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Joe & Sara King
Welsh Borders

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Dog Sitting / Sitters Welsh Borders

Thank you for visiting the new Barking Mad website, our dog sitting in the Welsh Boarders service is unequalled just about anywhere. We know you adore your dog and want the very best for them whenever you are away at work or on holiday. We're pleased to say the times of putting your pet into a kennel and having them fed, watered and walked at set times to suit the proprietor are becoming a thing of the past. Our modern service is offered by host families and people who will look after your pet exactly the way you want within their own home.

Dogs are pack animals and you and your family undoubtedly are a part of that pack. When they don't have their pack around them this can be a stressful time for your dog. By making sure that they still have all of their personal items such as their blanket, bowl and toys around this can really help reduce the sort of anxiety they would otherwise experience. We work with you to pick the right dog sitters for your pet and ensure that while you are away enjoying your holiday that your dog is having the time of their lives too. We put together a bespoke service which puts your dog with the best carers who will really take care of your dog while you are away.

Our hosts have been hand selected by our team of experts to make sure they meet the demands of our customers. Keeping to a normal routine is important and can make sure that your dog is fed and walked at their usual time. We occasionally get poorly dogs that need medication to be given as a part of treatment, this is no problem we are happy to take care of this too & make sure they get back to full health as soon as possible.

We are The Welsh Boarders favourite modern alternative to dog kennels with a wide variety of host families justwaiting to look after you much loved family pet, our success record shows it. If you're still in any doubt then please just take a look at the reviews we have received from other customers. It's true that those who used our service before keep coming back again and again. The Barking Mad family not only covers the local area surrounding you but we also have branches all through the United Kingdom who offer dog sitting as a wonderful alternative to dog boarding kennels. For those times you require cover while you work, or take a family holiday, we can be there for you.

Certainly you will want to know how they're getting on while you are away and with our regular updates to Facebook etc you can rest assured that they are receiving the very best treatment possible. We can send you photos and detailed progress reports of how they're getting on and of course if there was ever any need to notify you in an emergency we will do this without hesitation, but do please feel comfortable knowing that our expert family of dog sitters can take care of any circumstances whatever they may be.

We think most dog owners will agree that they don't want their dogs to be left isolated when they go away. We felt our services are more positive and that's why in the year 2000 we started Barking Mad. Many people think of their dog as a part of their family, some people even think of their dog as their offspring. We totally understand this and wanted to setup a service that can provide the chance for owners to place their much loved pet into the hands of people that care and who will look after them in a proper home. People that love their dog want the very best for them and that's where we come in.

We invite you to see all of our dog loving families and carefully consider your host family before you decide to pick. Our entire process is very simple and it all begins with a telephone call or a form submission, so what are you waiting for?

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 £24
Daily boarding rate for additional dogs £16
Collection and delivery £35

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

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

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

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

A small selection of our lovely host families:

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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

Joe & Sara King

Hello, I’m Joe and I am thrilled to be the owner of Barking Mad Welsh Borders. I’m married to Sara and we have 3 children Ollie, Heidi and Rosie. Our Dogs Abbey and Paddy are getting on a bit now and prefer to curl up in warm spots than go for the energetic walks they used to love. I understand that every dog is different and that when you go away, it is so reassuring to know that your dog can follow their normal routine in a loving home environment. This is what Barking Mad offers, a home from home whilst you’re away.

Until I joined Barking Mad I was an Outdoor Education Instructor working with young people in adventurous settings, it was a great job but when discovered Barking Mad I simply knew I had to get involved. I’m very much looking forward to meeting your amazing dogs and learning about them. Our host families provide peace of mind to you by looking after your best friend and caring for them as you would. They are supported 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

I know how hard it is to relax when you’re not confident that your pet is having as good a time on holiday as you are, with Barking Mad you can rest assured that they are!

Each host family is selected carefully and then matched with your dog to ensure a Happy dog, Happy holiday, Happy you. They provide the same loving care you do and it goes without saying that the all adore dogs.

If you’re a dog lover but can’t have your own why not think about becoming a host? There is no financial commitment and you are supported 24 hrs a day 7 days a week.

I would be delighted to hear from you.


Places Covered

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

  • Bishops Castle
  • Bromyard
  • Builth Wells
  • Clun
  • Craven Arms
  • Golden Valley
  • Hay-on-Wye
  • Hereford
  • Kington
  • Knighton
  • Leominster
  • Llandridnod Wells
  • Ludlow
  • Newtown
  • Pembridge
  • Presteigne
  • Rhayader
  • Talgarth
  • Tenbury Wells
  • Weobley

Customer Comments

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Hi Steve,

When you next speak to Mary can you tell her we said thank you so much for having Millie and taking good care of her and for the lovely card she gave us.

Mary mentioned in her card that she'll be alone this Christmas so I'm glad she'll have Millie to keep her company.

Posted by: Donna on

Hi Steve.
Please pass on my thanks to Mary for looking after Archie so well. Particularly in respect of her nursing skills regarding his rash. It has healed up very well.
Thanks once again.

Posted by: Sue on

Hi Steve,

Just to let you know myself and Mary are both very pleased with your service, from the first visit to when Zeva was returned; so much so we will be booking with you again early next year.

Once again, thanks very much, a true professional.

Best regards Mostyn and Mary

Posted by: Mostyn and Mary on

Hi Steve
I just wanted to say thanks for arranging Bertie's stay with Mary. He came back very happy and we had lovely comments from Mary.

Thanks again for providing an excellent service.


Carol & David

Posted by: Carol and David on

Millie has just settled back as if she had never been away! It is indeed so reassuring to know that she is being cared for, that she is apparently behaving and that she is having the opportunity to have lots of lovely walks, which she loves. It does sound indeed as if she made herself totally at home in her holiday retreat!

We are going to Tenerife next year, about the second and third week of August, all being well, so yes indeed, I will be in touch again with confirmed dates and would be delighted if Jacki was available.

Posted by: Diane on

Hi Steve,Just to say how much we appreciate how well you looked after Daisy.

Hugh’s card meant a great deal – we really felt that she had all we could have wished for with him and that he loved her as we would.

It was so comforting to know that she was with you when we were away, it took away all the anxiety that kennels used to bring in days gone by with Poppy.

When we need you next, we very much hope that Daisy can go back to Hugh. Please pass on our enormous thanks.

With very best wishes

Bec, Jonathan, Joe and the girls!

Posted by: Rebecca on

Hi Steve,

Thank you so much for offering such a fantastic 'surrogate parenting' service for my spaniel Darcey. Darcey is always very happy to see you and I'm always struck by how keenly she jumps into the back of your car when you come to pick her up. Equally, when you bring her home from her holidays, she's in great form, obviously having had a good time and having been well cared for by her favourite 'mum', Vicky.

