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August 2017


This Bank holiday weekend we will be attending the All About Dogs event at the Norfolk Showground. Why not come along say hello. Tania and colleagues Sharon and Chris from neighboring Barking Mad (Norwich), will be there to chat about holiday dog care for your beloved dogs and dog sitting opportunities as part of our host family.

You can also enter our free competition to win a Meerkat experience for 2 people.  This is a fantastic event for dog lovers from all over Norfolk.



What a fabulous day at Creake Abbey for The Wells Community Hospital Trust Annual Dog Show & Family Fun Day.

Thank you to all who came and supported the event and came and introduced your lovely dogs to us. It was such a fantastic turn out and everyone had such a wonderful time.





Summer 2016 saw the launch of Barking Mad (North West Norfolk), offering home boarding for dogs as an alternative to kenneling. One year on and our family of hosts and some of their canine companions have celebrated our first birthday in style with a tea party and suitably themed birthday cake.


I am delighted with the first first year of business. "We are delivering bespoke holidays for local dogs and consistently receiving 5* ratings from our happy customers. It gives us such pleasure knowing that the dogs are happy and that our customers can go away on holiday, business etc safe in the knowledge that their precious furry family members are being loved and cared for just as they would at home. In addition we have an ever expanding group of host families who provide dog sitting services. Our hosts are part of our Barking Mad family and we love them to bits."

Here's to an exciting future.....looking forward to meeting lots more beautiful doggy customers and having more wonderful caring people join our family of hosts. 

July 2017

Happy Dog, Happy Holiday, Happy You!

Take a look at some of the gorgeous dogs who have had a Barking Mad holiday recently. If you're planning your own holiday, do get in touch to check availability. This is our busiest time of year and we want to do our best to look after our loyal existing customers wherever we possibly can.

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We are very proud to announce that Barking Mad has just been awarded the ISO 9001 quality standard! Achieving this award shows that we rigorously follow standards and procedures to deliver the highest quality service for our customers and hosts. We are the only UK pet care company (local or national) to have achieved this and we are very proud to have done so. Another first for Barking Mad!

Review us on Google and Facebook

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These days, many people look on review sites before making purchases. We are really grateful to have received lots of wonderful Trustpilot reviews, resulting in us consistently ranking first in Pet related categories.

We would really love to grow our reviews on Google and Facebook. If you are an existing customer who has used the Barking Mad, North West Norfolk service, in the last year (June 16-July 17), and would like to stand a chance of winning a £100 gift voucher from The Neptune Inn and Restaurant in Old Hunstanton, all you have to do is review us on Google and Facebook!

The winner will be picked randomly from all new reviews received from existing customers from today until 31 July 2017.

Thank you in advance!

Beware of Heatstroke as the temperature hots up!


If you see a dog in a hot car displaying any signs of heatstroke, dial 999 immediately as the dog could soon lose consciousness and experience internal organ failure.

Warning signs of heatstroke:

  • Is the dog panting heavily?
  • Is the dog drooling excessively?
  • Does the dog appear lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated?
  • Is the dog collapsed or vomiting?
  • What is ‘heatstroke’?

If dogs are too hot and are unable to reduce their body temperature by panting, they will develop heatstroke which can kill.

If a dog is displaying any signs of heatstroke, move them to a cool, shaded area and call a vet immediately.
Some types of dog are more prone to heatstroke, like very old or young dogs, dogs with thick, heavy coats or dogs with very short flat faces like pugs and bulldog types. Dogs with certain diseases or on some types of medication are also more at risk.


January 2017

Tea with a Tail

We are delighted to be joining forces with the Hunstanton Methodist Church http://www.hunstantonmethodistchurch.org.uk/ to host a regular get together for people in the community who find themselves alone and unable to get out to socialise very much. Many of the attendees are people who have had dogs in the past but can no longer commit to caring for a pet anymore. We have arranged an informal gathering for people to come along for a cup of tea and cake. Some of our lovely hosts with their gentle dogs will be dropping in to say hello, giving attendees the chance to have a cuddle with the gorgeous dogs. We will be hosting our first "Tea with a Tail" event in late Feb and after that hope to be able to run it monthly going forward.


