Testimonials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda"Our beloved Tanner was fading before our eyes. We knew his time was very limited, but we could not take him to our usual vet. Tanner would get so stressed out every time he did go, he would shake uncontrollably. He did not need to feel that stress, nor did we want to see him subjected to it. Dr. Kristina allowed Tanner a peaceful, dignified passing at home in his favorite place. Lap of Love is a wonderful service for those of us who need to let our furry friends pass on, so they can get the peace, happiness and rest they so rightly deserve. Tanner was a great family member. He will be missed very much, but we know he's waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge with our other furry friends: Jake, Butch & Shadow.

Thank you Dr. Kristina and Lap of Love for making this most difficult time a little easier."
Cathy SmithDes PlainesSeptember 11, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry"Dr. Karen was wonderful and kind in a very hard time. She was empathetic and kind to us and our girl who was suffering."Rebekah NicholsBellevilleAugust 16, 2019Sassy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry"We are so grateful for Dr. Karen’s kindness and sympathy. She has a heartbreaking job but I know she does it for our pets and we are thankful Lap of Love exists so we could make that incredibly difficult decision easier on us and on Murphy. She died happy, peacefully, in our arms and we will forever cherish that moment that was given to us."Melissa KleinChicagoAugust 16, 2019Murphy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry"Dr. Karen was an angel sent to help us with Maddy's passing. She was professional, empathetic and we couldn't ask for more."Ron FleischerHighland ParkAugust 13, 2019Maddy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry"We just cannot thank Dr. Karen enough for her compassion and the love and respect she showed us and our little Lucy during such a devastating time. Dr. Karen was so kind and gentle and reassuring. It made this terrible time for us a bit more bearable knowing that Lucy was comfortable and secure in her last moments with us, and that we were making the best decision for Lucy. The level of care we got from the Lap of Love team was the most wonderful gift we could have received and we'll never forget it."Theresa DamatoMedinahAugust 6, 2019Lucy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda"We cannot thank Dr. Kristina enough for her services at a difficult time. We were lucky enough to have Harry in our lives for 17 years. When he developed an aggressive cancer, we knew it was time to say goodbye, but it was still a tough decision to make. Dr. Kristina was extraordinarily comforting and calm, and reassured us in no uncertain terms that we were doing the right thing for him. She gave us the ability to say goodbye at home, avoiding the trauma of going to the vet (where Harry, the most agreeable creature on the planet, would turn into 15 pounds of pure fury). Losing a furry family member is extraordinarily painful, but knowing there are compassionate and caring people like Dr. Kristina is a blessing. Thank you again."Michelle HitschChicagoAugust 2, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda"Dr. Kristina is such a wonderful person. During such a difficult time, she helped us through each step, she encouraged us based on the situation at hand. I will never forget her kindness and compassion towards people and animals. Dr. Kristina remembered everything we talked about with our lil boy Willie while remaining professional. I am in awe with the Lap of Love staff from the time I reached out until the close of the afternoon our sweet boy went to the Rainbow Bridge. Thank you for providing a service where families can come together, and give their family pets a place to rest in peace in their home, and with the dignity they deserve."Becky StachLindenhurstJuly 16, 2019Willie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda"Dr. Kristina is a jewel. The comfort and deep caring she provided when Talia and I decided that it was time for her to go Home made her passing so much easier. I never knew that there was such a thing as pet hospice and what Dr. Kristina provided was such a warm and gentle atmosphere for Talia and me to say our physical farewells. For her to be surrounded by all the love and familiar sights and scents of her home, I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am for Dr. Kristina and all who are connected with Lap of Love. My deepest thanks to you wonderful angels-on-earth."Linda ChilesPhoenixJuly 16, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda"The most difficult day in our life was made easier because of the compassionate assistance and presence of Dr. Kristina at Spencer’s passing. She was tremendously kind and gentle, explained everything, allowed us to ask questions and was there to comfort us when we mourned. It gave us such comfort to have Spencer be in his home when he left us. Dr. Kristina was gentle, loving and gave us confidence that we had made the right decision. We cannot be more thankful to her and Lap of Love."Dan and Jim IngramChicagoJuly 9, 2019Spencer Kensington's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Elizabeth Roy"Dr. Liz was so kind and she was very patient with us. Even though it was a fast process she made everything better. And lap of love made everything better and I appreciate everything you guys have done for us."Ashley PadillaElginJune 16, 2019Bella's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry"Dr. Karen was so sweet and gentle with Skye and us. We could not have asked for a better person to help our girl transition."Becky SlagleHomewoodJune 15, 2019Skye's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry"I was not there in person. I was on videochat. Dr. Gadberry was beyond wonderful. She made my mother feel as comfortable as anyone could in that situation. And I know she made sure my puppy was at peace. Dr. Gadberry, thank you. I never met you in person, but you should know that you made a horrifying situation just a bit better. And what more could you truly ask for? Thank you.
-John Stamer"
Royce StamerWinnetkaJune 9, 2019Royce's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry"This company is simply the best. Such wonderful and caring service in a very difficult time. Everything was handled with utmost respect and kindness. I'm so glad I found them to help my fur baby pass to the rainbow bridge, as she relaxed on her bed in her favorite spot at home, surrounded by family who loved her so much. I'm truly grateful for everything Lap of Love did for us, from the initial phone call to the very end. Thank you!!! ❤️🐶"Janis SklareHighland ParkJune 6, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Elizabeth Roy"Doctor was prompt and put me at ease. She made the experience quick and painless."Tory CChicagoMay 12, 2019Mouse's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Elizabeth Roy"Dr. Liz is extremely compassionate and empathetic. She is also a tremendous listener. Casper accepted her into his space immediately. Without her there to help with Casper's transition, I'm really not sure what I would have done. I really cannot thank her enough, and I will be forever in her debt."Mike KChicagoMay 4, 2019Casper's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda"Dr. Kristina was amazing! Compassionate and patient and kind. We cannot thank her enough for helping us by assuring us we were doing right by Penny. She was as much of a comfort to Howie and I as she was to Penny. She made the entire transition a time of love. I will NEVER forget her."Rhoda NoelWILMETTEMay 4, 2019Penny Frances's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Elizabeth Roy"Dr. Liz was extremely caring and compassionate. She had a very relaxed demeanor that made this very difficult process much easier to go through. She let us take our time with Sid until we were all ready. I also am grateful to her for squeezing us in on very short notice. I can't thank her enough."Brian DemskiChicagoMay 3, 2019Sid's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry"Thank you Dr. Karen for making a peaceful transition to Coffee‘s life. Thank you for your professionalism and, above all, the love and care you brought to our home."Frank RChicagoApril 9, 2019Coffee's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda"Lap of Love supported us during this most difficult time. Dr. Kristina was so kind and compassionate. My sweet girl passed in the most peaceful way surrounded by her family that loved her. Thank you for being there."Pamela LChicagoApril 9, 2019Layla's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda"Thank you Lap of Love, for helping to make the transition easier for our little Asia. Dr. Kristina was wonderful helping us transition both Tiger and Asia.