I can honestly say I don't know what I would have done without Barking Mad over the past few months as you've ensured a stress-free pooch owner as well as a happy pooch.

Best regards,

Posted by: Catherine Moran on 27th Oct, 2015

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Rosie has just come home from a lovely holiday with Sandra, tired out and happy. We're all delighted with the very special service provided by 'Barking Mad' - Rosie is one of those dogs who just doesn't get on in kennels, and this alternative gives us peace of mind. Thanks, Sandra and Steve!

Posted by: Carol Chase on

Hi Steve

Many thanks for organising Dotty & Belle's most recent holiday. I'm sure they are looking
forward to the next one!

Could you please pass on our thanks to Maureen and Joe for caring for them so well - they
obviously had a great time. I have attached a little thank you letter from them both if you
could please pass it on. See you again in just over a couple of weeks!

Kind regards, Louise
Posted by: Louise on 21st Aug, 2015

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Our Border Collie Sam became a new Barking Mad customer this month. Steve very kindly arranged his stay at short notice and was very helpful in accommodating our travel arrangements. Thank you to Steve and Sam's host Sandra.

Posted by: Jude Gifford on

Hi Steve,

Thanks so much for everything.. I really could relax on my holiday knowing they were not only in someones home being cared for and safe but that you were organising the whole thing so there was a reputable company in charge.

Gill seemed to really like having them and they seemed very happy.. Please thank her for me..

PS I especially liked the picture you sent us...

Ilisa & Nigel

Posted by: Ilisa on

It was lovely to hear that our very energetic pup had setled well. She obviously had a wonderful holiday of her own while we were away. Many thanks to Jane & Ellie for looking after her so well! She actually seems calmer indoors now than before we went away.


Posted by: Terry on

Hi Steve,

Thank you for facilitating the care for Millie with Jacki over the last couple of days, as a trial for our holiday period later this year. I am relaxed knowing that Jacki has given Millie a loving home. She has returned none the worse for her experience, and was actually much better behaved for me this morning on the lead! Thanks very much to you and Jacki for the attention and care that you have shown.

Posted by: Diane on

Hi Steve,

Huge thanks for taking the time with Snowy, I can see she has had a fabulous time. It's the happiest I have seen her return from anybody. Please pass on my sincere thanks to Sandra who clearly has the 'magic doggy' touch!

Best wishes & kind regards

Jacqueline, Snowy and the paw crew!!
Posted by: Jacqueline on 15th Jul, 2015

Posted by: bmadadmin on

I love using Barking Mad as they took the time to get to know my dog and her likes and dislikes. She can be unpredictable with other dogs and so kennels would be traumatic for her. Using this service, she is the only dog there, she has been to the same person every time and so she has got to know him now. She comes back pleased to see us but happy and content. I would highly recommend them !!!
Posted by: Julie Breckenridge on 30th Jun, 2015

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Lovely to have Lily back looking so cheerful and fit. She's clearly had a lovely holiday with Jane and Ellie. Many thanks!


Posted by: Harriet Guest on

Hi Steve

A big thank you to Mary for looking after Archie so well. I was pleased to hear that he had settled in so quickly. He was very happy and relaxed on his return.

Best wishes


Posted by: Sue Burgoyne on

We have used Barking Mad several times now and are extremely happy with the service they provide. Unfortunately on this last occasion our Labrador Pippa became unwell while we were away, which involved her being taken to the vet, and Steve dealt with this so that when we returned we found a happy healthy dog. A wonderful service and so much better than kennels.

Posted by: Richard Hughes on

I have nothing but good things to say about our first experience with Steve at Barking Mad.I felt he really took all Milos needs to heart and really thought about the best person for him to go and stay with.The photo and card we received with him when he was brought home is also a great idea,really nice to hear that he had fun!A million times better than kennels.

Posted by: nikki birch on

A big thank you to Mary for looking after Alfie so well. He seems to have a good time with her & is obviously happy & settled. it makes a big difference going away & knowing that he is well looked after & we don't need to worry about him.
I would certainly recommend Barking Mad to anybody - the service is excellent & it's great that our dog can be in a home which is a wonderful alternative to kennels.

Posted by: Jill Grant on

Vito seems to have had a lovely time and come back back a a happy chap. We will be using Barking mad for future stays while we are off and away.

Posted by: John Levick on

Millie seems to love going away to her hosts, whoever they are and this gives us confidence in her happiness when we are away. The service is excellent.

Posted by: Peter & Alex on

A huge thank you to Steve and Hugh for looking after Stanley. I was so worried as he is a nervous dog and the kennels are not for him. But from the photographs and the updates from Steve it looks as if he had a lovely mini break.
I would definitely recommend Barking Mad, its a great service and a fab idea for all pampered pooches.

Posted by: Mandy Morgan on

It was a good day when someone introduced us to Barking Mad. We have been using Barking Mad 8 years for George our lovely Jack Russell and have never looked back.
Barking Mad offers us everything we could wish for and more! When George is told he's going on his holidays to Gill his host, he gets so excited and sits by the front door waiting to be picked up. This enables us to go away with peace of mind knowing that he will be loved, cuddled, walked and throughly spoilt. Home from home!
We highly recommend Barking Mad to anyone who wants an alternative to kennels because in our opinion there is no comparison!

Posted by: John & Ivy Smith on

I'm so pleased to have discovered Barking Mad...no more kennels, Gracie our French bulldog seems to be very happy with Gill while we are away.So many thoughtful touches, updates while your away , photo of your dog and host and letter of what they have been up to while your away, also the pick up of your dog and drop off is so helpful.I would recommend Barking Mad to anyone who like us are looking for an alternative to kennels.

Posted by: Elaine Wiiams on

Thanks Tony for looking after Buddy ,it was nice to know he was in good hands as he is only a young dog .

Posted by: Fiona cotterill on

Oliver came back a very happy little dog. Thankyou to Jill for making him feel so secure, no sulking, just pleased to see me

Ann Posted by Ann West

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Thank you to Steve and Hugh for taking such good care of Kiera. At the grand age of 11 she's never been away from an environment that she is used to and kennels wasn't an option for her.

She seemed happy and content when she came home so she obviously had a lovely time. The email updates were a relief whilst we were away as it helped confirm that she was settled. The photos and postcard of her adventures was lovely to read.

I would recommend barking mad to anyone looking for care for their pooches whilst they are away.

