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Jennifer & Terry Hamer & Carolyn Campbell

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Jennifer & Terry Hamer & Carolyn Campbell
Plymouth & Torquay

Higher Compton
South Devon

Plymouth - 01752 769453
Torquay - 01803 500453


Dog Sitting / Sitters Plymouth & Torquay

You’re very welcome to the Plymouth & Torquay branch of Barking Mad; we offer a high quality dog care service like no other. With our network of trusted, loving dog carers in your area, our aim is to provide ‘doggy holiday’ packages. We want to provide a service to dog owners who need assistance when they go away for the short term and can’t take their pet with them.

It’s always hard to leave behind a loved one, and as any dog owner will know, your dog is a part of the family. Sadly, when going away on a holiday or a work trip, it isn’t always feasible to take them with us, but it can be really difficult to leave them behind. Kennels are an option, but many dogs are highly sensitive, so being grouped in with a number of other dogs of varied breeds and sizes can be distressing. They’ll also miss out on the specific routines and familiarities of home.

Leaving behind their favourite items and people can be very difficult for any dog. They’re used to the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of home. Think of their excitement when they hear the jangle of the keys and see you head to the front door to take them for a walk. Missing those constants, even for a short time, can cause real anxiety and leave a dog distressed. For the longest time owners had been left to choose between not going away, having someone visit their house occasionally to provide meals and a little exercise, or leaving their dog in a kennel.

Barking Mad wasn’t happy with these being the only options, so we designed a number of packages designed to give your dog a proper holiday! We arrange to place your dog with a host family or individual who loves dogs. This way, you can know that your dog is in a homely environment and its specific needs are being met on a daily basis whilst you are away from home. All hosts are vetted regularly and must follow the Barking Mad pet care guidelines, as well as being aware of the details of your dog’s routine and preferences.

As a way of introducing your pet to their new environment, we suggest sending a few home comforts along to help them settle in as quickly as possible. These could be items such as a favourite toy to chew on, their water bowl, or a familiar blanket. It’s important that during these early stages, they feel secure, so the presence of recognisable items can ward off the uncertainty and disorienting feeling of being away.

With each host being carefully monitored by our team of canine experts, you can rest assured that your beloved pet is in good hands during your absence. All daily routines, such as walks, meals, medical requirements and nutritional supplements are included in our process, so there are no surprises for the hosts. Your dog will continue with its normal routine in their home away from home!

We are recognised for our excellence as a dog care service in Plymouth & Torquay, and our review pages testify to the fact. All testimonials and feedback have been independently verified and it’s fantastic to see so many happy clients returning time and again to use our service! Up-to-date reviews help us to refine our service and improve it year upon year, so they are greatly appreciated.

Another aspect of our service that makes it stand out from the crowd is our holiday updates. We provide a few holiday photos and a postcard to keep you informed of how your dog is doing whilst you are away. It’ll help ease your worries knowing that they are being looked after in such a caring environment.

Not only do we provide the best dog sitting service in Plymouth & Torquay, Barking Mad has over 70 branches around the country. This offers a vast array of choices for where to place your dog for short-term trips. Whether it’s one day or a couple of weeks, we’ll find dedicated and loving hosts to provide the care your dog deserves.

Back in 2000, when Barking Mad was formed, most dog owners found themselves restricted in their care options when travelling away from home for a short period. We created our service to bring a new level of care and the dedication that your dog deserves. Other companies might settle for occasional visits to check on your dog, but we set a higher standard. High quality, personalised care giving your dog their own holiday.

Our process is a simple one, just give us a call today on 01524 220202 or an email at contact.centre@barkingmad.uk.com and we’d love to come and meet your dog. It won’t take long to work out their specific requirements and to design a holiday package with a loving host who will provide them with a great holiday!

Hello and welcome to
Barking Mad Dog Sitting Service

Local Professional Service

Individual Care

Peace of Mind

Alternative to Kennels

Organised Over 80,000 Doggie Holidays Since 2000

Over 70 Local Branches

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

How our dog sitting service works

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

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

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

Our Prices

One off initial registration meeting £35
Daily boarding rate £25
Daily boarding rate for additional dogs £19

Collection and delivery in Plymouth

Collection and delivery in Torquay




Bailey – All ready for his holiday complete with paddling pool!

At the registration meeting you’ll receive one of our exclusive ‘Holiday Doggie Bags’ which you can pack with food, bowls, toys, treats and anything else to help your dog settle in more easily.

We even offer an unlimited luggage allowance at no extra charge!

Complete peace of mind

Host families are given a Pet Schedule detailing all of the information we gathered at the initial registration meeting and we’re on hand 24 hours a day 7 days a week to support them.

We’ll send a photograph of your dog to you as soon as he’s been safely delivered to the host. The very next day we give you a ‘rest easy’ update, so you can then sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of your time away in the knowledge we’ve got everything covered.

On the day of return you’ll receive a fun postcard from the host and we’ll stamp your loyalty card so you can gain points which will entitle you to a free night away.

The best bit for us is seeing dogs happily settled-in and comfortable with their host. We will, wherever possible, be sure to use the same family each time you book a holiday. There are no minimum or maximum time limits we’re here whenever you need us.

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Welcome to Barking Mad

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE to make an enquiry

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

Our Hosts



Host Comments

Brenda - 2nd May, 2017
"We recently had Fozzie for several days it was such a joy to have him my dog Wiggles loves him a lot.
My whole family love him as did our friends where we walk every day.
We look forward to his next visit.
Brenda Street"

Carol - 13th Apr, 2017
"We enjoy looking after peoples dogs as it gives us pleasure to think they have come from home to home. Sometimes our commitments are heavy but It fits in with our lifestyle as we can do it as and when we can. It gives us pleasure and hopefully the pets enjoy our company too. Barking Mad are efficiently run and if I had a dog of my own would gladly let them find a host for my."

Celia - 23rd Mar, 2017
"Lulu has just been to me on her fourth visit. We've both had a lovely time and it seems strange today without her. She is well known and well loved by my friends and neighbours now as well as the local dogs. We all look forward to seeing her again soon."

Jackie - 6th Jan, 2017
"We had the pleasure of looking after Pip for 2 weeks over Christmas this year! We all loved having him for his 2nd visit with us. We enjoyed the walks (even in the cold and sometimes wet) and my children loved his company too!

I would love to have a dog of my own sometime soon, but looking after dogs with Barking Mad gives me the opportunity to see how a dog would fit into our lives, what challenges it might bring and what delights too! I can test out different breeds and ages too in case I go down the rescue dog route!

Definitely a win win option."

Brenda - 6th Jan, 2017
"We recently had Molly come to stay we all fell in love with her. My dog Wiggles loved her too
She was so good and had us laughing when she showed attention to the Tv.
We enjoyed her company and will look forward to her coming to see us again.
Beautiful Girl."

Carol - 3rd Nov, 2016
"We thought the service we got from Emily at Barking Mad was very professional - the information we received on Inca prior to our having her was very precise and made our experience all the better. It was good to know she was at the end of the phone especially as this was our first time. Inca was a pleasure to have and as advised needed lots of love and attention which we certainly gave her. We look forward to the next time to host again. Many thanks."

Brenda - 26th Oct, 2016
"We recently had Scout come to stay with us what a lovely time we had scout and my dog wiggles became great friends it was really nice. Its nice that the dogs get to visit carers whilst the owners go on holday as it gives peace of mind for all concerned and the dogs are happy too We look forward to scout coming again"

Brenda - 26th Oct, 2016
"Scout came to stay a beautiful little dog we had a great time look forward to seeing her again.
Barking Mad is a lovely idea it is very important that the dogs are happy and we love it"

Celia - 4th Oct, 2016
"Lulu has just gone home after seventeen nights with me. This is the longest stay I've had but it wasn't too long. She is a delightful, easy dog to look after who quickly makes herself at home.
This is the third time she's been to me and I look forward to her next visit."

Brenda - 4th Oct, 2016
"I think Barking Mad is such a lovely idea as the dogs can visit families a bit of a holiday whilst their owners have a holiday too.

We recently enjoyed a visit from a beautiful dog Fozzie he settled into our home quite happily and we enjoyed him too.
Animals need to feel secure with no worries and fitting into a family environment makes for a happy doggie I think Barking Mad is a very good idea
I will look forward to the next vistor on four legs."

Jackie - 12th Sep, 2016
"I have recently looked after Pip for just over a week and really enjoyed it. I am looking to have a dog myself but want to be 100% sure I am doing the right thing before I take the plunge.

I love that with barking mad you get lots of help and support while looking after someone else's precious dog. If you have a problem or the dog becomes unwell you also know that help is at hand. I found the experience rewarding and it was lovely having Pip stay with us. The problem is we missed him when he was gone...

I would like to continue looking after dogs with barking mad.


Celia - 19th Jul, 2016
"Hugo has just had two weeks holiday with me. As a lively two-year-old Springer he was more of a challenge than I've had before but I loved it, and him. We walked many miles and I managed to loose some weight. An added bonus for me!
I think Hugo enjoyed having my undivided attention and he certainly made the most of it. I always think about how I would like my own dog to feel - happy, secure, content, and loved."

Linda - 29th Jun, 2016
"Hello I love having the dogs it gets me out and about too..I am fairly new to the neighbourhood. And I have met people that I would not have met if I was not hosting. All the dogs I have had since I've been hosting have been very good I love them all. I wish I could have some of the small dogs back I had last year!. Posted by Linda"

LindaS - 29th Jun, 2016
"I love being a host we find it encourages us to go out more and explore dog friendly places so we get loads of fresh air and exercise. We have the peace of mind that Barking Mad are on the end of a phone if we need them for any reason and its a great way of having a dog without the costs involved. Also if your lifestyle means you cannot have a dog then this is a great alternative. I would definitely recommend it as all the dogs we have had have been easy to care for and friendly, the hardest part is saying goodbye but because you know they will probably have another holiday before too long you don't get upset you just look forward to their next stay."

