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"When the time comes Dr. Jason Goodwin with Gentle Hands Cherished Paws will be the first and only person we call"
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"Thank you so much for caring. It is no small thing to offer so much of yourselves up to strangers in need"
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"It was priceless to be able to comfort him at his own home and watch him spend his last hours lounging in his back yard"
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"You were both so very kind and understanding during such a difficult time for us"
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.
Thank you Jason, very much.
Jason is very professional. He states early on how the euthanize procedure will happen. He answers any questions you may have and lets you take your time to say goodbye to your pet. He is compassionate and makes you feel comfortable with his years of veterinary knowledge. We are very glad we chose Gentle Hands Cherished Paws to guide us through our final moments with our loving cat Maya.
We have had to put 7 animals down so far in my lifetime and by far Dr. Jason’s process was the best. In my past experiences the sedation part prior to the injection of the pentobarbital is very quick. Dr. Jason’s sedation medication was just enough to allow her to go to sleep slowly which gave us plenty of time to say goodbye to her and comfort her while she was moving through this journey. It wasn’t rushed. Also, Dr. Jason was very compassionate and very patient through the whole process.
We are extremely grateful for
We are extremely grateful for the care, kindness and compassion that Dr. Christina Crouthers demonstrated recently when we had to euthanize Turbo, our beloved family pet of 17+ years.
Christina made two visits to our home before the euthanization to diagnose and attempt to treat our pet before determining, via a blood draw and subsequent evaluation, that he was entering into terminal kidney failure. This was a dramatically different (better!) experience than I am confident we all would have had if we had gone to an emergency pet hospital.
Even though all care was provided during the Christmas holidays, Christina was always prompt with her response to our inquiries and complete in her explanation of all findings. She was even in contact on at least two occasions with the veterinary clinic that had been Turbo’s provider for many years, obtaining medical records and soliciting information from them. For all of this, we are most grateful.
Thank you very much for helping us take care of Tommy, very special thanks to Dr. Christina, such a gentle and compassionate woman…so glad she provided her service….we both are so grateful to you
Jes and Alicia
Dr. Jason, Tory and staff
Dr. Jason, Tory and staff are amazing human beings. They are so compassionate and their love for animals is imprinted on their souls. Dr. Jason has been with me and/or my dad at least 10 times over the past 12 years to help our furry family members (both dogs and cats) cross over. He makes a very hard day as calming and comforting as it can be. He explains every step of the process along the way. If you are still trying to figure out what the path should be for you and your pet, he is also a wealth of knowledge and great help in making those decisions. I highly recommend his services.
The Sweetest Girl
I want to thank Gentle Hands Cherished Paws for being so gentle and understanding when I made the decision no pet owner wants to make. Christina was gentle, kind, and compassionate when she helped Jasmine pass over the rainbow. Jasmine was my light, my best friend, most of all my girl. Thank you for taking such good care of her.
Compassionate care for a peaceful passing.
Dr. Jason has a huge heart filled with compassion. He is very personable and down to earth. Dr. Jason answered all our questions and thoroughly explained the euthanasia process and aftercare choices from start to finish. Although heartbroken, our family felt at peace every step of the way thanks to Dr. Jason. I would highly recommend his services and would definitely use Dr. Jason again. Thank you for making this very difficult process a peaceful transition for our beloved Shadow and ourselves.
Such compassion during a difficult time
We cannot express our gratitude enough for Dr. Jason and the services he provided to our family over the weekend. We had two elderly dogs that we said goodbye to. All our adult children were here, and he was kind and caring during the whole process. He answered every question with kindness, and we could tell his heart hurt with ours, even though we knew we were doing the right thing. It was such a peaceful and calm moment for our dogs, and I am so thankful we could take care of them in their final moments in their own home, on their beds, without fear.
I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Jason and his team if you are ever faced with this difficult decision, it is by far the most peaceful way to say goodbye to your pets!
