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.
Dear Dr. Katie, The last 4 months have been the some of the hardest of my life. I knew that Hershey was getting older and not doing what he normally enjoyed, but he really got sick and deteriorated very quickly.
He had to stay for several days at the emergency vet, and he was never quite the same after that experience. He got very Leary of the vets and the vet office. He was never scared about being there before that time. It was also very hard to try to get him in and out of the car, even with the stairs we bought for him.
I can’t thank you enough for coming to our home. It put him a ease. No more vet office, no more worry, no more pain. He was so stoic till the very end. I believe he did that for me.
He was my best friend for 11 years. He was my one true constant through my difficult young adulthood. He loved me unconditionally. I loved him the same. He kept me healthy and active, and got me out of bed some days just cause I knew he depended on me.
I am not good with technology, so I hope you receive the picture I send with this e-mail. This is how I will remember my boy, glowing, full of life, loving the outside, ready for the next tennis ball/ride/walk, or the next dog park swim. I will also remember all the days of returning from a horrible shift at work ( nursing) to a happy bundle of energy and love.
I will probably never have children, but he was mine. I know you only met him that once, but, you treated him and me so gently and with such respect. There are not words to describe my gratitude. Thank you for what you do and your kind heart.
Thank you so much for your services; you were able to make the best out of a very sad situation and I am grateful for that. I have already recommended you to other pet owners I know that are in the beginning stages of the process of making this difficult decision and will continue to do so…again, thanks so much for making our family’s last moments with KC positive and peaceful.
Many of us have had to ask ourselves what to do when the best of the best, angelic like friend, who has loved you for so long unconditionally, for so many years, is old, ill and fading fast. I just had to make that decision 5 months ago and today. My beloved Bella Duvet and Misty Moonlight are now at peace and with God.
The best thing I ever did was contact you. You came to my house promptly in your powder blue Volkswagon (the color of the sky), and helped launch my beloved pets to Rainbow Bridge where they are now waiting patiently for me. I truly believe that God has sent these beautiful, perfect, loving creatures to us to prove his/her testimonial, unconditional love for us. This has been the happiest 18 years of my life because of Misty and Bella. They were my best friends and now I will be sad for awhile because of their loss.
Thank you Dr. Katie for your tenderness, loving and caring ways. You are truly another angel sent to me and others. Bella, Misty and I thank you tremendously.
Thank you Dr. Hilst for your services yesterday. Your presence made a difficult day more peaceful.
Your thoughtful (clay) foot print of Jazzy means a lot to our whole family.
Upon referral from Companion Animal Hospital, you assisted Poindexter’s transition (our sweet but nervous little black kitty who had squamous cell carcinoma in his lower jaw). We were very grateful that you could come to our home on such short notice over the weekend – and greatly appreciated the card and paw print. The paw print is an especially nice touch that we will treasure, and I also wanted to specifically thank you for that.
Dr. Katie, Thank you so much for coming to Mercury’s rescue on such short notice. We had been so concerned about not having his own vet take care of him and you were so kind, gentle and compassionate; we were blessed. You made a very painful time for us as comforting as it could be.