Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jordan Taheri, DVM"Thank you so much Dr. Jordan! I really appreciate your help and compassion during this difficult time. This was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make and your process made this hard time so much easier to face for myself and my sweet Kylee. Kylee is petrified of the vets and the thought of her last moments being at a place she feared broke my heart even more. Kylee went to heaven in peace in the comfort of her home with the ones she loved.

Thank you!
Courtney Thomas and family"
Courtney ThomasFort Lauderdale, FloridaJuly 23, 2017Kylee's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jennifer Walters, DVM"After 13 years with my wonderful boy, Leroy Brown, I had to make a very hard decision. I knew he was never going to get well, and enjoy his life as he once did. He struggled to walk and had a lot health problems. He was always with me through every ordeal of my life for 13 years. I could not have asked for a better companion. His love was never ending.

Dr. Jennifer Walters made the emotional roller coaster I was on so much easier. She let my boy go peacefully. I haven't seen him that peaceful in a long time. He was in his home, and not an unfamiliar place. Dr. Walters was so kind and gentle with Leroy. She made a very sad situation a lot easier to handle, and remember. Thank You Dr. Jennifer Walters. I will always be grateful for your guidance of Leroy Brown to run across the rainbow bridge, where I know, he waits for me."
Kim AutenBelmont, North CarolinaJuly 23, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tina Olivieri, DVM"The hardest part of being a pet parent is saying good bye. My dogs are my children. And all of them are very near and dear to my heart. Janie and I had deep history and love with each other. She gave me an amazing life and I hope I made her proud. She always had health issues and we saw so many vets and specialist. Then an aggressive cancer appeared and she declined so fast. Dr. Tina arrived to help us all say goodbye. She was so kind and compassionate. I had other dogs in the room with us and they were very happy to see her and all settled down when it came time to say goodbye. After Janie passed, one of my dogs went over and kissed her. I'm so grateful that we could all be with Janie as she passed and say our goodbyes. She was in her most comfortable environment surrounded by the people and animals that loved her."Linda GrunfeldSherman Oaks, CaliforniaJuly 23, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Courtney Brookens Graham, DVM"Dr. Graham was very comforting and compassionate. She helped our family during a very difficult time."Charlotte VanRyckeghemShelby Township, MichiganJuly 23, 2017Julie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Leslie Peltier, DVM"Dr Leslie will forever have a special place in my heart. She will never know how much she helped me and my family in such a difficult moment. Even though it was so very hard, it somehow became a beautiful experience for us all."Ellen RomerWesterville, OhioJuly 21, 2017Vince (vinnie) Romer's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Suzanne Cosentino, DVM"When the time comes and you must make one of the
most difficult decisions in your life, please consider
using Suzanne Cosentino, DVM‎ and her
Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, Inc.
She was very soothing to my wonderful best friend,
letting us take our time to say goodbye and being as kind
and gentle as we could have hoped for.
It was one of the most difficult days of our lives and
she certainly made a big difference for us."
Mike & Tina CampbellIndependence, MissouriJuly 21, 2017Tank's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Lisa Littlejohn, DVM"Dr. Lisa was amazing. Thank you so much for all your love, kindness and support. I am grateful for your help at such a time. I'm so grateful Morgan was able to be home during her passing."Tammy BeardsleySpring Hill, FloridaJuly 21, 2017Morgan's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr Brad was very empathetic and patient with me during this difficult process and he was very encouraging. He reminded me that I was doing the right thing and how difficult it was. I'm grateful for his kindness."Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 21, 2017Roxie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM"I could write a book about our baby girl, Hannah. Anyone who knows us, understands how much our girls mean to us. They are our children. I knew Hannah was coming home with me the moment I saw her. I kneeled down near the cage and this spotted 4-month old puppy licked my face, she was no longer known as a "shelter pup". Twelve years later, and Hannah was still my baby. She had freckles like her mom (me!), and the markings like one of her sisters. Hannah loved long walks on our property, her favorite water hole in the creek, any mud puddle she could find, and spending any time she could with her mom, dad and her two sisters (Haley and Kemah).

On March 29, 2017, Hannah was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She became quite ill and also went blind overnight. I felt like my world was crashing down on me. We all know our pets don't get the life span they deserve, but when that time comes, you're never prepared. She was put on a few meds and within a week, she was feeling better. Hannah proved to us just how strong she was. She was blind, but she managed to make her way around the homestead quite well.

