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September/October 2017

 We are now preparing for our Annual Christmas Party for my lovely hosts! This is a fantastic day where all of my lovely hosts meet and swap stories about all of the gorgeous dogs they have had to visit. It is also a great chance for me to thank them for their hard work over the summer months. Photos will follow next month!!!!

 Here are a few dogs on holiday this month with some photos from my wonderful hosts.

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5 Star bespoke service:

We get asked a great deal if we are able to find a holiday home for puppies or older dogs who have medical issues. The beauty of a Barking Mad holiday is that it can be tailored to your dog’s specific needs at the time of their holiday and because your dog is placed in a home environment, medication can be given, exercise regimes are followed and any ongoing training can be continued whilst you are away. If any problems do arise we will endeavour to take your dog to their own Vet who will be aware of their medical history.

We guarantee that your dog will be the only dog staying at the Host’s house, this means you don’t have to worry about your dog multi-boarding with several unknown dogs which can be overwhelming, especially if your dog is very young or is quite elderly and requires peace and quiet. Our hosts are all home based ensuring that your dog is safe, happy and is receiving all of the fuss and attention they deserve.

When we first come out to meet you and your gorgeous pooch we document in detail all of their care and needs and with our lifetime registration their care plans will be updated before every holiday and our hosts will carefully follow the information we provide regarding your dog’s holiday.

Get in touch with me as soon as you book your own holiday and you can have peace of mind that your dog is having a great holiday too. Call me on 0191 4194242, I look forward to hearing from you!

August 2017

We are now in the hectic summer months which is our busiest period of the year with lots of doggy holidays to organise. What a busy time we have all had!

My amazing Hosts have been working for most of the summer and nothing is too much trouble for them……they are wonderful people, I am already organising my yearly thank you party in November for them.

Please get in touch if your dog needs a holiday or if you know someone who would like to become a host with us...we would love to hear from you.

Here are some of the lovely dogs who have had holidays with us this August!

 

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July 2017

We are having a very busy July with lots of new customers coming on board. We have also welcomed a number of new hosts too! Please keep spreading the word as I would love to hear from you if you would like to become a host.

Here are a few dogs on holiday this summer.

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June 2017

Welcome to the Summer! The busiest time of all!

 I attended the Great North Dog Walk in June with my colleagues from neighbouring areas, Valarie James from Sunderland, Tracy Johnston from Teesside and Karen Buckham who runs the Durham area. What a wonderful day we had! We met lots of lovely dog Owners and people who were interested in becoming host families with us, the sun shone and we all had a great time.

 

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May 2017

Every year Barking Mad Franchisees are invited to the Annual Conference held in the fabulous Lakeside Hotel on Lake Windermere. We had a fantastic day this year with everyone swapping stories and comparing notes of how we run our Barking Mad businesses. There was lots to discuss including the very exciting showing of our very first advert for Barking Mad! It was great catching up and spending time together as we are all very passionate about Barking Mad. 

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After dressing up in the evening we had an awards ceremony lead by Lee Dancy the Managing Director and I was very proud and privileged to receive a Special Achievement Award. This really meant so much to me as I am very proud to be part of such a fantastic service and I am also very proud of how the business has continued to grow and flourish. I absolutely love running my Barking Mad Business and get such great job satisfaction organising wonderful holidays for dogs and getting positive feedback from my customers and hosts when the dog has gone home happy and relaxed!

 

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Just a quick note to see that my host families and customers are always spreading the word about becoming a host family as I always need more hosts. If you are interested in becoming a host, or know someone who fits the bill perfectly, please tell them to give me a call on 0191 4194242 or email me on sue.seward@barkingmad.uk.com.

 

April 2017

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Hope you all had a fabulous Easter and you all enjoyed your Easter Eggs! It was very busy here at Barking Mad as usual with lots of dogs going on holiday. Please remember that chocolate contains chemicals that are very toxic to dogs and even if a small amount is eaten it can cause convulsions, heart problems, hyperexcitability and fits. The darker the chocolate the more potent the effect.

Here are some photos of Buddy and Kappi who were on their Easter holidays with Barking Mad, please note that the egg Buddy has is a one especially made which is suitable for dogs!

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Kappi a beautiful Icelandic Sheepdog who is with Harvey, our Host Gillian’s dog, has regular holidays with us throughout the year whilst his Owner works in Sweden, he is soon going to Sweden for the summer to attend several International Dog Shows, we will keep you posted on his progress. Good Luck Kappi…..we will miss you!.

 

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February/March 2017:

February was a really busy month with lots of lovely new customers! Here is one of them, a beautiful Westie called Holly having a great time on her very first holiday with us.

