Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jen Bansel, DVM"Dr. Jen was so very gentle, kind, patient and understanding with Heidi and us. Such a difficult and painful decision to make yet we knew it was inevitable and did not want our sweet Heidi to hurt. Dr. Jen felt like a dear friend who helped make the passing of our dear girl as bearable as possible. We could never Thank her enough for her professional guidance and kind heart."Gwen YoungOcala, FloridaApril 17, 2017Heidi Young's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Steven Schultz, DVM"A week ago, Dr. Steven Schultz from Lap of Love came to the house for our beloved Daisy’s final day. It may seem awkward to share your grief, your most personal and painful moments, with someone you have just met, but it wasn't. Dr. Schultz was professional but compassionate, so calm while I was so upset, and he allowed us time to cry and talk to Daisy without making us feel self-conscious or uncomfortable. Daisy's last moments were peaceful, resting on her favorite blanket with us at home.

When Dr. Schultz carried Daisy, laying so sweetly in a basket, out to his car, I suddenly panicked, watching and crying from the doorway, not quite ready to have her taken from me. I ran outside for one last look and one last touch. Dr. Schultz gave me the time to do that, then gave me a hug, and I felt ready to let her go.

I wish we had known about Lap of Love when Pansy, Daisy’s sister, died in 2014, but we are so grateful for them now. I can’t imagine saying goodbye to a pet in any other way. Thank you Dr. Schultz and the staff at Lap of Love for your kindness and understanding and for making this sad and difficult time a little more bearable."
Donna DavidoffKenmore, NYApril 17, 2017Daisy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jade Tenberg, DVM"jade was extremely compassionate to our dog bella , myself and my wife as well as professional and talked you through each step. its is so difficult to put a pet to down, but the way that lap of love handles the process amazing. we would highly recommend lap of love to those have to euthanasia there pets."dan bland o lakes, FloridaApril 17, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amy Tanis, DVM"Amy was a Godsend, this was a very difficult time and Amy was very understanding and helpful.

Thank You
Lucky MaceCharlotte, North CarolinaApril 16, 2017Maximo's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Toby Goldman, DVM"I cannot express how amazing Dr. Toby is, and the staff at Lap of Love. He wrote the most heart warming eulogy for my beloved Gloria and also mentioned her loving brother Jake who died 4 months earlier. Lap of Love is a God send.. Dr. Toby made the experience very relaxing and I will never forget him."Pat DahnLas Vegas, NevadaApril 16, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jordan Taheri, DVM"We can not thank you enough for your compassion and kindness during such a difficult time. Thank you for making the transition for our little Chunky as caring and loving as possible. We know he is in a better place and are thankful that you helped him get there with love. We know what you do is not easy but please know that we appreciate you and will always be thankful."Omar & Beca PerezDavie, FloridaApril 16, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erin Deveau, DVM"Tripod got to go out the way she lived her life, in her own home surrounded by people who loved her. I highly recommend at home euthanasia, time and resources permitting. Dr. Erin eased Tripod in shuffling off this mortal coil with grace & compassion, and with a patience for my 8 yo's questions that I couldn't muster in my grief (and I wouldn't have had the answer to a lot of the medical questions on my best day). My heartfelt thanks to Lap of Love and Dr. Erin."Albuquerque, New MexicoApril 16, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr. Brad brought a calmness to such a sad time in our lives. I am so happy that I heard about Lap of Love. Our 22 year old boy hated to get into the car so the last thing we wanted was to make his last moments any more traumatic than it already was. Having Dr. Brad come to our home and being able to keep our precious boy in his comfortable surroundings was the only way we wanted his last minutes to be."Mary RomanoGlen Mills, PennsylvaniaApril 16, 2017Toby Aka Mr. Boy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Nancy Rodriguez, DVM"When it was time to talk to my vet about the end of life for my pet they recommended Lap of Love. I am so very grateful to Dr. Nancy coming to my home to see my cat Bagheera of 17 years. She asked us to tell our favorite stories of our precious time with our cat. When it was time, she hugged us when we cried. This is the first time I said goodbye to a beloved furry pal at home and it was very hard, but so worth it. I held my BFF in my arms when he passed. A very loving experience for my family. Thank you Dr. Nancy for helping us say goodbye to Bagheera in such a dear way."Deb BarbourEvans, GeorgiaApril 15, 2017Bagheera's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Sleep Well Little Man

