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Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli"A very good friend of mine referred Dr. Kristine Campanelli to me and I am so happy that I made that dreaded phone call to Lap of Love. I must have picked up the phone 100 times to call them only to put the phone back down again, I wasn't sure if I was doing the right thing. I knew my old girl Nikka was coming to the end of her life at 15 years old, she was in pain but never complained. I finally made the call and requested Dr. Kristine to come to our home to help us let her go. From the minute Kristine walked in the door I knew I was doing the right thing, she was calming for both me and Nikka. I didn't sleep for the 2 nights before this appointment praying I was doing the right thing. Kristene was so sweet to my old girl, spoke to her like she was her own, she was so caring and gentle with her. Nikka left this world so peacefully and I have Dr. Kristine to thank for that. My heart was broken knowing i had to let her go, but she was in no pain and at peace, I would recommend Dr. Kristine to anyone having to deal with this, she truly was a blessing at a very dark time and helped us all feel better about making such a hard decision."Diane BianchiBellportOctober 14, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi"Dr. Heather came to my house and helped my 15 year old Westie, McDuff, pass. She, and the staff, were kind, professional, and compassionate from the first phone call to the end. It is always a difficult decision to make when your pet gets old and his health is in decline, but they helped me make it and McDuff passed peacefully in his favorite chair with his stuffed Duckie, me, and Heather by his side. Thank you so much for all you did for us and the dignity with which you handled my McDuff."Susan SternSound Beach, NYOctober 12, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristen Miller"Dr. Kristen Miller was like the angel who helped our Billie Jean cross over. She was very kind and compassionate and made the time of Billie Jean's passing peaceful. We are grateful to have Dr. Miller be there for us and Billie Jean in her last moments."Samantha GeorgesCarle PlaceOctober 11, 2019Billie Jean's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli"On Sunday 10/6/2019 we had to euthanize our beloved Boston Terrier named Holly. On a recommendation from my vet I called Lap of Love. From the very first phone call I was extremely impressed with the staff answering the phones. They told me everything I needed to know competently and compassionately. I scheduled the date and time. Dr. Kristine Campanelli arrived on time and prepared to do her difficult job. She was kind and compassionate to us and Holly. The process was extremely professional. She answered all questions kindly all while talking calmly to Holly. Holly felt no pain and passed peacefully on the couch where she loved to nap. Dr. Capanelli gave us her paw print in clay and locks of her fur that we can spread on the beach where she loved to run and swim. I have never written a testimonial before but felt compelled to do so. Dr. Campanelli is the very best and I recommend her highly. Lap of Love and Dr. Kristine Campanelli handled an extremely difficult situation for us professionally and kindly."Gary EyrichSound BeachOctober 8, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi"It was one of the worse days of my life, but with Dr. Heather's help, my baby, Friskowitz had a smooth passing. Dr. Heather was so calming. She asked many questions about his antics throughout his long life and simply distracted me by talking. I am so grateful for her timely arrival at this difficult time & her peaceful presence. Thank you and God Bless."Kathy PershinskyWest IslipOctober 7, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli"Dr Christine was the most compassionate Vet! It was such a difficult decision to make but we knew our beloved Humphrey was nearing the end of his days. I had always known that I did not want him to be put to rest at the Vets office. He really disliked going there and I could not imagine the stress he would have in his last breaths knowing he was at the Vets office. My Vet recommended Lap of Love and wow I was so impressed with the help and the compassion they gave our Humphrey and our family. From the moment I made the call to the moment they took him away. The love, support, and the compassion they exuded will stay with our family forever. My son was unsure he wanted to be in the room but he said Dr Christine was so good and so nice it made a very hard day a little easier because you could see the love and care she gave our Humphrey. We would like to Thank Dr Christine for making this difficult day in our lives a little easier!! Thank you so very much Dr. Christine and Lap of Love! We are so very grateful!🐾🐾"Gina IadanzaKings ParkOctober 6, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi"My 12 year old Greyhound, Dash, had senior needs for quite a while. But he still had a high quality of life until recently when he began to fall more and become incontinent. It was quite a struggle to bring him to the vet, given his 85 lbs and inability to hop in the car anymore. Unfortunately once at the vet, he was so anxiety ridden he fell twice in the waiting room and urinated on himself. I knew that I could not do this to him again, and he would not be going out with dignity and grace. I took him home on increased medication, and he recovered somewhat from the trip. When it became apparent that his pain was not being controlled and his quality of life diminished drastically overnight, I made the difficult decision to give him the last gift I could. But I could not put him through the car/vet ordeal again. I was given the Lap of Love number by a friend who is a dog groomer. From the woman who answered my call and set up the arraignments, the entire experience was made as special as possible. Dr. Heather spent a good deal of time on the floor allowing my dog to get comfortable with her. She spoke with us professionally and compassionately, listening to countless stories of Dash. After Dash crossed, we were allowed as much time as we needed and his body was treated with the same respect as before.
