Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM"We wanted to thank Dr. Dawnetta, and the entire staff at Lap of Love in St. Louis, for their care last week with our cat, Little Boğa. It was an incredibly difficult day for us. Lap of Love's thoughtfulness, professionalism and kindness made it so much more bearable. With Dr. Dawnetta's help, Little Boğa passed peacefully in the place she loved best: outside in the sunshine, surrounded by our love.

One of our biggest fears was making a decision we would look back on with regret. Dr. Dawnetta completely alleviated that fear. Thanks to her care, Bo's passing is now something we can remember with comfort and dignity. We cannot overstate how invaluable that is.

With gratitude,
Stephanie & Mark"
Stephanie H.St. Louis, MissouriMarch 28, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Shannon Skevakis, DVM"Dear Dr. Shannon,

I am so happy to have met you and even though it was during this sad time, I am glad it was then because you helped my pup out so much! I am forever thankful that you were there especially at the end, I truely don't know what we would have done without you. My family thanks you for everything you did for us. I can't tell you how many times they mentioned how much they all appreciated your calm words during that incredibly hard time. It was easy to see that you really care and I just want you to know how sincerely we appreciate everything you did from the Hospice Care, to the very end. I respect what you do and we will definitely be letting our vet know about what a huge load you took off of the very emotional experience. I loved him so much. It hurts a lot because yes, it is much emptier to come home to Loki not being here, but I know it was his time. No one could see him hurt like that any longer. I will never forget what an amazing person you are, thank you so much for doing what you do. Thank you.

Danielle FaunceHamilton Square, New JerseyMarch 28, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr Brad's kindness and compassion made a terribly sad day, bearable for my family and myself. He made us feel at peace with our decision to say goodbye to our 12 yr old Sheltie, Joey and made his transition as peaceful and comfortable as possible while explaining the entire process of what was happening. We so appreciated him taking the time to give us a paw print and some fur clippings from Joey. Again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts, you are a truly wonderful person Dr. Brad!"Jean DePerroMickleton, New JerseyMarch 28, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM"I could not have picked a better way to let her go. She was too weak to walk and eat. I called Dr. Annie last minute, but she was able to come the same day. Grace passed away after the sedative, as if all she needed was permission to go, but we finished the process all the same. The procedure was calm and full of caution and I honestly felt that Dr. Annie understood how to handle every step with care and love. I would recommend the services to everyone. The paw print is another great addition to the keepsakes I have of her and i'm grateful for it."Elizabeth HoffmannOrlando, FloridaMarch 28, 2017Grace Marie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Page, DVM"Last Thursday's decision to let our sweet Harley go was one of the most difficult things I've ever done. Harley gave us 13 years of unconditional love. In the end, he was coughing and struggling to breathe. I asked him to give me a sign, to help me make the right decision, and that sweet little dog looked me right in the eye and began to cry. This is a stoic little dog who's only whimpered once in his entire life. And then he barked--another thing he never did. He was telling me that he was through suffering. I picked up the phone and called Lap of Love and Dr. Amanda was at my home within the hour. She was kind and gentle and helped us to see that we were indeed making the right decision for our sweet boy. Harley passed peacefully in my arms. I cannot recommend Amanda and Lap of Love highly enough. Dr. Amanda made the saddest day in our lives bearable. Thank you so much, Dr. Amanda."Mindy NeffOrange, CaliforniaMarch 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Page, DVM"This past week, we had to make the heartbreaking decision to say goodbye to our beloved 5 1/2 year old Shar Pei, Grizzly, due to kidney failure. He was in very poor shape, and in his final days our last wish for him was a peaceful transition as he left this life. Shar Pei as a breed can be standoffish to strangers and don't like vet visits even at the best of times. We worried in his dire state, the presence of someone unknown would cause even more stress. And then Dr. Amanda arrived. After a courteous call alerting us to her arrival time, she came with a warm greeting and even warmer smile. To our incredible delight, when Grizzly saw her, he stumbled to stand and walked over to her wagging his tale and laid down next to her. It was as if he knew she was there to help. Dr. Amanda was so calm and thoughtful throughout the whole process; talking us through every step, keeping us informed about how he was responding along the way, and telling us what to expect. And all the while, she was petting and talking to Grizzly ensuring his comfort as well. He passed very peacefully and everything happened just as she said, leaving nothing to surprise which was very appreciated. To say we are grateful to Dr. Amanda for making a very difficult day more bearable would be a gross understatement. Though she was professional and efficient throughout the whole process, she showed wonderful personal care and empathy and treated our boy with incredible delicacy and respect. Thank you Dr. Amanda, from the bottom of our hearts."Erika BradleyHuntington Beach, CaliforniaMarch 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Yesterday Dr. Brad came to our home to help us say good bye to our sweet dog Penny. She left this world peacefully, in the comfort of her home and in my arms.
Thank you Dr. Brad for everything you did for us. I will never forget the warmth and kindness you showed to all of us.

