Dear Dr. Harris,
A note of sincere thanks for your kindness. Choosing who would be the one to sit at my side as I said goodbye to my dearest friend was a painfully difficult decision...until I spoke with you.
Words cannot express how grateful I am to have found you. The anguish of trusting my beloved dog in the arms of a stranger melted away when you walked through our door.
Your poise and calming manner during a heart wrenching situation proved to be a blessing.
I watched your hands as you pet Elvis, and I know she too, was grateful for your presence. My angst turned to calm, and rather than surrendering to fear and sorrow
during our final time together, I was steady and present. The way we she
would have wanted me to be. I did not want her last vision of me to be anything other than what it was. Because of you, we were allowed our time, and our privacy. I can speak for us both in saying we felt safe, and genuinely cared for.
I will never forget the service you provided us, Dr. Harris. Your skill, compassion, and generous heart made my dogs transition from "here" to "there" a beautiful one. I will be forever thankful to you for the remainder of my lifetime, that the memory of
saying goodbye to Elvis, while bittersweet, will be a cherished one.
Words cannot express to Dr. Jessica Kriner, our appreciation for the respectful and calm ending she gave to our beloved Sadie. It was the greatest gift we could have given such a loved family member. To allow her to remain in her familiar home, laying in her favorite place in front of the fireplace with her family surrounding her is indescribable. Dr. Kriner is gifted at what she does, pacing the procedure with the family’s emotional needs as well as the dog’s. Although it is so extremely difficult to make this decision, we all feel good about how we let her go, with the respect, comfort, love and the least amount of disruption. Thank you to Dr. Kriner for doing what she did for us, Sadie and all families facing such a difficult process. I would recommend her without hesitation. We are at peace with how we let her go.
We want to share with you how much we appreciated Dr. Sondra Elson who came to our home to help us say goodbye to our beloved tuxedo kitty. He had many health issues and in the last few months they became more acute. We knew it was time to allow him to make his transition. A friend recommended Dr. Elson and we called her. She was professional and gracious as she described the services that she offered. She was also available on weekends. We made an appointment with her and when she arrived she immediately put us at ease. Dr. Elson shared the process with us and when we were ready we went to our kitty’s favorite chair. Our last memory is of our kitty sleeping and we were able to pet him and say goodbye. We were able to cry and grieve during this difficult time. Dr. Elson was both professional and gentle with us and our kitty. She took such care to make sure he was comfortable and safe. We are forever grateful to her for her compassionate heart. Thank you for your wonderful organization. It is much appreciated.
Many people underestimate the tremendous strength of the bond between people and their pets, and what a devastating impact the loss of that pet can be when the time comes to say goodbye.
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