about-us

45 Years of Premium Pet Care

Rivermist Pet Lodge has been a trusted name in dog and cat boarding  since its establishment by Washington D.C. native Barry Goodman in 1969. Goodman chose the Walnut Hill property in Brinklow, MD for its pristine yet convenient country location near Silver Spring, Rockville, Bethesda, Columbia, Gaithersburg and Olney. An avid dog lover, Goodman built a boarding facility where even the choosiest pet owners can leave their beloved companions and trust they will be given the best of care.

Scott Melissa Dog Kennels Today, Rivermist Pet Lodge is owned by Melissa and Scott Simon, and managed by David Berkebile, who lives onsite in the historic Walnut Hill farmhouse. Together they carry on Rivermist’s tradition of premium pet care as they look toward an even brighter future. Renovation and expansion plans for 2016 will freshen the facilities and provide additional amenities and services to enhance your pet’s stay.


Our Team

staff_birthdayOur friendly and dedicated team members are passionate about providing the TLC your pet needs for an enjoyable and stress-free stay. By giving each cat and dog boarding guest personal attention, they get to know each pet in our care and form bonds that last from one stay to the next.


Caring for animals is what we do.

Rivermist supports local animal rescue and adoption organizations. We hope you will consider opening your home to an animal friend in need, and encourage you to learn more about the organizations we proudly support.

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