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Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"We can't believe the compassion shown by Melanie Cohen DVM. in helping Jahti pass. Jahti seemed to know why she was arriving at our home, and welcomed her with a wag of his tail and rolled right over for her to rub his tummy. What a lovely match we found for Jahti on ending his earth days. Thank you Melanie for giving us all peace with such a heavy heart day."Karen CicconeNorfolk, VirginiaOctober 9, 2014
Jati's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"Dr. Melanie was so wonderful with our angel Mindy Lou Who. I am so grateful to her for helping us have a peaceful and loving passing for our girl.

My husband is disabled and Mindy Lou has been his constant companion for 15 years. She would always "know" when something was off or he was going into crisis without ever having been trained. I dreaded this day for a while now and could only pray we could find a way to make this easy for Mindy and her Daddy. Dr. Melanie realized that our 15 year old bulldog was such a companion to my husband and how hard it was for him and she made the experience so much easier. I will NEVER use another clinical setting again!

Dr, Melanie took time to assess and talk to us and to Mindy about how she felt and what we could expect. She was wonderful. I can never thank her enough for the kindness she showed to us and the gift she gave us of being able to say goodbye to our girl in the most considerate and loving way possible."
Cheryl ConradVirginia Beach, VirginiaSeptember 26, 2014
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"Having lost several pets over the years, we were not certain if we would want to deal with the memory of this taking place in our home. We eventually decided that Lap of Love would be the best alternative for Jake, as it would hopefully eliminate any additional stress he might experience by having to go to the vet's office.

As it turned out, we could not have asked for a better experience in dealing with an unpleasant event. Not only was this about Jake’s well-being during this process; it was about our family experience. Dr. Melanie Cohen provided excellent care and comfort to both Jake and us. She took time to love on him, ask about his life, shared with us her personal experience with pet loss, and made certain that he was comfortably sedated prior to administering the final dose of medication. He passed peacefully.

Dr. Melanie gave us sufficient time to spend with our pup and was empathetic for our loss. She made a paw print for us and very lovingly wrapped our pup in a quilt. She placed him on a small stretcher and he was carried to her vehicle.

Several days later, Dr. Melanie called to check on how we were doing and to see if she could provide any additional assistance during the grieving process. That was the first time this has ever happened.

The name “Lap of Love” is fitting. However, it falls far short of describing the way our hearts were lifted by this caring experience. We will choose Lap of Love the next time we find it necessary to part with a furry friend.

Patrice and Garth Malena"
Garth MalenaNorfolk, VirginiaSeptember 10, 2014
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"When our little Chia's vet recommended euthanasia after all medical interventions weren't working and she was in renal failure, we insisted on bringing her home where she could die with her family there. My sister-in-law had used Lap of Love for her dog and told us what a wonderful "experience" it was. I contacted Lap of Love and was treated with compassion and empathy. We scheduled Dr. Melanie to come to our home the following day because we didn't want our Chia to suffer. However, she died at 11:pm the evening we brought her home. Dr. Melanie was wonderful when I called her the next morning to tell her Chia was gone. She provided guidance on cremation and was willing to come if we needed her. We will never be able to thank Cheryl, Lap of Love coordinator and Dr. Melanie for their kindness."Candie DriskellChesapeake, VirginiaAugust 2, 2014
Chia Truffles's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"I had the distinct privilege of having Dr. Melanie as "Our Boy" Nikko's regular vet. Through the years her compassion and professionalism were more than I could have wished for.

When the time came for us to say goodbye, she came without hesitation (not to mention while preparing to move her family) to help us send him off. She made what was a difficult time so much easier. Placing his final moments in such compassionate hands helped to ease the pain of saying goodbye.

