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Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"My 18 year old Lhasa Dixie Doo was going on to another journey today as Dr. Katie says.. She was cuddled on my chest and I gave her many hugs and kisses goodbye. It was so beautiful and peaceful. Dr. Katie of Lap of Love provided her one of the most peaceful, compassionate and respectful passing for our Ms Dixie Doo. Dr. Katie and Lap of Love, you are the best of the best. Dr. Katie is one of the most genuine, kind and caring ladies I have ever met. You all have a gift to be able to do what you do and to share and show your love for us and our pets in our most difficult moments. Blessing to all of you for all you do."TERRY SUE NOTCHICKJACKSONVILLEJuly 12, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"We want to thank Dr. Katie Stender for such wonderful care that she took of our Hoover and of us. We were such a wreck that afternoon, once Dr. Katie came in, she put Hoover at ease as well as my husband and myself. She talked us through the whole process explaining every step of the way. Our Hoover left this world
comfortably and peaceful, knowing he was loved. Once it was over, Dr. Katie said 'your baby's free', I'll never forget those words. I'll never forget what a compassionate, loving human being Dr Katie is.
She is a blessing to all fur babies and their families. I'll miss my Baby Boy forever but I know he had a safe and loving journey to the Rainbow Bridge."
Pamela ZaninYuleeJune 26, 2019Hoover's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jessica McAlpin"Dr. Jessica was amazing. She came in my open front door with tears in her eyes for our suffering. She assisted us with this transition that I would have thought impossible to get through. Her obvious love of animals and assisting with this final act of LOVE is a blessing to all pet owners who must walk this path with their loved ones. I am grateful that Dr. Jessica and Lap of Love is out there for all of us!"Terri DerkumNeptune BeachJune 21, 2019Johnny's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"It feels odd to say we were lucky to have Dr. Katie seeing how we were going through the heartbreaking decision to put our beloved dog down, but we know we truly were. The moment we met and she saw Dick Dastardly, you could see in her eyes how much she cared and how she recognized his pain and situation. She could not have been more patient, kind, or compassionate. I lost it and was crying right away as I was going through denial and guilt. She professional and medically answered all my questions to help me understand and continue down my journey in grieving. I honestly think her medical experience and evaluation of our boy's condition is what has helped me get through the process and week so far. You can feel her love for animals, she does this to help those poor animals who need to pass but with dignity and peacefully. She spoke to and touched our dog as if she had loved him for years and I will never forget that. Her kindness and compassion towards Bill and I was truly outstanding. What truly blew us away was the email a couple days later. We were thinking since everything was paid for, done, complete, that would be it. But the fact that she reached out, offered any help, an ear to cry to, it just was amazing and unexpected. I wish I could stop crying enough to tell her in person/over the phone what a wonderful person she is with how she helps our animals and us while going through the process. Lap of Love has an amazing Vet and human being with Dr. Katie. She is one of a kind. Thank you for everything Katie. Thank you for loving and caring for Dick Dastardly like he was your own."Christina MeierJacksonvilleJune 17, 2019Dick Dastardly's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"I don't know where I would be without this organization.
Time and age caught up with my dog rather quickly and very suddenly. I found him at 5 AM in complete failure. He was alert but his body was shutting down. After submitting information online and speaking with the organization, the on call vet contacted me to ask if the afternoon was good and if I was at peace. So grateful for the opportunity to not have my boy suffer, I agreed and the doctor not only came out but rearranged things to be out earlier. She was very informative, calming, and gave me as much time as I needed. She was very kind in the care she provided my angel as well as patient with my two who are still with me."
Alexis CartagenaJacksonvilleJune 7, 2019Abel's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"Katie Stender provided services for us. We could not have asked for more. She was compassionate, kind, thoughtful, and informed. We sincerely appreciate her professionalism. Thank you Katie for helping assist us through this hard time. In short, she was everything we needed that day! Sincerely, Matt and Shelly"Matt WessJacksonvilleJune 6, 2019Mimi's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"Dr. Katie was wonderful helping us with Maggie's transition. Our Maggie was a 12 year old Boxer with many ailments and a spirit that did not want to let go. Some good friends recommended Lap of Love, so I scheduled a consult for the following week, thinking it is not time, but I need to prepare. Unfortunately Maggie's health deteriorated rapidly a few days later.
Having Dr. Katie come to our home was truly a gift. She spent time talking to me and my son; getting to know Maggie, and getting to know us and our wishes for Maggie. She talked us through the entire journey, making it as easy as possible.
Dr. Katie is truly a kind, loving, thoughtful person that truly cares about helping families say good bye to these sweet pets that are so much a part of our lives. Thank you Dr. Katie!!!"
Angelique GoodwinJacksonvilleMay 31, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"We are so thankful for the help from Lap of Love and Dr. Katie. Our cat, Tiger was very fortunate to have grown to the ripe old age of 19. By the time he got really sick, he was also deaf and suffered from dementia. The last thing we wanted to do was drive him somewhere and traumatize him. Lap of Love were just great. Dr. Katie came into our home and took the time to get to know Tiger and the role he played in our family. She also allowed our two dogs to be present, which was very important to us. Dr. Katie was very gentle and had a very loving nature. She made a very difficult decision and time much easier.

