Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jennifer Walters"It has been a year since I lost my fur baby Foster. Deciding to put him to rest was the hardest decision I have ever made. But, the experience (although absolutely heartbreaking) was so peaceful. My kitty was 15. He always got agitated going in his carrier- let alone heading to the Vet. So when he went into heart failure, the last thing I wanted to do was make him more uncomfortable and cause him stress. I decided to call Lap of Love. Dr. Jenn came the next day. She was soft-spoken, kind and comforting. She let me know what to expect. And as I held my little guy, she helped him take the journey over the rainbow bridge. Foster was comfortable the entire time. He lived his last moments in his home with his mom. And, I can't thank Dr. Jenn for making that the last memory I have of him- peaceful.
I highly recommend this experience for you and your pet's final moments. For a moment I don't really want to remember, it was an experience I will never forget. I can't be more thankful for providing us the right ending for my fluffy baby."
Kelly HambletonCorneliusJune 28, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Rene Butler"Dr. Rene had a very calming and knowing energy that brought comfort to me and my dog London. She explained everything before it happened and why, which helped me tremendously as this was the first pet I lifted back up to the angels. Being able to integrate music and candles and manage the energy with which London left was paramount to me -- and it was exactly the way I hoped it would be; peaceful and loving, including the tender care-taking of her body into Dr. Rene's car. Thank you Dr. Rene!"Lisa LoganPetaluma, CAJune 28, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jessica Garcia, DVM"What a gentle person you are! Thank you for your kindness and compassion."Jana CritchfieldBoca RatonJune 28, 2019Burden's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Aspen Perretta"Dr. Perretta was very caring, I called at 7:30 am to have someone has soon has possible to relieve my dog of any pain and she was at our house at 9:20 am. We couldn’t move our dog because he was in great pain and because of his size. This was the best we could give to our dog, being at home in his bed with us to hold him and tell him how much we loved him. Thank you for your service and for being attentive and for your fast response."Brigitte BilodeauCanonsburgJune 28, 2019Beau's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Mary Kovach"Thank you Dr. Mary, for talking me through the process, and allowing me time to grieve, and letting me give one last kiss before leaving. You were so loving, and respectful, again, thank you from the bottom of my ♥️"Trish HoldenIndianapolisJune 28, 2019Zsazsa's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli"My Vet gave me Lap of Love's name and card. I did not know what to expect.
My little Maltese was coming to the end of her long life and I didn't want to see her suffer any longer, so I called Lap of Love. The next morning Dr. Kristine arrived. Dr. Kristine is a very soft-spoken woman. She sat down and patted my little dog (who was on my lap) for quite some time. She was not in a hurry at all. After some time of speaking softly Dr. Kristine gave my tiny dog a sedative and continued softly talking while I petted my sweet little dog. Finally the final shot was given. This was a very quiet and peaceful way to end a dear little companion's life. Dr. Kristine waited awhile and returned with a lovely basket and fresh blanket to wrap my little dog into.
I feel Dr. Kristine was a pet lover and understood how difficult it was to end a dear pet's life. I would recommend Dr. Kristine to everyone."
Marilyn WardEast NorthportJune 28, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Nancy Rodriguez"Dr. Nancy Rodriguez has twice been to our home to end the suffering that accompanied end of life old age and illness for two of our dogs, Sophie and Chelsea. I am grateful to her for her compassion, experience, and skill. Both dogs were very comfortable with Dr. Nancy and without fear peacefully left this life. I'm very grateful and would totally recommend her. We are fortunate to have her in Aiken."Susan ThoresonAikenJune 27, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kimberly Moen"Dr. Kimberly was very loving even though this was an urgent call. She quickly made friends with him. Her quiet, soft demeanor helped throughout the process. Dr. Kimberly gave excellent guidance on what was going to take place and how to make it more peace filled for him. As she suggested, I distracted him with treat while she gave him the initial sedative. She put up with me singing three favorite songs to him “Gratitude”, “Start our day with Love” and “I love you” throughout the process. At one point, as his twilight experience deepened, I stopped singing and talking to him. Dr. Kimberly gently said “he can hear you” so I started singing words of love again along with good dog praises. It was a peace filled, loving passing. He did not suffer fear or pain. She left the room so Fanni, Sassi and I could have private time. After a photo of him in my arms I placed him in the basket she had brought in for him (lightly wrapped in a blanket I had set aside). I wanted to carry him in the basket out to her car and she graciously understood. I had been so brave, but once she shut the hatchback and got in the car, I stopped her and asked to please open it again. She did so without hesitation so I could smother him with kisses and words of love. Thank you, Dr. Kimberly."Gail HainesPalm SpringsJune 27, 2019Shaq's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kiley Cameron"This was the "best-worst" experience of my life. Pupple was my companion animal for chronic illness, and had been by my side for almost 13 years. I always knew saying goodbye would be hard, but I imagined it would happen much later than it did. He had always been younger than his years and then one day, just not quite himself. The primary vet said it was probably nothing and sent us home with antibiotics, but he didn't get better. When we did an ultrasound and found a tumor in his belly, I felt the floor drop out from under me. I simply was not ready, and I don't think I ever would have been ready.

