Watson — Shelter

Location: Arvada, Colorado

In January, 2018 Watson received a permanent spinal cord injury when his family closed a reclining chair on his back. They brought him to Planned Pethood International to be euthanized but Dr. Rachel gave him a chance at a new life. He was cared for by Susan, the Adoption Manager for 6 months until Kiki McGough came to meet him. She looked in his soulful eyes and cried. Both their lives changed. Watson joined 3 senior rescue puggles and Kiki discovered people were drawn to Watson’s gentle disposition and presence. Watson is a beacon of hope to those who meet him as well as the hundreds of puggle owners, “his fans”, across the US and Canada who find inspiration when life presents challenges and sheer joy at his determination and spirit. Each picture or post elicits love and compassion. He accompanies Kiki to non-profit events and conferences where she presents for families of children with special needs. He routinely positions himself by those needing a little emotional support as they talk about the challenges of parenting and grief. People on the street stop to meet him, often sharing personal stories of loss and loneliness, as they pet him, thanking Kiki for adopting him. He had just started reading at schools before COVID, teaching children about accepting differences. He also will do a road trip this summer to meet many puggle fans and raise money for local shelters. Watson loves life and is making the most of his second chance, bringing joy and hope to all who meet him.

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