I cannot say thank you enough for helping our Sally girl leave this world peacefully. Your compassion and professionalism helped me through one of my roughest days. I felt very at ease from the first phone call to you about Sally; you were so patient to answer every question so my mind was at peace with knowing what to expect on that last day with her.
Sally was 14 years old. A liver spotted Dalmatian with one brown eye and one blue, she has been with me since she was just 8 weeks old. She is a part of my soul, and you helped me say a beautiful goodbye in the most dignified way imaginable. For that I am eternally grateful.
Terri A. Harrison
I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful service and care that you provide. It meant so much to us and to Sugar that she could snuggle in her own bed surrounded by her family and her favorite toys instead of a cold metal table and harsh clinic lights. I will highly recommend you.
Jennifer,Becky & Haley
Thank you so much for helping us through the loss of Kelly. He was a sweet and gentle dog. I appreciate the fact that his end was peaceful. You being here was very comforting from the moment you arrived. Thanks for letting me talk and share my stories of Kelly.
You were a blessing to my family.
Johnny, Mary Ann and Foster Green
I printed pages from your website and passed them out at work. We have a lot of dog lovers who were very interested in you service.
Thanks for an easy end for Emma. Very well done. Again thanks.
Hello Dr. LeMay,
Its been 1 week and we’re doing ok. You helped us say goodbye to our little Baxter in La Grange. Thank you for coming out to see us, for your support and for the book you left behind. It has been helping me cope with missing Baxter and helping me understand what I’m going through. Time is healing and finding a place for him to live in my heart is comforting. Thank you so much for your lovely card you mailed us. That was so sweet and thoughtful of you to think of us. Thank you so much!
If I could add anything to my testimonial it would be that Saying goodbye to a pet and friend is already a very difficult task. Having someone like you to help us say goodbye in the privacy and comfort of our own home was a one of a kind gift. Thank you from Baxter, Chris and Katie. Baxter is finally able to chase butterflies and acorns again in his sweet dreams
You are a gem Dr. LeMay. We will continue to refer anyone to you who is in need of support with saying goodbye. So far, this has been the hardest thing we’ve ever done. It seemed an impossible task, but with your help, we got through it. Thank you for what you do and for helping us say goodbye to our beloved Baxter.
Dear Dr. LeMay,
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me in making my decision for Luna. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life and I’m thankful that you were there every step of the way and I couldn’t have asked for a better, more compassionate person. For the very short time you were with Luna while she was alive, I could tell she really liked you and trusted you so I know she is thanking you from above.
Dear Dr LeMay,
My family and I would like to thank you for your wise soul and professional
services for a normally very painful experience. You gave us great peace in
listening to our dog stories and helping Sandy Pooper pass on to the next step
for his soul. He was a very special dog in so many ways. He, too, was a gentle and
fun loving spirit. He enriched our lives, and we did the same for him. The attached picture shows Sandy and me getting ready for company in the old house. I have always loved this picture of the two of us taken in 2005. We were a little younger then.
I wish you Good Fortune in helping other dog and pet lovers out there. Everyone I meet will know about your compassionate services. I feel like I made a new friend in the process.
Many blessings to you and your family.
I do not know how to begin to tell you how grateful we are to you. I am still so sad, but your presence was such a peaceful –calming factor- that I don’t know what we would have done without you.
I have not been overly religious throughout my life but after telling my brother about you he said… “you know Rachel, God gives you what you need” I keep thinking about that and know that it so true and know that I am better for meeting you. Seth would have loved you had he been better. As a matter of fact, he had not wagged his tail in days. I knew it was a sign from heaven when he wagged his tail at you.
Working in the Court system for some 22 years (I run a small department in Family Court, where we go into child abuse and domestic violence cases and set child support) I have become a bit jaded and cynical. I thought that there were not many good people left in the world- that I may never meet a truly good person again - and yet I did, Sunday night.
My daughter and I are still grieving and we have read and re-read the book you left us.. It helps and I know we will heal. I have told everyone about you and they could not believe it….All my friends (of course they are animal lovers also) tell me to keep your number handy….of course I will.
Thank you again.
Dear Dr. LeMay:
It’s been a little over a month and a day doesn’t go by that my mom and I don’t miss our Boomer. Boomer’s birthday was this weekend and he would have been 15 years old. The 14 ½ years we had him were the best years of my life. I’m glad to have so many pictures and memories of him.
I’m so grateful that my co-worker gave me your name and phone number at such a rough time in our lives. You were definitely an Angel sent from Heaven to help us through this process. Not knowing what to expect, but hating the thought of having to make that final trip to the Vet’s office (which Boomer hated) was unthinkable. I feel like Boomer’s last day with us here at the house and even his final moments he was not afraid at all. You were very compassionate and made him feel at ease and me too.
We have told so many people about your service. You will forever have a place in our hearts.
