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Paisley and Inverclyde
Welcome to Barking Mad, your local five-star rated dog-boarding service in Paisley and Inverclyde. We want to provide the perfect holiday home for your dog, offering a personalised and loving experience with a dog-loving host providing devoted care.
When you have to be away from home for a while, whether for business or pleasure, as a dog owner you have to consider how best to leave your pet. Historically, pet owners would have no choice but to leave their dog in kennels when going on holiday, but the problem with this is mass feeding and exercise times alongside every other dog. This can lead to anxiety for any animal used to their own personalised routine at home. Barking Mad offers a real alternative; a short-term loving home for your dog, keeping their routine intact.
You know how perceptive your dog is. Their reaction when you pick up your keys, excited to be heading out to the park for a run around, or their concern when they see you packing a suitcase and getting ready to leave for a trip. Your dog is truly a part of your family group, which is a great quality, but means they might suffer when you’re away. We want to make sure that separation issues are alleviated in times when you cannot take them with you.
As dog sitting services go, Barking Mad is the best in the UK, in part because we know how to reduce these anxiety levels for your dog and yourself. We match your dog with a perfect host family for them. Our hosts are passionate about caring for animals and are ready to stick to our strict pet care criteria. On top of this, we want to make sure your dog feels right at home, so we ask you to send, and ask the host family to embrace, their favourite bowl, a blanket that smells of home, or a bag of treats they love to eat. One of the best ways to reduce stress in your pet is creating a familiar homely environment in a new place.
Our staff are experts in their field who understand the daily routines your dog will have, as well as the impact on them if these are taken away. Our focus is always on the health and wellbeing of the dog, so keeping to their regular walking times and feeding preferences is something we are keen to embrace. The happier we can make your dog feel whilst staying with their host individual or family, the better for them and for you. All of our hosts love dogs and are picked because of their passion and dedication.
When searching for dog boarding services in Paisley and Inverclyde, you’ll find no better service than ours, but don’t just take our word for it. Our independently verified reviews and testimonials point to the five-star service we’ve always worked towards. We ask all of our clients to fill out a short testimonial so that you can see the latest reviews from our happy customers. We know how passionate we are about dogs, so it’s great to see our dog owners feel the same way about our service at Barking Mad!
We know that you’re likely to miss your dog while you’re away. It’s understandable, which is why we’ve added something a little bit different to our dog sitting service. We’ll send a dog holiday postcard during your time away, so that you can see your beloved pet out for a run or enjoying a nap, and know that everything is good back home! We’ll also ensure the host family adheres to your dog’s strict nutritional or medication requirements if they have any, so in the event of any emergency, we have highly trained dog experts on call 24 hours a day for your peace of mind.
We are not just the best dog boarding service in Paisley and Inverclyde; we’re also the best in the country, with in excess of 70 branches throughout the UK. If you are ever in need of a short-term home for your pet elsewhere, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We can put your dog up for a day or even a few weeks at a time, with a vast array of warm and welcoming host homes in each area.
Barking Mad was set up in 2000 to provide dog lovers with the bespoke, high quality service that their dogs deserve. Why pay over the odds for a communal kennel where your dog won’t be given its own personalised routine and special care? Our prices are competitive, but we also go that extra mile, so that you don’t have to settle for the kennels, or the basic service of occasional visits to your home to feed and walk the dog.
Pick up the phone today to contact us on 01524 220202 or email our friendly staff over at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be happy to have a chat, meet your dog, and then set up the holiday experience of your dog’s dreams!
|One off initial registration meeting||£35|
|Daily boarding rate||£23|
|Daily boarding rate for additional dogs||£19|
|Collection and delivery||£35|
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.
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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."
It's a pleasure to provide a bespoke and excellent dog care service in my local area. The Hosts love looking after their furry guests and every dog goes home happy. Nowadays dogs are considered part of the family and the tailored service we provide makes the dogs feel just as loved as they are at home. For me, it's about giving peace of mind so that when you're away you can enjoy your holiday knowing that your dogs enjoying theirs too.
Your local Barking Mad service provides the personal touch to home boarding. We are open to all kinds of dogs and always come and meet your dog before their holiday. You can see photos on the Local News tab and genuine feedback on the Customer Comments tab.
So if you would like to send your dog on a lovely holiday, or if you would like to become one of our wonderful Hosts, please get in touch and we would be delighted to speak with you.
The service is available for dog collections and deliveries from 9am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
Another wonderful service provided for Casper by Faye, very relaxing for both of us knowing his needs are tailored for himself as he's an old boy now, thankyou
Jackie & casper
Rory has just spent 3 weeks with Eileen and as usual was well cared for. We went on holiday feeling confident that Rory would enjoy his time with her. I would certainly recommend Barking Mad to other dog owners. Thanks again for looking after him.
Excellent service provided by Faye and her team with hosts carefully selected to gel with the animals.
I would have no hesitation in awarding this company 5 stars for their experience and service.
We are always delighted to place our two girls (Ellie & Poppy) with host Liz via Faye. They come back probably even more spoiled than when they went (if that's possible!) and are always happy to see the Barking Mad car pull up !!! Only minor criticism would be it'd be nice to get a couple more pics during their break but the host postcard is always a delight to receive. We'd recommend Barking Mad but more especially Faye and her staff to any dog owner looking for a caring happy home from home for their furry kids !!!. Posted by Richard and Iris
Richard & Iris Bruce
Our wee Pug Pippin has returned from his third holiday with Faye and Barking Mad. Wonderful service as always and Pippin loved staying with Carole and her two dogs. A huge success and he came back full of beans and slept for hours! He obviously had a wonderful time. We hope he is not bored being back with us and no other doggy company.Great photos and postcard - his writing is really improving!
Barking Mad allows you complete peace of mind when away and we would recommend Faye and her team without hesitation.
Dear Faye and Laura,
Many thanks for once again arranging such a safe and loving home away from home for Umo over the Christmas holidays. He came home full of beans (no change there then!) and relaxed and happy, so resepct and thanks also to Chris, Karen and Amy for welcoming Umo into their family over Christmas. All the best for 2017 from all of us. Cheers, Rod and Umo
I just got Stig back from another stay with Barking mad. Prior to using Barking Mad I put Stig in kennels but now that he is getting older and showing signs of getting a little slower I was feeling guilty and started to search for an alternative. I am so glad I found Barking Mad. Faye and Laura provide a fantastic service. Stig has been lucky to stay with a couple of hosts so far and each time he comes back a happy dog. He no longer suffers from being in the cold kennels and he can take his big comfy bed to the hosts house. More importantly he doesnt go in the huff with us when he comes back !! The feedback we get from the hosts is wonderful. It is also great to get pictures and texts of how Stig is when is with the hosts. Great service.
Fantastic service again from Barking Mad, our dog Roxy lives her holidays with Barking Mad and she has always gone to the same host (Pauline) who she loves. Wouldn't hesitate in recommending them to anyone looking for expert dog care when they go on holiday.
Sascha really enjoyed her holiday with Prim and Sascha will feel that Prim is very much part of her family. We love the fact that Prim has family calling in to see her as Sascha is very much a people dog and loves nothing more than being played with, walked and having lots of cuddles just a second home with Prim.
We would like to thank Prim so much for taking care of Sascha for us.
BM is such a great concept and we feel confident leaving our dog with BM I would not hesitate to recommend BM to anyone with a dog who is looking for a home from home for their pets.
Keep up the good work.
Thank you so much
We wouldn't trust anyone else but Barkingmad to look after Poppy when we go on holiday. Anna her carer treats Poppy as if she's her own . we love the postcards and pictures Poppy comes back with and we even keep in touch on Facebook while she's away !! Faye runs a first class service right from picking Poppy up to dropping her back off.
