What We Do

Your dog will enjoy staying here at our countryside kennels.

You will have peace of mind while you're away knowing that your dog is well cared for and happy.

Kennels

Clean-Sanitary facilities with indoor/outdoor runs, heat and air-conditioning, soft music and access to fresh spring water at all times. Being a small kennel, each dog gets plenty of love, attention, and handling. The dogs have lots of human company and are checked on often. We welcome your inspection.

Less Pet Stress

We work hard to make your dogs' visits here enjoyable with those extra comforts not ordinarily found in boarding kennels.

Play Area

You've probably seen dogs romping in the woods, chewing sticks, digging, chasing and rolling… having fun! This is why we designed our mountainside play yard. Shady, natural and safely fenced. Kiddie pool provided in the summer. The daily freedom to run releases any tension created by boarding and makes for a very enjoyable stay.

We will exercise and play with your dog individually every day in a fenced play area at a small additional charge.

Comfort

We encourage you to bring your dog's bones, treats, toys, medicines, etc., for making him feel at home away from home. Food is provided, however, we are most willing to feed special diet food that you bring, and we will administer medicines to most dogs. We are not responsible for lost or chewed items.

Health Records

All new clients must bring veterinarian health records upon their first stay here. All dogs must be up-to-date on the following vaccines: DHLP, Parvovirus and Rabies. No Exceptions!

Kennel cough vaccines and Heartworm Preventative are required. Please seek your veterinarian’s advise on this.

The name of your dog’s vet is kept on record. In case of illness every effort will be made to contract him/her. If not available, our regular vet will be contacted. You will be billed upon your return.

Grooming

We offer grooming, always done according to the owner's instructions. Your dog will be handled in a gentle manner and groomed with a personal touch.

Many people have their dogs groomed at the end of a stay here so that he/she is extra fresh and clean upon returning home. When done with a gentle, caring approach, and on a regular basis, most dogs enjoy being groomed. An added benefit of routine grooming is that it takes less time. This translates to a lower cost for you per visit. Most dogs require grooming every 6-8 weeks.

Dogs are bathed in mild, natural products that discourage fleas, but are safe to us, your dog and the environment. We only use insecticides (flea dip) on stubborn flea infestation, never routinely.

Helpful Hints

To maximize your pet's vacation and help reduce stress you may want to bring the following:

Please remember to bring all shot records or you may fax them to 540-427-0449.

WE REQUIRE THE FOLLOWING VACCINES:

For your dog's good health we highly recommend various worm and parasite preventatives as well as flea and tick protection.

About Us

About the Owners

An introduction to the new owner of Country Air Vacation Kennels: Ann-Marie Transue grew up in Pennsylvania and Charlottesville, Va. but has called the Roanoke area home after graduating from Virginia Tech with a bachelor's degree in Wildlife management.  After doing her time in corporate America, Ann-Marie made the decision to return to her love of animals as a career and went back to school to become a professional dog trainer.  She has been a supervisor in a local dog daycare, taught many hours of training classes for pets and their caretakers, and has provided boarding for her clients for the past several years. She took additional training and went through an apprenticeship to become a certified dog groomer as well.

Ann-Marie is active in the local dog rescue world as a foster and has especially enjoyed teaching a Train to Adopt class for shelter dogs to help them learn the skills they need to be adopted into a loving family. Her life has fully "gone to the dogs" since leaving her office job and she loves it!

Ann-Marie was thrilled when the opportunity to purchase Country Air Vacation Kennels from Darlene became available. She looks forward to meeting all of your furry family members and making sure that you continue to enjoy the peace of mind that they are well cared for and are having fun during their stay with us at Country Air. Please feel free to reach out to Ann-Marie with any suggestions that you may have moving forward.

On Site Manager

We value the trust you have placed in us to care for your VIP, therefore we provide an onsite manager. The onsite manager is there in case of any unforeseen emergencies, bad weather and your peace of mind. Our manager, Lee Kearney, lives on the property with her family, and looks after the dogs, the kennels, and the property on a day-to-day basis. With two Great Danes, a Bassett and five cats of her own (not to mention a flock of 34 hens), there is no doubt that Lee brings her own love and devotion to animals with her to Country Air. Always on the go with at least three different projects going on at one time, one never knows what she will come up with next – from ideas to decorate the yards and property to new ways to entertain her furry guests. She likens taking care of the guests to having her grandchildren over: play with ‘em, spoil ‘em rotten, clean ‘em up and send them home!

Fees

  • $16/day
  • $10 each additional pet (co-boarding)
  • $13/day additional pet in separate run

Includes:

  • 2 periods of playtime
  • lamb and rice dry dog food
  • mats and blankets
  • unlimited TLC, ear rubs, back scratches & body massages!

Additional exercise periods are available. Call for price.

Bath fee varies depending on size (includes nails and ear cleaning)

Directions

We are conveniently located about 10 minutes from any of these starting points:

  • From Tanglewood Mall take U.S. 220 South past Clearbrook. Turn left on to Yellow Mountain Road (668). Turn right on to Maryland Road (667). Go to stop sign and turn left on to Bandy Road. Turn right on to Old Virginia Springs Road. We are ½ mile on your left-see sign.
  • From Route 116 in Mount Pleasant, ¼ mile past Parkway Underpass, turn right on to Sterling Road, left at stop sign on Bandy Road (666), go 2 ½ miles and turn left of Old Virginia Springs Road (667). We are ½ mile on your left-see sign.
  • From Vinton (allow 15 minutes) follow Route 24, turn left on Bennington Street (Advance Auto). Turn left on Route 116 (at Food Lion), right on Sterling, left on Bandy Road and left on Old Virginia Springs Road. We are ½ mile on your left-see sign.
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