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This is an introduction to Barking Mad, the number one dog boarding company in Telford. We provide a five-star service all throughout your region, a service that helps dog owners find the perfect ‘dog holiday home’ for their beloved pet while they’re away.
There are many dog owners who find the thought of leaving their dog in a kennels to be a distressing one. Usually these facilities end up putting a group of different dogs together for meal and exercise times, but this often is far from ideal for dogs sensitive to their own routines and preferences. We’re very pleased to be able to provide a personalised holiday experience designed to minimise the disruption caused to your dog.
Dogs are highly sensitive animals who form clear bonds with the people and objects that are the major focal points of their daily lives. Even a short time apart can cause distress to a dog, especially given how perceptive they are. Just cast your mind back to your dog’s reaction the last time you picked up your keys to head out the house, or the last time that you began to pack for a trip away. Dogs are pack animals by nature, a quality that brings a loyal connection to your family unit, but can also make it really difficult for all involved when you need to spend time away with holiday or work and they’re not able to join you.
Our team here at Barking Mad understand all of these challenges and decided to design a service to support you through them. Our process involves assessing your dog’s routine and preferences and arranging for them to stay with a dog-loving host who will take good care of them. To reduce the anxiety levels even further, we ask you to pack a small travel bag featuring some familiar items such as a chew toy or blanket. Taking those favourite items along with them can really help with adjusting to the new environment, providing a few familiar sounds and tastes that engage your dog’s senses and help them to settle.
Barking Mad also commit to personally and regularly carry out vetting on each and every one of our hosts, which is of great importance to us as we set the highest standards for care. We make sure your dog’s host is aware of all aspects of their routine; preferred meal and walk times, plus any extra daily nutritional or medical requirements.
We offer the most respected dog care service in Telford, and we aren’t the only ones saying so. Have a look through the testimonials section above and you’ll see many reviews that have been independently verified and that rank us as a five star experience. People who know their dogs well know that at Barking Mad, they’re in the best of hands!
There are many key parts to our service, but one of the most helpful is our commitment to providing you with updates while you’re away for that additional peace of mind. Our staff are available over the phone, but we also send you a few images and a holiday postcard to show you how much your dog is enjoying themselves. We aim to provide an experience that is so beneficial to your dog that it’s second only to being at home with their loving owner. As well as a caring host, we also have dog experts available for round the clock emergency support.
Not only does Barking Mad provide an excellent dog sitting service in Telford and the surrounding area, we also have a network of over 70 branches around the country. We’re also flexible with stays of different lengths, whether it’s a day, through to several weeks.
Barking Mad was founded in 2000 with the intention of providing the kind of personalised five-star service that we felt was missing from the mass market. We go way beyond the bare minimum, providing thought for every area of your dog’s wellbeing, but doing so at an affordable price. Your dog needs and deserves real care and affection throughout their stay, and that’s exactly what we’ve put in place with the way we’ve designed our service.
So why not take a look around our site, see a little more of what we’re about, read some testimonials, and then give us a call? We’re available on 01524 220202, or by email at email@example.com and we’d love to speak to you today about giving your dog the best holiday stay possible the next time you’re away from home.
|One off initial registration meeting||£35|
|Daily boarding rate||£23|
|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!
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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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 Anne Kessell and I live in Muxton, Telford with my partner John and our white German Shepherd Fozzy and black Labrador Bruce. I cover the Shrewsbury, Telford and surrounding areas for Barking Mad.
I am delighted to be part of the Barking Mad team where we offer a wonderful and professional alternative to kennels. Your dog or dogs will get to stay in a friendly and safe home where they will enjoy their own holiday and will keep to their usual routines. Knowing this will give you the peace of mind to enjoy your own holiday. My priority is to match your beloved pet with a suitable holiday home where they will be able to enjoy exploring somewhere new.
