A Four-Legged Word

 

In life we struggle and stumble along the way and at different times, we all face a battle of some sort. I was no different other than perhaps I entered the trenches earlier than most. When I was eleven my mother lost her fight for life. The impact was immeasurable. I was propelled forward into life, determined to find meaning. At times I wore a mask of smiles and determination. I thought that was ambition; some end goal that proved the cliché, everything happens for a reason. I poured myself into this idea that, although absent, I would make my Mother proud. I would make a love for all creatures into something so much more. I would become a Veterinarian. I stayed up all hours studying and living off chocolate covered espresso beans, having caffeinated aspirations of specializing in Medicine or Critical Care but there was another divine plan in the works.

I was working at a 24-hour practice when the light bulb went off in the pet euthanasia room. Dogs and cats were frightened to be there and yet these were their last moments with us. This wasn’t how they should leave us. They should be surrounded by love nestled, warm in their own bed. They should have been lapping ice cream, chocolate or some other forbidden treat. We owed them the most graceful departure – not gripping a cold sterile exam table or waiting in an impersonal lobby full of strange barking. Something stirred inside of me. Something I thought had been itself, put to sleep.

I made a vow then to offer something different. I would give these families moments of grace and love when they needed it most – the two and the four-legged. Love, for me, had now become a four-legged word. And with that, Paws into Grace was born. I was finally finding myself as I discovered what had been there all along. Maybe struggles do happen for a reason. I was giving comfort and healing because I understood. I understood because we all feel this emptiness when a loved one moves on from this world. Through this, I found my healing.

Elizabeth Benson, DVM
Paws Into Grace

Testimonials

I can't recommend them enough. I had to say goodbye to my 21 year old cat companion. I read the reviews here on Yelp and chose Paws Into Grace and they made an unbearable situation not worse - from the people on the phone to the amazing doctor who... read more

Renee C.

My absolute love Dante had heart failure three months ago. After having him on many medications to help him, his enthusiasm and appetite declined last couple of days. He was in pain and we decided to help him go to heaven rather than torturing him... read more

Diane C.

I wanted to thank you for sending Dr. Brown to euthanize our beloved Myleigh on March 4, 2021. She was compassionate and accommodating, she explained every step of the procedure, and gave us some alone time with Myleigh after she sedated her, but... read more

Terry A.

Renee C.

I can't recommend them enough. I had to say goodbye to my 21 year old cat companion. I read the reviews here on Yelp and chose Paws Into Grace and they made an unbearable situation not worse - from the people on the phone to the amazing doctor who came out to the house. She was so understanding and supportive. They were all so helpful, understanding and nice. My girl got to stay at home and say goodbye in the backyard (a hummingbird flew over and it seemed like a good sign too). So glad I didn't have to take her to a cold vet office.

Diane C.

My absolute love Dante had heart failure three months ago. After having him on many medications to help him, his enthusiasm and appetite declined last couple of days. He was in pain and we decided to help him go to heaven rather than torturing him with more medications which would make him even more miserable. I called and spoke to a very kind lady who was patient as I cried through making an appointment. We made an appointment for 1:30pm. Dr. Toni arrived. She was very kind, explained everything to us and gave us the time to be with our boy after the first shot. He wasn't relaxing enough so she gave him a second shot. We stayed with him throughout the entire process and I carried him to her car in the end. It was a very difficult decision but knowing that our boy is not in pain, gives us some peace. We are thankful to Dr. Toni for her kindness and compassion. They will arrange the cremation for us. Since we are in a pandemic, we had our masks on and said goodbye to our boy in our garden.

Terry A.

I wanted to thank you for sending Dr. Brown to euthanize our beloved Myleigh on March 4, 2021. She was compassionate and accommodating, she explained every step of the procedure, and gave us some alone time with Myleigh after she sedated her, but before she attached the IV. We were relieved that we made the decision to let her go to doggy heaven at home. It was a tranquil and serene passing for her, and it very much aids us in the grieving and healing process knowing that she passed away so peacefully. Based on the grace and compassion Dr. Brown demonstrated on one of the most awful days of our lives we would not hesitate to recommend Paws Into Grace for others facing this very painful time.
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