 

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There are lots of exciting changes within Barking Mad too. Our logo has changed so the car livery had to be changed, very smart it looks too!

 

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March the 5th was the date of the St Cuthbert’s Hospice Paws for a Cause Dog show which was held in Chester-le-Street. This included a fun dog show with a sponsored dog walk. I attended this with my lovely friends from neighbouring Barking Mad Franchise areas, Karen who runs the Durham area and Tracy who runs the Cleveland, Teesside and Darlington area. We all had a wonderful day, the sun shone and a good time was had by all. Lots of lovely dogs attended…….we were in heaven!

 

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 January 2017:

I would like to wish all of my wonderful customers and hosts a Happy New Year Year!

I can’t believe this is my 5th year of running the business with Barking Mad! So much has happened and it is continuing to flourish and grow. As I was a customer myself before buying the business for 4 years I have now been involved in the business for nearly 10 years in total and I really could not imagine life without it.

Here are some of the wonderful dogs we have had on holiday last year.

 

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  Speaking of wonderful things…… I really could not run this business without my fabulous host families. I am always on the lookout for more hosts though so if you know someone who does not work, or works from home and would like the companionship and exercise a dog brings with them please tell them to get in touch. My hosts find this is a perfect way to "borrow a dog" without the full-time responsibility. Perhaps you would like to get fitter or get out and meet new people but need that special someone to give you a hand! Studies have proved that a dog provides this and is a great benefit to your health. If you become a host with us, we match the visiting dogs to your lifestyle and the dog comes with everything they need for their stay and we transport them to your home and provide support to you throughout their stay. With full insurance cover and optional social opportunities with fellow hosts, this is a great opportunity for people who are unable to or don't wish to make the commitment to full-time dog ownership. However, if you're already a dog Owner and have well socialised dogs you're also very welcome!

Please contact Sue on 0191 4194242.

 

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November 2016

I really couldn’t run my business without my amazing host families. To show my appreciation of their hard work this year I had my yearly Host party this month…..what a wonderful day!

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This year’s venue was the Northumberland Tennis Club in Jesmond, it was the perfect setting and the food and service were excellent! We all got together and enjoyed an afternoon of lovely food and amazing company. I created a display of dogs on holidays this year and it was lovely to hear them all swapping stories about visiting dogs that they have had on holiday over the past year.

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My host families are always spreading the word about becoming a host family as I always need more hosts. If you are interested in becoming a host, or know someone who fits the bill perfectly, please tell them to give me a call on 0191 4194242 or email me on sue.seward@barkingmad.uk.com.

September/October 2016

Phew what a busy summer! We are now catching our breath until the half term holidays in October! My wonderful host families have worked so hard during the summer months and they have enjoyed lots of lovely doggy visitors to their homes. Here are some pictures below:-

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We are also preparing for our annual Host party in November……photos will follow! This is a fabulous get together where we all meet for a chat and to compare notes about some of the wonderful doggy visitors we have had on holiday this year. It’s also a perfect opportunity for me to thank my lovely Host families for their hard work and commitment over the past year. As I am now in my 5th year running the business, these parties are getting bigger and bigger as the number of my Host families continue to grow!!

 Summer News

Did you take your dog to work on 24th June which was a “Bring your dog to work day”!

We are so lucky here at Barking Mad, Washington, North and South Tyneside that we have the chance to do just that!

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My two gorgeous dogs, Timmy and Daisy (who are also customers of Barking Mad) are often found curled up asleep next to my desk whilst I am working at home during the day. They also attend any events that I go to with Barking Mad such as dog shows etc. Daisy my Cocker Spaniel lead to me working for Barking Mad as we were customers for 5 years before I decided to buy the business!

We are now in the hectic summer months which is our busiest period of the year with lots of doggy holidays to organise. Please get in touch if your dog needs a holiday or if you know someone who would like to become a host with us…..we would love to hear from you.

Spring News

A great deal has been happening this Spring!
In April Barking Mad had their annual conference at the Lakeside Hotel in Windermere. We all had a fantastic time, swapping ideas and catching up with colleagues from other parts of the country. We made lots of exciting plans for the coming year…..information will follow!

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Another exciting development is that due to growth of the business we have had to purchase a second car and we are busy training another member of staff. This will help us maintain the fantastic service we provide.

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February 2016:

This year has been really busy so far with a great deal of lovely new customers!! We are always looking for new hosts as the business is growing so please get in touch if you know someone who would be ideal.

Here are some photos of Bruno on holiday this month with one of our lovely hosts Terrie!