I am so glad I found Barking Mad. Stig is nearly 10 so getting on a bit so to find a service like this where he is looked after by a competent and lovely host in their own home is great. He gets walked every day and has company all day. He now comes back from his holiday a happy dog, not sore and stiff from being outside in a kennel 24x7. I have already secured bookings for my holidays in 2017. Thank you Barking Mad - great work.
Fantastic service as normal. Keep up the good work. Would recommend to anyone looking for someone to look after there beloved pet. Many thanks.
I cannot praise Barking Mad highly enough. Fudgie absolutely loves his holidays, as soon as his bed goes in the hall he knows he is off on an adventure and constantly runs to the door and window waiting for his lift. I would never go back to the dark days of using kennels. He becomes a temporary part of the host family, is given lots of cuddles, attention, treats and walks. I don't worry at all about him when he is with Barking Mad. He loves going off on his holiday and thats all I need to know.
Another great holiday for our wee pug puppy Pippin. He obviously had a great time and we left in full confidence in Faye and her team knowing he was in the best of hands. Total peace of mind at all times.
Hamish had another holiday this time a different host had him, he came back to us so relaxed and very happy.
The peace of mind we have is second to none as we have no worries at all the Hamish is being cared for.
Thanks again to barking mad for finding the right host for Hamish , not everyone would welcome such a huge dog into their home.
Another wonderful mini break for Casper and myself just knowing he is being well looked after gives me great confidence and assurances
Thankyou onced again Faye
Kind regards. Jackie & casper
Once again Apollo came home from his holiday looking great and very happy. Auntie Liz, as we now call her, wrote some lovely things about him on his postcard. Such a lovely group of people who love our boy as much as we do. Many many thanks for such a wonderful service. x
Barking Mad gave peace of mind knowing our ageing dog got security and care while we were away
Excellent service by Faye & company. My dog returns happy and contented. Very happy that he is cared for so well while I am away. Would highly recommend
As always excellent service. Osgood came back a happy and contented dog. Which is what any owner wants
Fantastic service once again from Faye and the team from Barking Mad. Rusty had a great time with Lindsay. I would recommend this service to anyone this Allowis me to have a relaxing holiday without worrying about Rusty as I know he is in good hands. Thank you.
Got to say that we are over the moon with the fantastic service from everyone involved at Barking Mad. Islay had a great time with Anna and we had a stress free weekend knowing Islay was safe and happy. Many thanks to the team.
Another wonderful experience for myself and Casper delivered with excellence from Faye her team and lovely hosts. This has been his fifth holiday this year and will shortly be going on his sixth, this says it all Faye provides a service which gives me confidence that Casper will be well looked after and loved in a caring and trustworthy environment
Jackie & Casper ????????
BARKING MAD IS A GREAT,WELL RUN COMPANY THAT HAVE BEEN LOOKING AFTER MY DOG ALFE FOR YEARS NOW, I RECCOMEND THEM TO EVERYONE. THE PEOPLE THEY USE AS HOSTS ARE GREAT AND ALFIE ALWAYS COMES HOME FROM HIS HOLIDAYS HAPPY AND RELAXED
Thank you to Faye and Barking Mad for helping to make Bertie's holidays away from home such a relaxing experience.
Bertie really always looks relaxed after his breaks away, whether they be short or long. Barking Mad really has provided a stress-free solution for us since the time that Bertie's Papa has been unable to look after him.
Bertie has truly bonded with Lyndsay and we appreciate the time and love that she gives to Bertie.
Thank you to all at Barking Mad.
Sara and Calum
Alfie has just returned from another holiday. He was relaxed, happy and had obviously had a good time getting lots of attention. I highly recommend Barking Mad with Faye and her team
are very professional, allowing me to go on holiday and relax knowing that Alfie is having a good time too.
Use barking mad when i am away and very happy with the hassle-free service. my dog is looked after well and enjoys his holidays!
Many thanks to Faye and Anna for making Islay's holiday so Stree free. We really appreciate the flexibility with regard to pick up and return.
Islay is already looking forward to her next vacation with you.
Another wonderful peace of mind experience delivered by Faye and host Eileen. Casper returned home lovely and relaxed after a long holiday which makes me relaxed and happy.
Our little Border Terrier, Molly, has just spent 11 days with Christine. We can tell she has been well looked after as she arrived home happy and unstressed. We think she is actually missing Christine at the moment!! Lauren picked up Molly and checked that all the info about Molly was correct, which was reassuring to check through and delivered Molly back home with all her belongings including 2 new toys! We are very pleased with the service and would highly recommend.
Fantastic service, after multiple holidays I couldn't recommend the service Barking Mad provide highly enough. From picking your dog up to it being expertly cared for then returned back to you, experts on their field!!
Axel once again had a lovely time on his hols . Happily left us with his tail wagging to jump in the barking mad car!!!.thank you all
We love Barking Mad and have been using them since Isla our golden retriever was 6 months old.
The attention to detail with regards you your dogs routine is outstanding.
The updates, as often as you like helps to put your mind at rest about the wellbeing of you r furry baby.
The pick up and drop off service is very helpful when you are busy sorting yourself and the rest of your family out for your own holiday.
Isla is always eager to go off on her Barking Mad holiday and I have no doubt that she has a great time with hosts that love spending time with her.
Keep up the great work Barking Mad x
Thank you Barking Mad for another faultless service. I don't know where Mylo and I would be without you.
Thanks again for accommodating Paddy. Always well looked after by you.
Barking Mad is a great concept. We have used it on a few occasions over the last 18 months. Our dog is very much part of the family and we absolutely trust Barking Mad to ensure that she in happy on her holiday with the host. We are delighted with the service offered and would not hesitate to recommend Barking Mad to anyone looking for a holiday for their most treasured family dog.
Excellent service looking after my dog again. He is obviously well cared for when I am away and this is hugely reassuring.He has a great time and would firmly recommend service.
Posted by: Kevin on 23rd Jun, 2016
Thank you once again for looking after Dixie. I hate the thought of putting her in a kennel and think she would be quite sad. She loves people and dogs, do I always enjoy the postcard which describes what she has been up to on her holiday- she sounds so happy.
I have a guilt free and relaxing holiday in the knowledge that Dixie is being so well looked after.
Thank you Faye et al!!
Thank you once again Pauline and Faye for a great service. Bobby obviously had a ball again, bouncing out the car when he returned home.I would have no qualms about recommending the Barking Mad service and Faye.
My Labrador Zenner had a lovely holiday with his host family.
He came home happy and relaxed and once he had sniffed every inch of the garden and the house, he settled down for a snooze.
I am always pleased to get his postcard and find out what he gets up to on his holiday.
I am delighted with the service provided by Barking Mad, it is a friendly and efficient company.
We are very happy with the Barking Mad service.The staff are friendly and professional. Holly seemed to have a great time
It was lovely to see photo of her on Facebook while we were away.
Bracken seems to have had a great time with Anna again. It was great to go on holiday and know that she was being well looked after. She came back looking really well and full of life. Thank you Barking Mad.
Posted by: R fitzpatrick on 28th May, 2016
Another wonderful experience for myself and Casper, he loved his little mini break with his host Eileen. Faye at Barking Mad Paisley has become an extended part of our family and hopefully Casper will have many happy holidays.
Regards. Jackie . Posted by Jackie.
Fantastic from start to finish
Thank you again.
Fantastic service. Rusty was well looked after and came home a happy dog. Would recommend this service to all my friends and family.
