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Bolton & NW Manchester

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Dog Sitting / Sitters South Bolton

Introducing the new Barking Mad website, our dog sitting South Bolton service is unmatched anywhere. People who love dogs only want the best for their pet when you need to go away for a while. The conventional perception of dog kennels where you put your dog in a kennel to be fed and watered have gone. The Barking Mad approach is to have people just like yourself care for your dog in their own home while you're away.

Separating your dog from their family is like separating a dog from a pack in the wild and they'll pine for you to return. The stress your dog encounters can be reduced merely by surrounding them with their favourite toys and their own bed etc. It will be important that the host your dog is placed with is one that your dog will feel comfortable around. It really has proved to be a really great mix and one that really gives you reassurance while you are away working or holidaying knowing that your dog is having the time of their lives too. Our company has got our services down to perfection. When you need to go away you can rest assured safe in the knowledge that your dog is being expertly taken care of.

Our hosts are varied and we are certain that we can provide an individual or family who will fit the bill. Dogs are used to having their own individual brand of food in their own bowl, own toys and blankets etc. We aim to keep everything as familiar for them once they are with their host family. Occasionally dogs may need medicine and if this is the case then we would be pleased to work with you in dispensing this at your request.

We are the UK's preferred dog sitters and no doubt the favourite dog sitters South Bolton are offering. We've got a variety of host families just waiting and looking forward for your dog to turn up so they can take care of them on your behalf. Our customers usually leave us feedback and you can see this displayed here on this page, we are proud of what they have to say about us! It is safe to say that people who love their dogs also love Barking Mad. We are national brand with people all over the UK, if you have the need to have your dog placed somewhere outside of your locality then we have you covered for this, feel free to call or contact us to arrange.

No doubt you will want to know how they are getting on while you are away and with our frequent updates to Facebook etc you can be sure they are receiving the very best treatment possible. We are able to send you pictures and progress reports of how they're getting on and of course if there were ever any need to notify you in an emergency we will do this as soon as possible but rest assured that our expert family of dog sitters can deal with any circumstance, whether planned or not.

Dog lovers everywhere will more than likely agree that they wouldn't like their four legged best friend to put in a cage for a week while they go away on a holiday. Like you, we felt this isn’t always a positive thing and that's why in 2000 we started Barking Mad. Many people think of their dog as an important part of their family, some people even think of their dog as their child. Being dog owners and lovers we totally understand. So we set about creating a service where individuals can leave their dog with owners who take care of them in a caring home setting. People that love their dog want the best for them and that's where we come in.

Our entire process really is easy and it all starts with a telephone call or a form submission, so what are you waiting for?

Hello and welcome to
Barking Mad Dog Sitting Service

Local Professional Service

Individual Care

Peace of Mind

Alternative to Kennels

Organised Over 80,000 Doggie Holidays Since 2000

Over 70 Local Branches

Our award winning professional pet sitting service gives customers complete peace of mind. We receive fantastic customer feedback which is undoubtedly the result of our belief in developing a personal relationship with our customers – we are not an online agency - so you can be confident that once your holiday is booked, we’ll personally take care of everything.

How our dog sitting service works

It’s really important to get to know you and your dog, especially in the beginning. We’ll come to you for an initial registration meeting which takes an hour, to find out about feeding and exercising routines, likes and dislikes and any other individual needs, so that we can match your dog/s with exactly the right family. No two dogs are ever the same so please don’t worry, we love dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages, pedigree, Heinz 57 or rescue. They can sleep in the bedroom, pull on the lead, or even hide your favourite socks so long as they’re friendly we’d love to meet them.

Selecting the right home from home family is very important and your input into this process is invaluable. We understand you will want to know exactly where your dog is going, so during our time together you will see all of our dog-loving families, what experience they have and what their homes and gardens are like. All of our host families are carefully inspected by us each time we deliver or collect a dog, they are guaranteed to meet our extremely high pet sitting standards. Furthermore our hosts are at home during the day to ensure care is always provided especially where puppies, dogs on regular medication and senior citizens are concerned. If your dog is extremely sociable and you’d like him to have some company during his stay, then we can arrange a holiday with a family who have a resident dog of their own.

We provide a complete service including door to door chauffer driven transportation, a real bonus for busy customers preparing and returning from time away. The main benefit however is for your dog. Being collected from home is far less stressful and overcomes any anxiety which could be caused when left behind by you.

Our Prices

One off initial registration meeting £35
Daily boarding rate £22
Daily boarding rate for additional dogs £18
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!

Complete peace of mind

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.

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Welcome to Barking Mad

If you love dogs but can’t commit to the full time financial and emotional responsibility of having a dog of your own, or if you have a very sociable dog who would benefit from visiting guests coming to stay, then you’ve come to the right place!

Our very own host families are extremely special people indeed. They have been selected carefully and interviewed in depth at home to ensure they meet our criteria. We get to know them really well and have worked with many of them for a great number of years.

Who are our hosts
It goes without saying, all of our hosts, without exception, are absolutely dotty about dogs. Some are actively retired people who’ve had dogs all of their lives but now enjoy the freedom and flexibility of caring for dogs on holiday. Others are younger, often with a family at home, where the addition of a visiting dog is great fun for all.

How it works
We’ve done all the hard work so you don’t have to. We think it’s important that our hosts concentrate on looking after visiting dogs and that they are not exposed to, or distracted by a constant flow of potential customers and dogs coming and going. Our hosts are also protected from the awkwardness of dealing with money, insurance and paperwork, so that the enjoyment of looking after visiting dogs remains their focus.

Support 24 Hours a Day – 7 Days a Week
Looking after someone else’s dog is great fun, however from time to time you may need a little local, on the ground support and it’s great to know we’re on hand 24/7 to provide just that.

If you’re interested in joining our fun, dog loving host community to become a pet sitter we’d love to hear from you.

CLICK HERE to make an enquiry

Our fantastic host families are the heart of our business and we simply couldn’t do what we do without them. If you know someone who’d like to join us, please let them know.

Our Hosts

A small selection of our lovely host families:

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Host Comments

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.
Brenda Street"

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.
Beautiful Girl."

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."

Our HostsOur hosts

Rebecca Hamer


My name is Rebecca and together with my team of Vicky, Susan and Gail we run Barking Mad Bolton and North West Manchester.

Vicky started with us in the summer of 2014 and Susan and Gail started in spring 2015.

We have all grown up with dogs in our life, and have a great love of all animals. Myself and my husband Kris share our home with a Lhasa Apso Daisy. Vicky has a very laid back boxer dog named Olly. Susan has two Cocker spaniels, Archie and Blue. Gail hasn’t got her own at the moment, which is why ‘Barking Mad’ means so much to her.

Our team motto is ‘Dogs come first’.

I am your first point of contact and match up the very best host family to match your dog’s everyday needs.

Vicky is our marketing guru, so if you have any news, press releases, photos, charity events or tips Vicky is your point of contact.

Susan and Gail are out on the road in our ‘Barking Mad’ car safely collecting and chaffering your best friends on their holidays and making sure they are settled in their hosts home.

I wanted to set up my own business when both of my children started school, when I heard that a well-established franchise Barking Mad had come up for sale we got so excited and enquired immediately, as it was too good an opportunity to miss out on. Having a background and love for people and with my passion for dogs it was the dream job for me.

