July 27, 1999 – April 1, 2016
Madison Lee Whitaker was born on July 27, 1999 and joined her family at the age of seven weeks old on September 24, 1999. Madison passed away after a long and healthy life on April 1, 2016. Madison is survived by her Mommy and Daddy, Shelly and Dean Whitaker, brothers Graham and Evan, Grandparents, Eddie and Okie Stoots and Cal and Carol Whitaker, as well as a host of special friends and family members who loved to dote on her.
Madison was always excited to see anyone who came over, jumping on them and offering her love, regardless of whether they asked. She loved anyone that she came into contact with, and would nudge her head up underneath the nearest hand to get her head rubbed. When she went on long walks with neighbors and friends, she delighted in the compliments lavished on her golden retriever beauty. She would greet neighbors and cars while running along the fence in her back yard.
As she got older, she moved a little slower and slept a more, but, for a while, would still be happy when visitors came around. The past year, Madison started to develop some health issues, and her mind began to slip, making her less like her old self. Finally, after an afternoon of love and attention with family, she peacefully left this world.
I have said for years that there would never be another dog like her and that she would live forever. But now she is no longer in pain. I can’t even imagine what a world without her is going to be like, and have no memory of days not hearing the tinkling of her collar, the lapping of water from her dish, the clicking of her toenails across the floor, and the tumbleweeds of dog hair floating from room to room.
I will miss you girl every day for the rest of my life, you will ALWAYS be my first baby!
Madison also had some special friends who cared for her from time to time over the years at her house or theirs when her family needed some help; special thanks to Missy and Courtney Sizemore, Rose and Glen Toobert, Jessica Hevener and Brad and Kelly Coleman. Also, a very special thanks to the entire staff at Franklin County Animal Hospital for taking amazing care of Madison for the past 16.5 years, and during the last week of her life, in particular. The staff was amazing to our family showing the utmost compassion and respect as they provided guidance and counsel and helped us through her last days.
Madison was cremated, and her remains are back in the home that she loved so much. Special thanks also to the compassionate staff at Oakey’s Pet Funeral Home and Crematory.