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Pamela P.

86 Reviews
16 Repeat Guests
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  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4 hours
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated

Pamela's Resident Pets

Snickers & Candi
Australian Shepherd
6 yr 3 mo old
Yorkshire Terrier
11 yr 0 mo old
13 yr 3 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Pamela's House

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Outdoor area
Smoke-free home
Air-conditioned inside

About Pamela

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
18 Acres of 100% private & secluded property located in Southwest Roanoke County surrounded by hundreds of other wooded undeveloped land yet only 10 miles to Downtown Roanoke, VA. Animals need a vacation home that keeps them stress free while their owners are de-stressing on their vacation! Visiting my home/property would give any animal that safe haven feel and lots of love and attention. There are lots of woods and trails to walk the animals on and it is very quiet and peaceful with no busy roads or any sort of traffic or neighbors even driving by. Located on a privately owned road~off the beaten path !
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety

Pamela P.

86 Reviews
16 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated December 20, 2016


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Pamela's Home
$29 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
86 Reviews
Pam's house is like Bella's second home. We typically drive ~45 minutes extra each way to drop Bella off at Pam's house when we go out of town but its well worth the extra time knowing Bella is well taken care of and its so easy coordinating a time to drop off / pick up with Pam.
Thanks so much Pam & Mark for always treating Scouty like one of your own!
We are so happy we found Pamela! Our trip was made so much nicer because we felt confident our Kona was well cared for. I would whole heartedly recommend Pamela and will use her again in the future for our pup!
Pepper loves her visits with Pam and Mark. She starts getting excited when she sees we're heading up their road. They are caring people who take care of our little dog.
I can't express how happy I am with choosing Pamela to watch my puppy for a weekend. She kept me updated, and was super friendly and reassuring. I definitely recommend Pamela!
Our dog Bella is more excited to see Pam than she is to see us. Pam's house is like Bella's second home - she loves being there! And Pam sends updates frequently so we never worry.
Pepper had another relaxing stay with Pam and Mark. It is great when we're traveling to know that she is in such capable, caring hands. She really seems to enjoy her stays on the mountain.
thanks for taking Scout on short notice! thanks for the pics, she had a perfect time in the creek and visiting her four-legged friends :)
thanks so much Pam & Mark! Scout had a great safe time as always!
Another 5 stars vacation for Moto!
Pam is the best! Our plane flight home was delayed and she was really accommodating when we had to adjust the time to pick up our dog, Bella. But more important - Bella loves visiting! And we love getting pictures while away - from Bella hiking with Pam to Bella sleeping on the couch :).
Pam and Mark are so accommodating with scheduling and pickup of our dog. We left Pepper and Maggie happily walking the trails with Mark showing no concern for us leaving. Pepper always enjoys her second home away from home. We really appreciate everything that Pam and Mark does for us.
Pam and Her husband is truly animal lovers and very reliable couples.
I really like the flexibility of Pam. Sometimes we need to drop off my dog at the early morning and go out of town pick up my dog late in the evening. Pam and her husband are so too nice. Recommend them always
Pam and her husband took great care of Maggie! I was sent photos regularly and given reassurance as to how Maggie was settling in. My dog sometimes has a hard time adjusting to new environments but she seemed to fit right in and feel comfortable very quickly! I have no worries as I drop her off again this weekend.
Our little dog had another great stay. She really looks forward to going to visit Pam and Mark. They send us great pictures!
Pamela is a wonderful host! My dog Sophie always has a great time with her. Great place to have her stay and I feel she is very safe :)
Pam is amazingly attentive! She took great care of our dog Bella. Best part we never had to worry while on vacation. We've already booked Bella to stay with Pam again.
Once again, a wonderful visit for Mica with Pam and Mark. They went out of their way to accomodate us even though Pam had just had surgery - above and beyond the call! They are terrific hosts and we feel super comfortable leaving our dog in their care. Thanks Pam and Mark - you are both the best.
We loved getting pictures and video updates of Bella!
Pepper enjoyed another "mini-vacation" with Pam and Mark. It's great to be able to go out of town and leave our little dog with folks she really enjoys seeing. We feel great leaving Pepper in such a caring, welcoming environment.
We are so thankful we found Pam and her husband to keep Max. They did a wonderful job with him. Loved the pictures and the updates sent to us during the week of his stay. Once we were home we could tell he had been very active because he was instigating play with us like he did when he was a puppy (He's 11 years old). We are especially grateful for the meet and greet we had before the stay. This put us a ease immediately. We truly believe they made Max feel loved and treated him as their own.