We are dedicated to ensuring your dog has a wonderful holiday and in turn giving you peace of mind to enjoy your holiday. Our host families are very special people who have lots of experience and love to give and as a result, have a very high level of repeat business and excellent referrals from our customers and hosts.

So, when you are planning your holiday. Don’t forget “dogs deserve a holiday too”…Let us arrange that for you, we would love to hear from you on 01204 886062.


Places Covered

We're delighted to provide our service in the following towns and surrounding areas:

  • Affetside
  • Ainsworth
  • Atherton
  • Belmount
  • Blackrod
  • Boothstown
  • Bradshaw
  • Bradleyfold
  • Brieghtmet
  • Bromley Cross
  • Chapeltown
  • Edgeworth
  • Egerton
  • Farnworth
  • Harwood
  • Hawkshaw
  • Heaton
  • Heywood
  • Hollins
  • Horwich
  • Little Lever
  • Lostock
  • Middleton
  • Over Hulton
  • Pendlebury
  • Prestwich
  • Radcliffe
  • Sharples
  • Simister
  • Swinton
  • Tyldesley
  • walkden
  • Westhoughton
  • Whitefield
  • Worsley


Customer Comments

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I have used Barking Mad now a couple of times and the care and attention given to the booking and my dog's welfare is second to none. The couple Ruby stays with provide excellent care and give her lots of attention. I feel happy leaving Ruby with them and would strongly recommend Barking Mad to any dog owner. Thanks for a great service.

Posted by: Ruby on

Once again, Bramble has come home to me as a happy little dog.

I cannot fault the service from booking her holiday to her being collected and returned to me. I also find it very reassuring to receive a text message informing me that she has settled in with her host family.
Many thanks

Posted by: Anne M Welby on

As usual Toby and Molly had a fantastic time staying with Sandra and Colin and because they stay with them each time, Toby and Molly settle in as soon as they get there, Sandra and Colin know
their individual
They always come home,
happy and healthy, with a post card telling us all
about their adventures,
I have recommended
Barking Mad to friends
and family, and my
daughter is registering
next week....
Wouldn't use anywhere else

Posted by: Terry & Jayne Clarke on

This is the second occasion we have used "Barking Mad"; our dog Lily has returned to us happy and healthy on both occasions with her host providing photos and a status report during and at the end of the vacation and on the latest occasion arrived home with a small gift from Val(most appreciated).
It really does help us enjoy our holiday with the peace of mind your service provides and absolutely recommend your service.

Posted by: DAVID TOPPING on

Bonnie had a fantastic time and was treated like royalty. I would have no hesitation in recommending Barking Mad to my friends and family.

Posted by: Andrea Harlick on

Really pleased we chose Barking Mad. Our dogs were well looked after. Highly recommended.

Posted by: Richard Catterall on

This is an amazing service. Our boxer dog Oscar had a fabulous time with Vicky and her dog and I was updated regularly with pics of how he was getting on. He's come home a very happy dog. I will be using Barking Mad again and would reccommend it to everyone.
Many thanks

Posted by: Ruth Ellis on

This is the first time we have used Rebecca and the team at Barking Mad for our chocolate brown Labrador, Maya. We booked a two-weeks holiday in Spain at short notice and were struggling to find a home for Maya until we found Barking Mad. Not only were they able to accommodate Maya at short notice but they placed her with a wonderful family! Maya has clearly had a great time and received the best possible care from the Hill family. We are extremely grateful to you both. Receiving regular updates by text, pictures by email and WhatsApp videos was a nice touch! We have no hesitation whatsoever recommending Rebecca and will be using them again for Maya's next holiday. An excellent service, thank you.

Posted by: Stuart & Joanne Cartwright on

My dog Albert is a nervous Cavalier and only relaxes once he has got to know a person. I love the fact that every time I use Barking Mad that he is placed with the same host (Auntie Pam)who looks after him just like I would myself. I get lots of photos and a detailed postcard with what Auntie Pam and Albert have been up to on their holidays. She takes him somewhere different every day and he comes back content and exhausted. He is always well brushed and I can tell she bathes his eyes every day. I feel relaxed on my holidays in the knowledge that Albert is being well cared for and having so much fun.Posted by: Sharon Wright on 25th Jul, 2015

Posted by: bmadadmin on

This is the 5th time Diver's stayed with Nancy and I'm now so comfortable with leaving him. Last year was the first time I'd left Diver and was naturally very worried. I needn't have been. Diver is always really happy to go on his holidays to Nancy and when he returns it's like he's never been away. He's his usual happy self. I've recommended barking mad to other pals with dogs and especially Rebecca as she's extremely accommodating and helpful. Brilliant all round I say and so does Diver!

Posted by: Sue Collins on

Barking Mad was recommended to us by our neighbour and they were fantastic! Ted was just 4 months when they came to take details and 4.5 months when he went off on holiday. We were naturally anxious about leaving him, but felt totally at ease knowing he was with Rebecca. We received texts and photos whilst we were away, and will be using barking mad every time we go away....can't recommend them enough!!

Posted by: Nat & Dom on

Milo came back home after his holiday in his usual good health many thanks to everyone involved in the Barking Mad Family.Have booked two further holidays for Milo at Barking Mad in 2015.

Posted by: Mike Turner on

Stanley has just come back from a 3 day holiday to Ann's and seems to have had an absolute ball. I cannot express enough how fantastic I have found the service. The team are so friendly and professional and immediately put me at ease. Poor Vicky even had to put up with my tears when the day for Stanley's little holiday arrived. The regular updates were much needed and appreciated and I look forward to using the service again.

Thank you Rebecca, Vicky and Ann

Posted by: Sarah Ailsby on

What a fab service I would defo use again. My dogs seemed to enjoy their time with their sitter and I heard that she too enjoyed looking after them. The fact that my dogs were picked up and brought back home was a great service and helped to aleviate one extra thing on my list of things to do. All in all, I would recommend this company to anyone needing care for their dog whilst they are away.

Posted by: Sam Clarke on 27th Apr, 2015

Posted by: bmadadmin on

The service provided by Barking Mad South Bolton was exceptional! From start to finish. I made contact with Rebecca to enquire about possibilities for our young Irish Setter. Rebecca was highly professional and was able to match our dog with the right hosts. Oscar had a brilliant time on his holidays with his host family. I was reassured by the continuity of communication between ourselves and Rebecca that he was doing well and enjoying himself! I would highly recommend this service to all my friends with dogs as a fantastic, well organised alternative to kennels. With thanks to Rebecca and her team!

Posted by: Ivona & Olly Caunt on

Our big, bouncy 8 month old puppy, Hettie, has just come back from a short stay with her Auntie Carol and Uncle Dave. She had a lovely time and Carol and Dave seem to have survived the experience, I'm glad to say!!! I can't thank all the people at Barking Mad enough. It's so nice that we can go away now, whether it be for a couple of days or a longer holiday, without having to worry about what to do with the dog. We've already booked Hettie in for her next stay in December.

Posted by: Vivienne Hall on

Very impressed with the excellent and friendly service both we and Jock, our White Westie, have received. Everything went smoothly and Jock came back to us happy and tail wagging after his holiday with Vera.
Really appreciated the updates and photos. Already booked in for the summer holidays.