Thank you again very very much for being there for us!
Pat and Tammy Masterson
p.s. Attached is one of our favorite pictures of Boomer. He loved to pose for pictures in his outfits.
We cannot thank you enough for the kindness and compassion you gave Ellie and the rest of our family. You made the most difficult day in our lives brighter. You have a special gift and I feel so fortunate to have found you.
Thank you for everything
Dear Dr. LeMay,
It has been nearly two weeks since Molly’s passing and I have given myself some time and space to grieve her and to find adequate words to express my deep gratitude to you for your wonderful and loving care of her and all of us in the midst of our loss.
I want to thank you for coming to my home and for caring for Molly in her last hour. You were so tender and genuine with her, and as weak as she was, Molly was happy to be with you, and it was obvious that the two of you made a connection. I also appreciated your understanding of my needs and my friend’s needs as we participated in Molly’s passing. It was important for me to offer prayers before the procedure and to tuck Molly into her blanket along with her favorite toy after her passing. You ministered to us humans as you ministered to my dog. I am grateful for your extra trip to my home to bring me the lovely bag containing Molly’s ashes (in a handsome wood box), clips of fur, and the plate containing her paw print. These treasures have been placed in a special place in my home.
Molly was a beautiful and gentle companion. As Labradors go, she was the best! Molly never knew a stranger and she loved the creation and all of her favorite people. I am enclosing a picture of Molly with Santa taken at Christmas 2006.
Dr. LeMay, I shall be forever grateful for your caring ministry to Molly, my friend, and me. The book you shared with us was a great comfort and a valuable resource in the future as I walk with friends and family experiencing similar loss. Please know that I intend to spread the good news of your work to others.
Grace, Peace, and Gratitude,
PS- Thanks also for your lovely card and expression of sympathy. I loved the card. It is now part of Molly’s memory book.
Thank you for being there to help our Bunny end her suffering in a gentle, calm, and caring manner. Losing a pet is bad enough, and the idea of taking our special dog to a clinic was simply out of the question-the emotional trauma of it would have lasted for weeks. Instead we remember her last moments here at home, in a cool and quiet room, surrounded by people who loved her. To an animal lover, the service you provide is invaluable.
Meet me at the rainbow bridge Bunny, I love you!!!!
Dear Dr. LeMay –
I knew the moment you answered your phone yesterday morning that I’d made the right call. And when you arrived in the afternoon I knew I’d made that call at the right time. Edith was a joy in my life for nearly 14 years, but she had let me know during the night that she needed to move on. When you walked in and immediately knelt down next to her bed and started talking to her and giving her treats I knew what your website says is true – you don’t just come in and give a shot. You do so much more than that to help not only the pet, but the human get through this experience as painlessly as possible.
Your calm, reassuring voice, explaining of how the process works and what to expect really put me at ease. You were clearly not in a hurry. You have a gift, and what you do with it is essential to so many of us whose pets really are family members. It’s a ministry. Thank you so much for your warmth and compassion during what could have been an even more difficult time. Because of you it wasn’t quite as difficult.
Thank you so much for helping me give my fat little Diva peace. You were so compassionate and calming to me and made the process much better. I really appreciate your prompt response to my need.
Thank you again!
Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your kindness and support. During my 10 1/2 years with my “Bianca”, she gave me much joy and happiness. She was the “best lil’ furry friend” a human could have. I miss her dearly, but I know she is better off and not suffering any longer. Thanks for all you did to make “our final moments” together more comforting.
God Bless You
Thank you so much for the care you provided to my beloved Sunshine. You were so compassionate and caring to both me and Sunshine. I remember you looked into my sweet Sunshine’s face and said “I am just a friend here to help.” I was so relieved when I found your service.
When Sunshine was diagnosed with cancer I was so worried that he would become too sick and I would not be able to get him into the car to get him to the vet. I did not want him to suffer or be in pain. Just knowing that you were available and I could call you anytime and you would be there was such a comfort. Sunshine was my best friend, I miss him everyday. He will forever be in my heart.
Thank you so very much for being there to help Cozmo. I am so very thankful that you were there to give him such a peaceful and compassionate passing. It is so hard to make the decision, but we were so fortunate to be able to give him this. You are providing such a noble service to pets and pet owners by helping them avoid unnecessary stress of leaving the home.
Cozmo lived a wonderful and adventurous life of 18 1/2 years. He will be forever loved and cherished in my heart. Thank you so much for helping us through this difficult time. I will never forget.
Thank you so much for coming to my home and helping Kaiser to escape his pain and suffering. You are truly a Godsend; thanks to you, we were able to let him slip away, laying on his favorite quilt in the backyard where he had spent so many hours chasing squirrels and playing fetch. Your kindness and compassion made things a lot easier for Sandy and I and we thank God that he sent you to us. May God bless you!
