Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Thank you, Lap of Love, especially Dr. Kristina, for making Ringo's passing peaceful and comfortable in our home. It was the most difficult decision that we've ever had to make. We are grateful for your service and for being so compassionate as we said good bye to our Ringo."Linda VadenLisle, IllinoisMarch 8, 2017Ringo's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erin Deveau, DVM"Making the decision to euthanize Bob was difficult…and for our family as a whole—the biggest loss in our household to date. We each recognized it was the right decision at the right time….even though there really isn’t a ‘right’ time for such a hard decision. All of us had been preparing ourselves for the loss of Bob for a while since he was a big breed and approaching 14 years of age.
We took him to the Vet a couple weeks earlier and although he had some issues, and we knew he was starting to deteriorate—we didn’t realize how quickly we would actually have to say goodbye to our old boy. Thursday night was a hard night for Bob as he struggled to breathe and he seemed extremely restless. Paige stayed up with him and let me know very early on Friday morning it was time to schedule Bob’s departure.
It is unfortunate so many of our decisions have to be based on money…do we have it or don’t we? We always knew we wanted Bob to be at home with us and Annie as he passed, and we always knew we wanted Bob’s individual cremains to be brought back home to us. We also knew---- regardless of the cost----we would find a way to honor Bob the way we wanted and the way he deserved. It was worth every
Thanks to Lap of Love and especially Dr. Erin, (abq@lapoflove.com) we were able to experience the most humane and peaceful way to say goodbye to our beloved Bob. Both Bob and Annie were immediately at ease when Dr. Erin walked into our home. It was like they both could sense her purpose—and knew she could be trusted. What a gift.
Bob was able to eat his most favorite snack—chocolate chips as Dr. Erin gave him a sedative to completely put Bob to sleep. As Bob found his place to lie down in the kitchen, close to the back door, we all gathered around him to say our final goodbyes. The heartache was/is tremendous—but we should all be so lucky to pass in such a loving and peaceful environment."
Kelley SchneppleAlbuquerque, New MexicoMarch 8, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amy Tanis, DVM"While it was a very tough decision for us to make, I can't imagine it not having been made any easier than it was due to Amy. Her professionalism and sincere compassion during the process was what we needed and an unexpected card to the family afterwards was so kind. Amy you are a credit to the service LOL provides and a cushion for those grieving... hope you know that!

Thank you, Jimmy, Kelley, Jacob and Jonah."
Jimmy and Kelley TouchstoneFort Mill, S. CarolinaMarch 8, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Juliana Lyles, DVM"Words can’t begin to express how touched I was by Dr. Juliana with Lap of Love. When we were faced with the difficult decision to choose a service for our beloved Brutus it was nearly impossible. Who can I trust? Does the doctor have any compassion? Just some of the questions I was contemplating when forced to make such a terrible decision. It was Sunday morning when most veterinarian clinics are closed. Cancer and chemotherapy hospitalized Brutus for 24 hours. Upon discharge Brutus was completely dehydrated and refused to eat for 4 days. Dr. Juliana with Lap of Love responded to my call within a few hours Sunday evening. Unfortunately we lost Brutus before I could talk to her. After speaking with Dr. Juliana, I was completely amazed with her compassion for our family during this difficult time. Dr. Juliana took it a step further with a hand written card and completely confirmed my first impression of her and our conversation. I didn’t think someone could be so kind and compassionate for someone they never met. With just a short conversation and a card Dr. Juliana with Lap of Love has truly touched me forever."Mo BrachBartlett, IllinoisMarch 8, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM"In such a sad time, we couldn't have asked for a better experience than what Dr. Annie gave us with our dog Boomer. Dr. Annie came to a park that we chose for his final hours with us which made his last minutes so much more special. When she arrrived, Dr. Annie showed her compassion and understanding of what we were going through, followed by the process of putting Boomer to rest, all with letting us set the pace in the process to have as much time as we needed. The whole time, Boomer was at ease and enjoying his last moments with us. Thanks so much Dr. Annie and we couldn't have asked for a better experience on such a sad day."Rob HutchesonLake mary, FloridaMarch 7, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Dr. Kristina was a calming presence from the moment she stepped through our door. She was well informed about the particulars of Sparky's case and assured me that I was making the right decision. I really appreciated that she told me that without being asked. From there, she calmly and smoothly took us through the process. Although she kept things moving along, I never felt like we were being rushed. She showed a genuine interest in Sparky and asked us lots of questions about him. She also explained to us what she was doing each step of the way and what Sparky would be feeling. All in all, Dr. Kristina made a very difficult experience about as positive as it could possibly be. Thank you Dr. Kristina - we are so grateful that you were with us that night."Julie DonatelliPark Ridge, IllinoisMarch 7, 2017Sparky's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erica Fry, DVM"Dr. Erica called and gave us her ETA.From the time that she arrived ,until the time she left with our precious Dreamy --she was a healing presence.She guided us through the process and comforted us even as she expertly and compassionately helped Dreamy transition. She exuded respect and honored the
sanctity of the moment.
It truly helped me and my family begin the process of healing properly.Dr.Erica is definitely called to this important ministry.
With much Gratitude,
Nick Eno"
Nicholas EnoMansfield, TexasMarch 7, 2017Dreamy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Rene Butler, DVM"Unlike my other beloved pet, Dakota, who lived for 16 years and was only ill for the last 2 weeks of his life, my dear 10 year old Mokai fell ill yesterday morning and by early that afternoon had no hope of living much past the following day. Dakota was lovingly ushered into the next life by a very carrying vet and I knew I wanted Mokai to have this same experience.

