Dog Sitting and Dog Boarding in Alnwick

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Barbara Frater And Caroline Bradshaw August Training 2019 Resize


We provide the very best dog home boarding near you in Northumberland. Dogs deserve a holiday too!


‘We are crazy about dogs, especially collies, because we have a rescue collie called ‘ Ailsa’ but we love all breeds large and small. We look forward to meeting your dog.’

About Us

Hi, we are Barbara and Caroline, dog lovers who have started our dream job providing 5* home dog boarding as part of the ‘Barking Mad’ brand across Northumberland. We cover all areas including: Alnwick, Wooler, Rothbury, Morpeth, Ashington, Cramlington, Amble and Blythe to Whitley Bay.

We understand that you have arrived on our website because you are looking for the best possible care for your dog, whilst you are away from home. We fell in love with the concept of Barking Mad when we came across a business opportunity that cared about dogs as much as we do. Dog lovers come to Barking Mad for a superior alternative to kennels or in other words, a dog sitting service.

Our customers tell us that it can be difficult to decide what to do with your dog whilst you are away from home – a decision which we understand well, being the owners of a 10 year old rescue border collie called ‘Ailsa’. We have always wanted to make sure that she was happy and safe whilst we were on holiday, allowing us to feel less guilty about leaving her.

We have recently swapped 20 years in the classroom for the stunning countryside of the Northumberland Coast, relocating to run a Barking Mad business full time. Barbara grew up on the family farm at Boulmer in Northumberland, so we have both always been surrounded by animals! We love the county of Northumberland and the beautiful scenery makes chauffeuring of dogs to host families on their holidays a real new pleasure.

We make it our mission to provide the best possible care for your dog’s holiday. The service is personalised and bespoke to your dog’s needs. Our host families are very special to us and we select each host carefully to best suit the needs of your dog – all of which gives you peace of mind.

We will meet you to find us about your dog’s likes and dislikes so we can best match your dog with one of our superb hosts. Your dog will then be ‘chauffeured’ to and from their holiday. We will make sure they are settled in with their host and send you a message so you can put your mind at rest and focus on enjoying your holiday and a well-earned rest. We guarantee that our hosts will give your dog love and attention around the clock and lots of walks and cuddles, if that is what they are used to and enjoy.

We aim to take the stress away from being apart from your beloved four legged friend….. happy dog, happy holiday, happy you! Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about ‘Barking Mad‘ Northumberland.

Barbara and Caroline

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Areas Covered

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

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  • Acklington
  • Alnwick
  • Amble
  • Ashington
  • Bamburgh
  • Beadnell
  • Bedlington
  • Blyth
  • Choppington
  • Cramlington
  • Earsdon (NE61)
  • Edlingham
  • Ellington
  • Eshott
  • Felton
  • Hepscott
  • Longframlington
  • Longhorsley
  • Longhirst
  • Lesbury
  • Mitford
  • Morpeth
  • Nedderton
  • New Hartley
  • Pegswood
  • Rothbury
  • Seahouses
  • Seaton Delaval
  • Shilbottle
  • Stakeford
  • Swarland
  • Thropton
  • Warkworth
  • West Monkseaton
  • Whittingham
  • Whitley Bay
  • Wooler

Our Prices

  • One off initial registration meeting £42
  • Daily boarding rate (1 dog) £28
  • Daily boarding rate for additional dogs £22
  • Collection and delivery £48

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