About Pam Dickson,
Founder and Director

Pam, a farmer's daughter, was brought up in the small village of Lower Penn on the outskirts of Wolverhampton, England.

After graduating from Woodfield Avenue High School, she attended Staffordshire Agricultural College. She was a member of both Albrighton Young Farmer's Club and Kidderminster Young Farmers' Club.

On leaving College, Pam ran her own riding school, rode with the Albrighton and Albrighton Woodland foxhounds and managed the family farm and boarding kennels.

After her Father's death, Pam moved to America in mid-1960 to follow a dream of owning a German Shepherd like Rin Tin-Tin.

For the past forty-five years, Pam has owned and energetically operated the well-known boarding and training kennel in Middleburg, Virginia. Her clients have come from all over the country, including "Today" show weatherman Willard Scott, Elizabeth Taylor, David Brinkley, The Prince of Kuwait, the parents of the Queen of Jordan and Washington Redskins' former owner, the late Jack Kent Cooke.

The team of Pam and her first German Shepherd "Rocky" were instrumental in pioneering the concept of pet therapy for the old and the young alike. A number of local newspapers printed stories of his exploits.

Pam's second German Shepherd "Treasure Chest" was an abused puppy. After months of loving and careful training, Treasure grew into a magnificent dog who brought delight and happiness to many people. Among his many appearances were the CBS Morning Program; three consecutive nights with Paul Berry on Channel 7 News, covering the story of a visit to Disney World by a terminally-ill little girl and her family with the proceeds from one of Treasure Chest's benefits; the PBS series "Living with Animals;" and the Children's Hospital Telethon (two years running). Pam has been interviewed on radio programs nationwide and by numerous newspapers regarding her two wonderful dogs, Rocky and Treasure Chest.


Pam is a firm believer in the Yellow Ribbon Fund and in helping our injured service members and their families. Since its founding in 2005, the Yellow Ribbon Fund has helped to care for injured service members and their families – spouses, parents and other relatives who become the primary caregivers for their loved ones as they recover from traumatic injuries – by providing assistance from the moment family members arrive to greet their injured warriors. To donate to the fund, click here. To learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Fund, click here.