The Home Euthanasia Experts
Paws To Say Goodbye aims to guide pet lovers through the agonizing decision to euthanize their beloved companions. We've always felt strongly that animals should be free of stress and discomfort especially during their final moments with us. As our closest family members they deserve our best and that is why we created an in home service to ensure pets avoid a stressful car ride and clinic visit and instead enjoy a comforting farewell with the love and companionship of their family.
Dr. Darren Lippmann - Wisconsin
I was born and raised in the Midwest. Growing up, I always knew I would be a veterinarian. I have had so many different animals that I cared for, and simply can’t imagine doing anything else with my life. I went to St. George's University in Grenada, and did my clinical year in Perth, Australia. I have been lucky to have been afforded the ability to travel and see the world.
I have often felt, as a small animal veterinarian, that we have been doing these animals a disservice by allowing them to be euthanized in the veterinary clinic. I took the next step and decided to help animals slip away in the comfort of their homes, surrounded by the people that loved them most. I have been doing house call euthanasia since 2015 and have made hundreds of house calls. End of life care has been has been a passion of mine. It has been an honor to help end animals' suffering and to help these families at the most difficult time in their lives.
Outside of veterinary service, I like to travel, hike, and go golfing. I am fortunate to be married to the love of my life and have two beautiful sons. My life is also shared with two cats, a dog, a tortoise, some leopard geckos, and fish.
Dr. Kathleen Blessing - Wisconsin
When I became a veterinarian, I fulfilled a lifelong dream. I always knew I want to help and heal animals. Since becoming a veterinarian, I have learned that you have to say good bye. Whether you are ready to or not. Providing a home service where pets can pass in more familiar and calmer surroundings, truly is comforting.
A little about myself:
I am originally from the Chicago land area, but I received my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, in Kenosha. I went to University of Wisconsin – Madison for Vet school, where I graduated in 2009. During my time at Parkside, I studied abroad in Ireland for 6 months. There I shadowed a large animal veterinarian. (I almost became a large animal vet because of this) Besides being a veterinarian, I love to travel, learn new things, spend time with my family, walk with my three dogs, and laugh at my 3 cats.
Dr. Thomas Armstrong - Wisconsin
Ever since I was a youngster, I have had a passion to help those who are in need. That passion led me down the path of becoming a veterinarian, where I can help animals that are in need of care. One of the most loving ways we can ultimately help animals is to make the courageous decision to peacefully and painlessly end their suffering. As a veterinarian for over thirty years, I have had the opportunity to help guide many pets and their owners through that difficult time of saying good-bye. Being able to do this in the comfort of a pet’s home is, in my opinion, the absolute best way to begin that final journey. That is why I am one of the veterinarians on-call for eastern Wisconsin with ‘Paws to Say Good-bye.’
I am a 1987 graduate of the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine. I owned an animal hospital for most of my career in Alma, Michigan, where my wife and I raised our three children. After selling my animal hospital, I enjoyed teaching pre-veterinary students at Alma College and providing support to veterinarians as an associate manager of regional operations for National Veterinary Associates. My wife and I now reside in southeastern Wisconsin, where I currently dedicate my time as a veterinarian to providing house-call euthanasia services. When I am not working, I really enjoy time with my family. I also like being involved in our community arts center as piano accompanist for a couple of singing groups and as a speaker for various events.