Anne and David - 28th Jun, 2016
"Hosting a dog gives us a lot of pleasure and is very rewarding. We have only been hosting dogs for 3 months but we're really enjoying it. It gives you the satisfaction of knowing that each dog has had a lot of love and a good home from home holiday. We treat every dog as if it was ours, taking note of the pet profile guidelines. It is a great help knowing that you have the back-up of Barking Mad should anything untoward happen, which gives us peace of mind. John has been excellent matching us with the dogs we've hosted so far."

Brian and Carole - 8th Apr, 2016
"We have been hosting for 18 months now and have come to know the regular dogs we have. The owners have requested many times that they like them to go back to the same host. We find it rewarding that they make these requests.
Nicola is always very careful to match the host and dog and this shows in the requests she gets.
Keep up the good work. A perfect match makes a happy owner, dog and host.
Barking mad prides itself on this and Nicola and her team work very hard to make this happen.
We have just got another first time little doggy today and we hope that he will want to come back again.
A big thankyou to all the team."

Celia - 6th Apr, 2016
"Archie has just gone home after his second visit. He's the most affectionate little dog I've met. Really loving, kind, and gentle. He can be a bit naughty sometimes but we suit one another well and both thoroughly enjoyed our week."

Gwen - 31st Mar, 2016
"We have just had a second visit from a lovely dog that we first met over last Xmas. Having become very fond of her the first time, it was lovely to see her again. She settled more quickly this visit, and was very relaxed. We really enjoyed our time with her, and look forward to her next visit."

Gwen - 24th Mar, 2016
"We have just had a beautiful golden labrador to share our lives with for the past nine days. He was delightful, really good around other dogs and children, and a joy to be with. I'm looking forward to having him to stay again."

Pam - 18th Mar, 2016
"We have just said goodbye to our latest doggy client and thoroughly enjoyed having him here.
He settled in straight away, was friendly and playful. We never imagined choosing this breed ourselves but he's now a very firm favourite and today the house seems empty without him. Hope to look after him again sometime."

Gwen - 14th Mar, 2016
"I enjoy doing the best I can to make sure that my doggy guest feels relaxed, cared for and loved whilst they're away from home. This is what I would want for my own dog, when I have to go away on holiday, so I find it very rewarding to provide this for other people and their dogs."

Jenny - 8th Feb, 2016
"For me, the best part of being a Barking Mad host is getting to know all the different doggie personalities and making friendships with them, particularly when my new houseguest could be feeling a little bit homesick."

Margaret & Stan - 26th Jan, 2016
"We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting a lot of Barking Mad dogs over the last seven years. We have always had terrific support from Brad and team and prior to that from Chris and Alex. In all that time we have only needed help once during a visit, for minor veterinary attention, and that was dealt with very quickly and efficiently. I think this is because the dogs are well matched to their hosts (and the hosts own dogs!) in the first place. We also use Barking Mad for our own dogs holidays."

Adam - 22nd Jan, 2016
"When we moved to Dundee we both missed not having a dog in our lives. Being a host for Barking Mad gave us the opportunity to have that again, even though giving them back at the end is always hard.
It allowed us to see how well having a dog would fit into our lives in a full time situation, and directly influenced our decision to get our own. Now we look forward to hosting other dogs for Angus to play with.
As hosts, the support you receive from Brad is amazing and the detail he goes into to facilitate yours and the dogs well being is incredible.
I would thoroughly recommend anyone who wants to have a visitor now and again, someone who misses the company of the dog but has commitments and everybody who wants a dog but is not sure if it will work to become a host with Barking Mad, you won't regret it!"

Lorna - 22nd Jan, 2016
"I have been a host for several years, I started with Barking Mad as I wanted to have a dog but visiting family in the south made it impractical, so when I am home I have a dog, I have had a great variety of dogs from a little Jack Russell to a huge mountain dog. Barking mad is great because they match dogs with their hosts in all the years of hosting I have never had a dog that I would not have again. Hosting dogs means I go out everyday, I talk to many people and share doggie stories."

Ed and Barbara - 22nd Jan, 2016
"Having a four-legged lodger for a few days is always a pleasure. Still getting over the loss of our own dog but nothing cheers you up more than another wagging tail around the house. Great support from Brad and his team. If only he could do something about this awful Scottish weather."

Kate & Graham - 20th Jan, 2016
"We live in Shirley and have local parks, woods and fields nearby. Whatever the weather we love taking the dogs out and about. They have joined us for barbecues, street parties and made visits to a local elderly care home. Our grandchildren have learned to overcome their fear of dogs by meeting our 'guests'.Having a dog keeps us fit and healthy too. Our garden is large and well fenced so the dogs can enjoy chasing squirrels!

We would love to have a dog of our own but with working full-time until recently and travelling it never seemed the right time. Having dogs for Barking Mad has 'filled the need'. We have had so many dogs to stay (and everyone a pleasure) and one in particular has come twice a year since 2008.

Tina organises things so well - she 'matches' the right dog to the right host - so everyone is happy ( most of all the dog!)"

Susan - 20th Jan, 2016
"I love being a host for dogs with Barking Mad, and enjoy meeting the different visiting dogs, and getting to know each ones individual personality."

Sandra & Terry - 19th Jan, 2016
"We love being hosts to barking mad, Terry is around most of the day, and I work 4 days a week, so we can have doggies almost all the time other than we are on our hols !!, we already have our fav’s Bruno, Bentley, Darcy , Biscuit, Ben the boxer & Gunner, and Tina will try her up most so we can have them on repeat hols, it means a lot to us as we love looking after all the little & big ones, and they all have there own little characters, we have photos of all the dogs we have had since July last year, and look forward to seeing them all again this year, and miss them when they go home, It’s a pleasure to look after doggies on there hols, & and its filled a gap since loosing a couple of our own pets last year,"

Jenny, John and Jean - 15th Jan, 2016
"Being an animal lover - I love working with Barking Mad and being a host for them. I especially like having their beautiful doggies to stay. The doggies all have their own very different characters and we have some good times filled with really good fun and laughs with the doggies that stay with us.

We all really enjoy having the pets and get out and about and sometimes on the odd occasion we take them out to other parks and places close to home. Its just like having your own pet!

I do like the events and walks that Tina at Barking Mad arranges. Its a chance to get out with other hosts and meet them and hear their tales as a host.

I recall a fete we went to lovely sunny day with lots of dogs and we all had such a great time, I recall feeling quite sorry when the fete ended."

Tracey - 15th Jan, 2016
"We have been hosting since last summer and really enjoy the experience and getting to know the personalities of the dogs, even the cheeky ones !

I particularly like walking in the fields and woods nearby with my host dogs as company, and its great exercise too.


Rosina - 15th Jan, 2016
"I first looked after dogs in 2005 & have kept photos of all my visitors. After a break, came back to it a couple of years ago. I have had Millie two years running & cannot wait to greet her again in July, it feels like a special friend spending her holiday with me :)"

Gwen - 8th Jan, 2016
"Sheba, a beautiful Belgian Shepherd dog, was my first experience with 'Barking Mad'. She was adorable, very gentle, and well behaved. She seemed to fall in love with my partner - maybe she saw him as her temporary pack leader - and we both really enjoyed her company over the Christmas period. Having lost my own much loved collie of over 15 years, in October, I had felt lost without a dog to love and care for - so being a 'Barking Mad' host was ideal for me. We're so looking forward to our next doggie guest, and also hope to see Sheba again at some time in the future."

Celia - 8th Jan, 2016
"My last visitor, Pip, was an absolute sweetie. A breed I've not had experience of before and a real delight. She came to me for just a few days before going on to her regular family.
She loved her bed - well actually my bed - and when she was ready to go up at night she would stand at the bottom of the stairs, with one paw on the bottom step, and stare at me until I gave in."

Elaine - 9th Nov, 2015
"We really love our holiday dogs, we like to spoil them, love them, lots of cuddles and make sure they are really happy with us, it's lovely to get the same dog(s) over and over again, they just make themselves at home, and all our dogs know where the 'treat' cupboard is.. We get such a lot of love from them and look forward to them returning."

Sarah and Stan - 9th Nov, 2015
"We adore having new Barking Mad dogs come to stay and love it even more when they return for second and third visits. Its such a pleasure to spend time with these much loved dogs and take them for walks on the beach and around the countryside. We know that when our 'crazy' Collie goes to stay with a Barking Mad host, she will be safe, happy, and much loved."

Liz - 4th Nov, 2015
"We have really enjoyed hosting our last two dogs, Nelson and Finn. As a family we enjoy meeting the new dogs and letting them be a part of our family, albeit only for a while. It is good to know if we have any issues we can just call Emily. We hope to keep hosting even when we get our own dog, (something my husband would never have agreed to until he realized how complete a dog makes a home)."

Debra - 4th Nov, 2015
"We have had a full calendar for October starting with a surprise arrival as another host was sadly taken poorly. Ruby arrived within 40 minutes of the phone call but soon settled in and became a family favorite. Then came Azi, she takes over our lives but ooh how we love her. Lastly we had Jess, an old lurcher who turned into a puppy again when it was walkies time. Each very different but all very lovable."

Diana - 15th Oct, 2015
"I have always had dogs since I was born,having lived on a farm. I cannot remember ever being without dogs. Now I am on my own it is great to have more than one dog.
I am a dog lover, plus Kali my lab just love to go on walks and have company at home.
So we are both very happy bunnies"

Nicky - 13th Oct, 2015
"I started pet sitting nine years ago for Barking Mad.

