Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Courtney Brookens Graham, DVM"Our sweet boy Zep crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday. Our love for him was like no other. He was the love of our lives. He showed us what true love was. It was a honor to me his mom. Grateful I am. There are no words strong enough to thank Dr Courtney Graham. Her kindness blew us away. She made a very hard moment into one of the most beautiful . Her soft voice will be something I will never forget. There was a reason our paths crossed. She is truly amazing and we could never thank her enough. We will miss our sweet boy dearly but we know he`s running free of pain . Till we meet again. Love remains !"Carol MearsSaint Clair Shores, MichiganApril 8, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Courtney Brookens Graham, DVM"Dr. Graham was a godsend. I am 100% certain we had 28 days with Luke because of her. Had we not found Lap of Love, Luke would have left us much sooner. Dr. Graham not only guided his care but gave us peace of mind to enjoy our last days instead of chasing down answers from disconnected vets and wasting precious time. She made it possible to keep him from ever having another visit to a vet office. Dr. Graham helped us find pain med concoctions that his fragile system could handle. She was honest with us about when to say it was time and gently let him pass. If I could be as strong and compassionate as she is, I would feel blessed. Thank you."Nancy BernierBeverly Hills, MichiganApril 7, 2017Luke's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Nancy Rodriguez, DVM"Two months ago, our sweet Bridie began limping and was soon diagnosed with pancreatic cancer based on her blood work. Within a few weeks, she went from an energetic senior dog to a dog who had to be carried everywhere. As much as it hurt us to make that horrible choice, her eyes told us it was time. We called Nancy who waited to come out late on a Sunday so our son could make it home from college in time to spend a few hours with Bridie. We were able to spend her last hours in her favorite spot in our yard surrounded by all of her family, human and canine, and her favorite toys. When the time came, Nancy was patient with us as we took our time saying our goodbyes. She reminisced with us as we told our favorite stories about Bridie and allowed us as much time as we needed. I can't imagine having to do such a hard thing anywhere but at our home. This gave us each the opportunity to say our farewells the way we needed to and when we needed to. Thank you, Nancy, for your compassion and patience in lovingly helping us say goodbye to a member of our family."Michele McdermottAiken, S. CarolinaApril 7, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Page, DVM"Dear Lap of Love community,

We wanted to let you know Dr. Amanda was wonderful today. She was so understanding and comforting through this process. I have had to terminate the life of other pets and it has always been in the vet hospital, but having Dr. Amanda come to the house was so much better. Thank you for offering this service!!

Chris and Kim willisHuntington beach, CaliforniaApril 7, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Grant, DVM"Dr. Amanda was wonderful and she made a very difficult and painful experience as easy as it could possibly be. She was kind, compassionate, gentle and patient. I would recommend her to anyone who has to say goodbye to their beloved pet."Pamela KirkWeston, FloridaApril 7, 2017Tango's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Beth Meadow, DVM"Dr. Beth was amazing, compassionate, respectful, and understanding. I was incredibly relieved to have her there - Lucky felt comfortable around her and was happy to stay in the comfort of her favorite place - our bedroom. Dr. Beth helped us the entire way and gave us so much time to say our much-needed goodbyes. It was the best possible experience I could have asked for Lucky. A very peaceful, calm transition."Heather GaleReston, VirginiaApril 7, 2017Lucky Gale's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tina Olivieri, DVM"Dr. Tina's calming presence made the difficult situation manageable. We appreciate Dr. Tina's compassion and patience which allowed each of our 3 young children to take their time to say their final goodbyes to Mocha. Dr. Tina's respect for Mocha in her last moments made it easier for the children to see Dr Tina taking Mocha to heaven.

