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My husband and I were so impressed with the professionalism and compassion of the entire staff at Peaceful Pet Passage. From the conversations to arrange the in house euthanasia, to the actual day, and then our appointment to pick-up Monster's ashes; they made a difficult time a little less painful. They exhibited empathy; a virtue not often seen in our busy world. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
My husband and I can't say enough great things about your organization. It was a tough decision and your people were so caring and it made saying goodbye so much easier. I would like to add a tribute for Rocky with pictures to your site. Can you send instructions? Thank you again.
We had to make a very very hard decision when our beautiful German Shepherd Thor who was no longer able to use his back legs and was no longer eating or drinking, he was a wonderful part of our family for 8 years. When we contacted Peaceful Pet Passage, from the very first phone call, everyone was so sympathetic and wonderful to deal with, everyone was so helpful through this very sad experience. I do not want to think about this at this time because this is so fresh but I do have to say we will be using them again when we need to say goodbye to another furry family member. I would recommend Peaceful Pet Passage to anyone who has to go through this.
On October 5,2012 my little Colby passed away at home but his memories will last me my lifetime. It was a peaceful loving transition for him and for me. He was with his human friends and me (his mommy). I had our favorite 50's/60's music on. I sang to him some of our favorite songs as the event went through. He stayed on my stomach,chest and arms while I was in the recliner where we slept for many a nap. I talked with him of my love for him and all we had as close companions.
I first met Colby in early June of the year 2007. I had lost a Cocker Spaniel named lady about 3 months prior. Colby and I met through Beth Lobato of Canine Rescue and Colby was temporarily residing at Kinship Kennels just waiting for someone to love him would come visit. Colby was part Jack Russell and I wasn't quite sure if I wanted one. I had to go and find out as I was so lonely. I sat on a sofa at Kinship Kennels and waited for Colby to come out. Would he like me was on my mind. Beth came out with Colby to the outer area where I was waiting and he ran, jumped up beside me and KISSED me. I immediately said I wanted him. Who couldn't love a lover like that. It has been 5 and 1/2 years of love and companionship. He loved laying on the love seat in the upstairs bedroom's south window soaking up the sunshine while waiting for me to come home from errands. He would run out the back yard to meet me running as fast as he could and me yelling "run Colby run===run like the wind" I'll miss that little face tilted off to one side and the floppy ears. Talk? He would talk to me,with me and to whomever would listen to him bark. But rarely would I tell him to be quiet as I knew that in adopting an older dog that someday I'd do anything to hear that bark again and again.
Oh, the stories I could tell about Colby and me would take forever. When you saw one of us the other was there or not too far behind. Colby shed white hair everywhere. Just little love reminders of him. Oh what I'd do to have to brush them off the car seat,sofa and me again. It will take years to get all those "love reminders" from the house and car but to be honest I'm not in any big hurry. His hairs never really bothered me and it assured me he would always be around. He taught me unconditional love, patience and tolerance.
Since writing this I have received into my life another Jack Russell mix and I hope he and I have even half the relationship that Colby and I had and I will be satisfied.
Colby my love I will miss you dearly. Love, Mom
For old times sake I'll do a final send off I'd write at the end of all my correspondence: Love, Julie and Colby
If one has never experienced the heartfelt joy of loving a pet, then ones’ soul truly remains untouched by the greatest joy imaginable. With that said, our story begins.... It was a sunny day in September of 1996 when a 5 week old Pug graced my life. She was an adorable puppy. Her name was Nitanee. As I reminisce, a smile instantly forms. She quickly became the most important being in my life, always by my side. Years passed and I married. I was truly blessed, as my husband loved Nitanee as much as I did. We became an instant family, just the three of us. Nitanee developed health problems at the young age of two, but we were always able to keep those problems under control. That was true until that dreadful day in September of 2008. Nitanee was 12 years old. In July of 2008, my husband and I had noticed signs of something terribly wrong. In our hearts, we knew 'it would only be a matter of time'. I shudder to even type those words, let alone live through them. Knowing what was ahead, we began to discuss in great detail, the specifics of Nitanee's final resting site. We knew we wanted her to be buried. It was imperative to find a location that would allow us to visit her grave, as it was critical for us to be able to mourn her passing, yet honor her life. I began searching the internet for local pet cemeteries. It was then that I found the PA State Pet Memorial and Cemetery. I scheduled an appointment to discuss preparation of burial details. I was greeted by John, a true gentleman. After sincere discussion, I knew instantly that we had found the most perfect eternal resting location for Nitanee. Although very difficult for us to accomplish, details were arranged. I left the PA State Pet Memorial and Cemetery that day with tears streaming. Knowing the next time I would be there would be for the funeral of our precious family member. Yet also feeling a sense of relief. Aware that when that day did arrive, we would be prepared with burial details and Nitanee would be treated with utmost respect. Those last three months of Nitanee’s life were heartbreaking. A brain tumor was surmised. Gradually, she became disoriented. Weight loss became apparent, and ultimately loss of ability to walk. On a sunny day in September of 2008, we made an appointment at our veterinarian's office for Nitanee to be treated. I'll never forget the emotions felt while transporting Nitanee that day. My head ranting 'we can fix her with medicine' my heart aching with 'this is the end of our journey together'. After Nitanee's medical assessment, her Doctor gave us the horrifying briefing. Nitanee was in congestive heart failure, she was struggling, her quality of life shattered. We were advised that there was nothing more that could be done to treat her. As I look back at that day, those words, that room, the whole scenario, it is still hard to comprehend. We struggled to find the courage within to sign euthanasia documents. A sedative was administered. We held onto her tightly and told her over and over again how much we truly loved her. How thankful we were that she gave us unconditional love. Earnestly repeating just how much she had meant to us throughout her years. Then...a second injection was administered. Within seconds Nitanee entered eternal peace. When leaving the veterinarian's office, we placed an immediate phone call to the PA State Pet Memorial and Cemetery. It was a Saturday, and within minutes our phone call was returned by Rob Lauver. In that moment, the detailed planning of three months prior proved to be crucial, as we were in no condition to make informative decisions at that time. Rob and John took care of all arrangements and our grieving process instantly began. Our family members were notified and Nitanee's funeral was to take place the following Tuesday. Providing a modest funeral for Nitanee allowed not only us, but our immediate family members to mourn as well. It was comforting to have them by our side. Nitanee was laid to rest on a luscious green hillside, in an unpretentious coffin. Her favorite pink blanket and stuffed toy surrounded her. Six pink roses were placed on top of her coffin and prayer was offered by a dear friend. A magnificent Maple tree adorns her grave. Tranquility is all around her. The compassion shown by Rob and John was apparent during my initial visit to the PA State Pet Memorial and Cemetery. It continued, throughout the funeral process, and still continues to this day. My husband and I are eternally grateful for their efforts, providing a safe haven for Nitanee and many animals so dear to others. We visit Nitanee often. Always thankful for the PA State Pet Memorial and Cemetery. Forever mindful of the consistent care and dedication that is so clearly evident when walking the beautiful grounds of the cemetery. In life, Nitanee gave us immense happiness. With her passing, it is humbling to have been able to provide Nitanee with the respect that she so richly deserved. Rob and John, from our hearts, we sincerely thank you for all your endeavors and selfless acts of kindness. For what you have done and contiue to do, we are eternally grateful.