Doggy 'Temps' ease Remote Workers' Loneliness and Struggle to Unplug | Knutsford Times

Doggy ‘Temps’ ease Remote Workers’ Loneliness and Struggle to Unplug

By on July 31, 2019

Local dog sitting service provider, Barking Mad Knutsford is offering a solution to the potential loneliness and inability to switch off that can result from remote working. For those who work from home or are retired, and are spending large chunks of time alone, caring for a waggy-tailed companion on a temporary basis could really help to overcome feelings of isolation.

Amanda Prentice of Barking Mad Knutsford said,

“It’s like Bring Your Dog to Work Day in reverse! If you work from home, we can bring you a lovely, friendly dog to care for whilst their owner is away on holiday, subject to you meeting our host criteria. We take care of everything, included chauffeuring the dog to your home with all their essentials and providing 24/7 support. Caring for a friendly dog not only provides canine cuddles (far better than any virtual hug) but also the motivation to step away from your emails and go and take a walk at lunchtime.”

Sarah Spendlove, an artist who works from home and hosts for Barking Mad, said:

“As a host, the process has been really straight forward and well organised. I’ve enjoyed the companionship, exercise and everything else that comes with dog sitting. I’d definitely recommend Barking Mad to others, as it’s brought bundles of furry joy into my home, and I always want to give them the best holiday full of walks and playtime!”

‘The State of Remote Work’, Buffer’s 2019 annual report which surveyed 2,471 workers, concludes:

“Remote work isn’t always as Instagram-worthy as it may seem. In fact, many remote workers struggle with unplugging from their work, loneliness and communicating.”

CEO of fully remote company Doist, Amir Salihefendic, also recognises the problem and said:

“We need to acknowledge that isolation, anxiety and depression are significant problems when working remotely and we must figure out ways and systems to resolve these complex issues.”

The community of Barking Mad host families consists of active retired people and those who either work from home or have extended periods away from work. 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, you can call Amanda Prentice on 01565 760165 or visit

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Lucy Thorpe is a freelance journalist who writes for the Knutsford Times - covering stories and news in and around Cheshire and Greater Manchester. If you've got a story to share, or would like to speak to Lucy, please email

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