We hope to not have to call Lap of Love again for a very long time, but when the time comes, it will be easy to make the call because we know our family will be taken care of.

Thank you Dr. Katie, for helping our sweet boy, Tiger, cross the rainbow bridge while surrounded by his loving family in the comfort of his favorite fuzzy blanket. It really meant the world to us."
Kate and Arthur RahmesJacksonvilleMay 31, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jessica McAlpin"Our beloved Cody had kidney failure. We tried everything to keep him going but when it was time to set him free we called Lap of Love. Lap of love is the only way to go when it's time.
We were so blessed in the short time we had you Cody. We hope your new home and life was better than you could have imagined.

We love you and miss you Cody!
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Kris PetersenJacksonvilleMay 31, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jessica McAlpin"Dr. Jessica and Dr. Green provided us with consultation and hospice care for our 16-year-old cat, Dakota. The consultation service was essential as we determined a course of action to address Dakota's progressive illness. When it was time to let Dakota go Dr. Jessica was supportive, attuned to Dakota's needs as well as ours. She was reassuring with Dakota and informative about everything she was preparing to do. The act of letting our cat die in peace in our home was something we will remember for the rest of our lives. As a hospice provider for humans, I was moved by the care provided and we respect and value the work of the folks at Lap of Love. Well done.
Dr. Dan and Cheryl"
Daniel ButtonPonte Vedra BeachMay 29, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"Thank you so much Lap of Love and Dr. Katie Stender for helping our beloved Poet transition over the Rainbow Bridge. I can't recall who I spoke to on the phone when I called to schedule the appointment, but THANK YOU! You were so patient and allowed me time to cry in between taking my information. Dr. Katie was so respectful, gentle, and patient with us as she discussed the process and actually took time to sit with us and see pics/hear stories of Poet through the years. She made such a heartbreaking decision into a loving moment of goodbyes and reverence."Laura HendrixJacksonvilleMay 24, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"Dearest Dr. Katie,
I am at a lost for words for your kindness. I lost my precious Sheprador, Daisey Mae at the end of April. Diagnosed with bladder cancer in August 2018, she lived a happy life of sunsets and cheeseburgers. She was my entire world, and had the type of soul that would make your heart melt. Whenever I was sad, she would lick my face, and let me know that all was right with the world. She was my "little spoon" and yet, the world's largest bed hog. You could never trust her around a box of donuts!
You were scheduled to perform a peaceful passing at our home, and unfortunately Daisey took her last breath at midnight, that morning....
Words cannot express your professionalism, respect, and ultimate devotion you showed us in our time of need. You took more care of her after she passed than I could ever have hope and dreamed.
I am truly amazed by your warm heart, the care you showed Daisey, and every communication we have had since her passing to ensure I am okay.
I would not have been able to make it through without your help."
Amber BondJACKSONVILLEMay 16, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"Dr. Katie was such a godsend to our family during this sad time. She said all the right things and showed such compassion and care before, during and after. Our dear kitty Uma was in the best hands and our family is forever grateful.