It is very enjoyable and I love the country and Beach Walks. I have to make an effort to get out with the dogs here.

I have many regulars that come year after year. Each dog has its separate character. With the pairs I love watching the integration between the two dogs.

I work for Ian Carney who pays a lot of attention to detail, doesn't mind going over things with me if I am not sure and always makes sure the dog is familiar with my bungalow before he leaves. He always promptly answers the phone and I feel that I am not alone with the responsibility of someone else's dog.

My life would be empty without Barking Mad.

Nicky, Dorset Host. Posted by Nicky"

Clive - 23rd Sep, 2015
"Having just said goodbye to our 2nd holiday dog whom we've enjoyed entertaining and looking after. We look forward to our next dog!"

Carole - 21st Sep, 2015
"Nicola and her team always go the extra mile to ensure they are acting in the dogs best interest. If there is any doubt about a dogs health she will always act accordingly so that the owners can rest assured that there dog will get the best possible attention and the owner can relax and enjoy their holiday. We have always welcomed all our lovely dogs for holidays and they enjoy their stay.
Keep up the good work and keep sending these lovely dogs for their holidays that they can enjoy.
A first class team who cares unreservably for the dogs in their care. Posted by Carole"

Debra - 17th Sep, 2015
"We have just enjoyed a lovely long weekend with Roxy the staffy. She is so well behaved we hardly knew she was there but now she has gone our home is a quieter sadder place. This is why we love Barking Mad as each dog gives us a smile!"

Sarah and Stan - 9th Sep, 2015
"We love taking our four legged holiday friends for walks through the fields and to the beach, Its a privilege to get to know the new dogs and become friends and really special when they come back to us for a repeat holiday full of cuddles and fun."

Angela - 21st Aug, 2015
"I have just become a host for Barking Mad and recently cared for my first dog, a lovely old Labrador. He fitted in so well with my own two dogs and I thoroughly enjoyed giving him a special holiday for a few days and am really looking forward to helping out again. It is something very dear to my heart and feel I am being of use to others in providing a safe and welcoming home from home for someone's beloved pet. Plus my own pets also enjoy the company."

Elaine - 21st Aug, 2015
"We love looking after our holiday dogs, they are all really lovely, friendly and usually make themselves at home straight away. We especially like to have the same dog back time after time and they always look really pleased to see us again."

Brian and Carole - 19th Aug, 2015
"Monty is always a pleasure to have in our home.. Just gone back to his home after another great holiday.
Nicola and her team are as always very efficient and friendly. Thank you to all of you.
Brian and Carole Posted by Brian and Carole"

Diana - 19th Aug, 2015
"I love having dogs I was brought up with my father's GunDogs we always had 2 or 3 at a time. A friend saw you advertising for people to look after them while a way on holiday or just for a week- end. So I did just that. I loved having Maisie also Kali loved it as well."

Cynthia - 10th Aug, 2015
"My Barking Mad dogs, many of whom come back again and again, light up my life. They are all different, with different hopes and needs, and getting to know them and earn their trust and affection is pure joy. They go everywhere with me, visiting friends, shopping, and of course on lots of nice healthy walks, good for me as well as them. Total strangers have become friends, stopping me in the street with "What's this one's name, then?" - or even, on between days, with a disappointed "No dog today?"
God bless BM, my area manager Ian, my owners, and first and foremost, all my dogs."

Celia - 4th Aug, 2015
"Rolo has just gone home after his weekend trial. He passed with flying colours. 10/10 I would say and I'm looking forward to his return towards the end of the week.

Well done Emily - you worked out straight away what sort of dogs are best suited to my situation. Quicker than I did."

Pam & Ray - 21st Jul, 2015
"After a year of being without a dog it was great to have not one but two dogs in the house. To see two little faces greeting us from their crate when we returned home was lovely. They settled in well and Emily made sure we were happy with them. Our grandchildren who live opposite were constantly here playing with them, which they adored. If only we had heard about Barking Mad when we were dog owners and didn't want to use kennels!!!!!!!!"

Filomena - 9th Jul, 2015
"Having Pebbles for a few days was delightful and Finley enjoyed the company. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of dealing with a dog other than my own and understanding her needs.
She seemed extremely happy and made herself at home immediately. All doggie friends on park enjoyed meeting her and she was in her element.
Great fun all round."

Mary - 8th Jul, 2015
"I've often asked myself why on earth anyone would want to be a host for Barking Mad. Belly rubs, staffie, Henry's smelly farts, being first out in pristine snow, pickle's snoring (how the walls vibrate), watching Starsky grow from a gangling four month pup into a well behaved teenager. I can go on and on but my favourite is sleeping on the settee on a hot afternoon having a 'nana nap' with a happy, contented pooch sleeping on my stomach dreaming of rabbits.

In 2014 I looked after 24 different dogs, most of whom returned numerous times. So far this year I've had 18 from little to large to very large (ah yes - Dudley). If I put my foot down and ask for time out to have a holiday myself then I get those puppy dog eyes from Ian (the boss) suggesting that I would love to take a dog with me. I generally succumb and thoroughly enjoy our time together.

Would I recommend being a Barking Mad host to anyone else? Having a boss like Ian who is very keen and hands on makes being a host easier. Should anything crop up he will be straight round to deal with it. I love hosting and would urge those people who are thinking about it to have a go. Where else can you wake up to a pair of soulful eyes, a lolling tongue and a wet nose in your immediate field of vision - that's enough about the old man!

Hi you folks at head office. I have spoken to Ian and he says that if you use this can you put it on both his Bath and Dorset sites please. Many thanks. Mary xx"

Celia - 30th Jun, 2015
"Having lost my beloved 15-year-old Westie last July I decided to sign up as a Host with Barking Mad towards the end of the year.
To be honest the first dog that came to me didn't really suit me and I wasn't sure I would do it again. But Emily persuaded me to have another try and I've had several dogs since which have all been delightful. My favourite, Lulu, has just gone home after her third visit.
I know she loves coming to me and I love having her."

Shannon - 27th May, 2015
"I love looking after all the different types of dogs that come for there holiday with me. I love caring for them as if they where my own. It gets me out and about meeting new people and their dogs too. All the dogs I've had come everywhere with me and even though each dog had a different personality they where all great to have. I look forward to caring for more dogs as well as caring for the same dogs that i have had."

Brian and Carole - 27th May, 2015
"Just coming to the end of another period of hosting a Barking Mad dog on holiday. We really appreciate what Nicola and her team do to connect the right dog to the right family. After having dogs all our lives the time came for us not to be selfish and home another dog in later life. Barking Mad filled that gap and we adore giving a home from home holiday to these special dogs. It's just what we wanted for our dogs rather than kennels.

We feel privileged to be a host for Barking Mad and look forward to giving the next dog with a good home, a good holiday.

Nicola and her team are very professional and give the owners and host families a very professional approach which makes a good holiday for the dogs and a lot of fun and satisfaction for the hosts.

Keep up the good work and can't wait for the next dog to come on holiday. Thank you to you all. Brian and Carole"

Brian and Carole - 29th Apr, 2015
"Beau just gone back home after having another fun holiday with us. She so appreciates the TLC we give her and look forward to having her again.."

Sue - 17th Mar, 2015
"I have loved having the pugs, a breed I've been thinking about getting. Was so nice to have a dog in the house again. All very well behaved and was nice to know Emily was always on call should the need arise. Looking forwards to my next house guest. Sue"

Celia - 10th Mar, 2015
"Lulu, a delightful little Coton de Tulear, was collected from me yesterday after a nine-day stay. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I was sorry to see her go. - Can't wait for her to come back again."

Elaine & Tony - 26th Feb, 2015
"Love looking after our holiday dogs. It's a brilliant, well run company, with people who really do care about the dogs, I would highly recommend to would be hosts or dog owners who can rest assured their babies will be well looked after."

Liz - 25th Feb, 2015
"Really enjoyed having Hamish. Appreciated the support, from Emily, with the walking issue and the fact I could call if any issues.

Next dog please.


Hayley - 25th Feb, 2015
"Me and my family love being a part of the Barking mad team! It makes me feel happy knowing the dog isnt in kennels and instead having a fun time in the our home. Its also great for my own two dogs, it gives them the chance to make new friends and socialise with other dogs all shapes and sizes!"

VLG - 8th Jan, 2015
"I recently hosted my first little visitors from Barking Mad. I was slightly nervous having 3 at once, but I need not have been concerned, Emily was very good with lots of info about what I needed to do.
They very quickly settled in and I really enjoyed having their companionship. I loved taking them out each day and watching them play with their toys."

Shirley - 1st Dec, 2014
"It's now twelve years since I first asked Barking Mad to look after our lovely Boxer Amber.Later,we became hosts and since Amber died,Barking Mad has helped to fulfill our enjoyment of canine companionship with dogs of many different breeds and temperament.
It is lovely when we have repeat visitors,to know that their owners are just as pleased with the Barking Mad service and care of their cherished dogs as I was with Amber."

Carole and Brian - 19th Nov, 2014
"Had a wonderful three weeks with Molly she really enjoyed her holiday. Thanks Nicola you were very supportive and explained every thing needed for Molly to enjoy her stay.
Looking forward to our next visitor.

Posted by: Carole and Brian Lee on 18th Nov, 2014"

Geoff and Ruth - 29th Oct, 2014
"We love the opportunity of hosting dogs as we no longer have of our own. This is a great way of having a dog around the house without the commitment of owning a dog."

Liz - 30th Sep, 2014
"My family and I love being hosts as it gives us the chance to meet lots of different dogs and get to know them.

