On Friday, Dr. LeMay helped us say goodbye to our very best friend, Hero. It was the most difficult and painful decision we have ever had to make and the loss was devastating to our family. But Dr. LeMay made the situation more bearable with the services she provides for our furriest family members, helping them across the rainbow bridge with dignity and peace. About Hero: Hero was adopted by our family in May of 2012 while we were living in Florida. I found his picture online and he was scheduled to be euthanized that day due to overcrowding at the local animal shelter. I frantically started calling the shelter and asked them to please not go through with it and we would be there the next day. Once we got him home, the first order of business was to change his name from Frankenstein to Hero… He was no monster! From the start, Hero was absolutely amazing! He was so well trained and so loving, a true loyal companion. Everyone who met him fell in love with him instantly and it was probably a good thing he was so big, because I’m sure a few friends and family members would’ve tried to sneak him back to their homes! He was a gentle giant, letting kids, kittens, and his Boxer sister crawl all over him, never getting impatient. When he became ill our world crashed around us and we desperately wanted more time with him… But when it became apparent to us that we were being selfish and not doing what was best for him, we made the decision to let him go. And while we still wish he was here and we had more time, I wouldn’t trade a minute of the time we had with him and I would do it all over again. While our friends and family keep reassuring us that we rescued him, the truth is he rescued us. The hero here, was our Hero.
Thank you again for coming to see us today, especially on a moments notice. It was the hardest phone call to make but we are so glad we called you. After going through the experience with Sheila at home, we can’t imagine any other way for her to start her journey across the bridge.
Tom & Gabrielle
I know this is slow in coming, but I wanted to thank you again for doing what you do. It was such a blessing (although a painful one!) for us to be able to relieve Powder’s suffering without putting him through the trauma of travel. I’m healing, slowly. I’ve had lots of feline friends, but have never loved a cat, or been loved by one, as much as him. Than you too for your calm and soothing demeanor, and your awesome bedside manner. You made what was a very difficult situation better just by being you. You definitely seem to have found your calling, and you are helping people probably more that you know (and probably more than most people understand).
Take care and may God continue to bless your family and your ministry!
Michelle and Jeff (and Woody, Dolly, Jasper, Momma, Dahlia, Flat Stanley, BB, Senior, Search and Rescue, and Mittens)
Joe and Rosie
My sweet Joe and Rosie. Within a week they were diagnosed of different cancers. Needless to say, I was devastated. I knew I would have to euthanize to prevent suffering, but I had had a bad experience years ago with my girl, Jay. I read about this wonderful hospice veterinarian, Dr. LeMay. She made the horrible situation so painless and comfortable for my guys (euthanized 8 months apart). Thank you, Dr. LeMay, for guiding us compassionately and professionally through this difficult time.
Just another stray tabby kitten in the alley. So many stray cats in the neighborhood; unwanted & ignored. That is likely how most folks would describe him, but not me. He was Alex, short for Alexander the Great, who was my pet, companion, buddy, son, therapist, & even my security system. He was the ‘constant’ in my life for the past 19 years & I was his in return. For the first half of Alex’s life, he remained an ‘owned’ outside alley cat – only coming home in the evenings with the expectation to find fresh tuna in his dinner bowl. He had every opportunity to move on elsewhere, no strings attached, but he remained. As he got older & we moved several times, he retired from the great outdoors & only ventured out to take a stroll through the yard & chew on some grass. He endured the comings & goings of countless dogs and cats who took up part/full time residence in our home. He always remained the senior leader in full control. As the gray hairs began to multiply & the swiftness in movement slowed down, he always maintained his keen sense of awareness and alley cat instincts. I had always prayed when the time came for him to leave this life, he would just drift off to sleep, but his alley cat instincts kept him pushing forward, even though his body was completely worn out. I am very thankful to Dr. LeMay for assisting me on such a short notice. I take comfort in knowing Alex passed this life in a very peaceful manner while resting in his favorite napping spot. There will always be stray tabby cats, but there will never be another Alex. Davina (Alex’s mom) ^..^