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All of my wonderful hosts have of the enjoyment of looking after a dog without the fulltime financial and emotional commitment. They have full support from myself at all times. I deliver the dog to them and this includes all of the dog's special holiday requirements such as their beds, toys and food etc. If the dog becomes unwell during their holiday and needs to visit the Vets I take full responsibility for this and ensure that the dog is treated appropriately and goes to the Vets. All that is required from the host is an abundance of cuddles and lovely walks!

I always need more lovely hosts if you or someone you know:-

  • Recently lost your own dog and miss the cuddles, companionship and exercise of your beloved furry friend,
  • Are you retired, working from home or maybe a Teacher who would be free to have dogs during half term holidays.
  • Do you need more exercise?
  • Are you lonely and miss the social interaction that comes with owning a dog?
  • Do you already have a dog that would love a playmate to visit?

If you are interested, or know someone who fits the bill perfectly, please tell them to give me a call on 0191 4194242 or email me on sue.seward@barkingmad.uk.com.

 

January 2016:

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL FROM ALL OF US AT WASHINGTON, NORTH AND SOUTH TYNESIDE.

Wow what a busy start to the New Year! Lots of my lovely customers have been in touch already to book holidays for next year and we are filling up fast! It's always a good idea to be organised and get your dog booked in, especially if you have a preferred host in mind. Always try to book your dog's holiday when you book your own then you will not be disappointed.

I was very pleased to have a photo shoot with the Shields Gazette this month, this was in conjunction with the Loneliness Campaign which is running at the moment.

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It featured some of my lovely hosts who enjoy hosting with Barking Mad as it give them the opportunity to be out on walks, meeting different people whilst they have their doggy visitors and this also helps to combat loneliness. In addition to the benefits of the social aspect of being a host, they also like the fact that it helps to keep them fit!

If you know anyone who is a dog lover and would like to look after dog without the full time commitment tell them to give me a ring on 0191 4194242.

December 2015:

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF MY LOVELY HOSTS AND CUSTOMERS.
Hope you are all organised for Christmas, please remember do not leave your booking for next year until the last minute, especially if your dog has a favourite host. We are filling up fast for next year so get in touch as soon as you know your dates.

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I would like to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year! I would especially like to thank my fantastic hosts and customers for their loyalty and I look forward to seeing you all next year. Here's to another successful Barking Mad Year!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

November 2015:

We had our annual Christmas Host party this month. What a fabulous time we all had, a lovely day with lovely people! For next year's party I am going to have to change the venue as the business is growing and more people were there so we need bigger premises! Keep spreading the word about Barking Mad as I always need more lovely hosts. One of my host's friends made us the cake which was delicious, thanks Dorothy!

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Not much time left to enter our competition. You could win £5000 to spend on the holiday of your choice in 2016. If you haven't entered yet then click here for your chance to win.

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October 2015:

Here are a couple of photos of happy dogs on holiday with us last month.

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Below is a picture of my first ever customer. His name is Charlie and he is a Welsh Springer Spaniel. Since then he has had many lovely holidays with us. This is him on his latest holiday with our lovely host Terrie! Since Charlie has been on board with Barking Mad I am happy to say the business has trebled in size! I would like to thank all of my lovely customers for choosing us as a holiday destination for their dogs! I would also like to thank my tremendous host families for their help as I couldn't have done it without them. As a thank you I will be holding my annual Host Party in November - photos will follow!

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Here are a few more photos of dogs this summer enjoying the outdoors, see you next month!

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Things are still VERY busy at Barking Mad this October after my busiest summer ever!! I am now preparing for our annual Christmas Host party which is held in November.
This is to thank all of my wonderful hosts for their continued help and support. Remember I am always looking for more dog lovers who would like to become hosts with us, if you know someone please tell them to give me a ring on 0191 4194242.

The nights are drawing in and the days are getting colder, what better way to end 2015 than as the winner of our fantastic competition. You could win £5000 to spend on the holiday of your choice in 2016. If you haven't entered yet then click here for your chance to win.
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August & September 2015:

We always need more hosts!:
Summer 2015 has been extremely busy! I have signed up lots of new customers with lovely dogs to go on holiday. I have also taken on more fabulous new hosts! I would like to thank my current hosts for their help and support during the summer months (which is a very busy period) - they never cease to amaze me with the commitment and dedication they show towards myself and the visiting dogs on holiday. THANK YOU!