I have a background in secretarial and administration and I have worked in many different kinds of companies in different parts of the country. Barking Mad gives me the opportunity to use the great organisational skills obtained over the years and allows me to meet with different dogs every day! It is brilliant to be able to offer this great service to dog owners.
If you would like your dog or dogs to enjoy a wonderful holiday while you and the rest of your family relax knowing that your precious family member is having a great time, please call or send me an email and I will give you more information on using the Barking Mad experience. Alternatively if you are interested in become a “host” please also get in touch with me.
I do look forward to hearing from you.
We just want to say a big thank you to Anne and Alison who organised Fudge's sixth Barking Mad holiday with the wonderful Margaret and her family. We didn't need to worry about Fudge at all whilst we were away, we knew he was having fun on a holiday of his own. We know he is already looking forward to his next holiday!
Just to say again a huge thank you to yourself and Margaret for looking after Sam and Max whilst we were away enjoying ourselves in France. Sorry for the hectic return but thanks again to your wonderful calmness we soon had them settled. It is so obvious that they’ve had a good time looking as perky as they did on their return. Your service is superb and we have every confidence that our ‘babies’ are looked after and cared for so well. Thank you. Sand and Max are already looking forward to their October stay.
Warmest regards from Chris and Dennis.
Peggy has just returned home from her sleepover in great shape, but tired out! We were delighted with her post card and pictures. She has obviously had a wonderful time, and I am very grateful to Clare and her family for the great care they have shown to our little dog. Please thank Alison too for the care she showed her. Peggy can't wait until her next holiday on 1 July!
Hi Anne, thank you for arranging for Bailey to stay with Margaret at such short notice! Without your services, we wouldn't have been able to have our week's break away. Bailey came back a happy pooch and from Margaret's comments, sounded like she had a fabulous time as well as gaining a few fans. Once again, thank you and we will definitely use Barking Mad again and have no hesitation in recommending you.
Can we just say a big thank you to Sheila & David who looked after Nutsy if you could pass it on please to them, Lucy my daughter loved the card.
Also a big thank you to all of you at Barking Mad for offering such a professional service.
We will be sure to use you again and have no hesitation in recommending your service to others.
Peter, Rachael & Lucy
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and Cath for taking such excellent care of Rona. She looks in really great shape, and she is in a great mood, it's like she has come back really refreshed from her own holiday! When she has been in kennels for any length of time she comes home very tired and somewhat changed in character, so it was just wonderful to see her in such great form when she came home. She has been very chatty, which is always a good sign, and telling me lots of her news! We loved her postcard and pics too, you obviously know her extremely well! It did make us laugh.
I hope she behaved herself ok and did not wear Cath out with her endless demands for games? It was very good of Cath to send all her belongings home so clean, I'm sure they are much cleaner than when she went away. It was brilliant to have your emails and pics when we were away, it really made all the difference knowing that she was happy and well cared for, and we wouldn't have been able to enjoy ourselves so much if she had been in kennels.
We would definitely use Barking Mad again, if you would have us, it's been fantastic for Rona and for us. Thank you so very much.
Friday and I still have not written to you to thank you so much for arranging yet another successful host for our boys. As always they arrived back well and happy and I am relieved that they behaved for Gillian. We are most grateful to you for the peace of mind we enjoy when away in the knowledge that Turk and Casper are having as good a time as we are. I will certainly complete the feedback.
In the meantime,
Again our grateful thanks and much appreciation for your superb organisational skills.
Our Fabulous Fudge has just had his fifth successful Barking Mad holiday and had a wonderful time! We could not recommend Anne or Barking Mad enough - if it wasn't for her and what she does, we would not be able to take holidays at all. Although we are sure that Fudge is the one who enjoys his holiday the most of all! We know he had a lovely time with Margaret, who is probably on countdown (with her granddaughter) to his holiday later this year - and I know Fudge is just as excited as they are! Thank you again - we don't know what we'd do without you!
