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Perthshire, Clackmannanshire & Stirling
Welcome to Barking Mad’s five-star rated dog sitting service in Perthshire, Clackmannanshire & Stirling. Our mission is to provide all dogs with the best holiday home when their owners are away on their own trips, and we believe we’ve hit the mark with a personalised service in the homes of our fantastic dog loving hosts!
For the majority of dog owners, it is really difficult to imagine leaving your pet behind when you are travelling away on a business trip or for a holiday. Sometimes however, there is no other option due to the complexities of everyday life. Your dog is part of the family and it is understandable that you will be anxious leaving them. They will also feel the stress of not having you and their family around, to go for walks with their loved ones and eat their food at the same times each day.
Leaving your pet in kennels has traditionally been the only option open to dog owners, but a major problem with this environment is that nothing is specific to your pet. They will be walked with other dogs, of all types of breeds and sizes, fed at the same times and looked after as a group. You might have spent years training your dog within a framework of specific routines and types of nutrition, so it can be worrying to think how lost your dog will be without you. Don’t worry any longer!
Barking Mad is the number one provider of dog care throughout the UK, reducing the stress levels of your dog whilst leaving you with peace of mind. We know how important it is that if you do have to leave them behind for a short while, they’ll be looked after with as much care and attention as you deliver daily. Your dog will be placed with a host family, chosen specifically based on your location, requirements, length of stay and most importantly your dog’s habits and preferences.
Your pet can take some of their things with them too, so their blanket can keep them warm, they can drink and eat from their own bowls and chew on their own toys, all designed to integrate them into their temporary home as quickly as possible and ease the stress of being away from the family for a few days or weeks.
Our canine experts regularly vet all of our hosts, so you can be sure they are following the Barking Mad care and service guidelines, which are very detailed. They will also follow guidance on factors such as exercise routines and the types of food you wish your dog to eat and when they’re used to having their meals. In terms of any specific medical or nutritional requirements, these will also be adhered to. Your dog’s welfare and routine is paramount to us and we’ll choose the family to best look after them whilst you are away, with detailed care.
We know that you’ll want to be updated on how your dog is getting on, so as part of our service we put together images, a visual diary of your dog’s holiday, alongside a ‘doggy postcard’ to let you know you relax knowing they are enjoying themselves! There are also dog experts on call 24 hours a day for backup support if needed. No matter the problem you have, there’s fantastic peace of mind when your dog is being cared for in the best possible way.
There are no better dog sitters in Perthshire, Clackmannanshire & Stirling than Barking Mad. You can see that with a quick browse of our independently verified reviews, with five-star ratings being given on a consistent basis from our happy, and many returning, customers! All of our clients are asked to provide feedback, as we believe it paints a fair picture to new clients and also allows us to continuously improve our service.
We’re not just the premier dog sitters in Perthshire, Clackmannanshire & Stirling, with our network of over 70 branches, we’re the number one choice all around the UK. If you are ever in need of dog carers in an area other than your own, give us a call and we’ll be happy to accommodate your pet. Remember, you can place your dog with a host for one day right up to a few weeks; we have a wide range of options to choose from!
Barking Mad was created in 2000 to provide dog owners with something better than what was previously available. We’ve tailored our service to offer great benefits and value for money, with the best part being that we’ve done it all based around love, devotion and passion for dogs’ wellbeing. We didn’t want to be a dog sitting service that visits the owner’s house once a day to fill the bowl with food and leave again, our way is bespoke to each and every dog out there, and we’ve seen it work.
Take a look at our potential dog carers as we meet for a chat, and after taking a few short details we can begin to find the most suitable host for your dog when you need to leave home for a short while. All it takes is a quick message, so pick up and dial 01524 220202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll have you and your dog booked in for the ideal holiday in no time!
|One off initial registration meeting||£40|
|Daily boarding rate||£23|
|Daily boarding rate for additional dogs||£20|
|Collection and delivery||£40|
Bailey – All ready for his holiday complete with paddling pool!
At the registration meeting you’ll receive one of our exclusive ‘Holiday Doggie Bags’ which you can pack with food, bowls, toys, treats and anything else to help your dog settle in more easily.
We even offer an unlimited luggage allowance at no extra charge!
Host families are given a Pet Schedule detailing all of the information we gathered at the initial registration meeting and we’re on hand 24 hours a day 7 days a week to support them.
We’ll send a photograph of your dog to you as soon as he’s been safely delivered to the host. The very next day we give you a ‘rest easy’ update, so you can then sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of your time away in the knowledge we’ve got everything covered.
On the day of return you’ll receive a fun postcard from the host and we’ll stamp your loyalty card so you can gain points which will entitle you to a free night away.
The best bit for us is seeing dogs happily settled-in and comfortable with their host. We will, wherever possible, be sure to use the same family each time you book a holiday. There are no minimum or maximum time limits we’re here whenever you need us.
Ask for your loyalty card. When your card is full you receive a FREE stay on us! (1 full card = 28 paw stamps).
If you love dogs but can’t commit to the full time financial and emotional responsibility of having a dog of your own, or if you have a very sociable dog who would benefit from visiting guests coming to stay, then you’ve come to the right place!
Our very own host families are extremely special people indeed. They have been selected carefully and interviewed in depth at home to ensure they meet our criteria. We get to know them really well and have worked with many of them for a great number of years.
Who are our hosts
It goes without saying, all of our hosts, without exception, are absolutely dotty about dogs. Some are actively retired people who’ve had dogs all of their lives but now enjoy the freedom and flexibility of caring for dogs on holiday. Others are younger, often with a family at home, where the addition of a visiting dog is great fun for all.
How it works
We’ve done all the hard work so you don’t have to. We think it’s important that our hosts concentrate on looking after visiting dogs and that they are not exposed to, or distracted by a constant flow of potential customers and dogs coming and going. Our hosts are also protected from the awkwardness of dealing with money, insurance and paperwork, so that the enjoyment of looking after visiting dogs remains their focus.
Support 24 Hours a Day – 7 Days a Week
Looking after someone else’s dog is great fun, however from time to time you may need a little local, on the ground support and it’s great to know we’re on hand 24/7 to provide just that.
If you’re interested in joining our fun, dog loving host community to become a pet sitter we’d love to hear from you.
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Brenda - 2nd May, 2017
"We recently had Fozzie for several days it was such a joy to have him my dog Wiggles loves him a lot.
My whole family love him as did our friends where we walk every day.
We look forward to his next visit.
Carol - 13th Apr, 2017
"We enjoy looking after peoples dogs as it gives us pleasure to think they have come from home to home. Sometimes our commitments are heavy but It fits in with our lifestyle as we can do it as and when we can. It gives us pleasure and hopefully the pets enjoy our company too. Barking Mad are efficiently run and if I had a dog of my own would gladly let them find a host for my."
Celia - 23rd Mar, 2017
"Lulu has just been to me on her fourth visit. We've both had a lovely time and it seems strange today without her. She is well known and well loved by my friends and neighbours now as well as the local dogs. We all look forward to seeing her again soon."
Jackie - 6th Jan, 2017
"We had the pleasure of looking after Pip for 2 weeks over Christmas this year! We all loved having him for his 2nd visit with us. We enjoyed the walks (even in the cold and sometimes wet) and my children loved his company too!
