My undying gratitude to Dr. Miranda Braithwaite for her patience, compassion, and sense of humor. She allowed us to say goodbye to our beloved Charlie in a way that allowed him to be home surrounded by those he loved. I’m so very grateful we were able to give him a gentle passing at home vs. other options. I would highly recommend Journeys Home and will continue to use them for all of my four-legged family members.
My recent experience with Dr. Laura could not have been any better – given the circumstances. She was caring and compassionate, and made a difficult situation as comfortable and as easy as possible. She treated my fur baby with the utmost care and respect. Thank you also to Jessica for making the initial contact and taking care of all the arrangements.
Dr. Christine was so compassionate, kind, and understanding. At this most difficult decision, Dr. Christine was a comfort. Missi was comfortable with Dr. Christine and I know Missi went peacefully. Dr. Christine acted with a quite professionalism. Journeys Home is a remarkable service and I will full heartedly recommend to anyone that is struggling with their pet’s end of life.
Pets have always been a wonderful joy for our family. Lucy, the boy cat, sometimes called Lucifer was no exception. However, after almost 12 years with us his health started to decline and we decided it was his time. Because of COVID only two family members could be present during his final moment at our vet. We have always told our children that pets are always there for us and it is only right to be there for them during their final moments. That is when we reached out to Journeys Home. Dr. Kitt came to our home and not only made Lucy’s passing as pain free and peaceful as possible but she was beyond comforting to all of us. I can’t recommend this service enough when the time comes to say goodbye. I just want to say thank you to Dr. Kitt for being their for our family and Lucy.
My personal angel, Izzy, was assisted in her passage by a fellow angel, Laura Purdy, DVM. A rare temperate day near a vast dog park? Yes! She made a new poodle friend and ran faster than she had in years before I lay upon a blanket with her as Angel Laura facilitated a dignified, beautiful passage. I shall remain forever grateful.
How wonderful it was to have this service available to us when we needed it. Our 20 year old cat, who we had for 15 years, was falling over walking as his back legs were in bad shape. It was a difficult decision we put off as long as possible. Kitt came out to the house and was wonderful. As fragile as our cat “Magnus” was, it was wonderful to not have to take him somewhere as well as not put him through the trauma of leaving the house. I just want to say thank you for your help and I’d definitely recommend this service to anyone else who needed it. The paw print that Kitt left is wonderful keepsake and will always remind us of Magnus. Thanks again!
This week I am on vacation preparing for retirement. It has given me peaceful time to reflect on my beautiful dogs; Samantha and Maverick. I walk with my dog, Peri now and feel the grace of Dr. Hilst. Sam and Maverick are at the rainbow bridge and cannot share my gift of “time” in retirement, but they were given the gift of compassion at the end of their earthly lives by Dr. Hilst. I am with grateful heart for you dear friend, an angel on the shoulders of my family.
Thank you so much to Katie for making a very hard day bearable for us! Katie Hilst had so much compassion and patience with us while our precious Marley was moving onto his next adventure!
Thank you so much for all that you did for Rosie and for me, Dr. Katie. I really appreciated the card that you sent. The text of the Pet Lovers Code was also very helpful. The last several months of Rosie’s life were not good for her or me and that made the decision extra hard. I am remembering her sweetness more and more now though. I can still feel her energy here, especially at meal times–she seems to want to stick around and keep me company! And, of course, she is welcome for a long as she wants to stay.
Saturday, September 5 was a very sad, painful day as we had to put our beloved cat MiMi to sleep. We knew it was the right thing to do as MiMi was very ill and we suspect in pain, but there was still a terrible sense of dread as the time of the appointment approached. Yet our experience with Dr. Hawkins was all that it could be. She touched and moved MiMi with such tenderness, and responded to our questions and tears with a similar compassion. Dr. Hawkins couldn’t take away our grief, but gave us the time and space to express it openly. And all this while maintaining a safe distance due to COVID. And our final memory of MiMi, softly cuddled in a blanket with just her sweet face exposed, left us with a sense of peace. Thank you.