Janine Guido is the co-founder of Speranza Animal Rescue, a non-profit organisation dedicated to rescuing and rehoming neglected dogs.
But when Janine first laid eyes on Watson, she knew he'd never get his chance of finding a loving family.
Watson can't fight anymore
Poor Watson was malnourished, covered in sores, and had a large tumour on his back leg that turned out to be cancerous.
"The first thing I noticed with him was his eyes," said Janine. "He looked exhausted — like he was ready to give up the fight."
Watson was clearly coming to the end of his journey, and all he wanted was some loving company before he closed his eyes for the last time.
"I had a gut feeling that things weren't going to be good the next day. I didn't want to leave him alone. Not when he needed me the most."
So she gathered up some blankets, made a little den in the shelter, and snuggled up with Watson.
"He slept like a rock all night, cuddled up to me so tight," said Janine. "I cried myself to sleep and woke up in tears as well."
Watson woke up the next morning, but then passed away shortly after.
The last goodbye
Janine told the Dodo:
"I'm just so thankful I was able to hold him tight for his last night. 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."
This story doesn't have the kind of happy ending we all wanted, but we can take comfort from knowing that Watson isn't suffering anymore. More importantly, he wasn't alone during his final hours.