Dr. Kiley understood that and helped me take the best possible care of him. I have no regrets because of her. He was comfortable for the rest of his days, and felt well enough for us to spoil him with a party and an endless buffet of his favorite foods. She included all four of his parents and seemed to know what each of us needed and soothed it all -- the worries, the fears, the memories of other losses, the doubts. All the time she listened and knew when to just sit with us and when to offer her expertise. I was the most afraid of him being alone, and she made sure he wasn't. I hated that we were losing him, but we got to say how our last few weeks would be. They were full of love, gratitude, decadence, and acceptance. There were no emergencies, no car rides or vet visits (he was not a fan of either), and no surprises. We slept and ate well, and when we said goodbye he was surrounded with all who ever loved him, with nothing but time to focus on only him, and I know for sure he was not alone."
Callie FurlongRICHMONDJune 27, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Keri Morgan"Dr. Kerry Morgan came to your home to send our boy home to heaven. She was soothing and calm from the beginning and only used "happy language" whatever that is! but it was upbeat while being serious and realistic. Our dog remained very calm during the entire procedure he was never upset or had any anxiety and I loved the fact that she brought a nice soft pretty blanket to wrap him in as we was place on the stretcher. She gave us the time we needed to say goodbye and privacy when we needed it. She was kind and struck the perfect note. So glad we decided to put our boy down this way instead of in a cold vet office like we did the last time with our last dog....it was "ok" but not nearly as good for us and our dog as this. Thank you!"Mary JudgeSt LouisJune 27, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Keri Morgan"Thank you so much Dr. Morgan for you loving caring help."Brancusi JudgeLadueJune 27, 2019Brancusi's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Daniel Genatiempo"I cannot stress how this service kept the trauma of the situation down for myself and my beloved Rowan, as well as the other pets in my family. It was quiet and respectful and everyone was around her as she quietly went to sleep. I recommend Dr. Dan if you ever have to make this decision."Amanda WolfIndianapolisJune 27, 2019Rowan's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tina Vaziri"Thanks again Dr. Tina. This, the most difficult thing I have ever had to do, was made a little easier and more comfortable with your soft voice and kind words and just a genuine understanding of how much a great dog means to us. While I hate the parting, it's a small trade compared to the happiness that Aspen brought to my life. She was not a dog but rather a best friend and companion and the way you helped us honor her is worth more to me than anything. Thank you again for your time and effort in honoring her with us.
Best regards"
Andrew MosherWeatherfordJune 27, 2019Aspen's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Christina Guillory"Dr. Christina was AMAZING. She made Sophie and us so comfortable during the process. She was so very kind and gentle with our baby and she gave us more than enough time to cry and love on our baby and say our goodbyes. When it comes time, we will definitely use Lap of Love again. Thank you so much Dr. Christina for everything you did in our babies final moments and for taking such good care of her."Stephanie MarulloFriendswoodJune 27, 2019Sophie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sandra Simko"The week before June 22nd and especially that day was hard. We got to enjoy and love our Rottweiler Rocky for 9 years. Losing him is like losing a family member, it is heartbreaking and hurts to the core. His personality was big like him. He was smart, handsome and a loyal protector. He was also a food thief and bed hog! We've been reminiscing about how much he really talked to us through his vocal queues. His mind was sharp, but his bones were not so good and made us have to make some tough choices. We gave him everything we could. We wanted his end to be as good as his life and were lucky to find Lap of Love. Dr. Sandra came to our house took take care of everything. She was loving and gentle with our boy and patient and compassionate with us as we said our good-byes. She made a really difficult situation a little easier and Rocky got to take his last breath at home in the sunshine, with a full stomach of steak and lobster, surrounded by his family, peaceful and stress free for him. Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Sandra."Stacy WeissCalifonJune 26, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Christina Howard"Dr. Howard was kind, calm, and respectful of our impending loss. She gave us all the time we needed and her presence was soothing to us and our pet.