Wow! KatieBug was so happy to see her friends at Four Paws Retreat again so soon - this time for a few days. Pam and Mark gave her a new ball to play with - just her size. KatieBug LOVES playing ball. She will even let you have it back to throw, sometimes... She was all smiles when we put her in the car to head home. Can't wait to come back to the FPR!
Pam and Mark came to my rescue on short notice. I planned a day trip with relatives from out of town. Our 'KatieBug' needed a 'playdate' with her good friends at Four Paws Retreat. She was so happy for her time there!
Our puppy loves it here!
Another fun vacation for Moto. From the video Pam sent me, I didn't think my dog miss us at all lol. Moto just loves staying with Pam when we are away.
Pepper had another wonderful stay with Pam and Mark. She looks forward to these little "mini-vacations" at Pam's house, where she quickly becomes part of the family.
Our dog Sansa had the best weekend while we were away. Pamela sent us a dozen pictures that helped ease our anxiety. We will definitely book with Pamela in the future!
Pam is just a life saver to us. We stuck in Canada due to the snow storm and our flights were cancelled, we couldn't get on the plane until 2 days later. So I called Pam at the last minute and ask if she could keep Moto for couple of days and she said yes. Finally when we picked up our puppy, we saw him were chasing around and playing with Pam's dogs and kittens, Moto had been having so much fun in Pam's house. It was a vacation for Moto as well every time we boarding him here haha.
I didn't see my last review, so I am submitting it again. Pam was very accommodating in scheduling the stay and extending the stay for Pepper. As always Pepper made herself right at home. Pam and Mark are wonderful hosts and I highly recommend them.
5 stars as always! Scout had such a great safe vacation, relaxing and playing with Pam and Mark's pups and visitors (we appreciate all the pictures)!
Every time Moto in Pam's house, he just non stop having fun with her other dogs. Love to see the pictures and videos that Pam sent us. The boarding seems like a vacation trip for Moto as well. Five stars!
Jack is a finicky pup -- that's the chow in him. However, when we picked him up he was happy and healthy -- thanks to Pam and their wonderful home. Definitely will book another stay. He's 9 years old, and it's good to know he is well cared for.
Pam did a phenomenal job with my dog Sophie! Getting pictures of her playing through the DogVacay app put my mind at ease! It is like a puppy mountain resort and I know she'll have another stay. Thank you!
Again worry free five star boarding in Pam's house. Best experience.
We went on a complicated vacation for almost 2 weeks - it included several stops and our Son's wedding. It was nice to know that there was one thing we didn't have to worry about - our little girl, Katie's, vacation. She LOVES going to visit Four Paws Retreat. Pam and Mark are the Best. It was reassuring to get updates about her stay that actually 'showed' her having the time of her life! No worries.
Pepper met a new friend Katie at Pam's this time. She has such a good time there playing with the other dogs and watching Nascar with Mark. She thinks of Pam and Mark's place as her second home.
Another great 'play date' for Katie at Four Paws Retreat! She drug me to their front door ready to have some fun. She and Pam and Mark are 'best buds' now. Looking forward to a long 'retreat' next time! Pawsome!!
Katie had the best time at Four Paws Retreat! I really don't think she would have minded if we forgot to pick her up. Can't wait for another 'play' date at the Retreat!
Pepper enjoyed her weekend stay with Pam and Mark as she always does, and Pam sent us some really cute pics of Pepper hanging out and taking walks with the rest of the pack. Pepper really understands me when I tell her that she's going to Pam's and she gets so excited when I start packing her things. It's so nice to know she's having as much fun as we are.
This is the second time take my dog back to Pam and we are giving a five stars rating as last time.:)
Our second visit with Pam and Mark and can't say how comfortable we feel leaving our dog in their care. What great peace of mind it brings us. Thanks for your care and thoughtfulness.
Another perfect vacation for Scout, such fun playing with Pam and Mark's niece!
Our beagle enjoyed his stay with Pamela and her family. He was nice and tired for the car ride to the beach, a high compliment. I enjoyed the photo updates all weekend and I know he appreciated the amount of outdoor time as a city pup. Pamela and her family with flexible with drop off and pick up times around the wedding events schedule as well. would highly recommend this country pup retreat.
What a wonderful experience for both us (the owners) and the client (Mica - 4.5 year old Australian shepherd). Pam and Mike are warm, gentle folks and made Mica feel right at home. Sent lots of pictures (that is so reassuring) and emails letting us know that she was fitting in, getting comfortable, and having fun. I highly recommend this service and these hosts to others.
Thanks so much Pam and Mark for treating Scout like part of your family! Also for taking her on short notice, much appreciated!
Pamela and Mark went beyond the 'call of duty' to make sure that our Katie's first stay with a sitter was a wonderful experience! We knew before we left her there that she would be in good hands. We loved the updates and the photos while we were away. So thankful for this website!
