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Jacqueline Gunn & Trudi King-Gunn
North Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Falkirk
Hello from your local dog sitters at Barking Mad North Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Falkirk. We’ve built up a well-deserved reputation as a five-star service, providing the perfect holiday home for your dog when their owner needs to go on holiday or on a work trip. We know that you’ll want your dog to be looked after with care, compassion and a personal touch.
From time-to-time we all have to travel away for various reasons. It might be work, a holiday or a family emergency, but what happens if you have a much-loved dog at home who can’t come with you on your trip? For many, leaving their dog in kennels isn’t the best option due to the way large numbers of animals are fed and exercised at the same time, disregarding your dog’s personal routine. Barking Mad offers a viable alternative, one where you can go away without having to worry about your dog missing out on their usual routine when you are away!
One of the biggest worries is separation anxiety, which can affect dog and owner alike.. A dog is a pack animal and is a big part of your family unit. You know how much joy they bring to your home and the excitement they feel when you pick up the keys to take them out for a walk. Imagine the stress they feel when you are away from them on holiday. We are here to ensure they don’t suffer and that you can go away with peace of mind.
Barking Mad is the leading dog boarding service across the UK, reducing levels of anxiety and stress for dogs and their owners on a daily basis. We have a large network of passionate host families who can look after your animal whilst you are away. They are all carefully vetted by our expert team and follow our strict criteria for pet care. To ensure your dog is fully at home and comfortable with their hosts, we ask that you send them over with their favourite bowl or blanket, or some toys. That way, your dog can soak up their new surroundings with the comforting smells and tastes of everyday life, which are so important to their wellbeing.
We understand how important the little nuances to everyday life are to your dog, just like they are for people. We know that for your dog’s stability, it’s best for them to be fed at the same times as normal, to follow the same pattern of exercise and to be treated the same way as they are at home with you. Our hosts are chosen to do just that, and will also strictly follow any nutritional or medical requirements. You can then stay safe in the knowledge that your dog is being looked after fully. We also have expert dog carers on call 24 hours a day to deal with any possible emergency.
Of course we can claim that we are the best dog sitters in North Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Falkirk, but we appreciate you may want a little more convincing; it’s only natural if you’ve got your dog’s best interests at heart. Take a look at our testimonials page and you’ll see regular, glowing, tributes to our dog care service. It’s exciting to see our returning clients so positive about the way our hosts care for their dogs; hopefully you will be too!
We’ll even send you a dog holiday postcard while you are away, so that you can see the happy face of your dog and how comfortable they are with their holiday home. These updates are designed to keep you happy and relaxed on your own trip.
As the number one dog sitters in North Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Falkirk, Barking Mad is proud of their service within the area, but it’s not just here. With over 70 branches around the country, we are the leading dog care provider in the whole of the UK. Our vast network means that you can use our service wherever you are, so whether you need someone to look after your pet for one day, or for several weeks, we’ve got the coverage to help!
Barking Mad was set up in 2000 with the desire to change the face of dog boarding services in the UK. We’ve certainly achieved that, improving our service year on year, as our testimonials attest to. Our tailored, individual service is unmatched for detail and also provides great value for money. We believe that the best approach to keep your dog happy when you can’t be there is to stick to their individual routine. This includes maintaining their diet and exercise, not dropping them in with many other dogs at the kennel, or turning up once a day to refill the bowl at your home.
We prefer loving care, utilising the skill and devotion of host individuals and families. It only takes a quick phone call on 01524 220202 or a short email message over to firstname.lastname@example.org for us to get started. After a short discussion with one of our friendly experts, we can start to create a bespoke package for dog sitting that suits you and your dog for your short time away. What are you waiting for?
|One off initial registration meeting||£48|
|Daily boarding rate||£28|
|Daily boarding rate for additional dogs||£25|
|Collection and delivery||£48|
Bailey – All ready for his holiday complete with paddling pool!
At the registration meeting you’ll receive one of our exclusive ‘Holiday Doggie Bags’ which you can pack with food, bowls, toys, treats and anything else to help your dog settle in more easily.
We even offer an unlimited luggage allowance at no extra charge!
Host families are given a Pet Schedule detailing all of the information we gathered at the initial registration meeting and we’re on hand 24 hours a day 7 days a week to support them.
We’ll send a photograph of your dog to you as soon as he’s been safely delivered to the host. The very next day we give you a ‘rest easy’ update, so you can then sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of your time away in the knowledge we’ve got everything covered.
On the day of return you’ll receive a fun postcard from the host and we’ll stamp your loyalty card so you can gain points which will entitle you to a free night away.
The best bit for us is seeing dogs happily settled-in and comfortable with their host. We will, wherever possible, be sure to use the same family each time you book a holiday. There are no minimum or maximum time limits we’re here whenever you need us.
Ask for your loyalty card. When your card is full you receive a FREE stay on us! (1 full card = 28 paw stamps).
If you love dogs but can’t commit to the full time financial and emotional responsibility of having a dog of your own, or if you have a very sociable dog who would benefit from visiting guests coming to stay, then you’ve come to the right place!
Our very own host families are extremely special people indeed. They have been selected carefully and interviewed in depth at home to ensure they meet our criteria. We get to know them really well and have worked with many of them for a great number of years.
Who are our hosts
It goes without saying, all of our hosts, without exception, are absolutely dotty about dogs. Some are actively retired people who’ve had dogs all of their lives but now enjoy the freedom and flexibility of caring for dogs on holiday. Others are younger, often with a family at home, where the addition of a visiting dog is great fun for all.
How it works
We’ve done all the hard work so you don’t have to. We think it’s important that our hosts concentrate on looking after visiting dogs and that they are not exposed to, or distracted by a constant flow of potential customers and dogs coming and going. Our hosts are also protected from the awkwardness of dealing with money, insurance and paperwork, so that the enjoyment of looking after visiting dogs remains their focus.
Support 24 Hours a Day – 7 Days a Week
Looking after someone else’s dog is great fun, however from time to time you may need a little local, on the ground support and it’s great to know we’re on hand 24/7 to provide just that.
If you’re interested in joining our fun, dog loving host community to become a pet sitter we’d love to hear from you.
CLICK HERE to make an enquiry
A small selection of our lovely host families:
Brenda - 2nd May, 2017
"We recently had Fozzie for several days it was such a joy to have him my dog Wiggles loves him a lot.
My whole family love him as did our friends where we walk every day.
We look forward to his next visit.
Carol - 13th Apr, 2017
"We enjoy looking after peoples dogs as it gives us pleasure to think they have come from home to home. Sometimes our commitments are heavy but It fits in with our lifestyle as we can do it as and when we can. It gives us pleasure and hopefully the pets enjoy our company too. Barking Mad are efficiently run and if I had a dog of my own would gladly let them find a host for my."
Celia - 23rd Mar, 2017
"Lulu has just been to me on her fourth visit. We've both had a lovely time and it seems strange today without her. She is well known and well loved by my friends and neighbours now as well as the local dogs. We all look forward to seeing her again soon."
Jackie - 6th Jan, 2017
"We had the pleasure of looking after Pip for 2 weeks over Christmas this year! We all loved having him for his 2nd visit with us. We enjoyed the walks (even in the cold and sometimes wet) and my children loved his company too!
I would love to have a dog of my own sometime soon, but looking after dogs with Barking Mad gives me the opportunity to see how a dog would fit into our lives, what challenges it might bring and what delights too! I can test out different breeds and ages too in case I go down the rescue dog route!
Definitely a win win option."
Brenda - 6th Jan, 2017
"We recently had Molly come to stay we all fell in love with her. My dog Wiggles loved her too
She was so good and had us laughing when she showed attention to the Tv.
We enjoyed her company and will look forward to her coming to see us again.
Carol - 3rd Nov, 2016
"We thought the service we got from Emily at Barking Mad was very professional - the information we received on Inca prior to our having her was very precise and made our experience all the better. It was good to know she was at the end of the phone especially as this was our first time. Inca was a pleasure to have and as advised needed lots of love and attention which we certainly gave her. We look forward to the next time to host again. Many thanks."