She carefully explained the procedure and prepared us for what would happen. Pre and post-procedure, she allowed us time with Theo.

Her presence was calming. One of the most difficult things was helping Theo through our front door "one last time." I knew he was in good hands, and he would be until we met again.

Dr. Howard followed up with an email and card post-procedure, and when we expressed that we were having a difficult time processing our loss she immediately hopped on the phone with us to provide support. Truly, without that phone call, I believe I would still be experiencing immense guilt.

This is a scary process. It's gut-wrenching and heartbreaking. Dr. Howard and the Lap of Love staff had us feeling supported throughout the entire process."
Christopher Anderson-VillalobosSeattleJune 26, 2019Theo's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Keri Morgan"When I got devastating news from the vet I couldn't imagine having Jackson cross the rainbow bridge anywhere but our home. He had already suffered significant pain from cancer, and I wanted him to be relaxed and happy in his final days and moments. I am so grateful that Lap of Love was able to facilitate a peaceful and comfortable ending to his life. We fed him all kinds of delicious foods and our family snuggled next to him on his dog bed, petting him and talking to him while he drifted off to sleep. Dr. Morgan was professional, compassionate, and so gentle with my sweet old dog. She made a clay impression of his paw print for us to keep, which I will treasure. I am certain he was happy and pain free and basking in his family's love in his final moments, which gives me comfort that I could provide him such a positive ending. Making the decision to let your beloved pet go is a situation that no one wants to endure; but Lap of Love made it more palatable, and allowed us to set him free of his pain in the comfort of his home. I would highly recommend Dr. Morgan and Lap of Love's services."Kristen BurgerSt. LouisJune 26, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Carrie Roberts"I can't thank Dr. Carrie enough for her compassion and gentle professionalism in helping me say goodbye to our faithful loving companion, Roger. He was a terrific traveler, stubborn about being with his family, a guardian for his little boy, and a gentle source of comfort whose coat was watered many times by tears as we dealt with life's changes.

When we adopted him, he had a tremendous fear of kennels and clinics, and a lot of his care during his life with us was done in parking lots by sympathetic vets and staff. I knew I couldn't fill his last moments with fear so when I finally realized he was only holding on for us, I called Lap of Love. Adam was gentle, gave me time when I choked up, and was so kind and supportive. When I had to call back, Brie was the same -reassured me that she'd get the information to Dr. Carrie and gave me the support I needed. Dr. Carrie was right on time and made me comfortable from the start. She was so gentle that Roger took to her right away. She shared her story of saying goodbye to a beloved pet and helped me see that my old running buddy was declining rapidly.

I held him in my lap and stroked him while we talked. When she administered the anesthesia, she was so gentle that he just let out a big sigh and immediately relaxed. That confirmed I made the right choice, he was ready to go, and just needed me to let him. I cradled him in my arms as he drifted off. Dr. Carrie asked me to tell her about his favorite things, about how he got his name and about his character, all while preparing the cast for his paw print and giving me ideas for memorializing him. It helped me think through to a future without him and hold onto the memories of a buoyant, loyal, wonderful friend.

