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.
Dog Club-internet dog directory