Pet Memorials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Otis V. Yarbatini
6/1/2001 - 1/29/2015My amazing dog, Otis, was an obedient, affectionate dog, who did hospice visits with me when I worked as a hospice chaplain. He was a very rambunctious youngster, being a Jack Russell/Rat Terrier mix, but with lots of socialization and training he became a very lovable and wonderful companion. He was an extremely smart dog. As he aged and his arthritis became worse it became evident that he had to be a stay at home dog. We retired his name tag. Eventually the pain and mobility issues became to much to handle and he did not tolerate the pharmaceuticals so euthanasia seemed the only humane option. I cannot say enough about the compassion I experienced with Dr. Dawnetta and Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice. She took time to do life review and compassionately helped my beloved fur baby to suffer no more. He and I were treated with dignity, respect and compassion and I am forever grateful!Sue YarberSt. Louis, MissouriDecember 30, 2015
Roxer
3/25/2004 - 12/10/2015Roxer came to our house as a 11 week old puppy. He was my constant companion, faithful and true friend for eleven and a half years. Roxer was always very playful, happy and with lots of energy to burn in our local park; he had big heart full of love for everybody he met, family, friends, neighbors and especially small children. And he was loved by everybody who knew him. He was taken from us by very aggressive and deadly bladder cancer. Chemotherapy gave him extra five months of good, happy life but at the end cancer won. We are so sad, the house feels empty, and I constantly see him in every corner of our house. He will live in our hearts and memory forever.MJ HuszczIrvine, CaliforniaDecember 29, 2015
Bella
12/24/2005 - 12/27/2015Our precious Bella went home yesterday to be with the many family members we have lost over the past few years. One in particular was my husband who loved to play ball with her every day. We will miss her but know that she is playing ball with him and is filled with joy because of being able to be rid of cancer forever. Bella, we will forever love you and your wonderful warm and loving personality. We are grateful that God directed you to our home and let us share life with you for awhile. He never makes any mistakes. You were meant to be with us!Jan GilbertWest Chester, OhioDecember 28, 2015
Tigger
3/31/1995 - 12/4/2015In loving memory of Tigger. We miss you and still are getting used to coming home to a quiet house. Hope you and Fritz are having a great time catching up, chasing each other up and down the stairs, and enjoying endless treats on the other side of the rainbow bridge. Until we meet again......Teresa HickamSt. Louis, MissouriDecember 28, 2015
Diesel
3/10/2015 - 12/14/2015Diesel was the life of our family in so many ways! He brought so much joy, laughter, and yes frustration at times (in all of his hardheaded English bulldog ways) to us. He was even the talk of the neighborhood, everyone knew and loved Diesel!

When we knew it was time to say goodbye to Diesel, and we knew he was wearing weary, we wanted the very best for him and wanted him to spend his final minutes in the comfort of his home in his bed. Lap of Love and Dr Manetta made that possible.
Dr. Manetta was the most compassionate, caring and genuine Vet. She treated us with such respect and understood our love for Diesel; she explained everything that would take place when we were ready.She was truly an angel and just what Dennis and needed at this time.

The entire staff at Lap of Love was responsive and understanding of our grief. We appreciate Laurie and Christina's emails; especially the article you included in your email. and then your follow-up.

Dr. Manetta left us with a special rememberance of Diesel- his paw print, which we will always treasure.

I highly recommend "Lap of Love" when the time comes for you and your beloved pet!

Thank you for the card and follow-up emails!
Hope you all have a very Happy New Year!
Dennis & Vicki
Vicki SpiveyCharlotte, North CarolinaDecember 28, 2015
Fee
11/3/2001 - 12/23/2015Fee, originally named FiFi, came to us as an adult cat sitting in her carrier waiting to be adopted, and then shared her life with us for the next 15 years. Unsure, but willing to give us a chance, she came to be the most loving and tolerant of cats we have ever known. A communicative cat, her variety of meows would simply say hello, I see you, or let us know when it was time to wake up, eat, or just sit on the sofa for TV watching and cuddling. Her rumbling purrs and relaxed body postures always reminded us that we were doing the right thing. To say that she had us well trained would be an understatement, but we were willing servants to our sweetheart.
In her later months, the ravages of old age and cancer finally took their toll. We put her to rest on December 23, 2015, and will forever cherish the memories of our soft, sweet and loving tabby.
david hayanoOcoee, FloridaDecember 27, 2015
Molly
9/5/2001 - 12/22/2015Our hearts are heavy with the passing of our Molly Mae. She was our baby, best friend, confidont, such a smart and gentle girl❤️
She is greatly missed!
Judy SloweyLockport, New YorkDecember 27, 2015
Dalton
2/18/2005 - 11/29/2015A devoted companion.
A best friend.
A true love.
A pure soul.

