MEET WATSON, OUR BEST FRIEND
CAN I ASK a favor of you?
Think about your best friend. How did you meet? Did you seem to connect right away? What is the craziest time you remember with this friend? Have you laughed together until your sides hurt and it was hard to breathe? Has your friend done goofy stuff? Or is your favorite memory of the two of you simply hanging out together? Is this the kind of friend who just lets you be…you?
OK, now another favor. Close your eyes. Visualize your friend. As you do this, you will probably have a whole flood of memories swim through your mind. A smile will likely form on your face. But that’s good, right? Friends like this are special. Very special.
This book is about our dog, Watson. He was that kind of friend. Watson was that kind of special.
My wife and I each had cats in our lives when we were kids. I also grew up with dogs. A few years ago, we moved into a new house. Soon after, we became “cat people” with the addition of Stuart. His black-and-white coloring made him look like a fuzzy butler. Not long after, Albert came to stay. He was also black and white. Our daughter loved having these “little butler brothers.”
But we all thought it seemed right to add a dog to the family. After some discussion, we determined a good dog for us would be medium-small, about 30 pounds.
“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans,” they say. My wife, daughter, and I went to the Idaho Humane Society’s website and reviewed all the great dogs they had available. When we discovered the post with Watson’s enormous smile, beaming from ear to floppy ear, with a butler’s black-and-white markings, we couldn’t resist his happy face. What did it matter that he was more than 60 pounds? Ignoring our previous plan, we made tracks to meet this Watson.
We were nervous about going to the pound. What if we didn’t like Watson? What if he didn’t like us? It turned out that our first visit with Watson was our only visit
We were nervous about going to the pound. What if we didn’t like Watson? What if he didn’t like us? It turned out that our first visit with Watson was our only visit with him, since we all immediately fell in love, us with him and him with us.
Over the next four years, we enjoyed a wealth of experiences with him, by him, and through him. He literally changed our lives. We believe that we changed his, too.
Click Follow to receive emails when this author adds content on Bublish