I wanted to thank you for helping me through a very difficult time. Your gentleness with Willie and your comforting words and card made a painful situation bearable. I have been amazed at how compassionate other professional people have been – reaching out to me to comfort me when knowing Willie periodically through his short life. It has really touched me. My days are still difficult but I know the painful will ease later. I miss the little devil more than I can express. Again, thank you for all the patience you have shown and handling my precious Willie with gentleness. You really are doing a great service. Good luck to you. Fondly, Carol
I want to express my gratefulness to you for the kindness and support you gave to me and my sweet boy, Parker. It was one of the worst things I’ve ever had to do, but your compassion made it a little easier. It allowed me to keep him in a safe, comfortable setting rather than a scary, clinical setting. Your helping me through the process and taking care of the detail afterwards was very helpful. I don’t know ow you do this, but I am glad you do. It’s a great service you and definitely your calling. Thanks again, Theresa
Dr. LeMay, I think deciding to put my Boo to sleep was the most difficult decision I have ever had to make, and it culminated in to one of the worst days of my life. Dr. LeMay, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks for your extreme kindness and compassion in one of my darkest hours. With your help, you made my precious Boo’s passing comfortable and peaceful, surrounded by people who loved her dearly. I will forever be grateful for your wonderful service and for the compassion that you showed. Kind regards, Teri Tribute/letter to Boo: Boo was my little heartbeat at my feet for 17 years. Boo, Thank you for being my best friend. Thank you for making me smile every day, even when I didn’t want to. Thank you for accepting me and all my flaws. Thank you for loving me more than you loved yourself. You were such a little free spirit that loved life to the fullest. You are irreplaceable and will live forever in my heart. I am truly blessed to have had you in my life. Love always and forever, Mommy
On March 7, I had to say goodbye to my constant companion for almost 18 years – nearly half of my life. Nadia was my (well, not so) little girl and I loved her more than I can even say. Being able to allow her last few minutes of this life to be on her blanket on my lap is a treasure that is worth more than gold.
The gratitude that I feel for your compassion, kindness, and gentle nature during what was one of the most difficult days of my life is immeasurable. Finding you was a blessing I didn’t even know I needed until it was over. You are an exceptionally understanding and caring person and you made this process almost bearable. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I don’t know that there are words that can accurately describe the sadness and loss that come with having to make the decision to let your loved one go (even though I knew it was time). For days after I came home and expected to see her little face at the door, meowing at me to feed her or I could swear I would hear her in the next room not remembering she was gone. But knowing that her pain is gone and that my life is richer for having had her and that gives me the comfort needed to try to move on.
“I used Dr LeMay for Emily and she did a wonderful job. It was the best decision I could have made for her. It was a totally stress free experience for her and she got to die in her own home where she felt safe. I highly recommend A Friend’s Farewell, for anyone needing such a service.”
Emily was one of my first rescue dogs. She came into my life nearly 15 years ago when I found her eating from a garbage can. She was the toughest, bravest dog I have ever had the fortune of sharing my life with. Despite various treatments and medications, the years began to take a toll on her body and joints. She developed severe arthritis, hip dysplasia, and most recently, bone cancer. Despite all her physical ailments, every day, when it was time for our walk in the woods, there she was…..always ready with a smile on her face and carrying her own leash. She walked slower than the others but that was ok. She was doing what she loved. Those are the memories I will hold close in my heart. When spring finally comes, my first walk in the woods will be filled with memories of you. How I will miss you, my dear friend.
Thank for helping me deal with this difficult time. My Lady Annabell was able to go in peace at home which meant the world to my family!!
You were so wonderful tonight. While we cry as we say goodbye, you were so very comforting and such a good listener of our Kringle stories. Bless you!
What a wonderful service you provide and you are so amazing at what you do. I have been telling everyone how you have eased the pain. It has been tough losing our precious Ginger, but I know I will get to see her again. Thanks for all the caring treatment and for easing the pain.