The house feels empty once the dog has gone but we really enjoy giving the dogs a holiday and the owners piece of mind that this member of their family is being cared for safely and for a few days is a part of our family.

It is always good to know that Emily is on the end of the phone for support and the clear guidelines from the owners let us know what the dog enjoys and what their routines are."

Bruan and Carole - 22nd Sep, 2014
"We have just had our first dog on holiday and jess was a pleasure to have. We have always had dogs but lost our last one a year ago. It was a hard decision not to have another, but our age is against commiting to owning another. We saw a local advert for hosts and Nicola from barking mad made the whole process so easy.
Its the best decision we could have made and cant wait for our next doggy to come for a holiday. They make the house a home again. We love it. Thanks Nicola."

Monica - 28th Aug, 2014
"I lost my dog after 15 yrs together , so Barking Mad is ideal for me, I so enjoy having my doggy visitors, every one of them have their own characteristics, which is so nice to discover, whether they like playing ball, or tug of war with one of their toys, and I enjoy our walks as much as they do as well. Posted by Monica Bennett"

Ruth - 12th Aug, 2014
"How does one sum up being a Barking Mad host? Fun, good loving company, enjoyable healthy exercise and sociable walks when holiday dogs are here. When they are not, then time alone to relax, visit friends, have days out, holidays etc, but soon something is missing. You can't beat doggy company! So I look forward to my next 4 legged holiday guest.

When they arrive I read their notes (what to feed, when to walk, favourite games) all the information I need to make them feel at home. Together we enjoy their holiday and I help them write a holiday post card at the end of their stay!

Life couldn't be better, especially when they come again and their body language, eyes and tail all say 'great to be back, let's have more fun.' Penny the Patterdale, Ellie the Collie, Riley and Alfie thank you for coming into my life. I'm sure you are the first of many more holiday makers who I'll enjoy welcoming into this holiday home for dogs.

When my 16 year old Bonnie went to doggie heaven recently I couldn't decide whether or not to get another dog. There were advantages on both sides, so I got in touch with Barking Mad and with help from Nicola I became a holiday home for dogs. It's great fun, varied, flexible and rewarding; The benefits of having a dog whenever you want, without being tied all the time.
Thank you Barking Mad for enhancing my life.

Posted by: Ruth Middlebrough on 9th Aug, 2014"

Mandy - 11th Jul, 2014
"I have always owned animals but current circumstances don't allow me to commit full time to the care of a pet. I missed so much not having one around, saw the advert for Barking Mad and Barking Mad took me on. It is the perfect solution! I have had the privilege of looking after some wonderful dogs, enjoying walks and cuddles with my little friends. Now I always have a doggie to look forward to, some of them stay with me regularly, which is especially fun. Any drawbacks? - having to return my little friends at the end of their holiday!

Becoming a Barking Mad Host is one of the best decisions I have ever made!!"

Mavis - 30th Jun, 2014
"I have been hosting for Barking Mad for almost six years now, and have so much enjoyed the company of some beautiful dogs of many breeds. I didn't want to get another dog of my own, so this was a perfect solution to have the opportunity of having a lovely dog for company, walks and fun, and yet be free to go away whenever I chose. As time goes by, certain dogs return for repeated holidays, which proves that a happy dog means a happy owner who entrusts their much loved pet to you. Barking Mad is a well structured company, and it is always good to know that 24hr support is on hand if ever needed."

Bernie & Susie - 24th Jun, 2014
"Although new to Barking Mad its been one of the best things we have done living on a small farm we have space and plenty of local walks to offer our wonderful friends who have stayed with us. each one is missed and we long for their return.
We have set up a gallery of our new friends and find great pleasure looking at the moments they have shared with us."

Niccola - 4th Jun, 2014
"I can honestly say that being a host for barking mad has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has helped me physically, emotionally and financially. After losing my own dearly loved Jack Russell I decided I couldn't have another dog to go through the pain of losing it again. Then along came Barking Mad, it must be nearly 7 years ago now and I've never looked back. All the dogs are such a pleasure and a joy to care for. You love them like they are your own and yes, you miss them when they go home but you know there will be another little one on its way to fill the space very soon . The best thing is that they do all come back regularly so your home really does become a home from home, it is wonderful when they come in and you know they are as happy to see you again as you are to see them. It really is the best thing, everything is in place to ensure you have 24hr help and support if necessary. You can specify what type or size of dog you prefer and also specify when you are available. Basically if you're happy the dog is happy and vice versa."

Karen - 27th May, 2014
"This has been my first week as a host of Barking Mad and I/we are loving
it! My first dog guest was Maisie a bearded collie cross. She stayed with us
for the weekend and was such a pleasure to look after. We had lots of fun at
the beaches and parks. We then had lovely little Malcolm a jack Russell cross.
He was very excitable but settled very quickly. He loved playing in the back garden and on
our walks where he came across rabbits, horses and even hens. We are looking
forward to getting gorgeous Bertie very soon. The house seems strange when we
don't have a doggy guest now.

Thanks again, Brad.
Karen, Brian, Nico and Dylan."

Barbara & Peter - 23rd May, 2014
"Our "visitors" have become part of our family over the years. They are as different as our children, and, just like our kids, we love them to bits. Nicola has proved to be a good friend as well as a wonderful "boss". Of course, we do spoil our dogs but they are on their holiday!"

Bev & Ellie - 15th May, 2014
"We love the flexibilty of having different dogs to look after, and we have a few regulars now, especially over half term and school holidays, they bring such fun into the house, with their own individual personalities, we shower them with love and affection (as would their owners) and get very attached - but we know they have to go home, till the next time..."

Cid - 15th May, 2014
"There are so many reasons to love having dogs come to stay with us..... we love having a variety of sizes and breeds and personalities, there's always something to delight us! My boys love having dogs around to play with, and they don't get bored with walking them or feeding them because there's always something different. We get such fantastic characters come and stay with us, they get us out and about, they fill the house with wonderful dogginess. If there's a downside, it's the sadness when they go back home..... until our next doggy friend comes to stay, that is!"

maxine - 22nd Apr, 2014
"I enquired about being a host following my friends' dog being on a 'Barking Mad' holiday. As soon as I met Tina I decided that I would like to become a host, because I was impressed by her friendly professionalism and her genuine love of meeting the needs of dogs and their owners. I have been very well matched with some delightful canine companions! I look forward to the regulars and to meeting new dogs. I have not had any problems as such, but appreciate the speed of response and action from Tina, Colin and Carol-Ann when I have needed information or help with something. I might also add that that Tina, Colin and Carol-Ann are as lovely as the dogs they bring!"

Mick and Shirley - 22nd Apr, 2014
"When we retired, we considered getting a dog of our own. We'd had lots of dogs whilst the children were young but it had been a few years since our last one had died. However, we planned to travel so thought perhaps it wasn't a sensible idea. Then one day, Shirley overheard a conversation about Barking Mad.....and the rest is history! Tina was brilliant - her passion and love for the animals was obvious and we warmed to her straight away. Very soon after, Charlotte, a chocolate Labrador, came to stay with us for 2 weeks. Charlotte adopted us and gave us all her love, attention and affection. The walks, the fresh air, the laughter we had with her were excellent. We said "goodbye" and looked forward to our next dog. Since 2011, when we became hosts, we've had lots of different dogs and return visits from a number of them. It's great getting to know their personalities and learning about them. Tina is always available to consult if there are any difficulties. If anyone is considering becoming a host, we would strongly recommend it. We've never regretted it for one moment! We've just returned from 9 weeks travelling and are desperate to meet our next four legged house guest!"

Karen and Paul - 17th Apr, 2014
"A house isn't a home without a dog in it. Our labrador, Hero loves to have a friend for a couple weeks - they have lots of fun running and playing together, then Hero gets a rest before the next doggy visitor arrives. There's something very special about a wagging tail, and a doggy greeting! We're very pleased we found Barking Mad and treat all our visitors as we would expect Hero to be treated - with love and respect."

Helen - 17th Apr, 2014
"My family used Barking Mad initially for our own dog Sally. She was an old labrador and I never wanted her to be put in kennels when we went on holiday. Tina at Barking Mad came out and totally put our minds at ease. We were shown various hosts, their gardens and all Sally's needs were taken care of. This made us feel so relaxed going on holiday knowing Sally was in the best hands, literally home from home care. She was, most of the time, homed with the same family which was even more reassuring! Sally did take poorly when we were on holiday once and we were up-dated daily by Tina and Barking Mad took extremely good care of her, I will never forget them for that. When Sally passed away a few years ago we knew we didn't want to get another dog and decided on being a host family. It really is the best of both worlds. My 12 year old son particularly loves dogs coming to stay and the love we get from them. We've had all sorts of different dogs and characters. However, as we are busy during school holidays etc, we can select when we would like to take dogs. We have the freedom now and it's so much fun. The great thing is we know we have the back up and support from Tina which is fantastic. If things sometimes don't work out Tina is there to help and even take a dog should we be unable to look after it (which is a very rare occurrence as Tina is excellent at selecting the right dog for the right host). We take lots of photographs for the owners which Tina emails to them, should they wish, on holiday. We also write a little postcard for the families so they know what their pet has been up to while they have been away. It really is a fantastic company and I couldn't recommend them highly enough. If you are wanting company from a dog but without the full time commitment then look no further than Barking Mad. Go on, give it a try.......!"