You made one of the most difficult times in my life, so much easier. You have a special gift. I have told all of my friends and family about you and they all have cats and dogs!!
I cannot thank you enough.
God Bless You and Your Family
Dear Dr. LeMay,
We can’t thank you enough for helping our sweet Shelby leave this world in such a peaceful way. Your kindness and compassion was an immense comfort to us and to Shelby. We are still grieving, but we know she is at peace and out of pain, and chasing her beloved tennis balls once again. You have a wonderful gift, and we are so glad you shared it with us. It made a very difficult day a lot easier to bear.
Blessings to you -
Sue & Ed
I just wanted to thank you again for putting our sweet Elvis out of his misery. Your caring, unrushed manner and coming to our home so quickly was a blessing to me and my family. I thank God that someone so concerned was there to help us.
I have attached a few pictures of Elvis in his better days. He was my best friend. I always called him my son and I meant that. I adored him.
Dear Dr. LeMay,
Thank you for your compassion and patience with Heidi, Joe, and me. Your services are truly a gift to t hose of us having to say good-bye to a beloved family member. It’s never easy, but you made it bearable and we know we sent Heidi with love, respect, and dignity.
Many, many thanks,
Joe and Carolyn
Dear Dr. Lemay:
Rebecca and I cannot thank you enough for your most kind and compassionate help when our cat Jessie needed it the most. Jessie was more than just a housecat to us; he was a good friend and companion for all of his 17 years. Your assistance in easing his passing was a great comfort to all of us. We greatly appreciated your calm and reassuring presence at a very difficult time.
I have included a couple of photos of Jessie – he was a good guy and we will miss him.
Thanks for all you have done for us.
Greg and Rebecca
Dear Dr. LeMay,
I will always be deeply grateful that you gave us the gift of helping Jasper pass at home. The stress of getting into the car and driving to an office, which Jasper feared, would have been excruciating. Being in our own home meant everything and I thank you with all my heart. As deeply painful as it was, being lovingly present thru his passing is now another treasured memory of our life together.
Thank you for “A Friends Farewell”. You are a kind, compassionate, beautiful person with a heart and soul that I will never forget and will be forever thankful for.
Dear Dr. LeMay,
Thank you so much for how greatly you helped us say goodbye to sweet little Punky. We loved her dearly for 16 yrs. and she loved us unconditionally and blessed us. She deserved the beautiful farewell you helped us give her. We are forever grateful. I am so thankful we found you.
TO MY MAMA, WITH LOVE
I knew this day would come – does for everybody.
It’s hard on my friends, but kind and best for me.
After all, I’m an exception. I had more fun, lived longer, ate better, had the run of your house and even left home for awhile.
As you know, dogs have good memories:
I remember the first time I visited Grandmother Arnold in the apartment. Came to the front door but I didn’t go in because it seems Grandmother had a thing about:
Pee on my rug, my love is diminished;
Poop on my rug, your life is finished!
I didn’t like her at first since I couldn’t explore her shelter, but time changed my state;
She saved and sent me every scrap from her plate.
Granddaddy was even less receptive – or so it appeared.
He was strict and reserved – spoke to me firmly – just like I was a dog.
Later he softened and I’ll never forget – Grandmother and Granddaddy kept me for a spell. They boarded up the fence and made a gate so I could run and play outside; then brought me in to the basement to spend the night.
New surroundings scared me a little bit and long nights were dark and lonely. I whined a little for daylight and would wish;
then - and finally then – Grandmother would come down and say, “Beaker, here’s water in a dish.”
Karen, I have lots and lots of good memories:
Being a dog, our “kicks” are different from yours;
The one I love most was our taking a tour.
I could put my paws on the door and feel the cool breeze;
People passed, thought I was cute, and would smile and try to tease.
We would turn in at Grandmother’s house and I’d wiggle like a bug;
I was so excited – I got let in – forgot my manners and peed on her rug!!
You know, I think God made dogs have a shorter life span than humans. That way, you could have me the whole span of my years and not have to pass me on to another place.
I’ve grown so accustomed to your “castle”,
Another owner could never be so kind –
And I’m sure I would really give them a hassle!
Dear Karen, you have given me so many things: a fenced yard, lots of toys – let me get on your couch and even eat in the kitchen.
I never will forget that adventure I took when I left home. I didn’t expect to go so far or stay so long, but I couldn’t talk and it was quite a trip;
You made one mistake – the vet should have insisted I have a chip.
Anyway, somewhere between providence, luck and serendipity – my picture in the store, the good neighbor seeing it, the kind family that took me in, the tenacious, steadfast search by my faithful Mom and Grandmother – I was found! That was about the happiest day of my life.
Left only once — cold, hungry and fearful;
If you had seen me during those hours, I was scared – truly lost and tearful.
I remember each day you would leave for school;
Under the bed I’d go – I thought that was cool.