The decision to euthanize at home was the best for all of us. Dash was on his bed, in his house, with his favorite toy and his family. Thank you to Dr. Heather and the entire Lap of Love family."
Cherie BellissimoDix HillsOctober 4, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi"Dr. Heather made a heart wrenching day bearable. My little min pin had been going downhill fast and I knew it was time. I had postponed it for longer than I should have and her pain was obvious. When Dr Heather came to my parents , which is where we did it, she took her time,, with loving energy she explained everything, asked about my other pups and their relationship and in her own special way communicated with them all, allowing my one pup to be right by our side, who laid her head on my min pin after she got her angel wings as Dr H put it. If I had wanted to hold my pup afterwards for an hour, Dr H would have stayed right there with us. I can’t express how her emotional support helped all involved. I imagine she must often break down herself once she gets back into her car. She is good at keeping a genuinely sympathetic disposition while staying strong enough to let you grieve. The organization itself was a blessing. If you have to make that heart wrenching decision that you know is the right one , to do it at a home they know, in my case parents is there second home, so their passing is more peaceful , lap of love is the only way to go."Maija polsleyNYCOctober 4, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli"Kristine,
Nella and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your benevolence, grace, and compassion while helping us send our beloved Kobi to "dog heaven". You made what could have been a harrowing experience beautifully bearable.

Sincerely,
James Hahn"
JAMES HAHNEASTPORTOctober 3, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli"I have to say loosing a pet is the worst but Dr. Kristine is so compassionate and has such a huge heart ❤️.
Kristine made this transitions with heartfelt ease and you can tell how much she loves animals and that made me feel at ease.
Dr. Kristen was calm and Told us what was happening and gave us all the time we needed with our Boy Barley. I can say it was very emotional but Kristine made us feel little better. Thank you for all the work you do ."
Margaret MeehanHolbrookOctober 1, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli"I cannot say enough about how compassionate and wonderful the people at Lap of Love are. Dr. Christine helped us through this process and my dog passed in the most peaceful way I could ever hope for, with dignity and a peaceful end to his cognitive and physical suffering. I highly recommend using their services if you're struggling with this decision and are looking for an in home service to help with a peaceful passing for your beloved pet."Ashley LombardoHolbrookOctober 1, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli"We knew that Bella was failing, but were very concerned about adding undue stress to her pain. When we heard about Lap of Love, we knew we found the solution. Dr. Kristine was kind, comforting and professional. Exactly what we all needed. We are very grateful."Nancy FischettiSmithtownOctober 1, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi"Dr. Heather Manfredi was so compassionate at our saddest time. Darcy meant the world to me and she went peacefully in my arms, listening to my heartbeat as she went.
Dr. Heather was calm, let me know everything that would happen as we progressed and then gave me all the time I needed with my little girl.
It's a horrible time but it was made a little bit better with Dr. Heather's help
Thank you."
Lisa HentzeMerrickSeptember 30, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli"Dr. Kristine was so compassionate, warm and gentle with our Bella. She brought us comfort at such a heartbreaking time."Jill SchillingSayvilleSeptember 30, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi"I am forever grateful to Dr. Heather Manfredi for her gentleness and quiet dignity she afforded my Cassidy in crossing the Rainbow Bridge. Cassidy was my buff colored cocker spaniel who almost made it to his 16th birthday. Making the decision to cross him over was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make; but I knew it was his time and I had to let him go. My vets had recommended Lap of Love to me several years ago as an organization of vets that come to your home and offer an alternative setting for you and your pet. I knew it was going to be the right choice for me and my boy.
I, without reservation, can tell you that the moment Dr. Heather walked through my door, I knew I had made the right decision. Her soft voice, compassion, patience and love of animals was immediately evident. Once Cassidy had crossed, she prepared him in a beautiful wicker basket with a lovely blanket and his favorite squeaker bone. With Dr. Heather's help Cassidy became an angel of beauty. Since Cassidy's passing, I have received several personal notes from her inquiring as to how I was doing..that is truly touching and I appreciated those notes so much.