Before leaving the clinic, I was told that Dr. Rene would be contacting me soon. Numb from head to toe, I took Mokai back home, not sure how I could say goodbye to this precious soul in just 2 hours. My vet said he would be fine until the morning, but there was some uncertainty his pain medication would last that long since he would not eat a pill. Just as promised, I received an email from Dr. Rene, followed by an initial phone call verifying her arrival time at my house.

Once she arrived, I knew my Mokai would be in good hands. Dr. Rene explained each step of the process, allowing me to ask questions and treating my dog with the utmost care and dignity. She gave me plenty of space and time to say my last goodbye, so nothing felt rushed or pressured. I thought the little plaster pad made with the impression of Mokai's paw print was a beautiful gift...I wish I had one of dear Dakota's!

I want to thank Dr. Rene and all of the other caring vets of Lap of Love, for helping to guide our dear fur babies onto the paths leading to their next journeys. My heart is broken, but eventually it will heal...I only pray that God will bless me with another angel when it's time. Until then, be well and safe my dear boys...and little kitty girl...please, may I see you again...whole and happy, and forever young."
Tina SchlaileFairfield, CaliforniaMarch 7, 2017Mokai's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Dr Ashleigh was kind and gentle. She shared our pain in Bowie's passing and helped talk us through the difficult transition. She laughed as we shared stories together and just helped make saying good just a tiny bit easier. Thank you for all you do."Bellevue, WashingtonMarch 7, 2017Bowie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jessica Spitzer, DVM"Dr. Jessica was wonderful in assisting us with Lucky. She made a difficult situation a great deal easier. Our family is grateful for her warmth, compassion and understanding."Felipe FloresOxnard, CaliforniaMarch 7, 2017Lucky's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM"Dr. Ashleigh you were a gift to us. Your kindness and gentleness helped us cope as we let our sweet girl go. Thank you so much and we will never forget you."Kathy HoltAuburn, WashingtonMarch 6, 2017Sophie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"I wanted to express my gratitude to Dr. Brad for helping me with the passing of my cat Magnolia. Dr. Brad is so knowledgeable and shows such kindness and compassion in all that he does. I miss my sweet girl immensely. However, I take such comfort in knowing that she passed peacefully in the comfort of her own home and did not suffer.
I also want to thank Cheryl, the person who took my initial phone call regarding Magnolia. She was so kind, caring and patient."
Maria CacciatoreBoothwyn, PennsylvaniaMarch 6, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sally Lynch, DVM"Doctor Sally was a blessing. She allowed our Sweetie to leave this would in the safety and comfort of her own home. Dr. Lynch was gentle and caring in the treatment. She truly made it an easier thing to deal with knowing our baby is no longer in pain. Thank you and bless you Doctor Lynch.

David and Judy Cunningham"
David CunninghamBartlett, TennesseeMarch 6, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Dr. Kristina was so compassionate and loving during this very difficult and sad time for our family. Even when my husband called her to say that it was time, she was reassuring and patient with our indecision. When she came to our home, Gracie didn't even wag her tail or acknowledge her when Dr. Kristina spoke to her so she explained that this too was a sign that Gracie was suffering and "ready" to go. It was very hard to watch Gracie die but knowing that she was in her favorite spot surrounded by her loving family, made the process easier. Dr. Kristina spoke quietly and lovingly to Gracie as she explained what would happen and then let us hug and pet Gracie until we were ready to let her take Gracie away. We can't thank her enough!!!!!"carol Hoefercrystal lake, IllinoisMarch 6, 2017Gracie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erin Gorney, BVMS"Dr. Erin was wonderful. She guided us through our fur baby's final moments with love and caring. I would recommend Lap of Love for anyone having to face the difficult task of sending their beloved pet to the rainbow bridge. Dr. Erin helped our little Oliver be comfortable and in the midst of our family that loved him immensely. Thank you Dr. Erin."Dianne BODNARPITTSBURGH, PennsylvaniaMarch 6, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sunday Cozzi, DVM"I first met you when you helped Bryan Thompson's Great Dane, Dixie, gain her angel wings in November, 2015. That was such a loving experience, I knew I wanted that for Bailey,

