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Molly

Last Friday I said goodbye to my own dog, Molly. I rescued Molly 13 years ago from a Beeville, TX animal shelter. I found her on petfinder and drove for a very long time to spring her from the shelter! I was in my 3rd year of vet school, and living in College Station at the time. I fell in love with her immediately. She was such a great companion for so many years. About a year and a half ago, I noticed Molly's behavior start to change. Her cognitive ability started to decline. She began panting a little more, a little restless at night, occasionally getting stuck in corners. It wasn't bad at first, and she responded well to initial treatment. Over time, Molly's dementia progressed, and I recently began thinking that she may no longer be living a joyful life. Her panting, wandering, confusion, and anxiety worsened in the last week of her life. It was very difficult to control her anxiety because her already declining mobility got worse on anti-anxiety medication. She became really picky with her food, and refused treats she would normally devour. I had to resort to Filet Mignon-flavored Caesar wet food her last two days. It was so difficult going to Pet Smart for the very last time for Molly, but I was determined to pick out every trashy-good-smelly food and treats I could find. Her last walk out the front door was very emotional. She used to pull me on the leash, trotting way ahead of me the entire time. That day she wanted to go outside, but slowly wandered back and forth between 4 houses on the block. I cried on and off the last three days of Molly's life. I was questioning my decision to euthanize her, I questioned whether or not I started her medications early enough in the disease - even though I started them a year and a half ago. I continuously asked those who knew Molly if they felt I was making the right decision. I prepare families for loss every day of the week but it is different when it is your own companion of 13 years - she was with me through all of life's ups and downs. She was so special to me. However, I had to start thinking with my head instead of my heart. I struggled just like my clients struggle over their losses. I did not want Molly to get any worse because she didn't deserve that, and after a string of not so good days, I couldn't put her through any more. I took the last 3 days of Molly's life off of work, so I am so grateful Dr. Spade stepped up to help. I coddled Molly constantly, and remained by her side to provide her comfort around the clock. I fed her a steak from Chili's cooked rare as her last meal. She loved it so much! I was so happy to see her excited in her last moments. She was euthanized peacefully at home with the help of a vet friend, surrounded by friends and loved ones. I held her until she took her last breath. I felt relieved afterward. The last 3 days were very stressful. It was so hard to come to the conclusion that things were not going to get better for Molly. Increasing her medications the last week didn't do enough to improve her condition. I welcomed the feeling of "I did the right thing", and I am at peace with my decision. To Molly - I will love you forever. You will always be in my heart.Love, Mom. aka Dr. Cornelius     RIP Molly: 2000-2015.

Boo

Dr. Cornelius, I wanted to thank you for coming out to our home on Saturday to help us with our goodbye to Boo. That was by far the most difficult and painful thing that I've ever had to do but you definitely made it easier for us. You were very professional but at the same time, compassionate and comforting and for that, we are eternally grateful. What I was dreading and expecting to be horrible, was very touching and beautiful thanks to you. It's something that I will never forget. Thank you so much for the important work that you do. ~ Kathy

Miss Merlin

Thank you for your wonderful, humane & compassionate service for our beloved kitty, Miss Merlin. She was 17 and was ready - there was no way I could have driven anywhere. I also very much appreciate the thoughtful service to be able to text to make an appointment - as it is very hard to talk when blubbering. The Phoenix Family

Presley

I thank God I found Dr. Cornelius and dr. Spade. She was my saving grace. Presley was a 12 y/o golden who was dealing with 2 previous knee surgeries and severe arthritis. She helped me give him a better quality of life and the courage to know when it was time to let go. Such a caring staff. Dr. Spade helped my family including my kids and cats deal with Presley's loss. The hardest time in our life was made tolerable. We all feel at peace and will forever be grateful for dr. Spade! ❤❤❤ I would recommend them to anyone. How did I ever function without them? So blessed Jennifer B

Ronny

As a volunteer for Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston, we get many requests from shelters and individuals to take homeless, injured, and hurting pets. A week ago, we picked up Ronny, a 13 year old schnauzer with terminal metastatic lung cancer who had been taken to a shelter in Corpus after his human mom passed away in February. My husband and I brought him into our home as a Forever Foster forMSRH. I contacted Dr. Cornelius, who came out and evaluated Ronny. As much as we all prayed for a miracle, it wasn't to be. Dr. Cornelius came back out today to help Ronny on his journey to the Rainbow Bridge. I am so thankful we didn't have to traumatize him by taking him to a noisy clinic for his final moments and were instead able to be with him in the comfort of our home as he passed. We will forever be grateful for the compassion and thoughtfulness shown to us by Dr. Cornelius in Ronny's time of need. Bless you for all you do for pets and their parents!

Patches

I can't thank you enough for taking care of our sweet Patches today. Your professionalism and compassion were greatly appreciated during this very difficult time. Thank you for your sincerity and understanding as we laughed and cried during the process remembering our sweet girl! I am so glad we found out about your service...You will be highly recommended! The Butler Family

Bella

Thank you, Dr. Cornelius for coming to my home to send our Bella off in peace. You and Joanna were so kind - especially holding my son while I needed time to say goodbye. I appreciate it so very much.

Katy

I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your services. Helping me understand the process and having to say goodbye to my beloved Katy. Taking your time and all your kind words. The packet you gave me had helped so much. I'm so glad we could do this at home verse a vet office.

Hubert

Dr. Cornelius came to our home the end of last September to put down our beloved 18 year old medium sized dog Hubert and we wanted her to know that his peaceful and gentle death was a truly fitting end for his long and good life - well, he did one time in his youth nip the postman, but all of us have something we regret - although I don't know that he much regretted it.   The fact that we didn't have to put him in the car, drive to the vet, lift him out of the car, put him on a metal table and then put him down has made our memories of him wonderful from start to finish. Dr. Cornelius is performing a wonderful service to all of us who dearly love our pets and want their end to be as good as their lives have been. We'll never not miss sweet Hubert but we'll also always feel good about his life from start to finish. One last amazing aside regarding Hubert. You probably don't recall but you carefully wrapped Hubert and we immediately drove to our Hill Country place to bury him on the hill behind the house. The sun was setting by the time we finished and we looked up and saw this full rainbow in the sky. We realize it was a complete coincidence but nevertheless we allowed ourselves to believe that God was welcoming Hubert home. This note is late in being written but no less heartfelt, Suzanne & Dan K

Daemon

Dr. Cornelius, it’s been a year since you came to our house to help us say goodbye to our big boy, Daemon. You performed a wonderful service for which we are very grateful. I still miss him terribly but take comfort in knowing that he went peacefully, at home overlooking his kingdom, and in the arms of those who loved him. I realize this note is being written late, but no less heartfelt. This picture was from our last early morning walk; at the time it looked to me as if God was calling him home (and oddly enough, you were schedule to come later that day). Thank you again for everything you did for both Daemon and us. I also want to thank you for recommending Cay Dalrymple w/ Houston Pet Cremation - Paws Memorial Service . You both were wonderful.  Sincerely, Leslie R

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