Posted by: Sheila Dennis on

We were impressed by the efficient service and care that was taken over our beloved pooch. We will definitely be using Barking mad again.
Lady was happy and the updates we received put us at ease during our break.

Posted by: Kath and Gary Baker on

Our big, bouncy 8 month old puppy, Hettie, has just come back from a short stay with her Auntie Carol and Uncle Dave. She had a lovely time and Carol and Dave seem to have survived the experience, I'm glad to say!!! I can't thank all the people at Barking Mad enough. It's so nice that we can go away now, whether it be for a couple of days or a longer holiday, without having to worry about what to do with the dog. We've already booked Hettie in for her next stay in December.

Posted by: Vivienne Hall on

Thanks to Barking Mad for looking after our puppy Bonnie . Bonnie had a wonderful stay with a lovely couple who made her feel very welcome taking her on lots of walks and playing with her in the garden. It was such a relief to see that she was well cared for and in good hands.

Posted by: Andrea Harlick on

It was Archie's first time to holiday with Teresa. He obviously was made to feel right at home and had fun with her and her grandchildren when they visited. The updates by email reassured us Archie was having a ball which enabled us to enjoy our holiday.
I would not hesitate to use Barking Mad again .

Posted by: Debbie Harrison on

Excellent service misty seamed to have a wonderful time with Maureen and Damien and I think they spoilt her too which she will have loved will be booking again very shortly

Posted by: Joanne BATHGATE on

A big thank you to Rebecca, Michelle,Gail and her family (the hosts). This is Bramble's 3rd holiday with Barking Mad and each time she has come home a very happy pooch. From booking (which was at short notice) ,to collecting, text of reassurance and returning Bramble home, I felt completely reassured. To anyone who has doubts about leaving their much loved pet, I am confident to recommend that the Barking Mad Team will look after them to your satisfaction.
Thank you so much to all of you.

Posted by: Anne Marie Welby on

We had registered our rescue dog Pip with Barking Mad for some time before we were finally able to get away on holiday for a few days and the whole experience could not have been better. Rebecca took time to find out Pip's quirks and matched her to a lovely dogsitter. Because Pip is a rescue and scared of other dogs, we would never put her in kennels. From the moment Michelle picked Pip up for her holiday she was very relaxed and calm and has come back to us very chilled out! Getting daily texts put our minds at ease and we had a fabulous time knowing Pip was in good hands. Thanks so much and will definitely recommend to friends and family and are looking forward to our next trip away!

Posted by: Ali & Ben on

Hi I would like to thank Rebecca and Michelle for the smooth and excellent service on Sam's stay with his foster parents. I have been worried about how Sam would react as he is a rescue dog and tends to fret when I am away for a few hours all my worries were put at ease by Rebecca and Michelle. Sam seems to have enjoyed his stay away and I am looking forward to my next holiday knowing Sam will be looked after and in good hands. So once again a big thank you from Dave and Sam. Posted by David Campbell

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Toby and Molly had a great holiday with Sandra and Colin while we were away.

Using Barking Mad, we know we can relax and enjoy our holiday knowing our dogs were both being well looked after.

The whole process from booking to pick up was simple and professional.

It was reassuring to get updates via text, knowing they had both settled well

It was lovely to receive photos and a lovely post card from their stay.

We would recommend Barking mad to anyone who wants their dog to be well looked after and receive that one to one care

Posted by: JayneClarke on

Paddy went to barking mad on 16th aug and returned 28th aug he had a great time and came back in great condition. It was easy to see he had been very well looked after. We will be using barking mad again in the future.

Posted by: Bill Simpson on

After several holidays putting Mac, our spaniel / retriever cross, in kennels we decided he deserved better and found Barking Mad. We're so glad we did. The session where they got to know him was excellent, followed by some feedback so that we could review his pet schedule and make sure that we were happy with it. The pickup process very well-organised and we loved getting contact about him over the holiday. He came back looking a lot calmer and happier than after stays in the kennels, and we would definitely use Barking Mad again. (We understand his sitters would have him back any time so we think they were well matched).

Posted by: Alistair Clark on

Excellent service after another company let us down at the last minute. I felt they took time to get to know Freda and find her a suitable host. I loved the postcard and photos Val sent us and delighted that both Freda and val enjoyed themselves. The pick up and return were all punctual. Will definitely be using them again. Thanks Rebecca - even for phoning and updating me while I was in France!!!

Posted by: Jane barr on

Service excellent. This is the third time Merlin has been on holiday with Barking Mad and he always comes home happy after staying with Angela, it must be all the walks. Big thank you to the Barking Mad team.

Posted by: Ann davies on 31st Jul, 2014

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Great service from Barking mad, Milo was matched very well with Angela, who gave him lots of love and attention as well as lots of walks. This was Milo's first holiday away from the family, so we were a little apprehensive, the text and email set our minds at rest so we could enjoy our own holiday. Loved the postcard and photo when Milo came home.
Thanks again to all the Barking Mad team.

Posted by: Sharon Wareing on

Couldn't be happier with the service provided by Barking Mad. From first contact to dogs coming home, it's been excellent. The dogs were matched with a lovely host who seems to have understood what they are about, walks, cuddles and an afternoon nap on mums bed. The text update really reassured me after the first night away and the postcard and photo card on arrival home made me even more sure that this was the right alternative to kennels for my two beautiful dogs who have never been left with other than family before and only ever overnight. They have come back relaxed and chilled as if they have never been away. Will definitely be using the service again. Thanks to Rebecca and all the team.

Posted by: Karen Marshall on

I just want to say a big thank you to Rebecca, Michelle and all the lovely hosts! I have been using Barking Mad now for about two years, and can honestly say they have been brilliant! I'm always worrying and Rebecca is always there to put my mind at ease! I have two dogs and every time they come back from a stay they are just so relaxed and content! The postcard from the host and your dog is a brilliant touch and I just can't ever imagine using kennels now! I honestly would recommend them to everyone!
Thank you again, and keep up your brilliant work!

Posted by: Sophie on

We left our Jack Russell terrier Beau with Barking mad over the weekend of our wedding, Beau is not particularly good with other animals so kennels were a no-no. Although pick up was heartbreaking for myself and my husband Beau seemed thoroughly keen and from all accounts completely enjoyed himself on his mini break,all the advice we left regarding his care was adheared to and he came back his usual bouncy self. we are considering going away next year and will definatley be considering using barking mad again, lovely people and great service

Posted by: Ruth Alderson on

Many thanks to Rebecca for arranging for Alison to care for my pampered puggle Ralph. The update on the first night was well received allowing us to enjoy our holiday without worrying. Ralph came home happy, will definitely be using barking mad again.

Posted by: Susan on

Just a quick note to say how professional and caring you have been whilst looking after my dog. She was well cared for by the host family and I was able to relax knowing she was in good hands . I will /would recommend your service to others

Posted by: Elizabeth Flynn on

Hi Rebecca I just want to thank you all for the excellent care my little Teddy received. Unfortunately he doesn't like other dogs so to stay with Angela who understands him is such a relief. To put him in kennels would be a nightmare for him (and for me). So big thank you to you and Angela.

