While it is our heartfelt desire to rescue every dog out there, we have to face the fact that it’s just not possible. Janine Guido, the founder of Speranza Animal Rescue, had to come to terms with this harsh reality when she encountered Watson, a pit bull, who was in dire need of help. Guido is responsible for caring for a large number of animals, and even with all her resources, she couldn’t save every single one of them.
Watson’s story began when a college student stumbled upon him in a Philadelphia park. The pit bull was alone, malnourished, and covered in wounds. Realizing the seriousness of his condition, the student rushed him to an emergency veterinarian. It was then discovered that Watson had cancer, and the disease had already started to spread. Sadly, the vet informed the student that Watson’s time was running out, and he was in desperate need of help.
As Watson strolled towards the animal shelter, he was hoping to find a temporary home where he could rest and recover. Luckily, the shelter staff assured him that he would be comfortable during his stay. Guido, who was accompanying him, had a hunch that things might not go well the next day. He was determined not to abandon Watson when he needed him the most.
In an attempt to comfort him, she collected various blankets and pet beds and embraced him. She spent the entire night with Watson, embracing him as he snoozed.
Guido shared, “Watson slept soundly beside me all night, cuddling with me tightly. I eventually dozed off, only to wake up in tears.”
The following day, Watson started pacing around and refused to eat or drink. Guido realized that his beloved pet was in his last moments. Despite the difficulty of the situation, he never left Watson’s side. Eventually, Watson passed away, but he had experienced something new in his short life- love.
Guido expressed appreciation for being able to spend time with his loved one on their final night. He shared words of love and how much the person meant to him. Despite feeling heartbroken, he accepts that there’s nothing he could have done differently.