Brenda - 26th Oct, 2016
"We recently had Scout come to stay with us what a lovely time we had scout and my dog wiggles became great friends it was really nice. Its nice that the dogs get to visit carers whilst the owners go on holday as it gives peace of mind for all concerned and the dogs are happy too We look forward to scout coming again"
Brenda - 26th Oct, 2016
"Scout came to stay a beautiful little dog we had a great time look forward to seeing her again.
Barking Mad is a lovely idea it is very important that the dogs are happy and we love it"
Celia - 4th Oct, 2016
"Lulu has just gone home after seventeen nights with me. This is the longest stay I've had but it wasn't too long. She is a delightful, easy dog to look after who quickly makes herself at home.
This is the third time she's been to me and I look forward to her next visit."
Brenda - 4th Oct, 2016
"I think Barking Mad is such a lovely idea as the dogs can visit families a bit of a holiday whilst their owners have a holiday too.
We recently enjoyed a visit from a beautiful dog Fozzie he settled into our home quite happily and we enjoyed him too.
Animals need to feel secure with no worries and fitting into a family environment makes for a happy doggie I think Barking Mad is a very good idea
I will look forward to the next vistor on four legs."
Jackie - 12th Sep, 2016
"I have recently looked after Pip for just over a week and really enjoyed it. I am looking to have a dog myself but want to be 100% sure I am doing the right thing before I take the plunge.
I love that with barking mad you get lots of help and support while looking after someone else's precious dog. If you have a problem or the dog becomes unwell you also know that help is at hand. I found the experience rewarding and it was lovely having Pip stay with us. The problem is we missed him when he was gone...
I would like to continue looking after dogs with barking mad.
Celia - 19th Jul, 2016
"Hugo has just had two weeks holiday with me. As a lively two-year-old Springer he was more of a challenge than I've had before but I loved it, and him. We walked many miles and I managed to loose some weight. An added bonus for me!
I think Hugo enjoyed having my undivided attention and he certainly made the most of it. I always think about how I would like my own dog to feel - happy, secure, content, and loved."
Linda - 29th Jun, 2016
"Hello I love having the dogs it gets me out and about too..I am fairly new to the neighbourhood. And I have met people that I would not have met if I was not hosting. All the dogs I have had since I've been hosting have been very good I love them all. I wish I could have some of the small dogs back I had last year!. Posted by Linda"
LindaS - 29th Jun, 2016
"I love being a host we find it encourages us to go out more and explore dog friendly places so we get loads of fresh air and exercise. We have the peace of mind that Barking Mad are on the end of a phone if we need them for any reason and its a great way of having a dog without the costs involved. Also if your lifestyle means you cannot have a dog then this is a great alternative. I would definitely recommend it as all the dogs we have had have been easy to care for and friendly, the hardest part is saying goodbye but because you know they will probably have another holiday before too long you don't get upset you just look forward to their next stay."
Anne and David - 28th Jun, 2016
"Hosting a dog gives us a lot of pleasure and is very rewarding. We have only been hosting dogs for 3 months but we're really enjoying it. It gives you the satisfaction of knowing that each dog has had a lot of love and a good home from home holiday. We treat every dog as if it was ours, taking note of the pet profile guidelines. It is a great help knowing that you have the back-up of Barking Mad should anything untoward happen, which gives us peace of mind. John has been excellent matching us with the dogs we've hosted so far."
Brian and Carole - 8th Apr, 2016
"We have been hosting for 18 months now and have come to know the regular dogs we have. The owners have requested many times that they like them to go back to the same host. We find it rewarding that they make these requests.
Nicola is always very careful to match the host and dog and this shows in the requests she gets.
Keep up the good work. A perfect match makes a happy owner, dog and host.
Barking mad prides itself on this and Nicola and her team work very hard to make this happen.
We have just got another first time little doggy today and we hope that he will want to come back again.
A big thankyou to all the team."
Celia - 6th Apr, 2016
"Archie has just gone home after his second visit. He's the most affectionate little dog I've met. Really loving, kind, and gentle. He can be a bit naughty sometimes but we suit one another well and both thoroughly enjoyed our week."
Gwen - 31st Mar, 2016
"We have just had a second visit from a lovely dog that we first met over last Xmas. Having become very fond of her the first time, it was lovely to see her again. She settled more quickly this visit, and was very relaxed. We really enjoyed our time with her, and look forward to her next visit."
Gwen - 24th Mar, 2016
"We have just had a beautiful golden labrador to share our lives with for the past nine days. He was delightful, really good around other dogs and children, and a joy to be with. I'm looking forward to having him to stay again."
Pam - 18th Mar, 2016
"We have just said goodbye to our latest doggy client and thoroughly enjoyed having him here.
He settled in straight away, was friendly and playful. We never imagined choosing this breed ourselves but he's now a very firm favourite and today the house seems empty without him. Hope to look after him again sometime."
Gwen - 14th Mar, 2016
"I enjoy doing the best I can to make sure that my doggy guest feels relaxed, cared for and loved whilst they're away from home. This is what I would want for my own dog, when I have to go away on holiday, so I find it very rewarding to provide this for other people and their dogs."
Jenny - 8th Feb, 2016
"For me, the best part of being a Barking Mad host is getting to know all the different doggie personalities and making friendships with them, particularly when my new houseguest could be feeling a little bit homesick."
Margaret & Stan - 26th Jan, 2016
"We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting a lot of Barking Mad dogs over the last seven years. We have always had terrific support from Brad and team and prior to that from Chris and Alex. In all that time we have only needed help once during a visit, for minor veterinary attention, and that was dealt with very quickly and efficiently. I think this is because the dogs are well matched to their hosts (and the hosts own dogs!) in the first place. We also use Barking Mad for our own dogs holidays."
Adam - 22nd Jan, 2016
"When we moved to Dundee we both missed not having a dog in our lives. Being a host for Barking Mad gave us the opportunity to have that again, even though giving them back at the end is always hard.
It allowed us to see how well having a dog would fit into our lives in a full time situation, and directly influenced our decision to get our own. Now we look forward to hosting other dogs for Angus to play with.
As hosts, the support you receive from Brad is amazing and the detail he goes into to facilitate yours and the dogs well being is incredible.
I would thoroughly recommend anyone who wants to have a visitor now and again, someone who misses the company of the dog but has commitments and everybody who wants a dog but is not sure if it will work to become a host with Barking Mad, you won't regret it!"
Lorna - 22nd Jan, 2016
"I have been a host for several years, I started with Barking Mad as I wanted to have a dog but visiting family in the south made it impractical, so when I am home I have a dog, I have had a great variety of dogs from a little Jack Russell to a huge mountain dog. Barking mad is great because they match dogs with their hosts in all the years of hosting I have never had a dog that I would not have again. Hosting dogs means I go out everyday, I talk to many people and share doggie stories."
Ed and Barbara - 22nd Jan, 2016
"Having a four-legged lodger for a few days is always a pleasure. Still getting over the loss of our own dog but nothing cheers you up more than another wagging tail around the house. Great support from Brad and his team. If only he could do something about this awful Scottish weather."
Kate & Graham - 20th Jan, 2016
"We live in Shirley and have local parks, woods and fields nearby. Whatever the weather we love taking the dogs out and about. They have joined us for barbecues, street parties and made visits to a local elderly care home. Our grandchildren have learned to overcome their fear of dogs by meeting our 'guests'.Having a dog keeps us fit and healthy too. Our garden is large and well fenced so the dogs can enjoy chasing squirrels!
We would love to have a dog of our own but with working full-time until recently and travelling it never seemed the right time. Having dogs for Barking Mad has 'filled the need'. We have had so many dogs to stay (and everyone a pleasure) and one in particular has come twice a year since 2008.
Tina organises things so well - she 'matches' the right dog to the right host - so everyone is happy ( most of all the dog!)"