We knew we wanted to do things differently. If we would need to euthanize her, we wanted her to feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed. We knew we wanted her home with us and her sissies. This is when I discovered Lap of Love. I sent an email, because I couldn't speak about it over the phone without crying, and within an hour, I had a message.

Hannah's doctor was Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff. We had Dr. Dawnetta visit our home so she could meet Hannah, give us her opinion, and we wanted to make sure she was the "right fit". My husband and I instantly felt a connection, and we were so comfortable with her. Hannah seemed to do very well with her, as well. Dr. Dawnetta was in contact with us for the next couple months.

Anyone in this situation, knows this is one of the toughest decisions ever to be made. We struggled with it..."when is the right time", "is she suffering", "am I waiting too long", "does she have more life in her"...so many questions run through your head. We wanted as much time as we could get with Hannah, but we also didn't want to be selfish. Anytime I had questions, I knew I could reach out to Dr. Dawnetta, and I'd get a response back immediately.

Our last week with Hannah was tough. She started having seizures and constantly panting. Dr. Dawnetta coached us through everything....our emotions, our fears, how to tell "it was time". On July 9, the day our Hannah left us was one of the toughest times we've ever been through. Dr. Dawnetta was patient with us, she explained everything, made us as comfortable as we could be, and also made sure Haley and Kemah were doing ok during the process.

Our family is still struggling with the loss of Hannah, and Dr. Dawnetta continues to play a part in the healing process. She has a huge heart, and is very compassionate, caring, and we could not have asked for a better person to be by our side. My husband and I can't thank her enough for everything she's done for our family.

Much love, and THANK YOU for everything,
Jamie, Mellisia, Haley, Kemah, and our sweet Hannah"
Mellisia KeltonSt. Louis, MissouriJuly 21, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kendra L. Healy, DVM"I can't say enough about Dr. Kendra. She was there for my wife (Erin) and I at probably the most difficult time we have had to face. When our little girl, Tallulah, told us that it was time to say goodbye to her, we honestly didn't know what to do. I called Dr. Kendra and she was very understanding and nice, even though she barley could understand me through the tears. I don't know what we would have done with out her.

Between her and Lula, they both helped us be calm.

I sent Dr. Kendra a text message the day after Lula passed and she was very comforting. Saying goodbye to Lula was hard and continues to be hard. We miss our little girl so much. I can't imagine saying goodbye and going through the pain without Dr. Kendra there. She helped our little girl pass comfortably so she could go on to her next life and be a puppy again, running, jumping, swimming, and eating her favorite things (Roasted Chicken and Peanut Butter). Thank you for everything Dr. Kendra."
Todd ClarkLexington, KentuckyJuly 21, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sunday Cozzi, DVM"Dr. Sunday Cozzie was so kind, compassionate and caring. Absolutely the best choice for us at a time like this and I would recommend her to any family when this decision has to be made"Diana BrissieNorth Augusta, S. CarolinaJuly 21, 2017Gizzie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Elizabeth Gill, DVM"There was no easy way to say goodbye to our baby boy, but Lap of Love made what was the hardest decision in our lives easier. Atticus was full of love, laughter, snuggles, and brought so much happiness to our family.

Atticus had been diagnosed with cancer and the time had come that we knew we had to say goodbye so he could be pain free in heaven. Dr. Gill brought calmness and love into our home. Dr. Gill and Lap of Love are the ultimate professionals. Very sad day for our family, but they helped in so many ways so we could peacefully send Atticus to heaven. Thank you Dr. Gill and everyone at Lap of Love. We love and miss you very much Atticus. Mom, Dad & Ginger"
Erica & Mike EgeliOrlando, FloridaJuly 21, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dana Lewis, DVM"The decision to euthanize Bella was the hardest I've ever had to make, and Dr. Dana made this painful process as special and peaceful as possible. Dr. Dana, with the diligent support of Anna during one of our several calls, offered our entire family the dignity and grace to end Bella's life in the way that she deserved. I can't imagine having wished our baby farewell in any better way."Danielle ChristmasChapel Hill, North CarolinaJuly 20, 2017Bella's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Page, DVM"I can't thank Dr. Mary, Dr. Amanda and their office assistant (I apologize that I have forgotten her name!) enough for their empathy, compassion and kindness during such a difficult time. Dominica was just the most wonderful dog, my faithful companion for 12 years, and my first dog. I knew that above all I didn't want her to suffer. Dr. Mary spoke with me over the phone at length about how she was doing. She put me at ease and made feel I had a good friend who was by my side during this challenging time. Dr. Amanda came out as soon as she could on Thanksgiving day after Dominica had shown signs of discomfort the previous evening. She was incredibly kind and patient with me when Dominica showed signs of a little bit of appetite and I began to worry that maybe we were acting too soon. Once I was sure in my heart that we had to let her go, Dr. Amanda made the process as comfortable as possible for Dominica and me. Because I am in a wheelchair, it was hard for me to be at the level of Dominica's bed. So at her suggestion, Dr. Amanda and my brother gently placed her bed on top of an ottoman so that I could better comfort her during euthanasia. Sedation and euthanasia went incredibly smoothly. Dominica was comfortable throughout, and went peacefully.