So, when Bailey's time came, I called you to help me through this ordeal. I wanted Bailey to be home on her bed surrounded by her family. When I called and told you about Bailey's harsh panting, you told me it was time and we made an appointment for the next day. I wanted to prepare the family and give them time to say good-bye to Bailey.

You made this ordeal bearable for us. Thank you so much for your kindness and gentle care of Bailey during this time. Also, thank you for the concern you showed for me and the rest of the family (Elaine, Scottie, Lexi and Jake) and offering a listening ear if we need it. Lexi had the hardest time because she did not believe Bailey was going to die. And when the time came it hit her hard. She is okay now and is glad that she was with Bailey when she gained her angel wings.

Again, thank you so much for helping us. Your are truly one of God's angels."
Barbara ThompsonEvans, GeorgiaMarch 6, 2017Bailey's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"Words cannot fully express my gratitude for the compassion shown by Dr. Heather to our beloved 15 year old miniature schnauzer, Baxter. Having owned dogs all my life, usually more than one at a time, euthanasia is something I have unfortunately been through before. It is a heartbreaking ordeal, regardless of whether your furry family member has lived a long, beautiful life such as our Baxter or if it is sudden and tragic. I have experienced both in my lifetime. This was the first time I was able to hold my baby in my arms in the comfort of our home and see him off to rainbow bridge at my own pace. I cannot begin to express how much that meant to me. To be able to say goodbye to Baxter in the privacy of our home and surround him with love meant the world to me. Dr. Heather was amazing. I did not feel rushed at all. She made my situation bearable with her kind words and gentle presence. I am so thankful I found Dr. Heather and I know she will be the one I turn to if ever faced with this agonizing decision again."Alicia NorizsanHauppauge, NYMarch 6, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tina Olivieri, DVM"Dr Tina; Thank you so much for your kind beautiful words. It has been a difficult time to not have our Luna here at home but we feel better knowing that she was able to transition with dignity and grace. We take some comfort knowing that Luna's angel came to us in the form of Dr Tina who was not only compassionate, loving and caring, but helped us understand and process the sadness and to allow us all to mourn the loss. Our other fur babies Oreo and Ellie have also noticed a change in the household but at least we are all together trying to process our feelings, one moment at a time. We are so grateful to you Dr Tina for your words, help, and the humane way of treating Luna and our family. Although every time we come home we feel such an emptiness, we rejoice knowing that in the end, Luna had her dignity and love, and was able to enjoy her last day in comfort, basking in the beautiful sun and warmth, surrounded by her human family (with a lot of wetness from tears, kisses, whispers, and hugs, and her furry family (Oreo and Ellie), sitting on comfortable grass with a blanket and her favorite toys. I will completely recommend Lap of Love and doing this process at home where dogs are familiar (as opposed to a medical office which can be scary to them) to any or all friends that have come to this point in their fur babies lives. Thank you again Dr. Tina for all your support and love.
With our love-
John, Leslie, and Madison Ruddock "
Leslie RuddockShadow Hills, CaliforniaMarch 6, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Betsy King, DVM"I had gotten the number for Lap of Love from my vet on Christmas Eve, just in case. It was hard to call the day after Christmas, to ask someone to take time away from such a traditionally happy holiday to come perform such a sad service. But my kitty Pepper was losing ground, and I didn't want her to suffer. I could not have hoped for anyone more kind and compassionate than Dr. Betsy. She introduced herself to Pepper, to ensure that she felt safe with her. She didn't rush the process in any way, and Pepper left this life peacefully in my lap. She's the only pet I've euthanized who's departure hasn't haunted me. I am eternally thankful to Dr. Betsy and Lap of Love for the loving, caring service they offer to pets who must leave and to those who love them so dearly. I had decided never to have another pet, because I felt I couldn't bear another loss when that time would come. Thanks to Dr. Betsy, I plan at some point to give my heart away again to another homeless kitty or two."Johnie JonesRaleigh, North CarolinaMarch 5, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tina Olivieri, DVM"It's taken me over a month to finally put into writing my gratitude to Dr. Tina Olivieri for guiding my husband and I through the difficult decision we had to make a little over a month ago. There's so much to say about our girl, Jango. She was independent, smart, loyal, fun, obsessed with tennis balls, loved to swim, loved car rides, loved steak...I could go on and on. She was with us for 12 & a half of her 13 years. She was always by our side, spoke the truth when we needed to hear it, and brought us so much pride and joy. When she was diagnosed with cancer, my husband and I came to the hard realization that her invincible and strong life in this world wouldn't last forever.