Love, Elaine and Chuck
Dear Dr. LeMay,
It has been nearly three months since you came and helped me say goodbye to my darling Diego. Although I bought this card a week after that day, every time I sat down to write it, I couldn’t keep my eyes clear enough to do so. I’m sure you know and understand how grief can keep us from doing what is necessary; and I do feel that it is necessary to tell you how much I appreciate you for your kindness and care in this most difficult time. It takes an amazingly strong and gentle soul to step into someone’s life during their worst moments and make them feel as nurtured and cared for as if you had known them all their lives. Your warm and friendly spirit made saying goodbye so much less traumatic. Although it was the right thing, it was one of the hardest decisions to make, but I can’t imagine having done it any other way than in the comfort of our home with someone who felt like and old friend.
You are such a gift for animal lover’s! I was so blessed to be given nearly 16 years with my fuzzy guy. he was my rock, my inspiration and my ultimate joy. As you well know, huskies are a challenge and he was no exception, but I wouldn’t have changed a moment I had with him, and would give a lot to have more time. That’s the only thing wrong in the plan, they just can’t stay with us forever. Thankfully I was also blessed by finding you when the time was right to send him on to the next adventure.
It was an honor to my boy to have you in out adventure story and I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Sincerely , Brenda
Our much-loved Buttons Faye trotted across the Rainbow Bridge on January 22. Thank you for easing her journey with such kindness and compassion. We miss her terribly – 15 years is a long time to love a dog.
Bailey and Harper
Dr. Lemay, I am yet again so grateful for you and your service. Igby has had a rough six weeks, and when there wasn’t any hope left, I knew that you would be able to give him the peace he deserved. Igby was the sweetest kitty, my baby boy, we will miss every day, that sweet face not there to greet us, make us smile. Thank you for coming on such short notice to free him from pain, and to let him be surrounded by those who loved him. Christine
Dear Edwina, Thank you most of all for getting our boy back to us before you left town, that was a very nice surprise. We have said this, but I think it important to write it also, we feel so blessed to have ended up with you as our hospice vet. Your kindness and concern for both the pet and owners is truly exceptional! We felt so safe after meeting you on the first day and on Pushkin’s final day we knew that you were our angel of mercy! It’s obvious that you ended up in exactly the career you are so suited for, in every possible manner, I bet your daughter will follow in your footsteps. Many thanks, Miriam and Jerry
“My Beloved Furry Daughter – Belle”
My “furry daughter” Belle has been gone now 4 weeks with her last day 1/03/14. It has taken me some time to be able to write this without feeling such true sadness. The days lending to my decision to have to put Belle down were very sad and stressful. Belle was 11 years old and gave us great joy and she also went through many challenges in her life with diabetes at 4 years requiring 2 shots a day, that slowly blinded her by the time she was 6 years old and in her later years was much harder to manage causing low sugar spells and one that almost cost her life on September 11, 2013 which is when Dr. Lemay was brought to us. Arthritis came in those later years that caused daily pain medicine than cancer in the end. I really believe that Dr. Lemay helping us with pain management for the arthritis and then later the cancer is what gave us 4 more extra months with Belle. Through all of this, Belle gave all her love and kisses every day. She made my day always start and end with a smile and the days have been hard as I miss her and her love and kisses. I took care of her diabetes everyday to ensure we had her as long as possible. I would have done anything for her because her love was truly unconditional and you sure knew it when you walked into where she laid and her tail hitting the floor. Even in those last few days, tail wagging and kisses were still given by request. She loved me so much as I did her and I truly believe she struggled and held on as much I did. Before I called to schedule with Dr. Lemay, Belle turned to my voice barely able to walk due to the cancer in her leg, and I squatted down to her. She put her head between my knees as if telling me “it is OK mom, I don’t want to leave either but it is time”. I am so thankful to Dr. Lemay for making those last moments with Belle truly a good memory or as good as saying good bye to my “furry daughter” could have been. I laid by Belle the whole time to let her know she would always be in my heart and how much she meant to me and my kids. My kids were there as was my husband and it was just such a sad and nice moment. Dr. Lemay explained everything in such a gentle and calming way and never once did I feel pressure to hurry my goodbyes. She had arranged for Belle’s cremation in a timely manner so she could get Belle home to me as soon as possible and when she did, she was so kind giving me my Belle back. I have preached to ever animal lover I know how wonder she was and how much easier it was. I could never imagine have taken my beloved “furry daughter” to any vet office. The foot of my bed where my Belle took her last breathes will forever be a place I will recall as peaceful as death could be due to Dr. Lemay. Belle is still in my thoughts every hour and not sure if it will ever be an easier but I’m thankful to you Dr. Lemay for giving her such a peaceful death as are my kids and husband. We thank you and truly have a very special gift of giving peace and comfort in such a difficult time as losing such a beloved pet.
