Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kim Slade, DVM"Dr. Kim was wonderful! She was so kind, compassionate, and patient. She took her time with our Oliver and sent him to the bridge very peacefully. All animals should be sent to the bridge in the comfort of their own home - - not at the vet where it is stressful and I even work at a veterinary hospital. I can't say enough about Dr. Kim. God Bless her!"Marilyn & Bill SergentVienna, New JerseyFebruary 9, 2019Oliver (ollie)'s Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"I can’t say enough good things about this organization. They are compassionate, understanding and exceeded expectations in every way. It was my first time sending a pet over the Rainbow and I highly recommend them. Dr. Heather asked questions, explained everything, was really understanding & compassionate. We felt at ease & very comfortable from the moment she arrived under most difficult circumstances. I loved my Cloe girl & didn’t want to let go. She evaluated & assured us it was her time. I want to thank Dr. Heather, we will never forget her compassion & understanding at our time of need."John CasimirEast Meadow, NYFebruary 9, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Rachel Cain, DVM"Very professional and a pleasure to have over for this difficult time. Very respectful of our pet and showed compassion and understanding."Mary Dorecharoltte, North CarolinaFebruary 9, 2019Maxmius's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Shannon Cabell, DVM"Dr. Shannon was amazing. voice of an angel. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You made a sad situation bearable by your kind ways. Very grateful to have had this option, wouldn't have wanted it any other way."Chriss GeistMiddlesex, New JerseyFebruary 9, 2019Bree's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amy Parrish, BVMS"Dr. Amy is sweet and very caring. She shows the love she had for animals.. she was very gentle with by baby. Thank you Dr. Amy for making this somewhat easier for me."Sharon StengerAllentown, PennsylvaniaFebruary 9, 2019Sebastian's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Nellie Wilbers, DVM"Dr. Nellie was, simply put, phenomenal. She arrived through six inches of heavy snow to help my beloved boy cross over. Her knowledge of just what my boy was thinking and feeling (osteosarcoma) was as equally impressive as her compassion for my family and what we were feeling.

Ope was my "first" dog, naturally this process was scary to me, Dr. Nellie alleviated all those concerns immediately. She explained just how the steps would go and never rushed me in my decision. She is obviously a very special person as Ope laid his head in her lap the second she sat down (I am biased). In the time we had with Dr. Nellie she really showed a distinct care and love for my guy that made this transition a more peaceful experience than I could have ever imagined. For that, Dr. Nellie will always be special to me.

Also, she is strong, she can lift a 170 pound mastiff."
Blake IvesHilliard, OhioFebruary 9, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kim Bruce, DVM, CVA"Dear, Dr. Kim and Tiffany, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Tiffany, thank you for answering my call, being so patient and caring while speaking with me on Saturday. You helped give me strength to make decisions with Willis. I appreciate you more than you will ever know. Dr. Kim, I knew you were the one to come to my home and help me with Willis. Your presence was so calm and lovely. You helped me through this transition. Loosing Willis was one of the hardest moments of my life. I am forever grateful to both of you.

- Amanda Green"
Amanda GreenDenver, ColoradoFebruary 8, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Rene Butler, DVM"Dr. Rene was exactly what we needed. She was kind, calm and extremely friendly. Artessa lived 18 yrs with me and her health was not good. I had no idea what a mess I would be. Dr. Rene made this transition a special experience. I am happy that I was able to be at home with my sweet kitty in her final moments. It brought me so much peace knowing that she was in caring hands and went into the sun under the guidance of Dr. Rene. We couldn't have asked for a better homecoming! Thank you Dr. Rene for making something so difficult a bit easier with your sweet nature. You are a gem."Mariella MoralesVallejo, CaliforniaFebruary 8, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Page, DVM"Dr. Amanda made a difficult and painful decision, one of the most peaceful and blessed experiences we could have imagined.
