Testimonials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kendra L. Healy, DVM"I don't have adequate words to express our appreciation for Lap of Love and Dr. Kendra. To have our precious Griz leave this earth in the arms of those who loved him allowed me to survive that sad day. She asked us many questions about our sweet boy, giving us a chance to reminisce some of the happy times of his precious life. I didn't know at the time, but she used all this information to write a beautiful tribute to help us remember the joy this little guy brought everyone lucky enough to cross his path. I told her she might have missed her calling as a writer, but I'm sure glad she chose the profession she did. It is a rare person who can integrate themselves into a family full of grief and actually lighten their hearts. I don't know how I would have survived that day without the compassionate care of Dr. Kendra. Thank you, beautiful lady."Regina SpurlockLexington, KentuckyJune 30, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Laura Porta, DVM"Laura was so compassionate and empathetic it makes a truly devastating experience just a little bit more bearable. It is truly a calling to be able to help our beloved family members over to the rainbow bridge to wait for us, in a surrounding they are comfortable in and surrounded by the people that they love and love them. Our sweet, smart, and beautiful Gabby was with us 13 years and we have so many wonderful memories of her; we are so grateful that our last memories are of her peacefully passing on at home being loved."Sylvia RoemerOrchard Lake, MichiganJune 30, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jennifer Walters, DVM"Jen helped easy my baby over the Rainbow Bridge today and took him out of the excreting pain that he was in from a thing called Bloating. He was in so much pain and yes my heart is broken again for he was my protector, friend and buddy. Thank you Dr. Jen for your assistance in my babies last moments here."Terri WattsCharlotte, North CarolinaJune 30, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melissa Carter, DVM"Although meeting Dr. Melissa Carter wasn't under ideal circumstances by any means, she made one of our most difficult days much more bearable. She came to our house and met Toby thereby eliminating one of his most stressful activities, going to the Vet's office, She was so kind and loving to Toby which I know made him more relaxed during the process. She even recommended we give him some of his favorite treat prior to starting. She took her time with us and we never felt rushed. I'm forever greatful for her understanding and kindness to Toby. We highly recommend Dr. Melissa and the other Vets at Gainesville Lap of Love."David and Patricia BlackSilver Springs, FloridaJune 30, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heba Kashkosh"I am having a hard time putting into words how thankful we are that Dr Heba helped us with with transitioning our lovable family member, Roxie, to resting peace. My wife was inconsolable prior to her arrival. Dr Heba has calming force! She was so gentle with our lovely dog. She was able to give a level of comfort to my wife that I could not. After the passing, Dr Heba followed up with email and phone calls to specifically check on my wife. We are now getting through the pain and Dr Heba played a major role. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"Tony FostvedtMadeira Beach, FloridaJune 30, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sunday Cozzi, DVM"If you are reading through these testimonials it must mean that you are having to make one of the hardest decisions in your life! I know for me it was! You might ask yourself, "How do I know I'm making the right choice and how do I let my beloved companion go? That's ok- I asked myself those questions too! On Monday 6-26-17, my 10 year old fur baby Ben Ben looked at me with those little brown eyes and his soul spoke to mine and it said, "Mom, I'm tired, I'm sick, and I'm suffering. Please help me to let go because I can't do it myself. I love you more than I love myself so I will stay here on this earth suffering so you don't have to if you lose me!" As his guardian, he has always trusted me to make the best decision for his well being and so that day I made one last choice for him and I did for him what he had always done for me, loved him more than my own self! 6 months ago my neighbors had to make that hard choice for their fur baby and she referred me to Dr. Sunday Cozzi! I filled out the online request form and within an hour Dr Sunday had called me back and arrangements were made to help Ben gain his wings the following day! She quickly followed up with an email explaining everything that would be done to help set his soul free! The next day arrived and the moment had come for him to take his final breaths and on Tues 6-27-17, my fur baby left this world of suffering and pain and entered paradise! I know without a doubt, that without Dr Sunday and her love and support, this would have been so traumatic for all of us! Instead, it was a moment of remembrance, laughs, love and total peace! Dr. Sunday has been a rock of support for me during this difficult time and she will love you, your family and your fur baby like she has known you all her life! Dr Sunday Cozzi is definitely one of God's angels on earth and I will never forget the love, kindness, and sympathy she has shown to my family!"Amanda DiFrancoGrovetown, GeorgiaJune 30, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM"Oh Dr Dion-Byrd....how can I thank you for your compassion and bedside manner? My sweet Lily Marlene was a big sister to so many cats and dogs. She was given to me by my late Father when my male Weimaraner had to be put down when I was out of town. She gave me 13+ years of love and laughter.
I miss my girl everyday but know that she is no longer suffering from severe arthritis pain and it's complications.
Thank you for doing what you do....it cannot be easy. God bless you....
Donna, Lola Jean & Koi-boy"
Winter Garden, FloridaJune 29, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"Like most animals, my 15 year old dog Tucker hated the vet. After days of him refusing to eat or drink, and finally struggling to walk on his own, we struggled with the decision to put him to sleep. I had heard of Lap of Love through a friend, and decided to give it a shot, considering we didn't want to prolong his struggling and definitely didn't want to bring him back to vet and watch him get worked up and upset. We set up an appointment with Dr. Heather Manfredi. From the moment she entered our home, it was as if she knew Tucker for years. She shook our hands and immediately sat on the floor with Tucker, who was laying in his bed in our living room, surrounded by family. She had the most soft-spoken voice, and pet and spoke to him with such grace and gentleness. She asked about Tucker's life, our other dog, and our family. She took her time with us, as we reflected on Tucker's life through tears. Even then, we couldn't help but wonder if we were making the right decision. After spending only a few moments with Tucker, she confirmed that we were, in fact, making the right decision to put our tired dog to rest. She explained to us that we were "Not shortening his life, but shortening his death," and that is something that will always give my family and I peace of mind. Never once did she make us feel rushed. The entire process was so peaceful and heartfelt. Dr. Heather explained everything she was going to do before she did it, and had the most gentle touch. When it was time to put the IV in Tucker, she shaved the hair off his paw and put it in a container for us to keep and remember him by. After finally giving him the sedative to put him to sleep, she brought clay to make a his paw imprint for my family and I. She also brought stamps with her so I could stamp his name and the date into the clay. Dr. Heather has the most kind heart and has a unique gift unlike many that I've seen. I HIGHLY, highly recommend her and her service to anybody who wants to be able to say goodbye to their beloved pet in the comfort of their own home, while keeping their pet comfortable at the same time. Thank you, Dr. Heather, we will never forget what you have done for not only us, but most importantly, for Tucker."Taylor LoeschMassapequa, NYJune 29, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"Dear Dr. Heather,