Thank you!"
Julia WilliamsJacksonvilleMay 15, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"I can't even begin to describe how hard it was for me to make a decision for Charlie to pass over the rainbow bridge. Charlie was my constant companion and the first dog to steal my heart and opening the door for me to foster rescues. Dr Katie was amazing! She put Charlie and I at ease from the moment she walked in. I cannot say enough good things about her. When it was Charlie's time to be pain free she cried along with me. She cared enough to remember the names of my other pets and followed up with me after to make sure all was well. The care and love she showed was incredible and it is apparent that God chose her to be a Vet for a reason...she was born to it!
I am forever grateful that Charlie and I were able to do this in our home surrounded by the people and that is what we want for our fur family members."
Sharee DeHartMiddleburgMay 15, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"Our sweet Zuko had been with me since I built my house 14 years ago. He's seen a lot... wedding, kids, and babies. My kids loved Zuko like part of the family. He'd been fighting cancer over the past year and at our most recent appointment, the vet said it was time. He suggested Lap of Love which was new to me. Dr Katie came over to help Zuko cross the proverbial bridge. She explained to the kids what she was going to do so they understood. She showed complete concern and compassion. Thank you Dr Katie."Jennifer RampOrange ParkMay 12, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"Katie Stender is the most compassionate and gentle person. God saved her just for Buster and my family. Had it not been for her true commitment to her work, this would not have been as smooth and easy as it was. We will be eternally grateful that she was chosen to help us with this goodbye. Thank you Dr. Katie and Lap of Love."Marta LewisMiddleburgMay 12, 2019Buster's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender""Stevie" was our kitty for 17 years, and for most of his life, he was healthy. Gradually, he started developing health issues and we'd make adjustments. Last weekend, we knew it was time to make the decision we'd been dreading.

From the moment Dr. Stender arrived, we instantly felt at ease. She explained everything to us and treated Stevie like a prince, with so much kindness and warmth.

We are healing much better after Stevie’s passing than we have after the passing of our previous fur-babies, because of this experience. We had the chance to be together in a comfortable, familiar place, holding him while he was being lavished with love - who (whether a human or fur-baby) could ask for more?

We so appreciated her kindness and care in helping Stevie make his way home to heaven!"
Jill HriczJacksonvilleMay 11, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"We had heard that Dr. Katie was an exceptionally kind and caring end stage vet and we could not have had a better experience than the one she gave us and our sweet Buddy. I first booked her for a consultation, which I highly recommend. She was able to meet and spend time with Buddy and our other dog, Lucky, learn about our family, tell us what to expect, and give us options on the best way to care for our terminal dog. Dr. Katie goes the extra mile, is very generous with her time, and is truly authentic in her compassion for both the animal and their humans. The day she came back to give Buddy his angel wings, she provided him and us with plenty of time and space for final cuddles and farewells and made a difficult time very peaceful. What a blessing she is!"Pam PaulPonte Vedra BeachMay 7, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"This day will forever be in our memories and in our hearts. We said goodbye to a longtime family member with Tucker's passing. Dr. Katie was incredibly kind, patient, and overall an angel!

Dr. Katie told us he was a king all the way to the end. He was a very regal huge black lab. We are forever grateful that we had Dr. Katie...we were still a mess but she made it so much better.

Our appreciation is endless and we will pass on the kindness that was shown to us whenever we get a chance.

Thank you again.

Love, The O'Connor-Main Family and beloved Tucker. We will miss him."
Jill O'ConnorJacksonvilleMay 6, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jessica McAlpin"My 14 year Labrador Retriever, Barkley, was assisted by your service. He was born 4/3/2005 in Kansas from an impressive line of tournament Labrador (Sir Ames of Chocolate & Cocoa III) and Barkley was with me from 12 weeks old. When I picked him up from the breeder, he was called "Piddler", because he routinely peed in his crate. Oddly enough, he was the last of the litter left and I was expecting a yellow lab; instead 'Piddler' was Chocolate. I was thinking is 'this the dog for me', but he locked onto me with his affection and happy panting...I knew in that moment he needed me. So my girlfriend at the time and I put in a cardboard box and took him home in Tampa. We renamed him immediately.