She took time to interact with Mav, she explained every step of the process and comforted not only us and Mav, but his 2 closest buddies as well. She made sure Snow and Lilly were able to have closure.
This day was painful, but we both have peace in our hearts knowing that Mav was given the gift of dignity and a peaceful passing into getting his wings..."
Chantale JohnsonHuntington Beach, CaliforniaFebruary 7, 2019Maverick's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Stephanie Henderson, DVM"Wally connected with Dr. Stephanie right away. Her kindness and compassion really helped us get through everything and for that I can’t thank her enough! She went through all of the options and helped us consider everything before we made our final decision. I could not imagine a more respectful and professional doctor to help us through this trying time."Daniel CardonaAlexandria, VirginiaFebruary 7, 2019Wally's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kendra Healy, DVM"Words cannot express how much of a difference Dr. Healy made with my partner and my experience of losing our kitty, Fiddle. She was incredibly supportive and helped me deal with those all those second thoughts and whether it was the right thing to do. I am so thankful we were able to honor Fiddle at the end of her life and that Dr. Healy was there with us."Abbie LatimerGeorgetown, KentuckyFebruary 7, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli, DVM"One week ago we said goodbye to our sweet doggie, Jessi. She brought us joy for 14 years, but it became apparent, it was time for us to make that dreaded end-of-life decision. Last year a close family member needed to say goodbye to their beloved Smokey (who was Jessi's litter-mate/brother) and highly recommended we contact Lap of Love, We were not disappointed. Unlike prior experiences , we were able to keep our Jessi calm and certainly less fearful. Dr. Kristine's gentle touch and soothing voice carried us through. Thank you all for providing a valuable service for us who love and grieve for our fur babies."Susan MiskovskyBabylon, NYFebruary 7, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Mary Gardner, DVM - South Florida"In awe with you Dr. Mary! Most perfect Day ever when we thought it was going to be thee most horrible.....because of you.....Your furry yellow Niece thanks you. We thank you forever&ever Auntie/Dr. Mary & my family @ LapOfLove, she SO deserved this perfect goodbye, most sad&beautiful at the same time Day with us all. <3 From the bottom of our hearts & paws, we LOVe you.... ~<3"Valerie GardnerLake Worth, FloridaFebruary 7, 2019Winnie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli, DVM"Saying goodbye is the hardest thing in the world especially when it’s the last time. For me, saying goodbye to my best friend and brother Tonka was unbearable. He had been through so much in his life, that when he declined so quickly and I didn’t know where to turn to I found Lap of Love and was blessed to have Dr. Kristine come to help give Tonka the final peace he deserved. I have had 5 dogs in my lifetime and Tonka touched my heart like no other. He was truly a special dog for an Akita. Gentle, kind, loyal, and so warm and friendly with everyone he met. Something even Dr. Kristine was able to witness even at the last moments of Tonka’s life. From the moment I made the call my heart was so heavy and doubtful I made the right decision. But then when Dr. Kristine walked through the door and met him for the first time I knew he was in the hands of someone who cares about him. She sat with us and him for a while and got to know him. He connected with her immediately and showed us all he was not afraid but happy and comfortable with what is happening. Dr. Kristine walked us through the entire process and gave us comfort to know he was not be in any pain. After it was done and we said our sad goodbyes to Tonka she gave us a moment to get a pawprint of him and some of his fur to always remind us of Tonka. Even when she took Tonka with her she reassured us all that he would be in good hands getting to his final destination. While I’ve had 5 dogs in my life, Tonka was the first I’ve ever had to say goodbye to myself and I will forever be eternally grateful to Dr. Kristine for her compassionate heart in helping Tonka reach his final lasting peace. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart."Louis CapezzaPort Jefferson, NYFebruary 7, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Rachel Klickman, DVM, CVA"Dr. Rachel has helped us say goodbye to not one but two of our critters in the past year. She was so kind and patient. So understanding. So wonderful at walking me through what to expect. I would recommend her to anyone who is the same unfortunate situation. I feel comfort in knowing our furry family members were in her caring hands."Kirsten BodnarchukSeverna Park, MarylandFebruary 7, 2019Earl Grae's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Keri Morgan, DVM, MPH"For the past 3-4 weeks we watched our beloved Jackabee of 14 years, Gus quickly decline. It seems remarkable that at Christmas Gus was still the obese, lazy dog he had become in his golden years. After NY tho, he frequently threw up, drank massive amounts of water, and began losing weight at an alarming rate. I took him in to see the vet and received the probable diagnosis of metastatic cancer. At this point Gus had lost 1/3 of his weight. The last 3 weeks since his diagnosis just saw a rapid decline. Increasing respiratory rate, a look of confusion on his face, further weight loss, and finally these past 5 days just not wanting food, he wouldnt even take it from our hands when offered. I saw our boy look at us with an aura of confusion and fear as he worked to breathe. I never wanted this day to come, and I questioned my actions to put Gus down sooner rather than later. His steadfast companion over the years my 19 yr old son could hardly face the inevitable death of his buddy. Yet as an RN, I see death and dying, despite my uncertainty regarding my furbaby, I did see his suffering and it was agony to watch. Last evening Dr. Morgan came to the house, gave Gus sedatives, then an anesthetic dose to allow our boy to rest in Gods puppy heaven as he deserves. This was without a doubt the hardest decision I have ever made, the hardest event to view as I watched Gus take his final breath, yet I would NEVER have done it any other way. Gus was home with his family, in his bed, our hands stroking his fur, our whispers of love in his floppy ears, the smells of his blanket near his nose. He was sitting up, as the sedative took effect we felt him begin to sag, we slowly assisted him down to rest. It was devastating and beautiful to be able to love our boy as his suffering ceased, as his spirit left us to go chase balls on a bright, sunny day.

I am very thankful for the support I received these past weeks from Lap of Love with my frequent emails. For the compassionate soothing manner of Dr. Morgan, she assured us that it WAS time to let Gus go. I don't know when this awful hole inside will heal, yet I know Gus is better now. The house tho feels so silent without our furchild of 14 years, he was our friend, our support system, our tear catcher, our snuggle buddy, our bed hog, to name a few, he will be missed greatly and remembered as THE DOG in our hearts."
Lori GobleO Fallon, MissouriFebruary 7, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Lauren Peek, DVM"Our Golden Retreiver, Molly, was the kindest, gentlest girl you would ever meet. It was only fitting that Dr. Lauren was so caring in assisting us in Molly’s passing. It is the most difficult time we face as pet owners, but when you can walk away from the experience feeling you have absolutely done the best by your pet, it helps to lessen the grief."Larry & Jan LongberryOrlando, FloridaFebruary 7, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kim Slade, DVM"We had 2 Lap of Love vets that were perfect for the times we needed them. Dr. Slade guided us through the hospice process so that we got to care for our Mikey for as long as we could and know when the time was right to have him put to rest. Dr. Shannon came to us in our hour of need when it was time to put our fur baby to rest and she was so gentle and thoughtful with him. All went peacefully and quickly. All went so well. We thank them both from the bottom of our hearts."Gladys NayPHILLIPSBURG, New JerseyFebruary 7, 2019Mikey's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Page, DVM"Dr. Amanda was truly amazing. She provided such comfort to both Bella and me, and allowed us to be able to say goodbye in a peaceful and beautiful way. There was never going to be any easy way for Bella and I to say goodbye, but Dr. Amanda was so compassionate and respectful with every step of the process, and ensured Bella's comfort, which was most important to me after what she had endured with her struggle with cancer."Bridget McCannLong Beach, CaliforniaFebruary 7, 2019Bella's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Carrie Roberts, DVM"When it was time to let our little girl Mocha go, we decided to go with the services provided by Lap of Love. My best friend told me about them. It was the best choice for Mocha, who always was very fearful of veterinary clinics. We wanted her to go in peace, pain free, and without any fear.