Without hesitation, I would recommend Lap of Love as an alternative to traditional settings when your pet's time comes. I am eternally grateful to you Dr. Heather and Lap of Love for providing such a wonderful service to pets and their parents.
Thank you Dr. Heather and Lap of Love for all that you do for us. Fondly and with great respect, Nora"
Nora FischbergWest BabylonSeptember 30, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli"A friend had recommended Lap of Love to me and so when we knew it was time to let our precious Buddy cross that rainbow bridge I gathered the courage needed to make that difficult phone call. I spoke with a kind and compassionate agent named Haley- while taking the necessary information she was so patient and supportive. The day of our appointment was spent giving our Buddy all the love we could which included time outside, a warm bath and chocolate ice cream and cookies- then Dr Kristine called to say she would be arriving soon. Her voice on the phone was so supportive and empathetic- she arrived and exuded such a calm and caring presence. She explained what the process would be and allowed us all the time we needed to say our goodbyes. We held and spoke to Buddy reassuring him that everything would be ok and thanking him for his unconditional love for 15 years. Buddy passed in peace surrounded by his loving family. Dr. Kristine took the time to answer questions that we had as well as gave us a paw print and lock of Buddys fur as a keepsake. Dr Kristine treated Buddy and our family with such grace , dignity and compassion that made a world of difference to us. I cannot thank her and Lap of Love enough for helping us through this difficult time."Jackie MazzeoKings ParkSeptember 27, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi"Max was our very first dog pet. He came when my wife & I were feeling that empty nest feeling when your children had left to start their own lives and life journey. Max was loved and filled that empty space with sound and love. My wife was especially close to Max. They had a bond that I rarely have seen between a dog and his owner. When our Max got ill this past August, we did not expect the news we received. My wife and I were shocked and could not believe what we were being told. A decision had to be made, and my wife and I battled with this decision.
At our age of 66 this was one of the hardest decision we had to make. My daughter had to make a similar decision a couple of years ago and suggested that we call Lap Of Love. My wife was so distraught, I made the call. The woman who answered the phone, her name was Donna, was the most compassionate person I had ever spoken to. I still remember how calm her voice was and trying to get the information needed from me to complete the process. The only way I can describe Donna was, she was like my phone angel who helped me through this difficult process.
Dr. Heather was the one who had helped my daughter 2 years earlier, when she and her husband, had to make the most difficult decision with their pet Sable.
Dr. Heather came to our door and made my wife & I feel very comfortable throughout this process. She explained everything and went over each step would be doing. Dr. Heather was compassionate, loving and extremely patient with us through this whole process.
I can not say enough good things about Lap Of Love, Donna and especially Dr. Heather. I would and have highly recommended Lap Of Love to other people and will continue to recommend this service.
With Love and Warm Wishes,
Tony & Barbara Mannino"
Tony ManninoOakdaleSeptember 25, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi"I can't say enough about Dr. Heather Manfredi. We grappled with the decision to put our beloved Einstein to rest. It's so hard when they are still wagging their tails and looking at you with loyal eyes. We did not want to bring him to the cold, sterile steel table at the vets office, and for that to be his last memory. He could pass in the warm comfort of our home in the arms of those who loved him most. My kids were inconsolable, but she explained to them that we were doing a the best thing for him because he will no longer suffer, and that it was his time. She let my kids have as much time to say goodbye as needed and gave them each a paw print impression and lock of fur to keep. It was so difficult, but I am so grateful that Heather was there to comfort us."Linda MurdockSeldenSeptember 25, 2019Einstein's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi"Dear Dr Heather,
Thank you for being with my wife, daughter, and Sable during such a difficult time for us. Thank you for waiting for me so I could say a proper goodbye to Sable.
We loved her. You were amazing and obviously have a calling that is being fulfilled. I’m not religious, so not exactly sure how to put it, but you are truly doing Gods work.