I would love to have a dog of my own sometime soon, but looking after dogs with Barking Mad gives me the opportunity to see how a dog would fit into our lives, what challenges it might bring and what delights too! I can test out different breeds and ages too in case I go down the rescue dog route!
Definitely a win win option."
Brenda - 6th Jan, 2017
"We recently had Molly come to stay we all fell in love with her. My dog Wiggles loved her too
She was so good and had us laughing when she showed attention to the Tv.
We enjoyed her company and will look forward to her coming to see us again.
Carol - 3rd Nov, 2016
"We thought the service we got from Emily at Barking Mad was very professional - the information we received on Inca prior to our having her was very precise and made our experience all the better. It was good to know she was at the end of the phone especially as this was our first time. Inca was a pleasure to have and as advised needed lots of love and attention which we certainly gave her. We look forward to the next time to host again. Many thanks."
Brenda - 26th Oct, 2016
"We recently had Scout come to stay with us what a lovely time we had scout and my dog wiggles became great friends it was really nice. Its nice that the dogs get to visit carers whilst the owners go on holday as it gives peace of mind for all concerned and the dogs are happy too We look forward to scout coming again"
Brenda - 26th Oct, 2016
"Scout came to stay a beautiful little dog we had a great time look forward to seeing her again.
Barking Mad is a lovely idea it is very important that the dogs are happy and we love it"
Celia - 4th Oct, 2016
"Lulu has just gone home after seventeen nights with me. This is the longest stay I've had but it wasn't too long. She is a delightful, easy dog to look after who quickly makes herself at home.
This is the third time she's been to me and I look forward to her next visit."
Brenda - 4th Oct, 2016
"I think Barking Mad is such a lovely idea as the dogs can visit families a bit of a holiday whilst their owners have a holiday too.
We recently enjoyed a visit from a beautiful dog Fozzie he settled into our home quite happily and we enjoyed him too.
Animals need to feel secure with no worries and fitting into a family environment makes for a happy doggie I think Barking Mad is a very good idea
I will look forward to the next vistor on four legs."
Jackie - 12th Sep, 2016
"I have recently looked after Pip for just over a week and really enjoyed it. I am looking to have a dog myself but want to be 100% sure I am doing the right thing before I take the plunge.
I love that with barking mad you get lots of help and support while looking after someone else's precious dog. If you have a problem or the dog becomes unwell you also know that help is at hand. I found the experience rewarding and it was lovely having Pip stay with us. The problem is we missed him when he was gone...
I would like to continue looking after dogs with barking mad.
Celia - 19th Jul, 2016
"Hugo has just had two weeks holiday with me. As a lively two-year-old Springer he was more of a challenge than I've had before but I loved it, and him. We walked many miles and I managed to loose some weight. An added bonus for me!
I think Hugo enjoyed having my undivided attention and he certainly made the most of it. I always think about how I would like my own dog to feel - happy, secure, content, and loved."
Linda - 29th Jun, 2016
"Hello I love having the dogs it gets me out and about too..I am fairly new to the neighbourhood. And I have met people that I would not have met if I was not hosting. All the dogs I have had since I've been hosting have been very good I love them all. I wish I could have some of the small dogs back I had last year!. Posted by Linda"
LindaS - 29th Jun, 2016
"I love being a host we find it encourages us to go out more and explore dog friendly places so we get loads of fresh air and exercise. We have the peace of mind that Barking Mad are on the end of a phone if we need them for any reason and its a great way of having a dog without the costs involved. Also if your lifestyle means you cannot have a dog then this is a great alternative. I would definitely recommend it as all the dogs we have had have been easy to care for and friendly, the hardest part is saying goodbye but because you know they will probably have another holiday before too long you don't get upset you just look forward to their next stay."
Anne and David - 28th Jun, 2016
"Hosting a dog gives us a lot of pleasure and is very rewarding. We have only been hosting dogs for 3 months but we're really enjoying it. It gives you the satisfaction of knowing that each dog has had a lot of love and a good home from home holiday. We treat every dog as if it was ours, taking note of the pet profile guidelines. It is a great help knowing that you have the back-up of Barking Mad should anything untoward happen, which gives us peace of mind. John has been excellent matching us with the dogs we've hosted so far."
Brian and Carole - 8th Apr, 2016
"We have been hosting for 18 months now and have come to know the regular dogs we have. The owners have requested many times that they like them to go back to the same host. We find it rewarding that they make these requests.
Nicola is always very careful to match the host and dog and this shows in the requests she gets.
Keep up the good work. A perfect match makes a happy owner, dog and host.
Barking mad prides itself on this and Nicola and her team work very hard to make this happen.
We have just got another first time little doggy today and we hope that he will want to come back again.
A big thankyou to all the team."
Celia - 6th Apr, 2016
"Archie has just gone home after his second visit. He's the most affectionate little dog I've met. Really loving, kind, and gentle. He can be a bit naughty sometimes but we suit one another well and both thoroughly enjoyed our week."
Gwen - 31st Mar, 2016
"We have just had a second visit from a lovely dog that we first met over last Xmas. Having become very fond of her the first time, it was lovely to see her again. She settled more quickly this visit, and was very relaxed. We really enjoyed our time with her, and look forward to her next visit."
Gwen - 24th Mar, 2016
"We have just had a beautiful golden labrador to share our lives with for the past nine days. He was delightful, really good around other dogs and children, and a joy to be with. I'm looking forward to having him to stay again."
Pam - 18th Mar, 2016
"We have just said goodbye to our latest doggy client and thoroughly enjoyed having him here.
He settled in straight away, was friendly and playful. We never imagined choosing this breed ourselves but he's now a very firm favourite and today the house seems empty without him. Hope to look after him again sometime."
Gwen - 14th Mar, 2016
"I enjoy doing the best I can to make sure that my doggy guest feels relaxed, cared for and loved whilst they're away from home. This is what I would want for my own dog, when I have to go away on holiday, so I find it very rewarding to provide this for other people and their dogs."
Jenny - 8th Feb, 2016
"For me, the best part of being a Barking Mad host is getting to know all the different doggie personalities and making friendships with them, particularly when my new houseguest could be feeling a little bit homesick."
Margaret & Stan - 26th Jan, 2016
"We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting a lot of Barking Mad dogs over the last seven years. We have always had terrific support from Brad and team and prior to that from Chris and Alex. In all that time we have only needed help once during a visit, for minor veterinary attention, and that was dealt with very quickly and efficiently. I think this is because the dogs are well matched to their hosts (and the hosts own dogs!) in the first place. We also use Barking Mad for our own dogs holidays."
Adam - 22nd Jan, 2016
"When we moved to Dundee we both missed not having a dog in our lives. Being a host for Barking Mad gave us the opportunity to have that again, even though giving them back at the end is always hard.
It allowed us to see how well having a dog would fit into our lives in a full time situation, and directly influenced our decision to get our own. Now we look forward to hosting other dogs for Angus to play with.
As hosts, the support you receive from Brad is amazing and the detail he goes into to facilitate yours and the dogs well being is incredible.
I would thoroughly recommend anyone who wants to have a visitor now and again, someone who misses the company of the dog but has commitments and everybody who wants a dog but is not sure if it will work to become a host with Barking Mad, you won't regret it!"
