A very merry Christmas from 'Harry' to all my existing and potential new customers.
Barking Mad dog care services North Bristol wish you all a very special Christmas and a happy New Year.
We love our dogs at Barking Mad and offer a truly bespoke, professional dog sitting holiday service. Our lovely hand-picked home boarders love nothing more than a friendly four-legged visitor to love and care for in their home while you relax on your holiday.
Harry is a very regular Barking Mad customer. Since 2013 he's been on many holidays and always has a good time and goes home a happy dog.
Nat his owner says, "John and Ros provide a fantastic service for our precious Harry"
"I would definitely recommend any dog owner to Barking mad" and gave she us a 5 Star review on Trustpilot.
Pat and Norman were new customers who also gave us a 5 Star review on Trustpilot; thrilled because "Libby loves her holidays. Nothing compares to Barking Mad service. First class." They know that we and our hosts take great care of Libby, thereby giving them complete peace of mind.
We have been delighted to take Harry, Libby and all our other customers’ lovely, friendly dogs on holiday in 2016. Happy dogs. Happy holidays. Happy you! See you next year!

If you are planning a holiday in 2017 and haven’t used Barking Mad dog care before, we'd love to meet you and your dog to discuss our service in detail and talk you through everything.

Merry Christmas and a (happy as Harry) Happy New Year!
Best wishes
John and Ros
Happy dogs. Happy holidays. Happy you!

November 2016

Say hello to Oscar, one of our regular holiday dogs. Oscar is a lovely, affectionate five and a half year old dog. He suffers from a rare muscle condition called mitochondrial myopathy. It means he suffers with episodes of pain causing tiredness, which are triggered by too much exercise or too much excitement.

He is therefore walked on a lead to avoid over exertion, and new people are introduced cautiously to prevent too much excitement or stress; although he loves people. He also has hip dysplasia and cruciate muscle disease. Poor Oscar! He takes up to 9 supplements a day, dipped in soft cheese! Yummy! Lucky Oscar!

The muscle condition is not curable but it is envisaged that Oscar will live a happy life and enjoy a normal life span.


He regularly stays with my lovely host Julia and her family, who love Oscar to bits and take great care of him. Oscar has some funny traits but by far the most common is that he steals slippers and hides them in the garden!
Cheeky Oscar!

He is a remarkable dog and really enjoys his Barking Mad holidays. We all love him and look forward to seeing him for many years to come.

If you heart strings have been pulled by Oscar's story, do post a comment on my Facebook page
(Barkingmad dog care north Bristol) and I will tell Oscar the next time we meet!

Oscar is a lovely dog with special needs. All our dogs are special and most don't need medication; just lots of love whilst their owners are away. If you feel you can offer our dogs love, care and attention and would like to join our host community, please call me (John Johnson) on 0117 325 8222.

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                                                                     Stall at Mangotsfield Festival
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   Billy jumping for joy on her holiday              Maizie, feeling proper pawly!                     Fozzie dressed for Autumn   


August 2016

Our amazing Superstar-Pets advert is finally here! Watch Holly and friends sing about becoming a barkingmad host on our video!

If you're interested then please e-mail john.johnson@barkingmad.uk.com or click here to see the video on facebook!



June 2016

Great time at Mangotsfield Festival and Fun Dog Show. We met many lovely people and their dogs - potential hosts and customers. It was lovely to see our fantastic hosts Lisa and Bill there too.

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This is lovely Harry on yet another Barkingmad holiday. His owners have been using our service for three years now, and are always delighted that Harry has such a good time. We're looking forward to taking him out again soon!

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New, well behaved dogs like Edie here are always welcome to join in the fun with Barkingmad. The gorgeous Edie had her first weekend away recently, and is already booked in for another great holiday in September. Welcome, Edie!

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April 2016

How gorgeous are these photos? All of these lovely dogs recently enjoying their Barking Mad holiday with us. If you are going on holiday don't forget your dog needs one too! Take a look on my website here for further information. 

We are always looking for hosts too! If you or someone you know have some spare time and love dogs then please get in touch  - I would love to hear from you. 


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December 2015

We've been busy meeting out customers and hosts this month and meeting some new people along the way! We also got the livery installed on our Barking Mad vehicle - what do you think?! Look out for us about town - you can't miss us!

car.jpgWe also met with Eva from Husse Pet Foods - they have been delivering pet food in Bristol for ten years. They offer natural chemical free dog food and treats made from fresh meat and herbal food supplements.

They have kindly offered an exclusive 20% discount for Barking Mad customers and free home delivery! 
Use voucher code Barkingmad at the checkout.
Visit www.husse.co.uk or contact Eva on 07954 098 613.

We met a new customer who came from Happily Ever After Dog Rescue who do wonderful work rehoming dogs in the local area. We hope to do some work with them in the future, so watch this space. If you could offer a dog a forever home, please click on the link above to contact them.

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:

Pet Services

Companions Haven


Companions Haven Ltd
200 Westerleigh Road
Nr Bristol
BS16 9PY

TEL:0117 937 4554

Happliy Ever After Dog Rescue
0845 463 4886

Active Dog Services 19 Stoneberry Road Bristol, Avon BS14 0JF 07789 967 864 www.activedogservices.co.uk, Stephen Bartholomew.

Active Dog Services cover the Bristol area. We cover all aspects of dog training. Puppy and basic dog training are offered indoors and dog agility.


www.intergratedveterinarycare.co.uk  - based at Chapel hill  Rehab Pensford

www.chapelfarmrehab.com   - Dog rehabilitation centre in Pensford, including Dog day care

Dog walking and pet visiting service in the Bristol area. Please contact us on either of the following numbers 0117 9616 279 or 0777 622 3484.  Cath

Kerry at .'Dial a dog wash' based all over the bristol area  tel 07786374011 or 01179613444

Dog Grooming - www.samswoofwash.co.uk.

Pond Safety Covers, Pond Safety Guards, Pond Safety Nets - great for keep your pet and yound children safe.