Posted by: Gail Bullock on

The relief of finding a solution to the care of my very elderly dog to allow me to visit friends was enormous. From start to finish the service, and kindness, has been brilliant. Stumpy's holiday in Wales, and his return with postcard and photo, are a tale I will be telling for a long time to come.

Thank you.

Posted by: Mitta Rowberry on

Thank you so much for taking such good care of Lola, she has come home clearly happy and content. We will definitely be using Barking Mad again xx Posted by Julie breckenridge

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Barking Mad, as usual, were very efficient and our labrador Pippa and terrier Molly were collected and delivered on time as arranged. Pippa and Molly arrived back in high spirits and had obviously enjoyed their holiday away. We would be happy to recommend Barking Mad to anyone.

Posted by: Richard Hughes on

Thank you for all you did for Daisy last Week.

Barking Mad gave us total confidence that our dog would have a great holiday. She had a super week with a kind and caring host in a fabulous location and this was enhanced by such meticulous attention to detail in gathering all the information needed to ensure our dog had a home from home from experience.

Steve's organisation made everything easy and the texts and photographs really made us smile. It was wonderful that our dog had such a long run in the forest with other dogs.

We are very glad that we found Barking Mad and will definitely be using them again.

Rebecca Posted by Rebecca Blackman

Posted by: bmadadmin on

I am absolutely delighted with my first experience of Barking Mad and a very big thank you to Barbara for looking after my little Trixie so well during my recent holiday. She came home a very happy and calm little dog who had obviously enjoyed making new friends. Barking Mad will be my first port of call for any future holidays.
Best wishes,
Posted by: Gerald Smith on 25th Aug, 2014

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Steve - please pass on our massive thanks to Tony, Hugh and Carrie for looking after Deevee so well. She came back looking beautiful (thanks to Carrie's grooming) and moult now over, thank goodness) and extremely calm even when saying hello to the cat.

Even our little hedgehog was in the garden when she had her last pee but she obediently left it alone so everything was back to normal for her. Happy dog!

So pleased she behaved herself well with other dogs with Carrie and even a goat! - another new experience for her. Being with B Mad has really helped Deevee to socialise well and consolidated her position as a well loved dog - thank you all.

Bridget, Richard and Diva xxx

Posted by: Bridget, Richard and Deevee on

Thank you so much for looking after Josie for us! Fantastic service from Steve and it was so great that Josie was able to stay with Maureen & Joe again. Thank you :)

Posted by: Katie Sawday on

steve, thanks again for your service. The kennel is never an option for Poppy. She responds better to a home environment where the host knows all her needs and health issues. Poppy loves meeting new people and as you rightly said she returned home full of energy.....see yo soon!!!

Posted by: Jeff Hopkins on

Our pug is a newbie to Barking Mad; we went on holiday, relaxed that Gizmo would be safe and well while we were away.
He clearly had a lovely time with Gill.
Thankyou :)
The Harrison's

Posted by: Lisa BH on

Susie clearly had a lovely time with Dave and Sandra. She told us that they spoilt her rotten and asked when she could go back to stay with them again. She whimpered a bit on first arriving home, whether because she missed them already or because she was happy to be home, we couldn't tell!

Posted by: Jane and John Frank on

Once again Digger returned home from Phil & Jan in tip top shape, very happy and obviously enjoyed his holiday. It is so lovely knowing that Phil & Jan love to have him and that he loves to go to them. An all round success story. Many thanks to BM for the fantastic service they offer including the regular videos and texts updating us on Digger's holiday. Oohs and Aahs all round the pool.

Here's to our next holiday!


Marilyn and Max Fowler

Posted by: Marilyn Fowler on

What a wonderful service offered by Steve at Barking Mad. From the initial consultation through to email contact whilst we were on holiday we were assured that Travis was in a safe environment.

Thanks Steve

Posted by: Paul Bishop on

Once again Toby has had a lovely time with a Barking Mad host. We are now quite used to his sulks when he comes home just to let us know what an anti climax it is for him after his holiday! Thank you to Barbara for making him feel so welcome and special.

Posted by: Vanessa Pennington on

Bo came back and was happy and settled. Am glad Pauline and vivi liked him......big relief to know he's well cared for when I can't be with him. He has packed his bags and is ready for his next holiday.

See you soon and will contact you about the dates for our fortnights holiday as soon as possible. Posted by Tracey dimmock

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We were very happy with the service offered by Steve through Barking Mad. He took time to get to know Midge & his likes and dislikes and matched him successfully with his hosts.
Midge returned home calm, relaxed and beautifully groomed, having obviously had a good time - he almost seemed disappointed to be back to his normal routine!
We would have no hesitation in using the service again - it's great to know that Midge has another 'home from home'.

Posted by: Hilary Storer on

Hi Steve,
Thank you and particularly Mary for looking after Reg for me for the last few days. As you know Reg hated kennels and I was dreading going on holiday because I knew he would be so unhappy. However now we have found Barking Mad and Reg has found Mary I can now have a guilt free fortnight safe in the knowledge that he is safe and happy and enjoying his home comforts! Thank you again.
Ali & Reg :)

Posted by: Ali Griffiths on

Dear Catherine, Howard, Arthur and Thistle,

Thank you so much for looking after us on our holidays. We had a fantastic time - and we are still recovering at home!

We are missing Thistle - especially Belle - Dotty thinks we should get a terrier to keep Belle amused.

Sorry about your missing shoes - Mummy is trying to teach us to bring them back but it is so much more fun to run off with them and be chased.

We really had a lovely time and returned home happy and relaxed to see our family - they had a great time in Disneyland while we were away but they say that they missed us too.

Lots of licks.

Dotty and Belle xxx

Posted by: Dotty and Belle on

Dear Steve, Bilbo was returned safe and even bouncier - if that is possible - this morning by Rachel. The postcard and photo from Jane and Ellie were lovely.

Thank you!

Yewa (and ‘I’m bored here, where’ve my new friends gone?’ Bilbo)

Posted by: Yewa on

Steve always ensures that our dog Honey is well looked after when we are away. Honey comes home relaxed and the experience is far less stressful at her age than staying in kennels. This means that we can enjoy our holidays, confident that Honey is happy and well taken care of.

Thanks Steve!

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Hi Steve,
We were very impressed with your service from beginning to end. The photo of Jill and the boys was great, so go ahead and use it for your site.The boys bounced back into the house, how spoilt they were sleeping on Jills bed !We will certainly use your service again and hopefully Jill will be able to have them again. Please thank Jill for caring for them.
Best wishes
Pauline & Andrew

Posted by: Pauline Boulton on

Steve, Thanks again for looking after Poppy. The photograph and note from Pat was lovely! I'll be in contact with you over the summer as I need to travel and stay over in Liverpool.