Thank you!"
Brian MatsuiSanta Monica, CaliforniaApril 7, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jordan Taheri, DVM"During the difficult moment we realized that our beloved 11 and a half year old English Mastiff Yogi Bear would no longer have the use of his hind legs, we contacted Lap of Love Hospice for help. It was late in the day, but Kelly offered assistance that both gave us peace of mind that our request for help would be met, while making arrangements for a time that same evening where our entire family would be together. Dr. Jordan arrived when he said he would, and I could not have scripted a more caring and gentle soul who not only showed empathy for our situation, but he also listened to us, made our gentle giant comfortable during our goodbyes, and had an attention to detail that most people could only dream of having. He was professional and very human. Our brave and imposing Yogi was peaceful for the first time in several days because of Dr. Jordan's manner and intervention. The manner in which we were able to say goodbye was perfect, tarnished only by our sorrow - but I somehow know our sorrow would have been much worse had it not been for Dr. Jordan. I have managed to grieve by telling everyone about our Yogi and how brave he was, and in every conversation I had - and still have, I tell of the service that Dr. Jordan, Kelly Wilson, and the Lap of Love team provided to us. God bless them and thank you for allowing me to tell our story."John AuerLighthouse Point, FloridaApril 7, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tiffany Matheson, DVM"Dr. "Tiffany" made this most difficult situation a more comfortable one for both Dixie and myself. Dr. Matheson provided the most humane end of Dixie's life and I will always appreciate the gentle respect that was shown."Jeff BogardLake Worth, FloridaApril 7, 2017Dixie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM"Austin was given a short time to live in October of 2016. Since we had been assured he was in no pain, we decided to do all we could to manage his symptoms and extend his life as long as was kind. We were able to say good-bye and spoil Austin for an additional five months.
When it became obvious his conditon was going to begin causing Austin distress, an appointment was made with Lap Of Love. We were able to arrange the visit for the date and time we needed.
Dr. Annie arrived as arranged. She was sensitive and compassionate. For the time she was here, Dr. Annie was a member of our little clan gathered to celebrate Austin's life and to provide him the calm and honorable death he deserved .
We have been through this many times, and our experience with Dr. Annie was by far the most humane and understanding.
All of us should have such calm and happy endings. Our thanks to Dr. Annie and Lap Of Love."
Maitland, FloridaApril 6, 2017Austin Goldcoat's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Santspree, DVM"I can't thank Lap of Love and Dr Melanie Santspree enough for their kindness and support. As hard as it was to say good bye to my special boy, being able to do it at home with such a wonderfully kind and sympathetic vet was a gift. Thank you."Mary WhittredgeBallston Spa, NYApril 6, 2017Mufasa's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Grant, DVM"Words cannot express how grateful I am for Dr. Amanda's help on the worst day of my life. She took the time to review all of Baby's medical records, which was an extensive amount of paperwork from veterinarians, radiologists and an oncologist. She assured me that I did everything medically possible to try to save my sweet Baby from mammary cancer and explained that her condition was only going to get worse since it spread to her lungs. I was already a sobbing mess but she encouraged me to let it all out and was extremely gentle and kind. Although I am still completely devastated, I feel better knowing that Baby did not have to endure a stressful trip to the vet and spent her last moments in the comfort of her home. From the minute I called to make the appointment, the staff at Lap of Love and Dr. Amanda were professional and compassionate. Dr. Amanda also made an imprint of Baby's paw and saved some of her fur for me to keep. She also sent a beautiful card and email and also posted a memorial online for Baby. Dr. Amanda went above and beyond to put me at ease both during and after the appointment. I highly recommend Lap of Love."Jamie LFort Lauderdale, FloridaApril 6, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Regan Harp, DVM"Dr. Regan was great. He walked me through the process as gently as possible. He loved on and talked to Oscar as though he knew him his whole life. I can't say enough about how that made me feel. The vets at Lap of Love are a very special breed. As hard as this was for me Dr. Regan assured me what I was doing was right and best for Oscar. Thanks Dr. Regan and Lap of Love for helping me send Oscar off at home in his spot and on his jacket."Mickey SwaffordSmyrna, TennesseeApril 5, 2017Oscar's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Page, DVM"Make no mistake and understand very clearly; you are making one of the most profound decisions of your lifetime.

