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Cookie

Thank you Dr. Spade and Joanna for easing the departure of my beautiful Cookie. The decision to let her go was one of hardest I've ever made. With no outward signs of pain and suffering, I worried that she wasn't ready. Seeing her at rest, in peace, I know now that it was the right time.  

Mira

Mira came into our lives a year and two months ago. I was driving into my in laws subdivision to assist my husband. His parents had moved into an assisted living facility in Conroe, and we'd had taken on the task of emptying out the home and either renting it or selling it. What's this? A large black dog walking towards my truck in the middle of the road. I stopped my truck and as I rolled down the window to say hi to this sad looking dog, she walked around to the side of the car. Her eyes met mine and I could hear, Please, help me! And that is how Mira, as I named her came into our lives. We weren't ready for another dog, as we had just lost our 16 year old dog with kidney failure recently. Buy Mira stayed and after her vet check up we learned that she too was in kidney failure. She was a quiet very well mannered dog who loved to shake and just be near people. Her mannerisms led us to believe that perhaps she had been a service dog in her earlier years. She was a good walking buddy for me, and quite a couch potato in spite of her 65 pound size. Yesterday Dr Cornelius with Last Wishes traveled an hour and a half from Houston to Cold Spring to assist Mira in crossing over. She had stopped eating almost two weeks ago, and after a week of trying to jump start her kidneys with IV fluids, it became apparent that we needed to bring her home to spend what time was left. That was Saturday morning. Dr. Cornelius and her assistant made the transition for Mira a very dignified and less stressful situation. We were in our own home and Mira on her bed that she had slept on since she had come to live with us. We will miss her dearly. Thank you Last Wishes for helping us during this difficult period! RIP my darling Mira.

Bogey

It's been a week ago today that our boy Bogey went to doggie heaven. He was in hospice for a short time and seemed to be getting worse day by day. He had lung cancer unfortunately . I want everyone to know how wonderful Last Wishes was for us! Dr Karen and Stacy ( I believe I was distraught ) came over and it was so awesome how they gave us the care, time alone with our boy, and compassion during this awful time in our lives. It was so comforting not like at a vet office on a cold table. I will certainly use them again if need be. They even made a paw print and gave us hair clippings. Loving touches that meant a lot to us . We miss our baby but know in our hearts he's running free! Thank you again!

Duke

Our big boy Duke was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma a fatal cancer, he had taken a turn for the worse but with pain med management he is doing so much better. Thanks to Last Wishes In-Home Pet Hospice and Euthanasia, they came out last Sunday and gave us some medical advice on Duke's meds that eased his comfort big time and we are enjoying some sweet days with him. We highly recommend their services!  

Ida

I cannot say enough about Dr. Cornelius and the entire crew at Last Wishes.  They truly understand pets and the special place they hold in our hearts.  I would not change one thing about our experience with them, and i find comfort in knowing that our sweet dog's last weeks and moments were calm, loving, and precious.  We were able to focus on our girl and our time with her.  Last Wishes has also helped quite a bit in the months after.  They recommended support groups and guided towards proper counseling for me and my children. After 1.5 years of chemo, our dog did not like going to the vet, but she looooooved Dr. Cornelius!  Every time she came to the house, Ida wanted to sit next to her and "help."  Because of this sweet relationship and comfortable environment, Ida was calm and happy until the end.  I really could go on and on.... so please do not hesitate to contact Last Wishes.

Cici

When our sweet lab Cici's condition deteriorated rapidly, we reached out to Last Wishes. Even though it was the first time we had contacted them, Dr. Cornelius and her team graciously fit us in at the end of long day. Dr. Cornelius and her team were warm, supportive, and empathetic through the entire process. They took great care of our dear friend and of us. I am so grateful for this service. We had plenty of time to say good-bye and were never rushed in any way. It was a calm and peaceful end for our girl, in her comfy bed surrounded by her family. I was also impressed with the great care they took in transporting her at the end. If you are an animal lover, sooner or later you will be faced with saying good-bye to a friend and I highly recommend you enlist Last Wishes to help with that transition.

Cuba (Kooo-buh)

I gave them 5 stars but they deserve ten. The first time I had to put a pet down was many years ago. She was Heidi the German Shepherd. The vet and his staff were less than compassionate and I knew I would never allow that type of behavior to affect an animal of mine ever again. Cuba (Kooo buh) the Wonder Dog was a an 11 year old Boxer and was suffering from cancer. Fortunately until two months ago he was fine and would jump up onto the sofa and sit in my lap (boxers are puppies for life). He weighed 80 lbs. then.Over this last few weeks I knew I was going to have to euthanize him as it was getting more and more difficult for him to function and now he was down to 60 lbs. Someone who rescues pugs recommended Last Wishes and I am very grateful they did. My concern was that I did not want Cuba to feel the slightest bit of fear as we went down this last road with him. Dr. Cornelius and Stacy came to the house and we had Cuba on a dog bed surrounded by family. They were calm and that helps the pet owners and the pet. They did not rush us and they took the time to interact with Cuba. I knew it was the right decision when Cuba quickly got half way up and started licking Dr. Cornelius' face. She did not jump back or freak out (trust me, not all vets would have reacted like her). She smiled and hugged and petted him. To say I love Cuba is an understatement; even writing this review is tough - something in my eyes. I am comforted in knowing that by using in-home euthanasia through Last Wishes Cuba felt no fear, was treated with respect and love, and slipped away as his family petted and caressed him. I hope when it is time for me to follow him that I am afforded the same dignity. Dr. Cornelius and Stacy, I have to say, you rock and I will always remember this. Thank you for assisting us and especially Cuba so perfectly in this really difficult time.

Sammie

I cannot say enough good things about Last Wishes. I wish I hadn't needed their services, but could not have asked for a more comforting experience. My cat was not doing well and I knew it was time to make that call. I had found Last Wishes from an online search so I texted them and they responded right away. Karen (I'm pretty sure that was her name??!!) called me and was very supportive and understanding. I immediately felt taken care of. She discussed everything with me and patiently guided me through all the decisions (ie cremation, returning the ashes or group burial). Someone was able to come out that afternoon, which I thought was wonderful because I didn't want to wait knowing my cat was in pain and discomfort. Dr. Hou and her assistant arrived on time and from the moment they stepped in my house, they were both supportive and comforting. Dr. Hou explained the process and what to expect and made sure I was comfortable with everything. When the time came to begin, Dr. Hou talked to and pet Sammie and made sure she was comfortable. While the sedative was taking effect, Dr. Hou sat with me and talked to me. It was such a comfort to have her calm presence, for both me and Sammie. As Sammie was crossing over, I was sitting with her and petting her on my bed and I cannot imagine a more peaceful way to go. Afterwards, they took paw imprints and removed Sammie in a respectful manner. I cannot recommend Last Wishes highly enough and although this was such a difficult situation, Dr. Hou and her assistant offered such comfort and support.

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

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