Barking Mad - Somerset
- Dog home boarding in Somerset
- Because dogs deserve a holiday too
- 5 Star professional service
- Sleepovers & long stay
- Friendly personal service
- Door to door collection and delivery
Barking Mad - Dog Home Boarding in Somerset
Amy & Naomi Clarke
We are Naomi and Amy Clarke from Barking Mad - Somerset, sisters-in-law (Amy married Naomi’s brother) who have lived in Somerset for most of their lives. We first met working at Ferne Animal Sanctuary in the late 1990’s and have been friends ever since.
We have both always lived with dogs since a young age and wouldn’t be without out them. Currently Naomi has two dogs, Maggie who is an 11 year old GSD x retriever that can be relied upon to be steady (although this was not always the case!) and good natured and Sprocket a 3 year old Sprocker spaniel who is loving and loyal but also has a lot of baggage. Amy has Raymond an 11 year old Jack Russell cross who rules the roost!
Naomi has worked at Ferne Animal Sanctuary for the best part of 17 years, becoming the Animal Care Manager 7 years ago. In this role one of her main jobs was to oversee the rehoming of rescue dogs which involved matching dogs with suitable owners to find their forever home.
Amy followed an interest in animal behaviour and biology to university and became a secondary school teacher 7 years ago. Throughout this time studying dogs and their behaviour in her spare time.
We had an opportunity to buy the Barking Mad Franchise for Taunton which we couldn’t let pass us by. With our combined experience professionally and as dog owners we will be confident in matching your dog to the correct host so that you can go away knowing that your dog will be enjoying his or her holiday as much as you are enjoying yours.
Taunton - Bridgwater - Burnham On Sea - Highbridge - Langport
Somerton - Martock - South Petherton - Stoke Sub Hamdon
Montacute - Merriott - Hinton St George - Crewkerne - Ilminster - Chard - Wellington
Dulverton - Watchet - Minehead
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.