Thanks again.


Posted by: Jeff on

I was very impressed with the initial assessment and Tiggy’s overnight stay to ensure he was happy to be away from home.

It was really excellent how well he was matched which resulted in a stress free overnight stay for him and me and I will have no hesitation in letting him stay for his longer holiday in May, or any other time I need to be away for work. The service from first contact to date was 10 out of 10!

I have already recommended you to others. In fact my GP has taken your card as she said they often have patients who have to go to hospital for an operation but who need to know their pet is in safe hands while they are away.

Posted by: Joan on

We were delighted that Toby was staying in a home with another dog, and he seems to have really enjoyed himself. All the arrangements went very smoothly and we were able to enjoy our few days away with real peace of mind. Thankyou.

Posted by: Andrew & Kerry Poole on

Thank you for arranging everything for Molly & Basil last weekend and for giving us such peace of mind. It really was reassuring to know that not only were they in good hands, but also that all the arrangements had been made so thoroughly and efficiently. They have certainly been very chirpy since they returned home and seem to have had a good time (in fact we are beginning to wonder if they even noticed that we were missing for the weekend !) – and it appears that they have a new best friend. The postcard and photo were a lovely touch and we shall write to thank Tony also.

Posted by: Lynne and Gordon on

Thank you so much Steve for finding the perfect host to look after Nubby, and for all the updates. I was very nervous about it all at first, but really don't know why I worried. The process was so smooth and I know that Nubby had the time of his life staying with Jane, Paul and his new best pal Ava. He came back a very happy, contented and tired dog. I have no doubt I will be using Barking Mad again very soon. Thank you!

Posted by: Eilidh on

Star,5 months old, spent 10 days with Jane and her black labrador Ellie and has come back all grown up. Thank you Steve for taking so much time to match Star with the right family and for the regular updates- it meant we had a restful holiday. By the sounds of it Star had a ball too - we saw a black labrador in town yesterday and he got so excited I think he thought it was Ellie. A big big thank you to Jane, you will be seeing us again!

Posted by: Claire Jackson on

Barney spent 8 days on a return visit to Helen in February. He clearly had a great time and returned home happy and obviously well looked after. We loved receiving the lovely photo's of him having fun with Helen's dogs. Thank you :-)

Posted by: Julie Archer on

Thank you to Carrie and Chris for obviously enjoying having Archie to stay with his 0-60 in 2 seconds 35 mile an hour speed and then complete upside down sleep mode. He came back obviously contented and in great shape. It means a great deal to us to not worry at all about him whilst we have a precious holiday. Now - what about a similar Grannysitting service?!:)

Jon and Pearl

Posted by: John and Pearl on

It has been so helpful to be able to go away knowing Millie is happy and loved by a host family. Every time we have used Barking Mad has been excellent. We also appreciate the reliability and punctuality of Steve and the efficiency which dates are booked and organised.

Posted by: Peter Atkinson on

Hi Steve,
Frankie is in good shape after his holiday with Hugh,it is really appreciated and please pass on our thanks. We were only saying this evening we wish we'd found Barking Mad sooner!

Best regards
Bill and Rita

Posted by: Rita and Bill on

Archie and Dobbie had a great time with Rita. The whole service from start to end has been superb and very professional and they both came back happy and well cared for. The photos and postcard were a lovely touch. I will certainly be using and recommending Barking Mad! Thank you so much. Posted by Natalie Holder

Posted by: bmadadmin on

This Christmas was the first time we have used Barking Mad to look after Seth, having had a previous private sitter retire. Steve was very efficient and went out of his way to put our minds at rest, and to find a suitable sitter for Seth's needs. As a rescue dog mistreated in a former life, Seth suffers from separation anxiety, but he seems to be happy on his return and to have had a good time. We hope he was not too much trouble. The texts to say he'd arrived safely and to say he'd settled in were really appreciated, as was the holiday snap! We certainly intend to use the service again.
Thank you.
Jeremy & Leonie

Posted by: Jeremy & Leonie Millar on

We are really delighted with how well Toby's first visits to a host home have gone. He was happy to go and settled back at home very quickly - thank you Tony and Barking Mad for the excellent service.

Posted by: Andrew and Kerry Poole on

Leila has stayed with various local host families on four occasions this year. She always returns full of beans and well groomed (no mean feat with a tousled terrier) and with a glowing "report card". She settles well and seems to have a thoroughly nice time without me! Thanks also to Steve for such a friendly and efficient service.

Posted by: Heather on

Grace has just returned from another short stay with Terry and Christine Wells and their lurcher Lola. Once again she has immediately settled down and is calm and happy so we know she has been well looked after. We sincerely hope that Grace will always be able to stay with these kind people and their friendly dog at this perfect doggy holiday home!

Posted by: Hazel Smith on

We were both really happy with the care Harper & Cooper had whilst at Barking Mad .

Harper especially, Mary took very good care of him & I know how tricky he can be.

They have both been very settled since coming home. Cooper very obedient !

Thank you for usual efficiency.

Kind Regards

Catherine & Steve

Posted by: Catherine Adams on

We just received your letter and newsletter yesterday, I should have come back to you after Frankie’s stay with your host family in Builth Wells. Frankie was in great condition when he arrived back home, we were delighted I would like to make another booking him to stay in January.

Posted by: Rita Didcock on

Dear Steve - another big thank you to you - and Gill in particular - for looking after Bobbie, our elderly Pekingese. Bobbie is nearly 12 and very lame, but I always know when we are away that he will be well looked after by Gill as he comes home so relaxed and happy. I love the personal touch of the postcard and photo of him on his holidays and I don't know how we'd manage without "Barking Mad"! Please pass on our thanks again to Gill.

Posted by: Carrie Lees on

Dear Steve

We are very happy with the way that Barking Mad operates, that's why we continue to use you.

I like that you always get back to me quickly with the answer to my requests and are flexible.

Promptness is important and you are always on time.

I think the process is simple, especially paying online.

The whole process is professional.

Just keep doing it !


Posted by: Angela Trenchard on

Once again Steve, thanks for a great service. We are just back from a 5 week holiday. Lilly has been well looked after by Sue and it was great to receive the photo's and the video on Lilly's birthday, they were very reassuring for us. She had a wonderful time and so did we knowing she would be happy and well looked after. Well done Barking Mad keep up the good work!

Posted by: Val & Keith on 19th Nov, 2013

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Thank you. We were very pleased with all aspects of Buster's stay with Barking Mad. The photographs of his his stay were great and we were pleased with the report that he had got on well with the pony! Please pass on our thanks.

