Testimonials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli"When we first decided to adopt a dog, we went to a local shelter to meet a puppy we found online. When we got to the shelter and began walking past the dogs, Nico jumped right up to the gate and started barking. We stopped to pet him and in those brief moments he stole our hearts. Nico was the sweetest boy to everyone he met, animal and human alike, except squirrels and cats. He loved to run around the park with his dog friends, or with his humans, inspiring us to go the extra mile, to never quit, and to stay outside as long as possible. He loved to visit the neighbors and hang out on the porch, sometimes to steal a bone or some steak. Most of all, Nico loved to curl up with his family while watching a movie or for an afternoon nap, but always checked in on everyone during the night. When Nico was diagnosed with severe arthritis and intervertebral disc disease, he could no longer do the things he loved most. We tried everything we could to help him, but his condition only deteriorated. After talking to our vet, the vets from Laps of Love, and discussing our options as a family, we decided it was time (the hardest decision we have ever made). When Kristine came to the house, we brought Nico to his favorite spot in the backyard to lay in the sun surrounded by his family. Kristine talked us through the procedure, gave us reassurance in our decision, and most importantly treated Nico with the upmost respect and provided quality care. Though this was one of the hardest decisions of our lives, Nico passed in the comfort of his home surrounded by those who love him so deeply. If you are burdened by this decision, please consider this as an option, because I would not do it this any other way."Erica BornhoftHolbrookApril 2, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Annie Dion-Byrd"This is where Dr. Annie came into our lives. We called her to come visit Jose and our family to discuss our options and what to expect. We chose to give Jose more time and followed Dr. Annie's instructions for hospice, keeping Jose comfortable at home for a while longer. Dr. Annie checked in periodically over the months to make sure that all was well with Jose. She was so compassionate and empathetic and patient with us. Even when we cancelled appointments because Jose kept having "good" days. When the day finally arrived, we were all here with Jose, holding him and loving him to the very end. Dr. Annie was so amazing, explaining every step, making sure we understood and were ready before she would proceed. It was so peaceful for us all.
Let me say this, I have had many pets in my lifetime and have made "that" drive with them to and from the Vet's clinic at the end of their lives. It is never easy and always filled with anguish and sorrow and heart-breaking pain. This was different. The heart-break and sorrow are still there, but somehow softer and easier to bear. Having Jose here at home when the time came meant so much and made the process less stressful and more natural. Having a compassionate and empathetic Vet who truly cared for the quality of the experience for my beloved Jose and my family made it seem easier. I will always call Lap of Love when it is time for my next furry family member to say goodbye. And if she is still available, I will request Dr. Annie. She is incredible."
Vera GaspariniWinter SpringsApril 2, 2020Jose's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Christina Scudder"Chris was an absolute Godsend for us. She is the kindest, most gracious person I've ever met, and she helped make our extremely painful time a bit less devastating."Fran ShermanMaryland HeightsApril 2, 2020Sherman's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Christina Guillory"Dr. Christina was wonderful. She is very compassionate and also knowledgeable. She helped us through this very difficult time and I appreciate her very much"Mar DeeseSanta FeApril 2, 2020Chino's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kim Bruce"Kim,
Thank you so much for your kind words and gentle touch with Sage. You made her last moments incredibly peaceful. We feel very blessed that you were with our family yesterday.
Thanks,
Mike and CoCo
Henry and Jack"