I miss my dog so much, I hurt everywhere; but the peaceful transition she had alleviates some of that pain. Thank you Dr. Brad and Lap of Love for making that possible."
Maura JonesPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaMarch 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Shannon Skevakis, DVM"It's tough to say that such a painful time can be a good experience, but being able to say good bye in my home was so much easier for both me and my kitty George. Dr Shannon was calming and compassionate, explaining everything she was doing and letting me share some memories. Thank you so much for the work that you do."Laura CareyFlemington, New JerseyMarch 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jordy Merrifield, DVM"The loss of my beloved boy, Jake, while not totally unexpected, was terribly hard. He was my constant companion and his sweet being was my heart. Dr. Jordy's kindness and compassion for my pain made his passing peaceful and compassionate. He went quietly, stress free and surrounded with love, including his Papillion sister who sat by watching. Dr Jordy, I will always remember and be grateful for your caring concern as Jake crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Thank you."Robyn AlspachTampa, FloridaMarch 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr. Brad was great! When we had to put to sleep our 16 + year old Jack Russell, Ruby, he was so empathetic, gentle and compassionate."nicholas rotoliChester Springs, PennsylvaniaMarch 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM"I was not aware of Lap of Love until one of my wife's co-workers recommended to us. I am writing this 1 month after using their services. It was a very hard decision to make for our dog, who was part of our family; but I am very grateful that Lap of Love exists for these type of situations. While I hope we do not need to use Dr. Dawnetta for several years with our other dogs, I will not hesitate to call if we are presented with the same situation. I have recommended the service to others (for future knowledge). The day of her visit was VERY hard emotionally, but she was warm and caring. I can't say enough positives about compassion she showed to both us and our Suki."Josh FosterBelleville, IllinoisMarch 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sunday Cozzi, DVM"Many thanks to Dr. Sunday for allowing my elderly parents a tender farewell to a pet who was also a link to my deceased brother. She was so patient and compassionate and surely made a difficult and emotional situation easier. We have told others about this wonderful service you offer."Polly HargroveNorth August, S. CarolinaMarch 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erin Deveau, DVM"Dr. Erin helped our sweet black lab, Duchess, across the Rainbow Bridge last week. She used many extra touches that helped make this transition compassionate and gentle. She established rapport with Duchess and with us, and there was not even a twitch of anxiety. When our dear dog fell quietly to sleep, she gently wrapped her in a cozy blanket and tucked her dear paws in. She treated our dog with dignity and respect from beginning to end. Duchess definitely made pawprints on our hearts, and Dr. Erin helped us with her passing as much as she helped our dear dog. We highly recommend her service."Marguerite & Ed GarciaBernalillo, New MexicoMarch 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Daniel Genatiempo, DVM"Dr. Dan was very compassionate during a very distressing time. Dr. Dan was very empathetic and talked me through the entire process as it was happening. He also provided for some memories like collecting a paw print and fur clippings that I didn't expect. Because of Dr. Dan, Darcy's final moments was the peaceful, non-traumatic experience I had hoped for her."Scott ShowenFrankton, IndianaMarch 26, 2017Darcy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Loren Gassler, DVM"Dr. Loren is amazimg. She made a very hard time a little easier with her compassion for both Skyler and I. She took her time and made sure he was as comfortable as possible. There was no fear or stress for Skyler what so ever and he went very gently and peacefully. She made the experience very personable and our family is forever grateful."Robin LeschNew Port Richey, FloridaMarch 26, 2017Skyler's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr Brad,
It was very difficult for my wife and I to make the decision to let our best friend leave us and go to rest. We really appreciated what you did for us yesterday and how kind, gentle, and professional you were. You and Lap of Love made a sad day bearable and actually peaceful. It was very comforting to be in our home and I'd recommend this compassionate service to everyone"
Robert ThomasSpringfield, PennsylvaniaMarch 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Manetta LaVergne, DVM"Dr. Manetta's gentle guidance and support so helped our dog Rosie's end-of-life process. Our most important concern was to make Rosie's transition as peaceful and comfortable a process as possible, and that was exactly the help that Dr. Manetta provided. We initially engaged Lap of Love for a geriatric patient consultation. We all benefited from Dr. Manetta's evaluation of our Rosie's functional issues and suggestions for improving the quality of her life. When changes in Rosie's physical condition and daily functioning indicated that life was becoming more challenging and increasingly uncomfortable for her, Dr. Manetta helped us to recognize that the time for Rosie's euthanasia was at hand. We are so appreciative of Dr. Manetta's help and know our dog Rosie loved her too, with tail wags up to the end!"Annette MinerCharlotte, North CarolinaMarch 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli, DVM"Dr. Kristine,
Thank you so much for your kindness and compassion you showed to my Family and Sage. It was one of the worst days of our lives having to say good bye to our Sage!. You made us feel at peace making our decision to say goodbye. What a wonderful person you are, "Our new found Angel".
Thank you with all our Hearts!
Patricia and Robert Eadon"
Patricia EadonEast Islip, NYMarch 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"I'm thankful for so many things, but the three I was most thankful for on my Lexi's last day were:
1. The time I had with my sweet little bean.
2. The sunspot gifted by the universe to my little girl, keeping her warm and cozy.
and 3. Dr. Brad for being the most wonderful person to help my bean leave this world with all the dignity and grace that she carried all 14 years of her amazing life.

