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.


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.


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 advice 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.


We offer basic 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.


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

Darlene Hoover devotes all her time managing the kennel. She sees that owners instructions are following thoroughly. All dogs receive individual play time in the AM and PM and plenty of TLC throughout the day. Country Air Vacation Kennels is a family based business insuring plenty of love and affection for your pet. We offer: boarding, grooming and specialize in TLC!

John Hoover has had a deep love and understanding for dogs all his life. His family raised German Shepherds. He carried that love for dogs into his career as a police officer. John has spent 20 of his 23 years in police work as a police K-9 handler. This has enabled him to learn the different aspects of dog training and care. He has a particular interest in dog behavior and problem solving. John has devoted his life to the training of dogs.

Some of his accomplishments include:

  • North American Police Work Dog Association-Accredited Master Trainer
  • Virginia Police Work Dog Association-Accredited Master Trainer
  • Southwest Virginia Police K-9 Training Group-Founder and Head Trainer
  • Dog Behavior Consultant

On Site Assistant 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.


  • Effective September 5, 2016, $16/day
  • $10 each additional pet (co-boarding)


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

Additional exercise periods are available. Call for price.

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


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 Mayland 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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