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Recently, my husband and I had to make the difficult decision to have a pet put down. We called the veterinary clinic for the Kaiserslautern area, AT Pulaski Barracks. They have cared for our two cats for a few years now.

They got us an appointment as quickly as they could with Dr. Kristin Voehl. She knew our cat, and put our mind at ease about the decision we had to make.

The physician’s assistant, whose name we did not get, then took over, handling most of the mechanics of the process. She was all you could hope for, explaining what was going to happen, giving us time with “Tasha,” and offering whatever counsel she could.

When the time came, Dr. Voehl administered a sedative to calm our cat, and suggested we go out in the autumn sun to spend some time with her. The PA followed us out, and held our infant son for a bit while my husband and I said goodbye.

The doctor soon followed with the final sedative and sat with us for a few minutes, making sure everything was OK. The compassion these two showed us was just amazing.

About a month later came a condolence card, signed by seemingly the entire staff. We were very, very touched.

Maj. Parker, you have a top-flight team, and I hope you can add to this small bit of recognition.

To the staff: We thank you for making a very difficult task something we will always remember as a positive experience, and a loving goodbye.

Suellen Dickson

Kaiserslautern, Germany

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