Lorna - 22nd Jan, 2016
"I have been a host for several years, I started with Barking Mad as I wanted to have a dog but visiting family in the south made it impractical, so when I am home I have a dog, I have had a great variety of dogs from a little Jack Russell to a huge mountain dog. Barking mad is great because they match dogs with their hosts in all the years of hosting I have never had a dog that I would not have again. Hosting dogs means I go out everyday, I talk to many people and share doggie stories."
Ed and Barbara - 22nd Jan, 2016
"Having a four-legged lodger for a few days is always a pleasure. Still getting over the loss of our own dog but nothing cheers you up more than another wagging tail around the house. Great support from Brad and his team. If only he could do something about this awful Scottish weather."
Kate & Graham - 20th Jan, 2016
"We live in Shirley and have local parks, woods and fields nearby. Whatever the weather we love taking the dogs out and about. They have joined us for barbecues, street parties and made visits to a local elderly care home. Our grandchildren have learned to overcome their fear of dogs by meeting our 'guests'.Having a dog keeps us fit and healthy too. Our garden is large and well fenced so the dogs can enjoy chasing squirrels!
We would love to have a dog of our own but with working full-time until recently and travelling it never seemed the right time. Having dogs for Barking Mad has 'filled the need'. We have had so many dogs to stay (and everyone a pleasure) and one in particular has come twice a year since 2008.
Tina organises things so well - she 'matches' the right dog to the right host - so everyone is happy ( most of all the dog!)"
Susan - 20th Jan, 2016
"I love being a host for dogs with Barking Mad, and enjoy meeting the different visiting dogs, and getting to know each ones individual personality."
Sandra & Terry - 19th Jan, 2016
"We love being hosts to barking mad, Terry is around most of the day, and I work 4 days a week, so we can have doggies almost all the time other than we are on our hols !!, we already have our fav’s Bruno, Bentley, Darcy , Biscuit, Ben the boxer & Gunner, and Tina will try her up most so we can have them on repeat hols, it means a lot to us as we love looking after all the little & big ones, and they all have there own little characters, we have photos of all the dogs we have had since July last year, and look forward to seeing them all again this year, and miss them when they go home, It’s a pleasure to look after doggies on there hols, & and its filled a gap since loosing a couple of our own pets last year,"
Jenny, John and Jean - 15th Jan, 2016
"Being an animal lover - I love working with Barking Mad and being a host for them. I especially like having their beautiful doggies to stay. The doggies all have their own very different characters and we have some good times filled with really good fun and laughs with the doggies that stay with us.
We all really enjoy having the pets and get out and about and sometimes on the odd occasion we take them out to other parks and places close to home. Its just like having your own pet!
I do like the events and walks that Tina at Barking Mad arranges. Its a chance to get out with other hosts and meet them and hear their tales as a host.
I recall a fete we went to lovely sunny day with lots of dogs and we all had such a great time, I recall feeling quite sorry when the fete ended."
Tracey - 15th Jan, 2016
"We have been hosting since last summer and really enjoy the experience and getting to know the personalities of the dogs, even the cheeky ones !
I particularly like walking in the fields and woods nearby with my host dogs as company, and its great exercise too.
Rosina - 15th Jan, 2016
"I first looked after dogs in 2005 & have kept photos of all my visitors. After a break, came back to it a couple of years ago. I have had Millie two years running & cannot wait to greet her again in July, it feels like a special friend spending her holiday with me :)"
Gwen - 8th Jan, 2016
"Sheba, a beautiful Belgian Shepherd dog, was my first experience with 'Barking Mad'. She was adorable, very gentle, and well behaved. She seemed to fall in love with my partner - maybe she saw him as her temporary pack leader - and we both really enjoyed her company over the Christmas period. Having lost my own much loved collie of over 15 years, in October, I had felt lost without a dog to love and care for - so being a 'Barking Mad' host was ideal for me. We're so looking forward to our next doggie guest, and also hope to see Sheba again at some time in the future."
Celia - 8th Jan, 2016
"My last visitor, Pip, was an absolute sweetie. A breed I've not had experience of before and a real delight. She came to me for just a few days before going on to her regular family.
She loved her bed - well actually my bed - and when she was ready to go up at night she would stand at the bottom of the stairs, with one paw on the bottom step, and stare at me until I gave in."
Elaine - 9th Nov, 2015
"We really love our holiday dogs, we like to spoil them, love them, lots of cuddles and make sure they are really happy with us, it's lovely to get the same dog(s) over and over again, they just make themselves at home, and all our dogs know where the 'treat' cupboard is.. We get such a lot of love from them and look forward to them returning."
Sarah and Stan - 9th Nov, 2015
"We adore having new Barking Mad dogs come to stay and love it even more when they return for second and third visits. Its such a pleasure to spend time with these much loved dogs and take them for walks on the beach and around the countryside. We know that when our 'crazy' Collie goes to stay with a Barking Mad host, she will be safe, happy, and much loved."
Liz - 4th Nov, 2015
"We have really enjoyed hosting our last two dogs, Nelson and Finn. As a family we enjoy meeting the new dogs and letting them be a part of our family, albeit only for a while. It is good to know if we have any issues we can just call Emily. We hope to keep hosting even when we get our own dog, (something my husband would never have agreed to until he realized how complete a dog makes a home)."
Debra - 4th Nov, 2015
"We have had a full calendar for October starting with a surprise arrival as another host was sadly taken poorly. Ruby arrived within 40 minutes of the phone call but soon settled in and became a family favorite. Then came Azi, she takes over our lives but ooh how we love her. Lastly we had Jess, an old lurcher who turned into a puppy again when it was walkies time. Each very different but all very lovable."
Diana - 15th Oct, 2015
"I have always had dogs since I was born,having lived on a farm. I cannot remember ever being without dogs. Now I am on my own it is great to have more than one dog.
I am a dog lover, plus Kali my lab just love to go on walks and have company at home.
So we are both very happy bunnies"
Nicky - 13th Oct, 2015
"I started pet sitting nine years ago for Barking Mad.
It is very enjoyable and I love the country and Beach Walks. I have to make an effort to get out with the dogs here.
I have many regulars that come year after year. Each dog has its separate character. With the pairs I love watching the integration between the two dogs.
I work for Ian Carney who pays a lot of attention to detail, doesn't mind going over things with me if I am not sure and always makes sure the dog is familiar with my bungalow before he leaves. He always promptly answers the phone and I feel that I am not alone with the responsibility of someone else's dog.
My life would be empty without Barking Mad.
Nicky, Dorset Host. Posted by Nicky"
Clive - 23rd Sep, 2015
"Having just said goodbye to our 2nd holiday dog whom we've enjoyed entertaining and looking after. We look forward to our next dog!"
Carole - 21st Sep, 2015
"Nicola and her team always go the extra mile to ensure they are acting in the dogs best interest. If there is any doubt about a dogs health she will always act accordingly so that the owners can rest assured that there dog will get the best possible attention and the owner can relax and enjoy their holiday. We have always welcomed all our lovely dogs for holidays and they enjoy their stay.
Keep up the good work and keep sending these lovely dogs for their holidays that they can enjoy.