When the final time came in Barkley's demise, it had been a lifetime of personal struggles for me, my legal career and he and I took at chance in 2014 on a job offer out of Tampa to Jacksonville. We were leaving out only home we had ever known together. He grew up in that house. On April 11, 2019 after hospice, the ER and being unable to get up...I had been in contact with a few doctors at Lap of Love, but Dr. McAlpin was the one on that day tasked with getting me and Barkley through his euthanasia. It was a heart rending experience, but the concern, the care, the explanation and even the hand holding of me through this traumatic experience by Dr. McAlpin (and frankly the whole Lap of Love staff here in Jax) was phenomenal. I honestly could not have done this any other way.

Barkley passed aware on a bright, warm, sunny after exactly at 1pm. I assure you I would wish no such experience on anyway, but when that time comes (and it will come) Lap of Love is the only way I want to see any beloved pet go. Sleeping on their own bed, their own blanket, under the watchful eye of their family and knowing that they are in no pain. They wish Barkley well with follow-up sympathy cards and I know they truly cared for him as they did for me.

Now I have only Dixie the female American Staffordshire Terrier. She was with Barkley for 1.5 years before he passed and he trained her well. We both miss him, but know that his spirit and legacy surround us all the time. His Urn sits on the mantle along with is photos, locks of fur, sympathy cards and his dog tags. When we meet again, he will feel like we were only gone for a brief moment, but for me it will have been a lifetime. Thank you all for what you did.

P.S. The photo I sent is of him at about 6 months of age in Fall of 2005 in Tampa."
Jason MontesJacksonvilleApril 24, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jessica McAlpin"There is not enough that can be said for how wonderful Lap of Love is. At a time when we needed the support and assurance we could not have hoped for a more comfortable and dignified matter that was provided. Dr. Jessica was compassionate, thoughtful, and caring.

Thank you for your caring and comfort."
Iris RogersSaint AugustineApril 19, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"Dr. Katie was absolutely wonderful in helping us go through the difficult decision of putting our cat Wrigley to rest. She was kind and reassuring, allowing us to have peace throughout the process. I loved that Wrigley was home with us, comfortable in her favorite spot, and that Dr. Katie went to where she was to work with her. Wrigley was never uncomfortable or scared which was such a blessing. It was a much more peaceful process than taking her into a vet office. Thank you so much Dr. Katie for your kindness and compassion!"Erika JonesJacksonvilleApril 12, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"My 14 year old lab Jack had reached the point where he was unable to get up and was painful despite the medications he was receiving. I wanted Jack to pass comfortably at his home. Dr. Stender came to my house and was compassionate, caring and understanding. Jack went to heaven peacefully surrounded by his family. Thank you, Dr. Stender, you were amazing."Linda ScottBrycevilleApril 7, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"The caring and compassion from the first phone call was amazing! They take a bad situation and help you with the emotions and decisions needed. Dr. Katie is the most caring and compassionate vet I have ever been with. My Hooch and other pets welcomed her into our house and family. Hooch got his wings with grace and dignity and with his fur family around him. Thank you Dr. Katie!"JASMINE BOUCHERAtlantic BeachApril 5, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"First let me say Dr. Katie is the kindest, most compassionate person. Our Ripley took a pretty quick turn for the worse over the weekend, so I called Lap of Love on Sunday morning. Dr. Katie came out Monday afternoon. I can't thank her enough for the way she handled our sweet Ripley's transition. Our family was able to be with her, loving her in her own home with her family surrounding her. No stress for Ripley as she lay on her bed... We told stories about how Ripley chose us 13 and a half years ago from the shelter, and what an incredible loving pup she was to our family. She was the quintessential "family" dog! Dr. Katie listened to our stories and she told us some of hers and how she found her fur baby. We never felt rushed or uncomfortable in any way. It was one of the saddest times because we weren't ready to let Ripley go, but knew it was time. I can't recommend Lap of Love enough to anyone that finds themselves in this situation. You're in the comfort of your own home with family, and the process was very peaceful as Ripley got her angle wings. We will absolutely recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Katie to anyone of our friends and family. This is the only way to say goodbye to your sweet fur baby. Thank you again Lap of Love and Dr. Katie."Carolyn HeapAtlantic BeachApril 4, 2019
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