Pam and her husband Mark are just just one of the kindest hosts. we were away for almost 10 days I was worrying my puppy at first, Pam sent me picture every day which I really appreciated very much. In those pictures I can tell my puppy was having such a good time bonding with Pam and Mark, play well along with their dogs, enjoying those trail walking together etc. I felt so relax when I knew my dog had been well taken care of, running around in their big house, playing nicely with their dogs, instead of sending him to dog hotel. I definitely will take my dog come back to them again.
The best reason we have for leaving our pets with Pamela is the fact that we don't have to worry about the quality of care they will receive, it's exceptional. It's like leaving your dogs at a 5 star hotel. I highly recommend Pamela because of the care she provides.
Another worry-free vacation for Scout! thanks Pam and Mark!
Thanks so much Pam and Mark! Scout had a great time as usual and we enjoyed the pictures of her meeting new friends!
Pam, thanks so much for all of the wonderful pictures. Pepper looked like she was having so much fun playing with Gypsy and hanging out with Scout. I loved the Princess Pepper one.
Pam sent us the cutest pictures of Pepper hanging out and cuddling up with Mark on the sofa. Pepper has no qualms whatsoever when we leave her. She just makes herself at home with Pam and her family pets, so we can leave town and not worry about her.
another great stay, and thanks Pam for taking Scout on short notice!
We were looking for a place to board our dogs while we were vacationing for 30 days. Pam and Mark P. exceeded our expectations! They forwarded us photographs every few days, and our dogs appeared to be content and well-kept. They also were taken for daily walks on the trails around their property when rain did not intervene. Pam and Mark paid attention to details regarding the care for our dogs, and they followed all instructions that we provided. In short, we highly recommend Pam and Mark for your dog care needs, and we intend to use their services in the future.
Pepper had a blast at Pam's house playing with her dog Gypsie as evidenced by the many cute pictures of Pepper and Gypsie playing together that we received while away. Pepper is so excited when she arrives at Pam's house that she doesn't even care that I've left her and that is so reassuring.
Another great vacation for Pepper. She loves roaming with the other dogs and playing on the bed. We appreciate the cute and playful pictures and excellent care.
Pepper enjoyed another great week with Pam and Mark as evidenced by her happily playing with the other house guests when we arrived and the relaxed and playful pics of Pepper which we received throughout the week. Pepper had no reservations about being left there. We had not a single worry while we were on vacation knowing she was in good hands. Thanks for everything you do.
Another safe fun vacation for Scout! We forgot to bring her ball, and Pam made sure Scout got one to play with anyway :) Thanks Pam and Mark!
Another perfect vacation for Scout-- thanks so much Pam and Mark!
From the moment our dog Pepper entered Pamela’s home, I knew that she was comfortable in the new environment. Pepper immediately explored Pamela’s house on her own introducing herself to Pamela’s inside dogs. My husband and I were able to have a worry free weekend knowing Pepper was in a loving home. Pamela took several pictures of our dog during the stay which showed that Pepper had a good time roaming with her dogs. Pamela and Mark were wonderful caretakers of our dog, and they were very flexible with the drop off and pick up times. My husband and I definitely plan to use them again and we highly recommend them. And I am so happy to have found Dog Vacay so our little dog doesn't have to experience an uncomfortable, scary kennel when we need to be away. Thanks so much for the loving care, Pamela and Mark!
Our puppy had recently been rescued from a shelter and we didn't want to leave her in a traditional kennel, we wanted her to be in a home environment with loving people. We are so glad we found Pam, our puppy was very comfortable with her and we could tell she bonded with her. When we picked her up, she was running, jumping and playing with the other dogs in the home and seemed perfectly content. We will definitely use Pamela again, it's nice to have peace of mind when we go out of town and not have to worry about how our puppy is coping.
Scout has so much fun with Pam, Mark and their furry always a worry-free vacation for our pup! Thanks again Pam!
Scout was so happy to see Pam and Mark that she didn't care we were leaving! Pam's care & updates let us travel worry free. Thanks again Pam!
Pamela is a great Dog Vacay host!! We almost didn't get her because she had hurt her foot. We don't know what we would have done if she had cancelled on us. We love taking our two schnauzers to her house. She has other dogs and seems to know how to make ours comfortable. We look forward to another trip, knowing that we don't have to worry about "our kids" while we're gone. Thanks, Pam and Mark!!
another worry-free vacation for Scout!
We feel so comfortable leaving Sara with Pamela! Sara's diet requires strict feeding times and her meds must be given as well; Pamela is very willing to follow that schedule. Sara is treated like a member of the family, she is loved, exercised, and safe.
Pamela also bends over backwards to accommodate our flight times both dropping off and picking up. This is unheard of with kennels!
We love getting pics of Sara on vacay - which helps us enjoy our vacay!!
This was Lola's first time with Pam and she did great. It's a comfort to know you can leave your dog with Pam and not worry when away. Lola seemed right at home. Thanks to Pam for everything. It worked out very well!