I am the personal human of four cats and a dog, and had no intention of adding to the crew. But this particular boy was at an overloaded shelter and was among several cats scheduled to be put down. I heard from some rescue friends that this one, at the time named Smith, was a special cat with an amazing personality, and the staff at the shelter was scurrying right up to the last minute to try to find him a home. When I heard that there were still no takers, well he ended up with me. It became immediately obvious why, out of all the cats at the shelter, there were those putting the word out on this one. Smith was a character and very affectionate. I thought “Smith” was too generic (that name was assigned him at the shelter, where he only resided for two days) so I named him after my favorite brand of guitars, “Gibson.”

After only a week he became ill. It turned ouut that Gibson was diabetic and had gone a long time without proper treatment. After a few weeks it seemed we had this under control. But his health alternated between sick and healing, with many hospital and vet visits in between. I made a deal with him, “I won’t give up if you don’t give up.” In the long run, Gibson’s kidneys failed, and he was in serious condition.

This week Gibson left me. It was a short three months and filled with challenge, but hopefully this time together gave Gibby a taste of the good life he always deserved. I have only a minimal idea what his life was like before he landed at my house, based on the neighborhood he was found in, and his medical condition when I adopted him. But I strongly suspect it was a difficult one. He leaves me with a lifetime of memories made in an amazingly short time. He was distinguished, funny, quirky, playful, but most of all loving. He would let me pick him up and pet him for exactly 1.5 minutes – then he wanted to sit at my feet or on the daybed next to my rocker and be petted. He trilled at least twice and usually more whenever I came into the room he was in, and walked quickly to be at my feet. Even in his last minutes, unable to walk, he stumbled to be by my side. I thank God for the time we had and regret that I couldn’t have done more. But Gibson was caught between two very difficult to manage diseases, each working against the other. Still he was a fighter, but finally he gave me the clear indication that he wanted to be at peace.

As cat lovers, we never stop second-guessing these decisions, but the Dr. Brad took one look and said I hadn’t made the call any too soon – Gibson had been twitching and weak, and was on the verge of seizure. Brad said any further medical treatments would have been for my benefit and not the best thing for Gibs.

Gibson was made sleepy and relaxed, and fell asleep in my arms before any other medical procedure was performed. I had the chance to talk him to sleep and was relieved to see him stop suffering.

Thank you again to all my rescue friends who helped save Gibson when he was at (and shortly released from thee shelter. Carol Spangenberg, Pat Maloney, Sharon Goodman, and all my “PALS pals.” This didn’t last nearly as long as I was hoping, but the memories of this amazing and very unique cat - my “Little Man of Mystery” - will be with me forever.
Sleep well Gibs, you’re a good, good boy and you go with love. I hope your last months were good ones.

Just Passing Through
For Gibson
Bob Woish, April 12, 2017

Born in the streets on a run down city block
My Daddy liked to rap and my Momma liked to rock
Days were long and at night it was cold
My brothers on the streets didn’t live to get too old

Life was good, for me and my friends
We knew we’d be together until the bitter end
But when the sun went down we’d go scavenging for food
Cause if you thought it’s a given you were just a fool

We all took the hit, had to get on over it
But you could get what you need just like we heard from Mick

Got lost downtown and taken to a place
Where there was no friend and no familiar face
Behind bars now and I really don’t know why
Two days to get me out and see the morning sky

Hope you don’t mind if I’m just passing through
You know I love you but I’ve been around too
Wish I could be perfect and stick around with you
But I’m tired and got a calling to the big amazing blue