Michael CristeDenverApril 2, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tyler Johnston"Dr. Tyler was the absolute best on the worst day of my life. He was kind, compassionate, respectful, and I’m not sure I could have done this without him. Thank you Dr. Tyler for comforting us on this horrible day and helping us get through this and making my Sonny boys final moments precious ones."Chelsea ArthursAddisonApril 2, 2020Sonny's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amy Czarnecki"Dr Amy was amazing, she was kind and comforting during such a hard and incredibly emotional time."Heather BrissetteGreenwoodApril 1, 2020Tek's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sierra Hedrick"Saying goodbye is hard, but doing it at home peacefully and humanely is a blessing. Thank you for giving is that gift."Steve CarlisleCanonsburgApril 1, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Emily Brown"We really appreciated Dr. Emily's calm and empathetic demeanor. She talked us through the process and made everything easy for Ivey and for us."Marie and Rob SapienzaCharlotteApril 1, 2020Ivey's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Mary Devlin"While it has taken me awhile to get to preparing this testimonial, it is in no way an indication of how grateful I am for Dr. Mary Devlin's thoughtful and perfectly attuned care. I had been dreaded the end of Shanti's life for as long as I can remember, and worrying about how I would ever be able to muster the courage and wisdom to do it when it needed to be done. Having Dr. Devlin come to our home, and acknowledge her sense that it was indeed time, was an incredibly gift. She was sensitive to our needs, and most of all to making this as painless and peaceful a process as possible. Her sense of humor, connecting with us as lovers of pitbulls, and the central place of her own pup in her heart we all touchstones upon which we could meet. In conversation with a friend the other day, she reminded me that choosing to say goodbye in our living room, eliminated a whole level of trauma and anxiety that Shanti would have experienced if we had to take her to the Vet. I hadn't even thought of that. While it was wrenching to let go of Shanti, companion and travel buddy of 13+ years, this was the best possible way to usher her sweet soul onward."Ellen GrabinerCambridgeApril 1, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Roger Chase"After my cat Bentley had struggled with kidney disease for years he had a traumatic stroke at home late at night. He went from totally fine to pain and horrible distress causing him to be extremely violent. There was no way I could get him to a vet in his condition or mine. I had been referred to Lap of Love by my vet for when the time came, but the time came sudden and traumatically with no warning. I had to get a family member to come over and call while I did my best to comfort and control him. It was the worst hour of my life. In about an hour Dr. Chase arrived. He saw the situation immediately and stepped in with calm and ease as well as empathy. He immediately gave him a sedative so that my last goodbyes could be peaceful and calm. That was a gift in itself. I'm sure it's different when you chose a time to say goodbye, but that wasn't my situation and Dr. Chase was able to provide me the only calm moment all night. He was very unobtrusive. After I said goodbye to Bentley now finally relaxed, I let him know I was ready. He left a pamphlet I found the next day and was gone without me even noticing he had left. I could not have been more grateful for his coming to my home and helping me in such a painful situation. For how traumatic is all began, it's amazing he was able to get it to a place of peaceful goodbyes. Thank you for giving me that one last nice memory."Katie RockwoodWest JordanApril 1, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Elyse Persico"God sent us Dr. Elyse Persico....period. I can't think of a better way to say good bye to our furry family members than with Lap of Love. Dr. Elyse is so compassionate and loving. I was able to hold Simba until he took his last breath. The basket she brought to transport Simba was perfect. The whole process was priceless. I'm so grateful for Dr. Elyse! We had a little ceremony for Simba and we all cried....including Dr. Elyse. I will never, ever forget her. Thank you! Love, Allen, DeAnne and Jacob"DeAnne GroveChesapeakeApril 1, 2020Simba's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jeni Goedken"This past weekend, we had to make the difficult choice to put our beloved dog of 13 years (her age was 15 since we adopted her at around 2-3 years old) down. With the whole COVID-19 situation going on, I was extremely nervous that we would not be able to euthanize our girl, Bella, at home. Since the vet terrifies her, I knew that taking her there would not be ideal and would mean her last memories would be filled with stress and anxiety instead of love. Fortunately, our vet at SAGE Redwood City referred us to Lap of Love, who were able to help us regardless of COVID-19.

