Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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Lap of Love Veterinarian: Betsy King, DVM"Betsy was absolutely amazing. So caring and calming during our difficult time. She made it so much easier for me to be there for Tank in his last few moments here on this earth before he crossed over the rainbow. She was comforting and understanding and didn't rush us at all. Allowed us to have the time we needed to deal with the situation. Betsy just made the entire experience so much easier to deal with. I'm glad she was there with us during this very difficult time. She was absolutely awesome!"Bree & Jay JonesRaleigh, North CarolinaApril 28, 2017Tank's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Page, DVM"Like many pet owners I was faced with the agonizing choice of deciding when my 13 1/2 year old golden retriever, Ranger was ready to leave this physical world. I didn't want to end his life too soon or too late. For a week, I was anxiously waiting for the clear sign of when was the right time. I knew it was near as his eye sight was nearly gone, his hind legs and back were getting weaker by the day but there was something inside me that thought he wasn't quite ready and frankly, I wasn't either. There was no good time to say goodbye to my best buddy...until....one day he stopped eating and drinking. I knew he was tired and I had to honor him by giving him peace.

A week prior, I had seen a family being faced with letting their baby go at the vet hospital and I knew if I had a choice, I would NOT want Ranger to spend his final moments in a cold, scary, anxiety-ridden place, I wanted him to be relaxed and comfortable at home. The vet gave me a Lap of Love pamphlet and I called a week later to get information and set up the appointment.

The day of the appointment I was so anxious but when I opened the door and this angel appeared (Dr Amanda) I knew I made the right decision. She immediately made me feel calm and at ease with what was going to happen. She explained everything in detail. There was no urgency just a relaxed, loving, supportive space she created for me and Ranger. She allowed me time to tell her stories about Ranger, cry and laugh, everything was in my timing.
I felt safe and there was a grace that filled the energy. It may sound strange but it was beautiful. I felt peace for myself but more importantly for Ranger. It was the little touches Dr Amanda offered that made it so special, putting roses in Rangers paws, snipping some hair for me to save and the precious paw print is a wonderful memento. My 6 year old daughter made a sign she wanted taped to Rangers back and she insisted it go to heaven with him. Dr Amanda said "Sure, we can do that". My daughter was thrilled to learn later that the sign went with him. Ranger looked so cozy wrapped in a Lap of Love blanket with his roses in hand. I thought I was going to be an emotional wreck but because Dr Amanda created such a serene and safe space I felt peace more than sadness, in that moment, knowing in my heart Ranger made his peaceful transition in the comfort of his own home. I can't thank Dr Amanda enough for making one of the most painful experiences easier to bare. She truly is an angel, a ray of light and I believe she was put here for this important work. Thank you thank you thank you!
Jennifer Williams"
Jennifer WilliamsCorona Del Mar, CaliforniaApril 28, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Lauren Cassady, DVM"Dr. Cassady helped us see Levi off to his next adventure in the most compassionate and gentle way we could have asked for. There is no easy way to express how losing such a loyal friend impacts a person. Dr. Cassady listened to my stories about Levi and I hope his last moments were in a place he wanted to be."Atlanta, GeorgiaApril 27, 2017Levi's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM"Dr. Annie was so incredibly kind and understanding and comforted me in this sad moment. She made it so that in my heart I had no doubt I was making the best decision for Cubby's well being. Thank you for helping me through this trying time and for helping my sweet angel's last moments be peaceful!"Judi CanchaniWindermere, FloridaApril 27, 2017Cubby's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Steven Schultz, DVM"Our 1 (yes, really 1) year old French Bulldog Nory developed a rare, large, aggressive tumor that was unfortunately spreading to her lympph nodes. We were absolutely devastated, and with all the poking, proding, and testing she endured in her short life, she was terrified of the vets office. I heard about Dr Schultz and Lap of Love through a friend at work and I am so glad she suggested it. Dr. Schultz was so kind and walked us through what to expect. It takes a special kind of person to be able to do this day in and day out, and I am forever thankful we were able to keep our girl comfortable and at ease at home while she passed, snuggling her all along the way. Thank you Dr. Schultz and Lap of Love for bringing a sense of calm and peacefulness during such a difficult time."Kate ZanghiHamburg, NYApril 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Steven Schultz, DVM"Dr. Steven came to our house. He was amazing, he has patience and understanding. He makes a very difficult time easier. I am so glad we found him. The whole Lap of Love Team is amazing."Lynn LentSloan, NYApril 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tiffany Matheson, DVM"Today I said "see you again in Heaven" to my Beau. He was my constant buddy, my kids' 'brother', and a playmate and walkmate to so many other dogs in our neighborhood. Dr. Tiffany was wonderful, caring, and didn't rush anything. Beau was very comfortable with her and I'm sure that helped make this more peaceful for him than I could have imagined. The staff that you speak on the phone to inquire and schedule (especially Donna) are so comforting. The follow up email after you schedule is caring and informative and really does help you prepare as much as possible. If you are considering this, but are undecided, I urge you to read some of the resources on the website. Though it doesn't take the pain away, reading them may help you make your decision and help you see that your decision is for the best.
Many thanks for your compassion to everybody at Lap of Love."
JILL RISSERPORT ST. LUCIE, FloridaApril 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Steven Schultz, DVM"We are forever grateful to Dr. Steven for making our Pepper's transition a calm, painless and peaceful one. His caring & kindness was so comforting to us too. He made a sad & traumatic experience much easier. Thank you again for everything........."Jean & Lori LavinTonawanda, NYApril 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender, DVM"The hardest thing in the world to do is to make the call for Euthanasia of your beloved pet. Studmuffin gave us 20 years of companionship, never making a fuss about thing, not even when his last days could not have been very comfortable. His love is written on my heart, I will never forget him. Thank you Dr Katie for helping him cross the rainbow bridge so peacefully.
God Bless you"
Sandi DeschaineJacksonville, FloridaApril 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Diane Chesebro, DVM"Dr Diane was so amazing. I am a ICU nurse and my boyfriend is a Critical Care MD. Both of us were touched by the sensitivity and respect Dr Diane showed Molly and our family. Her Euthanasia was the most beautiful and peaceful death we have ever witnessed. Our Molly received the respectful and loving end she deserved thanks to Dr Diane. I am so thankful there is a service like this available."Allie MathesRoseville, CaliforniaApril 26, 2017Molly's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Peter Gollub, DVM"Dr. Gollub, You are truly a 'gracious man'...all of the pets (families) that you have a part of (ours), will never be able to thank you enough...all I can think of is the story of 'Temple Gradson...' she to, was able to 'connect' the bond between animals and their care givers...Our heartfelt thanks... P.S. We cannot thank the services of 'Lap of Love'...enough...your choice of Dr. Gollub, speaks for itself..."John NewmanFoxborough, MassachusettsApril 26, 2017Grace's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sarah Clarke, DVM"Dr. Sarah,