Thank you for your compassion
We are so thankful for the kindness and compassion shown by Gentle Hands Cherished Paws. I spoke with Dr. Jason last week to discuss a consultation for our beloved Sir Bon Bon who had longstanding gut motility and constipation issues. Since adoption in April 2021 we have tried switching his diet, changing brands, high fiber vs low fiber, and putting him on stool softeners and meds. He had several vet visits and a hospital at the local ER hospital for deobstipation. Our Bon Bon appeared to be having more frequent flares and appeared to be in pain. He started eating less, became more lethargic, and hid more from us. I have never had to make this type of call before on any of my furry friends in the past so I didn’t know quite what to expect. Dr. Jason was so kind to listen and set up an appointment for a consultation the following day. The vet that came out to the house the next day (I’m so sorry, I wish I could recall her name) was so kind, so compassionate and had thoroughly reviewed Bon Bon’s records upon arrival. We were able to ask questions about his long-standing quality of life and an exam confirmed our worst fears. He was severely obstipated. With her guidance, we decided that since he was on the upper dosing max for all the meds and had had so many prior procedures before for a clean out that we would say goodbye to our beloved friend. She explained everything so well, was so gentle with Bon Bon, and allowed us time to give him kisses and hugs. Your kindness and compassion during the whole time were just amazing and comforting to us in a very difficult time for us. We truly can’t express in words just how thankful we feel. From the bottom of our hearts thank you. The Whitby Family
Gentle Hands is the best!
I experienced a very hard decision that I had to make to put my 16 year dog Lucky down. Lucky was a very compassionate dog and had lived a very long life, but still it is not easy to put your best friend down even if you know he is suffering with multiple health issues. What I did know was that I could not take him somewhere to have him put down. Because Lucky was a family friend to my sisters, nieces, great nephews and niece. I wanted them to be able to come not only for support for me but for Lucky too.
So I contacted Gentle hands and Dr. Goodwin came about 6 months ago to assess Lucky’s health. We decided we would just let him go through the aging process. Well I contacted them again a couple of weeks ago and yet another med was prescribed. After a couple of weeks I decided it was time to let my little friend go. So I called Dr. Goodwin again and set the date. I had never been through this before, but Dr. Goodwin’s gentleness and explaining the steps helped me to know Lucky was in good hands. While I cried through the process it was seamless and my family and I could say nothing but good things about Dr.Goodwin. His is such a gentle soul with much compassion. If you find yourself reading this review, contact them as they are the very Best !
Only Way To Go
I used Gentle Hands for my grandcat while he was in my care. The doctor was so gentle and actually thought Smokey had a little more time. When it was the right time, Smokey went to his final sleep in a home where he was comfortable and loved w/ot the stress of going to an office. I will never do it another way and now my friend’s dog is ready as well and will be referring her to this organization. Thank you so much for you gentle love and care.
We are a heart broken family who said goodbye to our 16 year old Maltese Lucky today. We are so grateful for Dr. Jason, who was so kind and respectful. As a momma bear I really appreciated how he also included my kiddos in the conversation and worried about our other 2 fur kids. We will always recommend Dr. Jason to anyone who has to travel the road we did today. Thank you, Dr. Jason!!
Rest easy Lucky capone our boy
Lucky, it hasn’t even been 24 hours of you being gone. An we miss you SO MUCH!!
Thank you for your kindness
Your kindness was so appreciated doing this hard time. Bo-Bo’s passing, or as the current phase goes, “crossing the Rainbow Bridge”, was so very peaceful.
He is resting and, most assuredly, chasing raccoons and squirrels!