A first class team who cares unreservably for the dogs in their care. Posted by Carole"
Debra - 17th Sep, 2015
"We have just enjoyed a lovely long weekend with Roxy the staffy. She is so well behaved we hardly knew she was there but now she has gone our home is a quieter sadder place. This is why we love Barking Mad as each dog gives us a smile!"
Sarah and Stan - 9th Sep, 2015
"We love taking our four legged holiday friends for walks through the fields and to the beach, Its a privilege to get to know the new dogs and become friends and really special when they come back to us for a repeat holiday full of cuddles and fun."
Angela - 21st Aug, 2015
"I have just become a host for Barking Mad and recently cared for my first dog, a lovely old Labrador. He fitted in so well with my own two dogs and I thoroughly enjoyed giving him a special holiday for a few days and am really looking forward to helping out again. It is something very dear to my heart and feel I am being of use to others in providing a safe and welcoming home from home for someone's beloved pet. Plus my own pets also enjoy the company."
Elaine - 21st Aug, 2015
"We love looking after our holiday dogs, they are all really lovely, friendly and usually make themselves at home straight away. We especially like to have the same dog back time after time and they always look really pleased to see us again."
Brian and Carole - 19th Aug, 2015
"Monty is always a pleasure to have in our home.. Just gone back to his home after another great holiday.
Nicola and her team are as always very efficient and friendly. Thank you to all of you.
Brian and Carole Posted by Brian and Carole"
Diana - 19th Aug, 2015
"I love having dogs I was brought up with my father's GunDogs we always had 2 or 3 at a time. A friend saw you advertising for people to look after them while a way on holiday or just for a week- end. So I did just that. I loved having Maisie also Kali loved it as well."
Cynthia - 10th Aug, 2015
"My Barking Mad dogs, many of whom come back again and again, light up my life. They are all different, with different hopes and needs, and getting to know them and earn their trust and affection is pure joy. They go everywhere with me, visiting friends, shopping, and of course on lots of nice healthy walks, good for me as well as them. Total strangers have become friends, stopping me in the street with "What's this one's name, then?" - or even, on between days, with a disappointed "No dog today?"
God bless BM, my area manager Ian, my owners, and first and foremost, all my dogs."
Celia - 4th Aug, 2015
"Rolo has just gone home after his weekend trial. He passed with flying colours. 10/10 I would say and I'm looking forward to his return towards the end of the week.
Well done Emily - you worked out straight away what sort of dogs are best suited to my situation. Quicker than I did."
Pam & Ray - 21st Jul, 2015
"After a year of being without a dog it was great to have not one but two dogs in the house. To see two little faces greeting us from their crate when we returned home was lovely. They settled in well and Emily made sure we were happy with them. Our grandchildren who live opposite were constantly here playing with them, which they adored. If only we had heard about Barking Mad when we were dog owners and didn't want to use kennels!!!!!!!!"
Filomena - 9th Jul, 2015
"Having Pebbles for a few days was delightful and Finley enjoyed the company. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of dealing with a dog other than my own and understanding her needs.
She seemed extremely happy and made herself at home immediately. All doggie friends on park enjoyed meeting her and she was in her element.
Great fun all round."
Mary - 8th Jul, 2015
"I've often asked myself why on earth anyone would want to be a host for Barking Mad. Belly rubs, staffie, Henry's smelly farts, being first out in pristine snow, pickle's snoring (how the walls vibrate), watching Starsky grow from a gangling four month pup into a well behaved teenager. I can go on and on but my favourite is sleeping on the settee on a hot afternoon having a 'nana nap' with a happy, contented pooch sleeping on my stomach dreaming of rabbits.
In 2014 I looked after 24 different dogs, most of whom returned numerous times. So far this year I've had 18 from little to large to very large (ah yes - Dudley). If I put my foot down and ask for time out to have a holiday myself then I get those puppy dog eyes from Ian (the boss) suggesting that I would love to take a dog with me. I generally succumb and thoroughly enjoy our time together.
Would I recommend being a Barking Mad host to anyone else? Having a boss like Ian who is very keen and hands on makes being a host easier. Should anything crop up he will be straight round to deal with it. I love hosting and would urge those people who are thinking about it to have a go. Where else can you wake up to a pair of soulful eyes, a lolling tongue and a wet nose in your immediate field of vision - that's enough about the old man!
Hi you folks at head office. I have spoken to Ian and he says that if you use this can you put it on both his Bath and Dorset sites please. Many thanks. Mary xx"
Celia - 30th Jun, 2015
"Having lost my beloved 15-year-old Westie last July I decided to sign up as a Host with Barking Mad towards the end of the year.
To be honest the first dog that came to me didn't really suit me and I wasn't sure I would do it again. But Emily persuaded me to have another try and I've had several dogs since which have all been delightful. My favourite, Lulu, has just gone home after her third visit.
I know she loves coming to me and I love having her."
Shannon - 27th May, 2015
"I love looking after all the different types of dogs that come for there holiday with me. I love caring for them as if they where my own. It gets me out and about meeting new people and their dogs too. All the dogs I've had come everywhere with me and even though each dog had a different personality they where all great to have. I look forward to caring for more dogs as well as caring for the same dogs that i have had."
Brian and Carole - 27th May, 2015
"Just coming to the end of another period of hosting a Barking Mad dog on holiday. We really appreciate what Nicola and her team do to connect the right dog to the right family. After having dogs all our lives the time came for us not to be selfish and home another dog in later life. Barking Mad filled that gap and we adore giving a home from home holiday to these special dogs. It's just what we wanted for our dogs rather than kennels.
We feel privileged to be a host for Barking Mad and look forward to giving the next dog with a good home, a good holiday.
Nicola and her team are very professional and give the owners and host families a very professional approach which makes a good holiday for the dogs and a lot of fun and satisfaction for the hosts.
Keep up the good work and can't wait for the next dog to come on holiday. Thank you to you all. Brian and Carole"
Brian and Carole - 29th Apr, 2015
"Beau just gone back home after having another fun holiday with us. She so appreciates the TLC we give her and look forward to having her again.."
Sue - 17th Mar, 2015
"I have loved having the pugs, a breed I've been thinking about getting. Was so nice to have a dog in the house again. All very well behaved and was nice to know Emily was always on call should the need arise. Looking forwards to my next house guest. Sue"
Celia - 10th Mar, 2015
"Lulu, a delightful little Coton de Tulear, was collected from me yesterday after a nine-day stay. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I was sorry to see her go. - Can't wait for her to come back again."
Elaine & Tony - 26th Feb, 2015
"Love looking after our holiday dogs. It's a brilliant, well run company, with people who really do care about the dogs, I would highly recommend to would be hosts or dog owners who can rest assured their babies will be well looked after."
Liz - 25th Feb, 2015
"Really enjoyed having Hamish. Appreciated the support, from Emily, with the walking issue and the fact I could call if any issues.
Next dog please.
Hayley - 25th Feb, 2015
"Me and my family love being a part of the Barking mad team! It makes me feel happy knowing the dog isnt in kennels and instead having a fun time in the our home. Its also great for my own two dogs, it gives them the chance to make new friends and socialise with other dogs all shapes and sizes!"
