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We have had a very busy summer organising local dog home boarding holidays. Check out our great Trustpilot reviews and please follow us on Facebook - Barking Mad Dog Care (Spalding,LIncolnshire).
In June, team member Cherylyn did a charity skydive and raised over £2,000 for Bladder cancer. She absolutely loved the experience and hopes to "fly like a bird" again soon. Well done Cherylyn!
Following on from our busy core summer months, team Barking Mad attended the popular Stamford Dog Show and Family Fun day on the 10th September. We had a great day chatting to existing customers and hosts and meeting new potential holidaymakers and local dog sitters too.
Here is our latest newsletter to read - just click on the link and you can read a little more about our summer - https://madmimi.com/s/b45bca
Here is our May Barking Mad newsletter featuring our team photoshoot, our professional dog sitting news and the feature in Yours magazine. Please read and enjoy..........https://madmimi.com/s/e48b0a
Yours Magazine feature on Barking Mad Spalding Host
We were delighted to have one of our lovely hosts featured in National Magazine "Yours" this month. The feature entitled "Dogs are such a comfort" was about our host Chris who together with her son Keith became hosts for Barking Mad Spalding in 2014 following the loss of their beloved dog Jet. It sums up exactly why our very special hosts care for dogs for Barking Mad, giving the perfect solution for so many of our dog loving host families.
Please get in touch with us on 01775 720382 if you would like more information on becoming a host and it will transform your life!
Coffee Morning Event - Tuesday 25th April at Waterside Garden Centre, Baston
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a host for Barking Mad, please pop along to our coffee morning at The Oasis Restaurant, Waterside Garden Centre, Baston between 10.30-11.30am on Tuesday 25th April. Meet some of our hosts and the coffee and cake is on Barking Mad!! If you cannot attend and would like to come to our next event, please give us a ring on 01775 720382 and we can let you know when the next event is.
Barking Mad Team Photo shoot
Great fun was had at our Team Photo shoot at Bourne Photographic studio to launch our new brand look. Team Barking Mad Spalding comprises of Kerry (business owner) and Cherylyn and Ann.
Ann's own Labradors Persie and Oscar provided much hilarity but great photo's. Persie and Oscar enjoy regular holidays with their Barking Mad hosts.
Here are a couple of the photo's.
Here is my latest e-newsletter with lots of local Barking Mad information - Please read...https://madmimi.com/s/9972e9
Barking Mad Spalding reached its 10th anniversary and held it's annual Host Christmas Party on 7th December at the Wimberley Hall Farm Café. We laid on a Christmas Buffet and enjoyed a piece of celebration cake.
Our hosts had a super afternoon with lots of chat and catching up. Such a great community we have created.
Wishing all my Hosts and Customers a Very Happy Christmas
Kerry, Cherylyn and Ann - Team Barking Mad Spalding.
Barking Mad Spalding, Stamford and Peterborough are supporting two local appeals from Jerry Green Dog Rescue and Stamford Veterinary Centre to fill a shoe box with goodies for a Rescue Dog for Christmas.
Why not join us in filling a box and drop into either Stamford Veterinary Centre, Gt Casterton, Stamford or Jerry Green Dog Rescue in Algarkirk, nr Boston.
Details are on the link to our latest newsletter. Read my latest newsletter here https://madmimi.com/s/173b19
Barking Mad has reached its 10 year anniversary!!! My thanks go to the wonderful hosts who care for all the lovely holidaying dogs, my customers who each year count on us to cherish their dogs whilst they are away and my lovely team of Cherylyn and Ann who keep everything running smoothly.
Here is to many more great years of dog holidays!
We have had 3 great Coffee mornings recently in Rutland, Stamford and Spalding inviting existing hosts and prospective new hosts along. Lots of tea, coffee and cake was polished off!
If you would like to attend a coffee morning, please get in touch and we can update you when the next one is.
Summer has just got Hot Hot Hot!