Sue and Paul - 17th Apr, 2014
"We became hosts for Barking Mad, thinking it would be good to have a dog occasionally and the exercise would be good for us, being retired we need to keep going!!
Tina impressed us immediately..she really works hard at matching the dogs to the people. We love dogs that are good fun on their walks, but behave in the house (who doesn't?) and we have had a range of young and old, big and small and lots and lots of Labradors. If there has been a problem e.g. The dog needs the vet to check something, Tina, Colin or Carol Ann arrive and take the animal to the vet. We had one dog who obviously wasn't happy, and frankly was making us unhappy, perhaps pining for its owner, and Tina took it and looked after it herself. So we never have to worry that we are stuck with an animal that we don't get on with.
Tina has become a good friend, and her team of Colin and Carol Ann are so professional and caring with the animals it is a pleasure to 'do business' with them.

If you are thinking of being a host, do try it...you have a lot of fun, I enjoy the caring for some of the older ones as well as running round with the young ones, without the responsibility of having your own animal. Posted by Sue and Paul Allcroft"

Audrey - 16th Apr, 2014
"Due to health issues I am unable to have a dog of my own. Being a host for barking mad means I can have the company and pleasure of a dog, for a period of time with out the resposibility and cost of owning a dog myself.It is nice to know that as a host I can enable owners to have a break safe in the knowledge that their dog is being cared for by someone whose aim it is to give the dog a holiday in a friendly loving enviorment."

erika - 16th Apr, 2014
"I have been a host for nearly 9 years with my husband and now I am on my own. It is an absolute absolute pleasure to have my little dogs come to stay! I have regular ones and find it a privilege to be trusted with someones pet. They are my friends and it gives me something to focus on meet other dog lovers as well.

Posted by: Erika Cockerill on 15th Apr, 2014"

Dorothy - 16th Apr, 2014
"My husband and I thoroughly enjoy being hosts for dogs. Faye is great and runs a valuable service. Every dog we have has it's own wee personality and we grow to love them more and more every day. They are like little rays of sunshine in our home. We are so happy we decided to be hosts. We love it."

Ian - 16th Apr, 2014
"It is a real pleasure for us to look after so many varied dogs and hopefully give them a great time in a caring way close to their home life.Have done this now for over 3 years with nothing but positive experiences and would fully recommend being a host."

Jaclyn - 15th Apr, 2014
"We are the lucky ones that get to look after your lovely dogs my family and i enjoy it because we get to meet so many different characters and they are all individual and whilst they are with us they are treated as part of our family. We love dogs but because of work commitments we can only host during the school holidays so we are always looking forward to our new guest arriving and we hope to be part of Barking Mad for a very long time."

Our HostsOur hosts

Jennifer & Terry Hamer & Carolyn Campbell


We are Jennifer, Carolyn and Terry and we launched Barking Mad in Plymouth, Torbay, South West Devon and South East Cornwall in 2008.

We are all mad about dogs. Jennifer and Terry have a Golden Retriever called Sidney and Carolyn has a young Chocolate Labrador called Hettie.

We feel that we have the best job possible, every day is different and we meet the most fantastic and interesting dogs and their owners. What can be better than collecting a dog knowing that they are going to have as good a holiday as their owner, and making our host’s day by leaving the dog with them.

We work very hard to provide you and your dogs with an excellent, worry free holiday experience. Before your dog’s first holiday, we will come and meet you and your lovely dog in your home. This gives us the chance to chat and find out all there is to know about your four-legged friend. We think this initial meeting is so important, as it allows us to get to know your dog and enables us to make the perfect match with one of our great host families.

Our hosts are very special people who love having Barking Mad dogs to stay. We select them very carefully and they have oodles of experience of caring for dogs. They will care for your dog as though it was their own.

When you go on holiday we collect your dog from your home and take them to their holiday home. We ensure that they are settled and happy with the host and contact you to put your mind at rest. When we bring your dog home after their holiday we will give you great feedback about your dog’s stay. When you book again we will always try to place them with the same host family.

So, when you are planning your holiday don’t forget “happy dog, happy holiday, happy you”…Let us arrange that for you

Places Covered

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


  • Plymouth
  • Tavistock
  • Yelverton
  • Saltash
  • Torpoint
  • Liskeard
  • Looe
  • Callington
  • Gunnislake
  • Ivybridge
  • Yealmpton
  • Modbury



  • Torquay
  • Paignton
  • Brixham
  • Dartmouth
  • Kingsbridge
  • Salcombe
  • Totnes
  • South Brent
  • Buckfastleigh
  • Bovey Tracey
  • Newton Abbot
  • Chudleigh
  • Kingsteignton
  • Teignmouth
  • Chagford
  • Moretonhampstead
  • South Hams


Customer Comments

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Flynn loves going to Vikki and George and we hope he will be able to stay with them again when we next go on holiday. It gives us complete peace of mind knowing that he is safe and enjoying himself

Posted by: Sandy and Dave on

My husband was very worried about leaving our 11month old bull mastiff cross puppy as he takes her to work every day.
Carolyn put our mind at rest and she had a great time although i think carolyn will need a few days to recover

I will definitely be using Barking mad again when i take my next break.

Posted by: Nicola Billing on

Fantastic Service! Oscar had a fabulous time and was very well looked after.

I will definitely be using Barking Mad again in the future.

Many Thanks


Posted by: Samantha O'Connell on

We are very pleased with the whole process of getting our recently acquired 11 month old jack russell x patterdale a home for our holiday. He's extremely lively and active and obviously enjoyed being away with all the different walks that Vikki and George took him on. He likes a lot of love and fuss we are glad he found a home from home.
Many thanks to all concerned and will definitely use Barking Mad in the future

Posted by: Gill Richards on

We can tell that Penny had a great time with Karen and John, she looked really well after her time by the sea. We are very grateful for the care they gave her and It was a relief to go away without worrying if she was ok.

Please pass on our thanks and our apologies if she gave them a fright when watching TV. hope she hasn't blotted her copy book too much.

Finally, thank you to Barking Mad, we are so pleased to have found you, I'm telling all my dog walking friends about you..

Posted by: Dave and Annette Silsury on

Me & wife have just had a lovely holiday abroad, knowing that our dog Bramble was looked after by a lovely host family.
Bramble was looked after very well and had a fab time, we were away for a week and it was the longest that Bramble has been away from us, we can go away any time and know that our dog is looked after by this fantastic company. thanks again 5 star service. Posted by Dave and Liz

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Thank you for looking after Emily so well. I know I left it very late to book her place but everything went very smoothly from my first enquiry and I'm sure Emily enjoyed her holiday. The text messages and photo were nice and the whole experience was much better than kennels.
I won't hesitate to use you again and would recommend you to others.

Posted by: sue on

Charlie and Ralph had a wonderful holiday with Vikki and George coming home as a pair of happy healthy dogs. As first timers doing this it was a very positive experience - Thank you all.

Posted by: Fiona and Kieron on

A huge thank you to Jenny and Terry in looking after my mad Rottie Crystal. Shes an old girl and has never been in kennels so was worried about leaving her. I needn't have worried. She absolutely loved her time with Jenny and Terry and made a friend of Sidney their Labrador and missed him greatly when she came home. I loved the postcards, photos and regular texts from Terry. I cannot recommend them highly enough and would have no hesitation in leaving her with them if i go away again. Thank you sooo much xx

Posted by: sonia johnson on

Although you had been recommended to us by friends we were very nervous about letting our lovely boy Chico go (even just for a few days) as he was still so young (7 months old) and quite naughty at times! However all our fears were unfounded as he returned to us just as he had left us and had obviously been very well looked after by the hosts, Wayne & Diana. We will definitely use your service again and would have no hesitation in recommending you to others. I would especially like to thank Carolyn for her calm, relaxed manner and the way in which she tried to allay all our concerns. And a big thank you to our hosts who so obviously loved having Chico and provided us with a photo log of his stay!

Kind Regards

Yvonne & Matthew

Posted by: Yvonne Parkinson on

Our springer spaniel Mollie is quite a nervous, clingy dog, so we were relectant to try her in Kennels when away with the family. We are so pleased we chose Barking Mad, from the moment Carolyn replied to our contact we have been impressed with the standard of care, the updates and the lovely holiday photos and card we received on her return. A specially thank you to her hosts Pennie and Tim, who gave her such a lovely time, from the photos she was obviously relaxed with you, tongue out is always a good sign that she is happy. We will certainly use Barking Mad for future trips and would recommend to others. Many Thanks.

Posted by: Glynis and Michelle on

Just to thank you and Vikki and George for Rusty's holiday. I am so sorry to hear he was poorly for them ... please send a very big thank you to them for having to deal with that! He has obviously had a lovely time and looks great, - he is now fast asleep in his bed, having sorted out the pigeons and seagulls and checked his territory! It is a tremendous relief to know that he is so well looked after and well liked!
Thank you so much for the Barking Mad bag. We will be using it on his next holiday.
All the best,
Angela and John

Posted by: Angela Street on

Tia has had a wonderful time on her holiday, it was lovely to know she was being cared for so well by Vicki and George. She will definitely be going again in the future. Many thanks to Carolyn too , she kept us updated and was a pleasure to deal with. I will be recommending you to other doggie parents .

Posted by: Karen Miles on

Thank you so much for your brilliant service we would also like you to pass on our thanks to Pat and Tony for the kindness and care they have obviously shown to our Stanley from us being quite nervous we are very pleased with seeing Stanley come home relaxed and happy. This is the first time we have used your service and we would not hesitate in doing this again ( with Pat and Tony) due to the professional, efficient and courteous service provided.

We came on board via recommendation and we would definitely recommend to others

Thanks again

Posted by: Tracy Scott and Stanley on

Thank-you so much for looking after our German Shepherd Ellie so well. Please pass on our many thanks to Dave & Sam and their children for the great job they do.
I would recommend you and them to everyone. Regards Sue & Barry

Posted by: Barry & Sue Wicks on

This is the first time we have used Barking Mad and we were very impressed with the efficient and caring way Tia was looked after I certainly would have no hesitation in recommending Barking Mad to friends. Many thanks to all for a job well done.

