Cathy T.
Leesburg, VA

I have been meaning to write and thank you again for taking such good care of my dog Buddy over the Christmas break.   
I had been worried because he had never been anywhere boarding except his vets.  He came back full of life as if he really
enjoyed himself. Im so happy to have discovered your wonderful boarding kennel.  Thank you so much.  I look forward to having Buddy stay again sometime.

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Mary G.
Leesburg, VA

We have been taking our dogs Ranger and Scout here for years and couldn't be happier.  More importantly, the dogs are happy -- they get excited as we get close, and knock each other over to get inside the kennel.  Carla and Gene have always been accommodating of our schedule changes and last minute requests, and are a joy to work with.  And the location right off Evergreen Mill can't be beat for convenience.  We really like the homey, country setting for our dogs when we have to be away.  Highly recommend. .

Colleen Mosley


We are super thankful for Shadows Retreat. Our dog, Cookie has gone to the traditional pet hotel, and gets lots of anxiety. That type of center does not work for him. However, Gene and Carla treat him as if he were their own. He loves getting out so many times a day to play. They send us pictures and videos to show us how he is doing. We are a bit overprotective, but they don’t mind us, and they take such good care of our puppy. I would advise anyone and everyone to have their dog dog stay in this kennel.  It truly is a retreat experience!

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Katerina D.
Round Hill, VA

Our dog was in a kennel before, but she was never excited to go back. Carla and Gene are serious dog people and take very good care of them. They were always able to take her on just hours notice when we were in the process of selling the house and needed a dog free house for a day or two. And finally, the price is right as well. Highly recommend.

​​​​​​​​​Angie M
Ashburn, VA

Gene and Carla are great!  I recommend Shadow's Retreat to anyone who loves their pup.  We have taken our very energetic Boxer there at least 12 times, maybe more, for stays ranging from one day to ten days.  We will never use another kennel now that I found Shadow's Retreat.  

When we first moved to the area, we took our dog to a couple of other local kennels; one in particular is a large, well-known one in Leesburg.  Every time we picked him up from that kennel, even after one or two days, he was a nervous wreck!  During one stay, we received a call that he was so upset that his feet were bleeding because he was trying so hard to get out of his crate, which is absolutely not consistent with his personality.  The kennel asked if their vet could give him a sedative!  Being out of state and unable to return for several more days, I felt I had no choice so I said yes to the sedative.  That was the last time he stayed there!  Also, every time he came home from that kennel he had a horrible cough that lingered for days, even the time he was there for one day!

This is not at all the case with Shadow's Retreat.  I think it's because Gene and Carla only allow a small number of dogs at their kennel at a time, there is not has much commotion and stress for the dogs.  When we pick him up, other than the excitement to see us (of course), he is the same dog as we dropped off.  However, every time he comes home from there his "manners" have always improved because he has been taught a command or trick.  Also, Gene and Carla have given me a few pointers on how to handle the large bundle of energy that is my dog.  In fact, I believe that have played a large part in his learning to control himself around other people and to listen and obey commands

Beth Hall

Chantilly, VA

​Our dog has been going to Shadow;s Retreat for years.  We went to a different more "institutionalized" standard kennel once and our dog was really shaking when we took him back a second time.  His response is totally different at Shadow's Retreat.

When we drive down the gravel road he jumps up in the car and gets all excited.  He is very happy going and very content when we return.  He gets lots of personal attention.  Gene and Carla are dog people! We feel very comfortable leaving our "family member" at Shadow's Retreat.​.

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