If you think of your pets as your family, sons and daughters, as well as believe they are equal to you in Spirit. If you have faith that God has blessed you to have them and has anointed you as the Ambassador of their journey here on earth - then the services provided by Lap of Love are without question a requirement, not an option.

Your furry family members have dedicated their entire lives to unconditionally love you. They have been loyal beyond reproach. They have humbly served as your guardian. They did not seek recognition, and they voluntarily accepted all things that came with a life spent with you.

Right now, during this difficult time, with all of their integrity, dignity and honor, they are placing their complete faith in YOU to do the right thing for them.

***Cheryl A. Wyatt, Care Coordinator/Team Lead***

Based on a diagnosis from our primary Veterinarian and other professionals, we thought we had very little time left with our Son.

After hours and days of careful research, we found Lap of Love.

We were fortunate and blessed to have our initial call received by Cheryl Wyatt.

As soon as she answered the phone, I knew this was the right person, and that this was the right place. Unlike the other calls I had just made to different companies, I did not feel rushed. We did not discuss costs and I did not feel like I was simply getting added to "sales funnel".

Instead, what immediately happened is that I could no longer hold back my tears. Cheryl encouraged me to cry. To just let it out, and to feel safe that she was there just for me. To know that we have all the time in the world and we can talk all day long if needed.

Cheryl Wyatt's sensitivity, support and empathy was/is priceless.

Looking back, we feel that Cheryl was put in our path by God and we have no question about that.

We were thankfully blessed with an extra year with our sweet Kossy. Throughout this time, Cheryl was there with us. Taking our calls, provided us with so much information that is not readily available anywhere, and above all, she continued to be understanding and very kind.

Again, and to remind you, even at this point we still had not talked about dates or costs! Just to reiterate, those two items were the very first things the other companies I called talked about!

At this phase, you don’t want to rush anything, nor do you want your babies to suffer. Having Cheryl with us, she became a sort of Rock of Reason. She was that Lighthouse that you hope to find while lost in the middle of a hurricane.

The time came for our Sweet Kossy to be with God and our family members that were already there waiting for him. Cheryl's information during the final week was beyond comforting. Her professional knowledge of the stages he had been through this past year to his final stage resulted in us being very confident that we were making the right decision and that in fact, the timing was correct.

It’s really hard to put all of our thoughts into words that will properly serve as a "review". If you’re still reading this and are in the same situation, just pick up the phone and simply call Cheryl Wyatt at (855) 933-5683.

***Amanda Page, DVM (Angel from Heaven)***

Dr. Amanda completely opens her heart as soon as she walks in the room. You can feel it. Your animals can feel it. Love is all around, as well as a sort of Peace. Our Kossy was able to meet her, look into her eyes and know that she was an Angel sent from God to help him.

She is very present, and attentive.

She was aware of every single thing going on. It’s as if she is subtly studying the environment and the condition of our baby. She has years of dedicated Professional Veterinarian experience that she is applying 100% for our baby right there on the spot.

She agreed that it was time for him to graduate. We are absolutely sure that if he could stay with us for even just one more day, Dr. Amanda would have let us know and would have simply come back.

She was with us for a very long time that night. She advised us on what his brother (Bilbos, a ragdoll cat) should do during the procedure. We talked about every step of the process and so much more. Together with Kossy and Bilbos, we all talked as a family. We shared stories, cried, and even laughed a bit. She got to know Kossy very well.

We were even more reassured that she was the right person put on our path by God.

Again, it’s hard to find all the words to adequately portray our experience with Dr. Amanda.

His departure was peaceful, graceful, and with the utmost dignity. It was everything he deserved from a life of loyalty, selflessness, and love. We know he was welcomed by God and is now with our family members that have passed.

