Jack McCoy Taylor is the rebel. He is a boundary violator. Jack loves people and wants to be in their faces. I bring him to work when I have clients who are rebellious. I tell 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 also responds well to the phrase, "Where are your boundaries?" He backs up, sits down, and waits patiently. Clients love it, and it makes them laugh. I use him with clients to practice setting boundaries firmly without apologizing or feeling bad. They get lots of practice.
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 have provided wonderful, empathetic responses to clients in my workplace. It is important to acknowledge their accomplishments because they have created a special, nurturing, safe place for the clients to work. I love them dearly, and so do my clients.