Posted by: David Carter on

Thank you!

Once again an excellent service and please pass on my sincere thanks to Jane and her dogs for hosting Dudley. I'm sure he had a lovely time.


Posted by: Karen Griffiths on

Steve - please can you pass on a huge thank you to Carrie and Chris for having Deevee; she was very pleased to be home but has clearly been indulged and spoilt - we loved the two pics, too!It really makes such a huge difference to us to know that our rescue dog is acceptable to other people and wins their affection as well as ours!

Posted by: Bridget on

Thank you very much for arranging for Charlie to be looked after again by Helen it is very reassuring to know that everything is taken care of for us and we can go away with peace of mind. It really helps us to enjoy our holiday that much more knowing she is well looked after.

Thank you once again for great professional service, and hopefully see you in the not to distant future.

Best wishes

Derek and Debbie

Posted by: Derek and Debbie on

Please pass on my thanks to Myfanwy for looking after Smudge. He seems to have had a great time and I am sure looking forward to his next visit. Posted by Sandra Chapman

Posted by: bmadadmin on

I am very pleased with the service I have had from Barking Mad. Lucy and Henry had a great time and this gives me peace of mind when Im away for a break. Smiles all round!

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Thanks for looking after Dotty so well again. She has loved her holidays. Looking forward to the next one!

Posted by: Louise Stringer on

Very efficient and caring. Would have no hesitation in using their services again.

Posted by: Eve Redway on

Connor and Lexie stayed with their new host Myfanwy, and looking at the photos had a great time, they both arrived home happy and waggy tails. I always recommend Barking Mad to all my family and friends with dogs, and never worry that my precious pets are not being looked after when away from home, huge thanks to all involved. Posted by Julie Woolnough

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Dear Steve,

Just wondered if you would pass on my thanks to Maureen and Joe. The dogs seem to have had a lovely time - especially the birthday meal! They have come back safely, are reunited with Gertie and are back in my routine again without a fuss.

Many thanks to all of you for looking after them so well.

With all best wishes,

Eve, Paddy & Sidney

Posted by: Eve Redway on

Toby has had yet another wonderful stay with Mary, thoroughly spoilt with care and affection. I would highly recommend Barking Mad for the peace of mind you get knowing that your dog is in safe capable hands while you are away and the professional ease, efficient and friendly service of the Barking Mad team (Steve and Rachel).. Posted by Vanessa Pennington

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Thank you for looking after Dudley whilst I was away! Appreciate if you could relay my sincere thanks to Carrie and Chris.

Best regards,


Posted by: Karen Griffiths on

This was the first time Lulu had stayed away from the family and she returned very happy, and we will certainly be booking her in again. It was great to received the updates and photos of how she was doing while we were away.

Posted by: Jo on

Thank you for sorting Charlie at fairly short notice. She must have had a lovely time with Helen again. The service was totally professional and we went away for a long weekend knowing that our little girl was having an equally nice break. We shall certainly be using barking mad again in the future.
Thanks again to Steve.
Best wishes Derek and Debbie

Posted by: Derek on

Hi Steve

Please could you convey my thanks to Mary for looking after Archie. He seems to have had a great time, and looks very happy in all his photos. I am sure he will be pleased to stay with her again.

All the best


Posted by: Sue Burgoyne on

yet again our darling lilly had a wonderful time with sue and we were able to enjoy our holidays with peace of mind knowing lilly was in very capable hands thank you barking mad(hope you can look after her for 6 weeks next time)
Val & Keith.... Bewdley

Posted by: Val Hudson on

Conor and Annie thoroughly enjoyed themselves with Catherine, Howard and Hugh [ and Thistle and Arthur! ]. Many thanks to them for looking after them so well while we were away. We will continue to use Steve's excellent services in the future - thoroughly recommended.

Posted by: Peter Havard on

Sophie has been on holiday a number of times with Barking Mad and with a number of different carers. She is always ready to leap into the back of the car when collected and returns happy and often exhausted. We both feel that it is exactly an excellent alternative to kennels which we have never used. Sophie loves the company and benefits from this environment with Barking Mad

Posted by: Paul Brookes on

Steve, thanks for an efficient and friendly service. Using a traditional kennel was never an option for Poppy. She needs that extra touch...a real 'host from home'. It was obvious on her return that she had a very good weekend away. I will certainly use the service again. Regards, Jeff

Posted by: Jeff on

The service I received from Steven of Barking Mad was professional, friendly and caring. My 2 lurcher brothers Willow and AshBaby were acurately assessed and all my concerns about their placement and care taken into account. The pick up and drop off service worked really well and Willow and AshBaby even had an extra walk when I was late getting home to receive them!
Willow and AshBaby were placed with Phil and Jan and by all accounts had a great time - thank you for looking after them so well! It was also a great comfort to get a report the first morning about how they had slept etc.. Both boys came back with wagging tails and a grin from ear to ear.....neither were at all stressed! I loved the postcard from Jan and Phil describing how they had behaved and fitted in and also the snapshots of them in situ. It is a major relief to have found an alternative to kennels which suits AshBaby and Willow. I will definitely use Barking Mad again and hope that Jan and Phil may be free to look after my boys next time too! I highly recommend Barking Mad.......Thank you Steven, Phil and Jan!

Posted by: Di on

Barking Mad helped us out at very last minute, after deciding to stay over at a wedding. Our Huskys have not gone into kennels for a couple of years after their reactions to them, especially given one of them is extremely nervous. Our beloved dogs came home happy and relaxed. Thank you to Tony who had the patience to give Tsari the time she needed to relax. It is great to have somewhere we can send the dogs and not worry about them the whole time! Thanks Barking Mad.

Posted by: Lois Martin on

Thank you Barking Mad for looking after Ozzy while we were on holiday. He came back very happy and very well behaved. He had obviously been very well walked and loved his "holiday". It is such a relief that we can go away without having to worry about him at all - knowing that he is great hands and being looked after by someone that enjoys him and cares for him.

Posted by: Mari Fforde on

Without Barking Mad we would not have gone away on holiday as I would not leave Max in kennels. Thank you very much for offering such a professional service, I will definately use again. Max was very well looked after, please say a big thank you to Roy.

Posted by: Natalie Cunnington on

A huge thank you to Phil and Kay for taking care of Digger. When Terry collected him I thought here we go again as our previous dog had to be tricked and tempted to get into the car. But not Digs who went like a lamb to the slaughter. He never looked back! He returned full of bounce with an excellent 'school report'. Thank you both Phil and Kay and Barking Mad. Marilyn, Hereford.