Great to go on holiday and have confidence that Rusty is well looked after and you don't have to worry. Thanks and well done.
Our Cocker Spaniel Mylo had another great long weekend with one of his friends Anna. He came home bright and happy and full of the joys of spring after exploring some new places. Barking Mad hosts take care of every detail of your pets care from feeding to looking out for potential reoccurring health issues and Mylo is always given the best of care and attention. Am sure Mylo will enjoy a longer stay with Anna in the summer and I will be confident to leave him in such safe hands. Thanks again Barking Mad.
Dog returned happy and content after prompt pick up and delivery
Our Jack Russell, Sascha has just had a great time with Colina and Douglas she came back to us happy and content. This was Sascha's third holiday with Barking Mad and she already has another two holidays booked for June and October/November. We are extremely satisfied with the services provided by Barking Mad and have no hesitation in recommending them to any dog owner. Thanks again Barking Mad and Love from Sascha.
My 7 month old lab absolutely loves her holidays with Barking Mad, the last 2 times she ran out to the car and couldn't wait to jump in. She has stayed with 3 different families and has loved each one- am quite sure she gets spoilt rotten and has lots of attention (which she loves!).
I have never seen Dixie as excited as when Faye walks in, positively loopy- it's almost embarrassing!!
Great reports from the hosts and am pleased that I get the text on the first day to honestly tell me how she's settling in. I'm told the hosts adore her and she adds lots of love and laughter into their lives do that brief time too.
Grateful for a last minute placement due to unexpected funeral and Faye was extremely efficient in supporting
I would be lost without Barking Mad and so would Dixie. Thankyou.
Very happy with the service you provided for Hamish, he came back to us on Sunday, very relaxed and happy. He found his spot on the couch and went to sleep a very content Great Dane.
Thanks for looking after our big boy. Fantastic service.
Dixie always loves her trips and even sprinted out the door & patiently waited next to Faye's car door?!
We all benefit greatly from Barking Mad and it's lovely to hear that Pauline really enjoys having her too.
Our little border terrier gets treated like our very own little teddy bear. We actually don't really like leaving her with anyone!! But we have used Barking Mad twice now & both times (just over 2 weeks first time & approx 10 days second time) - she has arrived back home completely happy & unstressed. We know she has been well cared for. She is matched up with someone who likes little dogs (cause strangely enough to us - not everyone does!). We would highly recommend Barking Mad & Faye our local branch owner. Brilliant service!
Many thanks to all involved in taking care of Meg.
The service was very professional, yet caring.
Thankyou for explaining things clearly, reassurances on day 1 and letting us know how she got on. She seemed to have really enjoyed her time away and this fills me with hope that this is something that we both need from time to time!
Will definitely be using Barking Mad again!!!! Thankyou.
We were delighted with the service you offered and that Bailly came back on top form.
Bracken had a wonderful time at David's. Delighted with the service Bracken and I received.
Roxy had another great holiday thanks to Pauline who is s great host. She is looking forward to her next holiday when we get organised.
Thank you so much to Colina and family for giving Poppy another wonderful holiday! She has clearly had a lovely time - we loved the postcard. Lovely to know she is being so well looked after. Thanks again.
Toby returned happy and relaxed from his weekend away with Liz. Recieving a post card saying that he was the 'perfect gentleman' reassured us that he had been on his best behaviour !! Thank you to Faye for reassuring me that he would be fine and welll looked after. You put my mind at ease which made our weekend away thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks for a great service .
Bracken enjoyed another good break with his hosts. I really appreciate the photos and the postcard. Thanks for your support.
Apollo had his first 'real' holiday last week, his 2 day trial was July. He came home looking so well, all groomed and very happy. His host Liz took him to the local parks and the beach. Once again it is very difficult to put into words how wonderful the service is from Faye, Natalie and Liz. So comforting to know that our boy is so well cared for. Just brilliant..!!! many thanks again. x
Poppy had a wonderful weekend away - she came home beautifully clean and happily tired out from lots of lovely walks! Thank you very much to Pauline and Nicole for taking such good care of her.
Rory has just returned from another happy holiday with Barking Mad. Thanks again for fitting Rory in with very short notice. Have recommended Barking Mad to other dog owners.
Delighted once again with the service from Faye and Natalie. Ellie and Poppy returned happy and as full of energy as ever :) Thanks to our host Liz for taking such good care of our girls - they're looking forward to their next holiday already!
Richard & Iris Bruce
Very pleased with Barking Mad , professional and great attention to detail. Will use again.
Must thank Faye and Natalie for being so punctual and ensuring a smooth hand over of Isaly. Anna was great, as Islay came back to us in great shape and looks like she had a great time. I'm sure Islay is looking forward to her next vacation with Anna, that says it all!
I had reservations about sending my 10 year old (set in his ways) dog to anyone, he has only ever been looked after by family. I am delighted to say Alfie had a great time with Liz and returned home looking great and clearly well cared for. Thank you so much.
We were very happy with the service provided by BarkingMad, David & Dorothy love having Shadow,and he comes back very contented
James & Ernie
We were generally very pleased with the service provided, The level of contact throughout the stay was very reassuring. Molly came back very happy and will definitely use the service again.
Holly seemed to enjoy her holiday once again. It was very reassuring to receive texts and pictures while we were away.Thanks again.
Hi Marley our 4month old pup has just had his 2night stay before going back to stay with Laura &Lewis for 2weeks we were very unsure about Marley going to strangers but Faye assured us he would be very well cared for. After getting photos and text messages we settled down knowing he looked happy. We have now no problem with Marley returning to stay with Laura &lewis for his holidays and we can enjoy ours knowing he is with lovely people.
Thank you so much to Faye,laura&lewis .
Ryan,Laura & Janet
We would like to convey our sincere thanks to Eileen for taking marvellous care of Dougie. Evidentially, Eileen has taken great care of him as he's come back in great shape, condition and spirit so this is a testament to how well he's been taken care of. Dougie is also delighted with his holiday keepsake.
A HUGE thank to Eileen
Our dog Sooty has recently returned from his second holiday with Anna. Once again he seems to have enjoyed the experience as he returned home happy, well nourished and settled into his routine straight away. He is a clever wee boy so I was not surprised to hear that he immediately recognised his holiday home from his last stay. When you are away it is really reassuring to know that he is being looked after in a loving caring manner.
A big thanks again to Faye and the team and a special thanks to Anna who very kindly takes Sooty to lunch, provides us with photographs of his stay and helps him to send us a postcard. His writing is impeccable!
My golden lab Luca has now been many times to Pauline
and he loves going there. He always comes back in great condition, very happy and I am glad that I found
such a professional company to care for him when I go on holiday. My thanks to Faye, Natalie, Pauline and Nicole.
Our dog Apollo is 9, he has never been away from us. We had our first holiday last year since having Apollo and a family member looked after him in our home. This didn't work at all for Apollo as his usual routine was totally disrupted. We looked for alternative dog sitting and found Barking Mad. From the very first phone call we felt at ease. He had his 2 night trial last week and came home very happy..! The service and communication from Faye, Natalie and Liz was exceptional. Its so nice to know that the priority is always the dog, this is a great comfort to us and we can now look forward to our holiday, and I'm sure Apollo will enjoy his too. Cannot thank the team enough. Very genuine caring people. Many many thanks.