Kind Regards,
Matt"
Matt KalmensonKings ParkSeptember 23, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi"For 14+ years Nike was always at the door to greet us when we got home. Every warm weekend morning Nike sat with us on our front porch enjoying the sun. When we knew it was her time, we chose to be there with her and sit on the porch together one last time. While it was emotionally hard for us, Dr Manfredi helped make Nike’s passing as peaceful and tranquil as we could have possibly hoped. Dr Manfredi took the time to get to know our old girl, and her compassion was profound, even sitting on the porch next to Nike and comforting us all. Nike’s passing has left a Hugh empty space in our hearts. It wasn’t and never should be an easy decision, but it was the right one. Dr Manfredi, we thank you for your efforts."Mike RinghauserMiddle IslandSeptember 21, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristen Miller"Dr. Kristen was so kind, caring and compassionate as she helped Monty transition. I am forever grateful for her calming presence and professionalism. We are sure he passed peacefully and most important, unafraid. God Bless you Dr. Kristen,

The Palma Family"
Nora PalmaFloral ParkSeptember 21, 2019Monty's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi"We had the good fortune of a friend recommending Lap of Love to us and it was the best decision we could have made. My mother is an elderly women and the proud adopted mom of an American Bulldog "Ruppie" since its owner, my younger brother moved out. Ruppie had been struggling with cancer and had withered away to a shell of what he used to be. My mom was struggling with the idea that it was time for him to be at peace because he still had a strong appetite and lots of life left in his eyes and in his still powerful tail. Finally this week Ruppie's eyes told a different story and we knew it was time to say good bye. We called Lap of Love and Dr. Heather Manfredi came to the house as promised. Ruppie was having a good day although he was emaciated and my mom was struggling with the idea of letting him go. Dr. Heather came into the house with a soothing voice and confident knowledge that it was indeed time. Ruppie had always been a dominating personality and he was still letting us know he was in charge. Dr. Heather gave Ruppie the time and space to become comfortable with her in the house and put my mom to ease just chatting about what life must have been like with Ruppie around. We fed him treats and joked about how he would always meet me at the door when visiting and stare at me with a very unfriendly look until I would offer him a snack. When it was time to give Ruppie peace Dr Heather did in in such a caring dignified way my mom just had to tell her that she was amazing and how much easier she was making it for her. When Ruppie was gone Dr. Heather gave him a loving kiss on the head and allowed us time to say good bye. He was carefully laid on a stretcher and wrapped in a fuzzy comfortable blanket with just his head sticking out. It was like he was quietly sleeping with no view of how his body had been broken down by the disease. We carried him out to the car and had 1 more time to say goodbye. Dr. Heather hugged my mom and tenderly told her she had done the right thing. Ruppie was at peace and through what was a terribly sad and difficult experience so was my mom. Dr Heather spent an entire hour with us as my mom let Ruppie go we are forever thankful for the care she showed! Thank You Lap of Love, Dr. Heather Manfredi was AMAZING!"Craig PriemerWest SayvilleSeptember 20, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi"Dr. Heather Manfredi was exceptional with me and my family. When Koda first felt ill I went to St. Francis animal hospital to have him looked at. The vet that saw him was Dr. Heather Manfredi. She told us that she worked at that animal hospital from time to time but she mainly works at hospice care for animals. When it was Koda’s time, I contacted Lap of Love which was recommended to me through a friend of mine. When I was told that Dr. Heather Manfredi would be at my home for Koda, I knew that the name sounded very familiar, and when I saw her I thought that this was one amazing coincidence. The same doctor saw my pet was going to be the same one helping him pass, and it was perfect. She greeted everyone with hugs and set everything nicely. She walked us through the process and made the event something beautiful and memorable. It was amazing and I can’t thank her enough."Caleb DrozRonkonkomaSeptember 17, 2019Koda 's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristen Miller"Yesterday was probably the most hardest day of my life. We had to say goodbye to my beloved cat Chelsea I loved her too much to see her suffer and die a horrible death. Dr Kristen Miller helped us through her passing. Dr Miller was very sweet and compassionate and made it easy for us to help with Chelsea's journey to the rainbow bridge. A swarm of dragonflies appeared outside my door moments before Chelsea was to pass on. I know many people do not believe in spiritual things but after seeing this I was convinced these where the angels to meet and bring her on her journey. As soon as Chelsea passed they were gone."Nancy BarcaLevittownSeptember 16, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli"I cannot express how grateful I am for Lap of Love and especially Dr. Kristine Campanelli. Having to say goodbye to our Kramer was the most difficult and heartbreaking moment ever. Dr. Kristine came into our home with kindness and compassion. She sat beside us and gave us all the time we needed to say goodbye. She was gentle and soft spoken. To be able to have Kramer comfortable at home and not feeling anxious and afraid was the greatest gift to both him and our family. Our other pup Teddy was also there to help comfort us and have an understanding to where his brother has gone. Once Kramer had transitioned we were able to bury him in a peaceful location in our yard where we visit with him each day. Teddy also goes out to see him each morning where he sits beside him. This day would have been so much more tragic had I dragged Kramer into the vet (he hated going) to say goodbye. I felt at peace in my own home filled with love and memories."Jeannine DuchnowskiMiller PlaceSeptember 14, 2019
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