Gotta go now, and thank you for the smiles
I hope I brought you something to get you through this time
Don’t forget me and the fun we had together
The memories you gave me will keep me warm forever"
Bob WoishConshohocken, PennsylvaniaApril 15, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dana Lewis, DVM"Three days before Thanksgiving, Lap of Love and Dr. Dana helped us send our dearest Cookie across the Rainbow Bridge. She was the light of our life, constant companion, and happiest little dog in the world until Cushings and doggie dementia robbed her of that joy and left her in a constant state of anxiety and fear. She had become so afraid of the veterinarian office that it was inhumane to take her there. We knew there must be another way and was referred to Dr. Dana and Lap of Love from a friend.
Lap of Love Office Manager corresponded with us in such a gentle way that we knew immediately this would be our path. Dr. Dana arrived and was so sensitive to our situation. With soft gentle music in the background, Dr. Dana gently handled the procedure when we were ready and whisperingly told us "she is at peace". And she was - going from the fearful ,anxiety ridden, tense body to the sweet and beautiful puppy we adored. With her resting in a beautiful bed with a purple blanket, I carried my angel to Dr. Dana's car to ride shotgun one more time. I kissed her goodbye. It was extremely emotional but one of the most beautiful moments of my life. We know we did right by her and Lap of Love and Dr. Dana were incredible. Our thanks to these wonderful people."
Terri JanneyGarner, North CarolinaApril 15, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"This was a brutal experience but Heather made it bearable. Her compassion, her patience and genuine interest all made the sadness bearable. You never want to say good bye but there is no better way to do it than with Lap of Love. I could not have asked for a more caring and loving send of for sweet Nala Bear. Thank you soooooo much."Nick IronsMineola, NYApril 14, 2017The Princess Nala Bear's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Gibson had been dealing with both diabetes and kidney failure and I had tried everything I could to keep him as healthy as possible for as long as I could. I may have waited until the last possible moment to make that horrible decision and Gibs was showing signs of oncoming seizure. That was something I did not want him to endure as his last worldly experience.

Because he was declining so rapidly I made several calls to arrange having him put to sleep comfortably. Fortunately I found Lap of Love, and Dr. Brad was here within an hour. I was able to hold Gibs one last time and explain to him that we were going to "make the sick go away," and that I loved him. I thanked him for being such a good boy as the sedative began to take hold. Gibson's eyes blinked slowly a couple of times, and I put him down. Dr. Brad then took care of the rest as I watched. Gibson's body relaxed, and he was out of his misery. It was actually beautiful. I've lost pets before in different ways and later wished for one last moment to say goodbye. This way, I had that chance and there is a lot of comfort in that.

Dr. Brad gave me the paw print he had made before we stared, and a lock of Gibson's fur in a neat little holder. Also a book on dealing with the loss of a pet. So right away I had keepsakes that have been more of a comfort than you might think. I am adding a few items to that and making a little shelf top memorial to my baby Gibson. It's been a rough few days but I can say that it would have been rougher (and I know this from past experience) without these services. The last time I had to have a pet put down it was nothing like this - very clinical and impersonal. I only had Gibson a short time, before me he had been shuffled between various vet hospitals, clinics, owners, and a rescue. My aim when I adopted him was to give him a permanent loving home. I would have felt that I had failed him if he had had to leave the world on a cold, sterile stainless table. Instead he fell asleep in my arms in his own room. What a difference. If not for the fast response from Lap of Love I was preparing to take him to my regular vet and that would have shattered me.