Louise, Dave and Fabulous Fudge
Hi Anne and Alison
Just wanted to say thank you so much for giving Springs a lovely holiday. I know he was really well looked after by yourselves and Peter and Elaine. We're really pleased he had such a good time and love the photos and message from Elaine and Peter.
Alice and Paul
I cannot speak highly enough of Anne and Dee, I was so worried about leaving my young puppy when I was going on holiday however Anne completely put my mind at ease and Chip my dog came back happy and exhausted! He'd obviously had such a wonderful time. Anne kept me updated and clearly cares very much for any dog left in her charge,
I can't thank Barking Mad enough for the amazing service which I will definitely be using again in the close future.
Just wanted to say thank you so much for arranging Tilly's second holiday. She obviously had such a good time with Cherry and Colin again as the photos showed. I have been telling everyone about your excellent service and will be in touch again in the New Year to arrange for Tilly's next holiday.
Jane and Tilly
Just wanted to say how amazing Anne Kessell is from#BarkingMadTelford. Unbelievable service - Fudge had an amazing time on his holiday with Margaret - he's been five times now and he has a sixth holiday booked! We were delighted with the pictures from Anne during the week, and with the lovely postcard from Margaret but this melted our hearts...a note from Margaret's young granddaughter, who has taken a real shine to Fudge - and we know just how she feels! ?#?doggybestfriend? ?#?sosweet?
Louise Dave and Fab Fudge
A belated but none the less huge thank you for looking after Rocky. I would definitely use you again-it has been so easy and worry free! Please thank the people who looked after him- I think he actually put on weight which is a first! And I would definitely like him to return to them if possible in the future.
With very best wishes-John, Theresa, Alex and of course Rocky!
I wanted to write and thank Anne from Telford for all the hard work that she did making me feel relaxed about looking after my dog. Kira has come back today relaxed and happy. The photos and post card was such a nice surprise. I would highly recommend this service and Anne xxx Posted by Zoe
Our cocker honey came home today from her holiday with Barking Mad, she stayed with a wonderful couple who cared for her just like we do. She's had a brilliant time. Peace of mind to see pictures of her enjoying herself & settling in like home. Thank you so much, will be recommending your service & using again without hesitation. Many thanks.
Just wanted to say a big thank you for sorting out a great holiday for my border collie Ben.
I have used kennels previously, but because his friend Sam the Labrador was needing special care this time. We put them together.
Ben and Sam both came back so relaxed.
Having the collection and returning service is fantastic. That is always the most stressful start to the holidays.
Anne I could not fault you. The telephone calls and the postcard from their holidays. The photographs were brilliant too.
I will telephone you around October when I need your help again.
Thanks for everything. I can highly recommend your excellent service to others who are looking for an alternative to kennels. Liz
I was so pleased to have discovered Barking Mad.
Being concerned having to put my 13 year labrador in to kennels.
Barking Mad provided him with a home from home holiday.Looked after by people that understand dogs. He needed daily medication, which did not cause a problem.
He returned from his holiday relaxed and normal weight. With a postcard and photographs of his holiday.
It was just great to be able to go on my holiday without any worries.
The collection and delivery service made life so easy.
Anne was just great from start to finish.
I will certainly use the service again and recommend it to all my friends.
In previous years when I have gone away on holiday, my beautiful boy Oscar has always been looked after by family which was not possible this year. Unfortunately, being an elder gentleman, his health has not been so good this year, leaving me many concerns about his care while I was away. Kennels were not an option (as he's never been in kennels before) and Barking Mad was recommended to me. From my first conversation with Anne and our first meeting my mind was put completely at ease. Anne is so kind, caring, thorough and professional I knew Oscar was going to be well looked. He had a fantastic time romping around Jean and Russ's garden as the photos go to show - even finding himself a girlfriend! Thank you to Jean and Russ for taking such good care of my boy.