Would fully recommend Barking Mad. Welfare and happiness of dog are paramount. My dog came back settled and happy. I was kept up to date on his adventures which was also great, and it's obvious he had a great time. Excellent choice to have your dog safely looked after in a caring and stimulating environment
Poppy came back absolutely glowing from her holiday! She's clearly had a really great time. The pictures and videos of her on Facebook were just delightful. We really appreciated the care she has had while away - the postcard from the host was lovely and the whole service from Barking Mad runs so smoothly. Thank you very much to Faye, Natalie and Colina - Poppy is looking forward to her next break already!
Jackson came back happy & settled. Please pass on our thanks to Liz. Wouldn't hesitate to use again. :-)
Sorry not to have completed this sooner but I must have missed it when it was sent. I found it when clearing my inbox.
I was very happy with the service provided. It was trouble free from start to finish. I particularly appreciated the photo book sent by Eileen. Couldn't believe she had taken him to a child's birthday party!
Rhino had a great time I could tell. He was a bit huffy for an hour or two when he came home but we soon made friends again. Please pass my thanks to Eileen.
Sascha is just home from her holiday with Prim. She had a great time and we would like to thank Faye and Prim for making Sascha feel at home. She was very obviously extremely well looked after by Prim whom we would love to say a big THANK YOU to for having Sascha and can I just say I hope you were not too worried when she went off her food as she always did that with her Gran too when she looked after Sascha when we went on holiday.
I must say the concept of Barking Mad is brillient our "baby" obviously did not miss us much at all and as we are off on holiday again at the end of October we will be booking Sascha with you again for that holiday but for 12 days this time.
Thank you so much we enjoyed our holiday knowing we did not have to worry about our much loved family pet whilst we were away.
Our 5 month old pup has just returned home and we are delighted with all of the service .Molly being so young we were reluctant to leave her but family were all away at the same time! I was very impressed by all the preparation from Faye to place her with the right family
Molly was blessed to go to Laura and Lewis.
I received regular texts and photos and I could see how content she was This was very comforting I am grateful to all and so grateful to have our wee Molly home
my wee dog bailey is just back from his holiday in Irvine with David and Dorothy , he had a fantastic time and so did I on my holiday as I knew bailey was safe and getting well looked after, Faye,Natalie,David and Dorothy kept me posted on the things bailey was getting up too while I was away , can't thank them enough for the service they all give linda Murray port Glasgow
I was very pleased with Barking Mad 's holiday arrangements for Mirren. She seemed to have a good time with Christine and I went on holiday happy in the knowledge that Mirren had a lot of company and attention. Thank you Christine. I would certainly use Barking Mad again.
We were very happy with the professional but friendly and personal service we received when Holly went for a trial boarding.It was reassuring to receive texts and pictures while we were away.We are more than happy to use the service again and have recommended Barking Mad to a friend.Thank you Faye,Laura and Lewis
Just wanted to thank,Faye & Natalie for looking after Shadow.
Special thanks to David & Dorothy,whom he stayed with.
Always been happy with the service from Barking Mad
James & Ernie
It was lovely to feel comfortable enough to trust one of my own Host team with my two Border Collies, Jazz and Cree. Christine obviously looked after them very well. It was really reassuring to get photos and text updates. Jazz and Cree looked healthy and happy when they came home. Thank you Christine!
This is the first time we have used Barking Mad Services. We previously had a poor experience when we used a local traditional kennel facility. We were therefore keen to find a service where we could be confident that our dog would be cared for in the custom he was used to.
Sooty has just arrived back after having spent a long weekend with Anna. He appears to have had a great time as he was full of energy and happy when Natalie delivered him back.
A big thanks to Faye and Natalie and to Anna for giving Sooty such an enjoyable experience. He is looking forward to his next holiday in August!
Delighted with service offered by Barking Mad. My dog is well looked after and enjoys himself. The whole service works well and I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a safe and enjoyable place for their dog(s) when on holiday.
Thank you once again for a worry-free holiday knowing that Bracken is being well cared for. Special thanks to Anna for the lovely photographs.
Extremely happy with service provided by Barking Mad. My dog is well looked after which gives me peace of mind. Would definitely recommend
Posted by: Kevin Montgomery on 18th May, 2015
Archie (my dog) had a wonderful time with Eileen and I can't thank Eileen and the team enough for providing the best possible care for Archie while we were away. Would thoroughly recommend Barking Mad.
Barking Mad provided a very efficient and professional service.
Our two dogs were well looked after and appeared quite settled on their return home after a two night away stay.
We were provided with information about the home and the people our dogs were to be placed with.
Any routine that your animals have is noted and adhered to. Plus you get updates to let you know how your pet is settling in.
Overall a very good service which I would highly recommend.
Lynda Clark ( Renfrewshire area )
A very good service. Posted by Lynda Clark
I'm always happy that my dog goes happily and returns happy, which has not been my experience of kennels. He's a dog who loves people and attention so this is ideal for him and allows us to enjoy our breaks worry free
We have been really delighted with the Barking Mad service. Poppy clearly really enjoyed her trial visit and we have been very pleased to see the photos of her as well as a lovely postcard from the host family. We're very confident she will enjoy her summer holidays too! Thank you Faye!
We left our family greyhound in the care of Barking Mad for a week. Our dog was exceptionally well looked after, we were kept informed of how she settled in and were sent some lovely photos of her and her host family. She came from kennels prior to being adopted by us so we did not want to return her to kennels whilst we were away, for fear of all her kennel habits returning. the host family took note of all the things she did, her habits, treats, sleeping habits etc and looked after her so well. Will definitely recommend Barking Mad to anyone who is looking for a reliable and trusted person to watch their pet.
This was our dog Roxy's 2nd holiday with Barking Mad, she really enjoyed her break and was with the same host who she recognised. Roxy was well cared for, had lots of nice walks and was well fed and watered!!
huge thanks to Faye and hosts (Anna and Laura) who have looked after Lexi this year. We couldn't bear the thought of her in kennels and Barking Mad provides the perfect, hassle free alternative. Kids especially love the post card telling us all about Lexi's adventures while she's away.
Bracken had a wonderful week at his new host home. Natalie picked Bracken up to transport him to the hosts and ensured that she had all relevant information about his daily habits, medication etc. On return from my holiday I received a postcard detailing the activities undertaken and also how he had settled. Bracken's host sent me a lovely set of photographs. I have been very pleased with the service Bracken and I have received from Barking Mad and would not hesitate to recommend this company.
Thanx again to Christine & Mari for taking great care of Axel while we were away . I know he will be delighted to come again in July for his long summer holiday !!
Yet again fantastic care of Osgood from Natalie and Faye.It is so reassuring to know he so well looked after especially as he is getting older (11 now) and a bit stuck in his ways !!!
thank you to Faye and host Christine for looking after our golden girl Isla while we were on holiday this February. I couldn't bare the thought of leaving her in kennels and this was perfect for us, to think that her day to day routine was still being followed right down to how many little treats she gets before her bedtime. It was lovely to get photos and emails and the postcard is a lovely touch too. We are already looking into holiday number 2 with Barking Mad and so is Isla ????
Thanks again to Faye for arranging another lovely holiday for our girls, Winnie, Lexi and Maddie.
I am convinced they would go anywhere with Faye and are very keen to get in the barking mad car.
They seem to have had a lovely time with hosts Christine and Laura who we would like to send our sincere thanks to for giving our dogs such wonderful care and attention and most importantly, lots of cuddles.
It is just great to get a little update to say they have arrived safely and even some pictures of them in their holiday home. We can completely relax knowing our dogs are in safe hands.
Already planning our next booking for August!
Excellent service - we had total piece of mind. Everything was taken care of and Lexi came home tired but happy - she had clearly been well cared for. The postcard is a lovely touch - the kids loved it! thanks to all and I'll be in touch very soon, regards, Angela.
