Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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Lap of Love Veterinarian: Juliana Lyles, DVM"It's been over a year since we met Dr. Juliana on the day we put our baby girl, Brittney down. Since then, I have recommended Lap of Love to many of our friends with aging pets. The care and compassion and patience that we received from every person associated with Lap of Love was just amazing. It really made the toughest day of our lives easier. It was a huge comfort having time to make our decisions and to talk through options and concerns with Dr. Juliana. She gave me the time I needed to say goodbye and followed up to make sure we were doing OK. I can't recommend this service or this company enough!"Vickie RoweLibertyville, IllinoisJanuary 2, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry, DVM"This was a great experience. I wasnt sure if I was doing this too soon and she not only reassured me but also supported my decision. I wanted one last goodbye after she had started driving away and saw me come out of the house and stopped for me. I couldnt have asked for a more caring doctor in this difficult situation."Akhila VaishyaGlenview, IllinoisDecember 21, 2017Brooklyn's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry, DVM"Dr. Karen was the kindest, most compassionate, professional & sweetest vet that I've ever met. She kept making sure we were ready for the next step before proceeding. She explained everything, anticipated our concerns and addressed them. She assured us that it was time for Bailey to leave us, that "she's struggling". I'll always be grateful for those two words as it was so hard to let her go. She went so peacefully. Seeing her no longer in pain was wonderful. Now our pain begins and continues as she's everywhere......"MJ GarayDarien, IllinoisDecember 9, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry, DVM"Dr. Karen was incredible! We were amazed by the compassion she showed and how prepared she was down the the smallest detail to make the experience as comfortable for Buster as possible, and for us. We cannot express how grateful we are for the service that was provided. So incredibly personable and compassionate and knowledgeable! We are forever grateful for the great care we placed Buster in. It was the most peaceful transition we could have hoped for."Jeff and Amie DevineChicago, IllinoisDecember 4, 2017Buster's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry, DVM"Dr. Karen was so lovely and gentle with my Zoe. Her kindness made this bearable. She was able to come out the same day I called, and I appreciate her patience and concern."Des Plaines, IllinoisOctober 27, 2017Zoe's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry, DVM"Dr. Karen guided me through the whole event with kindness and professionalism. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience."Greg SilvaChicago, IllinoisOctober 19, 2017Fellini's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry, DVM"My husband and I are so grateful to Dr. Karen. She couldn't have been more perfect at such a difficult time. She is kind and compassionate; her caring nature is evident the minute she walks in the door. Lap of Love allowed our dog to have the huge benefit of not having to have her last car ride be to the vet (her absolutely least favorite place to be); Dr. Karen allowed it to be in her favorite place to be (at home), at total peace, laying next to my husband and me. I can't say enough wonderful things about this organization. The followups, attention to detail and keen awareness of the sensitivity of losing your best friend are second to none. Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Karen!"Anne CoburnLibertyville, IllinoisOctober 18, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Juliana Lyles, DVM"We tried so hard to manage our cat Puddin's health problems. He was a big boy at 26 pounds when we got him at 7 years old. A year after we got him he started having liver issues and had to have a tube implanted through his neck so we could feed him, he enjoyed another 5 years and then started having kidney failure. We managed it as long as we could but saw that he just couldn't fight it any longer and his quality of life was gone.

Puddin was such a special cat that we couldn't bear the thought of taking him to some sterile environment where he would be stressed during his last moments. We called Lap of Love and was very fortunate when Dr. Juliana arrived. It was such a heartbreaking time for us and Dr. Juliana knew exactly what to say. As she spoke, you could feel the compassion she had for Puddin and our situation. She explained everything in detail. She listened as I shared stories about Puddin. She was sure to make sure I was ok with each step in the process. Puddin was so relaxed and stress free as he got to pass in our room in his favorite spot on our bed. I am so grateful that I had Dr. Juliana help us through such a difficult time. She was Puddin's guardian angel."
Eddie BelcherMount Prospect, IllinoisSeptember 22, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Karen Gadberry, DVM"Having Dr. Karen take such great care of Washington in his final moments was a true gift that I wish for any pet parent that has to make that difficult decision. Her calmness, focus on keeping our Wash comfortable throughout the entire process, while explaining to my wife and I every step of the way, made us feel like he was in the best hands.