Dr. Roberts was wonderful and caring. We could not have wished for a better experience. Everything she did was explained to us in a soft caring way, everything she did was done in an ever so gentle and careful manner. Mocha never showed signs of anxiety or fear. Thank you for making this painful time for us bearable and less traumatic!"
Marion MeekerSt. Louis, MissouriFebruary 7, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Allison Bergin, DVM"Dr. Allison Bergin is the most compassionate vet I have ever dealt with. Her knowledge helped ease the pain... She is an amazing person - wish I could have her as a primary vet. Thank you so much Dr. Allison."Debbie RaccioWaukesha, WisconsinFebruary 6, 2019Eli's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashley Payne, DVM"Dr. Ashley will always have a special place in my heart. Captain went so peaceful and I will always be grateful for the compassion, love, and patience that Dr. Ashley had with me and my family. When I called and spoke with Donna she was so caring and made every accommodation I asked for. Losing a family member is hard but losing a canine family member can be even harder! I will always be grateful for Lap of Love, Dr. Ashley, and Donna! Thank you for what you do and the amazing love you have for our fur-babies!"Traci BoullionPeachtree City, GeorgiaFebruary 6, 2019Captain's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Regan Harp, DVM"Thanks to Lap of Love and Dr. Regan Harp for providing a peaceful end to Zelda's life. I am so grateful for this service. It was hard to know when the right time was to let her go, but Dr. Regan helped me with this difficult decision. I'm so glad we could be at home where Zelda was in familiar surroundings and in her favorite spot. There are not enough words to express my appreciation. Thank you."Barbara McCayHendersonville, TennesseeFebruary 6, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM"I would recommend Lap of Love to anyone who will be facing the very sad day of sending there pet on to Heaven. I have waited to post this for over a month since my best bud Gunther gained his freedom from his ailing body.

I wasn't really looking to get a puppy 13+ years ago. I woke from a dream one night. A dream that left a vivid image of a puppy that I did not know at the time would soon be part of my life. It was just 2 weeks later I decided to go to a near by park. The park was having a stray rescue event that day. The first stop was a large air conditioned kennel trailer, so I went in with no real thoughts of purchasing a pup, but thought at least I could play with some of them as I love dogs. Once inside i met a 12 week old black and white female GSP. Wow this puppy looked just like the one in my dream except the one in my dream was red and white. I played with this little spunky pup for about five minutes until I felt a tug at my pants leg. OMG... There he was the puppy in my dream. The brother pup. I couldn't believe it. I didn't want to leave him for someone else to adopt. But my friend wanted to look at all of the other dogs in the main building. I spent about five minutes looking at about 100 other dogs and just knew that puppy would be adopted before I returned to him. I ran back to the trailer as if on fire to see him still there. No time to waste. I filled out the papers ASAP, wrote the check and now was a proud new dad of would turn out to be the best friend I would ever know. We proceeded to walk a 2 mile trail in the park when about a 1/2 mile into the journey my little friend laid on the ground exhausted and fell asleep. Well i scooped him up and carried him the last 1 1/2 miles to the truck, wrapped him in a old coat and drove home as he slept the whole way. I chose for him the name Gunther. It just seemed to fit him. For the next 2 months Gunther went with me everywhere. He loved riding in the truck. He wanted to be with me at all times, He even escaped my truck at 6 mos old to find me picking out Lumber at Lowes. My little floppy eared buddy running as fast as he could straight for me in the Lumber isle. Soo Cute. At 12 mos old Gunther saved me from a huge Brahma bull that had caught me out in the middle of his breeding grounds. The bull was so far away I didn't think he would bother us. But then he started to charge from about 2 football fields away and I started running in the opposite direction as fast as I could. When I looked back, to my surprise Gunther Still a puppy charged directly at this 2500 pound monster with bad intentions. I couldn't believe the courage if this little guy. As soon as cleared the creek to safety, Gunther left the bull alone and joined me on the other side. If I had not seen it with my own eyes I wouldn't have believed it.
