Jolie Blon Whitaker died November 6, 2012, after complications from a rare form of cancer.
Born March 7, 2012, in Abilene, Texas, Jolie (who was named after a Cajun waltz) became the beloved companion of Bill and Ann Whitaker seven weeks later.
As a young pup, she spent many after-school hours in the classroom at Abilene High, chasing a ball while her mistress prepared the next day’s lessons. Jolie excelled at obedience training, as well as learning tricks such as “find it,” “sad,” “give me five,” and “wave bye-bye,” which once prompted a young boy to ask if she could recite her ABC’s.
“Not yet, but she’s working on it,” her mistress told him.
Though Jolie failed to qualify as a pet therapy dog, she attended many social events, including the Albany Fandangle Sampler and parades in downtown Abilene and Waco. She also had the distinction of being the only dog ever to be evicted from Tommy’s Burgers in Fort Worth and was proud to be the only dog to be a member of Friends of the Abilene Public Library.
Jolie died peacefully in her master’s arms at the local doggie hospital, a few months shy of her 17th birthday. Survivors include her immediate family and an uncle, Pucci Whitaker. The family is deeply indebted to the physician whose care, love, and devotion added greatly to Jolie’s life in all respects, Dr. Jered Johnston of South Bosque Veterinary Clinic.