Catey Hall often finds her father dozing off on the couch when she goes to check on him. Hall’s father, on the other hand, is never left to sleep alone. Dogs from all around the neighborhood join him to form a large and cozy mound of blankets.
Dad “sees, plays with and naps with one or more of these dogs every day,” Hall said in an interview with The Dodo. “When they see his automobile, they rush over and follow him inside,” he says.
As a volunteer at the Pound on the Hill, Hall’s father, Lon Watson, ensures that every animal in need receives the care they deserve.
“My dad has been rescuing stray dogs since I can remember,” Hall added. “When I was a kid, my family always had a dog. That didn’t mean there wasn’t always room for an unwanted guest. There’s more room in his house now that he lives alone with his wife. However, not all of the dogs they help find homes for are re-homed, and some end up staying with dad for the rest of their lives.”
Watson and his wife have rescued and rehabilitated all four of their pets.
Hooch, Fluffer-Nutter, and Rosie, all of whom live nearby and share a particular bond with Watson, visit him every day.
The dogs in the area will patiently wait all day for a chance to meet Watson.
Semi-rural Alabama’s “neighborhood” is located here. Homes are far enough away from the street that dogs can safely jump from one to the other,” Hall explained. Whenever my dad’s truck approaches, the dogs are usually the first to meet him in the driveway.
Thank goodness Watson’s human neighbors don’t seem to mind that their dogs spend most of their time with him — and would never interfere with his particular naptime.
Watson has an uncanny ability to get along with canines of all breeds. Hall’s two dogs, who live with him, aren’t immune to the intrigue. According to Hall: “As a matter of fact, they always want to leave with Dad when he visits.”