Posted by: Margaret Blissett on

Hi Rebecca,
Would you please thank Val our host for looking after Max while we were away for the week-end he came back so happy (it was me who fretted )he loved being with her, I said to him "where's Aunty Val?" and he went looking for her even today I said it he really bonded with her, thank you to yourselves for organising his stay we will definitely be using you again.
Thanks a lot from us and wee Maxy

Posted by: Lynn & John boden on

My dog has Addison's disease which means she can get very unwell when stressed. It means that I can't leave her in kennels and am always nervous about leaving her at all. Barking mad were perfect, they found a perfect family for my dog where she was obviously very happy and at ease and they let me know of her progress to make sure I was at ease too! The whole process was so easy with them picking up and dropping off my dog. An all round great service which we will definitely be using again and again.

Posted by: Catherine Fisher on

Delighted with Daisy and Bramble's care,they came back to us very relaxed and happy.

Posted by: susan matthews on

We have recently used Barking Mad and we are very impressed with the professional service we received. Our dog Bailey has various health conditions and needs medication and injections on a daily basis so he isn't the easiest dog to look after. Barking Mad found us the perfect host who did a fantastic job at looking after Bailey! We were also kept up to date with pictures and texts which put my mind at ease. Bailey loved his "holiday" and we would definitely recommend Barking Mad to anyone. We will be using them again very soon.

Posted by: Helen McNally on

We returned from a weeks holiday to find LILY safely delivered to us. We had contact via e-mail to alert us to a settling in at her new home which re-assured us. On our return we were given constructive advice on our pets behaviour whilst we where away and noticed little difference in her demeanour which was a great relief to us. We really would like to thank the person who looked after LILY in person (Val) and only hope you have received as much benefit as us. I can personally recommend this service and will look to use the same host when our future needs demand it.
Thanks again; great service!!!

Posted by: DAVID TOPPING on

Max has clearly been so well looked after with his barking mad host- john.
It was lovely to receive our picture of max while we were away and we never once worried or fretted about him. After his stay we received a little postcard which was very personal touch and we will definitely be using them again:)))))

Posted by: Miranda and Neil on

I was very pleased with my first 'trial' overnight stay for my dogs. They came back happy, content and exhausted having obviously had a lot of exercise, a very different situation than when they came back from kennels, glad to have found a long term solution in "Aunty Val".

Posted by: Lisa Dickinson on

Mia appears to have enjoyed her weekend break very much! She was happy to go when she was picked up and looked very relaxed when she came back. A big thank you to Barking Mad and also Helen who looked after her. We will definitely be using you again

Posted by: Lynne & Neil McVeigh on

We are really grateful for the service you provide. We personally wouldn't be comfortable putting LILY into kennels; but you have been able to closely match a carer (Val) that provides for LILY as we do and we cant thank you and Val enough; very well done!!!

Posted by: DAVID TOPPING on

Thank you Rebecca for all your help in finding a host for Cassie. She seemed very happy after her short stay with Nancy and we are happy for her to stay again soon.

Posted by: Jackie on

Hi Rebecca Thank you for collecting Bella and taking her to her host. Please pass on to Helen my thanks for looking after Bella once again. Bella loves going to her. She is always so relaxed when she arrives back. Thanks again

Posted by: Sheila Bradshaw on

Hi Rebecca, thank you so very much for the very efficient way in which you organised a holiday for my standard poodle Zak. I was apprehensive at leaving him with strangers but he had a great time. He is happy and lively even though a few pounds heavier. I bet the host family spoiled him. Thank you for giving me peace of mind whilst I was away and a big "bad breath" lick and thank you from Zak.

Posted by: Jean Jones on

Tito, our 5 year old Italian greyhound, has never had to be away from home before as either our grown up son or daughter have always stayed with him at our house when we've been away. As our son was getting married in Florida, we were all going to be away at the same time. We were very stressed even at the thought of Tito going to another home until our first phone contact with Rebecca from Barking Mad. Then, after the home visit from Rebecca and Michelle, we waved them off smiling and feeling excited about Tito's holiday. When the day came for our seperation, Tito had only been gone for two hours when we got a phone call to say how well he had settled and an email with a photo of him on Eileen's knee. During our stay we received more info., by email, about Tito's well being. Thank you Rebecca and Michelle. Love and kisses from Tito to auntie Eileen and uncle Roy for looking after me so well.

Posted by: Judith and Michael Mansell on

This is our first time using a home boarding Company & we were relieved to find how friendly & understanding they were to our needs without sounding a little bit dog crazy! Bailey has never been away from us for any length of time, we were worried how he would react. Fortunately we did not need to worry. The email & postcard we received during our short break helped to calm any fears we had & upon return Bailey was very happy showing no signs of any stress at all. Rebecca even rang to let us know he needed feeding after he had been brought back to us. Bailey is already looking forward to his next "holiday" with Angela at Easter. Thanks Barking Mad South Bolton.

Posted by: Joanne Simpson on

We have used Barking Mad a number of times when we have needed care for our 6 year old Ridgeback Cross, and we are always very pleased with the service and the care that our dear dog receives. He is a member of our family, and as such we could never put him in kennels. He would really not handle being locked up in a cage like that. I am so glad that there is a service like Barking Mad where he can be looked after by dog-loving people, and have a 'surrogate family' whenever we go away. I would highly recommend Barking Mad to anyone who wants the best for their dog.

Posted by: Claire Wolterink on

Please pass on to Debbie and Jacob my sincere thanks and best wishes. Fordie seemed totally relaxed and cheerful on his return. The photos and pictures they had done made me feel involved even though I wasn't there with them. I would have no worry and be so pleased if Fordie returned to them for my next holiday or business trip.
Big hugs and speak soon
Sue x

Posted by: Sue Checketts on

Fordie is my 13yr old baby and is so precious to me so ensuring he is looked after and loved by someone as much as me is a huge weight off my shoulders. I was apprehensive at first but my boy is too old to be go to kennels so a home environment was important to me.
After my first booking I came back to a very happy dog, which made me contented that the hosts loved him as much as me. My second time reassured me that I had very much made the right decision and the feedbacks, the photos and the connections which were given to me made me realise my boy was in the best hands. I would fully recommend Barking Mad to anyone, they are fabulous, the hosts are wonderful and the way they match your dog with the right people is great Rebecca and Michelle are fabulous, kind and understand your worries and concerns. 10/10 I say!!!

Posted by: Sue Checketts on

Our Westie Lacey is very precious to us and our biggest worry has always been who to leave her with when we go away on holiday. She has never been in kennels, we always found an alternative, but she always arrived home stressed and she slept a lot, we made enquiries and were told that it was normal behaviour for a dog who has been away from home, well I am glad to say we now know it is not so.
We found Barking Mad last year and our problems have been solved, they matched Lacey up with Allison a host who looks after her as we would, how do we know, she arrives home not only looking well cared for but also relaxed and content, Lacey has to take medication 3 times a day and that is all taken care of,we couldn't ask for more. Well I have just booked my holidays for 2014 and I am happy in the knowledge that our precious girl will be fine.
Thank you all at Barking Mad
Pat and David xx

Posted by: Patricia corbishley on

Louis has just returned from his fourth holiday and this was Rosie's first holiday they stayed with John and from the postcards and photos they definitely had a fabulous time. As any dog owner knows you would soon know on their return if they had been unhappy and by their happy demeanour on their return I was absolutely sure they had had a wonderful time. Thank you barking mad South Bolton once again for ensuring I had a wonderfull holiday knowing my two were safe and well cared for

Posted by: Linda howley on

Hettie has now stayed with her hosts twice (settling in visit and a 10day stay). Pauline (and Bella) her host has been obviously well chosen, both times she has returned happy, healthy and tired, so very well looked after. Seeing her with Michelle at collection and drop off leaves us with no doubts she is cared for. The postcard report gives us a great insight into Hetties holiday and describes her behaviour perfectly. We will be using Barking Mad again in the new year, its not an alternative to kennels for us it's the only option for us and Hettie.

