Daughter Catey Hill pops in to see her dad from time to time and it’s not uncommon to find him having a nap with dogs on the sofa. But Catey’s dad is never sleeping alone, dogs from the surrounding neighbourhood join to snuggle and snooze.
When speaking with The Dodo Catey said: “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.”
Catey’s dad, Lon Watson, has always had a soft spot for dogs and works with the local rescue Pound on the Hill ensuring every animal gets the care they need.
Catey commented: “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.”
Lon has four dogs of his own, all of which are rescues that he and his wife have rehabilitated.
However, he is also visited daily by Rosie, Hooch and Fluffer-Nutter who live nearby and all have a special connection with Lon.
They are all happy to wait all day for just a few minutes one-on-one with Lon.
“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.” Catey shared.
Fortunately, the neighbours don’t mind their dogs spending so much time with Lon and have never intervened with nap time.