Barking Mad - Durham
- Dog home boarding in Durham
- Because dogs deserve a holiday too
- Sleepovers & long stay
- 5 Star professional service
- Door to door collection and delivery
- Friendly personal service
Barking Mad - Dog Home Boarding in Durham
My name is Joanne Hewitt I’m delighted and proud to be the face of Barking Mad Durham. I live near Bishop Auckland with my husband Neil and our young adults Isabelle and Adam which makes me ideally placed to provide this wonderful first class service to County Durham.
I have lived with dogs all my life having grown up with two King Charles Cavaliers Tansi and Tamer and two Afghan Hounds Ziggi and Chi (at the same time). I have many memories of endless grooming, long walks and the fun of seeing all the breeds at dog shows. Last year sadly our own beautiful boys Bailey and Jasper (Golden Retrievers) passed away at a ripe old age. We all miss them so much and the warmth and fun they brought to our home.
I discovered Barking Mad when I saw a Facebook post about hosting, I thought this was a great way to get my ‘doggy fix’ of cuddles as unfortunately we were not able to commit to owning another dog as my husband, children and I were busy working or studying. It was then I also noticed the franchise opportunity and on enquiry to K9HQ felt it was ‘meant to be’ as the franchise in Durham was available, so I jumped in with both feet and left a 28 career in nursing.
As a customer I will be delighted to come and meet you and your dog and gather as much information about personality, routine, diet and those little quirks that only you notice to be able to provide a match to a suitable dog loving host with all the attributes to look after your beloved pet whilst you are on holiday giving you peace of mind that your dog is having a lovely time.
Aycliffe - Barnard Castle - Bedburn - Bildershaw - Billy Row - Birtley - Bishop Auckland
Bishop Middleham - Boldron - Bournmoor - Bowbank - Bowburn - Bowes
Brignal - Burnt Houses - Butsfield - Byers Green - Carrville - Cassop - Chester le Street
Chilton - Cockfield - Colliery Row - Copley - Cornforth - Cotherstone - Coundon
Coundon Grange - Cowshill - Coxhoe - Crawleyside - Crook - Croxdale
Daddry Shield - Dean Bank - Durham - East Hedleyhope - Eastgate - Edmondsley
Eggleston - Evenwood - Fence Houses - Ferryhill - Fir Tree - Forest in Teesdale
Framwellgate Moor - Frosterley - Gilmonby - Grange Villa - Grassholme - Great Lumley
Greta Bridge - Hamsterley - Haswell - Heighington - Hett - Hetton le Hole
High Etherley - High Grange - Hill End - Holwick - Houghton le Spring - Howden le Wear
Hunderthwaite - Hunwick - Hury - Ireshopeburn - Kelloe - Kimblesworth - Kinninvie
Kirk Merrington - Langdon Beck - Lartington - Littletown - Low Etherley - Low Redford
Ludworth - Mickleton - Middlestone Moor - Middleton in Teesdale - Middridge - Morley
Newbiggin - Newfield - Newfield - Newton Aycliffe - Oakenshaw - Ouston - Pelton
Penshaw - Pittington - Pity Me - Plawsworth - Quarrington Hill - Redworth - Romaldkirk
Rookhope - Rushyford - Satley - Scargill - Shadforth - Sherburn - Shildon - Shincliffe
Shiney Row - Shotton Colliery - South Hetton - Spennymoor - St Helen Auckland
St John's - St John's Chapel - Stainton - Stanhope - Startforth - Sunderland Bridge
Sunniside - Thornley - Thornley - Thringarth - Toft Hill - Tow Law - Tudhoe
Waldridge - Wearhead - West Auckland - West Rainton - Westerton - Westgate
Westwick - Wheatley Hill - Whorlton - Willington - Witton le Wear - Witton Park
Wolsingham - Woodham - Woodland - Wycliffe
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 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.
Trial Stay - 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.
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