Posted by: Hannah on

Sebi has just returned to us today after 3 weeks with Barking Mad hosts whilst I and my partner went on a business trip to Australia and Japan. We run our family business that being able to leave Sebi in the comfort of a host knowing that he will be well looked after gives us peace of mind whilst we are away. We even received a postcard about Sebi's holiday too today which was a lovely thought. Sebi came back happy and as if he had enjoyed his holiday too. We will use Barking Mad again and I would highly recommend them as I know our dog will be well cared for whilst we are not here. Thank you so much for offering this service. I appreciate all that Rececca and Michelle did in making sure that Sebi was at his host and back at ours without any problem.Receiving e-mails about Sebi whilst we were away was also good.xxx

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Hi Rebecca,

Please pass on to Alison my sincere thanks for looking after Oscar once again. She has had him now for three times this year and I just know that he loves seeing her every time. He is so cheerful on his return that I know straight away that he has had a great time, and doesn`t he just look supperb.

Many thanks Rebecca, Michelle and Alison

Kind regards Mr Gorst

Posted by: Michael Gorst on

We contacted Rebecca 5 days before we needed somewhere for Poppy (our 1 year old cocker spaniel) to stay on short notice for 3 nights when a last minute weekend trip came up. Everything from collecting Poppy and dropping her back was as planned. This is the 2nd time that we have used barking mad and have not been disappointed. Poppy seems to have enjoyed herself so we will definitely use them again. Thank you!

Posted by: Kevin on

Henry is a 5 yr old German Short-haired Pointer and this was his first stay c/o Barking Mad. He was away for two nights. Everything was managed smoothly and efficiently, from collection to delivery back home again. Sharon and Mick were very nice and friendly and explained everything thoroughly, putting us at ease. The morning after he had gone we received a text message, to say he had settled well, and later that day an e-mail with some photos to prove it - and that put our anxious minds at rest. The hosts who were obviously well-matched to our dog, made his stay as near as possible to what he would expect at home, and this obviously helped a lot. He also went on some good walks, which he needs, and he was tired when he got home. We were pleased that they enjoyed his company as much as we do. The experience was a good one all-round and we wouldn't have any hesitation in using the service again

Posted by: David & Cathryn on

Fantastic service ! Perfect for our older Dalmatian who was shown lots of love and attention when he was looked after . Great service with surprising little touches which are great and very personal to show how much fun he had :) would highly recommend and use again

Posted by: Clare & Andy on

We have used Barking Mad on many occasions whilst we have been on holiday and have always been happy at the way Molly has returned home, unstressed and seemingly perfectly happy. I am sure she has had a great time on her last holiday with country walks and swimming and we will definitely use them in the future. Many thanks to Sharon and Mick.

Posted by: Barbara Cook on

This was the first time we used Barking Mad and we were generally pleased with the service from them. Obviously we don't know whether Buster "enjoyed" his time away as he obviously can't tell us but he doesn't seem any worse for wear, and is back to his usual cheeky ways today (he ate a brand new hour old pair of shoes that I'd had to buy as he ate ALL my other shoes before we went away. He did seem to be much better behaved when he got back and was really quite obedient so for that we give many thanks. The only feedback I have is that it would have been nice to have an update when we were away and a fuller update when we got back, we received the postcard but it didn't really give us much insight into his week. I know that is boring admin but as he can't talk we don't have much to go off! That said I really wouldn't hesitate to use you again and thank you for making leaving him as painless as possible (even though he is a bit naughty we do love him to pieces)!

Posted by: Nadine Lewis on

I used Barking Mad for the first time when I had to go into hospital for a serious operation on the 5th of july 2013. I was at my wits end trying to arrange care for my little cavvy Lexi. I left Lexi in kennels during my last hospital stay, she came home poorly and had sustained two back leg injuries. I contacted Barking Mad, needless to say I was very anxious about leaving Lexi again. Mick and Sharon were lovely and put me at ease from the moment we met . They arranged everything, and it looks like Lexi had a lovely time and was well cared for. I cannot thank them enough for helping me and Lexi through a very stressful time. I will most certainly be using them again whenever I need to leave Lexi. Thankyou very much Barking Mad. Posted by Ann Butcher

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We are now back and Jean and I would like to thank you and the other people that looked after Jess. Her routine is perfect, so you have looked after her very well.
Whilst we were away we made some good friends, who also had dogs, and they were putting them in kennels. They have now got barking mad on their list!!
If in the future if you get new enquiries, ask them where they got your name. We met them on a P&O cruise on the Arcadia and we hope you get some custom off them.
Once again many thanks for your professionalism in your job.

Posted by: Jean, Mel and Jess - woof woof! on

I am very pleased to be able to offer my comments re Shays short stay with you. It was an unbelievably difficult time for me and for you to be so accommodating was a great relief. Every part of the service was exactly as I would wish, any doubts I might have had were immediately put to rest , both on first meeting you and when Shay came home.
I can only thank you for your assistance and say that at any time a recommendation is required, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Posted by: Sandy Buckley on

We cant even begin to thank Sharon & Mick enough for looking after Mister Ree on his mini break. All our concerns were put to
rest with the professionalism, care & cainine knowledge. We will definatly use Barking mad again.

Posted by: Alison & Ivan Babenko on

We used Barking Mad for the first time for our two German Shepherds. It was very important for us to find the right place as the dogs "Jerry Lee and Meeko" are pampered,in a good routine and Jerry Lee is getting on a bit in years. We need not have worried, they settled in with Sharon and Mick really well as the photographs Sharon sent to us proved Then on their return home they were calm and relaxed unlike the stress on their return after a kennel stay. We can't speak highly enough of the service provided by Barking Mad,no stress for the dogs, no stress for us.We will not hesitate to use this service for our future holidays.

Posted by: Phil and Sue Marchant on

Second time we have used Sharon and Mic and again we received top quality service. Although we missed Lacey our Westie, we didn't have any worrries about leaving her with Allison and Gizmo. She settled quickly and came home looking well, we have booked her in for our next holiday. Ahh (sigh of relief) found someone at last we can trust to look after our lovely Lacey.

Posted by: Pat david corbishley on 9th Jun, 2013

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Just a quick note to say thank you for Poppy's week away with your host family Kath & Keith, please do pass on our thanks to them. Poppy has been in great form all weekend and clearly Kath & Keith looked after her well along with working on her lead training. We will definitely use you again when the need arises.

Posted by: Kevin on 10th Jun, 2013

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Fudge looked really well when he came home,and slept a lot,so he'd obviously had a good time with Angela & Rhys.In fact , he's already asked when he can go again!!