Thank very much? 💕🥰
Thank you Dr. Jason
Dr. Jason was so gentle and kind with our beautiful Lab, Bella and grieving Boxer, Ammo. He helped us prepare for what to expect with our fur baby losing his sister and even helped us make paw prints for our kids to have. Wouldn’t have put our Bella to rest any other way and with any other vet. Thank you GHCP 💕
So happy to have come across GHCP. Dr Goodwin and Dr Hannah really helped us out of a difficult situation. It was tough to get a good read on Sophie’s advancing cancer and how much she was actually suffering. Dr Hannah helped us reach a decision that felt right and supported us through the last days. It made all the difference and we are grateful.
Dr. Goodwin & Dr. Hannah are angels 🙏🏻❤️🐾
My sweet best friend Gidget (THE ABSOLUTE LOVE OF MY LIFE) started going through a trachea collapse 😭 she was probably 11or 12, I’m not sure because I rescued her….I mean…SHE rescued me!! My veterinarian did not do house calls but gave me gentle hands cherished paws phone number. I found myself leaving a message for Dr. Goodwin…. Something that made my heart sick. I couldn’t believe when he called me back! He was on the phone with me for 10 minutes! He was so kind caring understanding. Dr. Hannah came to my house this tiny little angel with so much compassion patience and love let my little girl cross the rainbow bridge in her own home and in our bed. These doctors are from God!! They are forever in my heart! Thank you all of you! The next time I have to make another hard decision I know you will be here for us! ❤️🙏🏻🐾❤️🙏🏻🐾❤️🙏🏻🐾
All of my love,
So wonderfully caring
The decision to let a beloved fur-baby cross the rainbow bridge is never easy. Dr. Jason was so kind, compassionate, and reassuring that it helped remove some of the heavy weight I felt in my heart saying good-bye to my kitty Tucker, and I will be forever grateful.
great experience – my dog passed peacefully
In the past, I have taken my dogs into the vet’s office to be euthanized. This experience was so much better!
Dr. Jason came out to rural Yelm at our appt. time. He was very kind and patient and explained the process to me.
I had set up a cot for my dog under his favorite big leaf maple tree. We brought my dog out when it was time and he laid down on the cot and went back to sleep while Dr. Jason started the process. I was able to have my other pets present and it all happened so peacefully. I am eternally grateful and plan to use Dr. Jason for my future pets.
The Ultimate Care & Understanding Team
We had a 12 year old German Shephard in hospice care with GHCP. I felt at ease with the care plan they provided. When it came time to let our pup go, it was at home and peaceful , allowing the least amount of stress for our pup. We have had such a good experience, we have switched over our other puppy to them. They are thoughtful, caring and very responsive to any questions you have about your thoughts and worries about the whole process. I recommend them to anyone who is facing the difficult decision of treating their older pups.
Made a huge difference
Dr Jason came out to our house, spent a good bit of quality time with us and our beloved Duke-e-do, and helped us with our decision. He didn’t rush, didn’t hurry us, and showed more compassion than any of our regular vets ever have! We really appreciated his care, concern and professional, honest manner. Thank you Dr Jason for helping us and for making a horrible day a bit easier to deal with!
Kindness and caring in a tough time
Dr. Jason was incredibly thoughtful throughout the process. From the moment I called he made me feel like my dog and I were in good hands. He explained everything so I was prepared. More importantly my dog spent her last bit of time comfortable and at home surrounded by love.
He treated my dog with as much love and care as I would. I appreciated his kindness in really rough time.
Caring and Supportive
We had not 1 but 2 of our 5 fur babies needing services and Dr. Jason was incredibly supportive and caring throughout the entire process. He was very kind and respectful not only of our feelings during this rough time, but also how he approached/touched, managed both our Kalena Kea a 4 year old Pyr/Lab; and Princess a 16 year old Siamese.
Thank you Dr. Jason for what you do and for helping so many families through this process. His entire team – even after when delivering the ashes continued to be respectful and caring.
Wonderful service for humans and pets
Dr Jason was incredibly considerate and provides a meaningful service for those of us that must unfortunately decide to euthanize our beloved fur babies. From the moment he walked into our home, he was gracious and caring. He performed a check up on our elderly cat. He explained the procedure clearly. He made both humans and pet feel safe. He cared for our cat in a loving way throughout the entire process.