We are delighted that the Church Council thought it was a good idea. We had originally contacted the Church to enquire about availability of their facilities to host the event ourselves. The Church loved the idea and suggested we work together.

Please contact Tania on 01485 205 715 or email tania.stowe@barkingmad.uk.com if you would like to join our event or if you know someone who you think might benefit from coming along.


November 2016

Follow Your Dog’s Lead to Bring Christmas Spirit to Lonely Neighbours

Taking your favourite dog for a visit, can be the perfect conversation starter to break the ice with lonely or elderly neighbours this Christmas. We are issuing a call to action to all local dog lovers including our own staff, host families, customers and social media followers to share a little festive spirit in their neighbourhood this year.



It is so easy to be swept along on the relentless tide of commercialism at Christmas but Barking Mad would like to inspire people, to realise that the greatest gift they can give their community is time. It is a heart-breaking reality that many people will spend Christmas alone. Equally, Christmas can really amplify the desolating effects of bereavement, divorce or illness, as the nation is bombarded by advertising agency images of a seasonal wonderland filled with love and laughter.

Age UK’s ‘No one should have no one at Christmas’ campaign states that a staggering ‘1.2 million older people are chronically lonely’ and the NHS Choices website also offers the following advice on tackling loneliness:
“There are lots of ways you can do your bit to help lonely or socially isolated elderly people in your community. Volunteering for an organisation that supports older people is a key way of helping a lonely or socially isolated older person. But a simple friendly chat or phone call can make all the difference too.”

We can’t fail to be aware that we should all be playing a role in reaching out to community members who may be spending a Christmas bereft of family and friends. However, the reality of the situation is that it can sometimes feel a little awkward to begin a conversation and you may worry about being perceived as patronising or interfering. Dogs are a great leveller and are not influenced by social status, generally if someone is pleased to see them they are delighted to respond. Using your pet, or borrowing someone else’s, is a natural way to spark a conversation, which can lead to really positive interaction. A common-sense approach is obviously required though and the dog must be of suitable temperament.

Our founder and MD Lee Dancy enthuses:
“Great Britain is a nation of dog lovers but sadly, it is not always practical for everyone to own pets. It only takes half an hour of your time to visit an individual who’d really appreciate the chance to see and stroke a friendly animal. We hope that through this initiative, we can help ensure that older people feel valued and included at Christmas.”

So come on and join in the spirit of Christmas and give someone in your community the gift of your time and your company. Take your dog along for a cuddle too, it could make the difference to someone’s life this Christmas.



For a chance to win this lovely Christmas stocking stuffed with doggy treats courtesy of our friends at Tuffdogs Stuff Ltd, simply log onto our Barking Mad (North West Norfolk) facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BarkingMadDogCareNWNorfolk/):

1. like our Barking Mad Dog Care (North West Norfolk) page
2. tell us what your dog means to you

The winner will be announced on 10 December 16 and the prize will be posted to the winner.



I would like to say a very big THANK YOU to all the wonderful ladies and gentleman who have joined the Barking Mad hosting community since our launch. These wonderful people lovingly give their time and open up their homes to a wide range of personalities, breeds, sizes of dogs who enjoy their holidays with us. Our hosts are the back bone of our service and are very much appreciated for all they do.

We are always looking for new host families to satisfy the increasing demand for doggy holidays. If you or someone you know might be interested in hosting, please get in touch with Tania for a chat.

We have lots of beautiful dogs of all shapes and sizes. You choose what suits you best. All you need is time and a secure garden. We do everything else.

Tania 01485 205715

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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:

My Pet Project Ltd - http://www.my-pet-project.co.uk/Default.aspx

Pretty Paws - http://www.prettypawsnorfolk.co.uk/

Tuffdogs Stuff - Quality kit for active dogs - http://www.tuffdogsstuff.co.uk/