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Barking Mad - Monmouthshire
Kathy Anderson & Stuart Wilson
Hi there, we are Kathy and Stuart and we cover the Wye Valley, Forest of Dean, Abergavenny, Chepstow, Newport and surrounding areas. After 10 years in London working in the corporate world we moved to Monmouth (Kathy’s childhood home) and fulfilled a long standing desire to become dog owners. Ben, a chocolate Labrador, entered our home on Christmas Eve 2010 and it is now virtually impossible to imagine our lives without him.
Being a lab, one of Ben’s top requirements is a lot of personal attention (as well as plenty of food of course) and we had started to resign ourselves to not being able to holiday anywhere that he couldn’t come too as kennelling wasn’t an option for him. Then at one of his regular weight checks at our lovely vet she made a comment that she thought we would be perfect at being ‘Barking Mad’ and after finding out she was referring to the fact that our local franchise was for sale, and not our mental health, we decided to find out more.
After extensive research and lots of training we are the proud owners of the business for our area. As well as being able to offer people a great service that we know provides lovely holidays for lots of dogs and peace of mind for their owners, we also have lots of wonderful venues for Ben’s holidays !
If you are interested in becoming a host or if you want to know more about using the service then we would love to come and meet you. We are really looking forward to welcoming you and your four legged friends to Barking Mad.
Contact Kathy & Stuart on 01600 719204
We know everyone needs to get away every now and then, so we thought it was about time dogs had a holiday too…
If there’s anybody who knows about dogs, then it’s us. For 11 years we’ve been arranging ‘homey’ holidays just as good as the one we had with Grandma when we went to the beach, ate ice cream and everything. Every day, everybody says thank you, and we don’t think life can get any better than that!
When you book a Barking Mad holiday, you can be confident your dogs’ are going to have as good a time as you - although secretly we hope it’s even better!
Who’s who - It’s really important to get to know you and your dog, especially in the beginning. We’ll come to you and over a cup of tea you can tell us all about your day-to-day routines for feeding and exercising so we can replicate this for your dog. We’ll chat about likes (usually a lot), dislikes (usually the postman) and any healthcare requirements. By the second chocolate digestive we’ve started to understand your dogs’ individual needs and lifestyle. By the end of our meeting, which usually takes around an hour, we’ll all be getting along famously.
Oh and don’t worry, we love dogs of all shapes and sizes, pedigree, Heinz 57 or rescue. They can sleep in the bedroom, pull on the lead, or even hide your favourite socks. As long as they are friendly we’ll get along just fine.
Holiday home - Selecting the right host family is very important and your input into this process is invaluable. You will want to know exactly where your dog is going, so during our time together you are going to see all of our dog-loving families. They are just like you and me, and guaranteed to meet our extremely high pet sitting standards. Together we’ll make the right choice, and you can decide whether your best friend stays in a home with or without a resident dog, depending on his needs.
5 Star - Our service includes door-to-door, chauffeur driven transport for your dog. Being collected from home is far less stressful, and completely overcomes the anxiety caused to dogs when left behind by their owners. Our experience has shown visiting dogs settle more quickly with their home comforts around them including bed, food, toys and treats, arranged as they would be at home. In no time at all, they’ve become part of the family, with their paws placed firmly under the table.
Our hosts are at home during the day to ensure round the clock care is always provided, especially where puppies, dogs on regular medication and senior citizens are concerned. We’re in touch with our hosts regularly, so we will keep you posted during your time away about anything you need to know.
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.
Sleepovers - We’ll arrange a short stay in advance of your main booking so that when you’re away you can relax knowing your dog is having as good a time as you are!
Leave it to the experts - There’s no point having a dog and barking yourself, we do all the hard work so you don’t have to. No tedious form filling, laborious visits back and forth to meet various people; a simple phone call is all that is required.
Peace of mind is priceless - And so we think you’ll agree £20 per day, with discounts of £5 for additional dogs is great value. Cost for the initial meeting and holiday transportation start at £30.
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