Testimonials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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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
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda"I could not have asked for a better service for our sweet Harley. When needed, I highly recommend this company. Dr. Kristina handled this difficult moment with us with compassion, love, kindness and patience. I am extremely grateful."Amelia FaulstickGrayslakeMarch 5, 2019Harley's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Elizabeth Roy"Liz was a combination of professional, authentic and caring. She explained the process to us and was very sweet with us and Honey. It takes a special person to be able to do what she does, and we are so grateful for her help."Rob & Kimley SvendsenChicagoMarch 2, 2019Honey's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda"Saying good-bye to Lucy was devastating for me. Dr. Kristina iemdiately recognized how upset I was. She gently explained what would happen so that I understood. She was so gentle with Lucy. I was very comforted as Lucy passed because of this."Katie MunoElmhurstJanuary 19, 2019Lucy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda"This was the first time I opted to have home euthanasia (it was not available for my first two kitties). If there was such a thing as a beautiful passing, Lap of Love made that possible for my Baby. Dr. Kristina came by for an initial consultation about a month prior to his passing, as I was finding it increasingly difficult to be objective about Denali's condition. She correctly assessed that it was not his time yet. A month later, his condition declined rapidly, and she gave me her guidance and wisdom and compassion - all of which made his passing less stressful for all involved, especially Denali. He was a brave boy to the end, and his was a compassionate passing. I can't recommend this service highly enough, especially if you have had the unfortunate experience of taking a dying pet to the vet in their last hours...having them pass at home is peaceful and dignified and it allows the other pets and family members to say goodbye. Thank you Lap of Love for what you do ..."Patricia CollinsSkokieJanuary 17, 2019Denali's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry"We are so glad we decided to use Lap of Love to help us put our dog to rest. After months of seeing Jackson, our 15 year old lab, decline, we made the incredibly agonizing decision to put him to sleep. It’s strange to be the judge and arbiter of a living beings life. Dr. Karen help make the process so much easier. Her demeanor was kind and soft - she guided us through in just the perfect way. Jackson died soooo peacefully on his bed surrounded by his loving family. Thank you Lap of Love as we are grateful for your expertise and amazing professionalism."Rachel LeeWilmetteJanuary 3, 2019Jackson's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda"About two weeks ago it became clear that my 20 year old cat, Perry, was losing his battle with kidney disease. He had been with me since he was four months old, and I did not want his last moments to be fearful driving to the vet. From the moment I made that first phone call to Lap of Love, I knew this was the right choice. They all just get that our pets are family, and it's apparent in all their actions.

Dr. Kristina could not have been more wonderful. She assuaged our concerns that we hadn't done enough (I think every pet parent questions this decision, even when it's obvious). She explained everything and asked us questions about Perry and our lives with him. She treated Perry so tenderly and respectfully both in life and in death. Possibly most amazing was that as she was leaving, she saw our other cat Inky in the hall and understood that Inky needed to say goodbye. She lay Perry's body on the floor so Inky could come and kiss Perry one last time.

But it didn't stop there. I received a lovely email two days later with a link to the Facebook tribute Dr. Kristina had written, as well as an invitation to call even if we just needed talk. We also received a card and note from Dr. Kristina with a copy of the tribute.

We can't thank Lap of Love enough for making this experience so much easier for all of us. We are sad for Perry's loss but we have the peace of knowing he went with dignity thanks to your help. I know we face this sorrow some day with our other pets; I only hope that we are fortunate enough to be able to use Lap of Love's services when that time comes."
Mari FecarottaHoffman EstatesDecember 28, 2018
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