When it was time for the second dose, he went so quickly. Dr. Carrie said what I needed to hear the most - his body was really worn out. She listened for his heart for a moment, looked at me kindly, and said, "Roger has earned his angel wings." There aren't many things in this world of which I am sure, but I know her words were the absolute truth.

Dr. Carrie helped me be at peace with an incredibly tough decision. It had seemed like a really ungrateful way to reward almost 13 years of faithful service, until she gave me the benefit of her personal and professional experience. I'm glad I never saw my sweet boy miserable with the pain that was surely going to get worse, that his eyes still lit up when he saw me, that he could lick my hand when the anesthesia took effect. She was so kind and took so much care with both my boy and the keepsakes she prepared for us. I will always be grateful for her presence, skill, and comforting actions.

Thank you, Dr. Carrie."
Suzanne AlexanderSaint LouisJune 26, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Carrie Roberts"Dr. Carrie Roberts helped me survive one of the worst days of my life........losing my twenty year old beloved cat, Mac. I knew that the end of Mac's time with us was drawing near, but I dreaded the day that I would have to say "goodbye" to him. I had been told about Lap of Love by the receptionist at a local pet hospital. Deciding to make the call was difficult but I could see that Mac was failing and I did not want him to suffer just so I could keep him with us a little longer. The woman who answered the phone at Lap of Love was so kind and compassionate. Just the calm sound of her voice made me feel that I had made the right decision. Dr. Roberts arrived right on schedule and allowed time for us to talk about our sweet boy, Mac, and share pictures of him that we had taken over his long life. She also made a paw print plaque for us and gave us a little keepsake container with some of his fur. Dr. Roberts explained what she would be doing to help Mac make his transition and we were able to pet and cuddle him during the process. Even the way she confirmed that he had passed, "He's earned his angel wings", was comforting to us. In the days following Mac's passing, we received several supportive emails from Carrie, a copy of a memorial that she had posted on the Lap of Love website, and a card with a donation made in his memory. The process of losing Mac was heart-breaking, but my husband and I are comforted by the fact that Mac left us with dignity, in his favorite chair, in his favorite room, and with us right there loving him.
I believe that there are angels who show up here on earth to help us during our most difficult times and I feel that Dr.Carrie Roberts represents one of them."
Judith CrouchUniversity CityJune 26, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Carrie Roberts"This was the first time we had to make a difficult decision about a loved family member. It was hard to make the phone call, but everyone at Lap of Love was compassionate and caring.

The home service was a blessing. Cami deserved much more than a cold clinical setting.

Dr. Carrie was very nice and compassionate. She knew how to handle a very emotional event and she did not rush through. She took time to explain each step and personalized the interaction.

I do not know how we would have handled the event without the support and caring attitude of Lap of Love staff and Dr. Carrie.

While it was very difficult, the event was very respectful and dignified. It was important to understand the aftercare and Dr. Carrie assured us that Cami would be treated with love and dignity through each step. Dr. Carrie reached out to us a day later which helped with the grief process.

I know that the Lap of Love staff is not personally attached to the families, but I know it has to touch their heartstrings as well. The strength and patience they showed were extraordinary.

Thank you Lap of Love for helping us through a difficult time."
Don and Priscilla MooreHouse SpringsJune 26, 2019Cami's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli"In January 2005 it was easy and joyful to say "Hi Nicky welcome to your new family!" In May 2019 how do you say goodbye to such a beautiful soul? Angie T from Lap of Love summed it up with a quote she sent us from Winnie the Pooh "How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard:. We loved him and he loved us unconditionally.

My husband found a picture of Nicky on the internet during our time of grieving for Corky, our beloved chihuahua of 13 years. Although I wasn't ready for a new pup at that time, I surrendered to my husband's sulking like a little kid!! I surprised him and bought Nicky for Christmas. He was so excited jumping around the room saying it was the best present ever. Arrangements were made for Nicky (short for St. Nicholas) to be flown from Tennessee to New York. So begins the reminiscing of our love story with Nicky....