Again most happy with the service we received from Faye and her colleagues. We have confidence in her screening and assessment of environment and carer suitability.
Hamish appears happy and relaxed when he returns home and is very soon back into his normal routines.
Posted by: Robert Buntin on 9th Feb, 2015
Very pleased with Barking Mad , professional and great attention to detail ensured both our dog Roxy and we had a great holiday. Will definitely use you again in the future, thanks. Posted by Lesley Andrews
We needed Rex taking care of at very short notice due to a family bereavement and Faye could not have been more helpful or supportive. I never worried about Rex at all and the regular text updates were great. Thank you so much for all your help during this difficult time, it is very much appreciated and we will definitely use you again. Kind regards, Colleen
Very happy with the service. Service was professional but friendly. Reassured by the attention to detail with regard to "Toffee's" needs and routine before we left him with host family, and delighted to receive updates on how he was settling in while we were on holiday. Would not hesitate to employ Barking Mad again. Thanks
Both ourselves and Paddy are very happy with the home from home this type of care offers us. Allowing us peace of mind and the chance to fully relax.
Kai has never left our side since he was a puppy and was unsure about leaving him, but thanks to Faye and Natalie at Barking Mad both ourselves and Kai had a wonderful holiday. The detail of care towards Kai was impeccable from the very start and also cant thank Kirsti, Mark and Woody for taking good care of Kai. Will be recommending Barking Mad to all my doggy friends.
I found the care of Scooby to be 1st class. From the initial collection, through the half term update and to safe return.
Will use this service again next year
Brilliant Fabulous as always thanks Faye and Annie for looking after our wee Bobby x
Thanks to Laura for looking after Cassie on her recent trial stay. She is a mad 1 year old cocker spaniel who is full of fun and can be a bit of a handful sometimes, but I honestly don`t think she missed me at all! It was really nice to get a photo and texts saying she`d settled ok and was having fun. I wouldn`t hesitate to use Barking Mad when I go on holiday as I know Cassie will have a good time and be treated as part of the family. I have also recommended Barking Mad to a lot of people as not everyone likes the idea of their dog going to kennels, this is the perfect alternative.
Thanks to Faye and Christine. Axel had a great time and was obviously very happy on his holidays. He settled immediately when he came home which shows me how happy he has been with Christine. Will not hesitate to use Barking Mad again. Thank you Sheila
Thanks Faye. Once again Charlie has come back happy and I think looking forward to his next holiday in September with David. He has been to many host families going three times a year for the last four or five years and every one seems to treat Charlie as part of their family. He seems too keen to go when Faye comes to pick him up, almost looks like he's badly treated here and is so looking forward to going on holiday. He is 15 now and still acts like a puppy while he's away and on his return. I always recommend Barking Mad to people I meet with dogs, as their service is impeccable.
Thanks Eileen & Faye as Bruno seemed nice & chilled when he came home. Appreciated the photos. Would recommend the service to friends & would definitely use it again.
Cookie has been away for 2 weekends this year and has been well looked after by Laura .She came back a very happy dog on both occasions .thanks again Faye and her barking mad team
Labrador Alfie has just returned from another short stay with host Christine he is looking very happy and relaxed after having a fun-filled visit. Thanks to Christine and Faye
Once again Hamish the boy had a fun time obviously with the host family. He came bounding back through the door soooo happy!!! Thank you. Fiona
What a fabulous professional and caring service. Could not believe you managed to keep our little family of 3 dogs together Faye and also that you took the time to find out about each dog so it would be as close to their home routine as possible. A big thanks to our host family Ian and Moyra who took all 3 dogs into their home and sent them back to us happy and obviously very well cared for. It was lovely to get photo updates while we were away so we knew the dogs were doing well. This is the first holiday we have had in a long time as we did not feel our girls would cope with the kennel environment, particularly as we have one very insecure and timid dog. We are now liberated as we can go away without stress, knowing the dogs are in great hands. Will recommend without hesitation and already planning another break. Thanks again to all.
Can't thank Faye enough for such a professional job in matching our treasured Labrador Zac with the perfect host family. Our sincere thanks go to Stephen and his family for giving Zac lots of love and attention with many nice long walks. Regular e-mails with photos was a great idea as it meant I could thoroughly relax and enjoy my vacation. Zac came home a really happy chappy who had obviously had such a fantastic time he wanted to go with Faye after she brought him home. Not only a very professional service but also a very personal one which made it very special. No hesitation in using Barking Mad again! I will certainly be spreading the good word. Well done to everyone involved! We can't thank you enough.
Knowing Sam was being so well looked after meant I could completely relax and enjoy my holiday. Many thanks to Faye, Anna & Don
Faye did a great job matching Hamish with the perfect Host for him. He had never been separated from us before but our anxieties were soon relieved by reassuring messages and photographs. Barking Mad provides an excellent, very professional service.
Dickson came home a very happy dog. He had obviously enjoyed his stay away from home.
Lexi has been on holiday twice now and she couldn't wait to get in the car for her second trip she seems to really enjoy it as the pictures show so she obviously enjoys the host family aswell :)
Lokii came back from her holiday happy, shiny and as cheeky as usual. Thanks :-)
Duffy returned home after one weeks holiday a relaxed, happy and sweet smelling dog, unlike former homecomings from kennels. Many thanks for arranging this at short notice and providing a caring and professional service.
Bracken's holiday was extremely successful. He settled in well with Dorothy and David. Thanks to them for looking after him so well. Thanks also to Faye for organising everything.
Thanks very much for arranging everything. Bertie has had a great time and please thank Tom and Frances for looking after Bertie and taking such good care of him. Please can you also thank them for the great postcard, we think that Bertie is missing them too! Many thanks again, Gillian.
My wee dog is just back from his weeks holiday with Barking Mad and he had a great time. Faye kept us posted on Bailey with photos and videos which we were delighted with and the couple who looked after him were fab, they just loved him. I would recommend Barking Mad to anyone who wants the best for their dogs while they are away on holiday.
Posted by: Linda Murray on 18th Mar, 2014
Great service with a professional friendly approach. Gives a good feeling that our beloved fur ball is in a happy safe environment
We were very happy with the service Faye provided, even with the traffic problems we encountered. When we got Kyle back he was one happy young dog. He obviously adores Faye already and from the photos he loved staying with his host Eilidh. We got up-dates and photographs of him and he looked very happy indeed. No more worries about Kyle when we go away, he will also be having a super time with Eilidh.
Cookie recently returned from her second stay with her host David and was happy and well on her return. As before the service provided by Faye from start to finish was excellent and Cookie was happy to see her and David which in itself speaks volumes. Updates and photos were again provided and gave me peace of mind whilst away. Cookie is already booked for her Easter holidays and I have no hesitation in recommending Barking Mad to anyone who worries about leaving their dog whilst they are away themselves.
From start to finish Faye at Barking Mad has provided us with a professional, friendly and caring service.
Alfie is our first dog and at only 7 and a half months we weren't sure how he would get on at his sleepover in preparation for our main summer holiday. We didn't like the idea of a kennel as Alfie is used to having someone at home with him for most of the day so Faye was able to provide us with a host family who had one member retired and therefore able to provide Alfie with the same level of company.
I would definitely recommend Barking Mad to friends and family.
This was my first experience of using Barking Mad for my dog Cookie as an alternative to a kennel environment. From the outset and throughout the entire process, I found the service provided to be friendly, caring and professional. Careful consideration was given to find the right host for Cookie and she has just returned from her first holiday and was clearly happy and had been well cared for. Regular updates for me were given during her stay and together with the professional service, the stress of leaving my wee rescue dog was minimised. Photos of Cookie and her host David were much appreciated as was their postcard. I will certainly use Barking Mad for Cookie's future holidays and send many thanks to Faye and David for the excellent care they provided.
