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Why I do this


I will never forget the day that I had to say goodbye to Chief.  He was a 16 year old Cocker Spaniel that I absolutely adored. I had said goodbye to other pets in the past, but this time it was different. This time I was the veterinarian as well as a grieving family member.  We all knew it was time for Chief to make the trek over the rainbow bridge. 

I couldn’t bare the idea of bringing him to my hospital where he would only visit a few times a year. Rather, the people who loved him all met in a field by his favorite walking trail.  It was a sunny day. We all cried as we sat in the grass and shared our favorite memories to the greatest soul we had ever known and loved.  No one saw us – Chief was surrounded by the people that cherished him.  There was no rush, no noise, no pressure, no hospital.  It was in this moment that I knew that every pet-parent deserves this parting. 

​I am proud to be the founder of Parting Paws.  My wish is to make one of the most difficult moments in life just a little bit more comfortable for you and your pet.  My promise is to allow everyone a chance to be in their own space, with their own privacy, to part with their beloved pet in their own way.  I will do my very best to make this process as stress free as possible. 

When it is time, call me and I will be honored to assist you down this road. 

Chief brought me to this work but Charlie reinforced it. 


Charlie was my soul dog. came into my life as a tiny little puppy at the start of my 2nd year of Vet school at Cornell. He was there for every late night study session, was never mad during endless clinical hours and was a calm pin cushion while I added in acupuncture school.

It was just the start of his steadfast support by my side. His love for me never took a break all of his 14 years and 2 months. This hero saw me through Cornell, marriage, building a house, divorce, climbing the corporate ladder, chasing the dream of self employment, tragic loss, becoming an Aunt, adopting crazy Flopsy, moving across the country, new love, new adventures, sleepless nights of stress and every single moment in between.

Today the love of my life asked me to let him on his next journey. He told me I was ready for tomorrow without him and he was ready for rainbow bridge fun.

In the sunshine, just him and I. 

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