We are busier than ever here at Barking Mad Spalding but we do have some availability in August left. If you are
considering a short break/holiday next month, firstly give us a ring on 01775 720382 and we can confirm what host availability we have for your dog.
We'd like to thank you all for your support, either as a customer or host because this year we have had more new enquiries than ever before and many come to us by referral.
Enjoy this lovely weather!
At Barking Mad Extra Baggage is FREE!
Bailey brings his paddling pool on holiday!
Here are a few tips to make sure we protect ourselves and our four legged friends from overheating in the hot weather;
Dog are susceptible to sunburn, especially light coloured dogs. Be aware of paws, noses, ears and anywhere that their fur is less dense.
The temperature inside a parked car can soar in just minutes. It is best not to leave any dog in the car for any length of time.
Overheating. If a dog shows any symptoms, get him or her out of the heat.
- Walk Your Dog When It's Cooler in the evening
- Stay On The grass, walk in the Park or walk on the Beach
- Wash and check your dogs paws carefully - Moisturise if parched or dry
- Create shade in your garden
- Spray the dog with a garden hose or immerse him or her in a tub of cool water
- Place the dog in front of an electric fan.
- Applying cool, wet towels to the groin area, stomach, chest, and paws
- Manage your dog’s activity by putting it on a lead.
- Carry a water bottle on longer walks
Happy Holiday Photo's ................
Jerry Green Dog Rescue Summer Show
Kerry Wells and Barking Mad Spalding will be at the Jerry Green Summer Show at Algarkirk, near Boston on Sunday 14th August. Come and support this super Dog Rescue Charity and say Hello!
Happy Ending's from Jerry Green Dog Rescue...
Barking Mad Spalding is going to run a monthly feature from Jerry Green Dog Rescue and if you are considering adopting or supporting a local dog rescue charity, please contact them on 01205 260546.
This is the first feature........
"Monty an 8 year old border collie came into the South Lincolnshire centre of Jerry Green Dog Rescue after his owner sadly passed away. He was a very loved dog and well cared for, but had some issues with loud noises and travelling.
The team worked with Monty on his issues, having him in the office to socialise him and also one of the team taking him home at night so he could have a positive experience in the car and also have some home comforts while waiting for his new forever home.
Monty was with Jerry Green’s for less than a month before he found his new home and family. They were willing to carry on the positive training to help him adjust to a new life. So far this year we have rehomed just over 100 dogs to their new forever homes, but there is always more dogs waiting to find their new families"
Barking Mad - where Happy Dogs Holiday.....
Please click here www.madmimi.com to read my latest e-newletter - its a great way of us staying in touch with our customers, hosts and dog lovers.
Events - Kerry and the Barking Mad stand will be at the Spalding Grammar School PFA School Fete on Saturday 2nd July between 11am - 3pm. We are sponsoring a class in the dog show and there is loads of entertainment and fun for all the family. Come along and say Hello.
Community Talks by Kerry Wells/Barking Mad
I was the guest speaker on 15th June at the Whaplode Women's Institute meeting. What a super group of ladies. So responsive to my talk about how Barking Mad operates. We had quite a few giggles and I enjoyed a cup of tea afterwards with them. Here I am with a few of the ladies brandishing some information!
I am happy to come along to community groups to talk about Barking Mad if a speaker is required and can do so at short notice.
May 2016 - Great editorial in the Spalding Guardian
Our local paper wrote a great article on my award for Franchisee of the Year - click the link below to read
Read my latest e-newsletter - click here
April 2016 - Franchisee of the Year Award - Kerry Wells
At the Barking Mad National Conference held in the Lake District on 24th April, I was honoured to be awarded
Barking Mad "Franchisee of the Year 2016".