Susan - 20th Jan, 2016
"I love being a host for dogs with Barking Mad, and enjoy meeting the different visiting dogs, and getting to know each ones individual personality."
Sandra & Terry - 19th Jan, 2016
"We love being hosts to barking mad, Terry is around most of the day, and I work 4 days a week, so we can have doggies almost all the time other than we are on our hols !!, we already have our fav’s Bruno, Bentley, Darcy , Biscuit, Ben the boxer & Gunner, and Tina will try her up most so we can have them on repeat hols, it means a lot to us as we love looking after all the little & big ones, and they all have there own little characters, we have photos of all the dogs we have had since July last year, and look forward to seeing them all again this year, and miss them when they go home, It’s a pleasure to look after doggies on there hols, & and its filled a gap since loosing a couple of our own pets last year,"
Jenny, John and Jean - 15th Jan, 2016
"Being an animal lover - I love working with Barking Mad and being a host for them. I especially like having their beautiful doggies to stay. The doggies all have their own very different characters and we have some good times filled with really good fun and laughs with the doggies that stay with us.
We all really enjoy having the pets and get out and about and sometimes on the odd occasion we take them out to other parks and places close to home. Its just like having your own pet!
I do like the events and walks that Tina at Barking Mad arranges. Its a chance to get out with other hosts and meet them and hear their tales as a host.
I recall a fete we went to lovely sunny day with lots of dogs and we all had such a great time, I recall feeling quite sorry when the fete ended."
Tracey - 15th Jan, 2016
"We have been hosting since last summer and really enjoy the experience and getting to know the personalities of the dogs, even the cheeky ones !
I particularly like walking in the fields and woods nearby with my host dogs as company, and its great exercise too.
Rosina - 15th Jan, 2016
"I first looked after dogs in 2005 & have kept photos of all my visitors. After a break, came back to it a couple of years ago. I have had Millie two years running & cannot wait to greet her again in July, it feels like a special friend spending her holiday with me :)"
Gwen - 8th Jan, 2016
"Sheba, a beautiful Belgian Shepherd dog, was my first experience with 'Barking Mad'. She was adorable, very gentle, and well behaved. She seemed to fall in love with my partner - maybe she saw him as her temporary pack leader - and we both really enjoyed her company over the Christmas period. Having lost my own much loved collie of over 15 years, in October, I had felt lost without a dog to love and care for - so being a 'Barking Mad' host was ideal for me. We're so looking forward to our next doggie guest, and also hope to see Sheba again at some time in the future."
Celia - 8th Jan, 2016
"My last visitor, Pip, was an absolute sweetie. A breed I've not had experience of before and a real delight. She came to me for just a few days before going on to her regular family.
She loved her bed - well actually my bed - and when she was ready to go up at night she would stand at the bottom of the stairs, with one paw on the bottom step, and stare at me until I gave in."
Elaine - 9th Nov, 2015
"We really love our holiday dogs, we like to spoil them, love them, lots of cuddles and make sure they are really happy with us, it's lovely to get the same dog(s) over and over again, they just make themselves at home, and all our dogs know where the 'treat' cupboard is.. We get such a lot of love from them and look forward to them returning."
Sarah and Stan - 9th Nov, 2015
"We adore having new Barking Mad dogs come to stay and love it even more when they return for second and third visits. Its such a pleasure to spend time with these much loved dogs and take them for walks on the beach and around the countryside. We know that when our 'crazy' Collie goes to stay with a Barking Mad host, she will be safe, happy, and much loved."
Liz - 4th Nov, 2015
"We have really enjoyed hosting our last two dogs, Nelson and Finn. As a family we enjoy meeting the new dogs and letting them be a part of our family, albeit only for a while. It is good to know if we have any issues we can just call Emily. We hope to keep hosting even when we get our own dog, (something my husband would never have agreed to until he realized how complete a dog makes a home)."
Debra - 4th Nov, 2015
"We have had a full calendar for October starting with a surprise arrival as another host was sadly taken poorly. Ruby arrived within 40 minutes of the phone call but soon settled in and became a family favorite. Then came Azi, she takes over our lives but ooh how we love her. Lastly we had Jess, an old lurcher who turned into a puppy again when it was walkies time. Each very different but all very lovable."
Diana - 15th Oct, 2015
"I have always had dogs since I was born,having lived on a farm. I cannot remember ever being without dogs. Now I am on my own it is great to have more than one dog.
I am a dog lover, plus Kali my lab just love to go on walks and have company at home.
So we are both very happy bunnies"
Nicky - 13th Oct, 2015
"I started pet sitting nine years ago for Barking Mad.
It is very enjoyable and I love the country and Beach Walks. I have to make an effort to get out with the dogs here.
I have many regulars that come year after year. Each dog has its separate character. With the pairs I love watching the integration between the two dogs.
I work for Ian Carney who pays a lot of attention to detail, doesn't mind going over things with me if I am not sure and always makes sure the dog is familiar with my bungalow before he leaves. He always promptly answers the phone and I feel that I am not alone with the responsibility of someone else's dog.
My life would be empty without Barking Mad.
Nicky, Dorset Host. Posted by Nicky"
Clive - 23rd Sep, 2015
"Having just said goodbye to our 2nd holiday dog whom we've enjoyed entertaining and looking after. We look forward to our next dog!"
Carole - 21st Sep, 2015
"Nicola and her team always go the extra mile to ensure they are acting in the dogs best interest. If there is any doubt about a dogs health she will always act accordingly so that the owners can rest assured that there dog will get the best possible attention and the owner can relax and enjoy their holiday. We have always welcomed all our lovely dogs for holidays and they enjoy their stay.
Keep up the good work and keep sending these lovely dogs for their holidays that they can enjoy.
A first class team who cares unreservably for the dogs in their care. Posted by Carole"
Debra - 17th Sep, 2015
"We have just enjoyed a lovely long weekend with Roxy the staffy. She is so well behaved we hardly knew she was there but now she has gone our home is a quieter sadder place. This is why we love Barking Mad as each dog gives us a smile!"
Sarah and Stan - 9th Sep, 2015
"We love taking our four legged holiday friends for walks through the fields and to the beach, Its a privilege to get to know the new dogs and become friends and really special when they come back to us for a repeat holiday full of cuddles and fun."
Angela - 21st Aug, 2015
"I have just become a host for Barking Mad and recently cared for my first dog, a lovely old Labrador. He fitted in so well with my own two dogs and I thoroughly enjoyed giving him a special holiday for a few days and am really looking forward to helping out again. It is something very dear to my heart and feel I am being of use to others in providing a safe and welcoming home from home for someone's beloved pet. Plus my own pets also enjoy the company."
Elaine - 21st Aug, 2015
"We love looking after our holiday dogs, they are all really lovely, friendly and usually make themselves at home straight away. We especially like to have the same dog back time after time and they always look really pleased to see us again."
Brian and Carole - 19th Aug, 2015
"Monty is always a pleasure to have in our home.. Just gone back to his home after another great holiday.
Nicola and her team are as always very efficient and friendly. Thank you to all of you.
Brian and Carole Posted by Brian and Carole"
Diana - 19th Aug, 2015
"I love having dogs I was brought up with my father's GunDogs we always had 2 or 3 at a time. A friend saw you advertising for people to look after them while a way on holiday or just for a week- end. So I did just that. I loved having Maisie also Kali loved it as well."
Cynthia - 10th Aug, 2015
"My Barking Mad dogs, many of whom come back again and again, light up my life. They are all different, with different hopes and needs, and getting to know them and earn their trust and affection is pure joy. They go everywhere with me, visiting friends, shopping, and of course on lots of nice healthy walks, good for me as well as them. Total strangers have become friends, stopping me in the street with "What's this one's name, then?" - or even, on between days, with a disappointed "No dog today?"
God bless BM, my area manager Ian, my owners, and first and foremost, all my dogs."
Celia - 4th Aug, 2015
"Rolo has just gone home after his weekend trial. He passed with flying colours. 10/10 I would say and I'm looking forward to his return towards the end of the week.