Nothing is too much trouble for Anne - from vets visits while we were away to phoning Oscar's Nannie to let her know he was happy and settled! Oscar is looking forward to his next holiday already. Thank you, Anne, for providing such a wonderful service. Vanessa xx
My beautiful older dog Star had a holiday at Barking Mad whilst I was
away. Anne from Barking Mad came and met Star and me beforehand to find out all about Star's day to day life and then placed Star with the lovely Colin and Cheryl who looked after Star exactly as I would of done. I had emails with pictures and notes so I could see for myself Star was happy and well looked after. All very reassuring. Fantastic service right from my first contact with Barking Mad. Will definitely be using Barking Mad again. Posted by Nicola
Thank you so much for looking after my precious Tilly so well. Your care and attention to detail Anne were amazing. Tilly obviously had a great time with Edna - the photos were amazing and I was also delighted to receive the lovely postcard which I have been showing to all my friends. I will be in touch soon to arrange for Tilly's next holiday! Thank you so much.
Charlie had a great time with Margaret, he is a happy little chappie, thank you for looking after him.
Posted by: Clare & Kevin walker on 30th Jul, 2015
Thank you so much for arranging such a fab holiday for our Poppy - she obviously had a great time. I have been so delighted with your service that I have been recommending you to everyone!
Our sprollie Fudge has just returned from his fourth Barking Mad holiday and his fifth is already booked! He has, as usual, returned home a happy dog. The service Anne offers is second to none, and we can always enjoy our holiday knowing that Fudge is enjoying his too. We always love receiving the postcard and pictures upon his return home, and seeing what he has been up to with his host(s), which this time was a winning combination of cuddles, naps and chasing birds with Margaret! We couldn't recommend Anne or Barking Mad enough - and we know Fudge would say the same!
Louise and Dave Aubrey
Thank you all, for a fantastic service from Barking Mad which left us with total peace of mind when we left Jasper our Patterdale Terrier for two weeks with Liz and Bob.
We missed him like mad,but I am sure he had a fantastic holiday as well.Many thanks once again.
Warm best wishes
It is an absolute pleasure for me to highly recommend your excellent service to others who are looking for an alternative to kennels. Daisy-May has returned from her second holiday with host, Shirley, fit, healthy and happy.
Daisy-May comes home and settles back into life with me straight away with no period of readjustment or clingy behaviour. I know she has been looked after to the highest standard with lots of love, cuddles and attention which is every little Pug's dream! I also believe that in keeping Daisy-May to to her daily routine, and allowing her to have her own bed, toys, bowls, food and favourite treats, that she settles into life with Shirley seamlessly.
Your updates on her progress and the gorgeous photos of her on holiday completely put my mind at ease and allow me to go away without feeling too anxious.
Many, many thanks,
Claire and Daisy-May
This was the first time that we have left our two Shih Tzus since they came to live with us some 20 months ago, so we were a little nervous about doing it. Our fears were totally unfounded and completely unnecessary as Anne gave us such confidence with her kind manner and professionalism. Our holiday was wonderful and so, obviously, was Sam and Max's. They arrived back in superb condition, full of themselves and had obviously had had an enjoyable stay with their hosts.
Thank you Anne you have put our minds at ease and we shall have no worries when holiday time comes round again.
We just want to say a huge thank you for arranging an amazing holiday for Fudge. It's been his third Barking Mad holiday and each one gets better and better! Having updates on how Fudge was doing made us feel much better, and saved another worry for us during our wedding and honeymoon - an already stressful time! He has settled well back at home and looks wonderful. Fudge has certainly come home a happy boy, and seems to have thoroughly enjoyed his holiday and all the attention and fuss. We really don't know what we'd do without you and the wonderful service you offer. We'll be booking his next holiday soon! Thank you again.
Lou and Dave (and of course the fab Fudge himself!) xx
I just wanted to say a big Thank You to you and the hosts for looking after our dogs so well. Thank you - its a remarkable service which we will definitely be using again.