Having previously used a kennel, the level of service and the contented state of our dog on his return was of no comparison. We were very happy customers.
Really happy with every aspect of the Pet Care, very professional + enthusiastic service.
Myself and my husband were so pleased with the service you provided Buddy with. He was so content looking in the pictures & the feedback gave us the confidence we need to feel when leaving him.
bies, service and feedback is excellent. I will cerainly use you again. Thank You.
We were absolutely delighted that Abbie and Murphy came back home happy and not at all stressed. Gave us peace of mind that they were in a home environment while we were away. Thanks Allister & Marion
Summer is well and truly over and things are quietening down now that the September weekend is passed too. All the Paisley and Inverclyde Hosts are fully booked for the October week with some spaces left over Christmas and New Year. If you’ve holidays booked for 2018, please get in touch early as I hate letting people down who’ve left it until the last-minute.
We’ve had lots of new dogs recently and most of these a word-of-mouth or Facebook referrals. My Facebook page is @BarkingMadDogCarePaisleyInverclyde and I post lots of host and doggy guest photos as well as anything quirky that I find.
Heres a selection of the newbies this month:
Cleo looking out at the passersby at Jim and Linda’s. Archie just loved being with Shirley for his holidays.
Teddy loves a cuddle and was the perfect guest at Isobel and Charlie’s.
Each month the Barking Mad Branch Managers get to nominate a 'Host of the Month'. HQ judges the entries and selects a winner. In September, one of my Hosts, Liz from Stevenston, won and was delighted! Liz one of my busiest hosts and always makes sure her guests feel very welcome. Above all, she loves the doggy company. Theres more information on Liz in the Barking Mad blog - https://www.barkingmad.uk.com/blog/2017/09/21/meet-our-september-dog-sitting-host-of-the-month/
Liz with Dougie and then enjoying lunch at the Rowantree Café at Seamill.
Pam and I had a stand at Tesco in Greenock and it was a great day. Loads of dog lovers stopped to say hello and we gave away lots of freebies.
Pam and I having fun at Tesco in Greenock.
Barking Mad has had it annual conference and I won an award! Its for Brand Builder of the Year and is for the online and community work I do to promote the service. The Paisley Daily Express wrote a lovely piece about me and their photo was great too.
Faye with her Border Collie Jazz outside Paisley Town Hall
Pam, my Assistant, has recently got a Cockerpoo puppy called Angus. Hes being very well-trained and going on his first Barking Mad holiday later this month.
“What a cutie”
We have regular Barking Mad host events and in August we had two lunches. Everyone loves getting together for a natter and the talk is always of dogs.
Liz (Stevenston), Pam, Dorothy, Eileen, Pam, Anna, Alastair and David at Saporito’s in Paisley
Isobel, Charlie, Liz (Dalry), Liz’s grandaughter
Lily and Lilian at Small Talk in Irvine
If you’ve not taken part yet then you’re running out of time! Head Office is offering the chance to win a Venture Studios photo shoot voucher to everyone who completes a survey about your dog’s word skills. Just click the link (it only takes a few mins). www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dogdictionary
Do you have a dictionary dog?
What a Summer (so far!)
The service has been super-busy this month with most Hosts having dogs back-to-back throughout the month. If you’re thinking about booking, please book early. The September weekend, October week and Christmas/New Year are filling fast. Theres a surcharge for the festive season with Barking Mad but if you book early, you’ll have this deducted. This applies to all new and existing customers who book by 30th September.
Pam heading out on a busy day
If you’ve never used the service then feel free to just make an enquiry via the Contact Us button above. You can read real customer reviews on Trust Pilot by following this link https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.barkingmad.uk.com
Some of the lovely dogs and hosts this Summer.
Buster, Schnauzer cross having fun and games with David.
Bronte, Newfoundland, got lots of time and attention from Jim.
Holly is a Harrier Hound and loved her stay with Lynn.
Lewis is a retired greyhound and had a restful holiday with Anna.
June was very much a month of Summer fetes so I sponsored the Houston Show, Kilmacolm Show and Lilias Day. Sadly none benefitted from good weather but it was a lovely day and a great atmosphere.
Oscar the Papillion from Erskine with Host Anna’s daughter Hayley
We had two lovely Host walks this month. We get out as a group as much as we can as the Hosts and the dogs love meeting up. The first was in Barshaw Park and the second in Eglington Park. It was great to see all the dogs playing together and the Hosts had a good natter and brunch afterwards.
Liz and Liz’s grand-daughter Lily with Eileen and doggies Charlie and Star. (Plus my Collie Jazz having a sniff at Charlie!)
Lynn, Carole and Jim with Carole’s Cavachons Bryn and Beau and their current guest Daisy. Jim looked after my two Collies during the walk whilst the three wee dogs played at chases
Barking Mad’s Head Office ran a national Facebook photo competition in April and a lovely lady from Johnstone won it. Her name is Nicola Stevenston and the winning photo was of her rescue dog Woody. The competition was themed around Barking Mad’s new TV advert - Lucky Nicola won a £50 Pets at Home voucher plus flowers and champagne. The Paisley Daily Express wrote a really nice article on it.
The Winning photo of Woody
Nicola was presented with her prize by Linwood Pets at Home Manager Gail Seery
All the Hosts write a lovely postcard that goes home with the visiting dog. This one of Liz’s is particularly lovely. Roxy’s an Olde English Bulldogge and always attracts a lot of attention when shes out. Shes got a very sweet nature and Liz really loves hosting her.
Liz and Roxy took to each other as soon as they met and had a fantastic 2 weeks together.
Liz’s postcard about Roxy’s stay.
Pam is my Assistant and is always out and about in the Barking Mad car with dogs. Please smile and wave if you see her as it makes a busy day more entertaining.
Pam on the road taking Stella, Black Labrador, home to Helensburgh.
We were in the Paisley Daily Express again in April with the focus being on supporting dog owners through bereavement. Its such a hard time for people and knowing that others are there for you is a great help.
Barking Mad helped local resident June Thomson overcome her grief.
To see more photos and keep up with Barking Mad’s local news, go to https://www.facebook.com/BarkingMadDogCarePaisleyInverclyde
We had two lovely Host lunches in April. Its great to get everyone together and theres always lots of chatter about dogs and whats going on locally. If you know someone who might be interested in becoming a Host, just email me – email@example.com.
Alastair, Carol, Betty, Faye, Pam, Anna and Lynn enjoying Saporito’s in Paisley
Eileen, Liz, David, Colina, Dougie and Pam having a giggle at Small Talk in Irvine
Your local Barking Mad service was in the Paisley Daily Express this month. The British Franchise Association were promoting Scottish businesses and the Express wrote a great piece featuring of our Hosts Anna and a Linwood dog called Poppy. Working for Barking Mad is the best decision I made as every day I get to meet lovely dogs, owners and hosts.
Barking Mad in the news!
If you’ve never used Barking Mad before, feel free to give me a call to chat about your dog’s needs. Every dog is special and the Hosts take great care to make your dog’s holiday as good as yours. To see what other people think of the service, follow this link - https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.barkingmad.uk.com
Its been all change this month with the new Barking Mad logo. The cars had new livery applied and its attracting a lot of attention
My Assistant Pam with Islay, a Westie from Houston. Faye’s dogs Jazz & Cree showing off the new logo
If you’ve not booked yet for this Summer then you’ll need to hurry up. The Host Diary for July is almost full so just email me firstname.lastname@example.org to make an enquiry.