Posted by: Marilyn Fowler on

Well, Jack went up the hill to stay with Gill!! Thank heavens they didn't tumble back down... The photo of Jack ensconced on the sofa with Gill said it all really - Jack seemed to take his mini holiday in his stride, even though he had only lived with me for one week, before I'd had to go away. Jack is 8 and has had a sheltered life of late ( - until he moved on to live with me that is...)
Sadly Gill is away in June when I need the help of 'Barking Mad' again, but I do hope he gets another chance to get to know Gill better. Jack is a super little character and easy to cope with, which I think Gill will realise even more so if he is able to visit her again. Thank you so much to Steve and Gill for coming to my rescue!
Rosie Y. B. Tenbury Wells.

Posted by: Rosie Y.B. on

We are so pleased that Grace was able to stay with Terry, Christine and Lola. She is rather a timid little thing and was obviously very happy there as she settled back here again immediately and is quite content. For this reason we know we can now rest assured that whenever we have to go away without her in the future we will have nothing to worry about concerning her welfare - a great load off our minds!

We would like to congratulate you on the smooth takeover of the Barking Mad franchise and at the same time to thank Terry and Christine for their kind letter and photos and for looking after Grace so nicely. We all look forward to her future holidays with them!

Kind regards

Hazel, Terry and Grace

Posted by: Hazel Smith on

Archie our lurcher came home happy and relaxed as usual and we enjoyed getting the postcard from his kind hosts Sandra and Dave. Everyone comments on how well-behaved Archie is, which makes us feel like proud parents with a good School Report! Thank you Barking Mad for a great and stress-free service.

Posted by: Rachel and Ben Palmer on

Dipper returned very happy from her holiday with Hugh. In fact I think she had been rather spoiled! Thank you Hugh and Steve. It is good to know that our dog can be left in safe hands and, unlike kennels, will receive all the attention and stimulation she needs.

Posted by: John and Rosemary Hanna on

We are so happy to have found Barking Mad never having used them before, and Jasper returned happy and contented after his first stay with Louise. Steve arranged the board at very short notice and provided a most efficient service. All in all we are delighted.
Richard Hughes Shropshire

Posted by: Richard Hughes on

Thanks to Barking Mad my rescue French Bulldog had a comfortable time while I was away on vacation thus making my time away worry free. I also really appreciated the photos and video of Olema so I could see that she was doing well.

Posted by: Andie Clinton, Llanbadarn-y-Garreg, Powys on

Our dogs have been holidaying with Barking Mad hosts for more than five years.
At first it was two dogs, but now three, including a puppy and they are always accommodated by kind caring hosts. The puppy first went away at 16 weeks and all the dogs happily jump into the car when Steve arrives to collect them and are always relaxed and happy when they come home.
BM provides a professional and individual service, one that both we and our dogs greatly value.
Would never do kennels again!

Posted by: Angela Trenchard on

We are greatly relieved that Millie has found a second home. Which means we can be away without worrying about her.
The "mechanism" for conveying Millie from "home A" to "home B" has been sensitive, caring, professional and reassuring.

Posted by: Peter Atkinson on

Pebbles came back from staying with Ann, obviously having had a good time. Thankyou

Posted by: Gill and Toby Tattersall on

Chloe had a great time with Chris and Jack. Staying at a Bed and Breakfast was perfect for her as she loves being with people. She returned looking happy and healthy. She had a wonderful time with all of her needs being met, as we did too. Thank you to Steve, Chris and Jack.

Rosie & Nancy, Knighton, Powys
Posted by: Rosalie Gurr on 9th Apr, 2013

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Hi Steve! Please convey our thanks to Maureen and Joe for returning us a happy and relaxed dog! She has obviously had a good time and so glad they like her, it makes all the difference.

Having read through your leaflet about B Mad, I would also add that sometimes it is very good to have a holiday at home but arrange for your dog to go to B Mad so you can do things without the doggie routine dominating the day! Sometimes, with Ted and Laska, they went off for the weekend as they so enjoyed their B Mad hols while we went walking to places that we couldn't take them and have late night without having to get back to them so it is another reason for using B Mad! Just thought you would like to know!!!

Thanks again and see you soon.

Posted by: Bridget Sudworth on

Another successful holiday for Nancy. She obviously had a wonderful time and has settled straight back into her usual routine without any problems at all. Thank you Mary for looking after her so well and showering her with love, and for the photos and postcard. And thank you Steve for finding the perfect host and making it all so stress-free. Can't recommend you highly enough.

Rosie & Nancy, Knighton, Powys

Posted by: Rosie Peace on

Hi! Monty and Oscar were absolutely fine and settled back into home routine immediately, which was something I worried about after leaving them for so long. They were obviously well cared for and well fed. This type of care is fantastic and gives peace of mind when away for a long time. A home environment and family care is what they need at times like this. Kennels are ok for short term care and younger, fit dogs but certainly Barking Mad provide the perfect alternative for long term or for dogs who need that extra special touch. The photos and video clips showed us they were happy and it enabled us to enjoy our time away without worrying how they were. We thank the hosts and appreciate the fact they open their homes to these strange visitors! Oscar had what I call a mad five minutes running everywhere under beds over chairs up and down stairs whilst Monty looked on with a superior look and maybe a slight smile? Good to be back in routine and back to our evening cuddles in front of the fire.

Thank you. Chris

Posted by: Chris McGowan on

Very happy with Barking Mad. Very efficient and caring. My dogs always come back happy & tired. Never have to worry about them when I am away .

Posted by: Catherine Adams on

Thank you very much for sorting Charlie out for us with a very nice lady. It was lovely to know that while we were away she was being well looked after. Seeing the photos of her with Helen we could tell she was having a lovely time. We are very pleased she settled in well and was well behaved, we did wonder what she would make of the cat! We will definitely be in touch again and would just like to say what a very professional service you run and would recommend it to anyone. Best wishes and a Happy New Year.
Derek and Debbie

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Great service which is well worth it for peace of mind whilst we are away. Our dog came back happy, relaxed, well-behaved and obviously well cared for. Not a single sign of stress or unhappiness. Thank you!!
Mari Fforde, Powys

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We felt Louie was in excellent hands and the service was first-rate throughout - thank you so much for taking such good care of our boy.
Karen Lynch, Hereford

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Thank you for arranging Alfie's stay with Mary - he certainly seemed to be happy. We were very impressed with the service from Barking Mad and all the attention paid to details -schedule, text, card, photo etc. We will have no hesitation in using the service again if we need too and will pass on the details to friends. It was great to know that Alfie was being well cared for and we didn't need to worry about him. Once again thank you very much and please pass on our thanks to Mary.
Jill & Duncan Grant