Posted by: Bob and Elaine Mathieson on

We just want to say we had a great time and can't wait for Mum to go away again!

Mum says she had a wonderful relaxing holiday knowing we were safe and with people who understood our little ways!

Posted by: Thomas and Sam on

Initially a bit worried about leaving our diabetic dog. Need not have worried he was looked after really well. It's a great relief that he can he can be left with Barking Mad, he is looked after well and is happy. Posted by Mike Western

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Our dog Bramble who is 9 months old went on her 1st break to a lovely host couple,who gave her lots of love and cuddles while in there care. We would like to say a thankyou to Barking mad for making us feel at ease, they kept us updated on how Bramble was doing and they placed Bramble with the perfect couple. We will definately be using Barking mad again.

Bramble says wooooooooof wooooooof ( thankyou) xx May 2015

Posted by: Dave&liz pope on

I was very happy with the service. When Tilly returned from her stay with Peter I could tell that she had been well cared for and well exercised. I will be using Barking Mad again and plan to book Tilly in again in June ( hopefully with Peter)

Posted by: Liz Pickin on

This was our first time using Barking Mad. I must say right from the start it all went smoothly.I was informed by Jennifer and Carolyn what happens.Also was kept informed by the host family via the above.Pick up and drop off was on time.Will definitely be using Barking Mad again. Thankyou.

Posted by: Janet Mann on

We were so impressed with the service that we received, from the initial registration meeting to the return of Archie back to ourselves. We were sceptical of leaving Archie at kennels and as we wanted a bit more, we were taken back by the quality and indepth service that was provided by Barking Mad. Portfolio of hosts were so high that Archie was spoilt for choice, his hosts Tony & Jean welcomed him in, going by the text updates we received plus the video of him.

Our minds were put to rest knowing that our little man was in a safe and caring atmosphere. We wouldn't hesitate or think twice in recommending Carolyn at Barking Mad to other dog owners looking for somewhere which offers loving care of your dog(s) while away on holiday.
Posted by: Kelvin Kay on 28th Jan, 2015

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Our seven month old golden retriever, Molly, has just returned home from her first holiday. We were naturally concerned as this was her first time away from us but she was clearly looked after extremely well and had a wonderful time with Wayne and Diana. Our previous 14 year-old girl, Barley, also went on holiday with Barking Mad and she also had several wonderful times. We completely recommend Carolyn, Jennifer and Terry for the care and attention they take in placing each dog with the very best hosts and the support and care they show to us as concerned owners/Mum and Dad. Thank you all!

Posted by: Helen and John Sexton and Molly on

All our worries went as Sidney our pointer rushed off with Carolyn,He has had a wonderful time having only just got over a dental op he needed medicine for a few days.This was all taken care of.He is a boisterous,loving lad and we are so grateful he can have a holiday which allows us to have one as well.

Posted by: pam evans on

Glad of this opportunity to thank Jenifer and the Barking mad team. Mitz a rescued dog was left traumatized when my mother was rushed into hospital. But it took one phone call to Jenifer and Mitz was placed with a caring family. She returned home happy and had obviously had a wonderful holiday.

Posted by: Janice Tedder and Olive Dolmans on

Thank you for introducing us to the fabulous hosts who looked after Rosie recently. Our 15 year old border terrier takes many medications and my husband and I were a little worried about leaving her but we didn't need to. The hosts looked after all her needs but more than that, they gave lots of love and cuddles. She came home bright and happy and we are so grateful for the care and attention that you and the hosts gave her.

Posted by: Angie, Andy and Rosie on

Many thanks for more photos of Flynn enjoying his holiday. I think at first he was sorry to be back home!! He couldn't have gone to better host family, a huge thank-you to Vikki and George
for looking after him so well. Also a huge thank-you to you at Barking Mad for finding such a super family for Flynn at such short notice! When we go on holiday next year we will definitely be in touch (giving you more notice!) so that Flynn can go back to Vikki and George.

Once again a heartfelt thank-you for sorting out a super holiday for Flynn.

Posted by: Dave, Sandy and Flynn on

I was very impressed with the service provided by Barking Mad. I liked the fact that lots of questions were asked about Digby and all his little quirks at the initial meeting. The undertaking of finding someone reliable and caring was not something I take lightly and I did a great deal of research before deciding upon Barking Mad. I visited at least 12 different dog sitters/walkers/daycarers and witnessed a whole variety of situations, some of which horrified me to be honest. I own up to the fact that I am a control freak when it comes to my children and my dog and so, I have to be honest, I did find the fact that I couldn't meet the 'host' family, very difficult. Obviously I understand that all the host families have been vetted and are of the highest quality but I would have liked to meet them myself. I am sure there is a very good reason why this is not appropriate apart from the obvious logistical problems involved.

Obviously, only Digby, Pat and Tony, knows for sure if he had a good time, but I can say that he didn't seem any different when we got him back. He hadn't picked up any unwanted habits and if anything, he was a teensy bit better behaved for the first few days (that soon wore off!). I really appreciated the lovely card and letter from Pat and tony and the pictures. I am sure he loved being with them. I can't quite believe he didn't do anything naughty?! I was pleased that Pat and tony didn't get the added stress of the car lunging/chasing and can only put that down to the fact that there were too many new things to focus on and treats of course! I believe Pat used to be a dog trainer so I am sure that helped.

Overall, I was very pleased with the Barking Mad experience and would use the service again and have recommended you to at least 5 dog owners I know.

Posted by: Mandy and Digby on

the whole experience was excellent. . i was well pleased and the dogs seemed very happy too. won't hesitate to use them again.

Posted by: rick spiring on

Jake and Millie were well looked after by their host family and we're sensitive to what the dogs were able to do ie gentle rather than strenuous walks. It was lovely to receive a photo of each of them on their break from home and to have a postcard of their adventure. Highly recommend Barking Mad.

Posted by: Sharon Hodges on

After a difficult time in kennels it has been wonderful to know my babies are safe, well looked after and loved. The needs of the individual dog has always been taken in to account and they come back happy and chilled.

Posted by: Louise Jonds on

Jennifer and Carolyn were amazing. My mum had to go into hospital in an emergency and I needed to place her two dogs quickly. I called in the morning and by the afternoon they were being well cared for locally and I was able to focus on my mum's needs. Really appreciated the help and fast reaction to my situation. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Barking Mad to anyone who wants fantastic service and the very best care for their dogs. Thank you so much.

Posted by: Mandy Beazley on

We were very impressed by the level of service offered. Brock was collected and returned efficiently and on time. Thought had obviously gone into his placement and he came back healthy and happy.

Posted by: Andrea Wood Brock on

When we go on holiday leaving our dogs is the hardest thing we have to do.
Barking Mad was the perfect choice for our ageing dogs. The service we got was second to none, the text messages and postcards let you know that the dogs were also enjoying their holidays.
Our dogs will be going on holiday again with Barking Mad,.

Posted by: Mark Newcombe on

My 15 month old lab/labradoodle had a lovely 10 day holiday. The service was friendly and professional and I would happily use again.

Posted by: Amanda on

Really happy with the service. Ty came back home from his holiday worn out but happy! Thank you!

Posted by: Sam harrison on

I needed to board my timid but huge Golden Retriever. I was very concerned about putting him in kennels for the first time. I wasn't happy with any I found - although caring were not what I needed for Probie. However, I found Barking Mad by accident and haven't looked back since. Probie has been with a couple of hosts and always comes back happy and healthy. I have no worries about letting him go - in fact he jumps straight into the car ready for his 'holiday'. Jennifer and Carolyn have been fantastic. We all worry about our dogs, probably more than we need to, but I worry no more knowing Probie will be very well looked after.

Posted by: Roberta McCarthy on

Pepper really enjoyed his time with Margaret and came home calm and happy.
We would have no hesitation in using Barking Mad and Margaret for any future trips.
Pepper loved playing in Margaret's garden, ideal exercise for a dog of his size and can easily replace going for a walk.
Thank you all vey much.

Posted by: Denise, Graham and Pepper on

Thank you Barking Mad for taking care of Bracken whilst we got married. We were totally at peace of mind knowing she was being well looked after.

Posted by: Natalie Matthews on

I can not recommend Barking Mad and Carolyn highly enough. I was looking for somewhere for my Golden Retriever Bailey to stay for 2weeks. This would be Baileys very first time away so initially I visited stacks of kennels, all of which I wasnt very impressed by. Then someone at work recommended Barking Mad. It seemed exactly what I was looking for, however Bailey does have a few issues with people and children and this left me alittle worried that he wouldnt be a good candidate for this type of boarding. After a long chat with Jennifer and a home visit from Carolyn they paired him up with a lovely couple and he went for a trial visit. I worried the entire time but neednt have. All went really well and he came home relaxed and happy. Bailey has recently returned from his 2 week holiday and appears to have had a lovely time, was well looked after and had some great walks. I now feel so relaxed knowing that I have an alternative to kennels for my dog. One very happy owner and dog. Thank you Carolyn & Jennifer.

Posted by: Kelly Smyth on

Well done BM, Candy has had her first "little" holiday with Margaret, and she came home a very happy dog. Special thanks to Jennifer, who placed Candy with Margaret, from all accounts you couldn't have found a better match, so its with much peace of mind that I shall be sending Candy off again to Margaret, in August, from the feedback I know that Margaret will be happy to have her again, so everyone is happy. Thank You.

