By A. Campbell
Top of the morning! My name is Dr. Watson and I’m a 10-year-old (give or take) wire-haired dachshund from PupStarz Rescue. When my parents adopted me, I already had the name Dr. Watson and they decided it was a perfect fit. In fact, in “His Last Bow,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle describes Sherlock Holmes’ famous sidekick as “a heavily built elderly man with a grey mustache,” so I think it’s safe to say the resemblance is spot on.
My parents adopted me in 2016 after I had been given up by my first family and placed on a euthanasia list before the good people of PupStarz Rescue stepped in to save me. I couldn’t have found two more devoted parents to adopt me. They even included me in their New York Times wedding announcement photo, despite the fact that someone else decided to crop me out. Hmmph! The nerve.
Over the past few years, I have become a differently abled pup due to the diagnosis of a couple of diseases – IVDD and cerebellar hypoplasia. IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) is a spinal disorder that follows from the herniating of an intervertebral disc inside a pup. Cerebellar hypoplasia is a developmental disease which causes pups like me to have an uncoordinated, slightly silly “toy soldier” walk as well as tremors and other symptoms.
In spite of my diseases, my daily routine is very standard. I might wake up still snuggled next to my Dad. The two of us adore each other and we’re so perfectly in sync that our respective beards even started greying at the same time. Ha! My parents will take me for a morning walk and we’ll enter Central Park at the West 85th Street entrance. Dad will carry me up the sloping hill until the ground is flat enough for me to walk on safely. Later on, it’s breakfast followed by a snooze for me and work for them. Some of my favorite neighborhood joints include West Side Wine and Vin Sur Vingt, but mostly I enjoy just relaxing in Central Park, sitting near the Delacorte Theater and watching people stroll by.
For me, living as a differently abled pup has meant that my parents and I have to adapt city life to my needs. I struggle with inclines and declines and need to be carried up and down ramps or hills. I have to be extra careful walking on unsteady surfaces like cobblestone streets and when I attempt a sprint, I end up running sideways instead of in a straight line. If I shake the rain off my coat, I have a tendency to fall over. But my cheerful personality and silly walk have brought a smile to so many people’s faces and have made them curious to learn more about me. In fact, I’ve even been stopped and photographed by the oh-so-popular Dachshunds of NYC Instagram account. I’m proud to be an example for other adoptable pups with disabilities and to demonstrate that dogs with a wide range of capabilities can live full, happy lives with the care, support, and a little extra assistance of a loving family.
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What an adorable pup you are Dr. Watson, and an inspiration to us all!
Thank you for a adopting a dog that was surrendered to a kill shelter at about 3 years old. for no stated reason, and put on the euth list. (If someone can’t commit to taking care of a dog until it is at least 12, depending on size, please don’t get one!). Many, many more thanks for taking excellent care of Mr. Watson as his needs have changed. Sounds like he has a great life. And, of course he is adorable and an indispensable part of your beautiful wedding announcement pic!
Dr. Watson would most likely benefit from wheels,as my Pug did. Check out Eddie’s Wheels in MA. (dachshund’s are the number one dog that they treat.)
Love Dr. Watson…so happy he found his wonderful parents that enable them all to live a great NYC life!
A gorgeous and lovely doggo, great story!