My husband and I are invited to a New Year’s Eve Dinner at the home of some dear friends and neighbors -one of the couples travels from Northern Kentucky for this celebration. When I arrived at the dinner this year, I was told quickly by the hostess that all was not well. The couple from Northern Kentucky had brought their dog, “Angel”. That evening, before dinner, Angel had fallen into the neighbors pond, and had to be taken to the veterinarians office – in Middletown (a trek form our party in the Highlands). Upon their arrival home, I was shocked at the condition of Angel. The six year old Labradoodle had been diagnosed with bone cancer a few weeks before and she was in great pain from her fall. The vets office was closing for the evening, but our friends were told that if things got worse to call, and they would let Angel spend the night in the office. Things quickly deteriorated. Our friends were thrown into a torrent of emotions as they realized that it was eminent that their sweet dog was in the process of dying. Their angst was made worse by the thought of loading her back into the car to go back to the vets office and wait till morning.
At that point, I realized that I had heard of a “Hospice Veterinarian”. Through a series of phone calls, Dr. Edwina LeMay came to the house. I was not there while she worked, but I was told by my friends that she helped Angel pass from this life with dignity, respect, and great care. Dr. LeMay was a rudder in the storm for my friends.
Thank you for coming out on a cold New Year’s Eve at 11:30. Thank you for your professionalism to a family that was mentally and physically overwhelmed with grief. Dr. LeMay, you and your work are to be commended…..
Thank you so much Dr. LeMay, you were wonderful with our Bogey today. I cannot express enough how wonderful we think you are for being so gentle and compassionate with our poor baby boy. thank you so much from our whole family.
My beloved shadow. Thank you so much Dr.LeMay♥ You brought such ease and comfort to our family. You are such a blessing!
We send this note with heavy hearts. We had to let Farley cross over Rainbow Bridge on 12/10. He was our best buddy for nearly 18 years and we wanted at least 100 more. His brain tumor created so many challenges for him but he still kept his spirit and “determination” until he couldn’t fight anymore.
We want to extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to you, Dr LeMay. Your kindness and compassion brought comfort and a sense of calmness to all of us. While the decision that had to be made was still overwhelmingly painful, being able to have our baby at home, where he loved to be, was such a precious gift. We will be forever grateful . Please know that you are appreciated and that the care you provide does make a difference.
Wrangler and Trouble
Our deepest thanks to Dr. LeMay for her gentle and comforting assistance as we said goodbye to our beloved half cat / half dog Roger. He went downhill very quickly from a debilitating illness and when it became evident that we weren’t going to be able to save him, a friend recommended Dr. LeMay for his last night. Friends and family were able to say goodbye as he lay on his blanket on the couch, and it was so much better than those awful final visits to a cold, sterile veterinary exam table.
Here’s a picture of Roger (with his usual “I dare you to touch me” facial expression). This is how we will remember him.
Our thanks and appreciation again to Dr. LeMay for gently easing his spirit toward the way home.
Carollee, Alex and Tyler Crowe
It’s so good to know warm, considerate people who try to help others in all that they do, people whose lives show the meaning of God’s love. It’s so good to know a wonderful person like you. Thank you for all of your help at our saddest time for our family. Your service was very peaceful and consoling.
