The High Wycombe branch of a company which provides home from home care for dogs, instead of kennelling, has celebrated its 20th birthday.

The High Wycombe branch of the company opened in 2000, and is celebrating how its helped people who don't have the times or funds to own a pet, enjoy part-time ownership.

Jennifer Davies has been a ‘host’ dog sitter for Barking Mad for nearly fourteen years and believes that this has changed her life.

She said: "The best thing about hosting is – unconditional love!

"I always get a lovely good morning greeting with lots of tail wagging and I am much fitter, I have lost five stone in weight.

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"Having a dog is much the same as having a baby – people talk to you and make a fuss of the dogs. I have met so many new people with dogs and without.

"I have a son who lives in Guernsey who I visit regularly, and I like going on holidays with my friends.

"If I had my own dog, this would make things more complicated and with Barking Mad, I always say I have all of the pleasure and none of the expense or worry about what would happen if I became unwell.”

Various studies have shown that patting and walking dogs can help people feel more relaxed and less anxious, which can make a difference to both physical and mental well-being.

Research also suggests that those who care for dogs are less likely to be socially isolated.

Owner-operator of Barking Mad High Wycombe, Carrie Jones, said: “As Barking Mad celebrates its 20th anniversary, our proudest achievement is the happiness which holidaying dogs have brought to the lives of our host families.

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"We match friendly dogs to hosts’ preferences and lifestyle, for their holidays and short breaks.

"It’s ideal for retirees, home-based workers and teachers in school holidays.

"We take care of everything, including chauffeuring dogs to our hosts’ homes with all their essentials and providing 24/7 support.

"Hosts experience all the benefits of dog companionship without any of the emotional or financial responsibilities of full-time pet ownership.”

To find out more about becoming a Barking Mad host call 01494 362 362 or visit