We have often think about how hard this must be for Dr. Amanda emotionally, and we pray for her to continue to be strong.

***Cheryl Wyatt and Dr. Amanda:***

The sensitivity and support from both of you helped us through a very difficult time.

We will never forget your kindness, understanding and patience. Above all, we will always remember how you both opened your hearts unselfishly for our family.

There is no way to put into words; the level of appreciation for the both of you for your parts in Kossy's journey.

If either of you ever need anything, you are both family, so please do not hesitate to call."
Ernie and DanicaLaguna Niguel, CaliforniaApril 5, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender, DVM"Tiff was by my side for 18 years. She was there for me through so many stages of life: moving out on my own, college, getting married and having children. It was so difficult watching her decline over the last several months. As hard as it was saying good-bye, I am so thankful to have found Lap of Love. Dr. Katie was so empathetic and her love for animals was evident. I'm so thankful Tiff was able to gain her angel wings in the comfort of our home surrounded by those who loved and adored her most. We can never fully express our gratitude. Thank you, Dr. Katie."Roxanne ChambersGreen Cove Springs, FloridaApril 5, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jennifer Vencil, DVM"One of the hardest things I ever did in my life was helped by a very kind and respectful lady who showed her love for pets and their owners .I would recommend her to anyone that was in my situation.Plus she even made me smile a few times while listening to my stories."Ed UznanskiSt Augustine, FloridaApril 5, 2017Bernie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dana Lewis, DVM"Dr. Dana, Thank you so much for being here for Mitzi and me and for making everything so right and truly understanding us and our relationship. She saved my life just as much as I saved hers. And you saved her from what would have been unbearable pain and suffering. Were it not for your gentleness and humor and friendliness along with your professional knowledge and procedures, I would have been devastated forever.

I held her as she slept. Afterwards, Dana made her paw print. Then I put Mitzi in the beautiful purple basket with a soft blanket that was provided. She looked so sweet with her paw by her head and the blanket folded down and she was tucked in like a baby. I carried her out to the car and placed her in the passenger seat and kissed her goodbye.

Dr. Dana Lewis is a wonderful person. She is gentle, and funny, and down to earth and she made everything just feel so good."
Nan SnyderRaleigh, North CarolinaApril 5, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"My little Alfalfa was diagnosed with a cancer that I can't even pronounce the name of back in Dec. 2016, given 3-6 months. It was devastating to say the least. As I love Steinbach Veterinary Hospital, I did not want to drive my baby to his death. They referred me to Lap Of Love. As Alfalfa was getting worse I made the dreaded call to Lap of Love and made the appointment for a week out from that day. As I cried through the whole conversation with Rita, she was calm and understanding. Unfortunately God had other plans for Alfalfa and he took a terrible turn for the worst two days later. I called to change the appointment to that day because I didn't think he would even last a couple of hours. Lap of Love did everything they could to have Dr Brad come that afternoon, He arrived and Alfalfa greeted him in his best happy manner.
Dr Brad was kind and and made this so peaceful. He explained everything and let us have as much time as we needed before and after Alfalfa was gone. I will recommend Lap of Love to everyone that needs to go through this horrible part of loving a pet.
Thank you Lap of Love, Rita, the other folks I spoke with on the phone and Dr Brad for make this a bit easier."
Barb GrabowskiConshohocken, PennsylvaniaApril 5, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jade Tenberg, DVM"I can not thank Dr. Jade and Lap of Love enough for making what was the hardest decision I have ever been faced with as peaceful as possible. After a week of seeing my sweet boy suffer and ultimately being advised he is terminally ill due to a brain tumor and advanced arthritis letting him go to end his pain and suffering was the only option. Because of Lap of Love Maliki left from the same house he was first brought home to 13 years ago, surrounded by the ppl that loved him the most. He laid on me and I held him until his last breath. I will never forget that moment and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing this service and Dr. Jade for her compassion during a very difficult time."Kandice ActonClearwater, FloridaApril 5, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erin Deveau, DVM"After sharing our home with Maxie for almost 15 years, making the decision to end her suffering was one of the most difficult decisions of my life. Dr. Erin was a true angel in assisting us through the process. She has the highest levels of knowledge, professionalism and compassion. She was not only able to perform the necessary tasks with a relaxing confidence but was also able to share her knowledge with us in a meaningful and calming way so as to make our transition as smooth as possible. I give her my dearest thanks and my highest recommendation to anyone else that is facing this terrible situation."Chris BarryRio Rancho, New MexicoApril 4, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Laura Porta, DVM"Dear Dr. Porta (Laura):

