For daughter Catey Hall, finding her dad napping on the couch when she goes to check in, is not an unusual occurrence. But Hall’s dad never takes a nap alone and will sometimes be joined by dogs from around the neighbourhood. “Dad sees, plays with and naps with one or more of these dogs on a daily basis. They come running when they see his car and follow him inside.”
Not only has Lon Watson always loved dogs, but he has also works with the local rescue Pound on the Hill to help other animals in need.
“For as long as I can remember, my dad has rescued stray dogs. Growing up, we always had a dog. But there was always room for a stray in need. Now that he lives alone with his wife, there's room for several. They work with rescues in the area to find homes for the dogs in need; however, not all of them are re-homed, and they stay with dad forever.”
Watson has rescued and rehabilitated four resident dogs at home, who now happily live out their days with him and his wife.
But even though he has four pups at home already, he always makes sure there is space for a pup in need or who just want to come visit, like his other daily visits he gets from Hooch, Fluffer-Nutter and Rosie who lives nearby.
The neighbourhood dogs are happy to wait all day just for some brief one-on-one time with Watson.
“The neighbourhood is an unincorporated section of semi-rural Alabama. The houses are set far back from the street, so the dogs can bounce from house to house safely. The dogs can usually hear my dad's truck coming, and they will meet him in the driveway.”