Posted by: David & Lesley Hilton on

Louis has just arrived back from his second holiday with Angela and he is so happy and relaxed I know he has had another wonderful holiday which means I can enjoy my holiday too. From the moment you make the call to Sharron and Mick everything is so well organised you can relax knowing your best friend will be well cared for.

Posted by: Linda Howley on

Molly and Toby, our very pampered pooches, had a great time on their holidays!, Sharon and Mick made sure they knew everything about them.
So easy to book, a great pick up service and two very happy owners who could enjoy their holidays. Text message of reassurance and lovely photos.Will be recommending Barking Mad and will be using the service in future. Thanks

Posted by: Jayne and Terry on

My 3 year old Victorian Bulldog, Oscar, has just returned from his first holiday with Barking Mad, and I must say what a truly superb service it is. Right from the very first contact it is apparent that Sharon & Mike are true dog lovers who have your best interests and those of your dog to heart. They could not have been more accomodating as it was the first time Oscar had stayed with someone he had never met. I need not have worried at all, from the feedback I received and the pictires of Oscar with the host family it is plainly obviuous he had the time of his life, so much so that he is booked in again already.

Posted by: Mike Gorst on

I just want to say what an exceptional time Jean Claude had on his holidays with Barking Mad and what a credit Sharon and Mike are. I was really nervous to send my dog at first and when I explained this to the both of them they were so understanding and extremely helpful with reassuring me. They were professional, happy, very friendly and true dog lovers. I will be using them again and again when I take my holidays and during the birth of my soon to be here little girl. Thanks again and what a great service!!! :) Stephanie Walton

Posted by: bmadadmin on

In August last year the unthinkable happened, my home was flooded and we had to move into rented accommodation for six months.What were we going to do with our boys? Dillon a rescue dog who wasnt keen on men and another bonkers jack russell.Barking Mad came to our rescue and our boys had a very long wonderful holiday with Alan thier host ( thank you Alan) and we had regular contact with our boys at weekends.
Thanks again Mick and Sharon you were brilliant and I would recommend you to others. Also when i eventually go on holiday, Dillon and Fudge will be back.
Sue and Kelly Moffitt

Posted by: Sue Moffitt on

This is the second time we have used Barking Mad and we would never use kennels now. The service is so personal and Sharon and Mick take care of everything. We have two Westies and knowing they are together and being well looked after allows us to enjoy our holiday! We always look forward to seeing their pictures and reading their post card to hear what they have been up to! Thanks Sharon and Mick brilliant service.

Posted by: Sophie Verdon on

This was our first dealings with Barking Mad and it certainly won't be our last, absolutely fantastic service. Our dog Oscar was well looked after which gave us peace of mind to enjoy our mini break. Many thanks again.

Posted by: Lewis and Jayne Dyson on

Both Sharon and Mick made the entire experience very simple and were able to answer all our questions and put any doubts we had at ease. We will definitely be using Barking Mad again when we next go away.

Posted by: Alex, Ashley and Buddy on

I had never left Bella anywhere before not even the Kennels, and was a bit worried how she would be staying at another person's house. Well i should not have worried, its the best thing i ever did going with Barking Mad. Sharon and Mick reassured me that she would be ok with Helen (whom she has been a couple of times with now)and they seem to be right. I would recommend them to anyone. As now i can go away and know she is well looked after. Thanks you Sharon, Mick and especially Helen.

Posted by: Sheila Bradshaw on

Albert is a very timid dog and I- was anxious if he would settle with anyone. Sharon's expert knowledge helped reassure Albert and I was amazed that he left our house wagging his tail and happily got into the car. It was lovely to receive photo messages showing Albert asleep on his hosts knee. I knew he must have felt at home to snuggle up and sleep.
The return was very professional. Always on time and Albert had been groomed immaculately

Posted by: Sharon Wright (Albert) on

After struggling year after year to find Max a holiday home while we are away I would just like to say a huge thankyou for your professional service with a personal touch. It was great to receive a message and then some pics to let us know what a great time he had. Sure Max is looking forward to our next break!

Posted by: Claire Bond on

Bonnie and Poppy had a great time as the pictures show and we will be using Barking Mad again very soon. Excellent service. Texting us to let us know how they were settling in was thoughtful and reassuring.

Posted by: Phil Hitchen on

Fantastic service, would recommend to anyone. Very comforting knowing your dog is being well cared for whilst you are on holiday. Ellie was collected and returned on time and I could tell she was very happy when she returned. It was lovely to receive some pictures and a text to let us know she was ok whilst we were away. We will definetly use this service again. I now don't feel as bad about booking holidays in the future as I know Ellie will be happy and looked after. Thank you.

Posted by: Gemma Medrano on

We have used Barking Mad three times this year and every time has been very positive.Nala seems to have been very well cared for by Susan and Angela and Mick and Sharon are always professional and a pleasure to deal with. Nala is due her 4th stay with Barking Mad (Susan) in March and we feel very comforted that she is safe and cared for while we are away.

Posted by: Andy Taylor on

Thank you for excellent service Sharon! I never thought Bailey would come back so happy (and yes I know the difference in his mood from when he was left in kennels a while ago!), I know he was well looked after and I had a peace of mind whilst on holiday. I also liked the continuity of care, so a huge thanks to Angela and Rhys for looking after my little prince again. I shall be using your services again soon! Many thanks yet again.

Zenia Bodnarec on 11th Feb, 2013

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Just to thank you for looking after our wonderful dog Beauty, she is very grateful for all your support

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Thank you for being able to accommodate Alfie and Harry at such short notice and we will be using your services again

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Ozzy seemed to have a great time and there was no need for us to worry whilst we were on holiday

Posted by: bmadadmin on

As Shandy is a very nervous dog we were a bit apprehensive if she would be okay, but we needn’t have worried as she came home fine and had obviously been very well cared for.

Posted by: bmadadmin on

After initial reservations on pick up Lexi obviously enjoyed her stay with you and Mick. We felt happy she was well looked after and would not hesitate to recommend and use you again. Thank you so much

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We had total peace of mind knowing we could relax with the dogs in a safe home. Sharon & Mick have been excellent and reassuring and we will definitely be using Barking Mad again

Posted by: bmadadmin on

After having had bad experiences using kennels. I considered this service as an alternative. Whilst being originally anxious, I need not have worried a Max had just as much a holiday I did. Thanks to Angela & Rhys for taking such care or our much loved little chap

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Romeo seems to have been happy and well kept during his holidays, which I was so pleased. Definitely will use again!

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Suzi went to a lovely family and we can tell that she had a great time. Kennels would never be an option for Suzi. This is fabulous

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Smokey has been well looked after and I am pleased how he has been handled

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Jess arrived home completely relaxed and happy

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Thank you for your excellent service. I will be using your services again in the next few weeks

Posted by: bmadadmin on

......just want to say how grateful we are to you as well as Angela & Rhys for looking after our girls. The postcard we received just confirmed how wonderful, caring and thoughtful hosts they are. I hope the girls will have a chance to stay with them again in the future. The girls came back really happy which means they had lovely holidays too!

