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Barking Mad Newcastle and Tyne Valley

Newcastle upon Tyne

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Barking Mad provide tailored, one-to-one home boarding for dogs. We carefully match your dog to one of our specially selected, dog-loving local families. Our host families are all based at home and can't wait to give your dog as good a holiday as your own!

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7 October 2020

This was our first time using Barking Mad, and was a sleepover type arrangement to ensure Micky settles when he goes for a longer period. Micky handled the collection like a pro, i however, was a bag of nerves! Mark put me at ease & promised that Micky would be fine. And he was! Mark text me within a few hours to reassure us that Micky was settled, and Colin & Lorraine sent videos and pics to Mark, which he sent us. It was absolutely obvious just how settled and happy Micky was! You could tell he was having the best time! I was so happy to have Micky home the following evening, and he was his usual self. Mark told me how Micky had comandeered the sofa and had slept with Colin & Lorraine on their bed, and my heart was full- they are my kind of people! Just to top off such a wonderful experience, we had a lovely little postcard telling us what Micky had been up to. It’s such a special touch. I cannot tell you how anxious i was, it was pretty ridiculous to be honest, but Barking Mad calmed these worries and it was obvious Micky was in the best of hands. We will never use a different service again, and are already booked in for our next getaway. I cannot recommend Barking Mad enough, they are absolutely fantastic! More...

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21 July 2020

Our 3dogs Josie Jess an Bella have been going to barking mad for the last few years an can honestly the service is fantastic , I wouldn’t put them anywhere else. my 2westies are 14 yrs now an one has lymphatic cancer so decided this year not to send them away but Bella is as she’s too young for my mum to cope with all 3 dogs an Nicola from barking mad could not of been more helpful by even saying they have hosts to look after poorly dogs . She is making sure Bella goes to a host who has a dog so Bella has company . They really do go up an beyond for your dogs needs xxx More...

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15 March 2020

Both our dogs were well looked after by Brad while we spent a weekend in St Andrews, highly recommend them and was a pleasure meeting him. Ian and Christine

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7 March 2020

Lexi had never stayed away from home but she was well taken care of with her Barking Mad host. Loved the photo's and postcard. We can now look forward to a holiday later in the year knowing her every need is taken care of and she has a holiday too. More...

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4 March 2020

I'm a host for barking mad and it gives me great delight taking these dog's into my home with my own dog,you treat them like family and they really enjoy coming back to me because they get love cared for walk's etc etc,I love this also my dog see's the van and he waits to see who is coming to stay,yes I would recommend Barking Mad you can leave your dog and know they are well looked after.

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20 February 2020

Massive thank you to Elaine and John in fife for being so kind and caring with our 2 girls. We have been so pleased with barking mad since we joined and the girls seem to love going away on their holidays thanks again, caitlin, Yvonne and family x

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19 February 2020

Would love to thank the team for having my 2 dogs fortune and Charlie, there looked after so well they come home so happy and tired out they will see you in May

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18 February 2020

i would only leave my dog with these guys there fab and he enjoys going.

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14 February 2020

I met Becci as a nurse while working my vet assigmnets. She helped me when I was in last minute search for my dog sitter. Everything went professional and as planned . Marley was picked up and delivered to my home address and I got pictures about his foster stay. Really satisfied and impressed and hope I will be a better ient next time. Will never use kennels again! Thx Becci! More...

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4 February 2020

They board dogs out to other places so you dont know where your dog is!

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20 January 2020

Think it’s a rip off charging 35 just to collect your dog .i used to use this company .but no more

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5 January 2020

The boys have just returned from a couple of days with their host family. Of course they’re happy to be home but had a great time. So reassuring to have our dogs with absolute passionate dog lovers and carers. Will be using them again (and again and again!) More...

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15 November 2019

When Lucy is with a Barking Mad host, we dont have to fret while we're away. It really is home from home for her. She always comes back contented and usually worn out. Keep up the good work guys.

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12 November 2019

Thank you so much to Jane and Steph from the Chichester branch for making our rescue dog Scooby’s first holiday so easy and stress free! And a huge thank you to the wonderful hosts Kirsty and Joyce who looked after Scooby in October, we were so worried as he can be quite anxious, but Jane and Steph were both so reassuring and thorough with everything about Scoobys needs. We were sent updates and pictures when he first got to Kirsty and Joyce, he seemed to be very much enjoying his holiday! He even managed to sneak a spot on the sofa! We also got a postcard at the end of his holiday to tell us what he had been up to. We have used barking mad with our previous German shepherd and will definitely use them again as they make it so easy and stress free! More...

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21 October 2019

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15 October 2019

Our dog Floyd who is just coming up for one has spent the last week with Elaine and John. He is our world and previous dogs have always been able to be watched in our home by family so this was a first. He had a ball!! We were reassured with the photos we received regularly and we could see he was relaxed and loving life. Thanks so much. More...

