It has been just over a month since you came out to our house for Aladdin. I had been meaning to write something sooner, but we have been coming to terms with a whole lot of change.
I did however want to say that your service was something I had not expected. It definitely helped us to accept what needed to be done. Additionally, it left us knowing we not only did the right thing, but able to remember our Aladdin without to many tears.
I honestly feel that had it not been for your service, we wouldn’t have been ready to open our house again for a long time. As it turns out, we had decided to bring a donation of dog food to a shelter that was in need of it. While doing that, we found a fox terrier mix that needed a good place to live. She’s overly timid having been a rescue from a hording situation, but I see a lot of personality under that shyness. We are picking her up this weekend.
It seems I have a few friends that are getting close to being in a similar situation, and I have definitely expressed my support of your home service. I even included it in my farewell post for him I wrote the day after.
Again, thank you for such a wonderful service. The paw prints you made for us are in shadow boxes and sitting on our mantle right now.
Katie, Thank you so much for what you did for me and Jasmine. You have a heart so big to do this for people, and you made me feel comfortable about the whole experience, and I will never forget you. God Bless you.
One year ago today, you came to my home to help my kitty, Jasper, on to the next chapter of his adventure. It was too hard for me to thank you properly at the time, but today seemed like an appropriate day to let you know just how much I appreciate your kindness and help.
Just ten days ago, we had to put Anastasia to sleep (I don’t know if you remember us or not – she was the white one with the black nose) and I wished fiercely that we still lived in Madison for you to come help see her off as well. Here in California, it is a whole different beast for in home euthanasia ($500!!!) and, sadly, I had to take her in to the vet.
I sincerely appreciate the compassionate and supportive care Dr. Hilst was able to provide in the last moments I had with my cat, Corkey. In a sensitive and delicate situation, Dr. Hilst brought peace with a gentle touch. She was flexible (able to provide same day visit with my cat’s sudden change in condition), and above all, she was kind and understanding. After her visit, I was confident I made the right decision in relieving my cat’s suffering. Thank you, Dr. Hilst, for bringing strength, guidance and peace in a time consumed with grief and pain. Thank you for what you do.
Our dog Snuffy was so sick when we made the heart breaking decision to put her down. Dr. Hilst was gentle and caring with Snuffy during her final hour. Being able to say goodbye in the comfort of our own home meant a lot to me.
I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Katie Hilst. She is extremely compassionate and caring and was able to make a tough situation a little bit easier. She let us take our time in saying good-bye. In turn, Baron passed in the comfort of his own home and went peacefully.
Thank you Dr. Hilst!
I phoned Dr. Katie Hilst to tell her it was time to put our 12 year old kitty, Theda, to rest. After years of manageable health issues, Theda suddenly took a turn for the worse. She passed 15 min. before Dr. Hilst got here. Still, Dr. Hilst took a paw print of Theda as a keepsake for us. She
Dr Hilst came to our home and in a very kind and gentle manner helped our dear loved one to the great Beyond. She made a very difficult time less so, for our dear dog Princess and our family.
It was expected yet unexpected. Our 13 year old greyhound, Grace, had been having problems standing up over the last several weeks. We knew would have to make a decision on her quality of life at some point. The decision was made for us when one night she fell and could not get up one her own. Over the course of 7 hours she went from being able to walk with help to not being able to stand on her own. She was clearly in pain and distress.
Luckily I was able to contact Dr. Katie who came and helped us relieve Grace of her suffering. Grace absolutely hated going to the vet so being able to stay in our home with her was such a relief. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in her own bed. I can’t express how much Dr. Katie’s comforting manner and words meant to us.
Dr. Katie’s business card says “A Finally Act of Caring”‘which is exactly what we felt we did. Although we miss Grace more than words can say, we cared enough to let her go and free her of her pain.
I want to thank you for helping Ashley along, a HUGE thank you for being so comforting and accessible when we and Ashley needed assistance. I had had my dog of 12 years, Rana, put to sleep at home a year earlier, and wholeheartedly believe that a home euthanization is the most peaceful for our pets. In Ashley’s case, our vet wasn’t able to come out for the better part of a week – she was shutting down quickly and waiting would be very uncomfortable for her. I didn’t want Ashley’s last moments to be back in a sterile room at the emergency vet where she’d already spent most of a week. So, your being able to make it out to our house the next morning was more relief than I can express.
You were so good with Ashley and such a comfort to us. I was able to do everything I could for her, and then, once I could do no more, could give her a loving last couple days and a comfortable passing. So, thank you, thank you, thank you!!
I wish we had gotten to talk to you longer at “Remembering Our Pets” event. It was great to see you and wonderful to remember/celebrate Ashley. It was definitely well-attended. I guess that’s a good thing, but I’m sorry everybody had cause to be there.