Posted by: bmadadmin on

I feel you have provided an excellent service and am 100% happy with Ellie’s care thoughout her stay. Most certainly will be using you again

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Was very nervous leaving Mollie with strangers, but was very happy with a text to say Mollie was happy

Posted by: bmadadmin on

I’ve never left Bailey before. I was always too worried to leave him. I was able to go away and not worry. I will be using again

Posted by: bmadadmin on

It was lovely to receive the pictures whilst we were away, it reassured us and confirmed we had made the right choice. Loved the postcard from Seth and his holiday pictures!! Thanks again

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We were very happy and impressed with our first experience of Barking Mad. Friendly, professional and good value for money

Posted by: bmadadmin on




If you require dog care over the autumn months, we still have a small amount of last minute availability! Just give Rebecca a call on 01204 88 6062 or email where she will be happy to discuss dates and answer any questions you may have.


Our dog sitting service in Bolton and North West Manchester is blessed with the most fantastic doggy customers and our host families absolutely love having them to stay, whilst their owners are away! We really try our hardest to provide the very best dog home boarding experience that we possibly can and it is so rewarding when we receive feedback from our customers.


Here is just what one of our customers thought of Barking Mad...

Barking Mad is fantastic! I have used other companies before and been let down, but this one has gone above and beyond. Bella came back so happy and relaxed and she even had a postcard detailing her travels which I thought was a lovely touch. She was looked after so well and placed with the perfect host family! Thanks again!
If you want to see what other customers have to say about the service you can check for yourself on Trustpilot.com

Here are a few of the most recent doggys that have come out with us...


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 July / August

WOW We have had so much fun this Summer! Your local Barking Mad service is growing and growing so many more dogs are having wonderful holidays. Why use kennels when you can have home-from-home boarding?Every year we find that more and more people approach Barking Mad when they have been let down, usually last minute by their dog carer. Why not take the stress out of booking future doggy holidays by registering and trialing your dog over the winter months..

Here are just a few of the lovely doggies that came out this summer and had a great Barking Mad holiday...


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                                    Teddy                                         Maggie                                     Marra




April 2017

The clocks have gone forward, spring is in the air and the sun has been shining.
We have been very busy over the Easter holidays, looking after old and new customers and their dogs.

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Why not keep up to date with the latest local news and pictures of our doggies on their holiday’s on our Facebook page;

Simple Homemade Dog Biscuits


Our homemade dog biscuits are such a hit with the dogs we wanted to share the recipe so you can make your own. They are really simple to make, don’t contain any nasty additives and you can even save yourself some money.

320gm Wholemeal Flour
100ml Hot Water
1 Stock cube Beef or Chicken
1 Egg

1. Mix the stock cube with 100ml of hot water and allow to cool.
2. Add the water to the wholemeal flour.
3. Lightly beat the egg and add to the mix.
4. Mix by hand and then knead the dough for roughly 4/5 minutes.
5. Roll out the dough to about 1cm thickness – Tip: If the dough is sticky place in fridge for a few minutes to cool. You can also roll between two sheets of greaseproof paper.
6. Cut out using a bone shaped cutter (available on eBay) and place on baking tray in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes.
Continuing on the sharing theme, we would like to recommend the following dog related businesses who we work with, take a minute to have a look.


March 2017

Do you want a real family 'home from home' for your dog's holiday? Of course you do!

They are your pride and joy and you want them in a family enviroment just like at home. Our host families provide just that. They love dogs and love seeing your dogs happy, settled having lots of fun and plenty of cuddles.

Here are a few pictures taken in March of our local families caring and loving your dogs as much as you do!

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February 2017

We have been so busy February booking lots of summer holidays for customers’ dogs and have been coming out to meet lots of new customers and their gorgeous furry friends, to get them registered ready for their first Barking Mad holiday.

Thank you to all my loyal customers who keep on booking holidays and keep on telling their friends and family about Barking Mad dog holidays.

Here are just a few pictures of dogs that have been on holiday this February. If you would like to see more pictures and local news about us please visit our page on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BarkingMadDogCareSouthBoltonNorthWestManchester/

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Please feel free to take a look on trustpilot at all the wonderful reviews we are getting of all our happy customers. It really does mean so much to us that all our customers are pleased with the service.

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As I’m sure you can see on the website the Barking Mad logo has been updated, look out for the new branding on all Barking Mad products and correspondence. I hope you like it. We certainly do!

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November 2016

We have been so busy this November, mainly going visiting lots of lovely new customers who wanted to get their dogs registered ready for holidays they are going on next year.

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If you would like more information and are thinking you would like to get your dog registered with Barking Mad please feel free to give me a call on 01204 88 6062 and I am happy to go through everything with you.


This week we have had our annual Christmas Party. I love to do this as it gives me a chance to thank my amazing hosts for looking after all their doggy visitors all year round.

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There was a great atmosphere in the room as all hosts chatted to each other and compared dog stories. We had so much fun and even managed to squeeze in a game of Bingo! Hosts left the party with a little goody bag filled with a few different treats and our annual Barking Mad calendar and newsletter.




October 2016

The start of autumn and October activities have seen our team frighteningly busy!!

Half term holidays saw lots of our customers off on their holidays, which meant we got to see many of our favourite regulars and lots of new doggies.

Who remembers Olly and Max our double trouble Dalmatians?? Well now there’s triple trouble. Meet Rosie the new addition to the Morgan family.


And just look at Daisy enjoying her holidays in our beautiful countryside, and big boy Harley chilling as ever!!

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Thank you to everyone who sent in their Halloween scary dog drawings for our competition. It was so nice to see all your entries. Here is our winner’s entry, from Ella aged 9.


Talking of competitions, we are launching a Christmas competition, #dogselfie.
We want to see photos of you and your dog selfie style. For more details and daily updates please like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BarkingMadDogCareSouthBoltonNorthWestManchester/

Christmas is just around the corner, so if you haven’t booked your doggy’s holiday yet, be quick, we have a few of our loving host family’s waiting for fun filled good tidings with your best friend.

September 2016

Would you enjoy a dog for company?

If you love dogs but feel you cannot make the commitment to own one, why not become a host for us?
We are constantly seeking new host families to cope with the increasing business.

We've taken on lots of new fabulous hosts this Summer and they have loved every minute of it!

You look after dogs at a time that suits you and your lifestyle, as long as you have time available we would love to hear from you. Our hosts are generally retired people, families, people working from home and anyone who is longing for companionship with a dog.

We would not be able to provide our Barking Mad service without such fantastic hosts, who care for their canine visitors as if they were their own. Hosts say their house feels empty when they don’t have a dog to care for and look forward to the next one arriving.

Every dog enjoys having a little holiday of their own!

Below are just a few of our hosts with their doggy guests on their holiday over the Summer.

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July 2016

We kicked off June in style at the fourth annual barking Berry's Fun Dog Show in aid of Rochdale Dog Rescue and Dogs Trust Merseyside on the 4th June 2016, at Central Park Westhoughton.

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We sponsored ‘The Waggiest tale class and ‘The Best smile class’. There were so many amazing entries, how do the judges choose?

What a fantastic day we had. The sun was shining, and smiles were the order of the day.
We met so many old and new customers and their owners as well!!! We didn’t want the day to end, and wished we could do it every weekend! Thank you to everyone who came over to say hello.

While you have all been enjoying the start of your summer holidays, we have the privilege of having your 4 legged best friends for their holidays with us. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it!!!! We have so many photos, here are just a selection of Albert with Pam, Stanley with Anne and Harley with Jessica.