I feel so much better about our decision because of you, Dr. Tina. I'm so thankful you came into our life for this purpose. You took your time with us and we never, ever felt rushed. You talked us through the process and made us feel confident of our decision. I also feel like the minute you walked into our room, Jango was relaxed and looking back I know she was telling us, she was ready - although she did have to bark at you for old times sake. I'll never forget the sound of her strong snore, as you explained the pain had washed away from her body at that moment :)

I was floored at the care you took, giving her a Princess send off to the Rainbow Bridge. I'll never forget the beautiful dog bone covered blanket you wrapped her in. I felt like she was our own version of Cleopatra leaving the house. She was finally at peace after months of fighting through the pain.

We are eternally grateful for your help and will not hesitate recommending you, to help guide others through difficult this journey. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It was truly a peaceful and compassionate experience."
Eileen RiveraLos Angeles, CaliforniaMarch 5, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erica Fry, DVM"Bama's last day was so peaceful thanks to Dr. Erica. She is truly an angel for the special love, care and compassion she shows in dealing with such a difficult task. I'll never forget her for how Bama trusted her without question...how gently she eased Bama into a better place...and how she made sure we were all ok. Thank you Dr. Erica...you'll never know what a difference you made for us all.

The Cabes"
Daniel CabeAllen, TexasMarch 5, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sally Lynch, DVM"I can't imagine going through this difficult process without Lap of Love and Dr. Sally Lynch. I did not want Stella passing in a vet office. I wanted her to pass in our home, in my arms with family. Dr. Lynch was so kind and reassuring to both my family and Stella. The keepsakes she made for us will be cherished.
(paw prints and a lock of hair) I have a peace in knowing that just as we loved Stella in life that we also gave her the most loving was to pass. Thank you Dr. Lynch and Lap of Love."
Valerie MonismithGermantown, TennesseeMarch 5, 2017Stella's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Emily Miller, DVM"Our Brutus has been a part of our family for 16 years. For a few months he had some difficulty walking due to arthritis. Since the beginning of the year he has had problems getting up from the floor, walking up stairs and he would moan and at times cry out while laying down. Our son, Gabe, and daughter-in-law, Heather, came to visit this past Thursday. They are the ones to convince us it was time for Brutus to go over the Rainbow Bridge. It was time for him to be pain free. Heather called our local vet, who recommended Lap of Love. Dr Emily came to our house Saturday evening. She told us to take our time, that she was here for Brutus and us as well. She had all the time in the world. What a peaceful good-bye. We told Brutie how much he was loved and hugged and kissed him. Dr Emily was so very gentle. She made this process so kind and calming. Then she made a paw print for us. And she even had a stretcher to help get Brutus out to our car to take him to the crematory.
Thank you Dr Emily and Lap of Love. You are an angel on earth.
Our Brutus is running, jumping and having a great pain-free time over the Rainbow Bridge. And we know we will see him again one day."
Pamela CongerLebanon, OhioMarch 5, 2017Brutus's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Peter Gollub, DVM"I cannot thank enough Dr Peter for helping us thru this trying time & decision making, but truly feel that we had an Angel at our side to help us to say goodbye & do the right thing by Cozmo.. There will always be doubts & grief in your final decision, but he made this whole process so much more calming & peaceful for all of us involved... He was so calming, kind & compassionate & treated Cozmo will all the respect he deserved as any person would want. just like he was his own."Maureen SousaTewksbury, MassachusettsMarch 4, 2017Cozmo's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Betsy King, DVM"Needing to put Kai down was, hands down, the most difficult and emotional decision we have had to make. Dr. Betsy's patience and compassion was so wonderful. Kai became aggressive toward strangers and his anxiety level would get very high. She made it her priority to ensure that Kai had absolutely no anxiety or stress and it worked. We miss him terribly but are so grateful that we contacted Lap of Love and had Dr. Betsy comforting us."Valerie LawsonMinneapolis, North CarolinaMarch 4, 2017