Please pass on my thanks to the couple that took care of Bailey - he seemed to have a lovely time. It's so good to be able to go on holiday knowing that he is in good hands.
Hello Anne, thank you for arranging Paddy's 'walking holiday' while we took ours in Peru. While he was obviously happy to come home we can see that he has had a very good time. well cared for and loved.
Joe, Tracy and 'Paddy'
Many thanks for the expert service you provided to us in organising Maizy's holiday whilst we enjoyed the sun for two weeks. Your service is exemplary and it's the little things that count - the emails and video you sent whilst we were away and tracking our homeward flight and subsequent delay! As usual Maizy returned home happy, well looked after, if not a bit tired from keeping up with the children! We send our thanks to the Haley family for the love and care they give to her.
It made our holiday all the more enjoyable knowing that Maizy was happy and well cared for in a family home.
Many thanks again Anne, we are grateful for the efficient and friendly service you provide. Sarah, Tony and Maizy Garrett.
We just want to thank Margaret and Eric for their loving care and attention of our beloved Barney during our break in Italy. Barney returned home ‘bright-eyed and bushy-tailed’ – a sure sign of a happy dog. They must make an enormous fuss of him, based on his joyous behaviour on his return. This is the opposite of the sullen Barney on his return from kennels.
Please send them our regards and wish them well in their new home. No doubt Barney will want to see them again later in the year and try out the new surroundings.
Thank you Anne for making our lives more comfortable by being on time ‘before and after’ and steadfastly carrying out your duties in a diligent and courteous fashion, for which we are extremely grateful
Liz + Michael
We would like to thank you for arranging a holiday stay for Daisy and could you please thank Marion and Mel for looking after her so well. We hope she did behave herself. We will definitely be getting in touch with you in the future and will highly recommend your service to all our friends. Could you also please thank Marion and Mel for the photos, they are lovely and much appreciated.
Bill and Marie
Bonnie, our Staffy dog, has just returned from her second visit to Barking Mad and I cannot say enough about Anne and her sitters - they are fantastic and we can go and enjoy our holidays without any worries. Bonnie returned back as happy as the day she left us and we now planning our next holiday. Thank you Anne and Baking Mad
Debbie and Darren Sweet and Bonnie
Well, what a fantastic service.
From start to finish it has been such a lovely experience for us and Merlo.
We have had Merlo our dog (Tiara teddy Bear) from a puppy and he is now 18mths old. We have never put Merlo in kennels so when we were organising our wedding one of our first thoughts was Merlo, and as all our family and friends were coming to the wedding we had to find someone to have Merlo. When I found Barking Mad and looked at the website it was just what we were looking for. After speaking to Anne on the phone I knew that this was the perfect solution for Merlo. Merlo can be a little nervous of people but he took to Anne straight away on the first meeting. We then did a practice run for the wedding day as Merlo was Dog of Honour! Anne was there for us and Merlo to make sure he was ok on the big day. Our wedding day was perfect and knowing Merlo was in the best hands put our minds at rest. After he had his photos taken at the wedding Anne took him to his host family for the night and brought him back to us the next day with lots of photos of him on his mini break. He had a lovely time!
A big thank you and we will book Merlo with you again in the future and recommend you to all our 4 legged friends :)) from Sarah-Jane, Chris and Merlo
Thank you so much for the professional caring service you provided taking care of Bailey. It was so good to have the regular update letting me know that he was settled and being a good boy.
Please pass my thanks to Jean and Russ for making his holiday so enjoyable.