I've never lost a pet and Fenway was our girl all 14 years of her full life. In the moment when we needed reassurance, comfort and a kind spirit - there was no one better suited to help us with Fenway's transition than you.
Thank you for your kind words and for getting to know our pup in such a short amount of time to capture what you wrote on the Lap of Love site.
Your compassion, sincerity & gentle presence in those final moments were a true gift to us- including Fenway, as we said
our goodbye to our girl.

Thank you for taking such good care of her"
Shelbi TablerAshland, VirginiaApril 26, 2017Fenway's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erica Fry, DVM"As I type this I'm still crying as this was the first day in many years I woke up w/ a pet or two or three in my bed. Petey was the last pet I had and he had an unbelievably extensive health history including multiple cancer surgeries, radiation... the whole 9 yards. But he was like a Timex. He took a lickin' and kept on tickin'. Speaking of "lickin' " this was the first morning in years I didn't wake up to a face full of dog kisses.
However, I want to say that if I could have kept Petey around longer and healthier I would have done anything and everything, but the last 48 hours of his life saw him failing fast. Lap of Love and Dr. Erica worked hard to move my appointment up from a Friday to a Tuesday. By the time she arrived, Petey's health had decompensated so rapidly it was frightening for me. I made several frantic calls to the Lap of Love number that morning and the gals I spoke with were so helpful in "talking me down from a ledge" so to speak.
Dr. Erica arrived and I immediately felt calmer. The actual procedure and passing was as calm, kind, dignified and "safe" for my little guy. I think for him, at least, it seemed stress free and he was able to pass in his home instead of the impersonal and anxiety producing atmosphere of even the best veterinary facilities.
I had no idea Lap of Love existed, and am ever so glad that I did my due diligence and found it. It made an unbelievably sad experience as positive as humanly possible. I am grateful. My heart may be empty but I know Petey had the best possible passing as anyone could want."
Sharon BarkerFrisco, TexasApril 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Ashleigh Rhoades was a Gift to Vishnu and Us,Can never Repay her, Amazing Vet. and Human Being."Robert ArnouxAuburn, WashingtonApril 26, 2017Vishnu's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jordan Taheri, DVM"Lap of Love provides comfort and support during the worst time for any pet owner. I called Lap of Love and they were caring while I setup the appointment and also when I had to call and change the day of the appointment. Benny was a large dog (approx. 75 pounds) and his mobility became extremely limited very quickly. It would have been very difficult for my husband and I to get him to the vet's office and it would have been very stressful for him. Having a vet come to our house was absolutely the right thing to do.