VLG - 8th Jan, 2015
"I recently hosted my first little visitors from Barking Mad. I was slightly nervous having 3 at once, but I need not have been concerned, Emily was very good with lots of info about what I needed to do.
They very quickly settled in and I really enjoyed having their companionship. I loved taking them out each day and watching them play with their toys."
Shirley - 1st Dec, 2014
"It's now twelve years since I first asked Barking Mad to look after our lovely Boxer Amber.Later,we became hosts and since Amber died,Barking Mad has helped to fulfill our enjoyment of canine companionship with dogs of many different breeds and temperament.
It is lovely when we have repeat visitors,to know that their owners are just as pleased with the Barking Mad service and care of their cherished dogs as I was with Amber."
Carole and Brian - 19th Nov, 2014
"Had a wonderful three weeks with Molly she really enjoyed her holiday. Thanks Nicola you were very supportive and explained every thing needed for Molly to enjoy her stay.
Looking forward to our next visitor.
Posted by: Carole and Brian Lee on 18th Nov, 2014"
Geoff and Ruth - 29th Oct, 2014
"We love the opportunity of hosting dogs as we no longer have of our own. This is a great way of having a dog around the house without the commitment of owning a dog."
Liz - 30th Sep, 2014
"My family and I love being hosts as it gives us the chance to meet lots of different dogs and get to know them.
The house feels empty once the dog has gone but we really enjoy giving the dogs a holiday and the owners piece of mind that this member of their family is being cared for safely and for a few days is a part of our family.
It is always good to know that Emily is on the end of the phone for support and the clear guidelines from the owners let us know what the dog enjoys and what their routines are."
Bruan and Carole - 22nd Sep, 2014
"We have just had our first dog on holiday and jess was a pleasure to have. We have always had dogs but lost our last one a year ago. It was a hard decision not to have another, but our age is against commiting to owning another. We saw a local advert for hosts and Nicola from barking mad made the whole process so easy.
Its the best decision we could have made and cant wait for our next doggy to come for a holiday. They make the house a home again. We love it. Thanks Nicola."
Monica - 28th Aug, 2014
"I lost my dog after 15 yrs together , so Barking Mad is ideal for me, I so enjoy having my doggy visitors, every one of them have their own characteristics, which is so nice to discover, whether they like playing ball, or tug of war with one of their toys, and I enjoy our walks as much as they do as well. Posted by Monica Bennett"
Ruth - 12th Aug, 2014
"How does one sum up being a Barking Mad host? Fun, good loving company, enjoyable healthy exercise and sociable walks when holiday dogs are here. When they are not, then time alone to relax, visit friends, have days out, holidays etc, but soon something is missing. You can't beat doggy company! So I look forward to my next 4 legged holiday guest.
When they arrive I read their notes (what to feed, when to walk, favourite games) all the information I need to make them feel at home. Together we enjoy their holiday and I help them write a holiday post card at the end of their stay!
Life couldn't be better, especially when they come again and their body language, eyes and tail all say 'great to be back, let's have more fun.' Penny the Patterdale, Ellie the Collie, Riley and Alfie thank you for coming into my life. I'm sure you are the first of many more holiday makers who I'll enjoy welcoming into this holiday home for dogs.
When my 16 year old Bonnie went to doggie heaven recently I couldn't decide whether or not to get another dog. There were advantages on both sides, so I got in touch with Barking Mad and with help from Nicola I became a holiday home for dogs. It's great fun, varied, flexible and rewarding; The benefits of having a dog whenever you want, without being tied all the time.
Thank you Barking Mad for enhancing my life.
Posted by: Ruth Middlebrough on 9th Aug, 2014"
Mandy - 11th Jul, 2014
"I have always owned animals but current circumstances don't allow me to commit full time to the care of a pet. I missed so much not having one around, saw the advert for Barking Mad and Barking Mad took me on. It is the perfect solution! I have had the privilege of looking after some wonderful dogs, enjoying walks and cuddles with my little friends. Now I always have a doggie to look forward to, some of them stay with me regularly, which is especially fun. Any drawbacks? - having to return my little friends at the end of their holiday!
Becoming a Barking Mad Host is one of the best decisions I have ever made!!"
Mavis - 30th Jun, 2014
"I have been hosting for Barking Mad for almost six years now, and have so much enjoyed the company of some beautiful dogs of many breeds. I didn't want to get another dog of my own, so this was a perfect solution to have the opportunity of having a lovely dog for company, walks and fun, and yet be free to go away whenever I chose. As time goes by, certain dogs return for repeated holidays, which proves that a happy dog means a happy owner who entrusts their much loved pet to you. Barking Mad is a well structured company, and it is always good to know that 24hr support is on hand if ever needed."
Bernie & Susie - 24th Jun, 2014
"Although new to Barking Mad its been one of the best things we have done living on a small farm we have space and plenty of local walks to offer our wonderful friends who have stayed with us. each one is missed and we long for their return.
We have set up a gallery of our new friends and find great pleasure looking at the moments they have shared with us."
Niccola - 4th Jun, 2014
"I can honestly say that being a host for barking mad has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has helped me physically, emotionally and financially. After losing my own dearly loved Jack Russell I decided I couldn't have another dog to go through the pain of losing it again. Then along came Barking Mad, it must be nearly 7 years ago now and I've never looked back. All the dogs are such a pleasure and a joy to care for. You love them like they are your own and yes, you miss them when they go home but you know there will be another little one on its way to fill the space very soon . The best thing is that they do all come back regularly so your home really does become a home from home, it is wonderful when they come in and you know they are as happy to see you again as you are to see them. It really is the best thing, everything is in place to ensure you have 24hr help and support if necessary. You can specify what type or size of dog you prefer and also specify when you are available. Basically if you're happy the dog is happy and vice versa."
Karen - 27th May, 2014
"This has been my first week as a host of Barking Mad and I/we are loving
it! My first dog guest was Maisie a bearded collie cross. She stayed with us
for the weekend and was such a pleasure to look after. We had lots of fun at
the beaches and parks. We then had lovely little Malcolm a jack Russell cross.
He was very excitable but settled very quickly. He loved playing in the back garden and on
our walks where he came across rabbits, horses and even hens. We are looking
forward to getting gorgeous Bertie very soon. The house seems strange when we
don't have a doggy guest now.
Thanks again, Brad.
Karen, Brian, Nico and Dylan."
Barbara & Peter - 23rd May, 2014
"Our "visitors" have become part of our family over the years. They are as different as our children, and, just like our kids, we love them to bits. Nicola has proved to be a good friend as well as a wonderful "boss". Of course, we do spoil our dogs but they are on their holiday!"
Bev & Ellie - 15th May, 2014
"We love the flexibilty of having different dogs to look after, and we have a few regulars now, especially over half term and school holidays, they bring such fun into the house, with their own individual personalities, we shower them with love and affection (as would their owners) and get very attached - but we know they have to go home, till the next time..."