Saying goodbye was incredibly difficult but I am so thankful to have had such wonderful, compassionate people by my side that made it so easy on Dominica. Thank you!!"
Leslie McLaughlinLong Beach, CaliforniaJuly 20, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jessica Wilbourne, DVM"Thank you Dr. Jessica for being so patient and kind to Gunner and our family."Stephanie SandersWillow grove, PennsylvaniaJuly 20, 2017Gunner's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jeni Price, BVM&S, MRCVS"Dr. Jeni was amazing. She was calm and understanding, and very compassionate. She was very sincere in getting info from us, in a non-invasive way. Our kids were very upset, and she handled them with love and comfort. We would definitely use her again in the future."Elana RosenthalYorba Linda, CaliforniaJuly 20, 2017Coco's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kimberly Moen, DVM"Yesterday was one of the hardest and emotional days we ever faced. Our little guy Nino, had been diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2016 and was only given 4-6 weeks. he struggled but never suffered until 2 days ago. That is when we discovered Lap of Love. From the initial phone call, i knew i was calling the right folks. Dr. Kimberly arrived and she was so gentle and kind to us, Nino and our other 2 fur babies. to go through this procedure is hard but doing it in your home, in Nino's own bed, around the family and his fur brother and sister, make the process seem so peaceful and Nino was made so comfortable without stress or the 'coldness' of going to the vet. I was able to hold him the entire time and carry him bundled in a blanket out after it was over. I hope we do not have to go through this again but if we do, I wouldn't do it any other way. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the gentle care you provided in our darkest hour."Anthony and MarollaRIVIERA BEACH, FloridaJuly 20, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Stacy Michele Blake, DVM"On July 3, 2017 my best buddy in the whole wide world had done his job and decided it was time to move on, to the next realm of existence and help someone else experience joy, laughter and unconditional love. It is so hard to say to our pets " it's ok to go", but that's what they are waiting for, because they worry so much about us that they struggle to be there. Toby left me on July 3rd, it's been a couple of weeks now and I can still hear his footsteps and look back to see if it is him. But he has gone to the next level already, I know this and all of us should as well, they will be waiting for us one day and they will say, even though I could not speak, you heard my call for you to allow me to move onward....."To infinity and Beyond". Tears are universal, unconditional love may be what our beloved pets are trying to teach us, all you need is love and just so happens that it is unconditional. Dr. Stacy Michele helped us allow Toby to transcend to the next level, she was so comforting and loving kindness, that is something that is not taught, it just is. So Toby went and it was well with Our Souls. What a great thing it is that we are able to learn and grow as humans from just loving our other spirits and knowing that they love us back without conditions, tears will come and go, but just remember the day that you brought your kindred one home, what a joy it is."Jeffrey GarrisonOrlando, FloridaJuly 20, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Hannah Curtis, DVM"As many pet owners know, this is one of the most difficult decisions you'll ever make. We originally made an appointment with our primary animal hospital, but we wanted to explore an in-home option as well. My boyfriend called Lap of Love and left a message around 10:30pm, and by 7:00am the next morning, Lap of Love contacted us back. The receptionist was very kind and informative and by the end of the conversation, we felt confident that Lap of Love was the best option for our dog Mason. The receptionist connected us with Dr. Hannah.