Before I found out about and called Lap of Love on Wednesday, but aside from being upset knowing I was losing him, there was a high amount of stress over how I would bring him to the vet's office even though it was only 5 mins away. I've never had to physically pick up and carry Jake in all the years he's been with us and the last thing I wanted to do was cause more pain or harm to him knowing his time on Earth was coming to a close.

When you came in, it was like an Angel stepped in and said "Please don't worry, I will help you." And you did. Being that Jake had DM, this situation while upsetting, was different than my boy Duke when he had Hemangiosarcoma in that he was still able to walk into the Vet's office. You and the Lap of Love service are a God send for all of us whose fur family members are unable to take that last ride home.

We sincerely want to Thank You again for all your warmth, kindness and sympathy in helping us set Jake free and while we all wish our exchanges could be under happier moments, we are very grateful and fortunate to also have the honor of meeting you and appreciating the value of care and professionalism you provide during our most difficult of times.

Thank you soo much for setting up the beautiful memorial page for Jake, while it has been tough knowing he is not with us, we do find peace knowing we can reflect back and celebrate how he lived and how he was loved."
Keith ChangLake Grove, NYJune 29, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Courtney Brookens Graham, DVM"They is no words to say about how great Lap of love veterinarian are, they are a outstanding loving and caring group of people."mike tarketsterling heights, MichiganJune 29, 2017Tessa's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Regan Harp, DVM"Dr. Harp was absolutely wonderful and caring. He made a terrible time bearable. It was as if he had known Wembley and truly cared. I have recommended Lap of Love to many people."Melanie SantanaNashville, TennesseeJune 29, 2017Wembley's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM"When our 14 y/o puppy, Hannah, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, we knew her time left with us was limited. As her life started to slow down, we asked our Vets their recommendation on what we could do to keep Hannah comfortable & pain free. Medicine helped for a while, but, towards the end, we needed personal guidance. Lap of Love came highly recommended to offer us hospice care in our own home so we wouldn't have to keep putting Hannah in to our car for visits/treatments. When we called Lap of Love to inquire about hospice care, one of the girls who answered the phone, Jennifer, was so informative & gentle with us as she knew what we were facing. But, before we could use the hospice care, Hannah told us she was getting tired. Her health turned for the worse overnight. We had to make a frantic & heart wrenching phone call @ 6:30 in the morning. Dr. Dawnetta was @ our home immediately. Her calm demeanor & soft spoken voice kept us calm & focused. Hannah was in her own home, her favorite bed, surrounded by her 'pack'. Hannah just drifted off to sleep...she left us on her own terms. The transition over the Rainbow Bridge was comforting for all of us. She'll always be our 'shiny copper penny'. We will recommend Lap of Love to all our friends & family who have 'family members' of their own. Dr. Dawnetta..your service is priceless. Thank you, thank you, thank you.."John & Mary JohnsonFestus, MissouriJune 28, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tina Olivieri, DVM"So surprising that, such a tiny being could leave such an enormous void in my home and heart. Dr. Tina was here to help Twinkie leave all of her pain behind. Many thanks to her and the staff at Lap of Love, all of whom were kind from my first phone call to the hugs she gave us as she took Twinkie away. Several of my friends wept when I shared the story, wishing they had known of this service when they, as most pet parents must, helped their beloved dogs and cats get to the Rainbow Bridge.

Dr. Tina is truly my hero.

