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Little Ponderosa Pet Resort & Spa

Located five minutes from Halesford bridge at Smith Mountain Lake.   As pet parents ourselves, we realize that leaving our pets for whatever reason is always hard. Making sure they are provided with love and care while your away is always very important. We take great pride in treating each and every pet like they’re our own.  Our pets aren’t just LIKE family – they ARE family.  Whether your pet is enjoying our vacation resort, spending the day with us in our doggie daycare, or enjoying one of the spa experiences with our groomers.  Our daily photos and email updates provide you with the peace of mind they’re having a great stay with friends in a safe and loving environment.


Dog & Cat Overnight Suites

We have three size suites for our dogs that comfortably accommodate all-size dogs and large cat condos for the feline family.  All have climate-controlled AC/heating. 

Each suite has its own outside patio with shade covering so your dog can enjoy the nice gentle breeze on their outside patio.    

Each overnight guest is welcome to participate in our daycare program upon request at a reduced rate.   All guests are provided a raised bed and stainless steel bowls for their meals.  Each guest will need to provide their own food as we feel it is best your pet remains on their daily feeding plan. 

We ask each guest to bring their food in an air-tight container.  Along with any extra bedding or special toys, harness and leash your pet enjoys.  Each pet is provided a locker that will keep their food and toys.  

Be sure while making your reservation you check our extras you can purchase to provide your pet with an extra special daily surprise.

Our Rates

Dog Suites:

King 6 x 5 suites                     $35.00 

Queen 5 x 3 suites                  $30.00

All suites have shade-covered private patios.

Cat Condo's                     $20.00

All guest must provide a copy of current vaccinations and signed liability forms when making your reservation.  


Doggie Daycare

We pride ourselves on our professional yet fun approach and do everything necessary to ensure your pets are safe, secure, and happy spending the day with us!  We provide fun and stimulating activities throughout the day that your dog is sure to enjoy. Separate group areas are provided for different activities depending on your dog's size, age, ability, and agility.
Worried about leaving your pup for an extended time throughout the day? Our doggie daycare will make sure your dog is ready to enjoy some snuggles and relaxing time with you in the evening after a day of doggie daycare.  Our daily rate is $20 and we offer discount packages with package purchase.  We are now accepting reservations for our daycare program starting August 2, 2021.

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Spa Services

Pamper your pet

Our salon grooming stylist will pamper your dog and cat with grooming services that go beyond a bath. We offer nail trim, facials, shedless treatment, nail painting,  among others. Choose a spa treatment for your pets and get guaranteed satisfaction. 

Check out seasonal packages with seasonal bath scents, bandannas, and bows. Our grooming fees vary depending on size and coat,  Schedule your today! 


Grooming & Spa Services

Our grooming salon and stylist will pamper and indulge your dog while in our care.  Each groomer is caring and takes time to understand your requests, so your pet will be groomed to your specifications. 

Choose from our packages or design your own. We offer bathing, facials, nail trim,  nail painting, and more.  Reserve your spot today to schedule your pet's spa day.  Reserve your dog or cat spa day today!



Our training classes are designed to provide you and your dog with basic training both by verbal cues and sign language. All dogs should learn the basic training pup life skills sit, stay, lay, heal with and without a leash. This training provides dogs the information needed to make confident well-rounded and much happier canines.   You may register for a single-day class or purchase one of our group classes with a 2 or three-week session.


 Job Openings

We are seeking to form a team of individuals who will work together to care for the animals at a Little Ponderosa Pet Resort & Spa.  If you would like to be a part of this exceptional team please view the job descriptions and requirements below and email your resume to


Kennel Assistant

We are searching for an attentive, doting kennel attendant to oversee the well-being of the animals in our care. The kennel attendant's responsibilities include cleaning cages, administering medication, and providing animals with food and water. You should also communicate diminished functioning to the management.

To ensure success as a kennel attendant, you should be able to anticipate and tend to the needs of animals. Ultimately, a top-notch kennel attendant will be able to tailor their care according to animals' physical, emotional, and behavioral difficulties.

Kennel Attendant Responsibilities:

  • Transporting animals to and from the kennels.

  • Ensuring that the animals have ample, fresh food and water at all times.

  • Cleaning animal waste, spilled food, hair, and other debris from the kennels.

  • Disposing of trash in a timely manner.

  • Grooming, playing with, and administering treatment to animals under the auspices of the Veterinarian.

  • Accompanying animals on walks, if required.

  • Calming animals who are in distress.

  • Reporting significant changes in function to management

  • Evacuating all animals if an emergency occurs.


Dog & Cat Bather

 We are searching for a dog and cat bather to join our team.  

Job description: Bathes dogs and cats in preparation for grooming: Combs and cuts out heavy mats from dog’s coat, using barber shears and steel comb. Brushes fur to remove dead skin, using a dog or cat brush. Draws bathwater and regulates temperature. Washes dog or cat, using perfumed soap or shampoo and hand brush and repeats the process until dog or cat is clean. Dries dog and cat, using the towel and electric drier. Cleans animals’ quarters. 



We are looking for a friendly pet groomer to perform all grooming-related duties necessary to ensure that pets are neat, clean, and look their best. The pet groomer’s responsibilities include bathing animals of various sizes and temperaments, trimming, clipping, or shaving hair/fur, and removing matted hair. You should also be able to ensure that grooming tools and equipment are in good working condition.

To be successful as a pet groomer, you should be able to comply with pet owners' instructions as well as accommodate any special requests that they may have. Ultimately, a top-notch Pet Groomer will treat all animals with the utmost love and care.

Pet Groomer Responsibilities:

  • Dematting and detangling hair as required.

  • Bathing, conditioning, and drying pets.

  • Trimming pets’ nails, brushing their teeth, and cleaning their ears.

  • Grooming and styling pets according to pet owners’ instructions or standard grooming styles.

  • Accommodating special requests that pet owners may have.

  • Identifying health issues in pets, such as ear infections, skin conditions, or tooth decay, and informing pet owners of these observations.

  • Ensuring that all pets are safe during the grooming process.

  • Routinely cleaning work areas.

  • Recommending suitable products to pet owners.

Pet Groomer Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED

  • Proven professional grooming experience.

  • Sound understanding of animal behavior.

  • The ability to stand for long periods of time.

  • The ability to treat all animals with compassion.

  • The ability to lift heavy pets and equipment.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Exceptional customer service skills.



2533 Feldspar Rd. Bedford, VA 24523


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Hours of Operation

Come Play and Stay

Business Hours

Monday - Friday: 7:30am-6:30pm

Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm

Check-In and check out times

Mon-Fri 7:30 - 10:00am & 4:00 - 5:30pm

Saturday 8:00 -10:00am & 4:00 - 5:00pm 

Sunday ( Scheduled pick up only) 

Additional charges will be applied for late pickups.