Lee Dancy - Managing Director of Barking Mad said "Kerry's enthusiasm is contagious. Since joining the business 10 years ago, she has built up an excellent customer and host base grown by referral and exemplary customer service. She continues to embrace change and is happy to introduce new and fresh ideas into her business. Kerry's team are fully on-board and understand her long term goal and strategy. She is the perfect ambassador for our brand"
Front Page News!
Kerry Wells, Barking Mad Spalding made it to the front page of the Stamford Mercury with a great article about reassuring our canine holidaymakers owners whilst on holiday with "Doggy Texts".
Host Dog Walk and social Get Together - 9th January 2016
Barking Mad Spalding, South Lincs Team, some of their Hosts, their dogs and holidaying dogs enjoyed a social walk at Bourne Woods on Saturday 9th January followed by lunch at the dog friendly Five Bells at Edenham pub.
Yes - it was muddy! But with the rain holding off, we had a great catch up and walk, followed by a roaring fire at the local pub.
The Spalding Guardian published a great article about the walk and how Barking Mad benefits hosts and holiday dogs - click here to read the article.
Barking Mad - a great community team! For more information on how to become a host - please get in touch with Kerry Wells using the "Contact Me" button.
January 2016 Barking Mad Spalding Newsletter.
Please click here to read my latest newsletter with Dog Holiday photographs and news.
My December 2015 Newsletter
Host Christmas Party
A lovely afternoon was spent last week in the company of the wonderful hosts who care for your dogs whilst you are on holiday. The venue was Wimberley Hall Farm Café in Weston, Nr Spalding and Kerry with the aid of Cherylyn and new team member Ann Goslyn ensured all the hosts enjoyed a delicious Christmas buffet.
We held a Christmas raffle and raised £100.00 which is being donated to Jerry Green Dog Rescue at Algakirk.
Here are some photo's of us enjoying ourselves!
A Hosts Perspective
"We have always been owned by dogs and after the passing of the last one in our family pack ,we wanted another canine companion but with the arrival of grandchildren ,we realised that we could not undertake the full time commitment of pet ownership.
We met Barking Mad Kerry, who explained how Barking Mad hosting works and very importantly to a host , Kerry or one of her team is always at the end of the phone should there be any sort of problem to take over and deal with it.
Within weeks we were signed up and welcoming our first guests. For the last seven happy years we have hosted canine guests of all shapes and sizes. We get so much enjoyment seeing them settle into our home and their trust in us to give them a great holiday. Many come back time after time and we feel part of their extended family when they rush in, tails wagging and ready for the fun to begin .Most of them enjoy long walks in the Lincolnshire countryside, whilst the older and less able prefer to snooze on the sofa and get extra cuddles! Barking Mad has provided us with a perfect life balance, time for our family and holidays and relaxation time with wonderful hand picked cherished family dogs that fit into our lives so well."
Lynda and Michael - Spalding (Hosts for Barking Mad Kerry).
A HOST'S STORY
Chris and Keith have been hosts for my area since 2014 and have cared for many super dogs during that time. Click here to watch their video with holiday-maker Saffie telling you why they are hosts for Barking Mad.
April 2015 - Barking Mad Annual Conference
I was delighted to receive the "Bright Ideas" award at the Barking Mad Conference which was awarded for sharing the concept of Host Coffee mornings.
“Kerry Wells has clearly demonstrated that a positive mental attitude along with a clear focus for delivering exception care for customers and hosts alike, are the key ingredients for running a successful business. Kerry has always contributed well to the Barking Mad business and is definitely an idea’s person who’s always willing to share her successes with fellow franchisees from across the UK. Her latest ‘Host Family Coffee Morning’ concept won her the Bright Ideas 2015 Award." Lee Dancy, Founder and Managing Director, Barking Mad Ltd.
I regularly keep in touch with Dog Rescue Charities via Facebook and Twitter, so back in May 2013 a little terrier face popped up on my screen asking for a loving home. Her name is Molly and she had been ill treated, tethered for possibly years and then abandoned in Romania. She also was epileptic! Molly reminded me very much of my dear departed Terrier called Archie who also had epilepsy.