Jackie
Covina"
Jackie WhiteCovina, CaliforniaJune 28, 2017Twinkie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Stacy Michele Blake, DVM"It has taken us a while to be able to write this my husband and I are still grieving the loss of our Daisy girl but wanted to thank Dr. Stacy so much for her kind and gentle touch it was one of the hardest things to let Daisy go but Dr. Stacy helped us thru she was so very nice and compassionate and the process at home was easy on us and especially easy on our beloved Daisy. Thank you so much Dr. Stacey for your help during our time of need .We would highly recommend the Lap of Love to anyone who would like to be home with your precious fur babies when that sad time arrives . There isn't a day goes by that we don't think of our sweet Daisy girl. Thank you again Dr. Stacy"Sandra SabiaOrlando, FloridaJune 28, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM"We are so incredibly thankful that we heard of Lap of Love. Our dog Woody had a liver tumor and we were trying to balance keeping him around for as long as we could with making sure that he wasn't in pain. It became evident that he couldn't go on and it happened rather quickly. We called Lap of Love at 10:30pm asking for a callback because we needed help soon. Dr. Woodruff called first thing in the morning and came out soon after that. She was incredibly kind to us and very loving to our cherished pet. She really put us all at ease (including our 9 and 7 year old) and made this process a very smooth, honorable, and caring one. We were very glad to be with Woody when he passed on and Dr. Woodruff helped us the entire time. Our children were able to each make a paw print of Woody and they handled things wonderfully. I just can't imagine that it would be the same at the hospital. Dr. Woodruff asked us about Woody and his life and to our surprise, she remembered it all and compiled our memories into a wonderful tribute. I've been telling people that it all went about as good as it possibly could considering the circumstances. We had Woody for almost 14 years and it's as hard as you might imagine. We miss him dearly but we're very glad that his transition was a peaceful and humane one in our own home."John GrassSt. Louis, MissouriJune 28, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Shannon Skevakis, DVM"Thank you so much for being so wonderful and patient with Sweetie and me. The way you helped us during this difficult time is greatly appreciated. I know sometimes your job may make you sad, but you are doing a wonderful and much needed service. I miss her terribly, but feel good about her last day and the kind way you handled her. Thank you again for being so gracious."C OEwing, New JerseyJune 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Leann Sargeant, DVM"The world holds a few special people to help in times of need. Leann is one of those unique individuals. Thank you for the love and care you showed my Angel."Greer WilliamsEl Cajon, CaliforniaJune 27, 2017Angel's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Lauren Cassady, DVM"Dr Lauren was wonderful. We knew our Newnan boy was ready to pass and Dr Lauren gave him peace at last. This was the hardest thing we have ever had to do, and Dr Lauren guided us in such a loving and peaceful manner. The box Newnan's ashes were returned to us in is absolutely beautiful. For a day we hoped would never come, Dr Lauren made the process as peaceful and beautiful as it could be. We will love you forever, sweet Newnie Boy."Katie Hall & David TesnarAtlanta, GeorgiaJune 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erin Gorney, BVMS"Our almost 12 yr old sweet Pit Bull, Sara had to be put down after having Cushing's disease for several years followed by cancerous tumors on her liver. We wanted to have her pass away at home in her own surroundings and Lap of Love was just the service we needed. Dr. Erin was so kind and gentle with Sara and even was patient with my other dog Lucy when she was trying to get attention from her. The whole process was heartbreaking for my husband and I but Erin was so understanding from the start and waited for us to be ready for the injections. The paw printing and the fur cuttings were a special touch along with the Eternal Paw Prints booklet. We had decided to have Sara cremated and the Dr brought a gurney and a nice blanket to wrap her in. After tearful goodbyes, they were gone. But Dr. Erin followed up the next day which was so wonderful of her. I highly recommend Dr. Erin Gorney to anyone who wants to have their pet euthanized at home. I wouldn't have had it any other way. Thank you Erin!!!"Terry LaBryerMonongahela, PennsylvaniaJune 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"Our dog Bean , a beautiful 7yr. old lab, was diagnosed with end stage kidney failure and shocked the entire family. Although we knew she was very sick, she would still wag her tail and beg for food. Being heartbroken, we were hoping it was all a mistake.
