Just PETS!

River Oaks is pet-friendly and we'd like you to share your personal recommendations for pet services, including boarding kennels, pet sitters, breeders/rescues/shelters, general information websites, groomers (mobile pet service/onsite/drop off), nutrition, pet information website, pet supplies, or veterinarians.

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Underlined business names are linked to websites and individual names to email addresses to contact for more information.  Thank you.

Boarding-Pet Walking/Sitting-Dog Parks - See also Veterinarians


BEECHNUT KENNELS - 525 E. Central Avenue, Edgewater, MD, (410) 798-4304. Managed by Melissa Medick. Day care and boarding services.

  • I have used Beechnut Kennels exclusively for years now and have been very satisfied.
  • I know many people who use them and LOVE them.
  • One of the best things about Beechnut is that they offer day care 7 days a week until 7pm on weekdays and 6 pm on weekends.  Although the office is closed on major holidays so there is no day care on those days, they do oversee the boarded pets 7 days a week.  One downside, there is no one there 24 hours a day although they have video monitoring of boarded pets.  Pets have their own private, glass enclosed rooms that are spacious even for small dogs and individual dog doors to go outside.
BROOKE'S PET SITTING.  410-212-0939.  Brooke Kathleen Bell lives nearby in Edgewater, has been pet sitting for 15+ years (including for River Oaks residents) and provides services including multi-visit walks, overnight stays, dog park trips, daytime puppy transportation, and more.  "With Brooke's Pet Sitting, your pets are treated like loved members of your family, as they should be!"  Check out Brooke's outstanding website for photos. services and rates.
  • I have been using Brooke for seven months and she is fantastic.  She is available on short notice and if your plans change, she is flexible with advance notice.  My dog loves Brooke!

EDGEWATER DOG PARK Located in Loch Haven Park at 3399-3361 Glebe Heights Dr, Edgewater, MD 21037.  Accessed through gated areas to several separate dog runs. 

Google & Yelp Reviews: 

  • Really lovely dog park.
  • The large dog area is separated into two nice long open runs and the small dog area is one separate run.  There are plenty of shady areas even at midday.
  • There is also a fresh water station available outside the runs, however water source doesn't always work, so good idea to bring some with you. 
  • I love this park.
  • The spaciousness is amazing. My only thing is they need to develop a better drainage system because during the wet times it is a muddy mess.
  • Good size for a dog to run. It's very clean, trash cans to throw away anything needed, seats to sit while your dog plays. Only thing miss is no dog agility equipment.
  • Good size dog park for both big and small dogs usually has toys and balls . Has water spout for water . Only bad thing is usually no other dogs here.

LAVETTE JOHNSON PET AND HOME SERVICES. 443-254-3619.  Lavette Johnson is a River Oaks resident and ready to provide much-needed services to others with pet care, house cleaning and house sitting needs. Lavette is pet-loving, flexible, reliable, trustworthy, honest, easygoing, accountable and CPR and First Aid certified. Rates:  30 min walks $25.00, Sleepovers weekends $50.00, and midday visits $15.00.



Breeders - Rescue - Shelters

DOGS FINDING DOGS:  410-908-6374. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of highly trained handlers and dogs that can track and find a lost pet. Dogs have been trained to search and locate your pet by pin pointing an area where your pet has traveled!  "Our Noses Know Where Your Pet Goes!!!!


PURE GOLD PET TRACKERS:  Ms. Sam Connelly, 410-365-7456 or puregoldpettrack@aol.com.  Professional lost pet tracker, trapper and investigative service. We use trained pet tracking dogs to help locate and recover lost pets.  (Pure Gold located a friend's dog in Annandale, VA - Kelly the toy fox terrier - you can read the incredible story at the Facebook link above.)


General Information







HOW TO AFFORD A SERVICE DOG - This information was provided by David Lafferty, Bankrate, Inc., 1675 Broadway 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10019 as a free resource.  It's full of useful information to help those who are unable to afford the cost of a service animal.  Bankrate created a guide that explains several options for covering the cost of a service dog, breaks down the total costs of obtaining a service dog, and provides a list of alternative methods for financing these costs.  They also include a list of accredited organizations who provide complete or partial financial assistance for several different causes and individuals in need.


LIKEABLE PETS:  Excellent BLOG site for dog, cat (and rabbit!) grooming and other general topics!  Alice Tan is a mobile groomer based in Singapore (yes, near the country of Malaysia) so you're not going to use Alice's services, but her blog page is very informative about grooming and even doggie fashion trends - think gingham!


NEXT DAY PETS:  Based in Edgewater, MD. Online store and general information site for breeders, brokers, rescues, families that can no longer care for their pups.  Extensive pet site web directory, pet lovers forum and puppy/breed match selection wizard.




* Sites recommended by Sarah Brian, Caring4OurKids, a San Antonio, TX-based group of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Attention Deficit and others who have created a website of original and curated resources to help similar families.

Groomers (Mobile, On-Site, Drop-Off)


CLIPPITY DOO DOG, Ginny Gautier, 301-717-3666.  Seen in River Oaks.


DIRTY PAWS DOG SPA.  Dale, 443-607-8456.  Dale has been grooming the area’s pets for more than 13 years (Formally Doggy D'Tails).  Dale is skilled in all dog breeds and their grooming styles.


PETSMART, 2601 Housley Road, Annapolis, MD (410) 571-8646.  Academy-trained Pet Stylists have over 800 hours of hands-on grooming instruction that includes bathing, trimming & styling at least 200 dogs of all breeds & sizes plus annual safety certification. We offer complete bath, haircut & walk-in grooming services.

