Jack McCoy Taylor was the rebel. He was a boundary violator. Jack loved people and wanted to be in their faces. I brought him to work when I had clients who are rebellious. I told them he is a rebel and perhaps they can relate to him. I once had a client who told his story after Jack rolled over belly-up on his lap. The client said, "If he can show the underside of his belly, then so can I." He proceeded to tell his story. Jack responded well to the phrase, "Where are your boundaries?" He would back up, sits down, and wait patiently. Clients loved it, and it made them laugh. I used him with clients to practice setting boundaries firmly without apologizing or feeling bad. They got lots of practice. He passed away in April 2017 at the age of fourteen.
Dr. Jerry, Jerome Samuel Taylor, was a great boy who worked at the office since he was one year of age. He passed away in 2016 at the age of fourteen. He loved to go to the waiting room and greet the clients. He was known to lick the tears off of the cheeks of clients if they wished. He quite often got out of his bed and would go over to clients, sit by them, and put a paw on their lap or arm to comfort them. Dr. Jerry was helpful to patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression. He always knew when the sessions were finished and waited quietly by the door to say good-bye.
Jenny Taylor passed away in December 2010. She had a gift for treating people who had been abused and molested. She would climb up on clients’ laps and put a paw on them when they cried, told their story, or did Guided Imagery work. She had a way of looking into clients’ eyes as if to say, "I care about you and know your pain." She was fourteen years old when she passed.
These three courageous, loving Brussels Griffons provided wonderful, empathetic responses to Diana's clients. It is important to acknowledge their accomplishments because they created a special, nurturing, safe place for her clients to work. Diana loved them dearly, and so did her clients.
Diana now has two black Brussels Griffons that are a year old named Jet and Jade. They fill the house with joy and laughter. They wreak havoc with wrestling matches that result in breakage of knick knacks and art projects, like two small tornadoes. They had no socialization skills, no names, didn't know what toys were for, and were extremely afraid when she got them at the age of six months. Currently, they are working with Carmen Williams, a trainer to improve their skills and overcome their fears. They recently graduated from Puppy Manners class, are mastering their fears and playing with toys.