Dr. Hannah was so sweet and her compassion was very sincere. She was extremely kind and went above and beyond to make this bad experience as pleasant as possible. Thank you Dr. Hannah, for treating Mason with such care and love. We really appreciate the way you handled this experience with the upmost empathy and professionalism. Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Hannah for everything."
Tina TranCosta Mesa, CaliforniaJuly 20, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Rachel Klickman, DVM, CVA"Thank you, Dr. Rachel, for your kind and caring service for Boomer and his human family."Kevin & Rene PowellAnnapolis, MarylandJuly 19, 2017Boomer's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"For those who do not own a pet you cannot imagine how difficult it is to say goodbye to someone who has become a member of your family and has been for many years. We had our dog Duke a Yellow Lab since his birth in 2004. He was such a playful puppy and so full of life. He spent the 1st year of life keeping my wife company while I was in Kuwait. I have many pictures of Duke that celebrate his 12 years with us. He had a good long life and left a wonderful impression on us and all who knew him. Every day he showed such unquestioned love and devotion to us. we miss him terribly.
We knew what we were about to do was the right thing for Duke. And Dr Melanie Cohen agreed with us as she stroked his head and looked into his eyes. She saw the pain he was in and how tired he was of having to suffer with it.
Although she knew Duke for only a short time Dr Cohen showed such compassion and love for him. It was one of the saddest days of our lives as we watched him fall asleep. Lap of Love provided dignity to a stressful time for something we had to do. And now we must find a way to move on. We are so heartbroken. And will be for some time.

Michael & Susan Brookman"
Michael BrookmanHampton, VirginiaJuly 19, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender, DVM"It took me almost 3 months to be able to write this without sobbing .. trying to get through it because I have to share my experiences with Dr. Katie Stender's loving support during one of the hardest things I've ever had to do.
I've been owned by several cats but my precious Andi was by far the most special and we had the strongest bond of any cat I've had . (Here come the tears.)
She was rescued by a friend from the rafters of a construction home at barely 8 weeks old and it was love at first sight. She was a handful! So full of life.. she was so full of personality and was the best companion for a single person. We were family.
Way too young, at 11 1/2 Andi was diagnosed with liver disease after suddenly losing a lot of weight from not eating and had to have a feeding tube for 6 weeks and a lot of medicine for over 1.5 years when this April, she had declined so much that I couldn't bear to allow her to suffer, so my Vet referred me to Dr. Katie. This group of professionals have the biggest hearts and were truly angels sent to help me deal with the horrific decision I was being forced to make.
Dr. Katie came to meet with Andi and helped me with an interim plan and guided me on what to watch for to know when it was "time".
That time came and I honestly believe the hardest call I've ever made was calling to schedule Dr. Katie to come and help me send my precious Andi to Rainbow bridge.
On that day, Dr. Katie's kindness, empathy and love were amazing. She explained the process and allowed me time to say goodbye to my baby, and to hold her throughout the process until I felt her little body relax and leave her pain behind. Dr. Katie said at that moment that my sweet baby had just gotten her angel wings. I believe the whole process was the most peaceful and dignified way to let my baby go in the comfort of her own home.
I will never forget my sweet Andi. She will live forever in my heart. And I will never be able to thank Dr. Katie enough for helping me through this process."
Pamela CaughmanPonte Vedra, FloridaJuly 19, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Samantha Souther, DVM"Saying goodbye to our Teddy was one of the hardest things we've ever had to do. Dr. Samantha, Dr. Brad, and the Lap of Love staff made it as comfortable as it possibly could be. It was important for us to be at home, where Teddy felt safe. He’d had some scary experiences at the vet, so we couldn't bear to say goodbye in that environment. Both doctors visited our home on different occasions – Dr. Brad to evaluate Teddy, give insight on the progression of his illness, and explain how Teddy was likely feeling. Dr. Brad provided pain medication and even checked in by text later that evening. When we scheduled euthanasia, Dr. Samantha visited. Dr. Brad had filled her in, so we didn’t have to explain anything. Dr. Samantha was so kind and patient. She explained every step of the process, answered our questions, and allowed us all the time we needed with Teddy. We also appreciated little touches that we wouldn't have thought of - like making a paw print. Thank you, Lap of Love, for being there for us in this difficult time."Julie MPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 19, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Julie Willenkin, DVM"Dr. Julie, you made a difficult process the best it could be. Your kindness, compassion and true love for animals came through so clearly. You truly have a gift for helping others in this situation...your thoughts and words really helped us in so many ways. You made the process so calm, peaceful and loving, and we cannot thank you enough for helping us to give Chase the gift of having his family stroking him and loving him in his favorite room at home as he left this earth for the Rainbow Bridge."Joyce KellerHaverford, PennsylvaniaJuly 19, 2017Chase's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Courtney Brookens Graham, DVM"Dr. Brookens,

Thanks you for making this experience as comforting as possible. Kelly was a great dog that you had treated in the past. I greatly appreciated your kind words for Kelly and myself during the final stage of Kelly's time.


Bill Shinske"
William ShinskeRochester Hills, MichiganJuly 19, 2017Kelly's Pet Memorial
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