I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for what you have done this weekend - you really have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure Fudge is happy and looked after, and that I am not worrying too much about him! The updates were just brilliant, and we have watched the videos now - he looks so happy just pottering around the garden, which is what he does at home. What you offer is just so special, and gives such peace of mind - I am a notoriously fussy individual and I could not fault anything about you or your service. The photo of Fudge in the garden is lovely too, and the note from Diane was so great to read - I feel like a very proud Mum! Fudge has settled really well back at home, something he certainly didn't do after visiting the kennels. Please pass on our warmest thanks to Diane too - she sounds like such a wonderful lady, and I know she has taken care of Fudge just as we do. We'll definitely be booking more holidays now we know he has somewhere to go on his own holiday! I'll be recommending you to every other dog owner I know too! You really have solved a big problem for us, and made Fudge a happy dog as well - I won't be worrying about Fudge at all next time, he'll probably be having a better holiday than us!
Thank you again - you are just thoroughly wonderful.
Louise (Dave, and of course - fab Fudge!) xx
When looking for an alternative to kennels for our beloved dog Spot I couldn't beleive my luck when I stumbled upon Barking Mad. The attention to detail and the time Anne spent getting to know Spot was just amazing. I was very anxious to say the least at leaving Spot with strangers and questioned if I was doing the right thing. when Spot went on his sleepover I was very emotional and worried about him all day but Anne kept me informed of how he was getting on and I was so pleased when he returned home the next day. Being a rescue dog I was a little worried about how Spot would settle but he came back from his holiday a very contented and happy dog having made numerous friends. The regular updates and pictures we received from Anne throughout this time put our minds at rest and we were able to enjoy our holiday as much as Spot enjoyed his. Thank you Anne, Linda and all of Spot's new fan club for taking such great care of Spot. We will most certainly be using this excellent service again.
We were so worried about leaving our dog Daisy for the first time whilst we went on holiday when a friend recommended "Barking Mad" Anne was great, she immediately put us at ease and spent plenty of time getting to know us and Daisy. The service was first class, right from the collection to Daisy's return with regular updates and a happy relaxed dog. We are already planning next years holiday in the knowledge that Daisy will have a great time too!
Anne has been fantastic throughout with our dog Lilly. Lilly has been so much better settled with Anne than the kennels she used to go to.
We will continue to use Barking Mad (Anne)simply because the Lilly looks, feels and is far better cared for with Anne.
Thank you Cookie, Helen and Emily....and Lilly
So to say I was anxious when I realised that I would have to leave my pup Olly while away on holiday was an understatement. I knew I didn't want to leave him in kennels with no one to cuddle him, spoil him and let him sleep in bed and was becoming a little despondent to say the least. Then I found Barking Mad and Anne and boy I'm glad I did. I think our initial phone call was 45mins and no question was too silly or unanswered. Anne put me at ease right away and we haven't looked back since.
After the first meeting where Anne spent time winning my baby boy and me over and with a long list of strict instructions to follow from a very worried 'mum', we were set for a 'sleepover'. To say I was a nervous wreck is an understatement and although I found the day very difficult, Anne kept me up to date with phone calls and texts.
I can honestly say Olly had such a great time I don’t think he even noticed I wasn’t there. Lauren and Dan, our ‘hosts’ are amazing! His first ‘holiday’ of three days has just been and gone and not only was I kept up to date, I received some beautiful pictures of my happy baby and a card from ‘Olly’ and his ‘hosts’.
We have already booked him in for a much longer holiday in October and I now have no worries that Anne, Lauren and Dan are the right people for the job! They spoil, play, cuddle and love Olly like he is their own and he comes back a very tired but relaxed and happy dog. And yes, they even let him hog the bed!
Thanks Anne, you are invaluable!
