WELCOME TO GENTLE HANDS CHERISHED PAWS

We are a veterinarian/veterinary technician team who offer in home veterinary hospice and end of life care services to families throughout the greater Seattle area. After spending the majority of our careers working in specialty hospitals we witnessed time and time again the heartbreak, stress, and devastation that inevitably occurred when a family was forced to say good-bye to a beloved family pet in the heat of an emergent situation. Those who were able to muster the courage to do “what was best” for their pet found little comfort in knowing that they had in fact done the right thing, and those who were able to take their pet home had few resources to guide them through keeping their pet comfortable. In 2013 we began practicing in home end of life care for veterinary patients to provide an alternative that would support and honor the entire family through this difficult albeit inevitable transition. In that time we found that the comfort and peace a pet and their family feel in their own home can cause this heartbreaking situation to go from tragic to peaceful and even a beautiful experience.

In 2016, after seeing first hand the peace this service afforded so many families, we decided to practice end of life care exclusively and Gentle Hands Cherished Paws was born. Our hope is to continue helping to educate and empower pet parents to better care for their pets during their golden years and to provide support to their families during this difficult transition.
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SERVICES

At Gentle Hands Cherished Paws we believe in caring for the mind, body, and spirit of our patients and the hearts of their caregivers; and while a large part of our practice is to facilitate a peaceful passing for our patients, we offer so much more including:

TESTIMONIALS

A special thank you

The hardest thing to do is to make the decision to lay your beloved pet to rest, even though the pain they are suffering through often goes silent, we know they would never ask to have happen because they are so loyal and never want to leave your side. The decision is heartbreaking, difficult and we often prolong their pain and suffering because it’s so hard on us, their loyal humans.

Zoe lives with us every day in memory, in spirit. We miss her terribly. But through all this pain, comes a light, your light. The light from Dr. Jason. There are not enough words or even the right words to express our gratitude. The depth of compassion, the breadth of support, and the level of sympathy received. He explained every single step of what was going to happen, what to expect, and gave us as much time as we wanted to spend with Zoe before her final resting. He consoled us, he supported us, he was gentle, caring, loving and truly the most compassionate person we could have wished for to take Zoe on her final journey. Zoe left us surrounded by family, in a serene warm environment at home in her own bed, and in a gentle caring way.

Gentle Hands and Cherished Paws is EXACTLY what Dr. Jason is, from the time he arrived, to the time he left. I can’t say enough good things about him. Even when my own vet would not refill her palliative care pain meds, Dr. Jason helped us by talking to the vet personally and within minutes had the issue resolved for us.

I would never lay another pet to rest any other way. We know it is inevitable at some point in time. We were lucky enough to have Zoe in our lives for over 14 years. I know this sounds odd, but thank you Dr. Jason for taking such good care of our girl, and for helping us down the path to her final resting place.

He wasn’t just a Dog…..

“From time to time people tell me, “Lighten up, it’s just a dog”, or, “That’s a lot of money for just a dog”. They don’t understand the distance traveled, time spent, or costs involved for “Just a dog”. Some of my proudest moments have come about with “Just a dog”. Many hours have passed with my only company being “Just a dog”, and not once have I felt slighted. Some of my saddest moments were brought about by “Just a dog”. In those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “Just a dog” provided comfort and purpose to overcome the day.

If you too, think it’s “Just a dog”, you will probalby understand phrases like “Just a friend”, “Just a sunrise”, or “Just a promise.” “Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. “Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because of “Just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.

For me and folks like me, it’s not “Just a dog”. It’s an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. “Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday people can understand it’s not “Just a dog”. It’s the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “Just a man”.