Dr. Jordan called 30 minutes before the appointment to let us know he was on his way and sure enough he arrived right on time. He had a calm, empathetic demeanor and did a wonderful job of keeping Benny calm and relaxed while he spoke with my husband and me about what to expect during the procedure. He gave us time to digest what was about to occur and time to spend our last moments with Benny. He has a connection with animals and quickly developed a rapport with our Benny. Never did we feel rushed during the entire process. I will use Lap of Love again if needed and I will request Dr. Jordan by name."
Joy BranyonLighthouse Point, FloridaApril 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erin Deveau, DVM"On April 25, 2017, my best friend and little soulemate crossed the rainbow bridge with the help of Dr. Erin Deveau of Lap of Love. We called Dr. Deveau when we knew that my little boy's health was failing. He had degenerative Myelopathy and arthritis. he was 14.4 years old. Dr. Deveau came into our home and did a wonderful assessment of Finnegan, his food, his medications and made suggestions to assist in his mobility. Dr. Deveau focus was pain management and giving Finnegan more good days. We did have more good days and a few more walks. Finnegan's health declined quckly unfortunately and he lost use of his back legs and his right front paw. We made the decision that we could not ask him to go on. Dr. Deveau came into our home and wih tenderness and understanding help Finnegan cross the raibow bridge. Although my heart is still breaking, Dr. Deveau made his passing peaceful, with no anxiety and with love and respect. I could not have asked for more. While I miss our little boy, I know I did everything I could. Thank you Dr. Deveau you are an angel to help our little angel."Glory CochraneALBUQUERQUE, New MexicoApril 26, 2017Angelskye Finnegan's Dream's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Caitlin Dobecka, DVM"We were so fortunate to have Dr. Caitlin guide us through this very difficult day. Dr. Caitlin was kind and patient, and she explained every step and allowed us to take as much time as we needed as we said good-bye. We were able to give our Mocha Bear the departure she deserved, full of dignity, security and love. Thank you Dr. Caitlin for the wonderful work you do."Vanessa ZertucheIrving, TexasApril 26, 2017Mocha Bear's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jessica Spitzer, DVM"Jessica from Lap of Love was very patient, understanding and compassionate. She really exceeded our expectations and we are very appreciative of her service and dedication to what she does. I highly recommend Lap of Love to anybody going through the difficult time of deciding what is best for your pet and family. It was still an incredibly difficult and painful decision to make, but Jessica was a big help in getting us through it."Chris TaylorVentura, CaliforniaApril 25, 2017Chief's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jessica Spitzer, DVM"Dr. Jessica provided us with help in making Sydney's transition easier. We were comforted by her compassion, love, and caring for Sydney as well as for us. She was just what the doctor ordered. Even though it was a traumatic time for us, and our dear Sydney, we are forever grateful for her being brought to us."Joni & Daryl ClarkSimi Valley, CaliforniaApril 25, 2017Sydney Angus's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dana Lewis, DVM"Dr. Dana was absolutely amazing. She was gentle, caring and so very patient.

Her follow up note in the hours afterward demonstrates just how much she and Lap of Love care about what they do and how they can help us send on our loved ones with peace, respect and dignity.