My daughter Kerry used the service for the first time recently for her dog Olly and as she lives in Kington, we planned Olly' holiday from here in Telford. From the moment we met Anne, we all felt comfortable and nothing was too much trouble for Anne right from the beginning. Olly had a single night stay over followed by a two night holiday last weekend with Lauren and Dan. Kerry got a number of updates, photos when we came back and a couple of calls from Anne whilst we were away and Olly appeared to have a whale of a time and was contented when he got back. I liked the fact that the time away was always referred to as Olly' holiday and we have booked another, longer 'Ollybob' in October already. Thanks very much Anne and Barking Mad, I have recommended the service to work colleagues and I am really glad we saw Anne' van driving around Telford
This is the first time we have used Barking Mad and will not be the last. We left our dog Bonnie with a fabulous couple and can honestly say how happy and contented our dog was after she arrived back after her two week stay. Whilst abroad we were sent updates and photos via email / whatsapp so we could relax and enjoy our holiday knowing Bonnie was happy too. Anne and the sitters Lauren and Dan did everything to keep Bonnie in the routine she's used too and I would recommend this excellent service to anyone 100%
Debbie & Darren Sweet, July 10th 2013
When I became aware that I needed to look for alternative holiday accommodation for my much loved hound, Henry, who has only experienced one stay in kennels in his 7 years, it was almost a case of abandoning our holiday. A friend then gave me Barking Mad’s details after she saw Anne’s car. Words cannot express the service provided by Anne and the hosts Henry stayed with - professional, friendly, supportive are definitely not enough.
Right from the initial phone call, through the first visit from Anne to meet Henry, his sleepover, to the end of his holiday I felt well supported and reassured. To receive calls, texts and in particular the photos from Anne during his stay which provided me with the comfort of actually seeing that he was happy and being well cared for, meant the world to me. My daughter made the comment that he was so happy and relaxed on his return, totally different from after his stay in kennels 6 years ago.
Many many thanks again to Anne, Marion and Mel from both Henry and me.
Jan Gibbons June/July 2013
As first time users we could have been somewhat anxious about how Zadie would cope with being cared for by someone else. But Barking Mad is a most professional service and we had no reason to be concerned. Clearly Zadie was very well cared for during her weekend stay and came back to us contented and relaxed (well as relaxed as she ever is!). Barking Mad is a caring and efficient service that we would be happy to recommend.
Anne is brilliant so kind and professional will do anything for the dogs. Our two (a lab and terrier) had a superb time on their first stay. They came back so relaxed and had obviously been very well looked after. We only rescued our little terrier in Feb and were a bit anxious about her but she was absolutely fine. Well done everyone x
A first time user of Barking Mad. I am very impressed with the standard of service and care that has been afforded to Snoopy and me. There has been so much thoughtful detail throughout the process from the first contact with Anne, to Snoopy's stay. For the first time in my dog-owning history (of 23 years) I have had complete peace of mind while I was away and a guilt-free trip knowing my dog was possibly even having a better time than me!
Benji had a lovely time away with Barking Mad . We all went away on holiday with the knowledge that Benji was on holiday himself and not shut up in a kennel which we all would of hated.
You dont have to be "barking mad" to use this service.Friendly but professional attention to detail.Will definitely use again and have no hesitation in recommending to other dog lovers.
Postcard and photo received on Chloes return was a pleasant surprise.
I had always used kennels when Molly couldn’t come away with us so this was the first time i used Barking Mad. I would thoroughly recommend them.
Molly was so relaxed and happy when she came home and knowing that she was in a nice warm home enjoying herself made all the difference when we were away they offer first class service and very professional, I will never use kennels again!
Thank you so much Anne for making sure Button was safe and well looked after while we went on holiday. Also thanks to the lovely people who looked after her. It was a huge weight off my mind knowing we didn't have to worry about her. Barking Mad off er a fantastic service and I shall be telling all my friends and will certainly use again. Anne, you are a star. x
I have been so impressed by the faultless and professional service from Anne at Barking Mad. Manny has clearly had a wonderful time and looked so well, happy and groomed when we had him back. It was so reassuring to know that Manny was in great hands whist we were away and we loved getting the photo updates. we will definitely be using Barking Mad again.
Barney had a ball. His short break really did him good, he's been full of life and vigour since returning home. And his coat was groomed to perfection!
It's great that we can enjoy our holiday guilt-free, knowing that our boy is happy and being well cared for. Thanks both!