I’d play my game with you for awhile,
Then I’d come out just to see your pretty smile!
Dear Karen, you have been a great Mom to me.
Grandmother Arnold, you let me break the “dried dog food rule” and have some real soul food - chicken bones, liver and old hamburger. Thank you!
Granddaddy well, OK. A little rigid and stiff with me “being a girl and all”, but I am convinced your love was real and calm,
See – you’ve made me a resting place right here near my Mom. Thank you, Granddaddy.
Like I said before, memories are great.
You can lean over your deck and know I am right here, never to leave home again, never to be hungry again, never to be far from the One who gave me love, shelter, food, baths, walks in the neighborhood, trips in your car.
I am a dog – well, sort of –
but I never had to live a dog’s life with you.
Thank you, dear Karen for all you are and ALL you have done for me. The feeling you have for me is the same way I feel about you;
It’s a shame I couldn’t have shown it more, but a wag of my tail and a loving look – that will have to do.
Bye, dear Karen. You have treated me like I always wanted to be treated. I couldn’t have asked for more.
B E A K E R
Dear Dr. Lemay,
Last night was probably one of the hardest things I have had to go through in a very long time and most likely ever so far. However, you made it bearable for both Ron and me and I want to thank you for that. Letting Mitchell go after having him in our lives for so long was very hard and he was part of my kids’ childhoods, which made that last link to their “small” years even harder to let go. I miss him so much. I’m sure you see this every day in your line of work, so I won’t bore you with my sorrow and grief but we could not have asked for a better person/doctor to help with the process than you.
I wanted to send over to you some of the photos I took from Mitchell’s 16th birthday party we gave for him last July. As I mentioned, we had friends bring their dogs and we had cake for the humans and special cake for the four-legged guests too. I also gave out goodie bags with a picture frame included, as I took everyone’s picture with their dog and mailed it to them later to use in their frame. I made special bandanas for Mitchell and his guests to wear and we played “doggie” games since the weather was not too cooperative for outdoor play. They had special frozen yogurt treats too and Mitchell received lots of love and presents! As you can tell from the photos, I had the house pretty decked out in doggy birthday decorations I had found on the internet and local stores. All in all, I think it was a fun day for everyone, especially for Mitchell. I’m so glad we did this for him since he is no longer with us. (These are the only photos I could find on my computer. I think the rest are on my iPhone.)
Thank you again for everything you did and for being so patient with me during my emotional breakdown. God bless you with what you see and do each day.
Dr. LeMay– Although it has been nearly a year since we bid farewell to Skipper, I wanted to write to say thank you and ask you to add Skip’s story to your website with the hopes of easing someone else’s decision process.
As head of Skipper’s staff and subjected to her spiritedly-independent ways for 16 years, I was taken aback by her reneging on our pinky-swear plan to ‘go out together on the same day’ but was moreso surprised when Skip’s vet of as many years advised that he would not allow us to be with Skip through her very last breath. It upset me greatly but, in hindsight, I’m glad because it led us to you and a kinder, gentler way of saying goodbye to Skip at home. Your soft-spoken, caring manner in quietly and gently approaching Skipper and in thoughtfully preparing Fred and me for what would take place, instantly erased any skepticism and worry I had over bringing someone new into our home to help Skipper in her last moments. Skipper rested comfortably in her own saucer bed surrounded by all of her loving staff as she slipped away peacefully. It is without reservation that I recommend you and your caring services to other families.
Thank you again. Kindest regards, Lori and Fred Moore
Dear Dr LeMay
Though our hearts are broken, you have made our little Brooks passing as special and as meaningful as possible. What an amazing service and act of kindness you do for Pet Parents. We will be forever grateful that you made it possible for Brooks to be in his home, cradled in my arms, his Dad beside and your caring and soothing voice explaining his release from this life.
Thank you for all that you do.
Love to you and yours,
Brook’s Mom and Dad
Tribute to Banff…We wish we had just one more day. Just one more day with him when he could hike the trails with Daddy or make Mommy chase him through the house because once again he was about to eat something he wasn’t supposed to… or to get a “huff” because he knew it was time for his pill and we were not moving fast enough. Although this hurts desperately bad we know we did the right thing for him. Banff was more than a Dog, he was a force, he was a king. He tested us more than any dog ever has (and at 130lbs he could!) but he made us laugh more than any dog ever has. But today we thank him. Banff, thank you for picking us to be your Mommy and Daddy. Thank you for an amazing eight years. You will forever be missed! We love you Big Boy! Love, Mommy & Daddy
Dr. LeMay, Words cannot express how grateful we are to you. From the first conversation you made us feel at ease. Thanks to you we were able to give our Big Boy a peaceful goodbye. Thank you for being such a kind person. You are a part of our family now.
With love, Amanda & Bryson Staples
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”!!