You will be missed until the day that we are reunited.
Amanda E.Hollywood, FloridaDecember 27, 2015
Sparky
12/5/2005 - 12/21/2015This can’t be happening. Not to our Sparky. Just last week I was shooting a video of her romping and dancing around the back yard as I teased and played with her. She was spinning and howling and talking to me with excitement. Her ears perked and her tail curled. She was looking for a stick or a ball to grab. Let’s play! Let’s play! She wanted nothing but to please me. And I wanted it never to end.

I have many videos like that. And my iPhone has a constant stream of thousands of photographs taken virtually every day. I recorded everything, as any proud parent would. Every moment seemed worth capturing. Sparky get that duck! Where did you find that stick? Nap time. Let’s go sit on the porch. Out for a walk. Where’s your ball? You silly dog!

I clicked my last image at 3:27 pm, December 21, 2015. I was too sad and crying too hard to take any more.

Sparky was only sick a short while. And we know we did everything we could. Despite extraordinary efforts, the specialists and emergency care doctors in the ICU were unable to get her case under control. Her body had betrayed her. She fought hard but after several days in the hospital it was apparent to us that it was time for her to come home. We could see it in her eyes.

Sparky's troubled little heart finally rested at exactly ‪4:30pm as we held her closely. The visit by Lap of Love was incredibly thoughtful and dignified. We took some locks of hair and made a paw print. We shared stories and photos. We laughed and cried. Sparky was wrapped carefully in a thick furry doggy-print blanket and placed in a stretcher. Her furry little mop top head sticking out as if she was taking a nap. It was very peaceful and even cute. We are terribly sad yet somewhat relieved. We had three thousand five hundred and two days of wonderful memories of our best friend ever.

The journey in front of us, without her by our side, is the one I am most frightened of now. I look for her still. Every shadow is a black dog. I had a dream last night, just a piece of a dream, really. All of a sudden I saw Sparky running full speed, ears out and hair flying, tail curled the way it does only when she is super excited. She is running away from me, I don’t see her face. There doesn’t seem to be any context as to where she is, inside, outside in the yard or woods, I couldn’t tell. But I remember saying with excitement “There she goes!” The tone in my voice seemed to be telling others that she is ok. Or maybe I made that part up in my head when I awoke. I don’t know. But for a split second, before reality set in, I felt better. I hope this means something. I want to believe.

We love you Sparky, forever a puppy in our hearts.
Brad BloomquistSt. Louis, MissouriDecember 27, 2015
Fluffy
5/31/2000 - 10/17/2015Fluffy it has been our first Christmas without you. We still think of you and sometimes feel your presence even though you have been gone now a little over 2 months. We will always remember you and the fun times we had. We know you are in a much better place and you have all the cat nip and butterflies to chase for eternity. You are resting with no more pain.

I want to thank Dr Brad for allowing us to take Fluffy to the place she needed to be and allow her to be with her family to get to the other side. Not with strangers handling her on a metal table in a place she wasn't comfortable and adding any anxiety. I will be calling on Dr Brad again for my two dogs that I have. We are at a point in our life where we have 2 more older pets and I want Dr Brad to give us the opportunity to give them a comfortable and familiar place where they can go to sleep in our arms and cross over to the other side with no anxiety. I feel that is the best we can give to your pets after they have been so faithful to us and been apart of our family.

An unusual thing happened after Dr Brad left and the day went on. We went for a ride. I just couldn't read any pamphlets or look at any material that was given to me I was too distraught couldn't bare the thought I just lost my cat. On our ride into Philadelphia we were on I95 heading north near the airport and saw a rainbow going over the bridge after clouds had built up but no rain and I said to my husband. Look at that it must be a sign from Kitty Kat Fluffy.
We later came home around 9pm or so I finally decided to open up the one pamphlet read it and stopped in my tracks. I couldn't believe what I was reading and saw when we were on our ride. I ran to my husband and stated read this you will not believe what you are reading and what we saw. He agreed that it was a sign that we had done the right thing and that Fluffy was okay.
Charlie & Chris YoungSpringfield, PennsylvaniaDecember 26, 2015