I'm so happy she and Lap of Love have chosen to provide this very difficult service and do so with so much thought, care and concern."
Shaun & Cindy Taylor & WhittRaleigh, North CarolinaApril 25, 2017Charlie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM"Choosing to do the best thing and the right thing for my sweet little baby was one the hardest decision I've ever had to make. Charlie was a part of our family for almost 18 years and he had a personality and swagger, yes SWAGGER!, like no other. He was there for our family to celebrate some of the best days of our luves and he was there to live us unconditionally and help us through some of the worst. The last time I took him to the doctor he was terrified because he knew there was something wrong with him and I know in my heart he sensed he may not be coming back home with us. We were given medication which worked and we we were blessed to have our sweet boy for 3 more weeks. A friend referred me to Dr. Dawnetta and I will forever be thankful. We were dreading Dr. Dawnetta's arrival at our home like the plague but as soon as she walked through our door I knew everything would be okay. Charlie had been unable to get up and walk for a few hours but as soon as she sat on the floor by us he got up and went to her and gave her kisses. He knew she was there to help him and he was thankful as well. I couldn't have taken him to the vet because he would have been so scared and I didn't want him to leave us like that. But being on his blankets in his favorite spot in his home with everyone he loved was the way our precious boy deserved to go. It was so peaceful and Dr. Dawnetta's compassion and demeanor helped us through. She allowed us time to love on him before he was laid to rest and she also gave us time alone with him after he was gone. She is an absolute angel and I cannot thank her enough. It took me all day to gather the courage to make that call and when I finally did I spoke with Donna. She is a sweet lady and a blessing as well. Her kind compassionate way meade me at peace with the decision I had made. Thank you both from the bottom of my heart. You made the unthinkable bearable 🐾💕"Kim AubuchonFlorissant, MissouriApril 25, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Betsy King, DVM"When it was time for me to say goodbye to my sweet boy Riley a cairn terrier, my best friend and companion of over 15 years,
we were so fortunate to have Dr. Betsy help both of us. Making this decision is always difficult, but Dr Betsy's compassion and
kindness was very comforting. She gave us the gift of peace after Riley's long struggle with auto immune health problems. It
meant so much to me to have Riley at home and not stressed by a trip to the vet. Dr. Betsy is a special person and someone
I will always be grateful to for the special gift she gave us."
Carol GworekRaleigh, North CarolinaApril 25, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Page, DVM"On Monday, April 3, 2017, our dear old golden retriever Cooper, decided it was his time to go. After having many bad days over the past few weeks, he stopped eating and drinking, and could no longer get up. Struggling with the idea of another stressful trip to the vet, I contacted Lap of Love. They sent an amazing vet (Dr. Amanda) out the same day. She was wonderful. She put our sweet boy out of misery in the peace and calm of our own yard, under the shade of his favorite tree. She gave us all the time we needed to say a difficult goodbye. I can't say enough good things about our experience with them. It made his passing a little more bearable. Dr. Amanda was exactly what our family needed. A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Amanda, Dr. Hannah, and Lap of Love.
Barbara, Robert, & the Fernandez Family"
Barbara FernandezRancho Santa Margarita, CaliforniaApril 25, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Santspree, DVM"From the moment I met Dr. Melanie at the door and she hugged me I knew I had made the right decision. Compassion and caring does not even come close to an accurate description. She made the most difficult time in our lives much more bearable. She explained everything and made us feel assured before she did anything. She talked to our beloved Hercules as if he was her own. I know that kind of genuine care and concern is special. I feel truly blessed that our almost 13(missed by a few days) years old love, yellow lab Hercules had the opportunity to rest in his favorite chair surrounded by family to say goodbye. He was a wonderful creature we had the privilege of spending almost 13 years with and loving us all with his whole heart. He taught us all what real unconditional love truly is all about. I will be forever grateful for Dr. Mel she allowed our beautiful Hercules the dignity and respect that he so deserved after giving his all to us for so many years.

With our loving hearts,
Tammy & Brian Bik and family"
Tammy BikAmsterdam, NYApril 24, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli, DVM"As heart wrenching as this process was for us, Dr. Kristine’s care and concern made it better than we could have hoped for. Because of Dr. Kristine, our precious Lola left this world peacefully, surrounded by love. We never felt rushed, as she patiently explained the process and gave us all the time we needed to say goodbye. We were so touched by all of the small but extra special details Dr. Kristine provided. On top of being so kind during such a difficult time, Dr. Kristine created a mold of Lola’s paw, saved locks of Lola’s fur, wrote a memorial, and sent us a touching card. We are so grateful that she could bring comfort to an otherwise awful time in our lives. Thank you Dr. Kristine and Lap of Love!"Jeanna MSouth Setauket, NYApril 24, 2017Lola's Pet Memorial
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