Cid - 15th May, 2014
"There are so many reasons to love having dogs come to stay with us..... we love having a variety of sizes and breeds and personalities, there's always something to delight us! My boys love having dogs around to play with, and they don't get bored with walking them or feeding them because there's always something different. We get such fantastic characters come and stay with us, they get us out and about, they fill the house with wonderful dogginess. If there's a downside, it's the sadness when they go back home..... until our next doggy friend comes to stay, that is!"
maxine - 22nd Apr, 2014
"I enquired about being a host following my friends' dog being on a 'Barking Mad' holiday. As soon as I met Tina I decided that I would like to become a host, because I was impressed by her friendly professionalism and her genuine love of meeting the needs of dogs and their owners. I have been very well matched with some delightful canine companions! I look forward to the regulars and to meeting new dogs. I have not had any problems as such, but appreciate the speed of response and action from Tina, Colin and Carol-Ann when I have needed information or help with something. I might also add that that Tina, Colin and Carol-Ann are as lovely as the dogs they bring!"
Mick and Shirley - 22nd Apr, 2014
"When we retired, we considered getting a dog of our own. We'd had lots of dogs whilst the children were young but it had been a few years since our last one had died. However, we planned to travel so thought perhaps it wasn't a sensible idea. Then one day, Shirley overheard a conversation about Barking Mad.....and the rest is history! Tina was brilliant - her passion and love for the animals was obvious and we warmed to her straight away. Very soon after, Charlotte, a chocolate Labrador, came to stay with us for 2 weeks. Charlotte adopted us and gave us all her love, attention and affection. The walks, the fresh air, the laughter we had with her were excellent. We said "goodbye" and looked forward to our next dog. Since 2011, when we became hosts, we've had lots of different dogs and return visits from a number of them. It's great getting to know their personalities and learning about them. Tina is always available to consult if there are any difficulties. If anyone is considering becoming a host, we would strongly recommend it. We've never regretted it for one moment! We've just returned from 9 weeks travelling and are desperate to meet our next four legged house guest!"
Karen and Paul - 17th Apr, 2014
"A house isn't a home without a dog in it. Our labrador, Hero loves to have a friend for a couple weeks - they have lots of fun running and playing together, then Hero gets a rest before the next doggy visitor arrives. There's something very special about a wagging tail, and a doggy greeting! We're very pleased we found Barking Mad and treat all our visitors as we would expect Hero to be treated - with love and respect."
Helen - 17th Apr, 2014
"My family used Barking Mad initially for our own dog Sally. She was an old labrador and I never wanted her to be put in kennels when we went on holiday. Tina at Barking Mad came out and totally put our minds at ease. We were shown various hosts, their gardens and all Sally's needs were taken care of. This made us feel so relaxed going on holiday knowing Sally was in the best hands, literally home from home care. She was, most of the time, homed with the same family which was even more reassuring! Sally did take poorly when we were on holiday once and we were up-dated daily by Tina and Barking Mad took extremely good care of her, I will never forget them for that. When Sally passed away a few years ago we knew we didn't want to get another dog and decided on being a host family. It really is the best of both worlds. My 12 year old son particularly loves dogs coming to stay and the love we get from them. We've had all sorts of different dogs and characters. However, as we are busy during school holidays etc, we can select when we would like to take dogs. We have the freedom now and it's so much fun. The great thing is we know we have the back up and support from Tina which is fantastic. If things sometimes don't work out Tina is there to help and even take a dog should we be unable to look after it (which is a very rare occurrence as Tina is excellent at selecting the right dog for the right host). We take lots of photographs for the owners which Tina emails to them, should they wish, on holiday. We also write a little postcard for the families so they know what their pet has been up to while they have been away. It really is a fantastic company and I couldn't recommend them highly enough. If you are wanting company from a dog but without the full time commitment then look no further than Barking Mad. Go on, give it a try.......!"
Sue and Paul - 17th Apr, 2014
"We became hosts for Barking Mad, thinking it would be good to have a dog occasionally and the exercise would be good for us, being retired we need to keep going!!
Tina impressed us immediately..she really works hard at matching the dogs to the people. We love dogs that are good fun on their walks, but behave in the house (who doesn't?) and we have had a range of young and old, big and small and lots and lots of Labradors. If there has been a problem e.g. The dog needs the vet to check something, Tina, Colin or Carol Ann arrive and take the animal to the vet. We had one dog who obviously wasn't happy, and frankly was making us unhappy, perhaps pining for its owner, and Tina took it and looked after it herself. So we never have to worry that we are stuck with an animal that we don't get on with.
Tina has become a good friend, and her team of Colin and Carol Ann are so professional and caring with the animals it is a pleasure to 'do business' with them.
If you are thinking of being a host, do try it...you have a lot of fun, I enjoy the caring for some of the older ones as well as running round with the young ones, without the responsibility of having your own animal. Posted by Sue and Paul Allcroft"
Audrey - 16th Apr, 2014
"Due to health issues I am unable to have a dog of my own. Being a host for barking mad means I can have the company and pleasure of a dog, for a period of time with out the resposibility and cost of owning a dog myself.It is nice to know that as a host I can enable owners to have a break safe in the knowledge that their dog is being cared for by someone whose aim it is to give the dog a holiday in a friendly loving enviorment."
erika - 16th Apr, 2014
"I have been a host for nearly 9 years with my husband and now I am on my own. It is an absolute absolute pleasure to have my little dogs come to stay! I have regular ones and find it a privilege to be trusted with someones pet. They are my friends and it gives me something to focus on meet other dog lovers as well.
Posted by: Erika Cockerill on 15th Apr, 2014"
Dorothy - 16th Apr, 2014
"My husband and I thoroughly enjoy being hosts for dogs. Faye is great and runs a valuable service. Every dog we have has it's own wee personality and we grow to love them more and more every day. They are like little rays of sunshine in our home. We are so happy we decided to be hosts. We love it."
Ian - 16th Apr, 2014
"It is a real pleasure for us to look after so many varied dogs and hopefully give them a great time in a caring way close to their home life.Have done this now for over 3 years with nothing but positive experiences and would fully recommend being a host."
Jaclyn - 15th Apr, 2014
"We are the lucky ones that get to look after your lovely dogs my family and i enjoy it because we get to meet so many different characters and they are all individual and whilst they are with us they are treated as part of our family. We love dogs but because of work commitments we can only host during the school holidays so we are always looking forward to our new guest arriving and we hope to be part of Barking Mad for a very long time."
My name is Isla and I am originally from Sauchie in Clackmannanshire, I am delighted to be covering The Wee County, Perthshire as well as a small part of Stirling.
When presented with the opportunity to run my own business which involved working with dogs it sounded too good to be true. After 16 years in the Sales Industry travelling all over Scotland and the UK, it was time for a career change. I am absolutely thrilled now to be furthering my career by becoming my own boss and working with dogs.
When not working I enjoy attending yoga classes, going for long walks with my dog Frodo, a standard Dachshund and weather permitting spending time in my garden.
If you would like to find out more information whether it be on how you can become a Host for Barking Mad or indeed details on our service for your four legged friend then please do get in touch.
I look forward to hearing from you soon
Look out for us driving around in the Barking Mad vehicle – you can’t miss us!
Postcode areas covered FK9 to FK16 and PH1 to PH16
Having seen the Barking Mad livery on a vehicle in Fife last year and having need of professional one-to-one boarding for our dog, we logged into your website and submitted an enquiry.
Next day (despite being on the run up to Christmas and the New Year), we were contacted by telephone by Isla Sutherland who manages the Clackmannanshire and Perthshire areas. She answered our questions - there were lots of them! - and shortly afterwards, called to see us with Laptop and documents to hand.