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3 September 2019

No problems or complaints from our point of view and Barking Mad ere able to accommodate our pal Archie at very little notice which was a boon to us. Nice to get some photos of Archie when settled in... A daily Archie snap would have been a nice touch perhaps? More...

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3 September 2019

Barking Mad is brilliant. Melissa and her team are lovely, highly professional and obviously care deeply about the dogs they take on. We have a gorgeous young Labrador, who can be a bit anxious at times and she doesn’t always like change. So we were a bit worried about how she’d cope when we went on holiday. Melissa came to meet us, took the time to get to know us and our dog and we did a test sleepover to make sure all would be well. She loved her hosts (and they loved her) and when it came to us going on our holiday she couldn’t wait to get in Melissa’s car! We got reassuring photos and updates so we knew she was having a lovely time and it meant we could relax and enjoy our holiday. She came back happy and relaxed. We’ve already booked Barking Mad for another trip. We would recommend them to anyone looking for a responsible (and responsive), professional, caring and lovely team. Five star service. More...

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2 September 2019

This was our first experience of leaving our nine year old cavalier with someone other than family and were a little unsure of how she would react. We needn’t have worried at all, we received excellent care and attention from the onset of our enquiry from Kerry. Roxy had an overnight stay to get to know her hosts, Pauline and John and on her return from her weeks holiday with them it was obvious that she had been well cared for and thoroughly spoilt, as the regular updates and photos showed! We would have no hesitation in using Barking Mad again. More...

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2 September 2019

Fantastic service!

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2 September 2019

Excellent service from Kath, rescued us in August when 2 other dogsitters let us down will be using again thanks Kath ;o)

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2 September 2019

Norbert, Our bouncy, energetic 3 year old Sprocker, has had the best care ever. He has had lots of love and attention, fabulous walks and has been incredibly happy. We could not be more delighted and think he’s one lucky dog!! We would thoroughly recommend Barking Mad (Kendal) and will definitely use them again ... and again!! More...

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2 September 2019

Another example of excellent service from Barking Mad Northumberland! It is so good to know that while we are away enjoying ourselves on holiday, our dogs are too, being well looked after by caring hosts backed up by an extremely professional team. Thank you again from Pam, Ray, Barney and Baxter More...

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2 September 2019

A home from home dog service. Absolutely brilliant. My dog was lovingly cared for and I received regular updates and photographs from John & Di the Host family who were truly amazing. I cannot rate this service highly enough and would have no hesitation recommending it to others.Cath who arranged everything on my behalf was warm friendly and very reassuring throughout.Thank you all very much & not forgetting Owain who brought my beloved dog home after his holiday. Both Cath & Owain are a credit to your company More...

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2 September 2019

I can't recommend this service enough. Complete peace of mind. Fantastic communication, updates and photos throughout the stay. And a lovely postcard from the host at the end. These little touches mean alot and make a huge difference. Knowing that they are safe, happy and well cared for.Jacqui takes time to get to know your dog and to place them with a perfect match. Sam the lab clearly loved his holiday. Thank you so much :) More...

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2 September 2019

My dog has just returned from a 2 week holiday with Barking Mad. Thanks to Cath, we were completely reassured that Ziggy was in the best hands. Cath is very understanding and the process was smooth and easy. We received photographs and messages throughout the trip and could see how well he'd fit in with his hosts and their own dogs. We will definitely use Barking Mad next time. More...

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2 September 2019

Very professional. Their first consideration is to make sure your dog is happy and content whilst you are away. They want to make sure they have a good holiday in your absence. You get to choose the right family for your dog. More...

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2 September 2019

We'd previously put our gorgeous staffie Sasha into a small kennel where she received very good care. But, it was still a kennel. Now, almost three years older (Sasha is 7), we wanted her to get more personal care so we opted for a home sitting service.Barking Mad picked Sasha up and delivered her to her holiday home and then sent us pictures of her settling in. This helped put our mind at rest that we'd done the right thing. Then when we were on holiday we got some more photos of her sunning herself in the garden and enjoying lying on a lounger!Sasha was then brought back to us on time and with all of her toys and left over food etc which was great.A great first time experience with Barking Mad and I'd recommend them to others. More...

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2 September 2019

We used barking mad for the first time last week. We were extremely pleased with the service, Colette could not have been more helpful throughout the whole process, from first contact, finding an excellent host family, pick up and drop off. We got daily updates on what our labrador was doing, which meant that we enjoyed our holiday even more knowing he was being extremely well looked after (daily walks, toys, lots of attention/play time with the host family). We would recommend barking mad 100 percent and will be using them again when we next go on holiday More...

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1 September 2019

John at Barking mad is super helpful. He goes out of his way to organise my dog care and find the best hosts for my quite tricky Border Terriers !