A huge thanks to Pamela. We appreciate her willingness to give Sara her meds throughout the day. It is so nice to know she is in a home and can go in and out without restriction to a cage or kennel. Our trip home was way off schedule, and Pam was very accommodating in letting us pick her up hours later than we had planned.
5 Paws is really not enough!!
Our boxer, Roscoe, once again enjoyed his 8 day stay with Pam on his doggie vacation! Pam was very accommodating to our limited schedule for drop off and pick up. Couldn't have asked for Roscoe to be taken care of any better. Highly recommend Pam and her family to keep your fur-babies while away!
Pam and Mark were great. Denali had a great time and we were able to relax knowing he was safe and well cared for.
A great stay again! Denali had so much fun at Pam's I'm not sure he wanted to come home! It was so nice for him to play with other dogs and to get used to a different space.
Pam and Mike were great! This was our first time leaving our dog with anyone to go out of state and needless to say we were concerned about who he would stay with seeing as we have strict rules for him. My husband and I were so pleased with Pam and her care for our family member. We were constantly updated with photos and texts throughout his stay. I would use Pam again any time!
We have been nothing but pleased for Gretchen to stay with Pam, she is so happy there! It's like she is going to play school or a pajama party because she has so many friends to play with. And I never have even 1 second of concern that she will get her meds and be taken care of with love. If Gretchen could speak english, she would probably ask when she's going back!
Another worry-free visit-- we are so happy to have found Pam for our pup. As always, Scout had lots of safe fun with Pam, Mark and their furry family!
As always, perfect vacation for Scout!! She needed meds this time, and Pam was terrific-- no worries at all!
As always, we were very satisfied with our visit to Pam's place. She sent pictures of our dogs and they looked quite happy. We will continue to use Dog Vacay as often as possible, as we feel very comfortable doing so. Thanks so much, Pam!!
Pam was wonderful!!! She sent pictures of Diesel while we were out of town and she went out of her way to make Diesel feel right at home. I highly recommend Pam for any of your boarding needs!!! Thanks Pam for taking such good care of Diesel!!!
My Gretchen (aussie) gives Pam 5 stars! She had plenty of fun doggie friends to play with the whole time and she took her medications on time. I think she was a little depressed for a couple days when we got her back home, I believe she missed her new buddies. I can tell when she isn't happy, I can read her eyes and she told me she was happy. I do believe she would love to go back!
Thank you, Pam, for being such a spectacular hostess with the mostess!!
From Pamela's initial response to our inquiry, she has made Sara's stay perfect in every way. Pam welcomed us for a visit on Thanksgiving Day to accommodate our schedule! During our visit, Sara was able to meet Pam's dogs and sniff around. Pam also was very willing to work with Sara's homeopathic diet and supplements which required time and effort. We loved getting photos and updates which let us know Sara was not only adjusting but finding her own place on the sofa! After such a wonderful experience for both Sara and us, we cannot imagine leaving Sara anywhere else while we are out of town. Awesome experience!!
Once again we were very happy to leave Roscoe with Pam and her family. It's a relaxed feeling knowing he is well taken care of while away from home. Thank You!!
After our "meet and greet" with Pamela, we felt extremely comfortable leaving our dog, Buddy. Upon our return and talking with Pamela it was clear she had spent time with Buddy as she described her interactions and evaluation of his stay.
I would not hesitate in the future to leave our dog with Pamela and highly recommend Pamela to anyone looking for a safe and loving environment for their pet.
Another perfect vacation for the pup. Thanks Pam!
I am always hesitant to leave my dogs at a kennel because of the thought of having them locked up in a kennel all day or getting sick from other dogs. I am so happy to have found Pam. Roscoe, my boxer, stayed with Pam during our beach vacation. I felt much more at ease on vacation knowing Roscoe was well taken care of and having a blast at her gorgeous home. I received updates with pictures each night. I would highly recommend her services for your dogs while you are away. From the adorable pictures of Roscoe taken by Pam while we were away, he made himself right at home. Thank you so much Pam!!
Thank you Pam, this was the first time for Roxy to stay away from home. I enjoyed your pics and updates while we were away. No worries at all:)
I am so incredibly happy I found Pam! Two of my pups (adult lab and golden retriever) vacationed with her and her husband for two weeks and didn't want to come home.

Pam and her husband are incredibly welcoming, very experienced with dogs, and clearly love their furry family. Their home is set on a beautiful mountaintop and is a fantastic retreat for any dog. They have both indoor and outdoor dogs of their own and treated my pups like family.

Pam and her husband were extremely responsive, took extra time to learn (and accommodate!) my pups preferences and routine, and sent me photos and updates every day.

I have only outstanding things to say about Pam and her husband and my two pups' time in their home. 5 stars all around!
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