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A huge thank you to all of my host families that have worked so hard caring for and providing home from home pet care for our doggy friends, especially during the very busy summer! You are the stars of my business and I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate you all. Your support whilst I have been getting up and running with Barking Mad Reading has been fantastic and has helped me immensely. 

This summer has been incredibly busy and sadly I have had to disappoint many new customers as I was simply fully booked. However, now summer is coming to an end, I will be working hard to recruit more great hosts to increase my capacity to provide holiday care for dogs in and around Reading!

If you can help with that, I would very much appreciate you spreading the word. If you have a lonely family member who would love some dog company, or a friend that has lost their beloved dog, ask them to give me a call for a chat. If I take someone on and they successfully host for Barking Mad you will receive a Gift Voucher of your choice worth £25 or a free day for your own dog's next holiday.

For more details please contact Caroline on 01183 246724.

Pictured are a few of my favourite snaps from this summer as captured by my very talented hosts!

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Are you familiar with “Alabama Rot”?

“Alabama Rot” is a doggy disease of unknown cause that affects all breeds and doesn’t discriminate in terms of age, breeds, sex or weight.

The first sign that is normally seen is a skin sore, most commonly below the elbow or knee and it appears as a distinct swelling, a patch of red skin, or open and ulcer-like. Within 2-7 days, the affected dogs develop outward signs of sudden kidney failure which can include vomiting, reduced appetite, fatigue.

It’s thought that the disease is picked up on the paws and legs on muddy walks, so always wash off woodland mud

There have been approximately 50 confirmed cases in the UK (the majority ~ 16 cases in various areas in Hampshire). If you think your dog may have any of the clinical signs listed above, you should contact your vet immediately
(Source: Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists & Vets4Pets)




The Met Office has updated its yellow weather warning of snow for Berkshire and issued a warning of ice for this weekend.
Below are some winter safety tips to keep our beloved pets safe:
• · Salt / grit and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth
• · Snow can ball up into painful lumps of ice. Give their feet a good wash after walks
• · Antifreeze is a deadly poison. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach
• · Signs of frostbite include discoloration of the frozen area, pale or even blue skin, no pain or lots of pain. The pads of the paws, tail and tips of the ears are most susceptible
• · If your pet has frostbite, bring them out of the cold. Spray the affected area with warm water. Lightly apply a warm compress to the area. Do not rub or apply pressure. Take your pet to your veterinarian immediately.


January 2017

Happy New Year from the Reading team!

As usual, the year has started off busy with lots of regular customers getting in touch to book their dogs in for their holidays. It’s always a good idea to get organised and book your dog in for their holiday, when you are arranging yours. We do get booked up, especially at busy times, and we don’t want to disappoint your dog. As we always say at Barking Mad… dogs deserve a holiday too!

I’m pleased to say several lovely hosts families joined our community of hosts. Due to increased demand, we constantly look for new host families to join us. Hosts are usually retired or stay at home mums and have experience of owning a dog. Dogs come with everything that they will need, we transport the dog to/from the host and we pay the host a daily fee. Hosts just need to provide lots and lots of love, affection and exercise.

If you know anyone that is “Barking Mad” and who would love to share their home with a dog on holiday, please get in touch on 0118 947 5444

Some of our gorgeous holiday makers over the festive season:

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Bella getting ready for a snooze          
Dottie loves her croc       Jack the puppy having a snooze on his host’s lap

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Jack the oldie enjoying the teddies                
Holly loves the fire                       Charlie’s waiting for Santa
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Ollie has spotted something nice in the field                           The 2 gorgeous brothers, Frank & Owen

July 2016

Busy month here at Barking Mad Reading. We started with our team photo at the Thames Park Valley – it was fun for us but our dogs - Toufa, Pickles and Daisy were more interested in the dogs in the park than in the camera!


On Sunday the 3rd of July we took part at the DBARC funday with a stall. Me met a lot of new doggies and potential customers / hosts.

If you’re part of a community ie WI, school, choir etc and you have some events lined up for the rest of the year and you’re looking for stalls, just send us an email on dannii.manjikian@barkingmad.uk.com.

On Friday 8th of July, our local MP – Mr Rob Wilson invited us to his office in Caversham after having heard about us and the great job we do in our community. We explained to Mr Wilson how Barking Mad works and he endorsed us! We are really honoured. You can read his press release on our Facebook page.


If you would also like to be part of our host community, then just ring us on 0118 947 5444 or do come and meet us on Monday the 18th of July, at our coffee morning which will be held at The Dragon Fly Café at Dinton Pastures in Hurst, RG10 0TH . We’ll be delighted to tell you all about it over a nice cuppa and some delicious cakes.

May 2016

What a lovely day we had at the Coppa Club, in Sonning, for our coffee morning. Some of my lovely hosts were there to enjoy the sunshine and a nice cuppa and to tell everyone who were interested in our services, what a great difference Barking Mad has made to their lives.

