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Claire Hastie

We provide the very best dog home boarding near you in the Newcastle, West Gateshead and Tyne Valley areas. Dogs deserve a holiday too! We are often busy with our guest dogs so please do email us if you have any problem reaching us by phone. Emails are checked at least twice a day and we aim to reply within 24 hours.  

0191 4147264

Daily boarding rate - £30

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Hi, my name is Claire and I am delighted to be the new owner of Barking Mad Newcastle and Tyne Valley. Dog lovers come to Barking Mad for a superior alternative to kennels or house dog sitting. They expect the best from our dog holidays, and we make it our mission to provide it, meeting you in person every time. We select the ideal host family from our portfolio of trusted dog lovers and aim to provide the very best service for your dog.

Dog Home Boarding in Newcastle and Tyne Valley

As a dog owner myself, I know how important it is that the care your dog receives is tailored to their needs and that they are looked after by genuine dog lovers. At our first meeting in your home, I will ask all about those little things that are unique to your dog, because we understand that every dog is an individual and they are a very important part of your family. I then use this information to match them with a compatible host family. We usually have several matches for each dog which ensures a high level of availability.

We take control of everything – from picking up and dropping of your dog for their holidays, and always being on hand throughout the duration of their stay.

How It Works

Either myself or team member Kath will chauffeur-drive your pooch with all their personal bits and bobs to their holiday home and stay with them until they are settled. Our hand-picked and experienced dog care hosts will then provide all the love and attention you would want for them. Most hosts are located right on the edge of Newcastle-Gateshead or in rural locations within Tynedale, so your dog will be exercised in lovely green spaces too.

Our hosts look after your dog and we look after our hosts, which ensures real home-from-home care, provided in the context of a professional, 5 star rated service. Our care is always, of course, provided on a one-to-one basis (or to a family pair). We never mix dogs from different families other than providing the option for your dog to have a resident playmate, if you wish. We stay in touch with messages and photos, and we’ll return your waggy-tailed pooch to you complete with his or her holiday postcard!

My Background

Before joining Barking Mad, I worked in the NHS as a medical secretary for many years, as well as working in Saudi Arabia as a secretary and customer relations advisor. I’ve always loved the company of dogs, and currently have 2 dogs that I brought back with me from Saudi when I returned to the UK in 2019 – Sydney, a terrier cross, and Rosie, a Jack Russell Terrier cross. I also brought 2 cats back with me, so it’s a full house!

I have an AIM Awards Level 3 Diploma in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare and I’ve always wanted to work with animals, so when the chance to take on the Newcastle and Tyne Valley branch of Barking Mad came along, I jumped at the chance.

I’d love to hear from you to discuss what we can offer your dog. Or, if you are interested in hosting in the Newcastle, West Gateshead and Tyne Valley area, please get in touch with me either by telephone on: 0191 4147264 or by email at:

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“I’ve always been mad about dogs, and am passionate about delivering a first class service for you and your dog!”

Claire Hastie

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