Watson, the golden retriever and Kim Biggs were dressed up for St. Patricks Day last weekend. Watson is learning to be a good dog when he accompanies Biggs on speaking engagements as a CSI detective for the Seattle Police Dept.
Pet of the week: Watson is not a police dog but he's learning
Kim Biggs has a sense of humor. It's obvious because even though she deals with very serious matters as a CSI detective for the Seattle Police Department she chose to name her faithful companion, Watson, after the assistant in the Sherlock Holmes stories. While Watson is not a police dog he, "Improves my mood," said Biggs.
He is a 14 month old Golden Retriever.
As a young dog Watson is still learning the ropes of course but he's eager to gain skills.
"He does Agility (a dog exercise competition) but he's too young to compete in it. So he does what they call Rally. The first one is next Sunday at Bainbridge," Biggs explained. He's also getting training in White Center at Puppy Perfectors.
Schimtz Park, Westcrest Dog Park, Lincoln Park, Fauntleroy Park and Alki are preferred walking paths.
"The cat taught him not to jump up. When he was just a four month old pup the cat had finally had enough so he would jump up on top of a little table right next to Watson's pen and sat there with his paw in the air. Everytime Watson would jump up the cat (Mister Phil) would thunk him on the head. Watson would sit down and he didn't know where it came from. It was like God thunked him on the head every time he jumped up to get the cat. He trained him in an hour."
Watson does know how to rollover and play dead. "As a CSI sometimes I have to speak in front of groups and if I can take him along, I'm teaching that when I go 'Pow Pow' he goes down and rolls over and puts his legs in the air."
Biggs sums him up as, "Happy all the time. He loves people and puts a smile on people's faces because no matter what kind of mood I'm in, he wakes up happy. Hopefully someday when he gets older and mellower he can be a therapy dog and go see some of the older folks for rehabilitation. When my mom broke her hip, she's 86, I brought my last golden there it just cheered up everybody."