Testimonials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tara Mudry, DVM"Thank you Tara for helping Tucker make the transition. You were compassionate and caring in a very difficult time. Both Dave and I thank you for being there for Tucker and for us. It made a really sad situation more of a celebration of his life and for that I'm truly grateful."Lisa AllisonKirkland, WashingtonJuly 9, 2017Tucker's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Thank you, Dr. Ashleigh, for your kindness in helping us assure our sweet girl a peaceful passage in a home filled with love."F & D Wilson- GottofreySeattle, WashingtonJuly 2, 2017Roxy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Ashleigh,

Thank you for being so sweet with us. I knew it was going to be difficult to say goodbye to our baby, you made it easier for us. Let us take our time, made everything clear to us so we knew what was happening. You gave me a hug when you left and you meant it. I know you have a hard and sensitive job and I'm grateful for you. Thank you again.

Warmly
Mindi + Trip"
Mindi SkiddsEverett, WashingtonMay 31, 2017Bailey's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Thank you so much to Dr. Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM for being so amazing. Thank you for being so patient and kind. You were so gentle and sweet with our little boy and both Mark and I appreciate what you did for us. We feel very at peace with having you come to our home. You knew how much our little boy meant to us and we loved how you took the time to listen to the story of our little boy. This process is never an easy one, but you were truly amazing. We both want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making it a little less painful and stressful. We have already recommended Lap of Love to many of our friends and to our friends in our area, we have recommended you. Thanks so much for taking care of us and our little Samson."Carrie BarakKent, WashingtonMay 14, 2017Samson's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Dr. Ashleigh met with us on May 1st and we were not ready to lose our boy. We were supported and given very good tools to keep track of Finnegan's progress and analyze where we were. It was very clear over the next few days that he wasn't going to get better or more mobile, and Dr. Ashleigh returned on May 8. The process was very peaceful, and we fed Finnegan a new York steak (which he LOVED), snuggled him and loved him and set him free. She was amazing, compassionate, kind and I can't imagine how she does this every day. All I can say, is that it is a true calling and probably the most appreciated profession I could ever imagine. Thank you for making it just a tiny bit easier."Joleen HughesSeattle, WashingtonMay 11, 2017Finnegan's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"They were just amazing. Hope I got the correct Ashley last name. She was gentle kind compassionate. Very patient. I have recommended her to others. Thanks you so much. God bless"Gayle A AndersonhEdmonds Wa, WashingtonMay 7, 2017Oscar Meyer's Pet Memorial
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: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Dr. Ashleigh was amazing. She allowed us to surround our sweet Mr. Biscuit with everyone who loved him as he went to sleep for the last time. Dr. Ashleigh was kind, loving and so gentle with our sweet sweet boy. I am so grateful that she is the person who was sent to us."Kathryn LenhardtSeattle, WashingtonApril 9, 2017Biscuit's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Dr. Ashleigh was so kind and gentle to both my dear, sweet dog and me during his final moments and after. She helped to make his passing peaceful and I am forever grateful."Sabrina GundersonBellevue, WashingtonMarch 31, 2017Beans's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Dr Ashleigh was kind and gentle. She shared our pain in Bowie's passing and helped talk us through the difficult transition. She laughed as we shared stories together and just helped make saying good just a tiny bit easier. Thank you for all you do."Bellevue, WashingtonMarch 7, 2017Bowie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Dr. Ashleigh you were a gift to us. Your kindness and gentleness helped us cope as we let our sweet girl go. Thank you so much and we will never forget you."Kathy HoltAuburn, WashingtonMarch 6, 2017Sophie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Ashleigh was the most wonderful person and vet for me and Angel. She was so compassionate and comforting the entire time. She helped Angel pass so peacefully and with dignity. I could not have asked for anything more. Thank you for everything, Dr. Ashleigh. You are a truly amazing human being."Fran WilliamsSeattle, WashingtonJanuary 7, 2017Angel's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Helping my Mario cross the rainbow bridge was one of the toughest things I had to do, even having lost 5 pets growing up. He was all my own, and my absolute best buddy. And he was having such a great day the day that I called Laps of Love. Cheryl, who took my call, gently guided me through the process, and was kind, patient and understanding, as I fought back tears while providing the information she needed. It took everything in me, especially the last hour before Dr Ashleigh arrived, to not call and beg her not to come. But I didn't. And when she arrived, she kindly walked me through what was going to happen, and gave me and Mario the space and patience to go through it at our pace. I appreciated that so much, and I felt he was loved an cared for, so much, by everyone who helped in the process.