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1 September 2019

Absolutely delighted with the personal service given to me once again by Kerry and Ann.Poppy was picked up and within an hour i had received reassuring pictures and videos of Poopy happy and relaxed with Meryl her dog sitter for the week i was away. During my holiday i received regular updates and pictures this completely put my mind at rest and enabled me to enjoy my 80th birthday trip with my daughters. Will definitely use the service again, Meryl was a fantastic host. More...

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1 September 2019

Can’t begin to explain just how happy we are with Barking Mad Banbury. Andrea & David have been so helpful, kind and reassuring when we approached them to help find a suitable host for our dogs, Bella & Tanwen. As a vet nurse myself I was extremely anxious & over protective of leaving my furry babies with someone else but I needn’t have worried at all! My girls have just been returned to me in excellent condition and obviously very well cared for and loved whilst we were away on our holiday. One of doggies can be a bit of a handful (she’s a Dalmatian, need I say more!) and I was worried that a host may not be able or even willing to cope with the demands a Dally can bring! But it’s very clear they’ve been exercised and played with so very well and it’s made me an extremely happy owner. I wouldn’t hesitate to use this service again and can’t recommend Andrea & David enough. They perfectly matched our girls to two wonderful hosts who have looked after my precious dogs as their own. What more could any dog owner ask for? The best bit of all is knowing that my gorgeous girls have also done their bit helping a child learn to love dogs and a young puppy get socialised! (Proud mum moment!)The postcards we get on their return are the icing on the cake as it really is those little personal touches that make the whole thing seem like it’s family that they stay with. Wonderful service and great people that run it. Huge thank you to David & Andrea (and sorry I’m such an overprotective mum!). We really appreciate yours and the wonderful hosts care. More...

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1 September 2019

Excellent service no effort required from the dog owner. Every thing is sorted with collection and delivery. It's reassuring to know that your dog is staying with a caring experienced minder.

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1 September 2019

Once again Jess had a wonderful stay with Wendy and John. I had a lovely holiday knowing she was well looked after and plenty of updates.

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1 September 2019

Great pick up and drop of.... very efficient and punctual!! Our dog Deeks has obviously had a great week with his host family, he came back happy and well cared for! Thanks for the pics and postcard keeping us informed of his adventures throughout our holiday!! More...

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31 August 2019

We booked our dog in with Barking Mad for the summer holiday, he returned to carers that he had stayed with before and was very settled. The booking was easy and up to a certain point flexible - payment arrangements are straightforward and prompts to pay are sent in good time. Communication was good at all times- even on holiday we could text and be certain of a prompt reply. Our dog returned happy, settled and dropped back into routine quickly. Melissa and her team are all friendly and handled him very well. I can thoroughly recommend Barking Mad as a secure service. Melissa carefully matched our dog with two different carers to cover the length of our recent holiday and he was well cared for and settled even with the change of carer during the holiday. More...

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31 August 2019

Amazing as always. Thank you so much for looking after fudge so well x

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31 August 2019

Simba had a wonderful holiday. Excellent thoughtful caring service from Barking Mad. Totally reccomend

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30 August 2019

As ever great service, fantastic hosts, couldn’t want a better environment for our dog while we were away.

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30 August 2019

My dog loves her holidays with Barking Mad so much, she tries to get back in the car when Sheila leaves. Does that make me a bad parent?

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30 August 2019

This is the second time we have used Barking Mad and as usual Kathryn is very friendly and professional in the way she looks after our dog Ruby . We can go away now Knowing that Ruby is going to get the best care she can and to see the picture that Ruby's sitter sent us of Ruby asleep on her sofa was very comforting .All the people involved in Barking Mad from the dog owners to the dog sitters are all animal lovers of very spoilt pets More...

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29 August 2019

Fantastic service ensured Bella was well cared for, loved and looked after as if she were at home!

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29 August 2019

As usual excellent service from all at Barking Mad. Most importantly a happy Alfie, who has had a great doggie holiday.

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29 August 2019

Carrie and Ian always offer an excellent service, from initial contact all the way to delivering our dog back after a holiday. They always place our dog with very suitable hosts and she always comes back happy and contented. More...

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29 August 2019

Excellent, professional service. I can relax knowing my pet is enjoying his holiday in a caring home with a routine tailored to his needs. Wouldn't leave him anywhere else.

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29 August 2019

My dogs were picked up and brought back home at the time specified and settled back into our home very quickly on return. An itemised list of items the dogs take with them on holiday is thoroughly checked before they leave . We are given pictures of the dogs on their holiday and they are given the same creature comforts they are used to which is reassuring. It will always feel strange not being able to meet the ladies who look after our dogs, but this arrangement feels better than leaving them at a kennels. The dogs come back from a Barking Mad break looking and acting no different for their time away from the family home, which we take as a positive. More...

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