Dog Lovers’ Solution to Modern Day Loneliness

Volunteer dog cuddling is being offered by Barking Mad Dog Care 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.

Research into isolation and loneliness from the British Red Cross and Co-op found that over 9 million people in the UK, almost a fifth of the population, say they are ‘always or often lonely’.

Lee Dancy, Barking Mad Founder and MD, said:

“Whilst retirement and remote working have obvious advantages, being alone 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 technology or app. Caring for a friendly dog not only provides canine cuddles (far better than any virtual hug) but also the motivation to go out on regular walks.

This will help to increase fitness levels, improve the feeling of well-being and provide the opportunity of chatting to other dog walkers you encounter. After all, an adorable dog is a great conversation starter!”

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. It offers the opportunity to look after carefully vetted dogs in your own home, while their owners are away on holiday. Insurance, transport and administration are all taken care of. Hosts experience all the benefits of dog companionship without any of the emotional or financial responsibilities of full time pet ownership.

There is also a social side to the Barking Mad Host Community, with dog lovers attending coffee mornings, dog walks, Christmas parties, shows and events on a local basis.

Lee Dancy concludes,

“It is such a wonderful feeling to see groups of like-minded people brought together, where the common thread is the love of dogs. Conversations and friendships are struck up easily over a shared interest and people love the sense of community.”

To find out more about becoming a Barking Mad host, click here or you can call 015242 76476


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