I highly recommend having Dr Jason come to your home, especially now when vet hospitals limit visitors.
Our grieving process has been lighter knowing that our family member was cared for in such a personal and thoughtful manner. Much gratitude!
I cannot find the words to express how much we appreciate Dr. Jason and Dr. Adrienne with Gentle Hands and Cherished Paws. From the initial call with Dr. Jason to the home visit from Dr. Adrienne; their empathy, compassion and professionalism exceeded all expectations and greatly helped us through the most difficult of times – letting go of our golden, Midas. Thank you Doctors…..forever grateful.
So Grateful to Dr. Jason
I have never had to put at animal to sleep before and on top of being heartbroken to say goodbye to Helena, I was scared and worried for her. Dr. Jason was quick to respond, prepared, considerate, and took the time to explain every possible thing that could happen as we said goodbye. There was no issue at all with letting my other dogs comfort Helena as she passed over and he offered resources to help all of us with grief. He was also patient and kind about restating something that I had missed the first time around. We have two other old dogs and while I would obviously rather they live forever, I truly hope that we have the chance to say goodbye with Dr. Jason’s guidance and compassion. I cannot speak highly enough of him and his services.
Thank you Dr. Jason!
Derek, Ecaterina, BooBoo, and Tanzy
Sweet Molly Junebug
Our Molly June had the kindest heart, and sweetest soul. She truly lived her 14 1/2 years just darn happy to be a dog, loved doing dog things, and was an amazing gentle spirit in our home. Dr. Jason gave our girl the passing on to Dog Heaven that she deserved and we are forever grateful to him for that. We felt we had found the perfect kindred soul in Dr. Jason to help her, and us in what is such a painful moment for all pet lovers. We know our girl was in the best hands she could have been in and we thank him from the bottom of our hearts.
Farewell to Bo. . .
My husband and I want to thank Dr. Jason Goodwin for making an incredibly difficult day more bearable. His sensitivity and kindness were much appreciated. Our beautiful 18 Y/O male cat, Bo, had been fighting kidney disease for over a year, including daily “sub-q” hydration. He was a trouper, but recent bloodwork showed that the disease had progressed. He had lost a significant amount of weight and had recently begun to show digestive symptoms, indicating that something else might be going on. He had been under regular vet care, but we made an appointment to assess the new symptoms.
After a thorough exam and an ultrasound, our vet gave us very bad news: Bo likely had intestinal lymphoma–on top of late-stage renal disease. We were faced with subjecting him to further invasive and painful diagnostic procedures and treatment, or we could decide to spare him this further discomfort. Our vet felt that he would continue to decline, and any possible extension of his life would be short, so we should consider letting him go. Our vet gave us information about Gentle Hands Cherished Paws, and I called that afternoon. Dr. Goodwin returned my call promptly, and an appointment was set for the next day. We vacillated the rest of the day and evening and decided that we would ask Dr. Goodwin to examine Bo and, if any uncertainty remained, we could consider postponement.
Dr. Goodwin did a thorough exam and reviewed Bo’s bloodwork. Sadly, he concurred with our vet’s recommendation. He proceeded to explain in detail every step of the euthanizing process and told us exactly what to expect. The process was virtually stress and pain free for our much-loved cat. Due to his kidney failure, the final medication took a bit longer to act, but Bo was sedated and at peace in his own home and his own bed. Gentle Hands Cherished Paws offers a valuable service to pets and their grieving families. We highly recommend Dr. Goodwin.