Wow!!!! Barking Mad is amazing they took all the worry away from leaving our adored pets, our two dogs that we call our boys. It was fantastic to see they had just as good holiday as us!!! The service was highly professional and every important detail was taken into account so you are confident they will be well looked after!!! Highly recommend, will not dream of going elsewhere and the amazing photos we received were an added bonus! Thanks Anne xx
I couldn’t have wished for a better service from Barking Mad – professional, highly efficient and completely reliable.
I was so impressed by the service I received from you on behalf of Barking Mad and by the extremely high standard of care Libby received during her stay with Mary. She came back home so happy and healthy with a nice glossy coat and she had obviously thoroughly enjoyed herself. Being a rather nervous dog, Libby really dislikes going to kennels and it was such a weight off my mind knowing that she was receiving such excellent treatment from you and was warm, cosy and well looked after.
Thank you for arranging a lovely holiday for Jake while we were away. He has obviously had a great time and returned home very relaxed and happy. We loved the holiday photos and the postcard and really appreciated the texts. An excellent friendly, professional service which we will be recommending to friends.
It has been a great relief to find Barking Mad - a truly professional, friendly and efficient service. Thank you so much!
Thank you for taking such great care of Jess who came home from her holiday very happy and relaxed. The postcard and photos were lovely. Will be back in touch soon to arrange our summer holidays.
We will be at The Quarry in Shrewbury on Sunday 17th April for the annual Pet Rescue Day organised by Grinshill Animal Rescue. Please come along and say hello!
As usual the year has started off very busy with lots of customers getting in touch to book their dogs in for their holidays. It’s always a good idea to get organised and book your dog in for their holiday, when you are arranging yours. We do get booked up, especially at busy times, and we don’t want to disappoint your dog. As we always say at Barking Mad….dogs deserve a holiday too.
We had a lovely day out at the Grinshill Animal Rescue Dog Show on Sunday at Shawbirch and met lots of lovely dogs and their owners. Grinshill Rescue raised the amazing sum of £3,192.48. They now need more space to enable them to cope with the ever increasing number of rescue dogs and have launched an appeal to raise funds. This is the Buy a Brick Appeal. Bricks cost £35 and can be personalised with two lines or 16 characters. For more information visit their website www.grinshillanimalrescue.co.uk.
We love working with and recommending local business, here are a list of fantastic people we think you might like to hear about:
Haygate Veterinary Centres - http://www.haygatevets.co.uk/
Telford Vet Clinic – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wrekin View Veterinary Practice – email@example.com
Pets Choice Veterinary Centre – www.petschoice.co.uk
Severn Edge Veterinary Practice - www.severnedgevets.co.uk
Choice Grooming & Hydrotheraphy Centre, Units 2 & 3 Hadley Business Park, Hadley Park Road, Leegomery TF1 6PY 01952 249107 www.choicehydro.co.uk
Chloe Greene, based in Pets Choice Veterinary Centre, Unit E3 Stafford Park 15, Telford TF3 3BBB 01952 201369 www.petschoicevets.co.uk
Dogsbody’s Grooming Parlour, Unit 1 Little Posenhall Barns, Broseley TF12 5BE
Donna Beagley 07756 862390
Four Paws, 85 High Street, Broseley TF12 5ET
Tracey Jones 01952 882044 / 07814 435798
Heidi’s Hounds, 17 Nobold, Baschurch SY4 2DZ
Thomas has started up a dog walking service in the Wellington area. If you need help walking your dog please contact Thomas on 07511 698557
Dog Samaritans – www.dogsamaritans.org.uk
The Dogs Trust – Roden – www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming/searchcentres/shrewsbury/
Hilbrae – www.hilbrae.co.uk
Grinshill Animal Rescue – www.grinshillanimalrescue.co.uk/
Creature Comforts Animal Rescue Centre – www.creaturecomfortsrescuecentre.co.uk