I began this journey into A Friendʼs Farewell a few years ago when my Harley started to face end-of-life issues at 14. As I was contemplating how I would navigate her last days, there was only one answer…she would only be comfortable in her own bed at home. She was a beautiful little Border Collie mix who was a little neurotic and absolutely hated going to the clinic for any reason.. she would shake and salivate and “put on her brakes” and there was no way I could make that her last memory on this earth. When I was able to help end her suffering at home in her own bed, I knew there would be others out there that felt like Harley and I did and realized I want to help others have the same experience.
I have been caring for pets as a technician since 1987 and as a veterinarian since 1999 after graduating from North Carolina State University. I am a native of Jeffersonville (in Indiana) and have moved back to the area from Raleigh, NC in order to be close to my family. I have a wonderful husband and young daughter at home to support me. When my kitty, Tabasco, passed in 2012 I became pet-less for the first time in my entire life. After a full and very empty year with no fur baby in the home, we finally rescued our newest family member, Pixie, a sweet and very tolerant mixed breed. I am a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, and Greater Louisville VMA.
A Friendʼs Farewell has come to be out of a true love for pets and a strong belief that being in the comfort and security of home is where pets really want to be in their final moments.