So the next time you hear the phrase “Just a dog,” smile, because they “Just don’t understand”. Author Unknown

Thank you Dr. Jason for your kindness and understanding while I said goodbye to my best friend. I don’t do emotions very well and you made it okay for me to try. I think this phot says it all. Zeke wasn’t “Just a Dog”

Forever Grateful

Thank you Dr. Jason, you have truly provided Woody and I a unique gift in guiding us through the end of life process for my buddy and I. Your love and respect of the life of Woody and precious care of my state of mind and comfort created the process for me to be in the moment and extract some beauty in my boy’s passing and in my pain. I deeply appreciate the care you took in each step of the end of life process with your heart felt attention to every detail. From the moment you entered our home until the moment you brought his ashes back, I knew Woody was in the hands of an angel. Your ability to instantly create a safe space for Woody and I to trust in you and your wisdom through this process was undeniable. Forever thankful, Woody and David

Compassionate and Caring

This is the first time we had in home euthanasia which was so much less stressful for our cat as well as us. The thought of putting a dying cat through a car ride and ending their life in a strange scary place was more than we could bear which is why we called Dr Jason.
When Dr Jason arrived he examined our cat Cheeto who had developed FIP and was dying. He confirmed that it was time, explaining his findings. He spent a lot of time telling us what to expect so there weren’t any surprises. He gave Cheeto the shot which worked immediately. He then went outside so we could have some private time to say goodbye to our dear friend. When he came back in he very gently and respectfully put Cheeto in a cozy basket and took him to be cremated.
Dr Jason was professional, respectful and caring, we wont hesitate to call on him again when the need arises.

Gamechanger

When my dalmatian/pit mix Rusty turned 15, he developed canine lymphoma, not uncommon in older larger dogs. I suspected he might have it, but didn’t want him to go through the rigors of chemo. Still, I wanted to give him the highest quality of life until the time we’d need to say goodbye, and I wanted to be able to have him home on his last day. So I decided to bring Dr, Jason into the health care team along with my regular vet at Wilderness Village in Maple Valley. Not only did Dr. Jason communicate beautifully with me and the vet office, he also brought in some adaptations on Rusty’s meds that allowed us to have an improvement in Rusty’s energy, ease of movement and general well being. Until the very end, Rusty was able to be happy, playful, and enthusiastic about meals and time together. And on the last day, which came sooner than I had expected, Dr. Jason moved his schedule to accomodate us and allow us to say goodbye to Rusty at home. Having Dr. Jason with us in the last months of Rusty’s life was a gamechanger for me – it gave me joy to see my old dog having fun, and it gave me peace to be able to let Rusty go at home, in his own bed, without fear, and in the place he felt most comfortable and most loved.

I can’t recommend Dr. Jason enough – he was truly a blessing!

“Dogs have qualities and the ability to show love that humans only wish they had too”

Saying goodbye to our pug Gunther was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. We had 12 wonderful years with Gunther that I wouldn’t trade for anything. When we knew it was time to let Gunther go it was extremely difficult and emotional. Everything about the experience with Dr. Jason was wonderful. The compassion and caring Dr. Jason demonstrated was outstanding. The name could not be more accurate, Gentle Hands – Cherished Paws! Thank you Dr. Jason!

LaMocha Frappe Good Bye

Dr Jason was so wonderful and my sweet LaMocha at 15 years old being blind and deaf, it was MORE then just a blessing to have Dr Jason come to her home to help relieve her pain and help me say my final good bye to a great pet (family member). As I held LaMocha she was very comforted by my touch and peacefully went to heaven to see her daddy, my husband who passed in 2013. LaMocha was his little girl (we only had boys as our sons) so daddy is with his little girl now. The whole process was very nice and extremely easier on me, not having to drive after this event, while I was so upset at my lose. THANK YOU and GOD BLESS you Dr Jason for helping me give LaMocha a quiet and comfortable, peaceful ending to a GREAT life!

Thank You from Winston, Maggie, Kathryn and Kevin

Thank you for your compassion and care with my best friend, Winston. 14.5 years was still not enough time with him. Encouraging us to allow his partner, Maggie, to also say goodbye was the right thing to do… although heart wrenching. I am so glad there are special people like you in the world, Dr. Jason.

