WADSWORTH, Ohio-- After losing her beloved dog, Otto, to cancer this year, Kim Laurie’s family insisted she needed a new pet.
“I kept telling them, ‘when it's time, I'll know it, and he'll find me,'” Laurie said.
Watson found her at the Barberton Lost and Found, Saturday, and on one of their first early morning walks together, Thursday, Laurie says Watson suddenly stopped up the street from her 3rd Street home.
Then, he pulled her toward something in the grass.
“It was a black figure in the dark because this is 5:20 in the morning, and I wasn't sure what it was, and it started to move,” she said. “Then, I heard her cry out and she just kind of reached out and said, ‘help me.’ I knew then it was an elderly person, and she needed help.”
Laurie said the woman was wet, her hands cold and she seemed confused and disoriented, apparently having fallen in the front yard of a neighbor.
“She couldn't stand, and she really needed help, and I couldn't help her because I tried to pick her up, and I couldn't,” Laurie said.
Laurie called 911. The EMS crew treated the woman for hypothermia, and she was transported to a local hospital.
Wadsworth fire officials did not know the woman’s current condition but said she was alert and answering questions appropriately when she was transported.
“I hate to think what would've happened if she would've been out there much longer,” Laurie said.
She credits Watson’s keen senses with alerting her to the neighbor in need.
“I rescued him, and he showed me this woman. He found her; he rescued her, and I think everything goes in circles,” she said.