Kristi and Steve
Thank you for being such a comfort during the distress and pain of letting go of my big cat/small panther, Grendel. He was so terrified of clinics/hospitals, it was a huge gift to be able to have him at home for his last hours with me. I appreciate your kindness and the lovely box his ashes are in. Grendel had a big personality to go with his large frame and I have a lot of great memories to keep forever. -Denise
Dear Dr. LeMay,
I just wanted to say THANK YOU for sending a card and for helping me get through this difficult time in my life. I had 16 years of spending nearly everyday with Zach and, believe it or not, can’t really think of a bad moment with him. He was the ideal dog, pet, and most importantly, friend. I guess its true what they say: “A dog is a man’s best friend.”
But overall the way everything worked out during his last moments were a prayer answered and I owe that to you and the way you sat everything up. You brought an amazing attitude, you complimented him tremendously, you brought treats to keep him occupied…The list goes on and on! I couldn’t have been more proud, honored, and pleased with my last memory with Zach.
Once again, THANK YOU! You took something that is very difficult and normally haunting and made made it something I will hold onto forever. I guess not too many people can say their last memory with their pet was of them laying in their lap basically napping off. Never saw anything, nor heard anything disturbing. And that to me is a huge sigh of relief and in my eyes you are the best there could be for this. I truly am thankful for everything you did for me and Zach!
Thank you so much, God Bless!
It’s been a year now since we lost our beloved Merlin. I just wanted to thank you for making it alot easier on us, making this life altering decision. It was the toughest decision ever, and you truely are an angel for the services you provide. Needles to say, he went peaceful and at ease thanks to you..The picture is Merlin in his prime, Big ole Puppy.. Thank you again and God bless you. Jamie and Andrea
It has been a month since we said farewell to Bailey I can only now begin to express my thoughts about the experience. We are eternally grateful that you provided us a caring and compassionate alternative to the sterile cold “office” visit. Pudge, as we affectionately called him, was no stranger to the vet’s office. In his last years he suffered from diabetes and congestive heart failure which required many trips to the vet. After one such trip to drain fluid from his abdomen we decided it would be his last trip. We wanted Pudge to spend his last days at home surrounded by the things he knew and the ones who loved and cared for him. We just didn’t know how we were going to make it happen. That is when we discovered A Friends Farewell and you, Dr. LeMay. It had been our hope that Pudge would go doing what he always did, being Head of Security. That was not to happen. You allowed him the next best thing. He spent his last day greeting a new friend, you, eating special chocolate cookies and then getting to guard them as Head of Security. As much as I did not want to let go of him it was comforting to allow him to go in such a wonderful way. I thank you for that gift. It is our hope that through our experience others will give their furry companions that same gift when the time comes to say that difficult Farewell to a Friend. Wayne and Suzanne
For the last few years, as our beloved cat Billy got older, we often worried about how we would cope with his death. We were especially terrified at the thought of having to euthanize him. And then it happened: at the age of about 19, after several months of increasing frailness, Billy woke up one morning and found he could barely walk. Over the next few hours he grew worse and worse, and we realized that it was time. We called you, and you were so nice on the phone. When you came to our house, you were kind and soothing to both us and Billy. You explained what was happening at each stage, and when it was over you comforted us. While we will always mourn Billy, you made his death so much easier to bear. Then, you took care of his cremation, and within three days you brought us his ashes and some lovely keepsakes. We are so lucky to have you here in Louisville. You are a wonderful person, and we are indescribably grateful to you. Thanks, Dr. LeMay! John and Mary
Dr. LeMay was sent from the heavens above..I was not aware of her services and I was mentioning to a friend of mine that we really wanted our Molly to go peacefully in her own home, she mentioned Dr. LeMay to me on a Wednesday afternoon, we called her that night and she was at our home the next morning to give comfort to us and to Molly and to make her transition to “Rainbow Bridge” much easier. Thank you so much, Dr. LeMay.