Well done Emily - you worked out straight away what sort of dogs are best suited to my situation. Quicker than I did."
Pam & Ray - 21st Jul, 2015
"After a year of being without a dog it was great to have not one but two dogs in the house. To see two little faces greeting us from their crate when we returned home was lovely. They settled in well and Emily made sure we were happy with them. Our grandchildren who live opposite were constantly here playing with them, which they adored. If only we had heard about Barking Mad when we were dog owners and didn't want to use kennels!!!!!!!!"
Filomena - 9th Jul, 2015
"Having Pebbles for a few days was delightful and Finley enjoyed the company. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of dealing with a dog other than my own and understanding her needs.
She seemed extremely happy and made herself at home immediately. All doggie friends on park enjoyed meeting her and she was in her element.
Great fun all round."
Mary - 8th Jul, 2015
"I've often asked myself why on earth anyone would want to be a host for Barking Mad. Belly rubs, staffie, Henry's smelly farts, being first out in pristine snow, pickle's snoring (how the walls vibrate), watching Starsky grow from a gangling four month pup into a well behaved teenager. I can go on and on but my favourite is sleeping on the settee on a hot afternoon having a 'nana nap' with a happy, contented pooch sleeping on my stomach dreaming of rabbits.
In 2014 I looked after 24 different dogs, most of whom returned numerous times. So far this year I've had 18 from little to large to very large (ah yes - Dudley). If I put my foot down and ask for time out to have a holiday myself then I get those puppy dog eyes from Ian (the boss) suggesting that I would love to take a dog with me. I generally succumb and thoroughly enjoy our time together.
Would I recommend being a Barking Mad host to anyone else? Having a boss like Ian who is very keen and hands on makes being a host easier. Should anything crop up he will be straight round to deal with it. I love hosting and would urge those people who are thinking about it to have a go. Where else can you wake up to a pair of soulful eyes, a lolling tongue and a wet nose in your immediate field of vision - that's enough about the old man!
Hi you folks at head office. I have spoken to Ian and he says that if you use this can you put it on both his Bath and Dorset sites please. Many thanks. Mary xx"
Celia - 30th Jun, 2015
"Having lost my beloved 15-year-old Westie last July I decided to sign up as a Host with Barking Mad towards the end of the year.
To be honest the first dog that came to me didn't really suit me and I wasn't sure I would do it again. But Emily persuaded me to have another try and I've had several dogs since which have all been delightful. My favourite, Lulu, has just gone home after her third visit.
I know she loves coming to me and I love having her."
Shannon - 27th May, 2015
"I love looking after all the different types of dogs that come for there holiday with me. I love caring for them as if they where my own. It gets me out and about meeting new people and their dogs too. All the dogs I've had come everywhere with me and even though each dog had a different personality they where all great to have. I look forward to caring for more dogs as well as caring for the same dogs that i have had."
Brian and Carole - 27th May, 2015
"Just coming to the end of another period of hosting a Barking Mad dog on holiday. We really appreciate what Nicola and her team do to connect the right dog to the right family. After having dogs all our lives the time came for us not to be selfish and home another dog in later life. Barking Mad filled that gap and we adore giving a home from home holiday to these special dogs. It's just what we wanted for our dogs rather than kennels.
We feel privileged to be a host for Barking Mad and look forward to giving the next dog with a good home, a good holiday.
Nicola and her team are very professional and give the owners and host families a very professional approach which makes a good holiday for the dogs and a lot of fun and satisfaction for the hosts.
Keep up the good work and can't wait for the next dog to come on holiday. Thank you to you all. Brian and Carole"
Brian and Carole - 29th Apr, 2015
"Beau just gone back home after having another fun holiday with us. She so appreciates the TLC we give her and look forward to having her again.."
Sue - 17th Mar, 2015
"I have loved having the pugs, a breed I've been thinking about getting. Was so nice to have a dog in the house again. All very well behaved and was nice to know Emily was always on call should the need arise. Looking forwards to my next house guest. Sue"
Celia - 10th Mar, 2015
"Lulu, a delightful little Coton de Tulear, was collected from me yesterday after a nine-day stay. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I was sorry to see her go. - Can't wait for her to come back again."
Elaine & Tony - 26th Feb, 2015
"Love looking after our holiday dogs. It's a brilliant, well run company, with people who really do care about the dogs, I would highly recommend to would be hosts or dog owners who can rest assured their babies will be well looked after."
Liz - 25th Feb, 2015
"Really enjoyed having Hamish. Appreciated the support, from Emily, with the walking issue and the fact I could call if any issues.
Next dog please.
Hayley - 25th Feb, 2015
"Me and my family love being a part of the Barking mad team! It makes me feel happy knowing the dog isnt in kennels and instead having a fun time in the our home. Its also great for my own two dogs, it gives them the chance to make new friends and socialise with other dogs all shapes and sizes!"
VLG - 8th Jan, 2015
"I recently hosted my first little visitors from Barking Mad. I was slightly nervous having 3 at once, but I need not have been concerned, Emily was very good with lots of info about what I needed to do.
They very quickly settled in and I really enjoyed having their companionship. I loved taking them out each day and watching them play with their toys."
Shirley - 1st Dec, 2014
"It's now twelve years since I first asked Barking Mad to look after our lovely Boxer Amber.Later,we became hosts and since Amber died,Barking Mad has helped to fulfill our enjoyment of canine companionship with dogs of many different breeds and temperament.
It is lovely when we have repeat visitors,to know that their owners are just as pleased with the Barking Mad service and care of their cherished dogs as I was with Amber."
Carole and Brian - 19th Nov, 2014
"Had a wonderful three weeks with Molly she really enjoyed her holiday. Thanks Nicola you were very supportive and explained every thing needed for Molly to enjoy her stay.
Looking forward to our next visitor.
Posted by: Carole and Brian Lee on 18th Nov, 2014"
Geoff and Ruth - 29th Oct, 2014
"We love the opportunity of hosting dogs as we no longer have of our own. This is a great way of having a dog around the house without the commitment of owning a dog."
Liz - 30th Sep, 2014
"My family and I love being hosts as it gives us the chance to meet lots of different dogs and get to know them.
The house feels empty once the dog has gone but we really enjoy giving the dogs a holiday and the owners piece of mind that this member of their family is being cared for safely and for a few days is a part of our family.
It is always good to know that Emily is on the end of the phone for support and the clear guidelines from the owners let us know what the dog enjoys and what their routines are."
Bruan and Carole - 22nd Sep, 2014
"We have just had our first dog on holiday and jess was a pleasure to have. We have always had dogs but lost our last one a year ago. It was a hard decision not to have another, but our age is against commiting to owning another. We saw a local advert for hosts and Nicola from barking mad made the whole process so easy.
Its the best decision we could have made and cant wait for our next doggy to come for a holiday. They make the house a home again. We love it. Thanks Nicola."
Monica - 28th Aug, 2014
"I lost my dog after 15 yrs together , so Barking Mad is ideal for me, I so enjoy having my doggy visitors, every one of them have their own characteristics, which is so nice to discover, whether they like playing ball, or tug of war with one of their toys, and I enjoy our walks as much as they do as well. Posted by Monica Bennett"
Ruth - 12th Aug, 2014
"How does one sum up being a Barking Mad host? Fun, good loving company, enjoyable healthy exercise and sociable walks when holiday dogs are here. When they are not, then time alone to relax, visit friends, have days out, holidays etc, but soon something is missing. You can't beat doggy company! So I look forward to my next 4 legged holiday guest.
When they arrive I read their notes (what to feed, when to walk, favourite games) all the information I need to make them feel at home. Together we enjoy their holiday and I help them write a holiday post card at the end of their stay!
Life couldn't be better, especially when they come again and their body language, eyes and tail all say 'great to be back, let's have more fun.' Penny the Patterdale, Ellie the Collie, Riley and Alfie thank you for coming into my life. I'm sure you are the first of many more holiday makers who I'll enjoy welcoming into this holiday home for dogs.