Posted by: Ann Blank on

Megan has now been on her 2 week holiday with Val and Dave. I am pleased to say we were not at all worried about her as she had been for a sleepover a few weeks ago. Megan came home very bright and happy and obviously had been very well looked after and cared for and had even been on holiday herself with them in their caravan. A massive thank you to Val and Dave for looking after her and for the lovely photos and postcard that Megan came home with. Thanks also to Carolyn and Jennifer for their professional service and excellent host matching skills. We would highly recommend this for anyone who is nervous about leaving their pet. Megan will definitely be coming back for another holiday for Val and Dave. Thanks again.

Posted by: Nicola and Rob on

We were worried about leaving Millie with strangers for the first time. But Carolyn was very thorough and reassuring and Millie came back a happy healthy dog and looking forward to her next stay away.

Posted by: Elizabeth Raikes on

Dogs came home happy, tired and very relaxed. We would have no worries sending them off with Barking Mad again!

Posted by: Ian Carter on

Maxi had a lovely time with Tony and Jean and came back to us really relaxed. The service we received was fantastic! We will definitely use again and recommend to friends...

Posted by: Aaron & Nadine Pearce on

I found Jennifer very professional and gave me all the information I needed so that I was happy to leave Charlie with the host. Kept upto date with how Charlie was doing and was pleased to get a postcard when he was dropped home with what he had been up to. Would use and recommend again.

Posted by: Michelle Scott on

Barley recently went on holiday with Barking Mad. He apparently enjoyed himself and I would certainly recommend them to anyone who wishes their treasured companion to be happy and settled whilst you are away. He is home now and is as cheerful as always!! Many thanks!!

Posted by: Helen Turner on

A fantastic service, especially for four legged friends who really cannot cope with kennels. If you can't face leaving your dog in a kennel, however good the kennel, then Barking Mad is for you. Carolyn and her team provide a reliable, thoughtful and caring solution to dog boarding. We recently had to leave our Bedlington Terrier for four weeks, not an easy thing to do, but when I contacted Barking Mad to see what they could do, I was so impressed with the service and care that Clyde received, I was able to go away without any worry at all.
With Barking Mad, the dog's welfare is the total consideration. Clyde first had a 'sleep over' with his foster family (especially selected by Carolyn) before his big 'holiday. This was to make sure that he would settle and that the foster family would be happy to have him. It went like a dream, and he came back from both stays happy and bouncing, clearly having had a lovely time.
I cannot recommend the service highly enough. Thank you Barking Mad for making a trip to New Zealand possible.

Posted by: Sue Janes on

Megan, our 11 year old Westie, had never been left with anyone other than family and as very anxious owners we could not even consider kennels for her. We came across Barking Mad and Carolyn and Jennifer in Plymouth. Carolyn came to visit Megan and put us at ease about the process. She recommended some hosts suitable for Megan and arranged a sleepover. Megan returned from her sleepover with Val and Dave yesterday, a very happy little dog. She clearly had been well looked after and was full of beans. We were nervously hoping all was going well but a text from Carolyn the first morning soon put our minds at rest. Megan had a lovely time and was busy on her holiday. Thank you so much to Val and Dave for having Megan and caring for her just as we do. It is much appreciated. Megan is going back for her full holiday in a few weeks and we now feel comfortable knowing that she will be very well looked after. Such a wonderful professional service that we are more than happy to recommend to all our friends and family.
Nicky and Rob

Posted by: Nicky and Rob on

Thank you Jennifer and Carolyn for arranging our labrador Coys holiday with Dave, Sam and children.
Coy thoroughly enjoyed himself and we can tell he has been very well looked after. We were a bit worried as we have only had him for 12 months and not had him from a puppy. We need not have worried at all and will certainly be recomending and using Barking Mad again. Thank you for the wonderful service you offer. The postcard and picture from Dave and Sam is also a lovely touch.

Posted by: Kim Osborn on

This was our two chihuahuas first ever time away from home (4 and 9 year olds) so we were a little apprehensive about using a foster family service.
We had no reason to worry though as our experience was so positive we can't wait to go on holiday alone again. Right from the first contact with Carolyn and Jennifer we were treated kindly and professionally, reassuring us all the way. One of our boys is very nervous by nature but he was treated so lovingly we were amazed at his calmer than normal behaviour.
We received a text to say how well they had settled and one to tell us their first sleepover had been a success. This meant we were able to relax and enjoy our trip to London.
They returned very happy and relaxed dogs. We can't thank Bernie and Mary enough for having our boys. They must've worked miracles. We won't be worrying ever again if they're left with this caring couple again. And we will definitely use Carolyn and Jennifer's help without hesitation. First class service, can't recommend enough!

Posted by: Annette and Trevor on

We were apprehensive about leaving Percy for the first time but we needn't have been. It was clear he had really enjoyed his time with George and Vicki and their dogs, and he seems more confident too. The barking mad service is very professional and Carolyn and Jennifer are lovely.It was lovely to have updates on how Percy was doing and to have a postcard of what he had been up to. Thank you.

Posted by: Linda Fox on

We had used BM (Mary Trojak) in the past for our previous bull terrier. We had a less than positive experience with a 'recommended' dog sitter for our new exhuberant bullie so were hopeful that BM would deliver on their promise again. We couldn't have been happier. Bilbo had a wonderful experience with his hosts Keith and Carol and they seemed to enjoy the happy challenge that is life with a bullie. We are so relieved that he can also enjoy holidays away and we're confident that he is being as well looked after as he is at home. Thanks again.

Posted by: Dave, Ros and Bilbo Williamson on

Chester, our young Pointer came back full of vitality and health. He had had a wonderful time. So much better than kennels, we would use Barking Mad again.

Posted by: Richard and Jane Baker on

Having never left Storm with anyone but family before, I was really worried that I had made the wrong decision leaving him with strangers. Well I shouldn't have worried, we all enjoyed our 4 night break in Bath, and Storm had the time of his life, came back just as tired as if he had stayed with family so I knew he had a great time! Would highly recommend - in fact I have!!

Posted by: Jason and Claire Hunt on

I was recommended to Barking Mad by a friend and I am extremely grateful. After a previous bad experience with kennels, I was able to go away without worrying knowing that Merlin was in good hands. Receiving a text that he had settled in was very reassuring and I loved getting his postcard on his return. I will definitely be using the service again.

Posted by: Pat Langman on

Glad Sue enjoyed having Toby. I'm sure Toby enjoyed being with Sue too. I'm also sure Toby is looking forward to his next holiday with Sue although he can't tell me in so many words.
Thank you

Posted by: Carol Fairweather on

We have a 12 year old Vizsla who we had to find new boarding facilities for. Having come across Barking Mad, Carolyn came to our house to meet Tikka and explain how they operate. We were very impressed with the details we were asked to give about Tikka. We were shown a portfolio of hosts but left the decision to Carolyn as to who she thought Tikka would suit. I was very nervous about her first short stay, but was reassured with a text message the next morning that all was well. Both Carolyn and Jennifer are obviously passionate about dogs and this is reflected in the care and attention given to them. Tikka is going back to the same host for our next 2 holidays and I will have no worries about her happiness.

Posted by: Jackie Hateley on 20th Mar, 2014

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Amber had not been on 'holiday' since she came to us as an eight week old puppy. I was concerned as to how she would react, but my fears were unfounded. She must have enjoyed herself - went on a bus for the first time.

Please thank June for us.
We will be happy to come again, it eases our concerns when we want to go away.

Basil and Jean

Posted by: Basil and Jean Hulatt on

We were apprehensive about leaving Percy for the first time but we needn't have been. It was clear he had really enjoyed his time with Barry and Vicki and their dogs, and he seems more confident too. The barking mad service is very professional and Carolyn and Jennifer are lovely.It was lovely to have updates on how Percy was doing and to have a postcard of what he had been up to. Thank you.

Posted by: Linda Fox on

Lilly would like to say thank to everybody who was involved in her time away from home. She thanks to Mary & Bernie for beautiful holiday and we also want to thank for absolutely professional care on our dog.
She can't stop barking to us about her nice time !!! and Scooby ....... (I hope she behaved like a lady ?) Lilly has found Christmas gift from BM !!! What's a surprise :-)
Once again thank Jennifer and Carolyn for your help and support to organise time for our dog when we were away and kept us updated all the time.

Posted by: Ursula & Tomas on

This was our two chihuahuas first ever time away from home (4 and 9 year olds) so we were a little apprehensive about using a foster family service.
We had no reason to worry though as our experience was so positive we can't wait to go on holiday alone again. Right from the first contact with Carolyn and Jennifer we were treated kindly and professionally, reassuring us all the way. One of our boys is very nervous by nature but he was treated so lovingly we were amazed at his calmer than normal behaviour.
We received a text to say how well they had settled and one to tell us their first sleepover had been a success. This meant we were able to relax and enjoy our trip to London.
They returned very happy and relaxed dogs. We can't thank Bernie and Mary enough for having our boys. They must've worked miracles. We won't be worrying ever again if they're left with this caring couple again. And we will definitely use Carolyn and Jennifer's help without hesitation. First class service, can't recommend enough!

Posted by: Annette & Trevot on

I cant recommend Barking Mad enough. My husband and I had planned a trip to Hawaii for our Honeymoon but were really not happy about leaving Rockie in kennels for 4 weeks. We met Carolyn and she suggested a family for Rockie to stay with. Louise and family took such great care of Rockie, he came back looking so healthy and happy, in fact I think he has been missing Louise and her family as he had such a good time! We will never consider putting Rockie in a kennel again, we will always use Barking Mad. Posted by Kellie Forbes-Simpson

Posted by: bmadadmin on

My dog Tia had a lovely time and settled well with Pat and Tony. I have previously left Tia in kennels a couple of times but when I collected her, on both occasions, she had lost weight so I think she was unhappy so not eating. She came back from Pat and Tony's looking very well and happy. They had bought her treats, a new toy, taken her for lots of walks and even let her sleep on their bed!! I would definitely use this service again as it means I can go on holiday and be confident that Tia is being well cared for.

