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Sharing Jaxson’s 2023 Doodle review seems like the right way to –

  • end 2023
  • celebrate another BarkDay
  • share plans for 2024
2023 Doodle review starts with a reflective face about 2023.


we were in full swing with the Charleston PD, providing much-needed canine therapy to our courageous men and women in blue…

2023 Doodle review includes the 2nd year working with the Charleston PD.

As well as supporting medical staff…

2023 Doodle review showing Jaxson hanging out in the pharmacy bringing smiles to humans as they come in for their flu shots.

Harley, by mid-February, had slowed down considerably, so when the humans were gone – Jaxson stayed home in charge of hospice care. He took this assignment seriously, and did a dog-gone good job #Imightadd

2023 Doodle review shows how much empathy he had when it came to looking after Harley.

On those days when he didn’t work, he loved spending the mornings in our bed, just lounging around…

2023 Doodle review gives you a sneak look at how he relaxes.

As the weather warmed in anticipation of Spring, Harley’s days and nights began to mirror each other. Translation? – he slept all the time, therefore Jaxson’s therapy workload began to pick up. There were more patients and more staff to spend time with…

2023 Doodle review let's you know about how much he's appreciated by care team members.

Early Summer brought more work with PT/OT patients…

2023 Doodle review talks about his hospital specialty.

Along with an occasional surgical pre-op request to lower blood pressure…

2023 Doodle review shares some of Jaxson's VIP (very important pup) role while at work.

If Jaxson wasn’t working, playing ball, or looking after Harley, you could find him next door, sitting on the neighbor’s porch – people-watching. A routine created all by him and approved by both households.

This new pastime continues to this day….

2023 Doodle review highlights one of Jaxson's favorite pastimes.


By June, Jaxson had a regimented routine. Therapy work four days a week; Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays I worked from home, giving my Jaxy a weekly pre-approved non-negotiable scheduled PTO (Puppy Day Off). He truly benefits from a middle-of-the-week break to be a pet.

I wanted him off leash and at whim to; sleep, lick, sniff, play, and repeat!…

2023 Doodle review shares Jaxson's schedule both at work and when he's off duty.

The day before the 4th of July (my wedding anniversary actually), we gave Harley his much-deserved Independence. He was suffering physically and his cognitive functions were in bad shape. Jaxson rode with us, but was not present as Harley “crossed the bridge”

2023 Doodle review had to share those last days with Harley as we prepared to help him cross the rainbow bridge.

Harley was and probably always will be my ❤️ Dood. Letting him go was hard, but he had been in a hospice lifestyle for so long, I could no longer be selfish.

In those immediate weeks and months following our loss, Jax and I immersed ourselves in work. Providing therapy to others was like therapy to us…

2023 Doodle review for Jaxson had to include his dedicated work at the hospital.


It took me a while to feel okay to be happy. I struggled quite a bit – but privately. While I was able to pull it off with most humans, Jaxson knew how broken I was, and he helped tremendously with my healing. #moreonthisoneday

The human children flew in for a week and Lee took me to Atlantis where I lived by the pool all day, every day, lost in my thoughts and memories, riding my emotional roller coaster – which helped me begin to heal. #Iwillleavethisrightherefornow

2023 Doodle review included Jaxson's separation from his beloved Doodle Parents for a week. The human children came down to help.

With my faith, family, and dear friends, the rest of the year we adjusted to our new normal, re-learning how to smile, laugh, and love life…

2023 Doodle review of course required family and friends to keep a watchful eye as we all mourned the loss of Harley.

As Summer packed up and Fall moved in, it was time for an office makeover. Our office-mate fell in love with the Disney Pixar AI app, and before we knew it, Jaxson’s corner office wall was born…

2023 Doodle review definitely called for a office make-over.

Winter – the season of gratitude, snowflakes, and surprises, I took all of that literally and bought us a new Doodle mobile…

2023 Doodle review included a brand new convertible to ride to and from work each day.

This was not a mid-life crisis, just something I decided to do, and I have absoDOODLEtutely no regrets! Jaxson is obsessed with the top-down life. He’s buckled and secure and loves for his hair to blow in the wind. Still working on the doggles for added protection. #keepyoupostedonthat


A 2023 Doodle review would not be complete without mentioning on the last day of the year, Jaxson celebrated his 9th BarkDay. Which in a weird content creator’s mind – makes me think about what the New Year means for Groovy Goldendoodles. LOL

I will not share resolutions – because I don’t intend to make any. I will share this: more content via this website, social media, and of course the podcast (Girls with Dogs) which I share with Kimberly of Keep the Tail Wagging.

My wish for 2024 is to be a better, kinder, nicer me. With that, I hope to help more, love more, give more, and be more!

And I have no doubt, that hanging out with this Dood, will give me a better chance of doing it all…

So as we all welcome 2024, let me just say –

What a year! I’m so thankful for your friendship today and every day ❤️

  • Cheryl Adams
    December 31, 2023

    Happy New Year! May 2024 find you happy, healthy and full of joy!❤️

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 1, 2024

      Back at you my dear friend…

  • Tails Around the Ranch
    January 1, 2024

    Like you, I too lost my “work therapist” and continue to work on the healing process. Elsa has stepped into her big brother’s paws and been there while I heal. May 2024 bring all manner of happiness, health and prosperity. Happy trails in the new pup-mobile-I love it! Our best wishes for a pawsome New Year, Cathy.

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 1, 2024

      All we can do is move forward my friend because staying put just isn’t in our DNA LOL
      Happy New Year friend…

  • My GBGV Life
    January 2, 2024

    Harley will be heavy in your heart for a long time, but you are right that you have to find your new normal. It took Mom a long time to find one without Emma, but Emma helped. She arranged for the Olivia miracle to be born, unplanned, but the dog who could achieve all of Mom’s dreams. She still cries over Emma, but there are more smiles every passing year. You look like a real chick magnet in that convertible, Jaxson! Katie wore doggles in Mom’s convertible years ago. People always wanted a photo of her sitting in the back seat with her doggles. Go Jaxson, and Happy New Year to you and your mom!

  • Greg Reid
    January 3, 2024

    Happy New Year to the Bennett Family!