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Hello, we’re the Barking Mad South Lakes dog sitting team and are delighted to be able to provide the unique one to one home dog boarding service in the Lake District.
I was previously a teacher and I am proud to be running Barking Mad South Lakes – Cumbria. I have lived in a village south of Kendal for 20 years with my family and our gorgeous Beardie called Yeshe. My parents encouraged me to care for animals from an early age and I was lucky enough to have a vast array of animals over the years including a few rescue dogs.
For those of you old enough to remember ‘Benji’ and ‘Freeway’, I always hoped to have a similar dog and Yeshe our Bearded Collie landed as a puppy some years ago. Having lots of energy, she requires much exercise and living in such a great area, we Iove exploring the Lakeland fells and lakes! After a few years, Yeshe became very poorly and was diagnosed with a lifelong disease which thankfully is now managed with care, medication and the careful watch of our wonderful local vet practice.
Barking Mad offers an award winning home from home dog boarding service where your beloved dog is cared for in a loving, attentive host family home. Our experienced team of hosts are specially chosen by myself, were I cover them with insurance and licence, then match them to suit your dog’s daily needs, offering luxury dog care. Our hosts have joined Barking Mad for a variety of reasons. Some may have lost a dog at some time and just feel that they cannot commit fully to owning a dog of their own, many have a dog themselves who thrives on the company of other dogs, or maybe they are retired or work at home and love having a dog part time for companionship, walks and fun. They can enjoy being part of our host community where there are events around the year.
The Barking Mad South Lakes team consists of Alison – who owns the business, oversees the day to day running, providing day to day contact for customers and hosts as well as managing the diary, logistics, marketing and detail.
Jean – joined the team in June 2016, Carolyn joined the team in 2018 and both do a fantastic job chauffeuring dogs to their holiday hosts. Of course I cannot forget to mention our amazing team of hosts!
People come to Barking Mad for an alternative to kennels or house sitting, they expect the best from our dog home boarding and I make it our mission to provide it every time.
If you are a dog owner wishing to find that special holiday dog sitter for your dog/s or you are interested in becoming one of our valued hosts, do contact me:
Best wishes and wags!
Having run Barking Mad South Lakes for 4years and I’ve now taken the hard decision to put the business up for sale. I have seriously loved it and everything will continue as normal during the sale process and with the new owner. It’s an extremely satisfying and rewarding job and there is nothing better than being your own boss. Running my own business has also given me the flexibility to work from home and spend time with my family and gorgeous Beardie – Yeshe.
I have regular customers that book time after time as they love the 5 Star service we provide. I also have new customer enquiries every day to get their dogs registered and booked in with our 1:1 service. I have built up fantastic relationships with all my wonderful caring host families. They look forward to me arriving with their doggy guests. I also love to get together with the host families throughout the year and enjoy our events, doggy chats (and share plants!)
This really is a fabulous job for someone who wants to work for themselves and benefit from running an already successful business and supported by local Headquarters in Kirkby Lonsdale. For more information, contact Alison 01539 234044 or visit https://www.barkingmad.uk.com/franchising/
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