As a result of the visit, arrangements were made and a week later, Isla collected our dog and all his luggage for his trial sleepover with his host family. He seemed to have a ball, though we were nervous wrecks!
Still, off he went again on his two week holiday, while we set off on ours though still with some trepidation.
We needn't have worried. Isla returned him to us safe and sound. He was a happy boy and seemed quite content in himself.
Parting with our dog was not an easy undertaking and as a dog owner herself, it is clear that Isla completely understands this. Professional? Yes. Empathetic? Yes. Recommended? Yes.
Thank you Isla, Barking Mad and our host family....whoever you are!!
Very pleased to have found Barking Mad services. Isla is lovely and Russell has enjoyed a couple of very happy holidays recently. A reassuringly wonderful bespoke dog care option.
Brioche thanks Frodo for being such good companion. I enjoyed my holiday very much and miss you all at Barking Mad.. Thank you Isla for taking such good care of me. Brioche
Missy loves her Barking Mad holidays and is always thrilled when Isla and her van arrive to collect her. In fact Missy gets quite dismayed when she sees Isla and her van arrive to pick up other dogs in our street and not Missy!!
My little dog Spot has had his first Barking Mad holiday and was neither up nor down. He seemed very happy and all his holidays for next year have already been booked!
Very efficient, good communication. Very happy owners!
Last week we used Barking Mad for Eddie, our wee Patterdale terrier. I was very stressed at the thought of him in kennels - then I found Isla! This lovely lady runs a wonderful service and found us a great couple to take Eddie for a weeks holiday. From pick up to drop off it was 100% sheer professionalism! Isla is caring, supportive and very organised and the whole week was stress free for us because we knew Eddie was absolutely fine with his host family! Thank you to them and a million thanks to you Isla for your impeccable service! So glad we found you!
We would not consider placing our beloved greyhound Becky with any other organization than Barking Mad. We can go away on holiday (when we can't take her with us) knowing she will be safe and happy and have a wonderful time.
I love my dog so much and would never consider for one moment leaving him in anything but the best care possible. This is the first time in nearly 4 years we have left our dog for a holiday and I made the right decision leaving him in the care if barking mad. We were all apprehensive about leaving him, as I'm sure our beloved dog was. None of us needed to worry. I know he was well cared for and although it was different for him it was still a happy caring environment. Working in a vet practice I know too well how separation can be difficult for a pet and barking mad made this as worry free as possible for both owner and dog. I will use barking mad again. Everytime I need a home from home. Thank you x
brydie has just had a wee holiday with catrina and i just know she had a brilliant time!would never hesitate to put her to barking mad (no kennels for my brydie) isla is alovely person and does her upmost to accomadate brydie i just love getting brydies postcard of her holidays barking mad is the best ever
Milly, our 2 year old Labradoodle, has had 2 holidays via Barking Mad this year. She came back to us both times happy and well; the peace of mind that we get when using Barking Mad is so much greater than when we had when he have left her in kennels previously.
The service that Isla provides is excellent in every respect too - the photos and texts in particular are greatly valued and hugely reassuring.
The hosts used by Barking Mad are clearly caring and experienced dog lovers - a huge thank you to them as well !
We would recommend Barking Mad without hesitation.
We couldn't be more delighted with the way Paige was cared for. She obviously had a ball with Maryln and was given lots of attention and cuddles. I especially liked receiving the photos of her with Maryln in her garden. We couldn't have asked for more. Paige definitely looked as if she had had a holiday too!
We have used Barking mad for a few years now, and our dog's recent holiday was just as successful as always. Isla adjusted our (now elderly ) labrador's many requirements, and he was extremely well looked after. Many thanks!
We were concerned what to do with our two precious Chihuahuas whilst we went on holiday. After moving house, it was not easy for family to help as they had done in the past.
I cannot thank Barking Mad enough for looking after them. I got photo's when they arrived at their new abode and a follow up text the next day to say how they settled in. I have already booked them for my next two holidays.
I would highly recommend Barking Mad.
Gibbs has just returned from his second stay with his 'foster family' and their dog Ruby. He is a rescue dog who had a bad start so we wouldn't consider kennels for him. Barking Mad gave us peace of mind and he clearly enjoyed his stay. We recommended barking Mad to friends and as a result their dog had just had his first stay with them.
We have two springer spaniels who have been with barking mad on two occasions. The first was for four weeks three years ago and again this summer for ten days.
I can not recommend the service offered by Barking Mad enough. Isla leaves nothing to chance. The Host who looked after our dogs the first time (and treated them like her own) unfortunately retired so they had new ones this year. Isla took them both on a 'day trip' to meet the new hosts prior to our holiday to ensure that everything went smoothly, which it did.
We have just booked for next years holiday to ensure that they are guaranteed a place as if not, we basically would not go. The hosts are marvellous and the service provided is first class.
Ollie, our German Shepherd, has just had his third holiday with Kate, Jim and Glen - he first stayed with them as a puppy of just 5 months old. It's so wonderful to know what an amazing time he has, and how much he is truly loved by them all. Kate and Jim treat Ollie like their own dog, and he is obviously so happy with them. The photos he comes home with show him clearly having such fun, and enjoying great country walks.
Knowing what a fantastic service Barking Mad offers, we would never consider putting Ollie in traditional kennels. it was great to meet Isla for the first time this summer, and look forward to working with you all in the future.
Thank you for organising great care for Poppy at such short notice.
It's a much better option to kennel care. This time Poppy hadn't lost
weight and she smelled lovely. She even came home with a new tiger toy
which she takes everywhere with her. We loved the photos of
Poppy on her holiday, they made all the family laugh, she was so well cared
This was our first time of using Barking Mad and meeting lovely Isla . Our Springer Spaniel Indy,was too old now , at fourteen, to be looked after in boarding kennels, so having an initial introduction with Isla, who put Indy with a potential host for three days, Indy's holiday was booked , as host Mabel loved her and agreed to look after her for our month away . Mabel fell in love with Indy and looked after her so well and would like to look after her if we go away again and Indy loved Mabel ( think Indy got a bit spoilt with her presents) and we really think she is missing her .
Thank you Isla for putting our minds at rest, we most certainly will use you again , we feel you have become a good friend of ours now,it's been great meeting you .John and myself wish you huge success with your franchise and we will definitely be recommending you
Harley our 11 month old Labrador spent 5 days on his holidays at Barking Mad. We were unsure about leaving him at first until meeting Isla and our fears were quickly put to rest.
Harley had a fantastic time on holiday and came back with a few new toys and was exhausted from all the fun he was having and the excellent walks he had been on. We received photos of Harley whilst we were away and can't thank Barking Mad and their host family enough for looking after him.
I have since recommended the service to my gran and she too will be helping look after people's pets when they are on their holiday and can't wait to get started! Posted by Brad
We would like to thank you and Brad ever so much for making Archie welcome during his stay with you,we had a fantastic welcome when he came home.
Thank you again for everything
We will recommend Barking Mad for the good service and care.