In the end, I truly felt like we did give our Wash the gift of a peaceful passing and I can't think anyone could have conducted themselves with more professionalism and love for animals as Dr. Karen did for us. It was worth a million bucks and we are grateful for her support."
David CheungGlenview, IllinoisSeptember 21, 2017Washington's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"We would like to thank Dr. Kristina for helping and being with us during time. She explained the whole procedure with compassion and care. We recommend Dr. Kristina and The Lap Of Love to all pet owners to be in the comfort of their own home."Cindy SkelleyGrayslake, IllinoisAugust 18, 2017Peanut's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"The level of care and compassion that Kristina provides is incredible. On what was one of the hardest days of my life she knew what to say, do, and when to let me process it all. The world is a better place because of people like Kristina. Barkley and I were lucky to have her with us on that day."James BernathChicago, IllinoisAugust 7, 2017Barkley's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Alecia Du Charme, DVM"Dr. Alecia has a very special gift. She made a very difficult time much easier. I can't say enough good things about her. We will never forget her and the compassion she showed Oscar. Thank you Dr. Alecia....."Susan ClayDeerfield, IllinoisAugust 4, 2017Oscar's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Juliana Lyles, DVM"Thank you to Dr. Juliana for coming to us in our time of need. Her kindness and support helped our family through a difficult time. Her ability to help us help Martin pass without suffering as he laid his big head in my lap and went to sleep was truly a gift."Juliann SteinbeigleHomewood, IllinoisJuly 31, 2017Martin Doby Phineas Mcfly's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Alecia Du Charme, DVM"I awoke this morning and could not go back to sleep. Mourning the loss of our beautiful Chow Chow, Jochi, who passed onto a heavenly realm, July 1, 2017, with the help of Dr. Alecia, a beautiful angel of mercy.

Dr. Alecia was so calm and compassionate, and gave us the confidence, as the drugs were administered, that we had made the right decision. Based on certain body reactions from Jochi, she told us that the cancer most likely spread more than we had known. We learned a lot about how dogs won't show their pain but keep going as long as they can.

I know Jochi was grateful as he licked my hand while holding his paw, as the sedative was kicking in to ease his pain. We are beyond grateful to have had Dr Alecia be there, patiently with him and with us. We all cried but knew it was the right thing to do. That was so important to us, to know we did right by him.

He is with God now. We are so glad he is out of pain. Brave little soul, he lived a bit over a year with chemotherapy for lymphoma cancer.
We have little Olive, our mini Schnauzer/Dachshund mix of piss and vinegar. Dr. Alecia had her smell him after he was gone to know, too, her friend would not be coming back. She, too, is grieving. We were not sure how to deal with this either, but know, too, that this was a good decision.

Jochi was bought by our daughter, which I was told through a picture message at work. It said, "Mom! Look who we are bringing home!" I won't write what I said out loud. I walked in the door, and this 25 lb, 12 week out, black baby bear jumped on me, wrapped his stubby arms around my neck, and showered me with puppy breath kisses. That was it.

He has been our guardian ever since. We have never felt so loved and guarded by any living thing.
Ii see him running and playing in the sun and grass, chasing rabbits forever, pain free.
Thank you so much, Dr . Alecia. You are an angel, a beautiful being."
Laura and Judah DoresonAlgonquin, IllinoisJuly 2, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Alecia Du Charme, DVM"Dr. Alecia was really there for us in such a great time of need. She took to Betty right away and made us all feel so calm during a time of such sadness and despair. Even though we knew deep down we had made the right decision, it was still so hard. Hearing Dr. Alecia explain that we were making a decision filled with compassion and love helped us to let go of our guilt so we could do what was best for our Betty. She is truly a living angel and she allowed Betty to pass in her home where she felt most comfortable without any fear or pain. We are so grateful."Chicago, IllinoisJuly 1, 2017Betty's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Alecia Du Charme, DVM"Thank you to Dr. Alecia for her compassion, kindness and gentleness with our Chase. She made is his passing as easy as possible for him and us."Lea WalbornGrayslake, IllinoisJune 11, 2017Chase's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Zippy passed away naturally after suffering from Osteosarcoma cancer. While Dr. Kalivoda did not assist us in his passing, she helped us coped with the logistics after Zippy's passing. She was very kind and understanding of our grief. She listened closely and attentively to our description of Zip. We were pleasantly surprised of the details in the Eulogy she prepared for us. We extend our heartfelt thank you to Dr. Kalivoda."Kate and Craig MadsenChicago, IllinoisJune 9, 2017Zip Madsen's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Although our cat Luna was 18 and had been diagnosed with kidney disease, we weren't expecting to be in this situation so soon or so quickly. We found her lying on the floor in the morning, breathing but totally unresponsive to anything. We agonized over what to do; we dreaded the thought of having to take her to her regular vet's office, knowing it would be incredibly stressful to her and us. But we knew it was time, so I contacted Lap of Love. Dr. Juliana got back to me quickly, explained everything to me and gave me a one-hour window. Dr. Kristina was there on time (certainly this isn't a situation where you can deal with someone being late) and she was simply wonderful. She was kind and patient, and very sincere in her sympathy for my wife and me. We'd had Luna since she was a kitten and life without her was impossible to imagine. But Dr. Kristina was so well-prepared and let us take our time with the process. We will miss Luna terribly, but Lap of Love and Dr. Kristina made what could have been so stressful and anxiey-provoking, peaceful and loving. Thank you!!!!"Lainie WolfsonEvanston, IllinoisMay 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Juliana Lyles, DVM"It will be 3 years ago this August that I lost my beloved Jethro. Dr. Juliana came to our home and I am so thankful that she came and Jethro even welcomed her. This was a very difficult decision but it was the right one. I loved my 157lb Jethro (Bloodhound) so much, I didn't want him to suffer anymore. He was with his family when he passed and I wouldn't have had it any other way. Dr. Juliana was an angel and I hope her and her staff continue doing their wonderful caring job.