From the moment I talked to the Support Center associate (the scheduling center), I was comforted that Bella would be getting the best care possible. The associate I spoke with, Paola, was so sweet and patient with me as I tearfully worked through the scheduling process. I even called back to push our appointment back to a later time and the process was so easy. Prior to our appointment, Dr. Jeni sent us an email with videos to help us understand what to expect and so that we could review the necessary details at our leisure. Her voice was so calm and soothing in the videos; we were hoping she would be the same in person. She did not disappoint. The day I had to put Bella down was the saddest and hardest day of my husband and my life. Dr. Jeni reassured us the whole time that Bella was not in pain, coached us through each step of the process, and took extra steps to make sure the situation was never stressful for Bella.

As a result of Dr. Jeni's help, Bella's last moments and memory were of her mom and dad and falling asleep in our arms. While euthanizing a pet is never something that one wants to think about doing, I am so glad we used Jeni and Lap of Love when the time came. I can't say enough good things about Dr. Jeni. Of course, the loss of Bella is absolutely heartbreaking, but knowing that she went in the most peaceful way comforts me in this hard time.

Thank you, Dr. Jeni, for your compassion and support, and for all that you did to ease the loss of our baby girl."
Malley and Alex OberleSan JoseApril 1, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Roger Chase"Dr Roger was amazing. He explained everything and was very patient and sympathetic to the situation. He took great care of my Horus until the end."Shelly VowlesMurrayApril 1, 2020Horus's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Elyse Persico"Thank you Dr. Elyse for the gift of your beautiful spirit, kind and consoling nature and expertise and guidance through this last step in Stoli's long and adventurous life's journey. Your are a blessing to all of us with pets that have to cross this threshold and your care and concern for our understanding and Stoli's well being during this process was empathetic and authentic. There are no words enough to convey our appreciation for you and for this service..... but we thank you so much for all you did to make this day one that also brought us joy. Bless you,
Randy and Maria"
Randy and Maria LyallNorfolkApril 1, 2020Stoli's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Elyse Persico"Last week we had to say goodbye to our sweet boy of 12 years, Rusty. As difficult as it was, we found so much peace with Dr. Elyse taking care of our boy. Everything through the entire process was made as easy as possible for us during such a tough time. Although it will never be the same without our big boy around, we know that he is at peace and no longer in pain.

Words cant thank you enough for your kindness and compassion to my entire family. You made one of the most difficult things I have done so much more peaceful. Thank you Dr. Elyse.

With Love,

Erica Gallaher (& Family)"
Erica GallaherChesapeakeApril 1, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Christina Scudder"Dr. Scudder, Thank you for helping us through one of the hardest times in our life. You made the passing of our Maia so much more peaceful than we thought it was going to be. We so appreciate the way you put Maia,and us, at ease and that you gave us all the time we needed during every step of the process. You are truly a kind and amazing person. Thank you also for the card and kind memorial. They are much appreciated! We wish you every blessing as you continue your practice as an amazing veterinarian!!! Yours truly, The Hennessey's"Karen HennesseySaint CharlesApril 1, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Will Basinger"We thank Dr. Will for making the at home passing much for peaceful. Bullet hasn't eaten in a few days and Dr. Will saved the day to help ease all of our minds with peanut butter. Thank you again!!"Heather PowersSumterApril 1, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Abra Osorio"I can't say enough about how much we appreciated Dr. Abra yesterday during our sweet Lola's final moments. Everything she said and did helped us through the most difficult thing we have ever done. Even in the middle of a pandemic, she was there for us and our baby and I can not thank her enough. She was kind and supportive and assured us we were doing what was right for our baby. Although we knew that, it helped so much to hear it from her. Her empathy and respect for what were were going through were absolutely priceless. She was absolutely wonderful.

We had Lola for 13 wonderful years. She was sweet and stubborn and silly and unique and such a huge huge part of our family. We miss her more than we can say. Thank you so much, Dr. Abra, for being there for us and for helping our baby along."
Joslyn & Butch SmithLa VergneApril 1, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Maggie Mottram"Given the heart wrenching circumstances, this was as good an experience as we could have imagined. Dr. Mottram has a soft and engaging "bedside manner" and instantly transmits her empathy, compassion and love of animals. She was also technically very competent - the entire process went very smoothly. After grappling with the decision about doing home euthanasia versus going to our vet, we are extremely gratified that we made this choice. This is really a wonderful service."SanibelApril 1, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi"Dr. Heather was gentle, kind, and loving as we said goodbye to our beloved girl. She was a great comfort to us, and we were so grateful to be able to have these precious last moments at home. We thank her deeply.
-Thomas O’Brien and Dan Fink"
Dan FinkBellportMarch 31, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Inman"Dr. Inman helped us say goodbye to our sweet dog Mya on March 21. Dr. Inman's presence is so gentle and loving - it allowed us to feel comfortable being emotional while saying goodbye to our sweet girl and we cannot express our appreciation enough.
She also helped us feel peace regarding such a challenging decision and while we wish that Mya could have stayed with us forever, we are so grateful that Dr. Inman was able to help her pass peacefully in the comfort of our home with what seemed like no stress for her at all.
You provide an amazing service to people. Thank you so much!"
AlachuaMarch 31, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Daniel Genatiempo"Dr. Dan's patience and love of animals (and their people) was very evident. I am so grateful he was there to help our pup and help our family with the entire process. The whole process was very peaceful and respectful. I can't thank him enough."Leigh SchrierAvonMarch 31, 2020Sanders's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Will Basinger"Dr. Basinger was so comforting in our time of despair. We were able to let our dog pass on a beautiful day in our back yard. I felt like he had all the right things to say. My favorite is when he said the white on her aging face looked like it had been “dipped in a plate of sugar”. It made me smile in a time of such great pain. Everything was so beautifully done, and he walked us step by step through the process. We would use him and this service again."Danielle SwindallColumbiaMarch 31, 2020Bailey Nutt's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Nil Wilkins"Your kindness and sincerity is beyond measure. Thank you for your gentle care and understanding, it made all the difference."Ari BlantonZephyrhillsMarch 31, 2020Pepper's Pet Memorial
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