Posted by: Jayne on

Thanks very much to Tim and Pennie for looking after Buddy for us. Everything was very well organised by Barking Mad. Buddy went happily with Jennifer and came back fit and well. The postcard is a lovely idea to let us know what he got up to. Thanks.

Posted by: Jane Weller on

I will definitely use BM again - Finn came back happy and well. His previous stay in a different kennel was very negative resulting in Finn losing a great deal of weight and contracting Kennel Cough.

Posted by: Nicola McCaren on

Carolyn and Jennifer were very helpful in arranging pick-up and return times that suited me, and were able to fit in a taster sleepover despite me booking at short notice. Roxy had a lovely holiday and came back happy, compared to her previous stay in kennels where she had lost lots of weight and was quite anxious afterwards. I would definitely use Barking Mad again.

Posted by: Kelly Ide on

We had used BM (Mary Trojak) in the past for our previous bull terrier. We had a less than positive experience with a 'recommended' dog sitter for our new exhuberant bullie so were hopeful that BM would deliver on their promise again. We couldn't have been happier. Bilbo had a wonderful experience with his hosts Keith and Carol and they seemed to enjoy the happy challenge that is life with a bullie. We are so relieved that he can also enjoy holidays away and we're confident that he is being as well looked after as he is at home. Thanks again.

Posted by: Dave, Ros and Bilbo Williamson on

This is the first time we've used Barking Mad to look after our Staffie Sam while we've been on holiday. It has been a great experience with him staying with David, Sam and their children. He came back slimmer (not a bad thing!) and fitter and clearly had had a happy time. We were able to go on holiday without having to burden ageing parents and in the knowledge he was well looked after, so no guilt about having a good time. We already have him booked in for another stay and will be using Barking Mad to look after Sam for all our trips away.

Posted by: Jo Williams on

Glad Sue enjoyed having Toby. I'm sure Toby enjoyed being with Sue too. I'm also sure Toby is looking forward to his next holiday with Sue although he can't tell me in so many words. See you on Friday 11th Oct at 11.00am.

Thank you


Posted by: Carol Fairweather on

Tippi our 18 month old Tibetan Terrier came back from her first stay away from home very calm and settled back home within minutes.
She was clearly very well loved and cared for by Marie and Tim while we were away and we will certainly be confident in planning holidays in the future knowing that she will be having a lovely time as well.

Posted by: Val Garland on

My dog Amber came back to me after her stay with Penny and Tim a happy dog and that is what I wanted. I think she may have trained Penny and Tim. my thanks Peter. Posted by Peter Whitecross

Posted by: bmadadmin on

This was Jessie's first time away from home. She spent a week in a lovely family environment and had a great time being fussed over and taken for walks every day. She thrived on the care she received. Thank you Barking Mad for letting us be able to enjoy our holiday!

Posted by: Kerry Gibbins on

As Barking Mad 'virgins' I cannot thank Carolyn enough for her help and support in the run-up to Belle's holiday. Not only did she understand our every need and concern, she paired Belle with the wonderful Jean and Tony who made sure that our 'baby' had the most wonderful week's holiday whilst we were sunning ourselves in Turkey. I cannot recommend Barking Mad, Carolyn Campbell or Tony and Jean highly enough. We will most definately be using them again, safe in the knowledge that Belle will be having the time of her life in her second 'home'. Again, many, many thanks to all at Barking Mad, Plymouth.

Posted by: Laura Pyett on

Was worried about leaving Dougal, our 9 year old Westie as he had previously only been with family and he can be a bit naughty! It was great to get a couple of texts informing us he was settling in ok and was getting on with his host family even though he got them up at 5am. Professional service and Dougal came back happy. Will be using the service again!

Posted by: Karen Smith on

We were a little apprehensive about leaving our 3 year old Labrador, she has only ever been left with family and friends before! But we needn't have worried as the whole experience was excellent. It's been such a relief to find somewhere that welcomed Roxie into their family and given us peace of mind that she is being well cared for whilst we are away. The "report" of Roxies holiday and the photos were a lovely touch. It was nice to know what she got up to. Thank you so much Barking Mad, and especially thanks to Roxies host family ( she'll see you again in August!)

Posted by: Beverley Bromley on

Travis, being a 9 month old pup, is quite a handful, but Jennifer took it in her stride and matched him to a family who are happy for him to stay again!Lovely service and great communication.

Posted by: Johanna Gare on

Thank-you so much for looking after our German Shepherd Ellie so well.She came home in a better shape than when she went into a kennel. We will use you again without fail. Regards Sue

Posted by: bmadadmin on

I was recommended to Barking Mad by a friend and I am extremely grateful. After a previous bad experience with kennels, I was able to go away without worrying knowing that Merlin was in good hands. Receiving a text that he had settled in was very reassuring and I loved getting his postcard on his return. I will definitely be using the service again.

Posted by: Pat Langman on

As soon as I spoke with Jennifer to arrange Alfie's stay I knew it was all going to work out. With only 5 days notice following a change of plans what was I going to do with our lovely lab Alfie who had never stayed away from home!
The whole process was so friendly & personal I went to the wedding without any concerns.
His host family looked after him so well - with very special thanks to Sebastian & Noah. Also it was great to have a picture of him on our return enjoying his holiday too. A really nice touch. Thank you also to Jennifer for her reassurance & efficiency in helping us at short notice.
I would always be very happy to recommend Barking Mad - indeed I have already done so at the wedding albeit in Wales there were guests from Plymouth there to listen. Thank you again from a very happy customer.

Posted by: Jill Hutchins on

Ruby arrived home looking fit and well after her stay with Tony & Jean who were excellent hosts to her. Feedback from them about Ruby's stay was really good. Would definitely use Barking Mad again.

Posted by: Pat Lloyd on

Having never left Storm with anyone but family before, I was really worried that I had made the wrong decision leaving him with strangers. Well I shouldn't have worried, we all enjoyed our 4 night break in Bath, and Storm had the time of his life, came back just as tired as if he had stayed with family so I knew he had a great time! Would highly recommend - in fact I have!!

Posted by: Claire Hunt on

After our bad experience of placing our german pointer 'Floyd' in kennels we have had to limit ourselves to dog friendly holidays. We discovered 'Barking Mad' when we had to arrange a dog free trip to London. This proved to be a golden find. We were able to enjoy a worry free break, confident that Floyd was in good hands. Floyd returned home 'chilled' after receiving a 5 star service with his host family.
Both we and Floyd are looking forward to our next holiday with the excellent support of 'Barking Mad'.

Posted by: Julia Williamson on

Chester, our young Pointer came back full of vitality and health. He had had a wonderful time. So much better than kennels, we would use Barking Mad again.

Posted by: Richard Baker on


July 2017

Upcoming Events
Miss Ivy's PetFest
Miss Ivy's PetFest presents 'A doggy day out in the park', Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August 2017, from 10.30-16.30pm at Mount Edgecombe Park, Cremyll PL10 1HZ.  This event is supporting Woodside and English Springer Spaniel Welfare.

Animal In Distress
Family Fun Day, Sunday 17th September
There will be dog shows, refreshments and much more

Woodside Animal Welfare Trust
Charity Doggy Day Out At Newnham Park
Sunday 1st October 2017 at Newnham Park, Plympton.


December 2016

Christmas Hamper Competition Winner


Ann and Candy were the lucky winners of our Christmas Hamper competition. Thank you to all our customers who participated in this competition. Keep an eye open on our facebook page for future competitions.

Wishing all our Customers and Hosts a very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

Jennifer, Carolyn and Terry

Local Links

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

Useful Links

Dog Grooming 

Paws in the Park, Central Park Plymouth 01752 651595

Baeking Bay Beauties - Torquay 07856 348148


Canine Hydrotherapy 

K9 Splash, Plympton, Plymouth 07804 698703

Pool4Paws, Canine Hydrotherapy, Ipplepen 07967 545466

Pet Supplies


Bella's Pet Supplies, Peverell, Plymouth 01752 783481







Sandy and Dave - 23rd Jun, 2016
"Flynn loves going to Vikki and George and we hope he will be able to stay with them again when we next go on holiday. It gives us complete peace of mind knowing that he is safe and enjoying himself"

Nicola Billing - 2nd Nov, 2015
"My husband was very worried about leaving our 11month old bull mastiff cross puppy as he takes her to work every day.
Carolyn put our mind at rest and she had a great time although i think carolyn will need a few days to recover

I will definitely be using Barking mad again when i take my next break."

Samantha O'Connell - 26th Oct, 2015
"Fantastic Service! Oscar had a fabulous time and was very well looked after.

I will definitely be using Barking Mad again in the future.

Many Thanks


Gill Richards - 16th Oct, 2015
"We are very pleased with the whole process of getting our recently acquired 11 month old jack russell x patterdale a home for our holiday. He's extremely lively and active and obviously enjoyed being away with all the different walks that Vikki and George took him on. He likes a lot of love and fuss we are glad he found a home from home.
Many thanks to all concerned and will definitely use Barking Mad in the future"

Dave and Annette Silsury - 21st Sep, 2015
"We can tell that Penny had a great time with Karen and John, she looked really well after her time by the sea. We are very grateful for the care they gave her and It was a relief to go away without worrying if she was ok.

Please pass on our thanks and our apologies if she gave them a fright when watching TV. hope she hasn't blotted her copy book too much.

Finally, thank you to Barking Mad, we are so pleased to have found you, I'm telling all my dog walking friends about you.."

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