Becoming a host with Barking Mad is great fun - all the benefits of dog ownership without the emotional or financial commitment. We carefully match the doggy visitor with the perfect host and everyone has a great time! If you know someone who has either lost their own dog or have just retired from work or work from home and find they don't want the full time commitment of owning a dog, tell them to give me a ring for chat as we are always looking for dog lovers to join our company! Our hosts love their doggy guests and the exercise and cuddles they get from the dogs who are on holiday, especially when their favourite dog gets to go back again and again for lots of holidays!! They can ring me on 01914194242. Next month's update will be all about my hosts Christmas thank you party!

Below is a picture of one of my lovely hosts Glennis who my dogs go to stay with when we are on holiday!

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Christina below loves the exercise that hosting brings her and walks a great deal with her doggy guests. She is now retired from full time work and she likes to keep her fitness levels up and finds this is the perfect solution. She also enjoys the social aspect of dog walking and likes meeting lots of different people on her walks.

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If you are interested in becoming a host and would like to look after a friendly dog (or 2 dogs from the same family), please get in touch and we can have a chat. If you are already a customer with Barking Mad and your host referral is signed up - your dog will be entitled to a free days holiday with us! So please spread the word.

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July 2015:

Well we are well and truly in the summer season now and we are busy busy busy! I am very proud to celebrate my third year with Barking Mad this month and it's going from strength to strength! In addition to completing our third year, we have tripled in size too! I would like to thank my lovely hosts and customers for helping me to achieve this. I have recruited some great new hosts this year and many new customers too.
Here are a couple of dogs that have recently had holidays with us - the lovely Ollie a cross Labrador/Cocker and the very handsome Mylo the Hungarian Vizsla - both dogs attracted admiring stares wherever they went!

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June 2015:

 

I attended a Pet First Aid Course with my neighbouring Franchisee Tracy Johnston from Teesside. This was organised by Pro Training's Charlotte Deighton from Dog Days Academy (pictured below). We found the day very informative and the course included practical tips and advice on how to deal with a wide range of dog related ailments and accidents, this included CPR training to use on a dog who isn't breathing. Hopefully I will never need to use this training but I believe it is essential to know when looking after dogs. Charlotte also gave us a great deal of tips and showed us how to deal with:-

 

• Deep wounds - how to dress them
• Burns - what to do immediately until you can get the dog to the Vets
• Bruising
• Grazes
• Electric shocks

We were also given a list of everyday foods that can be poisonous if a dog eats them, these included chocolate, onions, grapes, currents and many more. If they are ingested in large amounts they can be fatal. It was a lovely day and I will certainly be passing on the knowledge I gained on this course to my lovely host families!

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May 2015:

 

HELP! - We need more hosts! :
Business is booming and I need more hosts!!! Due to an increased demand for our services, this month I am on a recruitment drive for more lovely host families. If you (or someone you know) fits the following criteria please get in touch:

 

• Have you recently lost your own dog and miss the cuddles, companionship and exercise of your beloved furry friend?
• Are you retired, working from home or maybe a Teacher who would be free to have dogs during half term holidays?
• Do you need more exercise?
• Are you lonely and miss the social interaction that comes with owning a dog?
• Do you already have a dog that would love a playmate to visit?

 

If you are interested, or know someone who fits the bill perfectly, please tell them to give me a call on 0191 4194242 or email me on sue.seward@barkingmad.uk.com.
All of my wonderful hosts have of the enjoyment of looking after a dog without the fulltime financial and emotional commitment. They have full support from myself at all times. I deliver the dog to them and this includes all of the dog's special holiday requirements such as their beds, toys and food etc. If the dog becomes unwell during their holiday and needs to visit the Vets I take full responsibility for this and ensure that the dog is treated appropriately and goes to the Vets. All that is required from the host is an abundance of cuddles and lovely walks!

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Pet First Aid Training Course:
I am excited to be attending a Pet First Aid course at the end of May at Thornaby, I will post pictures and information after I have attended.

 

April 2015:

 

Farewell to three much loved little Dachshunds:

 

This month I have sadly had to say a fond farewell to three gorgeous dachshunds, Hugo, Honey and Heidi. They have had many lovely holidays with us over the years and have now moved to Saltburn-by-the-Sea which is part of the Cleveland, Darlington and Teesside Franchise of Barking Mad. On their last holiday with us this April I introduced the Owners to Tracy who runs the Teesside branch and this made the transition to another area much easier for the dogs, the owners and Tracy. They were all introduced to each other and we had a lovely chat and they are now looking forward to having many more great holidays in the future with Tracy in the Teesside area. That is one of the many advantages of using Barking Mad, no matter where you live in the UK, if you decide to move we can transfer your care package to the Franchise in your area who will continue to give your dogs' the fabulous holidays that they have always had! Here is my last photo of my little Dachshunds:-

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Here are some photos of Stanley who has also had many holidays with us and on his last holiday this April he was placed with a new host Terrie who took lots of wonderful photos of him and he really settled in well. Now he has another lovely host who is happy to have him for his future holidays!