When my 16 year old Bonnie went to doggie heaven recently I couldn't decide whether or not to get another dog. There were advantages on both sides, so I got in touch with Barking Mad and with help from Nicola I became a holiday home for dogs. It's great fun, varied, flexible and rewarding; The benefits of having a dog whenever you want, without being tied all the time.
Thank you Barking Mad for enhancing my life.
Posted by: Ruth Middlebrough on 9th Aug, 2014"
Mandy - 11th Jul, 2014
"I have always owned animals but current circumstances don't allow me to commit full time to the care of a pet. I missed so much not having one around, saw the advert for Barking Mad and Barking Mad took me on. It is the perfect solution! I have had the privilege of looking after some wonderful dogs, enjoying walks and cuddles with my little friends. Now I always have a doggie to look forward to, some of them stay with me regularly, which is especially fun. Any drawbacks? - having to return my little friends at the end of their holiday!
Becoming a Barking Mad Host is one of the best decisions I have ever made!!"
Mavis - 30th Jun, 2014
"I have been hosting for Barking Mad for almost six years now, and have so much enjoyed the company of some beautiful dogs of many breeds. I didn't want to get another dog of my own, so this was a perfect solution to have the opportunity of having a lovely dog for company, walks and fun, and yet be free to go away whenever I chose. As time goes by, certain dogs return for repeated holidays, which proves that a happy dog means a happy owner who entrusts their much loved pet to you. Barking Mad is a well structured company, and it is always good to know that 24hr support is on hand if ever needed."
Bernie & Susie - 24th Jun, 2014
"Although new to Barking Mad its been one of the best things we have done living on a small farm we have space and plenty of local walks to offer our wonderful friends who have stayed with us. each one is missed and we long for their return.
We have set up a gallery of our new friends and find great pleasure looking at the moments they have shared with us."
Niccola - 4th Jun, 2014
"I can honestly say that being a host for barking mad has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has helped me physically, emotionally and financially. After losing my own dearly loved Jack Russell I decided I couldn't have another dog to go through the pain of losing it again. Then along came Barking Mad, it must be nearly 7 years ago now and I've never looked back. All the dogs are such a pleasure and a joy to care for. You love them like they are your own and yes, you miss them when they go home but you know there will be another little one on its way to fill the space very soon . The best thing is that they do all come back regularly so your home really does become a home from home, it is wonderful when they come in and you know they are as happy to see you again as you are to see them. It really is the best thing, everything is in place to ensure you have 24hr help and support if necessary. You can specify what type or size of dog you prefer and also specify when you are available. Basically if you're happy the dog is happy and vice versa."
Karen - 27th May, 2014
"This has been my first week as a host of Barking Mad and I/we are loving
it! My first dog guest was Maisie a bearded collie cross. She stayed with us
for the weekend and was such a pleasure to look after. We had lots of fun at
the beaches and parks. We then had lovely little Malcolm a jack Russell cross.
He was very excitable but settled very quickly. He loved playing in the back garden and on
our walks where he came across rabbits, horses and even hens. We are looking
forward to getting gorgeous Bertie very soon. The house seems strange when we
don't have a doggy guest now.
Thanks again, Brad.
Karen, Brian, Nico and Dylan."
Barbara & Peter - 23rd May, 2014
"Our "visitors" have become part of our family over the years. They are as different as our children, and, just like our kids, we love them to bits. Nicola has proved to be a good friend as well as a wonderful "boss". Of course, we do spoil our dogs but they are on their holiday!"
Bev & Ellie - 15th May, 2014
"We love the flexibilty of having different dogs to look after, and we have a few regulars now, especially over half term and school holidays, they bring such fun into the house, with their own individual personalities, we shower them with love and affection (as would their owners) and get very attached - but we know they have to go home, till the next time..."
Cid - 15th May, 2014
"There are so many reasons to love having dogs come to stay with us..... we love having a variety of sizes and breeds and personalities, there's always something to delight us! My boys love having dogs around to play with, and they don't get bored with walking them or feeding them because there's always something different. We get such fantastic characters come and stay with us, they get us out and about, they fill the house with wonderful dogginess. If there's a downside, it's the sadness when they go back home..... until our next doggy friend comes to stay, that is!"
maxine - 22nd Apr, 2014
"I enquired about being a host following my friends' dog being on a 'Barking Mad' holiday. As soon as I met Tina I decided that I would like to become a host, because I was impressed by her friendly professionalism and her genuine love of meeting the needs of dogs and their owners. I have been very well matched with some delightful canine companions! I look forward to the regulars and to meeting new dogs. I have not had any problems as such, but appreciate the speed of response and action from Tina, Colin and Carol-Ann when I have needed information or help with something. I might also add that that Tina, Colin and Carol-Ann are as lovely as the dogs they bring!"
Mick and Shirley - 22nd Apr, 2014
"When we retired, we considered getting a dog of our own. We'd had lots of dogs whilst the children were young but it had been a few years since our last one had died. However, we planned to travel so thought perhaps it wasn't a sensible idea. Then one day, Shirley overheard a conversation about Barking Mad.....and the rest is history! Tina was brilliant - her passion and love for the animals was obvious and we warmed to her straight away. Very soon after, Charlotte, a chocolate Labrador, came to stay with us for 2 weeks. Charlotte adopted us and gave us all her love, attention and affection. The walks, the fresh air, the laughter we had with her were excellent. We said "goodbye" and looked forward to our next dog. Since 2011, when we became hosts, we've had lots of different dogs and return visits from a number of them. It's great getting to know their personalities and learning about them. Tina is always available to consult if there are any difficulties. If anyone is considering becoming a host, we would strongly recommend it. We've never regretted it for one moment! We've just returned from 9 weeks travelling and are desperate to meet our next four legged house guest!"
Karen and Paul - 17th Apr, 2014
"A house isn't a home without a dog in it. Our labrador, Hero loves to have a friend for a couple weeks - they have lots of fun running and playing together, then Hero gets a rest before the next doggy visitor arrives. There's something very special about a wagging tail, and a doggy greeting! We're very pleased we found Barking Mad and treat all our visitors as we would expect Hero to be treated - with love and respect."
Helen - 17th Apr, 2014
"My family used Barking Mad initially for our own dog Sally. She was an old labrador and I never wanted her to be put in kennels when we went on holiday. Tina at Barking Mad came out and totally put our minds at ease. We were shown various hosts, their gardens and all Sally's needs were taken care of. This made us feel so relaxed going on holiday knowing Sally was in the best hands, literally home from home care. She was, most of the time, homed with the same family which was even more reassuring! Sally did take poorly when we were on holiday once and we were up-dated daily by Tina and Barking Mad took extremely good care of her, I will never forget them for that. When Sally passed away a few years ago we knew we didn't want to get another dog and decided on being a host family. It really is the best of both worlds. My 12 year old son particularly loves dogs coming to stay and the love we get from them. We've had all sorts of different dogs and characters. However, as we are busy during school holidays etc, we can select when we would like to take dogs. We have the freedom now and it's so much fun. The great thing is we know we have the back up and support from Tina which is fantastic. If things sometimes don't work out Tina is there to help and even take a dog should we be unable to look after it (which is a very rare occurrence as Tina is excellent at selecting the right dog for the right host). We take lots of photographs for the owners which Tina emails to them, should they wish, on holiday. We also write a little postcard for the families so they know what their pet has been up to while they have been away. It really is a fantastic company and I couldn't recommend them highly enough. If you are wanting company from a dog but without the full time commitment then look no further than Barking Mad. Go on, give it a try.......!"
Sue and Paul - 17th Apr, 2014
"We became hosts for Barking Mad, thinking it would be good to have a dog occasionally and the exercise would be good for us, being retired we need to keep going!!
Tina impressed us immediately..she really works hard at matching the dogs to the people. We love dogs that are good fun on their walks, but behave in the house (who doesn't?) and we have had a range of young and old, big and small and lots and lots of Labradors. If there has been a problem e.g. The dog needs the vet to check something, Tina, Colin or Carol Ann arrive and take the animal to the vet. We had one dog who obviously wasn't happy, and frankly was making us unhappy, perhaps pining for its owner, and Tina took it and looked after it herself. So we never have to worry that we are stuck with an animal that we don't get on with.