Thanks for doing what you do to help families cope with the loss and for helping our pets move on to the next chapter with dignity! Asia was very quiet, sweet, easy going and loved to snuggle. We were very fortunate to have her along with her brother Tiger for 16 wonderful years and we enjoyed every moment! Asia's mind was sharp to the very last day of her life; unfortunately, her body broke down with age. Of our two precious black mini schnauzers, Asia had the keen sense of smell and moved a little faster than her brother as they hunted squirrels, birds, chipmunks, rabbits and anything else that dare enter their backyard. Together they were the dynamic duo and tagged team to catch their prey. The loved people, walks on the country roads of Union Pier, Michigan and lazy afternoons sleeping on the deck.
Good-bye sweet little Asia, you will be missed, but will always be remembered!
Eric, Hillary, Dina and Morgan"
Dina EppersonLibertyvilleApril 4, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda"Dr. Kristina is truly amazing. While I certainly wish that we never had to say good bye to our beloved terrier, Toby, allowing him to be in the comfort of his home made for a surprisingly peaceful experience. The compassion that Dr. Kristina showed not only to Toby, but to my husband and I as well was genuine and remarkable. She made us feel comfortable that we were making the right decision, took the time to let us share stories about Toby and didn't rush us as we said our final good byes. Her love for animals and her compassion towards family members grieving the loss of their beloved pet made a very difficult heartbreaking event something we can look back on knowing that we gave Toby the best final gift of peace.

Thank you, Dr. Kristina"
Carrie BlomquistMcHenryApril 2, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda"Dr. Kristina was great. She was empathetic to the situation and professional. Coming to the decision was extremely difficult, but I am so glad we used Lap of Love. My little baby became free of his pain in his last moments in his favorite place: at home surrounded by family, laying on my chest, falling asleep to head rubs. XOXO"Jacqueline DWinnetkaMarch 27, 2019Bacio's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda"I want to express my sincere appreciation and heartfelt thank you to Dr Kristina. Putting our beloved McKinley to sleep was such a hard decision - and when we finally made it we knew we wanted a dignified, home passing.

Dr Kristina far exceeded my expectations for being a caring, knowledgeable and patient doctor. She made us feel at ease, which is amazing given the emotions and sadness of the day. She was gentle with our beloved McKinley and thoughtful about her comfort as well as preparing us for what would happen. She took her cues from us and waited until we were ready.

And she was very attentive - so attentive in fact that she completely blew us away with her lovely sympathy card and memorial she prepared on our behalf for our pup. I couldn't' have written it any better myself and it meant so much to me to know that our beloved pup was appropriately recognized because of Dr Kristina's above and beyond listening and empathy skills - I had no idea she was paying attention to our mindless chatter about our favorite memories or how McKinley came into our lives. But she was, and she beautifully captured them.

I am a huge fan of the work this company does and of Dr Kristina and would recommend both whole-heartedly!"
Lora FreemanHighland ParkMarch 14, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry"I could not have asked for more in this situation. Dr. Karen was perfect in our home. She made us all feel at ease and comfortable. She helped us say goodbye in the most beautiful and peaceful way. I feel very blessed."Amy HammockChicagoMarch 11, 2019Winnie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry"Dr. Karen Gadberry did an amazing job easing our cat's suffering. She was gentle and compassionate with our pet, and she was a wonderful listener. We sincerely appreciate the care she took with our cat and with us."WarrenvilleMarch 10, 2019Bella's Pet Memorial
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