My only regret is that she has since moved away. She is truly a special gift!"
Vicky BolbeckerEdgewater, Rhode IslandMarch 28, 2014
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"After speaking on the phone with Dr. Melanie, I knew I had made the right choice. My poor Sasha was in pain from bone cancer, and had been hiding it for a long time, as cats do. Dr. Melanie came to my home in the morning on her way to a conference, and spent over two hours with us. She took her time, carefully explained every step of the procedure and was incredibly compassionate and respectful to Sasha in her last moments. Although it is a difficult decision to make, I now know that in-home euthanasia is the most important and loving gift that you can give to your best friend when the time comes. Thank you Dr. Melanie!"Jay NorrisGlen Burnie, MarylandNovember 16, 2013
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"Dr Cohen was so great and gentle with Clint. He never was fond of the vet office but being at home was perfect. She explained everything fully and helped us through the process."Rhonda FordAnnapolis, MarylandNovember 5, 2013
Clint's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"Dr. Cohen was so gentle, compassionate, reassuring, and careful. I'm posting this for Maxi's owner, who was so thankful to have such a smooth and seamless end for her dear friend."Halethorpe, MarylandOctober 10, 2013
Maxi's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"Dr. Cohen helped my boy pass peacefully. We had used her services back in June and didn't hesitate to call on her again. Dr. Cohen was very caring and understanding. She made a hard decision a little easier to make."Tara StanleyGlen Burnie, MarylandOctober 5, 2013
Kc's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"Thank you, Dr. Melanie, for making Bentley's journey to the rainbow bridge as peaceful as possible. We so appreciate you being there for us when we needed you."Julie LongAnnapolis, MarylandSeptember 25, 2013
Bentley's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"As we struggled to make this very hard decision, we found out about Lap Of Love. Our Chihuahua, Selena, gets very nervous and anxious at the vet, so this was the perfect option. Selena would be in the comfort her home surrounded by her family. When Dr.Cohen arrived, she explained step by step what was about to happen. She was patient, understanding, sympathetic and gave us the time that we needed to say goodbye to our wonderful Selena. Thank you Dr.Cohen for doing what you do, we couldn't have done this without you."Sylvia EdwardsUpper Marlboro, MarylandSeptember 12, 2013
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"Making the decision to let go of Jazz, my 14-year old Shiba, was the hardest thing I had to do. I knew instantly upon speaking with Dr. Melanie that she was the right person to assist me in this difficult process. With her caring and compassion for both me and Jazz, he was able to go on to eternal rest in the loving presence of family and at home, the place he loved the most. Dr. Melanie walked us through the process and helped us to prepare long before the appointment. She was patient and kind with Jazz throught the process, and continued care for him all the way until he came home in his urn. I would recommend Lap of Love to anyone at this stage in their beloved pet's life."Grace BrownClinton, MarylandSeptember 12, 2013
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"Our experience with Dr Melanie was phenominal. We have worked in the field of hospice for 25 years and could not understand how the vetenary profession could not offer this service for our creatures who are family. Dr Melanie is visionary, perceptive, highly skilled, and understands all of the complicated aspects of hospice care for our furry creatures and their families. We continue to celebrate our time with our feral kitten, Baby, who learned to trust us at the final hour of her 15th year":-)alice mutchAnnapolis, MarylandSeptember 9, 2013
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"Thank you so very much Dr. Melanie for your time, compassion and understanding of what pet owners are going through while sending Brady to the Rainbow Bridge. I didn't know what to expect, but my expectations were greatly exceeded. We pray for you that you continue to do what you do with the gifts that God has bestowed on you. I can not thank you enough. You truly are an angel!"Mike AmossBaltimore, MarylandAugust 17, 2013
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"Dr. Melanie Cohen's understanding and compassion cannot be described with words. She allowed the most heartbreaking experience of my life to be full of love and celebration for my beautiful Kelsee Kae. I am forever thankful for the respect, patience, and dignity she gave us...she has a true gift."Meredith BrydenEdgewater, MarylandAugust 5, 2013
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"I can't thank Dr. Brad enough for his caring emails and phone calls - and guiding me though the medical maze and Dr. Melanie in Annapolis for treating Bert with the most love and care he ever received."Deb SamsonAnnapolis, MarylandJuly 26, 2013
Bert Samson's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"Dr. Cohen is a testament to her profession. She made what is the hardest part of being a pet owner more bearable with her compassion. Thank you, Dr. Cohen."Terry WoodStevensville, MarylandJuly 5, 2013
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"Dr. Melanie Cohen and the services she provided exceeded my expectations. She explained everything as she was going through the procedure. But most importantly, she made my dear Chiana feel at ease during the process. I did not want to take Chiana to the vet as she becomes very nervous. Dr. Cohen gave personal attention to her, and she was very facilitating in letting my other dogs say their final goodbyes. Dr. Cohen made Chiana's crossing over the Rainbow Bridge comfortable and filled with dignity, respect, and compassion. If faced with the same situation with my other pets, I would most definitely use her services again. I would most definitely recommend her services to any one faced with this difficult decision."Tara StanleyGlen Burnie, MarylandJune 12, 2013
Chiana's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"Dr. Cohen is a angel sent from god. She made a bad situation easier for me to deal with. She exceeded all my expectations. She took her time explaining and making sure I was ready. She was so compassionate and handled Asa so gently. I couldn't have ask for a better person in this situation. Thank you for all you do."Shari MentgesWhite Plains, MarylandFebruary 23, 2013
Asa's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"As I sit here and write this difficult testimonial, my Mom lost her “ boy “- Schnitz this am around 11am. He was a 12 year old cairn terrier, wheaten in color. What a wonderful family member. He was in end stage renal failure and while we knew he wanted to be strong, he just could not do it!