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March 2015:

 

Spring is here! I am pleased to say that I have taken on four lovely new hosts this month. They are really excited and looking forward to having lots of lovely dogs to walk now that the warmer weather is on the way and the nights are getting lighter. Here are some pictures taken by one of my new hosts Fiona who had Lenny to stay - he had a great time at the beach!

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I was asked to take part in a debate on BBC Radio Newcastle again. The first time was last September - here's a link for you to listen to the interview:-

 

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This time there topic was regarding the much publicised topic of leaving your dog alone for long periods of time. The BBC have been running a campaign about this and it is a subject very close to my heart. Dogs are very social animals who like to be part of a pack and most of them need a great deal of love and companionship just as we do. I would therefore always advise people to think very carefully before getting a dog as they are a huge commitment, especially if the Owner works full time. It does of course depend on the nature of the dog how they react to being left alone and there are several ways to minimise the dogs distress such as ensuring the dog has a good walk before being left, and again on your return and if possible a reputable dog walker taking them out too. Too many dogs are just being left alone without any stimulation or company, leading to problems such as separation anxiety. This is the reason why I think Barking Mad is such a fantastic idea and works so well as the dogs are rarely left alone whilst they are on holiday. This reflects on the dog's behaviour when they return home to the Owners after a holiday with us, as Owners feedback is always very complementary and they often say that the dog appears to have had a better holiday than they have themselves!

 

RADIO COVERAGE:
At the beginning of September I was asked to appear on the Jonathan Miles show on Radio Newcastle.
After the interview I recruited three new hosts and two customers! My neighbours (Carrie, Tina and Tracy) did too!

 

We also got listed on ITV Tyne Tees website click here

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December and January:

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Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas!

Here is a picture of Benney on his first Barking Mad holiday over the Christmas period whilst his Owners were off skiing.  He had a great time with lots of walks at the beach and plenty of cuddles  - he even got a Christmas stocking off his host family

Happy New Year! 

I would like to wish all of my customers and hosts a very happy New Year.  Remember to book early to avoid disappointment, especially if you have a favourite host family that you prefer your dog to visit. Try to book your dog's holiday when you book your own so that you know they are taken care of - we have limited availability for some hosts already! Here are a few pictures of dogs on holiday over the New Year - they had a great time as you can see.

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November 2014:

I couldn’t run my business without my fantastic hosts, who do such a good job of caring for your dogs. They are so committed, flexible, trustworthy and above all they really enjoy all the dogs that stay with them. They show their doggy visitors so much love and attention that it is not surprising that the dogs always settle into their holiday homes so well. Of course, it is a two way deal… in return the hosts get lots of unconditional love, licks and cuddles from their doggy visitors, in addition they have a companion to walk with, talk to and snuggle up on the sofa with! 

As my hosts are so important to me, I recently arranged a thank you lunch for them all at our local Washington Arts centre. I was so pleased that a great number of them could come, some were missing due to holidays and other commitments and we missed seeing them, but the majority did attend and we had a great time - one our hosts friends even made me a cake!  We served drinks, food and introduced everyone to each other, we also had lots of photos on display showing all the fantastic dogs that have been on holiday over the last year. All the hosts loved meeting like-minded people and enjoyed chatting about the dogs that they have looked after, comparing notes and stories. It was a great success…everyone agreed they would like to do it again next year!

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October 2014:

At Barking Mad we operate a "recommend a friend" scheme, this means if someone books a holiday with us because of your recommendation, we will give you a free days holiday for your dog as a token of our appreciation.

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Here are a couple of pictures of Coco one of our regular dogs enjoying her holiday with Dee.  Her Owners recommended a friend which gave them a free night and a saving of £22.00.  Then they were entitled to free delivery as they have had five holidays with us which is a saving of £35.00 plus they have filled their loyalty card ( a stamp for every day Coco has been on holiday) which saves them another £22.00 so in total they are now entitled to £79.00 off their next holiday!!!!  If you recommend two friends you could go away for the weekend and your dog's holiday will be paid for!   So spread the word.......dogs deserve a holiday too!

 

PAYMENTS BY CARD:

Remember our hand held card terminal for credit and debit cards is now in use.   You can now pay for your dogs holiday by card payment instead of cheque or BACS payment!  Customer feedback has been very positive as its very convenient and we now accept credit card payments too.  