I am immeasurably grateful to you and to Lap of Love services. Letting go of Bobo was incredibly painful but the experience of saying good bye was really the very best I could imagine. For years (and of course, more recently), I have imagined how I would like the end for him to be; yesterday surpassed my expectations. You are a true angel and you have really touched us with your compassion, patience, clear love for animals, and sensibility for this work. THANK YOU so very much for everything. We are moving out today and tears have passed a bit, but I'm also really happy knowing the worst is over for Mr. Wilson. I can move forward knowing that yesterday was as beautiful an experience as it was. We will send prayers to you and all the other families you help.

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!"
Karen LippowithsHowell, MichiganApril 4, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Cohen, DVM"Dr. Melanie Cohen was very compassionate and thoroughly explained my beloved Morgan's symptoms, all the options, and of course the process to help him let go and cross the rainbow bridge. Thank you so much Dr. Melanie for your love and concern and thank you to the Rita for your help over the phone. From the beginning to the end, my communication and interactions with everyone at Lap of Love was professional, caring, and outstanding."Kathryn RaveloVirginia Beach, VirginiaApril 4, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jessica Spitzer, DVM"Thank you,for the sweet compassion you showed me and my Sandy Girl! I don't know what I'd done without you!
Sandy was 17 1/2 year old Austrian Sheppard mix.Smart,smart girl! In her younger days would go out and get the newspaper for me! She herded my grand kids around! They loved her so much! As do I!
She is and will be missed by me and my family!"
Kathleen FosterOxnard, CaliforniaApril 3, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Lauren Cassady, DVM"We love that Paris was able to transition at home. She was our baby and we wanted her to be in a surrounding that was familiar and comfortable. I would totally recommend this to anyone that is capable of doing hospice for their family pet. Dr. Cassady was kind and comforting. She knew Paris was tired and ready, which made of feel we were doing the right thing for her. Thanks so much for making this easy but special."Keli JonesAtlanta, GeorgiaApril 3, 2017Paris Violet Jones's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Toby Goldman, DVM"I cannot thank Lap of Love and Dr. Toby enough. My 15 year-old cat, Lucky, had kidney disease that was progressing. I knew he was not in good shape, and I had a trip scheduled to be out of town leaving my 17 year-old daughter in charge of Lucky. I was extremely hesitant to take this trip, but did so anyway hoping he would be okay until I got home. Unfortunately, Lucky collapsed while I was away and it became clear that my daughter would have to handle this situation alone. I called Lap of Love, and on a Saturday evening Dr. Toby was able to get to our home within just a few hours. He assured my daughter this was the right time for Lucky. He was gentle with my daughter, and with Lucky. He was a calm and soothing presence, and made a very stressful and difficult situation as pleasant as it could be. I was able to be on the speaker phone while Dr. Toby talked us through what was happening, and my daughter stroked Lucky, helping him transition with love. I said my goodbyes to Lucky, and felt as close as I could be, while being across the country. After I returned home, we received a kind, hand-written card from Dr. Toby expressing his condolences. The very difficult situation was made much better by the caring staff at Lap of Love, and by Dr. Toby who clearly cares about his work. Thank you to all who made this a much more pleasant experience than it could have been."Liisa RoseLas Vegas, NevadaApril 2, 2017