I made a phone call to Lap of Love and received nothing but kindness as I wept uncontrollably on the phone telling my story. It was explained that a hospice vet could make a house-call and discuss Bean's diagnosis and euthanize her if necessary. Needing guidance and reassurance that I was doing the right thing, I made the appointment. We anxiously waited for the vet to arrive on the scheduled day.
Dr. Heather arrived and a feeling of calm overcame my family. Bean greeted her with lots of wet kisses which she embraced. She asked about our relationship with Bean and about her life. She then explained the medical diagnosis of kidney failure and what Bean was feeling. We knew immediately that we were doing the right thing by ending her suffering. Dr. Heather explained what would take place and was so compassionate and patient. She stroked , hugged and kissed Bean as if it were her own dog.
Bean died a very peaceful death with her whole family around her. Although losing a pet is such a painful experience, Dr. Heather made it bearable and a special tribute to a beautiful friend and family member. She was not only Bean's angel that day, but my
entire family. We will never forget what you did for us and Bean!"
Laurene FargnoliWest Islip, NYJune 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"We are so thankful for finding Lap of Love and Dr. Heather. You provide a unique and wonderful service for pet owners at one of the most difficult times we must sometimes deal with. We want to express our gratitude and support for your kind and humane assistance. Our hearts are content knowing that Sunny’s last moments at home were peaceful, and Sunny was able to transition into the afterlife without discomfort from his illness which had quickly taken over his body just three weeks prior.
Sunny, a young, handsome orange tabby cat was left at a shelter I had volunteered at and immediately I knew he was meant to come home with me and my husband to join our kitty Starrina and pup Dasher. Sunny was such a sweet boy, always giving my husband and I equal time of affection and love. He loved to talk and he had the loudest purr we have ever heard. Although he has had some health issues along the way, it was nothing we could not handle. Sunny shared over 12.5 years of his happy loving life with us. He was a very special kitty who showed love and affection to everyone.
Dr. Heather is truly an Angel. Although it will take time, we will heal much better knowing that Sunny spent his last days/moments in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family and love. He will forever be in our hearts and memories. Dr. Heather made a special paw print for us to keep and it is now in our glass display cabinet so that we can feel Sunny's presence always. Thank you Dr. Heather M.
With warmest regards, Donna & Keith"
Donna and Keith KaufmanSaint James, NYJune 27, 2017Sunny's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Elizabeth Gill, DVM"Dr. Elizabeth was so loving & kind. She made sure that I was making the right decision. No rush & so nice . I would like to thank her for all the love & kindness."Beverly ClineKISSIMMEE, FloridaJune 26, 2017Daisy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Thank you, Dr. Bates. Your kindness and compassion are so appreciated."Bridget BorlakBridgeton, New JerseyJune 26, 2017Ti Ti's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Christina Fenton, DVM"It has taken me two months to get to the point where I can think about our baby without tearing up. I wrote this today for Spikey on the second month anniversary of his passing. Dr. Christina was an angel with us, and her kindness and special words helped us in our time of grief.