I can not say enough about this service and this man.
Thank you,
with all of my heart
Jennifer....and Lexi"
Jennifer ArtmanTabernacle, New JerseyMarch 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jordan Taheri, DVM"My beloved cat Jewel was dx with Kidney disease almost two years ago. I gave her daily dialysis and she was on a special diet. She was such a sweet cat and a very good patient. I knew her end was coming soon because she was 21 years old. I decided when her time would come I would call Lap of Love. It was expensive but I just could not bare to drive her to the vets and have her hear dogs barking and know she was at the Vet. Besides that I did not want to deal with driving after such emotional stress. She died peacefully on her favorite blanket next to me on the couch. It was well worth the cost because my Jewel knew she was loved right till the end. Dr. Jordan was very kind and explained everything to me and made sure I was ready to have him take her away in a little basket (looked like a cat bed) covered with her little blanket. Thank you everyone at Lap of Love. You made this difficult time for us much easier."Susan SealeFort Lauderdale, FloridaMarch 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"I had to make the most difficult decision of my life for my sweet Max three days ago. I can't believe how wonderful and compassionate these people are and how calming Dr. Kristina was for me and my sweet Maxwell. Max was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago and had one chemo treatment, but it didn't seem to be working. He stopped eating and in my heart I knew another chemo treatment would be just too hard on him. He was 13.