Thank you to everyone who joined us. Apparently, after we had left, George Clooney popped along... We were all gutted to have missed him!

If you want to know more about hosting, then either call us on 0118 947 5444 or like our facebook page and receive notifications about upcoming events.





April 2016

Love dogs? Why not become a host for Barking Mad! To find out more about how you can look after someone's dog whilst they're away, pop along, bring a friend and come and meet us and some of our lovely hosts on Wednesday 4th of May, 11am-1pm at Coppa Club, Sonning Bridge, RG4 6UT.

See you there for a nice warm cuppa!



March 2016

On Saturday 19th of March, Dannii gave a very informative lecture covering different topics in Canine First Aid in St Barnabas Church Hall in Emmer Green. Over 30+ local dog owners attended and a massive £440 was raised which was split between DBARC and Thames Valley Boxer Rescue. Thank you to everyone who attended this course.


February 2016

Looking for something fun during the school holidays?

Owning and Caring for a dog is a huge commitment both financially and emotionally. Dogs need caring for throughout their lifetime. Dog ownership is not right for some families due to other commitments, but contact with dogs either within the family unit or other situations can be very beneficial socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically for most children and provide the foundations for major life lessons .
During Half Term or Summer, do something different and fun without any cost. Look after somebody’s dog when they are away. That way, your children can have a taste of what would it be like to own a dog, can be kept preoccupied and it’s good fun over the school holidays.
Below are some of the benefits of having a pet in the family even if it’s just for summer or Christmas:


1. Preventing allergies and developing healthy immune systems:
One study in the UK found that children who have pets at home have less time off school sick and they had fewer weeks with ear infections, coughs or runny noses.



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2. Play and exercise:
Pets can promote opportunities for play and exercise, in a current culture where childhood obesity and inertia sitting in front of computers or TV are major health concerns. Just simply Walking, running and throwing a ball for a family dog provide opportunities to get away from the prevalent sedentary lifestyle.




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3. Social facilitation:
Children are more likely to approach and engage with other children when they are playing with a dog. A dog can also be a source of friendship for children and social interaction, in an only child.



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4. Enhancing emotional development:
Self-esteem through caring responsibilities; e.g at age 3 ys a child can help an adult fill food bowls. By 5 ys a child can take on some basic grooming tasks under adult supervision. Older children can be involved in walking a dog with an adult



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5. Cognitive development:
Some children as they grow up may develop a particular interest in a breed, in training the dog or teaching him/her tricks and reading about them and their welfare needs can be motivating for a child to learn!


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6. Pets as therapy: Relationships with pets are very pure and non-judgemental making some children more likely to trust and confide in a pet than a human family member


For more information about how to become a host call us on 0118 947 5444

 December 2015

It's the most wonderful and magical time of the year... even for our pooches as their environment is filled with decorations, gifts, flowers and large quantities of mouth-watering food!
Below are some of the most common Christmas hazards around the house for our pets.


* Chocolate, Cocoa powder
* Onion (garlic, chives, shallots)
* Mince pies, Christmas pudding
* Raisins, sultanas, grapes
* Yeast dough, Xylitol (chewing gum, artificial sweetener)
* Macadamia nuts, Avocado
* Bones; Corn on the cob
* Fatty foods or mouldy food from the bin
* Alcohol

* Glass ornaments
* Tinsel
* Ribbons
* Christmas lights
* Candles
* Pot pourri
* Glue
* Toothpicks

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* Batteries
* Silica gel
* E-cigarettes
* Wrapping paper





* Poinsettia
* Holly
* Mistletoe
* Pine needles
* Preservatives in the tree water
* Ivy



If you think your dog may have eaten any of the above please contact your Vet ASAP for advice.

Wishing all of our customers, hosts and friends a safe and Happy Christmas.

November 2015

The 17th November marked my 1st anniversary with Barking Mad. Wow, what a year it has been!!

We’ve successfully arranged more than 300 doggie holidays & have met with many old/ new hosts and customers with their lovely pooches.
A massive Thank You for making my first year fun & unforgettable!

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Local Links

We love working with and recommending local business, here are a list of fantastic people we think you might like to hear about:



Useful Links

Dog Training & Behaviour

Tailor made veterinery cards. http://www.phodographics.com/

Pet Photography

KB Photography

Dog Walking

"Waggin Tails" http://www.waggintailsuk.com/  - a friendly, professional and reliable dog walking and socialisation service covering Charvil, Earley, Hurst, Lower Earley, Sindlesham, Sonning, Twyford, Winnersh and Woodley.

West Reading Dog Walking

Pet Supplies

Oscars - Door to door pet food supplies with an initial meeting to discuss requirements. http://www.oscars.co.uk/



 Leather Repairs

www.theleathersurgeons.co.uk who are based in Wargrave and cover Berkshire & surrounding counties including West London.