Dog lover’s solution to modern day loneliness 

Dog lover’s solution to modern day loneliness 


Jennifer Curtin

In a first for Ireland, volunteer dog cuddling is being offered as an antidote to the problem of loneliness in modern society by lifelong dog lover, Jennifer Curtin.

She is proudly introducing the bespoke Barking Mad dog holiday service to the Limerick, Galway and Clare area.

Jennifer said: “Our 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 teachers. We offer 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. We take care of everything, including chauffeuring your doggy guest to your home with all their essentials whilst providing 24/7 support and insurance.

Caring for a friendly dog on a temporary basis and meeting other likeminded dog lovers can really help overcome feelings of isolation. Not only are canine cuddles provided but also the motivation to go and take a walk, benefitting your health and wellbeing.”

If you are a dog owner and don’t like the idea of leaving your pooch in kennels when you go away on holiday, pet professional Jennifer can match them to a carefully chosen host family, who will care for them as their own.

The Barking Mad dog sitting service has been delighting thousands of happy customers in the UK for the last twenty years and is rated 5* by the independent review platform Trustpilot.

To find out more about Barking Mad, you can call Jennifer on freephone 1800 3688 109 or email  or visit


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.