We are so very grateful for the wonderful care provided by Dr. Jason Goodwin. Unfortunately both of our beloved dogs needed to be put down at the same time. Jason responded promptly to our request, and was so very kind, gentle and respectful. It was wonderful being able to do this at home, as one of the dogs was always extremely anxious at the vet. Both dogs were calm, comfortable, and passed peacefully. We highly recommend Gentle Hands Cherished Paws! Pam & Bob
Our sweet Ivy had always been so anxious at the vet that when her time was drawing near, we wanted her last day not to be a time of anxiety. We hit the jackpot in finding Dr. Goodwin! His response to our call was prompt and he set a perfect tone both for us, Ivy, and our other pets who were present. Dr. Jason was very personable, relaxed and respectful – he very effectively made a sad occasion palatable. There were tears, but also laughter and sweetness. Best of all, Ivy was completely comfortable and relaxed as we said our goodbyes as she eased away. While this is surely not our favorite part of having a pet family, it is part of the deal; we will call Gentle Hand Cherished Paws from now on – this service is SO aptly named! Thank you so very much!
Martha & Dayle
I will thank Jason forever…
Our pet injured his back in a freak accident and needed to be put to sleep. Rather than take him to a conventional vet and wait for hours in a room full of sick and frightened pets, getting more stressed and scared every minute, we decided to try Gentle Hands Cherished Paws. Jason came to our home, and helped us through the process in the kindest, gentlest way possible, and our beloved Cinnamon got to spend his last few minutes in his own home, totally relaxed and free from fear. We will forever thank Jason for making this experience as painless and stress-free as possible for him. You’ve got clients for life!
I can’t say enough kind words about Jason and the way he made this heartbreaking decision as easy as it could be. He spoke kindly, explained the whole process from beginning to end, and did not rush the process which gave us time to say our goodbyes. After the hardest part, he even offered to cut some fur and put it in a glass jar, and gave us a clay paw print. Not to mention he was willing to travel all the way out to Grapeview when all of our other local options couldn’t. I honestly felt like he cared and was very empathetic. Thank you so much for making this process as easy as it could have been. I truly believe Yukon was in the best hands possible.
Gentle For sure!
Dr Jason came highly recommended to us from a friend and I highly recommend him too! He was gentle, kind, patient, compassionate and explained everything in great detail. My dog babies were at ease and did not have stress. Dr Jason definitely cares, there’s no doubt.
There is so much that I want to say but most of all it is thank you. I knew the end was coming so a few weeks ago I reached out for information. My boy, Spencer has spent so much of his life in and out of the vet. He had fought cancer for most of his life, which involved many surgeries and lots of chemo. I knew he was not going to spend his last minutes scared and in a vets office. After an email and speaking to Dr. Goodwin I knew that he was who I wanted to help my boy. He was so calming, he walked us through everything and, he gave us all time we needed. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life but also easily the best choice I could have made. I gave Spencer the gift of a peaceful passing in his own bed surrounded by family. I know he was not scared and that has given me so much peace. I can’t thank Dr. Goodwin enough for helping us.
Dr. Jason was so kind and gracious while helping us make the decision to help our sweet Pomeranian Gizmo pass over. Gizmo life a long 16 yrs but was getting very ill from natural aging. It was nice to be able to do this procedure in our home. I got to hold my Gizmo through his passage. I highly recommend GHCP for this service.
Dr Jason came to my home this morning to ease my boy Victor on to his next life. Dr Jason is kind and compassionate. He explained the process and waited patiently while we said our goodbyes. He was very gentle with our buddy. He allowed our younger dog to climb all over him and lick his face when we brought her in to see her brother. I can’t thank him enough for helping us to transition Victor to a place without suffering.
Forever grateful and highly recommend Dr Jason to anyone who needs to help a beloved pet move on.
The best choice
Dr Goodwin made a bad situation for our family easier to bare. Professional, compassionate, and caring. The whole process explained in full and done quickly. I’d recommend him to anyone with the need to let a loved pet go in a dignified way. Thank you sincerely.
Dr. Jason and Tory are invaluable!!