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To see all our photos and daily antics please like our Facebook page  


May 2016

We have had so many new dogs registering with us in May that are all set for their summer holiday with Barking Mad.

If you want a 5 star holiday for your doggy, the equivalent of the Caribbean islands, then have you booked yet with us at 'Barking Mad' yet?

Your loyal friend is even collected and returned in our Barking Mad'' chauffeur driven limo!!!

We are the first and original 'Alternative to kennels', still here and going from strength to strength since 2000. Google us, and see what our customers have to say. Pictures speak for themselves, and so do their wiggly waggly tails!

Their fun packed holiday is first and foremost for us.

Whether you have a big boisterous clumsy puppy, or a shy quiet distinguished gentleman, we will perfectly match one of our host families to your dog’s needs, so it’s just like home from home, with perhaps a bit more fun added in.

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ALL our hosts are DOG CRAZY, like we are, and whilst your dog is on holiday with them you can be assured they will be having probably a better holiday than you!!!

For your piece of mind we will text you updates, photos, and they will come home at the same time as you with a postcard telling you all about their holidays!!

Have you booked yet? You'd be Barking Mad not to!!!!

Disclaimer....please don't hold us responsible if your dog 'sulks' when he comes home. You are still and always will be their number 1!!!

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They just love their 'Barking Mad' holiday!

April 2016

Our team from Barking Mad Bolton recently attended our annual conference.Franchisees from the 75 branches of Barking Mad got together with staff from head office. This is always a special time of year when we enjoy meeting up with colleagues in the beautiful surroundings of The Lakeside on Lake Windermere.

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It is a great opportunity for everyone to get together to discuss the events of the previous year and to plan for the coming 12 months

It is also a great social event and an opportunity to catch up with colleagues from elsewhere in the country, this year there were quite a few new faces which is great as the company continues to grow.


We have had a very busy spring here at Barking Mad Bolton, lots of our regulars have been out with us and in addition we have met so many new customers and their dogs.

As a result Gail has now joined our team. Gail is one of our loving hosts, and when the opportunity came up we immediately thought she would fill the role perfectly. So you can expect to meet her soon when she collects your dog for a doggy holiday with us.

Gail is Passionate about all animals, especially horses and dogs having been brought up around them most of her life. She love’s the great outdoors especially walking and riding her horse Sid.

Here’s Gail with one of our new customer’s, the very gorgeous ‘Bowie’.


We are attending the fourth annual barking Berry's Fun Dog Show in aid of Rochdale Dog Rescue and Dogs Trust Merseyside on the 4th June 2016, at Central Park Westhoughton.

We are sponsoring ‘The Waggiest tale class' and ‘The Best smile class’.

Please come along and meet our team, it will be a great day in aid of a worthy cause. We are looking forward to a very fun day. To find out more about the show please click here;

October 2015

Thank you to all my loyal customers who keep on booking holidays and keep on telling their friends and family about Barking Mad dog holidays.

I couldn’t run my business without my fantastic host families, who do such a great job of welcoming dogs into their homes. They love and care for your dogs and treat them as part of their family. Once a year, we all get together so that I can tell them how much I appreciate their hard work, and introduce them to each other. They really enjoy getting to know new people and swapping their doggy stories They all go home with a present to put under the tree for Christmas morning with a Barking Mad calender. They’ll need this to write down all of their dog visitors. 2016 already looks to be a busy year, so I’m sure my hosts will be booked up all year. We are hoping to all get together at the end of November.

I also asked all of my hosts to spread the word, as I really would love more hosts. My hosts are typically retired or stay at home mums, who have had dogs before and understand the responsibility of caring for a dog. They are “Barking Mad” about dogs!

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


Paws Doggy Day Care Leighwww.pawsleigh.co.uk - They are a very large, professionally run dog day care and training centre. Good parking too. I met some lovely dogs there and the staff were very nice and caring


Julie Frith Village Dog Groomers -  she is fantastic

Rainford - Scruffy to Fluffy by Leigh. Leigh has recently started out as a groomer and works from home in Rainford. Lovely set up, perfect for smaller dogs.www.facebook.com/ScruffyToFluffybyleigh/services

www.littlepawsgroomhouse.co.uk  - Little Paws Groom House provides full grooming services for your dog.  Bathing, drying, styling, clipping, scissoring, nail clipping, ear plucking and de-matting. We are located in Worsley, Manchester with easy access from the motorways. A collection and delivery and mobile service can be arranged... please contact us for prices and location.

Platinum Dog Grooming - Blackburn Road, Bolton, Lancashire BL1 7AB Tel 01204 304578 Hours:09:00–17:00  

The Dog Room, Monton www.thedogroom.webs.com
Woofcuts dog groomers and pet supplies  www.woofcuts.co.uk
Posh Pooches, dog groomers - www.poshpooches.org.uk

Quistel Petcare - Natural Organic Pet Grooming Therapies & Health Supplements www.quistelpetcare.com 

Dial a dog wash - Fran is a lovely lady and offers a 1:1 bespoke service with her experienced groomers on your own driveway. Their vans offer top quality facilities including fresh, warm water systems and absolutely no cages or need to transport. Check out their Website or Facebook page




Pet Food

Wholesome Natural Pet food delivered to your door


Pet Services

Willow Tree Pet Care Services. Owned and run by Vicky who is a very experienced Vet Nurse in Standish Wigan. Vicky is now branching off on her own and offering dog walks, cat sitting, looking after small animals eg rabbits, Guinea pigs etc, pet taxi. I'm sure she will do very well.

…and for those in the North Bolton area, our very own Vicky who has over 10 years’ experience in walking and caring for animals https://www.facebook.com/boltoncaninecompanion






Ruby - 21st Sep, 2015
"I have used Barking Mad now a couple of times and the care and attention given to the booking and my dog's welfare is second to none. The couple Ruby stays with provide excellent care and give her lots of attention. I feel happy leaving Ruby with them and would strongly recommend Barking Mad to any dog owner. Thanks for a great service."

Anne M Welby - 21st Sep, 2015
"Once again, Bramble has come home to me as a happy little dog.

I cannot fault the service from booking her holiday to her being collected and returned to me. I also find it very reassuring to receive a text message informing me that she has settled in with her host family.
Many thanks"

Terry & Jayne Clarke - 21st Sep, 2015
"As usual Toby and Molly had a fantastic time staying with Sandra and Colin and because they stay with them each time, Toby and Molly settle in as soon as they get there, Sandra and Colin know
their individual
They always come home,
happy and healthy, with a post card telling us all
about their adventures,
I have recommended
Barking Mad to friends
and family, and my
daughter is registering
next week....
Wouldn't use anywhere else"

DAVID TOPPING - 21st Sep, 2015
"This is the second occasion we have used "Barking Mad"; our dog Lily has returned to us happy and healthy on both occasions with her host providing photos and a status report during and at the end of the vacation and on the latest occasion arrived home with a small gift from Val(most appreciated).
It really does help us enjoy our holiday with the peace of mind your service provides and absolutely recommend your service."

Andrea Harlick - 11th Sep, 2015
"Bonnie had a fantastic time and was treated like royalty. I would have no hesitation in recommending Barking Mad to my friends and family."

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