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Thank you once again for your efficient and very professional service. We are delighted with the arrangements for Inca and will sing Barking Mad to whoever we can! Please pass on our sincere thank you to Mary. It was much appreciated to have the lovely photos and a card with her comments.
Beth and Keith

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Thank you for arranging such a comfortable home for Bumble while my sister and I went away. He clearly had settled well and enjoyed his first holiday away from home with Mary, and now for the first time, we feel we can confidently leave knowing Bumble is happy and safe. It was just lovely to get an update from time to time, as it was Bumble's first time not with family or friends and I was worried about his occasional fitting, and whether he wouldn't settle - now that worry has completely gone. And the photos were lovely!
Barbara Gibson, Bodenham

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Really excellent service, no complaints or worries and, most importantly, Poppy was returned a very happy dog in excellent condition.
Dr David Houston, Bredenbury, Herefordshire

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We are absolutely delighted with the way Stella has been looked after during thse last few days and equally would like to thank you for collecting and returning her so promptly and reliably. I think Barking Mad is a truly wonderful service and provide us (for the first time in a long while) with days of complete worry-free enjoyment. Please pass on the thank-you card we have sent for Stella's carers.
Peggy and Jack Jackson, Didley, Herefordshire

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Bella & Eve seem really happy since their stay - it is such a relief to find a home through Barking Mad that will love and care for our two dogs as we do. Thank you !
p.s. the text updates and emailed photos we received while we were away to update us on how our girls were doing was just great, and very reassuring especially on this first boarding.
Caroline Halls, Maesronnen, Powys

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We were quite distressed with our experience of traditional kennels but Barking Mad was fabulous and just a huge relief to get our Macey back happy and healthy, having obviously had a great time with Paul & Brenda. Thank you!
Liz Armitage, Hereford

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We have never felt able to put our beloved (rescue deerhound lurcher) Archie in kennels but now, having found Barking Mad, we can at last go away on holiday again with a clear conscience. In our case it wasn't just a great pet care service but also access to experienced people who understand dog behaviour and needs. We were so interested in your analysis of Archie's character and needs and his likely response to this new situation - all of which turned out to be so true. He obviously thrived on his holiday with Diz.
Rachel Palmer, Nant Glas, Powys

Posted by: bmadadmin on

We would like to thank you for your excellent care of our Sophie, during our holidays, also for the text messages and photos and the postcard from Gill.
Mona Pearson, Clunton, Shropshire

Posted by: bmadadmin on

Host Comment:
Coming across Barking Mad and signing up as a host with Terry & Christine has been one of the best things that's happened to me. We always had dogs around the farm and the house, both working dogs and pets but, since my husband passed away a couple of years ago, our old collie then had to be put down. I didn't feel able to take on a dog full time again but I missed having a dog around the house and for walks so much and it's a wonderful feeling now when Terry pulls up at the door with one of my regular boarders to stay for a while, or a new dog for me to get to know. They're all so different but rewarding in their own way, and they get me out of the house dog walking in all weathers, then keep me company in the evenings. I know that they will all be friendly well-behaved dogs that Terry & Christine have chosen to suit me, and there's no pressure to take any dog that I'm not comfortable with or if it's not convenient. I miss them all when they go away but I know that they'll probably come again to visit and I'm happy I've given them a loving holiday and a safe home. Terry delivers the dog and all their belongings and I know all about them before they arrive so all I have to do is enjoy their company and look after them without any worry.
Mary, Herefordshire

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September 2017

We are so lucky to meet as many great dogs as we do so we thought we’d share some.

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Kington Show was another good day out. The Kangaroo Kid seemed to be a crowd favourite and the rain stayed away. (Mostly!)


August 2017

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We had a fab day out at Ludlow Dog Day. It was great day and we met so many dogs along with their humans.



Here’s Ffion being reunited with Roy for another Holiday.

July 2017


WOW! What a postcard Toby and Monty “created” whilst on holiday with Maggie and Noel. (Thank you Noel)


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Meet 2 of our new host dogs Bear and Teddy. Aren’t they gorgeous, they live with Barry and Tris in Leysters.

June 2017


We’ve been out and about meeting people, chatting about what we do and looking for more hosts. We had a great day in Leominster.


Here’s Dylan the Dalmatian out on Holiday

 May 2017


Nobody told me how a like Paddy and I are. I was just off to the annual Round Table dinner in Llandrindod Wells.

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If you didn’t get a chance to read this article about what we do here it is. Thanks to Kerry Wells in Peterborough for highlighting what we do.

April 2017

We’ve been all over Hereford admiring the colours whilst collecting dog’s for their Holidays. I would like to thanks to Steve for being so thorough and welcoming whilst showing me the ropes. Here is Roxy out on a lovely walk.


March 2017



              The new car is looking very fetching in the glorious spring sunshine with beautiful crocuses.

November 2016

Barking Mad hosts in the Welsh Borders met at Staunton-on-Arrow Village Hall in November to take part in a dog themed quiz and have afternoon tea. 

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If you think you would like to have a friendly dog to stay from time to time why not get in touch to find out how it works.

Karen recently saw one of our posters on a shopping trip and thought she would like to have some company 
for Rosie her Shetland Sheepdog from time to time.

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Here they are with Macy a visiting Border Terrier. She has also had a Spaniel called Sophie and a Vizsla called Layla to stay. Karen lives in open countryside and loves taking Rosie and her visitors on long walks in the Radnor Forest.

Summer News

Barking Mad in the Welsh Borders supports the fun dog show at the LLanver Wakes held in August each year. There was a great turnout of dogs of all shapes and sizes. The Champion of the Show was awarded to Pepper a beautiful German Shorthaired Pointer.

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 A busy summer season
Our wet spring seemed to drift on into summer this Year, but whatever the weather we’re always busy. A record 22 dogs came to stay one weekend in July! There were a few warm days which gave Sam the excuse he needed to take the plunge.

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Spring News

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2006 – 2016
Barking mad in the Welsh borders celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. During this time we’ve had the pleasure of arranging thousands of doggy holidays. We enjoy seeing our regular guests and welcome new customers who are looking for a home from home environment for their dog when they go away.

Our best start to the year ever!
It may have been a wet and wintry start to the year
But we’ve taken record bookings this spring.
Most of our new customers come to us as a result
of a personal recommendation or because they’ve
seen the great feedback we receive.


Winter News

We'll Miss You!

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Thank you Maureen and Joe for all the time, care and attention you have given to your guests over the years.