This is a long overdue testimonial for Dr. Jason and Tory. I first contacted Dr. Jason when my beloved dog Charlotte was 14. I was leaving on an Alaska cruise for my partner’s mom’s 85th birthday. I really didn’t want to go, I was worried about leaving my increasingly fragile girl behind, even though two of my sons were caring for her in our home. I was afraid something may happen while I was away. I searched and found Dr. Jason, and arranged to have my sons be able to give consent for treatment should Charlotte become ill. It gave me peace of mind knowing that Charlotte would not suffer, nor would she have to ride in the car to the vet. She had become quite compromised in her back legs, and getting into and riding in the car had become increasingly difficult and very painful. We had used a ramp with great success for about two years prior, but the incline became too much. Charlotte did just fine with the boys while I was gone! After that Dr. Jason became Charlotte’s hospice vet, bringing his calm knowledge right to our home. This was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am not overdramatizing this. Since we didn’t have to take Charlotte to the vet, there was no reason to subject her to the car anymore. We have a yard, and her walking became less and less. We were able to keep Charlotte comfortable for an entire additional year under Dr. Jason’s care, and she lived to be almost 16! When she became more infirm, we worked closely with Dr. Jason as Charlotte’s final visit got closer. I believe that driving to and especially from a traditional vet after a euthanasia is a traumatic experience, and potentially dangerous as well. We don’t drive well under such conditions. It may seem odd to say that Charlotte’s final visit was a beautiful experience. Note I didn’t say that it wasn’t excruciating. It was a great comfort, though, to know that Charlotte had a good life, and we were able to provide a good death. Dr. Jason and Tory have a gift. I don’t say that lightly about anyone. I would highly recommend hospice care probably long before you think you need it. I have recently been in contact with Dr. Jason again when I asked my sister to about hospice care for her elderly dog, Charlie, who hates to go to the vet. I was there when Dr. Jason got to the house. Charlie was all over him! Charlotte had really liked him too. It is great to know that Charlie, as well as my sister, are in good hands with Dr. Jason during Charlie’s senior years!
18 1/2 year old kick in the pants
From the first moment Dr Goodwin greeted my Sweetpea, she looked in his medical bag as if she was thinking well what do you have in there? You’re not scary at all and you scratch my ears I love that. He treated my dog with such care that I was relieved to know that when her time came, and she’s cheated death many times thru his great care, my heart healthy meals and regular exercise on 3 acres, she’s made it to almost 18 1/2 years. She’s slowing down and when she needed some help with certain occurrences, both Jason and Tory were wonderful. Even had Seattle Times come out and interview her. I still think she should have won. She didn’t like photographer. Lol paid him no never mind. She’s still superstar. I would recommend them for all living things that need gentle loving care.
Keep up the work. You are a blessing to many
Thank you for Patches
I just wanted to thank you again for the caring and compassion you showed for Patches and myself. He was my best friend and will be missed. Thanks for listening to all my dog stories. I wish more veterinarians were like you. You will always have my referral.
I’m so grateful that my vet recommended Dr Jason for helping us send off our beautiful girl to rainbow bridge.
We had never dealt with the experience of euthanasia before and we being able to let our girl go at home was wonderful. The doctor was so calm and patient and Just made the whole ordeal bearable. He reassured us that the tough decision was a good one we were making for her. Daisy, our dog, had been going through a battle with an extremely aggressive and painful cancer that had spread all throughout her body. We had her for ten glorious years. She was the best companion, friend you could ask for. She looked over us and made us her top priority until her last breaths. We are devastated and lost without her but having had her in our lives and being able to look back on our times with her are magical.
Though having just met the doctor, he made us feel like he were a friend we knew forever and offered so much sympathy and patience. Through our grief and pain, we are consoled knowing that we were able to let our girl go with someone who loves animals just as we do.
“All knowledge, The totality- of all questions and answers, is contained in the dog” Franz Kafka
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”
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.
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
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
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.
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.