We were recently confronted with the sad reality that our Simon’s cancer was advancing and he was not doing well. We didn’t want him to suffer but the thought of driving him to our vet was overwhelming. He always hated that drive and the experience at the vet’s office. Taking a chance, we asked our vet if they knew of someone that provided palliative services in the home. That’s how we found Dr. Lemay. Dr Lemay’s compassionate nature was quickly apparent. Being able to have Simon in his home with his “brother” and in a comfortable environment meant so much to us, and we think to him as well. Not that it was, or has been easy….it did make things a little better. We owe Dr. Lemay a debt of gratitude for helping Simon and us during a very difficult time. We have recommended Dr Lemay to a number of our friends and will continue to to do so. We love you Simon! Rhonda
Dear Dr. LeMay,
Thank you so much for helping our Trin ease out of this world yesterday. He was a wonderful and special friend to me for 15 years. He and I had been through a lot together and I was honored that I could have been there to let him go with dignity and peace. We will miss our little lion, but we were blessed to have him. You helped make the process as easy as possible and we are so grateful for that. Take Care, April and Dan
Dear Dr. LeMay,
Losing someone you love is never easy, but feeling at peace with the decision has certainly made our journey of grief easier to navigate. Jason and I cannot thank you enough for your genuine care and compassion for our Piper. We know he was able to leave this earth at peace-comfortable and without fear. While we are missing him every day it is getting easier with time and we have so many wonderful memories of him. He lived a great, long life and we are thankful for that. Thank you for your concern and skilled services at the end of Piper’s life. We are also thankful to have found you. It has also been great chatting and getting to know you, too. Your Avery is so lucky to have such a fun and creative Mommy! Best of luck in the future to you and your family. And thank you again. Sincerely, Megan, Jason, and Avery
Hello Dr. LeMay,
Jax shared his life with me for almost 13 years. It’s hard to come home and not have him meet me at the door, or have him follow me around while I’m getting ready for work. I still find myself thinking he’s just laying stretched out on the bed when he’s not in the same room as me. I catch myself still calling his name or expecting him to come walking up to me to be picked up and loved on. Jax loved being held. Jax was a very loving pet. He only strayed from this loving attitude when he was taken to the veterinarian’s office. He hated it and would go into a frenzy not wanting anyone to touch him. Yet at home he was the most lovable animal to anyone that came in the house.. Although an animal can’t speak vocally they speak with their eyes. The day Jax went to the Rainbow Bridge his eyes had told me it was okay…. I was giving him the last loving gift I could. I can’t imagine taking my beloved Jax to a cold, sterile office (that he hated) for his last journey. I find comfort in knowing he was surrounded by people that loved him and at home where he was the most comfortable when he went to the Rainbow Bridge. As time passes I will get used to the fact that he’s not going to meet me at the door or be stretched out on the bed….but I will never forget Jax. He was very special. Janice
We had to make one of the worst decisions we never wanted to make! After 12 years our beautiful Harley was diagnosed with cancer and we never saw it coming. Within a few weeks he slowly declined and eventually he let us know it was time for us to say goodbye. I called the vet and she gave me Dr. Lemays number. I never knew that this was even an option! We are so blessed that when our beautiful Harley left this world the last thing he saw and heard was his mommy n daddy in his favorite spot!
Without Dr. Lemay we would have never been able to do that so Thank You from the bottom of the Williams family’s heart!
Thank you for helping us lay our Tasha to rest. You provide a special and much needed service to pet owners. God Bless you!
I’m a so grateful I found your site. Margot deserved the best and I couldn’t have hoped for a more peaceful end. You have a gift and have found your calling. The world needs more compassionate people like you. Thank you for helping our sweet baby. Christine PS. I attached my favorite photo of Margot, it captures what I loved about her, she loved the snow.
What a day today. We had to make the heart wrenching decision to help our 16 1/2 year old 4 legged fur child, Chance, cross over to Rainbow Bridge. What a blessing he was to everyone. He was a sweet boy and will be missed horribly by his mom and dad, as well as his fur sisters, Sugar and Spice. We would like to give a huge thanks to Dr. Lemay for all she did for us today. She is an angel that makes a horrible decision a little bit more bearable because she listens to all of the stories and just lets you know that it is okay to cry and to have your heartbreak for you best friend who was always there and will always be in your heart!! We know he is running fast and chasing those rabbits and squirrels. We will always love you and will forever be our “Bubba”!!