When Janine Guido, founder of Speranza Animal Rescue, saw Watson, she could tell the dog was not only exhausted, but that he was ready to die.
Watson had been found by a good samaritan who found him wandering around in a local park. The pit bull was emaciated, covered in sores and had a large cancerous tumor on his hind leg. It was clear that this dog had been suffering, and had been left uncared for, for a long time and sadly, the cancer had spread and no treatment was going to cure him.
Guido had a feeling that Watson did not have much time left, so she made the decision to stay with him when he returned to the shelter from the emergency vet.
“He looked exhausted — like he was ready to give up the fight.”
“I had a gut feeling that things weren’t going to be good the next day,” she told the Dodo. “I didn’t want to leave him alone. Not when he needed me the most.”
Guido knew she wanted to keep Watson company and to make him as comfortable as possible in whatever time he might have left.
Placing a bunch of blankets on the floor of the shelter, she lay down next to him and cradled him in her arms.
She simply wanted to make Watson feel all the love and warmth and comfort he had been deprived.
He fell in sleep in her arms as she cried herself to sleep. When Guido woke in the morning, it seemed Watson was ready to go and he that’s what he did, passing away shortly after.
“I’m just so thankful I was able to hold him tight for his last night,” Guido said. “I was telling him how much he was loved — and that his life mattered. My heart is breaking, but I would not change a thing.”