PET VALU.  Edgewater Village Center (near Safeway), 68 Central Ave W, Edgewater, MD 21037,   Retail chain selling food, supplies, toys & other products for pets such as dogs, cats & reptiles.  BEST - self-serve dog wash stations ($10!), grooming and adoptions.


U-DIRTY-DOG:  Jeff & Amy, 998 St. Margarets Dr., Annapolis, MD 21409 , (410) 349-DOGS [(410)-349-3647)], info@udirtydogmobile.com   Our service comes to you! Home or Office. Less stress for both you and your pet. Personal, one-on-one professional pet care. Perfect for senior pets. Sanitary, safe and healthy environment. Evening and weekend appointments available. You are welcome to stay with your pet, eliminating separation anxiety. No tranquilizers used ... EVER. No exposure to other animals. No car sickness. Not caged for hours, possibly without a potty break. (Seen in River Oaks and on Nextdoor Edgewater Londontowne, 02/2019)



Pet insurance is for emergencies, accidents, injuries and illnesses. It is not for routine care, which is what Wellness Plans are for. After researching dozens of pet insurance plans for my dog, I can only recommend one - HEALTHY PAWS which has no caps on payouts. Quotes are available online by answering a few questions. Plan is payable monthly. If your pet needs treatment for accidents or illnesses and it’s not a pre-existing condition, you’re covered for these services:


Illnesses - Accidents - Hereditary Conditions - Congenital Conditions - Chronic Conditions -Cancer - Diagnostic Treatment -  X-Rays, Blood Tests, Ultrasounds - Surgery - Hospitalization - Prescription Medications - Emergency Care - Specialty Care - Alternative Treatment


If you have had a good experience with other pet insurance companies, please email Bev Wright or fill out the Submit Vendor form on this site.


Nutrition & Supplies


BLUE WILLOW DOG COATS. Custom coats for all breeds.  A good website for dog lovers.


LOYAL COMPANION. Annapolis Towne Center, 2101 Somerville Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401, (443)214-5647.  Hours: Sun 10:00am - 8:00pm; Mon - Sat 9:00am - 9:00pm.  Wide variety of higher-end pet foods and supplies and the BEST store source of ZippyPaws toys, including Burrow toys.


NEVETICA. Nutritional options that may offer pets a potentially healthier lifestyle. Products include nutrition, oral care, home goods and hygiene. High-quality ingredients with the added benefit of customization to help pets maintain longer, healthier lives. See the changes in your pet’s health!  Email River Oaks resident Chrissie Powell  or call Chrissie at 410-718-9811 for more information.


PET BARN.  Jennifer Square, 167-D Jennifer Road, Annapolis, MD. (410) 573-0404. Pet boutique specializing in holistic food and luxury pet accessories.  Natural foods and stylish supplies.  Extensive stock of the best dog foods and treats including Open Farm as well as unique, fun and healthy supplies.


PET VALU.  Edgewater Village Center (near Safeway), 68 Central Ave W, Edgewater, MD 21037,   Retail chain selling food, supplies, toys & other products for pets such as dogs, cats& reptiles.  BEST - self-serve dog wash stations ($10!), grooming and adoptions.


SHOPPING GREEN FOR YOUR PET* - How to shop smart for your pet and the environment.


CANINE TRAINING ASSOCIATION.  3789 Queen Anne Bridge Road, Davidsonville, MD. (301) 937-1431.  Whether you want to train for obedience competition or just to have a well mannered obedient dog. I have been a member for 15 years and used to teach the intermediate class.  New classes start every 10 weeks or so.


SIT MEANS SIT TRAINING.  Mike & Shantelle Nease, owners.  (410) 635-4748 to book a free evaluation.  Customized dog training programs specific to the needs of each dog and goals of each family.  Puppy packages, basic obedience, behavior modification for aggression/fearful dogs, advanced obedience, and CGC & therapy dog certifications.

  • Mike spent two hours evaluating my rambunctious six-year old dog who had never been formally trained and did not know any commands.  I enrolled in a program that included three private in-home sessions (one of which we did at the marina which is very distracting!) and group classes for one year (up to twice a week) at Riva Area Park in Davidsonville.  I purchased an e-collar (mild tingling sensation) which made me nervous but the results were remarkable - my dog learned "sit" and "come" in one private session.  Group classes are attended by 6-10 other dogs and it's excellent socialization without danger.  My dog is doing so much better after Sit Means Sit training.  Mike and Stephanie are incredibly caring and helpful even "after hours" by text if I need help.  Highly recommend if you want your dog trained fast and safely. 



BANFIELD PET HOSPITAL, 2601 Housley Rd, (at PetSmart), Annapolis, MD, (410)  266-7101.  Banfield offers a very affordable "Wellness Plan" that, for dogs, includes annual dental cleaning which at a vet costs hundreds more than the entire year's cost of the wellness plan, which also includes vaccinations and unlimited visits. Doctors and staff are caring and the environment is not as "clinical" as the traditional vet. 

FOUR LEGS ANIMAL HOSPITAL, 1329 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD. (410) 798-5222.

GREATER SOUTH RIVER ANIMAL HOSPITAL. 125 Mayo Road, Edgewater, MD. (410) 956-4500.


MOBILE PET VET.  Dr. Lisa Beagan, (410) 544-8300.  Services include housecall visits for vaccination, sick and well visits, laboratory testing, puppy and kitten care, geriatric care, euthanasia, and eastern medicine including acupuncture and herbal medicine. (Recommended by NextDoor Londontowne members)

SOUTH ARUNDEL VETERINARY HOSPITAL, 85 W Central Avenue, Edgewater, MD (410) 956-2932.