Janine Guido had a very short time with Watson, but it was a time she will forever cherish. See, Watson was dying when they met, all alone in the world. He had been brought into the Speranza Animal Rescue by a college kid in a Philadelphia park.
Guido's mission with Speranza is to rescue and rehabilitate the severly neglected and abused animals that wander the streets. But Watson was found too late.
Watson had been taken to an emergency vet who was providing around-the-clock care for the hapless dog. He was emaciated. There were sores all over his body, and they were infected. But worst of all, he had a large, cancerous tumor on one of his back legs. And that cancer was why he died only a few days after Guido met him.
Guido transferred Watson from the clinic to her rescue and decided then and there she'd be with him to the end.
There was little she could do for the unfortunate fellow. But doing that little was her way of letting him know that someone actually cared about him. That night, she took blankets and a dog bed and settled down in the rescue laundry room to sleep with him.
“I had a gut feeling that things weren’t going to be good the next day,” she said. “I didn’t want to leave him alone. Not when he needed me the most.” All through the night Guido kept watch over Watson. “He slept like a rock all night, cuddled up to me so tight,” Guido said. “I cried myself to sleep, and woke up in tears as well.” In the morning, it was obvious he was losing ground. He passed away that day.
“I’m just so thankful I was able to hold him tight for his last night,” Guido said. “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.” It takes a very special person to willingly take on the care of an animal who is dying rather than euthanizing him. Guido is a hero to me. Is she to you?