Dr. Kristina confirmed I was making the right choice and explained in detail why when she examined him. The relief I felt knowing I was making the right decision for my boy calmed me down and I knew I was giving my precious boy a wonderful gift. Believe me, I wasn't sure I could do it. How much I was going to miss him sleeping on my head each night and greeting me at the door each day, plus many other wonderful things I'm missing at this moment. I called Lap of Love and Dr. Kristina was out at my home the next day. I was so moved how calming and peaceful this whole process was from start to finish. There was no stress for Max and he went knowing his mom was right by his side. Hysterical, but by his side.

These people are a godsend and I would highly recommend not going to vet for this - I never will again.

Thank you Lap of Love for making this difficult time a little bit easier and I know Max thanks you as well.

See you at the bridge Max.

Thank you Dr. Kristina so so much.

Kristy KrejciChicago, IllinoisMarch 25, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Our sweet 9 year old Golden Retriever Bevy was diagnosed last Friday with a large mass on her spleen. After discussing treatment options and securing a second opinion it was clear that Bevy had litttle time left in this world with or without surgery. With the threat of an imminent catastrophic event on Tuesday we decided to call Lap of Love on the strong recommendations of two friends. Donna, who answered my initial call and set the appointment for first thing Wednesday morning, was immediately sympathetic, kind, supportive and gave me the information I needed. The followup emails allowed us to prepare for the appointment. Bevy and I woke up early to go for a walk. She enjoyed a breakfast of her dreams and had her ears scratched and face kissed incessantly. I brought her bed down to the front hall. When Dr. Brad arrived he was so kind, so professional, yet warm and supportive. He explained exactly what would happen. Bevy went to sleep in my arms, still wagging her tail. As hard as it was to let go of this dear, loyal, beloved friend we truly knew, and Dr. Brad affirmed, that we were doing the very best, most loving thing for Bevy. She left this life so peacefully feeling loved and happy in the home and with the people she was happiest with. No pain, no drama, no emergency, no clinical, unfamiliar vibes. What a remarkable and important calling Dr. Brad has assumed. We will be forever grateful advocates for this compassionate service to pets and their families."Sally WilliamsBlue Bell, PennsylvaniaMarch 25, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dana Lewis, DVM"Dr. Dana was very nice and respectful during the whole process and helped Meko pass away in peace. I thought she did a wonderful job, she had everything prepared, explained how the process would go, and gave us time to say goodbye in the comfort of her home. Meko never liked going to vet so having the vet come for a home visit made it less stressful for Meko in her last moments. This was the first pet I have had to put to sleep and Dr. Dana helped make it a smooth transition for my kitty and family. Thank you for your help."Emily SilvermanRaleigh, North CarolinaMarch 25, 2017Meko's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Courtney Brookens Graham, DVM"It is never an easy decision to end the life of a beloved pet. Our regular vet had already advised us that Morgen (our doberman) was in a downward spiral. When Courtney came to our house, she also made a very professional assessment of his condition. At that point we knew that we were making the right decision. Morgen went to sleep with dignity and with our love and even left the house wrapped in his own blanket. Courtney was so very kind to us. She gave hugs and brought kleenex ! I have already recommended her to several friends who have older pets."Maria ArnoldBloomfield Hills, MichiganMarch 25, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM"Our buddy Cabo was with us for 16 plus years, he was family and we only could ask for the best for him in all situations. He was getting very weak and couldn't keep his balance anymore. We syringe water and hand fed him for three months. When it came to letting him go to his next adventure i couldn't have done it without Dr. Anne, she was compassionate and kind and very patient with us . It was a beautiful day, out under our tree. Cabo spent time there with us, then walked right up to Dr. Anne and spent a few moments greeting her then came back to me with approval i guess. He passed quietly and peacefully in his own yard. I would have paid triple the cost for this opportunity to have him rest in peace in his home. My heart hurts for those little feet to track across our house, but i have no regrets. Thank you for making that day bearable . I will always be grateful ."joyce wolanorlando, FloridaMarch 25, 2017Cabo's Pet Memorial