I’m recruiting Hosts this Spring so if you know someone who might be interested, just pass on my details. Most Hosts are early retired people who miss having a dog and enjoy the companionship and socialising that Barking Mad brings them.
Golden Retriever Poppy, enjoying last Summer’s holiday Host Lilian wrote a lovely postcard for Islay’s owners
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This month we were very lucky. Eileen won Host of the Month which is a national competition for Hosts who have shown outstanding care and gone 'above and beyond'. Colina won the prize in Scotland for the Virgin balloon flight. She and her husband Dougie are heading to the launch site in Crieff next month so expect lots of photos of their flight
We've had lots of dogs enjoy fabulous Barking Mad holidays so far this year. Here's a few snaps of them and their Hosts.
Liz from Stevenston with Osgood Carole from Johnstone with Freya Paul from Inverkip with Marla
Alastair from Paisley with Fudge & Harvey Carole from Kilbarchan with Max
Lots of bookings came in again this January. If you haven’t booked yet for July, you may struggle. Last year, all the Hosts were fully booked by March!
I have a new Barking Mad Assistant and she is Pam. Shes been working in healthcare until recently and wanted to move into pet care. Pam has successfully passed her induction training at Head Office and is now out and about in the Barking Mad car.
Pam in her new blue uniform at Head Office
If I could just give a gentle reminder to keep your dog’s vaccines up to date. If you let them lapse by more than 3 months, then you have to start the whole schedule from scratch and its not effective until 2 weeks after the last jag. The booster appointments also a good time to get a health check done.
Get you boosters booked on time!
Our local Barking Mad team lived up to their name and had a wonderful festive season. We had two Host Christmas Lunches which everyone enjoyed.
Host Lunch Irvine - Jennie, Lilian, Liz, Laura, Dorothy & Eileen at Small Talk, Irvine
Host Lunch Paisley - Jim, Carol, Alastair, Faye, Shelagh, Norma, Elizabeth & Ed at Saporito's, Paisley
This year’s Christmas card featured Freddie and George (aka the Christmas Sausages) who looked lovely on everyones mantelpiece.
We also sent the 2016 newsletter with a summary of activities over the year. The service gets busier every year and we already have bookings up to October 2017. Even if you had 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.
Word is spreading about Barking Mad with both the Paisley Daily Express and the Daily Record picking up on the Still Game episode on dog sitting. If you haven't seen it yet, you can watch it here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0824gty/ad/still-game-series-7-5-heavy-petting.
Jack & Victor were terrible Hosts!
'Jack & Victor working hard to become Barking Mad Hosts’ and ‘Roxy, Bulldog from Renfrew and Hamish, Great Dane from Paisley’.
If you’ve never used Barking Mad before, feel free to give me a call to chat about your dog’s needs. Every dog is special and the Hosts take great care to make your dog’s holiday as good as yours. To see what other people think of the service, follow this link - https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.barkingmad.uk.com
If you want to see more about your local Barking Mad branch, just go to my Facebook page @BarkingMadDogCarePaisleyInverclyde
No One Should Have No One at Christmas
Barking Mad is promoting Age Scotland’s campaign this year - ‘No One Should Have No One at Christmas’. The charity’s ambition is to inspire change in later life for the better. Many of our Barking Mad Hosts are early retired people so it’s the perfect role for someone looking for doggy company. If you know someone suitable, just email Faye at email@example.com
October was a bumper month for new dogs to the service. Below are some snaps”.
Raffles, Westie from Alexandria Lewis, retired Greyhound from Howwood
Rusty, Red Bearded Collie from Elderslie Molly, Staffordshire Bull Terrier from Erskine
Free Prize Draw!
Head Office is offering the chance to TAKE OFF and win a pair of luxury tickets for a Virgin balloon flight complete with champagne and chocolates. Click here to enter - https://www.barkingmad.uk.com/competition/
This month’s flown by and the September weekend was the busiest ever. Laura and I were out every day over the long weekend collecting and delivering local doggies. The October week is almost fully booked and if you’re planning on getting away over the festive season, please contact me soon as places are limited.
Bertie loved his September weekend with Sally and Molly Coco adores her holidays with Auntie Liz
Lyndsay and Rusty #dogselfie
If your dog is bothered by fireworks, its best to start now to make sure they get through this noisy period as calmly as possible. The Dogs Trust have a very successful programme on Sound Therapy – and its FREE! For details follow this link - https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/dog-behaviour-health/sound-therapy-for-pets
Time flies and thats 3 years I've now been running Barking Mad. It gets busier every year and my Assistant Laura is a great asset over the weekends in particular. I'm always on the look out for new Hosts so if you know anyone suitable, they can apply at https://www.barkingmad.uk.com/pet-holidays/become-host/. Its a lovely role for someone whos early retired and enjoys dog companionship.
The Hosts battled with August's wet weather while owners headed for sunny climes. August is usually a quiet month and it was until the English Bank holiday when all the Hosts were fully booked. New puppies registered this month included:
Marla, Black Labrador from Paisley Daisy, King Charles Cavalier Spaniel , Corrie,King Charles Cavalier Spaniel from Erskine from Kilmacolm
Barking Mad has sponsored the flyers for Ralston Community Games again this year. It's a great day for local families to take part in fun activities.
Olympic fun and games on 10th September in Ralston
If you're looking for something more animal-orientated, please give Lamont Farm in Erskine a try. It's run entirely by volunteers and they have a full range of farm animals. Wear your wellies though as its a working farm!
Llamas Delilah & Deloris are amongst the residents at Lamont Farm
Free Prize Draw!
Head Office is offering the chance to TAKE OFF and win a pair of luxury tickets for a Virgin balloon flight complete with champagne and chocolates. Click here to enter - https://www.barkingmad.uk.com/competition/
The busiest month of the year is over and lots of dogs had fabulous Barking Mad holidays. Some new Hosts have joined the team this year and are giving expert care to their doggy guests.
Sooty loved her stay in Inverkip Stella enjoying a ‘spa break’ in Dalry
Bertie getting extra cuddles on his holiday Luca being very much part of her Host’s family
The Irvine Herald wrote a lovely piece about Eileen from Kilwinning. Here she is with Casper.
Casper enjoying a luxury holiday with his loving Host Eileen
Another busy month but mostly with humans. I had 3 work experience pupils this month and each had a great week on doggy collections and deliveries.
Caitlin from Renfrew High with Zac Ross from Park Mains with Harley Nicole from Paisley Grammar with Alfie
The diary for July is fully booked so if you’re wanting to book, it will have to be for a future holiday. I’m always happy to speak with new customers as theres plenty of Host availability after July.
Being a Host is full of companionship and not just the four-legged variety. We have lunches and dog walks regularly so theres a great social side too. Below are a couple of snaps taken on recent events. Everyone enjoyed the walks and lunches afterwards. If you know someone who might like to Host, just pass on my number – 01505690391. It’s a lovely role for semi-retired people who enjoy walking and company.
Eglinton Park, Kilwinning Barshaw Park, Paisley
With the bad weather at the start of May and the gorgeous weather at the end, Barking Mad was busier than ever. All the Hosts were fully booked over the Public Holidays so lots of lovely doggies had wonderful holidays with their favourite Hosts.
Zenner loving his holiday in Ardrossan Dixie and her snake at Liz’s,Stevenson Bracken remembered Anna from his first holiday
Molly loved her ice-cream ‘Doon the watter’ with Lyndsay
This year’s Barking Mad conference was another huge success. Its great to be part of such a successful national business and be able to provide a local valued service.