My two Shelties, Roma and Cava, have returned from their holiday looking happy and well cared for. They celebrated their birthdays while they were with Mabel and had lovely games and treats. It was most reassuring for me to receive encouraging messages from Isla and also a photo of them with their kind host. Mabel was most generous and sent them home with presents and treats. I know the dogs loved her. I am impressed with the way Isla exercises great care and judgement to match hosts and guests together. I have used Barkingmad twice now and on each occasion have been able to enjoy my holiday with complete peace of mind. I am recommending this service to my friends.
We are very happy with the friendly personalised care and professional approach shown by Isla.
Our dog, Daisy, clearly enjoyed the home from home care and we had no concerns about her welfare when on holiday. We look forward to using this service again and will be recommending the Company to our friends.
Max, our Dalmatian, has been a Barking Mad fan for many years now, always happy when the day comes for his trip to Ruby's house. The service is second to none, with great flexibility in terms of pick-up and return times, updates and photographs. It is the personal touch that is so important to me. Thank you, Isla, well done and we're looking forward to the next holiday for Max in July!
I just wanted to drop you a wee line to say how happy we are with the service Barking have provided us with over the weekend, and in the run up to Darcy's holiday.
Everything ran very smoothly and we were totally reassured throughout that Darcy was safe, well cared for, and loved. What more could we ask for?!
The icing on the cake is knowing that Gordon and Helen liked him so much:) Please pass them our thanks for not only giving him a loving home while we were away gallivanting, but also for agreeing to take a young dog in the first place....especially where there were so many unknowns:)
He has returned to us happy and looking great.
You will definitely be our first port of call the next time we have to leave our furry friends behind.
A great service Isla, can't thank you enough for everything, start to finish.
Keira had a great time with Mabel and came back with extra treats. Being kept up to date by Isla was much appreciated. Very professional service all round. Thanks.
Posted by: Jim Brown on 26th Apr, 2015
Barking Mad and Isla.....fantastic! Our weimaraner Leyna had a fabulous holiday with Stewart, Leyna is a homebody and we were so happy she settled in so well, her first time away and we would not hesitate to use Barking Mad again, she came home happy and we knew she had enjoyed herself, thank u again Isla and Stewart xxx Posted by Nicola Duncan
Isla has done a great job since taking on the franchise. Been a customer (and host) for many years now and it's the only way I could go away for a few days (or longer) and feel comfortable that Garry is being properly cared for.
Our Koda had his first wee holiday courtesy of Isla and Helen & Gordon and going by the way he was when he came back he had a lovely time away as did we without worrying about Koda , he will definitely be looking forward to his next wee holiday, it was lovely having pictures of him settling in as well as the text to let us know how well he was getting on :)
Our Bernese called Barney has just returned from his first 'holiday'! He enjoyed staying with Kate Jim and his new wee friend Glen! Isla was fantastic at setting the holiday up, spending a long time with us at our house getting to know Barney, his habits, and what he likes. This made Barney's holiday all the more enjoyable for him and the many photos, the text, email and the postcard really put our minds at ease. We will now only use Barking Mad as nothing else could beat this kind of service for both owner and dog! Thanks a million for caring so much, Jenny and Andy xx
My 2 year old husky, Luna, had a fabulous 10 day stay with a host family.
She came back happy and healthy and I was delighted with the pick up/drop off service which was a great help to me.
I am extremely happy with the service and care that was provided.
I will definitely be using Barking Mad again.
Thank you from me and a very happy Luna.
This was Molly's (seven month old border puppy) first stay away from home. She returned looking very good and relaxed. Could not ask for more and we really appreciated the level of service and attention to detail supplied by Barking Mad. Loved the post card and the photos too!
We will certainly use Barking Mad again.
Barking Mad are the only place I would consider leaving Flora when we are away. Very professional and perfect for our pampered pooch.
Freya had a great time with Granny Mabel, and we really appreciated you being able to fit us in at such short notice.
I can't praise Barking Mad enough, particularly Kate and Jim who are amazing. I have recently lost my lovely Spinone who was fabulous but 'creative' and difficult to confidently leave with anyone. I never worried after her first stay with Kate and Jim as they understood each other perfectly as I could see from the collection of lovely photos she came home with.
We love barking mad, we never worry about our boy when we are away. He is always super excited to go and comes back slimmer after his action packed holiday. We are always delighted with the service, and Mungus loves his host family.
We have been using the services of Barking Mad for 4 years and have found them to be reliable and caring with dear Sally our 16 year old Yorkie who thinks she is 'Tricky Woo'.We always relax when we are on holiday knowing she is happy and well cared for.We also look forward to the reports. Wishing Isla all the best for the future
I LOVE Barking Mad! We have used it on several occasions with our two dogs and without exception, they are so excited to leave as they know they are off for some fun. They usually stay with the same family and always come back very happy and well cared for (this last time with a pile of Christmas presents!!!) I don't worry about them one second while I'm away.
My two dogs were immediately at ease with Isla and happily jumped into the back of the van. Isla let me know that they had settled in well, so I went off on my holiday knowing they were in good hands. Isla returned them at the arranged time-they came back well groomed and looking in good shape,along with their newly washed towels!
I am pleased to hear that Isla is updating the booking and payment systems so that everthing can be arranged on line.
Many thanks for an excellent service looking after Douglas (and Donald in the past). It stops us feeling guilty when we are away knowing that Douglas is being so well looked after with his hosts. There is no way we would ever contemplate normal kennels ever again. Many thanks.
Once again, Becky had a wonderful time with Mabel and came back with treats, including a new squeaky toy that she loves as she can squeak out different rhythms on it, much to our amusement. It really is her home from home.
Barking Mad Re-Sale Opportunity
Do you know someone who would love to run a business working with dogs?
An opportunity to buy a well- established, home based, post-coded territory dog business, which covers the Perthshire, Clackmannanshire and Stirling area is now being placed on the market. With a loyal customer base (bookings already in the diary for 2017) and a fantastic team of Host families this business is truly ready to be taken to the next level.
This business would suit anyone wishing to pursue a career working with dogs, but with the added support and benefits that a franchise and its network provides. The investment risk has been massively reduced as the territory is already successful, profitable and continues to grow.
Day to day roles include meeting new customers and their dogs, meeting new host families, admin, marketing as well as being out and about collecting and delivering dogs in some of Scotland's most stunning scenery!!!
Please contact me direct for further details Isla Sutherland on 07825 141 240 or email email@example.com
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. Barking Mad, Perthshire, Clackmannanshire & Stirling is growing, and growing. Frodo my dachshund has had to step in from time to time to help out!
As the demand for owners to give their dogs a holiday continues, I do need more and more host families. A typical host is retired or a stay at home parent. They have dog experience but have decided that they no longer want to have a dog full time.
Some of my hosts found it so upsetting when their precious pet died, that they decided not to go through the heart ache again. They really missing having a furry friend around the home and decided to become hosts for Barking Mad Others enjoy their overseas holidays and therefore don’t want to commit to a dog full time as they are away for long spells. But when they are at home, they love to have a dog come to stay.
For other hosts, there reason is financial. If they have a friendly dog of their own who loves other dogs, they would love to get a 2nd dog, but the cost of vet bills, food, holidays, insurance etc really mounts up, but being a host doesn’t cost you anything.
If you or someone you know would enjoy helping out as and when required then please do get in touch with me to find out more about joining the Barking Mad team of host families. firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01324 714741.
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