Tina has become a good friend, and her team of Colin and Carol Ann are so professional and caring with the animals it is a pleasure to 'do business' with them.
If you are thinking of being a host, do try it...you have a lot of fun, I enjoy the caring for some of the older ones as well as running round with the young ones, without the responsibility of having your own animal. Posted by Sue and Paul Allcroft"
Audrey - 16th Apr, 2014
"Due to health issues I am unable to have a dog of my own. Being a host for barking mad means I can have the company and pleasure of a dog, for a period of time with out the resposibility and cost of owning a dog myself.It is nice to know that as a host I can enable owners to have a break safe in the knowledge that their dog is being cared for by someone whose aim it is to give the dog a holiday in a friendly loving enviorment."
erika - 16th Apr, 2014
"I have been a host for nearly 9 years with my husband and now I am on my own. It is an absolute absolute pleasure to have my little dogs come to stay! I have regular ones and find it a privilege to be trusted with someones pet. They are my friends and it gives me something to focus on meet other dog lovers as well.
Posted by: Erika Cockerill on 15th Apr, 2014"
Dorothy - 16th Apr, 2014
"My husband and I thoroughly enjoy being hosts for dogs. Faye is great and runs a valuable service. Every dog we have has it's own wee personality and we grow to love them more and more every day. They are like little rays of sunshine in our home. We are so happy we decided to be hosts. We love it."
Ian - 16th Apr, 2014
"It is a real pleasure for us to look after so many varied dogs and hopefully give them a great time in a caring way close to their home life.Have done this now for over 3 years with nothing but positive experiences and would fully recommend being a host."
Jaclyn - 15th Apr, 2014
"We are the lucky ones that get to look after your lovely dogs my family and i enjoy it because we get to meet so many different characters and they are all individual and whilst they are with us they are treated as part of our family. We love dogs but because of work commitments we can only host during the school holidays so we are always looking forward to our new guest arriving and we hope to be part of Barking Mad for a very long time."
We are both totally mad about dogs and currently have eight of our own, Orla (Labrador), Bart & Breagha (Jack Russell’s), Lilly, Tink, Piglet and Harry (Chihuahua X Dachshunds) and Hamish (Standard Dachshund). So along with Barking Mad they certainly keep us very busy!
Prior to Barking Mad Jakki, worked for a shipping management company for 15 years where she was lucky enough to travel to various countries including a lot of time spent in the USA and Canada. Jakki, has always been passionate about dogs so the decision to buy a Barking Mad franchise was extremely easy to make and 13 years later she still thoroughly enjoys the well-balanced work and home life that Barking Mad allows and helps her to fulfil her obvious passion for dogs.
Trudi, is a Qualified Veterinary Nurse and before she joined Barking Mad full time in August 2016 she worked part time as the Head Veterinary Nurse at Apex Veterinary Centre in Denny. She has also worked in one of the UK’s biggest wildlife rehabilitation centres and in 2012 received the accolade of Veterinary Nurse of The Year.
I am always happy to use Barking Mad as I can relax on holiday knowing Hannah our greyhound will be happy with the family she is placed with.
Jakki and the team run a very professional service
We have used Barking Mad for a couple of years now and the dogs have made several trips. We wouldn’t be happy if the dogs were in kennels so are delighted with the Barking Mad arrangement. Julie, who collects and returns the dogs, is friendly and efficient. The dogs know her and the routine and she sees them safely to Barbara, their host. The dogs go bounding in to see her. She takes really good care of them and when they return home they are beautifully groomed. Our dogs are happy, so are we.
Sonny was a relaxed and happy dog when he came home after spending a week with Ross. That is why I know this works. Thanks again.
I have been using Barking Mad for 7years now. My dogs are very much part of our family, I have never liked leaving them and always had a worry when we went on holiday until I came across Barking Mad. Jakki and Trudi put me at ease when I met them, their obvious love for dogs means you know that they look after your dogs as much as you would yourself. They make sure the dogs are homed with someone who is matched to your dogs characteristics, keeping them in their same routines. When they come home they have a postcard and photos of their holiday. It is clear when you read it that the host loves what they do and also that they know your dogs quirks, whether it be for swimming in the water or need for lots of cuddles. They also try as much as possible to home your dogs with the same host each time which I love as you know that the dogs feel more at home with each stay. I know when my dogs go on holiday with barking mad they are very much looked after in a warm home environment. I cant recommend them enough they offer a great service, they are dog lovers and do all they possibly can to make sure that my dogs are not only looked after but happy and content. Pepppa and Cookie love their holidays with Barking Mad which helps me enjoy mine even more!
Milo has been on a good few Barking Mad Holidays in the past three years. He has always had glowing reports can't believe they're talking about my Milo, he rules the roost with me!!!!Can't recommend the company enough always have peace of mind while I am on my holidays.Thank you all so much......Woof Woof......Keep up the good work... Posted by Pauline
Bea is a very happy wee dog and clearly enjoyed lots of walks whilst on holiday! She's not stopped snoring since returning home! Many Thanks Jacqui and everyone at Barking Mad!
Lupo was not too well on his last stay and I was called immediately and brought him home early with no trouble at all.
Maisie loves her holidays with Barking Mad. She always leaves happy and comes back well looked after and content. I would thoroughly recommend Barking Mad to any dog owner.
We have used Barking Mad for sometIme now and we would always use them when we go away. Our first concern for Koby was to find a someone who we could trust and also make Koby a happy dog when we are away. We have definitely found this in Barking Mad, and Koby looks forward to his holidays with Barking Mad as well. We have already got one of our friends to use Barking Mad and we would not hesitate to promote the service that Jakki gives to any other dog owners.
I have a 4 year old Westie, who has skin problems. When we decided to go on holiday we were reluctant to put him in Kennels, and that's when I discovered Barking Mad.
Charlie has now been on 3 holidays, and we know by the way he is when he gets home that he has had a great time.
It really makes it easy for us to enjoy our holiday, knowing that Charlie is enjoying his holiday with his Auntie Jean.
The service that Jakki, Trudi and everyone provide is excellent, and I am always telling people to use them rather than kennels
Elaine and David
Max has been for a few holidays with Barking Mad now. He absolutely loves it. He spends his holidays with his host Barbara and I think this is a new best friend for him. We get a postcard after each stay to tell us how he has got on, which is great as it lets us know how he has been. He goes for walks, meets up with his new doggy friends and then curls up with Barbara at night. When he comes home he is so relaxed and full of fun. It is great because he thinks HE has been on holiday and not us so he feels none of the stress which was previously associated with us going away. Max is now 13 so we did worry about him when we were away but now we don't anymore as we know he is happy and well looked after.
We recently left our beloved pet weimaraner Casper with Barking Mad for the 1st time. What can I say, they were brilliant from the start, Julie came along & explained the process & so Casper went to a lovely lady called Barbara who stays in Cumbernauld for his holidays.We got photos & text messages letting us know how he was. This gave us peace of mind to enjoy our holiday.! Won't hesitate to use them again.. Thanks to all at BM..
This is not the first time we've used barking mad and this most definitely will not be the last, Harley had an absolute ball from start to finish as he always does. The barking mad ladies are fabulous and could not recommend them to enough people! On a few occasions we have had to use the service at short notice and Jakki has been so accommodating, all in all this is a fab service that is of the highest standard, Harley once again had a fabulous holiday where he saw his best friend Harvey and Ann once again, Thank you Jakki and barking mad! Harley's looking forward to his next adventure with you.
After rehoming our wee Peppi from a long stint in rescue kennels we were not keen on putting her to kennels while we were on holiday. I searched and searched for an alternative until I found Barking Mad. Peppi seems to have enjoyed her holiday and hasn't been stressed at all (which we were worried about) We got the loveliest postcard from her sitter Jean who told us everything Peppi had been up to. I wouldn't be worried about using Barking Mad again and I am sure Peppi would be delighted to visit her new friend Jean in the future!