For those struggling with the choice, know that now I am glad he had a good day, on his last day ... a happy memory, instead of seeing him struggle. I'll always want one more hour, day, week, month, but he didn't have to suffer. And I promised him I'd always protect him, and I did that by helping him transition in the easiest way possible. I think he gave me a God wink, too, after the fact. Because in the days that followed, there were two dogs who burned up in fire, another two that were stung/killed by killer bees, and yet another that suffocated when a potato chip bag suctioned around it's head. It made me realize that he got to go peacefully and protected. I would've been even more devasted had he passed in a painful way. Thank you, Dr. Ashleigh, and Laps of Love, for helping me."
Michelle CzechSeattle, WashingtonJanuary 3, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"I have always considered helping pets at the end of life to be an honor and privilege as well as the most painful responsibility. Dr. Ashleigh was so very tender and kind with Mushka and listened compassionately to her story. She validated our feeling that now was the time and she set Mushka free with great dignity for her as an individual, for us as a family and for the process of ending suffering. I wish I had known about Lap of Love for my other companion animals. Mushka was helped gently and lovingly on to her reunion with my parents and we will all be together again one day."Mary KiefferMaple Valley, WashingtonDecember 19, 2016
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Dr. Ashleigh,
I am sorry I didn't thank you in person. Thank you for coming to our home tonight and helping us with this very difficult decision. My family and I really appreciate the time you gave us and the gentle way you handled our sweet Kamee. This was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but knowing and seeing that she is now at peace gives me comfort.
D. Peterson"
Daralee PetersonAuburn, WashingtonDecember 15, 2016
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"This was the last thing we could do for our sweet dog. It was at home, surrounded by her family, peaceful and painless. Ashleigh was wonderful and walked us through everything. I am so grateful for this service. I knew our Panzer was in good hands and everything would be handled professionally. Thank You so much Lap of Love & Ashleigh."John & Heather FarrarSeattle, WashingtonDecember 15, 2016
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Ashleigh was amazing from the time she got to our house until she walked out the door. She was very soft spoken which helped keep my emotions a little more in check and most importantly, kept Gemini calm. Ashleigh made sure to talk us through what was happening as we went through each step and made sure we had enough time with our fur baby before she gently wrapped her in a blanket and placed her delicately in a wicker basket. I was so thankful that she was so gentle with Gemini even after she had passed."Heather PhelpsEverett, WashingtonNovember 17, 2016Gemini's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Being able to help Hannah find peace at home was one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given or been able to give. Dr. Rhoades made the process very easy and was wonderful with Hannah and our family throughout the process."Susan CorningIssaquah, WashingtonOctober 31, 2016Hannah's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Dr. Ashleigh did a wonderful job of communicating the process and meeting our needs to make us feel comfortable. She also knew how to fade into the background to give us the time we needed in the last moments with our dog. Very pleased with the professionalism, sympathy, and service"Michele SiskAuburn, WashingtonOctober 28, 2016Largo's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Dr. Ashleigh Rhoades has the best disposition for this invaluable service. I am very grateful to have her be a sweet calming presence during this sad time. She has found her calling and it is so wonderful that we have warm professionals like her available to us in a time of need. Thank you, Dr. Rhoades."Valerie GuerreroSeattle, WashingtonOctober 18, 2016Banjo's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Dr. Ashleigh Rhoades was very supportive, kind, and compassionate in a difficult time. She offered alternative treatment suggestions and when the moment came to say goodbye, she made sure that I had the time that I needed to say goodbye. I would recommend her to anyone needing hospice care for their baby."Vanessa DoublesNewcastle, WashingtonOctober 12, 2016Sabyre's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"My husband Paul and I would like to thank Dr. Ashleigh Rhoades for her expert and compassionate care with our girl Ellie. Ellie always hated the trips to the vet so we knew in home euthanasia was the route for both her and us.

We can't say enough about this service. It made very difficult time a smooth and beautiful, respectful process.

Many thanks,
Lynne and Paul"
Lynne ShiraSeattle, WashingtonOctober 12, 2016
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"What a wonderful service! Our ancient dog turn a sudden turn for the worse on a Friday night. I was worried that I would not be able to get in-home care over the weekend. We contacted Lap of Love and arranged for a Saturday afternoon visit. After a day lying on the porch, watching and sniffing the outdoors, Clyde passed peacefully in our living room, his head on my lap. Dr. Ashleigh was warm, gentle, and respectful - as well as prompt and efficient. I could not have asked for a sweeter ending for Clyde."Barbara HoltSeattle, WashingtonSeptember 18, 2016
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"I've had Jack since 2000 when I was given him and his brother, Goliath, both about one year old. They were the first pets I had as an adult, though we always had a cat growing up in my house. Jack was the consummate cat and definitely the alpha, though not in an aggressive way. He was also very friendly, getting to know the neighbors wherever we lived. I think Jack had more friends in our neighborhood on Capitol Hill than I did!

There are so many wonderful things to say about Jack that I could go on for quite some time. However, what was especially comforting was to have his last day, his last moments to be in his home, surrounded by his family. His brother, Goliath, passed away at the vets, after his kidney failure went into crisis mode. That was a stressful and trying day. With Jack, seeing his lung cancer gradually decrease his activity level, his food intake and his desire for companionship, it was much better to be able to plan the moment of his passing.

Dr. Ashleigh was the best person I could have asked for to have at this most difficult time. She was caring, kind and patient, allowing us to take our time and decide when it was time. There was also the thoughtful memento of a lock of his hair and paw print; I will treasure these items and they have a special place on our fireplace mantel.

I would highly recommend Lap of Love to anyone who has to make this difficult decision.

Best Regards,

Robert Dorgan"
Robert DorganSeattle, WashingtonAugust 23, 2016Jack's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"We will forever be indebted to Dr. Ashleigh for her kindness and compassion with our 16 1/2 year old Min Pin, Charles. He was a rescue dog who we adopted at age 14, and although he was only with us for 2 years, Dr. Ashleigh immediately sensed and understood the bond we had with Charles and how important it was for him to be at home, his forever home, when the time came. It takes a very special person to help people and animals at such a time of heartbreak, and Dr. Ashleigh is definitely one of those special people. And we greatly appreciated her checking in the following day and sending a beautiful sympathy card with such heartfelt condolences. Charles was diagnosed with cognitive behavior disorder (dementia) shortly after we adopted him, and while his care became very involved, he was such a loving, spirited creature until the very end, and Dr. Ashleigh saw that, and honored that spirit. Each day we had with Charles was a gift, he taught us so much about determination, love and trust, and he now will live forever in our hearts. Bless all of the vets who work with Lap of Love, and thank you, Dr. Ashleigh, for easing our loss as much as humanly possible.
Sincerely,
Tamara & Bonnie"
Tamara JordanSeattle, WashingtonAugust 21, 2016
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