I think about Jethro every day and thank the Lord that he was in mine and our lives. I make sure I tell everyone that has a beloved pet, that they know about "Lap of Love".

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart."
Roxanne PantanoTinley Park, IllinoisMay 8, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Thank you, Dr. Kristina. Sounds like Benn found the right person to help him with this unwelcoming situation. What a gift to be able to see into the eyes of your patients and write a eulogy that captures their being... I know Jezzie is at ease now."Chris CrossChicago, IllinoisMay 4, 2017Jezzie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Alecia Du Charme, DVM"Dr. Alecia was so wonderful with our Frankie! She was everything you would want a vet to be and more - warm, caring, compassionate, gentle. She took the time to learn more about our special, one of a kind, spunky almost 18 year old cat, letting us share pictures and stories, before giving him the medicines that sent him peacefully over the Rainbow Bridge. She let us say good bye in our own time - we didn't feel rushed at all. Frankie was able to go to sleep at home in his own surroundings, not afraid or anxious - so much better than going to a vet clinic. We miss him terribly, but are glad that his suffering from multiple old age ailments is over. He brought so much joy into our lives. We love the little tuft of fur tied up in the purple ribbon and the paw print. Thank you, Dr. Alecia, for all you did! We are so glad we discovered Lap of Love!"Kristen and Craig NelsonHoffman Estates, IllinoisMay 3, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Alecia Du Charme, DVM"Dr. Alecia gives the best hugs. She was very compassionate and loving."Heidi JorgensonMount Prospect, IllinoisMarch 30, 2017Rocky's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Dr. Kristina was simply wonderful with us yesterday. I was very emotional, and Dr. Kristina was caring, sensitive, and even shared some laughs with us. She was flexible, as I asked to carry Taffy from our house to her car after she had passed, and Dr. Kristina welcomed that. Taffy's passing seemed graceful, easy, peaceful, loving, and comfortable thanks to her. Taffy probably would have picked Dr. Kristina and this Lap of Love method if she were able to talk to us. Thank you, Dr. Kristina! You made our pain and healing that much easier."Anna WeinsteinWilmette, IllinoisMarch 30, 2017Taffy Apple's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"I had to make the most difficult decision of my life for my sweet Max three days ago. I can't believe how wonderful and compassionate these people are and how calming Dr. Kristina was for me and my sweet Maxwell. Max was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago and had one chemo treatment, but it didn't seem to be working. He stopped eating and in my heart I knew another chemo treatment would be just too hard on him. He was 13.

Dr. Kristina confirmed I was making the right choice and explained in detail why when she examined him. The relief I felt knowing I was making the right decision for my boy calmed me down and I knew I was giving my precious boy a wonderful gift. Believe me, I wasn't sure I could do it. How much I was going to miss him sleeping on my head each night and greeting me at the door each day, plus many other wonderful things I'm missing at this moment. I called Lap of Love and Dr. Kristina was out at my home the next day. I was so moved how calming and peaceful this whole process was from start to finish. There was no stress for Max and he went knowing his mom was right by his side. Hysterical, but by his side.

These people are a godsend and I would highly recommend not going to vet for this - I never will again.

Thank you Lap of Love for making this difficult time a little bit easier and I know Max thanks you as well.

See you at the bridge Max.

Thank you Dr. Kristina so so much.

Kristy KrejciChicago, IllinoisMarch 25, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Dr. Kristina made it so much easier for me to let go of Kicius. She was very warm and kind, very professional.
She took time to write beautiful eulogy about Kicius. I'm forever greatful and will never forget it.
Thank You!"
Beata KlakChicago, IllinoisMarch 21, 2017Kicius's Pet Memorial
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