After many attempts at putting our boy Bailey in kennels whilst we went on holiday and coming home to him being very stressed and Ill we decided on trying Barking Mad , it was the best choice we ever made . Our boy goes on his holiday whilst we go on ours ,and we go away with piece of mind , he loves his time away and also comes home happy and content
We are so glad to we found Barking Mad
Great service from start to finish. Very considerate and thorough preparation for Fergus' holiday. He had a great time and we appreciated the postcard. Many thanks.
My dogs Chloe and Benjie have been going to barking mad for several years they love to go and are always happy with their host family they are well looked after which makes me feel better knowing that they are happy.
We would also like to say a big thank you for looking after Lulah during our recent holiday. It's the first time Lulah has been away from us during our 4 years together but she obviously enjoyed her time with Angela and after meeting you and the team we went on holiday with confidence and reassurance. Will certainly call on you again!
Millie has never been in kennels after various not-so-nice experiences with our previous dogs. She has only ever been to one of the host families of Barking Mad and we've always been delighted. She's happy and clean when she comes back with no hoarse voice or kennel smell.
We're relaxed about leaving her and she is always happy to see Jakki when she comes to pick Millie up.
Having Millie picked up from home also stops that horrible, guilt-ridden journey to kennels and removes the experience of having to hand a dog over to somewhere where it inevitably is noisy.
It's a great experience over all and we couldn't go back to sending a dog to kennels ever.
Hurrah for Barking Mad!!
Cannot recommend Jakki and Barking Mad highly enough. They have always looked after Gunnar perfectly and he comes home happy as Larry. It is great peace of mind to be on holiday and know he is either asleep upside down on his host's sofa, or out exploring and having great adventures.
Jakki and her team are always so helpful and will do whatever it takes to accommodate. Gill usually picks up Coco our beagle and Coco is always so excited to see her and happily goes. It gives us peace of ins to enjoy our holiday knowing Coco is being well looked after by her host family .
Thanks to all at Barking Mad !
We are delighted with the service we get from Jakki and Barking Mad for Koby. He is always happy to see any of the people from Barking Mad and always comes back as happy as he was before he went. A truly great concept for dog owners who prefer not to put their dogs in kennels.
We've only ever used Barking Mad for Millie who is 7 now. Going into kennels was traumatising for our previous dog and us and Barking Mad is a complete contrast. The service is very efficient and friendly and Millie is happy to go off to her holiday home. Knowing she is well cared for and walked regularly makes for great peace of mind for us. A wonderful service.
Molly has enjoyed 3 holidays so far with Barking Mad. She now becomes very excited when Jill comes to pick her up because she knows she's going to have a great time with her other family. We are very happy with the service we have received so far and we know that Molly is well looked after and is enjoying herself while we are away enjoying ourselves!
Thanks very much for the great photos, and please thank Barbra again for the wonderful job she did. I would not hesitate to reccomend Barking Mad to anyone, my 2 dogs came back looking fitter and seemed really happy, this has left my whole family feeling relaxed about using Barking Mads services again in the future, which Im sure we will, thanks again Barking Mad as it completed my holiday.
Without the service Jakki and Barking Mad provide we wouldn't be able to go on holiday. Mikes loves going to stay with Christine and has been going to her for a few years now - a home from home. He knows exactly where Christine's treat cupboard is!!
This is a fantastic service for anyone who owns a dog but doesn't like the idea of kennels. Love getting my postcard and pictures telling me what Mikey has been up to while we've been away.
Complete peace of mind on holiday - priceless!!!!
Gillian Neville, Stoneywood
I just wanted to say thanks for making Spikes break away from home easier for him. He seems to love going to stay with his new friends Jackson and Pamela. He always takes a day to settle back in at home and walks about feeling sorry for himself. I know this is because he has enjoyed his time away and misses his new friends. It makes me feel at ease knowing he is looked after well when I am away.
This is the first time we have used this service and we will be using it again in the very near future we would recommend it to anybody our little dog was picked up and dropped off at the exact times we were told. We would like to thank May and Bill who looked after her she had a great time she was very well looked after. Thanks again for the wonderful service it is a home from home for your pets .
For those of you with 4 legged members of the family - doggies only! take a look at "Barking Mad" - a home from home retreat for your beloved dog while you go on holiday - forget kennels - this company will find a host family who will ALWAYS look after your dog when you go away - your dog will become familiar with this home & family & will look forward to going there & you wont feel guilty for going away!!
As my Max is a very old man now & on lots of medication i fully appreciate the bond he has with his host family & their own dogs - so much so that he waggs his tail & gets excited when Jakki Gunn comes to pick him up cause its his holiday time & i know he will be so well looked after & all his meds will be given as prescribed!
You couldn't wish for more for such a devoted member of your family!
Just so pleased our boy was well looked after! We had a few specifics which clearly were adhered to. Ash came home with no bad habits and his treat bag still full – a good sign he wasn’t overfed. I very much appreciated the texts and photos whist we were away, this helped to re-assure us. Thank you
Our summer months have drawn to a close and wow they seemed to have just whizzed by! We had 100’s of happy holidaying dogs visiting their Host families throughout July and August for a well- earned break as their owners sought the sun elsewhere (let’s hope they found it!!), now they are back home dreaming of their fantastic experience with Barking Mad whilst their owners are back hard at work!
We had a great day out at Tesco in Milngavie. We set up a stall in the foyer and it was great to meet everyone who stopped for a chat and hear all about their dogs and what they would like from a bespoke doggy holiday. We gave away lots of ‘Barking Mad Bags for Life’ and it was brilliant to see them all being carried about the shop! Some of our regular customers and hosts popped by too to show their support and we also raised some money for the charity ‘Support Dogs’ with donations for our doggy biscuit bags.
As we cruise towards our busy summer months we are very happy to announce that both our Barking Mad Holiday vehicles have been updated with our fantastic new logo. We will always do our upmost to ensure that your dogs’ travel in comfort so if they are happier to travel on a back seat (with the appropriate car harness safety restraint) then please let us know so we can accommodate them. Also, both of our vehicles have air conditioning so in the hot weather you can rest assured that your beloved dogs will be kept nice and cool on their holiday journey to their hosts. We hope you will agree that ‘your dog’s’ holiday really does start here!!’
Jakki and I attended another fantastic Barking Mad Annual Conference in the beautiful Lake District. It’s so good to get together with all the other Franchisee’s to network and share ideas on how we can make our customers and their dogs even happier with their Barking Mad holiday experiences’. Pictured below is our conference group photo taken by the beautiful Lake Windermere.
It doesn’t seem that long since we were celebrating Christmas and now we find ourselves on the countdown to Easter! Our children have finished school for their Easter break which always signals the start of a busier than usual couple of weeks for us. We have lots of happy dogs getting ready for their unique ‘home from home’ holiday experience with Barking Mad and let’s not forget their host families who are equally excited to welcome them into their own homes!
Easter is great fun for all the family and this should include our much-loved pets too - but it’s easy to accidentally leave something tempting lying around that a pet might find hard to resist. So, it’s important to remember that Chocolate contains a chemical known as theobromine that can cause serious harm to your dog, even in small quantities. The darker and higher the percentage of cocoa, the more theobromine is in the chocolate so please make sure to keep it out of reach of your dog. Also, Hot Cross Buns and other cakes with raisins can cause serious harm too - Raisins can cause kidney failure and can be fatal - if your dog is a scavenger it may be best to keep any left overs in a cupboard out of his reach.
If you want to treat your furry family member to an Easter treat you can find ‘Dog Friendly’ Easter Eggs and treats that are cocoa and gluten free at your local pet shops.
We have also sent out our Annual Newsletter keeping our customers up to date with our activities through 2016. Our service gets busier every year and we already have bookings up to November 2017. Even if you only have a rough idea of dates, it's best to get your dog booked in because every year, there are people who miss out on Barking Mad because they’ve left it too late, please don’t let this be you!