She had been rescued by an organisation in Romania and a Dog Rescue Charity in the UK had decided to give her a chance and hope of a loving home and transported her here.
Much to my partner’s amazement, I decided to initially foster her and then adopt. He felt to go through the worry of another epileptic dog (and one that was uninsurable for that condition) was quite frankly mad!
So forward to October 2015 – Molly is the sweetest, most affectionate and happy little companion. She gets on well with my other Jack Russell, Harvey– though she is definitely in charge! She does have regular seizures but I am organised and not fazed by them and most importantly have a wonderful host who looks after her when I go on holiday!
It could be said that there are many rescue dogs in the UK that need good homes and I would absolutely agree with that, however she was the right dog at the right time and deserved that home with us! As for my partner - he loves her as much as I do!
The Dog Rescue Charity that Molly came from is Safe Rescue Dogs Needing Homes
Their motto is: Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.
We love working with and recommending local business, here are a list of fantastic people we think you might like to hear about:
Bourne Photographic Studio
Barking Mad had it's team photo's done by this studio and they are great. Highly recommended. This is some info about them...
"We are a family run photography studio based in Bourne. We provide a range of services including family portraits, newborn photography, pets, corporate head shots and weddings. We hold special events and themed photo shoots for pets and children throughout the year. Our aim is to have a fun and relaxed atmosphere so we can create something special that you will love.
Contact 01778 426660 or Facebook page @bournephotographicstudios
Alder Veterinary Practice
The Alder Veterinary Practice is privately owned by Wayne Smith, who has lived and worked in the area for 18 years. The practice is committed to providing personalised care to their clients and community.
They are dedicated to animal care and own 45 pets between the team!
They are a modern, well equipped practice with ultrasound, x-ray, cryosurgery, in-house blood analysis and full surgical facilities, all at affordable prices. They treat dogs, cats, rabbits, children's pets, caged birds and reptiles at our veterinary practice in Spalding, Lincs.
Contact 01775 766646 Website www.aldervets-spalding.co.uk
Sutterton Veterinary Centreis a recently opened small animal practice situated just off the main A16/A17 Sutterton Roundabout with easy access and plenty of off road parking. Their experienced veterinary and nursing team work mostly with cats and dogs but will also see rabbits, other small mammals and reptiles.
They have extensive facilities such as, digital x-ray, ultrasound, sterile theatre, separate dog and cat/small mammal hospitalisation wards and waiting rooms and a vivarium for your reptiles.
Sutterton Veterinary Centre, Waggoners Rest, Station Road, Sutterton, Boston. Lincs. PE20 2LF
0845 548 4478 www. suttertonvets.co.uk
The Stamford Veterinary Centre - www.stamfordvets.co.uk
Based in the Stamford Garden Centre complex, the Stamford Veterinary Centre is a professional, friendly team committed to providing your pet with the best possible care and attention but at the same time providing you, the owner with all the support and advice you need to keep your pets healthy and happy.
Oscar Pet Foods Contact Colin and Blanche Robinson, your local Oscar Pet Foods Franchisee who will deliver nutritionally balanced foods for your pet and carry out taste tests. Endorsed by Kerry Wells - Barking Mad's own dogs! Contact 01775 640812.
Pets Korner is the one stop pet shop in Stamford for all your quality pet supplies. They have been trading as first class pet suppliers for pet food, pet accessories and all other pet supplies for Stamford customers for 9 years and sell an excellent range of pet food and pet accessories for cats, dogs, fish, birds, and small animals.
Paws at the Station – Dog Grooming
Sarah at Paws at the Station is City and Guilds trained and has been dog grooming for over 16 years. All dogs are groomed to an exceptional high standard with care and attention given from start to finish in her new purpose built studio.
Contact details – Mobile 07717 500601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Find her on Facebook under “Paws at the Station”