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Gentle Passing

Saying goodbye to your loving pet at home

Biography

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I was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, and knew I wanted to be a veterinarian from a young age.  I attended Auburn University for both undergraduate and veterinary studies, earning a BS in Biology in 1989, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1992.  Upon graduation, I needed a change from the southern states, and spent 5 years in Connecticut, working in both emergency and general practices. 

After 5 years of New England winters, I decided it was time for a less snowy climate, so I moved to the Seattle area in 1997.  I worked for 10 years at 24 hour emergency/critical care hospitals around the Puget Sound, along with some general practice relief work.   Currently, I do relief work for day and emergency practices around the greater Puget Sound.

I live near Seattle with my husband, daughter, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and a very hairy Peruvian guinea pig.  I enjoy all that Seattle and the Pacific NW has to offer – hiking, biking, ferry rides and great restaurants to name a few – and I feel very fortunate to be living here. 

After learning about the emergence of in-home pet euthanasia businesses around the country, I realized that this service would be appreciated in this area.  One particular experience stands out:

“Several years ago, I had the pleasure of working with the wonderful owners of a long-haired orange tabby cat named LeeLee.    LeeLee had a number of major medical problems, and his owners remained dedicated to the specialist care which he needed over the course of 2 years.  However, LeeLee was less than happy about coming into a veterinary hospital, and always made sure to let the doctors and staff know how he felt about them during his stays.  When LeeLee’s medical problems could no longer be managed, and quality of life became a major issue, his owners requested that he be euthanized at home.  This was not a service which we normally offered; however, I understood the importance of this request for this particular cat.  A veterinary technician friend accompanied me to the house, where we met LeeLee for the first time in his home environment – he was a totally different cat.  We heard stories about his life with his devoted owners, and gave a sedative and the final injection with them present.  I am still amazed at how different this experience was for the pet, the owners, and the veterinary professionals involved, compared to the hospital setting.  I appreciate the advantage that this choice offers for some pets and owners, and I am honored to be able to offer this option for those who choose it.”