September 2014:

DOG HOLIDAYS EXPERT FOURSOME:

I am now surrounded by three lovely Barking Mad colleagues.  Dogs throughout the North East can look forward to their home-from-home holidays with confidence as Barking Mad's newest franchisees get to work.  Carrie Jarvis is the newcomer in the Newcastle and Tyne Valley area whilst Tracy Johnston has taken on the Cleveland, Teesside and Darlington patch.  Both women joined both myself and Tina from Northumberland this summer and we now have the north east fully covered!  If you know someone in these areas - spread the word!  As we run a "recommend a friend" scheme you could be entitled to a free nights holiday for your dog if someone books a holiday with Barking Mad through your recommendation!   It's so lovely for me having such great neighbouring franchisees on board.  We are a friendly bunch who fully support each other and help each other out when needed.  

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PAYMENTS BY CARD:

Our hand held card terminal for credit and debit cards is now in use.   You can now pay for your dogs holiday by card payment instead of cheque or BACS payment!

 

RADIO COVERAGE:

At the beginning of September I was asked to appear on the Jonathan Miles show on Radio Newcastle.  Here's a link for you to listen to the interview:-

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After the interview I recruited three new hosts and two customers!  My neighbours (Carrie, Tina and Tracy) did too!  

Finally here is a lovely photo of one of Barking Mad dogs on holiday.  Barney the Border Terrier was staying with Christina and was enjoying a lovely country walk in the sun.

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September 2014: I was lucky enough to do this and it went really well. Thank you Marcia and everyone who helped.

BBC Radio Newcastle interview            click here to listen

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August 2014:

We always need more hosts!:

If you know someone who feels there is something missing in their lives, please tell them to get in touch.  Becoming a host with Barking Mad is great fun - all the benefits of dog ownership without the emotional or financial commitment.   We carefully match the doggy visitor with the perfect host and everyone has a great time!

Below is a postcard and a photo from Christina who had a puppy called Marci holidaying with her for the very first time - she was only 16 weeks old and as you can see from the photo and the postcard she had a great time!

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The final photo is with one of our new hosts Chris from Seaton Sluice.  He has one of our oldest dogs on holiday - the lovely Geri!  She has been having lots of leisurely walks along the beach and is due back home in September.

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July 2014:
July has been another fabulous month!  I have signed up lots of new customers with lovely dogs to go on holiday.   I have also taken on four amazing new hosts!   I would also like to thank my current hosts for their help and support during the summer months (which is a very busy period) - they never cease to amaze me with the commitment and dedication they show towards myself and the visiting dogs on holiday.  THANK YOU!

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This is Murphy on holiday with Aunty Gillian, Uncle Paul and Harvey - dreaming of his next holiday with Barking Mad!

June 2014:
Due to the business growing we have enlisted the help of our trusted host Gillian and her husband Paul.  They will be helping with deliveries on a regular basis, and will be going to Head Office in September for additional training.

They also had a recent visitor called Harry the English Bulldog who was happy to have a working holiday and he was taken to visit a local residential home with his holiday buddy Harvey, and they were a big hit with the residents!

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May 2014:
Hello  everyone!  May was a very busy month again ........my best so far!

We also attended the annual Barking Mad Conference at the Lakeside Hotel at Lake Windermere, where my neighbour Tina Young, who runs the Northumberland Barking Mad Franchise won "Best Franchisee of the year award".  I was so proud of her as she is an inspiration to us all and she deserves recognition for her ten years of service with Barking Mad and her outstanding commitment to the job!  We all had a lovely weekend helping her celebrate!

I have also managed to take a week's holiday myself and my dogs Daisy and Timmy stayed with Aunty Glennis who is one of my longstanding hosts.  Whilst preparing for my dogs holiday, it made me think of a few points that I would like to share with you if you are thinking of going on holiday  and leaving your precious pooch behind.

Timmy my Chihuahua is a very nervous little chap who is very attached to us all and hates change and even though he loves his holidays once he is there, during the build up to going away he becomes very anxious with all of the extra activity in the house.  Daisy my Cocker Spaniel on the other hand gets very excited and can't wait to go and see Aunty Glennis.   To reduce Timmy's stress levels - and this could help your dog if they are anxious about leaving you -  I always ensure that my cases are kept upstairs or in a room where the dogs have no access them and are therefore unaware that packing is taking place.   I also pack my dogs bags very discreetly without him being aware of this.  I leave his bowls and beds until the moment we leave, therefore minimising time for him to worry.   If possible I always book my dogs to go on holiday the day before I leave, this again reduces stress levels as usually on the day we go there is a great deal of extra activity in the house (and sometimes frayed tempers) and dogs tune into this and become upset.   It is also useful to book an extra day at the end of your holiday (if you can wait an extra day to see your beloved dog) as this enables you to catch up on shopping, recover from jet lag and do the washing etc.  Then when your dog returns you can fully devote your time to them. 