If you need to make that most difficult decision, believe me the best way is at home. This has to be a difficult profession but that is how everything was handled, professionally and with gentle compassion and Thank God there is somebody you can count on. I can't thank Dr. Brad and Lap of Love enough."
Bob WoishConshohocken, PennsylvaniaApril 14, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Daniel Genatiempo, DVM"Lap of Love service helped make a significantly difficult situation as humane and caring as this type of decision can be."Avon, IndianaApril 14, 2017Jack's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Betsy King, DVM"We are so grateful for Dr. Betsy. She was professional and compassionate. She explained the process clearly so we would know what to expect. She ensured that sweet Gill's passing was calm, comfortable, and handled with dignity."Lynn FellPittsboro, North CarolinaApril 13, 2017Gill's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Selena Tinga, DVM"Dr. Selena made this difficult decision much easier for us. She was such a comfort to have with us at this sad time."Lindi & Rich MillerGainesville, FloridaApril 13, 2017Buddy/bud Man's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender, DVM"Dr. Katie was with us when we said goodbye to our sweet Anya. What made the goodbye bearable was the tender and loving care she received during her transition. She was treated with extreme love and respect and it helped us to know we were trusting her to such caring hands. Dr. Katie's love for animals and their human families is amazing, deeply sincere and very much appreciated. The whole experience was filled with love and that is the perfect way to say goodbye to someone who has loved you unconditionally and trusted you to do the very best for them."Cathy HibbardJacksonville, FloridaApril 13, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erin Gorney, BVMS"I just want to thank Dr. Erin and Lap of Love for all their help and compassion. My fur baby Rocky was 14yrs old and going down hill and I had found Lap of Love online and did some research on them. I felt it was the right fit for my fur baby and my family. After many emails and calls I made the appointment. Dr. Erin showed up and Rocky walked over and greeted her and he had not greeted anyone in days. It just felt right at that moment that Dr. Erin was perfect for helping us out. She explained the procedure and every one felt at ease knowing how everything was going to be done. My 9yr daughter was present with us and she asked many questions and Dr. Erin answered them all. I would recommend Dr. Erin and Lap of Love to anyone I know that loves their pet as much as I loved my Rocky. The past few days since he has been gone have been hard but I have received an email from Dr. Erin and a sympathy card with some wild flowers to plant in his honor. All this has helped me through the process."Beth SWhite Oak, PennsylvaniaApril 13, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sarah Clarke, DVM"Joel and I can not express our full debt to Dr. Sarah! What she provides to families during a difficult and emotional time is her quiet, calming empathy. We requested especially that she return this year, and help us usher another loved one along. Sarah shares her love and respect for our pets, and we are eternally grateful that she is called to her specialty. We know her but briefly, but she means so much to this family. Thank you Dr. Sarah."Sally RussellRichmond, VirginiaApril 13, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr. Brad and everyone who I dealt with at Laps of Love just seem to get how much our animals mean to us. I am in awe over how Dr. Brad handled my Sweet Cali-Girl's passing. He came into my home with his heart 200% involved. Helped me memorialize her with my friend and I by going through some photos and videos of her life. He was sensitive to the situation, and gentle with all my animals as well as Cali before and after her passing. I really wanted Cali to go with lots of love and good energy and Dr. Brad. was a perfect match for my pack and I. He felt like part of the family in that hour and really aided in helping me honor Cali properly.

I can't say thank you enough."
Jennifer NotarfrancescoPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaApril 12, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Gies, DVM"Dr Katie provided our family with a wonderful hospice experience. She was always available, and always checking on us and our sweet Chili. Her love and compassion for animals and their fsmilies is so evident. She traveled to us in the late evening hours, dropping her own rest and relaxation time to help us transition outlr sweet boy into peace. My family is forever gratefulnto her."Meredith LopezColumbia, S. CarolinaApril 12, 2017Chili's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Betsy King, DVM"Thank you, Dr. Betsy. We couldn't have asked for a more caring and patient doctor to help see Tawny over the rainbow bridge. I know her last moments on earth she felt safe and loved and you played a major role in providing that for her. Though our hearts are aching and our house feels empty we take comfort in knowing that Tawny is no longer suffering.
Thank you again for everything. You can expect to have our full recommendation for any friend or family member in need of your expertise."
Jackie O'ConnorRaleigh, North CarolinaApril 12, 2017Tawny's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jennifer Walters, DVM"Jennifer was absolutely amazing, so comforting and knowledgeable. Even though it was a rough time, she made it feel a little better."Rhonda JonesIRON STATION, North CarolinaApril 12, 2017Sasha's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erin Deveau, DVM"Dr. Deveau was very kind. Her empathy and professionalism are wonderful traits. Thank you Dr. Deveau for making this difficult experience easier."Irene KoepkeBernalillo, New MexicoApril 12, 2017Cooper's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM"I am so grateful that Dawnetta and lap of love was recommended to me. Dawnetta was the most wonderful, compassionate and genuine person I could have had do this. She came to my home and sat on the floor and on my bed beside Grendle and I. She explained everything so well that I was able to have confidence that I was making the right decision. She is a very good woman for this job. I applaud her bravery and ability to be able to sit comfortably with me during such an intimate and difficult time. Thank you so much, you have really helped me through this difficult process."Sheeran MeatteSt louis, MissouriApril 11, 2017