We will be joining the Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary on Sunday 22nd January 2017 for their Charity Dog Walk at The Helix Park and Kelpies in Falkirk (FK2 9EE). Anyone who wishes to join in with the walk is to meet at the car park in the Helix park at 11am.The walk will then go from the car park up to the kelpies, then walk back down and go around the pond at the helix. There are toilets at the pond in the Helix and a refreshment van for anyone who would like to warm themselves with a hot drink afterwards.
Please remember that after walking your dogs in winter months that
"ROCK SALT IS POISONOUS TO PETS: Rock salt is a mixture of salt (sodium chloride) and grit, and is used to help de-ice roads in winter. Rock salt can be a danger to pets such as dogs and cats, if they lick it from their paws or fur and it can also cause irritation to their paw pads"
So when you return from a walk with your dog (or your cat comes in from a night on the town) it is best to gently rinse and dry your pet's paws to avoid irritation, any ill effects from ingestion and to help keep their precious paws safe!
We have had a very busy Christmas and New Year making sure all our furry friends on their dog holidays have had a fabulous festive season. We work hard so that you can rest assured that your furry family members are always well looked after and kept safe warm and cosy especially through the winter months.
We have recently discovered that more and more pubs in and around Glasgow have become dog friendly, including our own local pub ‘The Red Deer’ in Cumbernauld. We often pop in there after a walk with our dogs for a well-deserved drink and, at this time of year especially, to warm ourselves up by their beautiful log fire. The staff always give us a very warm welcome and our dogs get lots of fuss too. There is also a lovely jar of dog biscuits that sits on the bar for us to treat our four legged friends with.
Recently two rogue ‘Gentlemen’ who were in the Red Deer decided to take the jar of dogs treats and walk out the door with them! As you can imagine there were a lot of unhappy customers and more importantly unhappy dogs who were missing their treats. Jakki and I heard of this dastardly deed and drove down the very next day with a replacement Jar of dog biscuits. The jar was not even on the bar for 5 minutes before the first happy dog got her treat!
Even though we are still busy here at Barking Mad North Glasgow we have to find time to keep all our customers and hosts updated on what we have been up to. So it’s about this time of year that we put together our yearly News Letter full of fun facts and updates on all things Barking Mad. It will be winging its way to you after Christmas but before it does here is a sneak preview of one of our pictures, The Barking Mad Team!
Our summer is flying by (shame about the weather!) and our children are already getting themselves ready to go back to school!
Jakki, Trudi, their son Cameron and Jack Russell ‘Breagha’ all took part in a sponsored dog walk in aid of a local hospice appeal. The 6k walk was organised by St Andrews Hospice (Airdrie) and was attended by over 300 people and their four legged family members. Jakki and Trudi raised over £150 in donations and a fabulous day was had by all, especially Breagha who tried to say ‘hello’ to everyone as she knew they were all carrying dog treats!!
Well I guess the biggest news of the summer is that Trudi has decided to join Jakki full time in the running of Barking Mad North Glasgow. As you may know Trudi has worked as a Qualified Veterinary Nurse since leaving school (many years ago!) and over the last six years has been helping Jakki out on a part time basis whilst maintaining her Head Nurse position at Apex Veterinary Centre, Denny. Trudi says ‘it was hard to leave my ‘Apex Family’ as we have worked so closely together for a number of years, but it was made so much easier knowing I was leaving to be able to work alongside Jakki. Barking Mad has been a huge part of my life and the time was right for me to make the transition to being involved full time.’
Summer is finally upon us and we find ourselves busier than ever! There are always plenty of shows happening and even though we would love to be at all of them we will obviously be very busy taking our furry VIPs on their holidays. Barking Mad will however be at the Dogs Trust Glasgow Fun Day on the 5th June and we are really looking forward to meeting lots of potential customers and hosts there.
We here at Barking Mad North Glasgow had a lovely Christmas and New Year and we can’t quite believe that 2016 is here already!
January has been very busy for us so far and many of our customers have already booked their Easter, summer and winter breaks for 2016.
We are planning our year ahead and hoping to visit many fetes, dog shows, dog walks and family fun days in our area. We love to get out and about meeting new people and their furry family members and if you know of any events that you would like us to attend please don’t hesitate to get in contact and let us know all the details!
October and November have been jam packed with lots of our four legged friends enjoying some fantastic autumn holidays and who can blame their humans for wanting to get away from our dreadful weather!
The PIF Awards Night (Pet Industry Federation) in Liverpool was soon upon us and with much excitement we awaited the results! Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the ‘top spot’ but both Jakki and I were so grateful just to have been nominated and made it to the shortlist! We would like to thank everyone for their good luck wishes!
We had some fabulous news from HQ that Jakki has been shortlisted to the finals of the Pet Industry Federation (PIF) Awards 2015 for the category of ‘Pet Service Provider of the Year’. This years’ awards are being held in Liverpool with a black tie dinner hosted by the actor Brian Blessed. So our little black dresses will be dusted off, high heels polished and hand bags ready to dance around as we party with the other finalists! Wish us luck!!
Our extremely busy summer started to calm down a little in the middle of August barely giving us time to get used to the idea that our Son would soon be starting High School. It seems hard to believe that he was just a wee 1 year old when Jakki started her Barking Mad Franchise back in 2004. Jakki was the 11th Franchise to launch and to date we now have 65 franchises operating country wide! How time flies!!
Now that Summer has finally arrived we find ourselves busier than ever! So to keep things running smoothly as always we have employed a part time member of staff to help at weekends. Mhari is settling in well and is enjoying picking up our four legged VIPs and taking them on their well earned holidays.
We found time in our busy schedule to attend The Apex Vets Family Fun Day. This is always a popular event and we had lots of interest in our stand from both prospective customers and hosts. Apex Vets raised over £500 for charity and Barking Mad had the honour of sponsoring their Dog Show.
After an extremely busy Easter it was time for us to head to The Lakes for our Annual Barking Mad Conference (that came around very quickly!!). We had a fantastic weekend catching up with everyone throughout the Barking Mad Network and spent our day swapping ideas to push our ever expanding businesses forward into 2015. We had a lovely awards dinner that evening and I am thrilled to announce that Jakki , for an unprecedented second time in the 11 years of running her business, was awarded with the top accolade of ‘Franchisee Of The Year 2015’. I’m sure you agree that this is a fantastic achievement and we are all very proud of her and look forward to what the rest of the year has install for us!
It’s been a very busy few months since our last update. Unfortunately in October Gill left us for pastures new and is still missed by all at Barking Mad. We also enjoyed a well-earned break and visited friends who live in South Africa where we were lucky enough to do (amongst lots of other things!) a couple of Game Safaris where we saw lots of native wildlife and also visited a reserve where they rescue orphaned Elephants and there we were able to feed them and walk with them around their reserve.
It was then back to business as usual when we returned from our holidays where we set about finding a much needed new member of staff. We were extremely happy in November to welcome our new employee Julie who has already become a firm favourite with Hosts and Customers alike and after 6 months with us she has settled in very well.
We have recently introduced a new accounting system called ‘Quick Books’ and we hope you have noticed your new electronic contracts and invoices winging themselves to you! We have found this new system to be very efficient and have had lots of positive feedback from our customers about it.
We love working with and recommending local business, here are a list of fantastic people we think you might like to hear about:
Apex Vets purpose built veterinary centre is situated in Denny, by Falkirk. The surgery is owned by vets Douglas Paterson and Glen Hodgson. They run their own 24 hour Emergency Vet service from their practice in Denny. http://apexvets.com
Wagsters Dog Walking provides a unique and fun way for your dog to enjoy a regular session of exercise, fun and stimulation with other dogs in a safe and supervised environment. www.wagsters.co.uk
Dog Friendly Places
The Red Deer in Cumbernauld is a country pub oozing rural charm and rustic character that welcomes dogs in the bar area where you can enjoy a drink or have something to eat.
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