Here is a picture of my dogs on holiday and a few other dogs enjoying their May holidays with us.  

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April 2014:

Business is growing fast - we need more hosts!

The business is growing so fast - we have lots of new dogs this year - I now need more hosts!!

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 Do you know anyone who perhaps has recently lost their own dog or have just retired and don't want the full time commitment of a dog of their own but miss the companionship they provide?  Then get them to give me a ring for chat as we are always looking for dog lovers to join our company!  Our hosts love their doggy guests and the exercise and cuddles they get from the dogs who are on holiday, especially when their favourite dog gets to go back again and again for lots of holidays!! 

March 2014:

Best month so far!

March was another busy month with our largest intake of new customers to date!  I was the month of the "Boxer Dog" with four new Boxers signed up and an existing customer with a Boxer dog booking another holiday.

Here are some pics of some of our happy holidaymakers this month.............

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February 2014:

 

Record start to the year!

 

We have had a record number of new customers this month, here are a few of the dogs on their trials before their main holidays in the coming months

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January 2014:

Happy New Year!

This year has started exceptionally well, with January being one of my busiest months ever for people booking holidays!  Our hosts have been in great demand over the course of January so if you are going on holiday this year and want a particular host - book quickly if you can so you are not disappointed. 

Here are some pictures of dogs on holiday this month:-

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December 2013:

Merry Christmas!

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December has been a very busy month with lots of customers jetting away to warmer climates and some escaping for short city breaks. 

Here are Oska and Odie whose Owner's were in Canada for Christmas and the New Year.  They had a lovely holiday with Gillian, Paul and Harvey and their family!

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I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

 

November 2013:

Host Party!

As my  hosts are so important to me, I arranged a little get together at the Washington Arts Centre at the end of November.  We served food and drinks and introduced the hosts to each other and they swapped stories and had a wonderful time.  We had photos on display showing dogs having a fantastic time on holiday  and the hosts were able to share stories about dogs they had had on holiday.  My hosts are the best and I couldn't run my business without them.  They are so committed to caring for your dogs and they give so much attention and love to the dogs they have on holiday which is the main reason why Barking Mad is such a wonderful service and is so successful.  They are people who I totally trust and they are all so committed to their jobs, mainly because they are mad about dogs and enjoy the unconditional love they receive from them as well as the company and of course the cuddles!!!  It was a great success and I'm already organising the next one!

 

Special service for rescue dogs:

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Here is a picture of Bracken on his very first holiday.  Bracken was a rescue dog whom the Owners were reluctant to leave with anyone else because of treatment he had suffered at the hands of his previous owners.  Matching up your dog with a suitable host is one of the most important aspects of my job, Bracken needed a quiet house with lots of cuddles and reassurance so I placed him with Lynne and George who are very experienced hosts.  I am pleased to say he settled brilliantly and his owners have already booked another two holidays knowing they have peace of mind whilst they are away!!

 

October 2013:

Easy way to pay!!!

After a colleague in Scotland ran a trial using a hand held terminal for credit and debit cards, I am now going to be using one this month! This will provide my customers with an alternative to cheques as a great deal of us do not use cheques any more.  I should be trained up and ready to go by November.  This will be a great help to customers as it is more convenient and they can now pay by credit card too!

Benji's holiday treat

One our dogs on holiday was took to The Manors at Prudhoe which is a Residential Home for the Elderly with Gillian who is a host with us.  She went to visit her Aunt who loves dogs.  Benji had a great time and was a natural and all the ladies loved him!  He will be going back next time he is on holiday. 

It is a known fact that interaction and companionship from dogs significantly improves health, helping lighten moods and giving a feeling of well being.  This is one of the most missed aspects of people living in a Residential home.  Benji was an overwhelming success and everyone loved him and he brightened their day!

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September 2013:

August was our busiest month since we took over the business and September has not been far behind thanks to our new and existing customers!  Thank you!

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This is myself and four friends who completed the walk "miles for Macmillan" at the beginning of September.  We took our dogs and had a lovely day walking and meeting lots of lovely people and dogs whilst raising money for a very worthwhile charity that is close to my heart.  

Coming soon!!!!