We all have great stories to tell about our pets in many funny, heroic and loving situations. I think most pet owners could write a never ending book about their pets. Myself included.
A few later Gunther and I met his new mom. Theresa, the love of my life and his. He immediately began to watch over her and gave her unconditional love and protection. Gunther never met a stranger and loved everyone. He was the smartest dog we ever had. I never had to teach him anything. He seamed to just understand English. Kind of spooky sometimes. Theresa and I adopted another rescue pup when Gunther was about 6. Gunther soon taught Paxton our Australian Kelpie the rules and house trained him. Gunther was the best big brother Paxton could ever hope for. He took his new role as big brother very seriously. Paxton came from a terrible back ground and if not for Gunther I don't know that he would've been able break out of his timid shell. They played all the time, sharing toys, meals, treats, truck, Oh and our bed LOL Gunthers favorite word was "Truck" . Even on his last day when I mentioned we were going to take a ride in the truck, he turned into a puppy again.
Gunther's last couple of weeks were very tough on us. After having emergency surgery to save his life a month earlier. He made a quick recovery for the first 2 weeks and then was unable to eat anything. With no complaints or indication of discomfort he maintained his dignity to the end. He was starving to death. No Rib-eye, Salmon filet or chicken breast could tempt him. Losing weight and strength rapidly. It was very evident that the cancer was wearing him down. I guess we know that our loyal precious companions will not be with us for ever but somehow we forget, while our friends our still healthy. As tough and courageous as Gunther was, he could not beat Father Time.
We Took Gunther to his favorite place on his last day Babler Park. It was an unusually warm day for late December in Missouri. Theresa and I drove to the park with the boys in their back seat of the big truck. Gunther as usual had his head out the window, taking in the smells of all the world for the last time. We couldn't take enough pictures of him that day. Walking through the creek and sniffing and peeing on everything in site. Marking his territory one last time. We tried to smile and be happy talking of all the beautiful memories he had blessed our family with. The last walk across the bridge and loading him up into the truck hit me the hardest. Could I have been an even better friend and father to him.. The immense wait of regret and fear on my shoulders. How will I get through this. A few licks on my face from Gunther, "Thank you Dad, My unconditional LOVE is still here for you to the end".
Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff arrived to the house around 1pm. She is all that we could've hoped for in a situation like this. She spoke to us with a very tender and compassionate heart. She was very reassuring and sweet to our baby and was in no hurry. She sat with Theresa and I on the floor as Gunther laid on his bed surrounded by his brother Paxton and Cat Jimmy. All of his favorite toys scattered around him. As we watched him fight to keep his eyes open to the end. Sooo loyal til his last breath wanting to watch over all of us and keep us safe.
We sat with him for a while until he was gone. And just like the first day we met. I wrapped him in a blanket, picked him up and carried him to the TRUCK to go home.
Gunther I Love you. Just as the last 13 years we shared went by like a blink of an eye. I will see you again.
God please allow Gunther to visit from time to time in my dreams and protect us. Give joy to his little brother Paxton again as he is still morning after 6 weeks. Thank you for blessing our lives with the Greatest dog we could've ever hoped for.
Scott & Theresa BeardBallwin, MissouriFebruary 6, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sandra Simko, DVM"Dr. Simko was extremely kind, compassionate, and sensitive to my emotional state, throughout the passing of my kitty, Sophie. She explained each step in the procedure, let me hold Sophie on my lap until her passing, and gave me time afterwards to stay with Sophie while I "composed" myself. Dr. Simko was of enormous assistance in making the painful loss of my kitty more bearable."Lynn DiGiacomoNutley, New JerseyFebruary 5, 2019Sophie's Pet Memorial