Our beloved companion of more than 13 years, Duval (a handsome, loving black standard poodle), passed away a week ago. He had been struggling with various health issues for a few years, and the last year was particularly challenging for him.
At the same time, the last few months of his life were truly a gift — for him, for us, and for our two other dogs (who adored him as well). Dr. Sonnekalb helped us to make important decisions about Duval’s medical care, including the removal of a huge lipoma that gave him a new lease of life and enabled him to enjoy some of his best days in years.
When we found out that Duval had cancer before Christmas, Dr. Sonnekalb was straight with us about what to expect (while always be sensitive and caring). His honesty and compassion helped us to prepare ourselves as well as to be aware of the signs that Duval might be ready to go.
Dr. Sonnekalb helped us to trust ourselves to make the right decisions for Duval. Despite the deep sense of loss that we feel, we have peace in believing that we did right by him. He brought us so much joy, and we are so lucky that that we were able in return to help him to have a good quality of life until the end and to avoid suffering.
Our biggest fear was that he would be alone or would suffer at the end, and neither happened. We still can’t find the words to adequately express our gratitude to Dr. Sonnekalb and the team at Sand Creek — not just on Duval’s last day but every day that we needed them.
It was always such a comfort to know that you were all there to help and that you cared. We are heartbroken by the loss of our precious Duval, but we are comforted by our belief that he received the best care possible and that he did not suffer.
Thank you again, Dr. Sonnekalb, and thank you to each and every member of the staff for your kindness and compassion, including the beautiful card with Duval’s paw print. We treasure it. Carol and Tim Healey