Our precious puppy left our world
Two short months ago.
He waits for us in painless peace
At Heaven’s golden door.

But life without him still brings pain
When we think of all we had,
A pup became our little boy
And the loss still makes us sad.

Who would think that a little pup
Could be the center of our lives,
But without complaint, we did our best
To help our boy survive.

So today we’ll hold each other tight
And wish that Spike was here
For just a moment so we could say,
“We love you so much, dear.”

I’m sure the pain with dull with time
I’m sure we’ll see a day
When the thoughts of Spike
Might miss a beat or might just go away?

No….he’ll always be here in my heart.
My soul will cry for him.
We’ll learn to live without his sighs,
But we’ll never forget him."
Susan CusterBaytown, TexasJune 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erica Fry, DVM"Lap of Love was the last kindness we were able to give our almost 17 year old cat Salsa. After over two weeks of illness from kidney failure, our cat Salsa passed away at home with the help of a very kind vet, Dr. Erica Fry from Lap of Love, at our request. Salsa had been with us for almost 17 years. After medical issues in her early years, she was not trusting of most people most of her life, most visitors barely caught a glimpse of her, but she was the sweetest kitty to her family, especially her mommy and daddy. She was never really healthy once she became hyperthyroid, she did not have a good tolerance to medication and was not a candidate for other treatments due to kidney issues. Her kidneys finally gave up, and our vet told us that we would know when it was time. Her last few weeks were hard, giving her IV fluids and trying to get her to eat, trying to warm her little body as she was always cold, watching her slowly fade into a cat of only just over 4 pounds, but still purring when she would hear our voices and trying to climb into bed even when she couldn't do it on her own anymore and we had to help her. Once she showed signs of not being able to lie comfortably in her favorite positions and stopped eating completely, we knew it was time. We had hoped she would go on her own, peacefully in her sleep, but I think in a way she was holding on to comfort us, trying her best to purr when we would touch her and love on her. Our desire to hold on to her so that we could have every last moment wasn’t fair to her, she deserved the best, and we didn’t want her to suffer anymore. The decision was not easy, but we knew we wanted her to be able to pass in the comfort of her own home. We found Lap of Love online, and the availability of the online form was much appreciated. Just minutes after filling out the form, Lap of Love called and offered an appointment for the next day. Dr. Erica arrived as arranged, calling to let us know when she was on her way. She was simply wonderful, and so much appreciated in our time of need and sorrow. It is so obvious she has a gift, she knew just what to say and do, she prepared us and answered all our questions and comforted us. We had everything done the way we were comfortable with. We miss Salsa terribly, but know she is not suffering anymore, and is at peace. Looking back, we have no regrets, and would recommend this path to anyone who has a pet who deserves only the best."Rebecca TaylorForney, TexasJune 26, 2017