Nicky is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi with no tail. No tail seems to go against nature (a dog without a tail is like a fish without fins)! Tails tell a lot of tales -- they are like a dog's barometer that clues us humans into how they are feeling, we hope for the wag of happiness and dread the down position knowing that they are guilty of something soon to be discovered. He captured our hearts immediately with plenty of puppy kisses. He had big ears that made us wonder if he would ever grow into them and the cutest bunny butt. Being a herding dog he instinctively prevented anyone from leaving the house. We often joked that anyone can break into the house but they would never get to leave. He loved people and enjoyed all the attention everyone gave him. He especially liked to sit on their feet, being a bit on the chubby side didn't seem to bother his human friends.

As Nicky aged, adjustments were made to keep him as happy and comfortable as possible which was sad to witness. My husband sat with Nicky on a blanket in the backyard to sniff the familiar smells of home an hour before his departure to heaven. He was a trooper and remained so sweet and loving to the end. So how do you say goodbye through all the heartache and tears?? You engage Lap of Love; In walked Dr. Kristine an earth angel. She was so compassionate and gentle with Nicky. She understood our pain and gave us much comfort with heartfelt words. Nicky went very peacefully on our bed with my husband kissing his head while I held his paw. Dr. Kristine made his paw print in plaster, placed some of his beautiful fur in a plastic container and gave us a very touching booklet. She helped us place special mementos in his coffin and was a calming presence as dirt was placed in his grave. Dr. Kristine has since sent us a heartwarming message letting us know that she is there for us even if just for a sympathetic ear. We also received a beautiful "Pawprints Left by You" card. She will always be an Angel in our life -- Thank you Dr. Kristine and Lap of Love. Dolores & Ed Eckerson of Holbrook New York."
Dolores & Ed EckersonHolbrookJune 26, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Becky Frank"Dr. Becky made this experience special. Dr. Kaye D Sweigard was our vet and suggest your service, It is always hard to say goodbye. Our General passed with peace and dignity. After 15yrs his time came and we were able to say goodbye as he passed over the rainbow bridge. He will never be forgotten and again thank you for your caring and making all as comfortable as possible. It was important that he passed at home being loved.
Goodbye General
John and Brenda hall"
john hallHEGINSJune 26, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tina Olivieri"I cannot say enough to thank Dr. Tina for her kindness and compassion at the euthanasia of my wonderful cat, Daisy. Dr. Tina carefully evaluated Daisy and took the time to explain Daisy's condition and likely future. The euthanasia (after the complete sedation) took longer than usual because of Daisy's kidney failure, but Dr. Tina stayed to make sure that Daisy's suffering was over. Then Dr. Tina prepared Daisy for burial and made sure that I was okay. And this was at night, after probably a long day of work. Daisy and I both were lucky to have Dr. Tina there."Carolyn SeemanValley VillageJune 26, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender"We want to thank Dr. Katie Stender for such wonderful care that she took of our Hoover and of us. We were such a wreck that afternoon, once Dr. Katie came in, she put Hoover at ease as well as my husband and myself. She talked us through the whole process explaining every step of the way. Our Hoover left this world
comfortably and peaceful, knowing he was loved. Once it was over, Dr. Katie said 'your baby's free', I'll never forget those words. I'll never forget what a compassionate, loving human being Dr Katie is.
She is a blessing to all fur babies and their families. I'll miss my Baby Boy forever but I know he had a safe and loving journey to the Rainbow Bridge."
Pamela ZaninYuleeJune 26, 2019Hoover's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Carlyn Eisenegger, DVM"Thank you to Dr. Ashleigh for helping Monty cross the rainbow bridge. She was incredibly kind and very gentle with my beloved friend. He is now free of pain and I'm so grateful that Dr. Ashleigh and Lap of Love were able to help him so quickly."Lucy ReynoldsRentonJune 26, 2019