After practicing general veterinary medicine for 15 years, Dr. Denice Norton became aware of the need for a more personal, compassionate, gentle and peaceful way to help pets in their senior and end-of-life stages. So, in 2014 she left general veterinary practice and joined the IAAHPC (International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care) so she could begin offering in-home hospice and palliative care including in-home euthanasia services to families in Western Colorado. The community has embraced this endeavor and has really been thankful for the option this service provides.
In 2019, River Valley Gateway expanded their services by opening a clinic in Grand Junction. Now, when appropriate, clients can schedule clinic appointments as well. Featured at our central location on 25 Road is Veterinary Dentistry. Just because our pets get old doesn’t mean we should forget about their teeth! Also, at this location, River Valley Gateway opened their own pet crematorium. Dr Norton is now able to offer complete end-of-life care for her patients and clients from the first consultation to aftercare arrangements and wishes of the family.
A Very Personal Story - The Norton Family
The Norton’s are heavy-hearted this morning. We said goodbye to a family member during the night. Allie was our beloved dog for 15 years and always such a good girl. She loved every one of us, including the cats. She particularly loved Papa Ron because he gave her so many treats. Other than sneaking a nap on the couch when she could, the only other time I can think of her misbehaving was when she managed to get outside the fence. She would break free and run joyously through all the neighbors’ yards. As she got older, however, when she escaped, she would simply run straight to Dwight and Wendy’s house. She loved them too and often stayed with them while we were away. After her joyful escapes, she always came back home but was never repentant. She clearly enjoyed her little jaunts. We are so grateful for her and every memory she provides. Run as you wish and rest in peace sweet girl, we have left the GATE open just for you…
There are times in all of our lives when we must allow a beloved pet to journey through that gate to never return again.
We would love to be chosen to build a relationship with you in anticipation of such a time so that we can come along beside you and personally team together in caring for that furry friend you love so much.