I recently completed the paperwork for a card reader for credit and debit cards, this should be ready to use soon.  This will make life much easier when booking your doggy holidays, some of my customers struggle to find their cheque books as most of us do not use cheques nowadays.  This will be more convenient for everyone and useful as it accepts credit cards too!

Dogs on holiday in September:

Here are some of my lovely dogs on holiday in September!

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August 2013
 
Dogs having fabulous holidays this month!
 
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July 2013:
 
When your dog returns from a holiday with Barking Mad I am very interested to know how you felt the holiday experience was for your dog.  We now have a new website with a customer comments link, this enables customers to let us know what they thought of the Barking Mad experience by adding their comments directly to the website.  This enables new customers to read all about it and hopefully help to reassure them if they are a little nervous about leaving their precious pets.   
 
                 
 
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Here's Bailey who has had a holiday nearly every month during the summer period.  All our hosts love him! 
 
 
If you would like to leave any comments please visit the following link:-
 
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Hosts:
I really couldn’t run the business without the assistance of my fantastic hosts.  They are amazing people who  always go the extra mile to ensure that the dog they are looking after has a wonderful holiday.  One of my hosts recently had an elderly dog to stay and this particular dog always slept on the floor of the owner’s bedroom in the bungalow where they lived.  Due to the host living in a house with stairs the dog was unable to make it up the stairs due to severe arthritis so the host slept on the sofa downstairs for the entire 10 day holiday!  This shows the level of commitment that all of my hosts have.  I am truly grateful for all their help they are a wonderful bunch of people.  

My hosts are usually retired folks or stay at home mums who have experience of owning a dog.  Their doggy visitors arrive with everything they need, such as food, beds etc and all the host has to do is give their visitor some exercise and lots of love and affection. We transport the dog to and from the host and pay them a daily fee.  If you know anyone who would like some extra exercise and plenty of love and cuddles from a dog please contact me.
 
June 2013:
It’s hard to believe but it’s now a year since I took over the Barking Mad business from Jude!  Time has flown by.  The year was busy from the onset with many regular customers getting in touch to sort out their dogs holidays for the summer.  It’s always wise to be organised and do this early to ensure that you get the host family that you prefer.  

I’ve gained a great deal of new customers too, many were recommendations from existing customers, who receive a free night for their own dog if the holiday goes ahead for the dog that they recommended.  We have also recently introduced a loyalty card system to thank our loyal  customers.   If a dog has 28 nights booked in with Barking Mad over a period of time, when their card has 28 dog prints they receive a free night’s holiday from us.  We also now operate a 7 day service after introducing Sunday collections and deliveries in May this year.  This has been greatly appreciated by our customers as it means that their dog can come home earlier rather than waiting until the Monday.

We work extremely hard to ensure that your dog has a lovely holiday so that you can relax and enjoy yours without any worry, after all ...... we believe that dogs deserve a holiday too!!
 
May 2013:
Business was extremely busy in May – please do not leave your dogs holiday arrangements until the last minute – book early to avoid disappointment.    Here are a few snaps of dogs enjoying holidays this year.
 
 

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April 2013:
My car was liveried with Max the Cocker Spaniel a dog who has had many holidays with the Barking Mad branch in Northumberland.  He has attracted many admiring glances and quite a number of new customers!!

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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:

 

Vets

Veterinary Group in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
www.metrovets.co.uk                    

Westway Vets (24 hour centre), 426 West Road, Fenham, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE5 2ER, Tel 0191 2747910

Strachan Veterinary Group, 56 Front Street, Tynemouth, Tel 0191 2578543

Also surgeries at Newcastle and Ponteland

Cestria Vets, Station Road, Chester le Street, Co Durham, DH3 3DY, Tel 0191 3885125

Groomers 

Mobile Dog Grooming Service
www.soapymutts.com

Bathtime Dog Grooming, 23 Farringdon Road, Cullercoats, North Shields, NE30 3ER, Tel 0191 2513664

Shear K9s Dog Grooming Salon, 32 Nile Street, North Shields, NE29 0BB, Tel 07976267373

Hand stripping and microchipping services available. www.sheark9s.co.uk

Pet Services

Local and National Pet Transport
www.homeorawaypets.co.uk    

Dog Walking In and Around Low Fell
www.ineedawalk.co.uk

Pet Supplies

Much More Than Pet Food
www.oscars.co.uk

PETMEALS
Michael Pape (Proprietor)
North Road
Boldon Colliery (Near Asda)
NE35 9AU
sales@petmeals.co.uk  
Home delivery of pet food

Dog Training & Behaviour

Dog training, Dog Walking, Puppy Classes
www.muttamorphosis.co.uk