Barking Mad Sue Named Top Dog at National Conference

Barking Mad Dog Care have named MK-based dog business owner Sue Garrett as their 2019 Newcomer of the Year.

Garrett collected the new business accolade at the group’s 16th National Conference last weekend.

The franchised service provides bespoke holidays for dogs whilst their owners are away, and they celebrated at the Low Wood Bay Resort in the Lake District, with the Milton Keynes branch beating off stiff competition to be top dog.

The event led by Managing Director, Lee Dancy, was a thank you for all the hard work from the dog care providers across the UK and marked 19 years of continued success.

Lee Dancy said: “We were delighted to reward Sue’s hard work in growing her brand-new business, recognising her highly proactive and consistent approach. She has developed the franchise and made it her own, consistently operating well and with great professionalism.

Sue has also built a thriving community of dog sitting host families, improving and enriching the lives of local people with dog companionship.”

Sue said: “Being overwhelmed at winning this award is an understatement…there are many other franchisees, all deserving of such recognition so to be picked ‘top dog’ for newcomer of the year was truly an honour. After previously working for a local renowned amplifier company for 28 years, taking the big step of setting up your own business in a competitive market was quite daunting.

“I had always wanted to work with dogs so when the opportunity arose to purchase the Barking Mad franchise for the Milton Keynes area I jumped at the chance. What more could I ask for than meeting wonderful friendly dogs on a daily basis and an excuse for a cuppa and a chat with our fantastic host families.

“The support we receive from K-9 head office which is based in Kirkby Lonsdale, Lake District is 2nd to none…just wished I had taken the plunge a lot sooner.”

The Barking Mad concept is centred on accommodating dogs in a caring environment, ensuring their routine is kept as consistent as possible with a loving, local host family.

The Barking Mad brand, part of the Franchise Brands plc group of companies, is recognised across the pet care sector and the franchise industry as well as the great British pet loving public.

Barking Mad is part of the Franchise Brands plc group of companies and is the UK’s favourite dog holiday company, as verified by TrustPilot. Contact Barking Mad at to find your dog’s home from home today.

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