Maureen and Joe are pictured here with Nancy, one of their favourite guests


Barking Mad Hosts Learn New Tricks

Hosts from across the Welsh Borders got together a Staunton-on-Arrow to hear Laura Allwright from The Flying Vet Nurse give practical tips on taking care of visiting dogs.

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Recommend a Friend

Many of our hosts and customers are introduced to us by a friend or a relative who has used our service. So think about us if you know someone who is worried about finding a place for their dog to stay, or if you know someone who misses having a dog at home.
We say thank you for every successful introduction with a free day's boarding for your dog or £20 cash.
A few of our winter visitors

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Roxy and Sandra

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Stanley out walking with Hugh

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Diva on holiday with Janet

Autumn News

Susan and David are our most recent recruits to our team of hosts. They live a stone’s throw from the historic town of Ludlow and were introduced to Barking Mad by a friend who’d heard they were keen on having dogs to stay. Susan and David are recently retired and are looking forward to enjoying their local walks with their four legged house guests.
Linda started hosting in early October and had Nancy to stay for a weekend the same month. Linda lives in Craven Arms with open countryside on her doorstep. She has had dogs around for most of her life so hosting for Barking Mad helps to fill the gap in her life.

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Susan and David- new members of                Linda getting to know Nancy                                                                       our new hosting team  


Summer News

Dog show winners!

The dog show at Llanfair Waterdine Wakes proved to be a popular attraction this August. The sun shone and lots of local dogs turned out with their owners. George a British Bulldog was crowned champion dog. Here's Iain and George receiving the championship cup.

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Judging gets underway!                          Everyone's a winner!                       British Bulldog, George, was best in                                                                                                                                                show!

John and Sue are the most recent additions to our team of hosts. We met at our stand at the Dilwyn show, started chatting and shortly after that had their first guests for a long weekend. John and Sue live in beautiful countryside outside Kington. They run their own business from home so having visiting dogs to stay suits their lifestyle.
Sid and Dolly are two fantastic happy Maltese terriers who live with Ilsa and Nigel near Leominster. Sid and Dolly had a great time with Gill while their owners went off for a camping weekend.

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A few of our fantastic hosts with some of their summer guests

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Alfie on his annual summer holiday                     Toby staying with Sandra                         Dotty and Belle with hosts Joe and                               with Mary                                                                                                                        Maureen 

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Jazz having a summer break         Diva enjoying Sandra and Dave's              Tilly ready for action with Jane                   with Vicky                                          lovely garden


Spring Update

Gaynor Joins the Barking Mad team.

Gaynor Kirkham-Painter joins Barking Mad just as the new season starts to help ensure we continue to provide a great service to all our customers.
Gaynor, who lives in Knighton, has been involved with animals for most of her life, including running her own organic Welsh hill farm for 20 years. Customers old and new will meet Gaynor as she will be involved in all aspects of our service.             

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Bella and Gaynor get to know each other


New Arrivals

Alan and Angela have recently started hosting for Barking Mad. They don't have any pets of their own but really enjoy having visiting dogs to stay. They live outside Clun in Shropshire and have great dog walking country right on their doorstep.
Lady is a lovely gentle White Shepherd who lives with Mary near Craven Arms. Here's Lady with Hugh on her first Barking Mad holiday.

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Alan and Angela- our first new hosts in 2015 .                    Lady taking a wintery stroll with Hugh 


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

Animal Welfare

Hereford & Worcester Animal Rescue HWAR  www.hwanimalrescue.org


Marches Vets. A mixed animal general practice in the centre of the Welsh Marches

Teme Veterinary Practice A seven vet mixed practice in Ludlow, Tenbury Wells, Leominster and Clifton-on-Teme.

Hafren Veterinary Group has surgeries in both Newtown and Llanidloes. We are a
long established practice that has served the local large and small animal
community for over 100 years

Arrowfield Veterinary Group has evolved from a long standing Veterinary Practice started in the late 1950s. Situated on the edge of Kington Town, our spacious accommodation, a former Walters of Ludlow trouser factory, enables the Surgery to provide a complete holistic approach to animal care and welfare. We also have a branch practice at Presteigne supplying further coverage 6 miles out of Kington. All surgical procedures are carried out at the main fully equipped surgery at Kington.

Newlands Veterinary Group. We provide care and treatment for dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents and other small pets, and also for wildlife casualties.

Brookfield Vets - Hereford veterinary group

Dog Behaviourists & Training

Golden Valley Dog Training Club - for puppies, obedience and much more.
www.golden valleydtc.co.uk

All Laughing Dogs - trainer Jude McDermott -  www.alllaughingdogs.com.

Dog Services

K9Cares - dog walking and dog day care services.

Raelene Calderhead, pet/house sitting, dog day visits, dog walking    www.countrycompanionspetsitting.co.uk


Charlie's Dog Grooming Parlour - based in Kingsland

Rosie's Grooming Room (Leominster & area) 

Other Local Links

Welcome to Local to Leominster, Herefordshire, a website locally run from within the community, focusing on all that Leominster and the surrounding Villages and Towns have to offer both the community and visitors to the Herefordshire/Welsh border regions.

Local Presteigne & Norton webiste about the area. 


www.leominster.co.uk  - the Leominster Website "Leominster, The Town in the Marches"





Donna - 17th Nov, 2016
"Hi Steve,

When you next speak to Mary can you tell her we said thank you so much for having Millie and taking good care of her and for the lovely card she gave us.

Mary mentioned in her card that she'll be alone this Christmas so I'm glad she'll have Millie to keep her company."

Sue - 8th Nov, 2016
"Hi Steve.
Please pass on my thanks to Mary for looking after Archie so well. Particularly in respect of her nursing skills regarding his rash. It has healed up very well.
Thanks once again.

Mostyn and Mary - 26th Oct, 2016
"Hi Steve,

Just to let you know myself and Mary are both very pleased with your service, from the first visit to when Zeva was returned; so much so we will be booking with you again early next year.

Once again, thanks very much, a true professional.

Best regards Mostyn and Mary"

Carol and David - 31st Aug, 2016
"Hi Steve
I just wanted to say thanks for arranging Bertie's stay with Mary. He came back very happy and we had lovely comments from Mary.

Thanks again for providing an excellent service.


Carol & David"

Diane - 24th Aug, 2016
"Millie has just settled back as if she had never been away! It is indeed so reassuring to know that she is being cared for, that she is apparently behaving and that she is having the opportunity to have lots of lovely walks, which she loves. It does sound indeed as if she made herself totally at home in her holiday retreat!

We are going to Tenerife next year, about the second and third week of August, all being well, so yes indeed, I will be in touch again with confirmed dates and would be delighted if Jacki was available."

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