Didsbury Dog Lovers’ Solution to Modern Day Loneliness

This year ‘Blue Monday’ falls on 21st January, Described as the ‘most depressing day of the year’, Blue Monday is known as the day when people feel at their lowest either due to the weather, lack of exercise, isolation or post Christmas lethargy.

Volunteer dog cuddling is being offered by Barking Mad Huddersfield & Halifax as an antidote to the problem of loneliness in modern society. For those who are retired or work from home and are spending large chunks of time alone, caring for a waggy-tailed companion on a temporary basis and meeting other like minded dog lovers could really help to overcome feelings of isolation.

The perception of loneliness as mainly an issue for the older generation is now proving inaccurate, as a study from the Office for National Statistics suggests that young adults are more likely to feel lonely than older age groups. Due to huge advances in technology, the number of freelancers and remote workers is rising, with an article in Business Leader claiming that a ‘third of business owners think that workforce will work remotely by 2020.’

Mark of Barking Mad Huddersfield & Halifax said “Whilst remote working has obvious advantages, working alone under pressure and not having the physical presence of a team to support you can lead to loneliness that can’t be fixed by any kind of app. Caring for a friendly dog not only provides canine cuddles (far better than any virtual hug) but also the motivation to go and take a winter walk at lunchtime, increasing the likelihood of adhering to New Year fitness resolutions.”

The community of Barking Mad host families mainly consists of active retired people and those who either work from home or have extended periods away from work such as those who work in schools or colleges. It offers the opportunity to care for dogs in your own home, while their owners are away on holiday. 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 and help banish those January blues, you can call Mark on 01484 599420, email mark.abbott@barkingmad.uk.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/BarkingMadDogCareHuddersfield/ or https://www.barkingmad.uk.com/local/yorkshire/huddersfield/

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 www.barkingmad.uk.com to find your dog’s home from home today.

Bringing Your Dog to Work is far From Barking Mad!

Barking Mad Prince with Mum BrendaIn today’s pet friendly climate, dogs appear to be being made welcome in more ways than ever.

Fancy a coffee with your pooch in tow? – Just visit a dog friendly café.

Want to book a holiday? – You will be astounded at the sheer volume of accommodation that now welcomes our four legged friends.

There are limits however, or are there? Some forward thinking companies, such as Google, are now allowing employees to bring sociable dogs to work in their head-quarters all year round, a sentiment endorsed by local dog sitters, Barking Mad Huddersfield & Halifax whose dogs Bertie, Basil, Ollie, Oscar & Daisy May plays a real role in their business.

For everyone else, whose employers might not normally be so dog friendly, the UK’s fifth official Bring Your Dog to Work Day will take place on Friday 22nd June, encouraging businesses to welcome employees’ canine companions into the workplace just for one day, to raise money for charity.

The event was founded by and is organised by ethical dog grooming product company, HOWND and aims to raise money for All Dogs Matter, Animals Asia and other charities chosen by participants. www.bringyourdogtoworkday.co.uk states, of the benefits of taking part:

“Many scientific studies have concluded that the presence of pets can substantially reduce a person’s stress level in the workplace. Increased job satisfaction, team co-operation and morale have all been reported in employees that spend the workday with their pets.”

A study published by the International Journal of Workplace Health Management (2010) adds weight to this argument, by concluding that the presence of dogs in the work place even had a positive effect on those employees who didn’t have a dog of their own.

As you might expect, 5* rated dog sitters, Barking Mad Huddersfield & Halifax are a huge advocate and official sponsor of the special day. Owner/operator, Mark Abbott says: “We love the idea of being able to take your four legged best friend to work with you. Bring Your Dog to Work Day is a fantastic way to raise funds for animal charities and promote the positive effects of spending time with dogs.

We would also like to make people aware that if you don’t currently have a dog of your own and feel like you are missing out on companionship, exercise and fun, we offer a volunteer opportunity to be a host for dogs whose owners on holiday. Our hosts experience all the benefits of dog ownership without the full time commitment and with the reassurance of 24/7 support. Insurance, administration and transport are also all taken care of. We’d love to chat to you on -1484 599420 if you feel that this opportunity could benefit your life.”

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 www.barkingmad.uk.com to find your dog’s home from home today.

Barking Mad are Dogs for Good

Local Dog Lovers Help Change and Enrich Lives

 

Dogs for Good charity talk HD8 Network MemberLocal dog sitters, Barking Mad Huddersfield & Halifax, are asking fellow dog lovers to join them in helping to change lives.

The dog holiday specialists have officially partnered with Dogs for Good, a life transforming charity which creates partnerships between people living with disability and specially trained assistance dogs.

 

BarkingMad dog sitters conference HD8 Network Member

Mark Abbott of Huddersfield & Halifax enthused “We are so proud to announce that Dogs for Good is Barking Mad’s chosen charity for 2018! Dogs for Good train assistance dogs to support adults and children with a wide range of disabilities and also children with autism, in order to enrich and improve lives. This is particularly relevant to the work which we undertake with our own dog sitting Host Community. We offer the opportunity to care for someone else’s dog whilst its owners are away and through this initiative, we witness the amazing difference that canine companions can make in terms of improving social interaction and fitness every day.”

Cathryn Simpson, Corporate Partnerships Manager for Dogs for Good said ‘We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Barking Mad in 2018, there’s obvious synergy between the two organisations in respect of the dogs but more importantly the ethos of both organisations is closely matched and this is important to ensure a successful partnership. Thank you to everyone for getting involved!”

How can you get involved?

Barking Mad Huddersfield & Halifax’s ultimate wish Barking Mad support Dogs for Good HD8 Network Memberwould be to raise enough money to fund the training of a Dogs for Good puppy and would really appreciate your help!

Throughout 2018 they plan to hold fundraising events including and would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved.

Mark Abbott can be contacted on 01484 599420 and you can also visit https://www.barkingmad.uk.com/franchisees/huddersfield-halifax/ to find out more.

In the new year they will also be introducing an initiative to enable customers to make a voluntary donation of a pound, with every booking made with their dog home boarding service.

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 www.barkingmad.uk.com to find your dog’s home from home today.

 

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