January 23rd, 2011

In Memory of Taylor Gleason-Whitmore

by Jacqueline Whitmore

6/4/98 - 1/18/11

On Tuesday, January 18 my precious Yellow Labrador, Taylor, peacefully passed away. My husband, Brian, my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Oliver, and I were by her side.

My husband and I adopted Taylor shortly after we got married in 1998. At the time, she was a rambunctious, energetic six-month-old. The day we got her, she was so wild and unruly, my husband yelled, “Send her back!” Of course, we didn’t. But we did hire a dog trainer immediately. In all honesty, the trainer taught us just as much, if not more so, than she taught Taylor. Over time, the training paid off and Taylor blossomed into the most loving, loyal, compassionate (and well-behaved) friend.

Taylor was an angel in fur clothing sent to us from heaven. I believe she was brought into our lives to experience many joys and sorrows with us. She was with me when I started my business; she provided emotional support when I went through my battle with cervical cancer; she provided comfort to me when my mother died; she was by my husband’s side when he suffered depression; she was at my feet when I wrote my first book; she watched my husband cross the finish line at the Florida Ironman competition, and she was there to help us celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and many other momentous occasions. She loved parties!

Taylor also loved her little brother, Oliver. She was more than a big sister. She was his babysitter, playmate, and a kind of surrogate mother to him.

Taylor enjoyed swimming, chasing balls, riding in the car, playing with her squeaky toys, riding in her red wagon, sunning by the pool, and meditating on the back door step every morning. She enjoyed being around all the animals (and their owners) in our neighborhood. She loved everyone unconditionally and everyone loved her.

She was a sweet, kind, patient and gentle spirit, which made her the perfect therapy dog. She regularly visited the West Palm Beach Public Library where she enjoyed listening to the children read stories to her. She was truly in her element when she was “working.” She brought smiles and sunshine to everyone who came in contact with her.  Taylor is listed in the Canine Good Citizen Archives by The American Kennel Club.

Taylor (Sweetie Peetie), we were blessed to have you in our lives and you will forever be in our hearts. We love and miss you deeply!

Donations may be made in Taylor’s memory at Therapy Dogs International.

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