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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9 Responses to “In Memory of Taylor Gleason-Whitmore”

  1. Danette Voshage on January 23rd, 2011 5:30 am

    Oh Jacqueline….I so feel for you.
    We lost our Eddy (English Springer) 14 months ago. He was only 9 years old.

    Our story sounds the same. He saw me through a breast cancer scare and the loss of our son in 2007. Our 2 year old was just getting to the point that they were really enjoying one another when we lost him to a twisted stomache very suddenly.
    Your heart will ache for many days to come but the happy memories will sustain you.

    My sympathy and prayers are being sent your way.

  2. Jacqueline on January 23rd, 2011 7:00 pm

    Thank you, all, for your kind words. There is an empty spot in our hearts for Taylor, but we are at peace knowing that she is in a better place and is in no more pain.

  3. Lani Click on January 23rd, 2011 4:40 pm

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Taylor. Our pets are so important to us and help us maintain our energy thru good times and challenging ones. May Taylor’s memories be kept in your heart. You were truly blessed to have her come into your life.
    Thinking of you.
    With deepest sympathy and love,
    Lani Click

  4. Karen Hickman on January 23rd, 2011 4:55 pm


    This is a lovely tribute to Taylor. All of us who have loved and lost our canine family members can certainly relate to your sadness and sense of loss. I know she lives on in your heart.

  5. Nancy Abbott on January 23rd, 2011 9:28 pm

    Dear Jacqueline & Family,
    My deepest sympathy to you as you adapt to the changes which arrive with Taylor’s passing. The relationship she shared with you and others was very special and now becomes the source for many meaningful memories. Thinking of you with loving, kind thoughts, now and always…Nancy Abbott
    Sincerely, Nanc

  6. Jacqueline on January 23rd, 2011 11:06 pm

    Thank you, Nancy! You are very sweet!

  7. Janet Spurr on January 24th, 2011 5:48 pm

    Maybe your third book could be about Taylor,
    Running a business Like a Good Dog.

    Loved what you wrote about her too.
    Take care,


  8. Yvonne Fuentes on January 26th, 2011 1:52 am

    Dear Jacqueline,

    May the memories of Taylor console you and Brian. My heart and caring thoughts are with you.

    Thank you for sharing Taylor’s story. She will be missed sorely.


  9. Leslie Zimmermann on January 31st, 2011 6:11 am

    Dear Jacqueline,

    I laughed and I cried reading your tribute to Taylor. Looking at her pictures is like looking at pictures of my yellow Lab, Beau, whom I lost two years ago. He came to us as a one year old – all ‘wiggles & wags’. Full of life. His mission in life was only wanting only to please us..and fill my house with his yellow fur!! He was a comfort to me in some really tough times. He just ‘knew’. And I’ll bet Taylor ‘knew’ those times, too.

    My heart goes out to you, Brian and Oliver. There is a hole in your heart in the shape of Taylor. I can say you will get over the hurt of losing her, but you will never forget her! Thank you for sharing her story.

    With heartfelt sympathy,


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