Our house was feeling quite empty after we put our 12-year-old lab down. The local paper ran a story about the nearby animal shelter. It had a few pictures with the story and in the background in one of the pics, we spied Watson. We went down to check him out and learned of his sad plight.
He had been abandoned in an apartment for two weeks, we were told. Some neighbors would toss him some food once in a while but once they realized the owners (so-called owners) weren't coming back for him, the cops were called and Watson was taken out.
He was a mess to say the least. Before we could take him home, he had bladder surgery to remove stones as he had a difficult time urinating. And the ears. Lord almighty, we've never encountered anything so bad and foul in all the years we've owned dogs. Both of his ears were so badly infected, they bled as the vet techs cleaned them out. The poor dog had to go on pain killers. Almost 2 months later, he is still on antibiotics and he is quite smelly still, even with numerous baths with medicated shampoo (we are thinking he has a yeast problem -- back to the vets we go).
But for all the miserableness that he's been thru, he's such a love... so friendly to everyone and other dogs and playful. The shelter wasn't able to get any background on him... his age or even his real name. So sad that people would just abandon a dog like Watsie.