Free Prize Draw!
Head Office is offering the chance to TAKE OFF and win a pair of luxury tickets for a Virgin balloon flight complete with champagne and chocolates. Click here to enter - https://www.barkingmad.uk.com/competition/
We’ve had a late Spring this year and lots of customers are heading for the sun early this year. May’s diary is almost full and if you haven’t booked yet for July then you may struggle to get your favourite Host. Heres a few snaps of Hosts and dogs out and about this Spring.
Dixie have fun with Liz Poppy enjoying the garden with Anna Gizmo kissing Pauline
The Barking Mad service is going to be very busy this Summer so I’ve recruited a new staff member and she is Laura. Laura is from Johnstone and has a beautiful Westie puppy called Harris. Lauras passed her induction and is settling in very well to the Barking Mad family.
Laura and her own Westie, Harris Laura out in the Barking Mad car
The Vets that I’ve been visiting have all said that theres been a rush to get dogs microchipped. Thankfully all the Barking Mad dogs were already chipped as this is one of the things we check at the registration appointment. Remember to update your microchip details if you move house or change phone number.
The Easter weekend was very busy for Barking Mad with dogs being collected and delivered all over Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and North Ayrshire. I always ensure a dog is settled with their Host when they first arrive. The Hosts are all ex-dog owners and very experienced in helping a new dog settle in. The owners are always so reassured when I send a text and photo to confirm their beloved pet has settled in well.
Do you know someone who might like to Host this Summer? The photos below are of Anne’s children who really enjoyed their Easter holidays with Barking Mad dogs. If you know someone suitable, just email or text me – faye.carruthers@BarkingMad.uk.com or 01505690391.
Paige, Molly and Madeline posing for the camera Paige loved having Dixie to stay
Spring has sprung at last following a cold and wet February. We had a great Host Walk in Barshaw Park though. Natalie, Pauline, Alistair and I braved the elements on a cold crisp morning.
I participated in the Big Business Brunch at St Benedicts High School . The School is very proactive in community engagement and it was lovely to meet organisations such as Doosan Babcock and St Vincents Hospice who are also working closely with the school.
We also had a busy February with doggy collections and deliveries. Feedback is important is keeping the service running well so Barking Mad has now partnered with TrustPilot, a well-respected and independent review site. This means all our customer feedback is available for potential as well as existing customers to read. Feel free to have a look - https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.barkingmad.uk.com
Below are some photos of recent happy doggies and their Hosts.
Bracken with Host Anna
Hamish with Host Alistair
Dixie at Anne’s
Cara with Host Liz
January has been a super-busy month for new customers. Lots of doggy owners are doing the right thing and booking early. July’s diary is almost full so if you’re thinking about booking please get in touch ASAP. My Facebook page has lots of photos of dogs who have enjoyed recent holidays. Feel free to have a look and see if you recognise anyone - https://www.facebook.com/BarkingMadDogCarePaisleyInverclyde/
I had two Work Experience pupils this month; Claire from Gleniffer High School and Caitlin from Castlehead High School. Both really enjoyed their weeks as we met lots of lovely dogs, customers and hosts. I always run a training session with the pupils on Responsible Dog Ownership and we visit the SSPCA to reinforce the message. The Kennel Club have a great section on their website covering the Canine Code - http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/responsible-dog-ownership/
Claire with Pip, Portuguese Podengo from Langbank
Caitlin with Cara, Miniature Dacshund from Saltcoats
Remember that all dogs need to be microchipped by April. The Dogs Trust are doing this for FREE at locations throughout Scotland - http://www.chipmydog.org.uk/have-your-dog-chipped-for-free/events-2/
Holidays for dogs over Christmas was busier than ever with a record number enjoying festive fun with their Hosts. January is traditionally a very busy time for bookings with lots of people searching for holidays while they’re off over the festive period. Please don’t wait until the Summer to organise your dog care. I hate turning people down who’ve left things til the last minute.
Over 2015, Barking Mad has been promoting a free holiday draw worth £5,000. This was won by a lady from Taunton and this YouTube video shows our Managing Director, Lee Dancy, phoning her to pass on the good news!
Below are some wonderful Barking Mad dogs on holiday over Christmas and New Year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone.
Jazz & Poinsettia - a Collie-Flower!
Liz & Dixie
Guy Fawkes started November with a BANG! and the Barking Mad dogs coped very well under the care of their Hosts. Lots of dog owners booked holidays to get away from the nasty weather so all the Hosts were fully booked for the first two weeks.
Barking Mad has now partnered with TrustPilot, a well-respected and independent review site. This means all our customer feedback is available for potential as well as existing customers to read. Feel free to have a look - https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.barkingmad.uk.com
Barking Mad is always happy to speak with people thinking about registering but not sure. It’s a big step handing your dog over for someone else to look after so you need to be sure it feels right. The most common comment I hear when I leave a new customer’s house is, “I’m so glad I’m found somewhere I can trust”. The two photos below show how happy dogs are with their Hosts.
Nicole with Sooty
I’ve been recruiting new Hosts this month and am still on a recruitment drive. If you know someone who loves dogs and has time to care for them during the day then please pass on my details. All the Hosts are ex-dog owners who really enjoy having doggy friends to stay.
I am authorised to take Work Experience Pupils and in October I had pupils from Gryffe High, St Andrews and St Benedicts. They all arrived on the Monday with little knowledge of the pet care industry and by the time they left on the Friday they had learned loads. They were all very grateful to have spent time with a brand-leader in the pet care industry.
Julia and Che
The September weekend was very busy this year with dogs of all shapes and sizes enjoying their Barking Mad holidays. Thank you to all my loyal customers who are spreading the word to their friends and family. With new dogs, I always stay with the dog for half an hour or until I know the dog is settled in with the Host. Its important that the Host and dog are happy so that I can text/phone the owner with an update. The Hosts write a postcard to go home with your dog. An example of one to Apollo’s owners is below.
If your dog is bothered by fireworks, its best to start now to make sure they get through this noisy period as calmly as possible. The Dogs Trust have a very successful programme on Sound Therapy – and its FREE! For details Click Here
I’m lucky to have such a great Host team as well as an able Assistant, Natalie. Who wants kennels when you can have home-from-home boarding? Another great reason for new customers to join Barking Mad is the offer of a FREE PRIZE DRAW. The prize is a £5,000 holiday of your choice - what a great prize! Theres no catch; all you need to do is complete the form on the website home page.
Below are some lovely photos of dogs and hosts enjoying their time together in September.
We love working with and recommending local business, here are a list of fantastic people we think you might like to hear about:
Kerr Vet Group - A professional and caring practice. Consultations by appointment in Bridge of Weir and Johnstone.
Companion Care Vets - Conveniently located within Pets at Home at Linwood.
Love Street Veterinary Centre - One of the longest established vet practices in Paisley. A friendly and personal service.
Suzanne's Grooming Pad - Lovely salon based in Kilbarchan with high quality standards and excellent results.
Other Dog Services
The Pet Shop, Johnstone
Wide range of stock with friendly and knowledgeable staff.
A warm friendly but above all professional service.
K9 Chat - Jacqui and Tony work primarily on dog grooming and training in the Lochwinnoch area. They also run Pawsitive Action which is an awareness group for responsible dog owners.
Health Staff Discounts - NHS staff website with great vouchers for money off local deals.
Lamont Farm, Erskine
A community animal welfare project caring for domestic and farm animals. Open daily for great family visits.
Friends of Barshaw Park, Paisley
A local charity thats working hard to restore and maintain Renfrewshire’s flagship park.