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Sampson

Dear Dr. Cornelius - Thank you for coming to our home and helping us ease Sampson's pain and help him pass peacefully. He hated going to the vet's office or being forced into a carrier. Being able to keep him at home on the couch in his favorite spot was important to us. Sammy came to my mom out of the woods in Florida about 8 years ago. She fostered him until I was able to adopt him. He lived with me in Philadelphia and New York and finally Houston. He had a wonderful personality and slept in bed with me every night with his head on the pillow. He loved watching birds in the window and taking long naps. His favorite holiday was Christmas - he loved playing with all the ribbons and wrapping paper and curling up under the Christmas tree. Thank you again and happy new year. Donna & David G.

Natasha – Lawrence M.

Christie, thank you so much for making Natasha's last moments as comfortable and peaceful as could be. Your gentleness, empathy and competence were a true blessing. I am so glad that you chose to do the wonderful work that you do

Kane – Dana

This is a pic of my husband with our dog Kane, on his final night on earth, he developed Granulomatous Meningoencephalomyelitis (GME) a couple of days after Thanksgiving. He did well on meds for 3 weeks, and then the seizures came back and he went downhill so fast. He was 10 years old, my husband's "first child", and this is my husband saying goodbye and loving on him in his final moments. He crossed Rainbow Bridge on Dec 17th, 2012

Sid

I can't thank you enough for helping me say goodbye to my little cat, Syd. What you do is very special. ‘Last wishes’ for your dearest pet is the best gift you can give your little one. Letting her go was an exceptionally difficult decision but your kindness and professional care made me realize I had made the right decision at the right time. Marianne L.

Mavis Louise

Mavis Louise was dumped near my home and was quite a ham. She had numerous health issues throughout her life with us, but she had an adrenal tumor that ruptured. She was a happy girl who kept us in stitches every day, and she was even happy until her last breaths. I miss my girls terribly. Laura M Bryan, TX

Max

Dr Christie Cornelius, Thank you for the nice card but more importantly thank you for your help last week. Max was one of a kind and touched my heart in so many ways he was my friend and champion. It was a very difficult time to say goodbye and your professionalism and courtesy was greatly appreciated. It was also beneficial for me in reading the literature you dropped off as I did not understand some of my feelings of grief. It helped in my understanding that it was OK to feel the way I was and something was not "wrong" with me. Though it was difficult felt it was a very peaceful for Max in the comfort and security of my home. I know it must be hard at times going into homes under these circumstances but must say what you are doing is so worthwhile. Thank you again for all your help. Sincerely, T. B. Cypress, TX

Ponta

Dear Dr. Cornelius, Thank you very much for your card -- your message truly helped us a lot. As someone who grew up in Japan where so many pet owners do not choose euthanasia, I really did not know what to do when we were recommended to euthanize Ponta by his home vet. But there was one thing that I clearly knew -- I did not want him to die in a hospital where he always hated to go every time he had to replace his pain patch. Thank you very much for helping Ponta have a peaceful transition to cross the bridge from his home. And we can't thank you enough for choosing such a difficult career for many companion animals and their families. Sincerely, Atsuko and Nate G p.s. The picture I attached is my favorite picture of Ponta. For 18 years every morning when I woke up, he was right next to me, using my arm as his pillow. The picture was taken about half a year before his diagnosis of SCC.

Veruca

Dr. Cornelius, I just wanted to thank you again for being able to assist me in giving Veruca a compassionate end to her life, in the comfort of her home. Thank you for coming on such short notice and helping me provide my last act of love to my best friend. She was so special and I was so lucky to have had her my life these last 14 years. Sincerely, Darren A

Tim

Dr. Cornelius, I wanted to thank you for taking the time out of your busy evening on Wednesday to talk to me about my Tim who had a stroke. We had a terrible night and I ended up driving him to my regular vet first thing Thursday morning since I didn't want him to suffer. I think you provide an awesome service and I will definitely highly recommend you my friends in Houston. Thank you so much, you definitely made me feel better just talking to you. I also put a link to your Facebook page and a message about my experience on my FB page since it really meant a lot to me. When you are at the vet's office and receive some devastating news, you are just so shell shocked that your brain doesn't register things or let's you ask the appropriate questions so than you get home and you are left with all this unknown and uncertainty especially in my case when my regular vet wasn't in and I talked to a relief vet that was not familiar with me or my dog. So when you took the time to talk to me, it was just a huge relief and I want to make sure that you know this. Working in rescue we face some many sad situations on a daily basis, but when it is your own dog it just really hits you. Here is my Tim just in case you would like to see him. Thanks again. Sandra

Strider

I'd like to thank Dr. Christie Cornelius of Last Wishes In-Home Pet Hospice and Euthanasia. The service she provides is invaluable, and with her calm, sensitive, loving handling of a sad situation she made it into a bearable experience filled with peaceful memories. You are so appreciated Dr. Cornelius!" Thank you for making yesterday an experience I can look back on with positive memories despite the sadness. I really appreciate you Ruth

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