We called Dr. Cohen the day before to set up the appointment for the following morning, Sunday. She arrived around 930am, and I thought, what a comforting human being. She met the entire family, my mom, my brother, my nephew, myself and of course, Schnitz. We were able to be with Schnitz during the entire time. We discussed our options.

One word that Dr. Cohen said that rang in mind was the word dignity. Schnitz was going to leave the world with his dignity. I am a nurse and I understand this concept well. Schnitz fell asleep in my mom’s chair, in his own home, with loving family members. I want to thank Dr. Cohen so much for her support, caring, compassionate, professional behavior, and knowledge during this difficult time.

Thank you again, Susan"
Susan CollinsMillersville, MarylandDecember 6, 2012
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"When my dear little 17 year old cat friend, Miss Muffin, took a turn for the worse over a recent weekend, I knew it was time to put her to sleep. I also knew that I did not want to put her to the stress of taking her to the vet's office, take her away from her forever home, and not bring her back. I was very fortunate to be referred to Dr. Melanie when I called an emergency vet to see if they knew of anyone who would come to my house. Even though it was on a Sunday, Dr. Melanie came over within a couple hours. She came into my house and it was immediately as if she knew us. She got right down on the floor with Miss Muffin to examine her and soon agreed with my assessment. She took her time to explain everything to me, give me plenty of time with Miss Muffin, and handled everything with the utmost sensitivity, proficiency, and concern. I literally felt as if a kind angel came into my house to ease my dear little Miss Muffin on her way. And the clay cast of Miss Muffin's paws and the little booklet with her name in it realy have helped me. Right when she was leaving, I also learned that she had left her husband and son waiting in her car for the hour or so that she was with us!! I would highly recommend Dr. Melanie."Mary Beth BGreenbelt, MarylandOctober 30, 2012
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"It would require a book to say, how I feel about Dr. Melanie Cohen, and what she has done for me and my Cady. A most unbearable time in our life. She created an atmosphere of the highest level of compassion, respect,love and kindness, all the while having the skill and knowlege of one of the most amazing and understanding vets I have ever known. I cannot go into the level of loss I feel, as it is way too painful, but Dr. Melanie became my partner in compassionate/rational thinking at a time, that has been the hardest of my life. Good Bless you Dr. Melanie, for who you are....
.all of our love, Debbie and Cady."
Debbie BuchananAnnapolos, MarylandSeptember 27, 2012
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"I cannot express how thankful I am to Lap of Love and Dr. Melanie Cohen. When I spoke to Melanie on the phone for the first time, I felt like we really connected, and there was no one else I would rather have had to help with Penny's passing. Penny hated car rides and had stressful vet visits in the weeks leading up to her passing, so I knew when I found Lap of Love that I wanted her to be comfortable and in her own surroundings when the time came. Penny sat in my lap the entire time, and it was so peaceful. While I wish I could have had her for more time, her passing was all that I could have asked for. Dr. Melanie was so compassionate and sat with me, Penny, and the friends who were there with us and talked with us for a time beforehand. She really made it a beautiful experience."Melanie CohenHyattsville, MarylandJuly 19, 2012
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