“A dog in your family will bring you some of the most joyful days of your life…and one of the worst.” –Unknown

Ari was diagnosed with a tumor on his heart valve end of January. Because of his symptoms, we knew it had been growing. The vets at the emergency care did not give me much hope for more than a few weeks. I was so shocked. A friend of mine gave me the contact information for Gentle Hands Cherished Paws for palliative care. Dr. Jason was amazing. He came for several consults and was available for questions in between visits. He became Ari’s primary doctor for the remaining time. Dr. Jason got to know Ari and because of that, I felt confident that I would have a partner in helping Ari to be comfortable and help me know when it is time to let go. As it happened, Ari and I (and his pack mate) had 3 months together, the last of which I was off work. The most important part for me was quality of life to do doggie things and enjoy life–not keep him medicated and alive because I wasn’t ready. Truth be told, I wasn’t ever “ready” to let go of him, but when the day came that Ari started to suffer, Dr. Jason explained everything, treated Ari and me with compassion and respect, gave me time to absorb each phase and was gentle and respectful even after Ari was gone. Ari’s packmate was allowed to come see him after so she knew what happened. So much better than the sterile, scary atmosphere in an office.
I am so thankful for the service Dr. Jason provides. I would highly recommend Gentle Hands Cherished Paws to anyone in need of hospice, palliative care, and end-of-life planning.

Angie, Jay, Marley Norman and Phoebe

Testimonials and Reviews - Dogs Veterinary Care Service

We can’t say enough good things about Dr. Jason and Tory. They are and have been the most comforting and nurturing people. If you are looking for the best end of life care for your pet and for someone who will help you know how and when to make the hard decision, you could not ask for better people. There is nothing more comforting than being able to say goodbye to your loved one in your own home and we are so grateful for Gentle Hands Cherished Paws that they provide this service.

Thank you Dr. Jason and Tory. You each have been given a gift of compassion for both animals and their humans. Losing our dogs has been one of the hardest things we have ever gone through. Thank you for helping us navigate uncharted territory and for making something so sad, a little more beautiful. We are forever grateful.

Jacob and Amy Inman

Testimonials and Reviews - Cat Veterinary Hospital in United State

Recently Moustache Girl, our sweet 6 year old kitty, was diagnosed with intestinal cancer. She had been having episodes of vomiting, lethargy and she lost a lot of weight in a short period of time. My wife and I made the difficult decision to say goodbye and we preferred that this happen in the comfort of our own home and while she still had a little fire left in her. We called Dr. Jason Goodwin with Gentle Hands Cherished Paws and scheduled an appointment for the next morning. When Dr. Jason arrived he gently examined our sweet girl and went over the recent diagnostics performed by our regular veterinarian. We discussed how Moustache Girl had been doing and talked about our concerns for her quality of life and all agreed that this was the best decision for her. Dr. Jason then explained the process to us with his calm demeanor and wonderful bedside manner. We were very happy with the service that Dr. Jason provides and are grateful we got to say goodbye on our terms. We have 2 dogs and another cat and when the time comes Dr. Jason Goodwin with Gentle Hands Cherished Paws will be the first and only person we call. RIP Moustache Girl. We miss and love you always.

G. Nakamaru, Bellevue, WA

On behalf of our whole family, I’d like to thank you for making the passing of Lady dignified and compassionate. You’re professionalism and empathy is truly appreciated.

A. Gilmore

In 2013 my loving companion, Oliver was diagnosed with degenerative neuropathy. The news was devastating as I knew what was to come. Over the next 2 years his mobility slowly declined. In the beginning his care was monitored by various specialists. Every treatment was exhausted. He also had 2 bouts with cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. About a year ago he went into hospice due to the decline in his mobility. That’s when Dr. Jason and Tory became his primary care givers. They helped keep him comfortable and allowed him quality of life. They gave him and myself the gift of a few more months together. When the time came to say goodbye my family was able to come from out of town to be able to celebrate Oliver’s life with us on his final day. Dr. Jason and Tory arrived and were able to spend some time with all of us and go over in detail the euthanasia process for those family members who were not familiar. When we felt it was time they gave him an injection to sedate him first. We all spent time remembering his life. Once the sedation took effect Oliver relaxed and even started to snore in my arms. The final injection was given and his peaceful passing could not have been more beautiful. The compassion and care Dr. Jason and Tory showed was overwhelming. They were exceptionally respectful of Oliver’s body as he was covered and removed from my house. Not only were they there for Oliver when he needed them, they were there for my family and myself. I could not have asked for a better experience during such a difficult time.

Wit Family, West Seattle

Thank you Dr.Jason for your love of animals and for being passionate in helping people through the services you provide. We all miss our sweet Ong Bak…and are forever grateful that you were there to help us with the process.

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Jason Goodwin, DVM
Tory Gannon, LVT
Gentle Hands Cherished Paws