My name is Dr. Watson (VA)!

Rat Terrier Dog for adoption in Virginia Beach, Virginia - Dr. Watson (VA)
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New Rattitude - Virginia

Facts about Dr. Watson (VA)

  • Breed: Rat Terrier
  • Color: Brown/Chocolate - With White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10487021-1791

We've met some pretty awesome dogs in our many years of rescue work, but Dr. Watson has to be one of the most amazing. He has an indentation on the side of his head, where he was obviously struck or had some kind of accident in the past, had bad teeth, which have since been removed, and was on his own for a while (and a very thin fellow) as a stray in rural Virginia--absolutely none of which has affected his wonderfully kind heart. Workers at the shelter where Watson ended up recognized his gentle soul and reached out to New Rattitude, and a local veterinary clinic donated all his vetting services, including removing his rotten teeth. Now that he's put on a little weight (he's currently 16 lbs.) and healed from his dental work, this sweet senior fellow, thought to be about 10 years old, is eagerly looking forward to a new chapter in his life--one in which he can love his people with abandon and be loved in return. A healthy and happy guy, Watson will lavish his affection on anyone who lets him, and he gets along with dogs, cats, and respectful children. He is completely housebroken and listens to basic commands. Calm enough to chill out on the weekend but with enough energy to take a long, daily walk, he wants nothing more than to be your faithful companion. If you're feeling like you might be just what Dr. Watson ordered, check out more pictures in his online album at and then welcome him into your home to enjoy the life he so richly deserves.

Our adoption fee is $175 for adult dogs or $225 for puppies under 6 months old.

If you are interested in adopting this dog, PLEASE READ THE DETAILED ADOPTION PROCESS information on our website at From there, you can access our adoption application or contact our Adoption Team for more info.

About New Rattitude - Virginia

About Our Rescue Group...

New Rattitude is an all-volunteer rescue group for Rat Terriers and Rat Terrier mixes. We are a licensed, registered 501(c)3 non-profit charity that provides temporary living environments for abandoned, abused, neglected, sick, or unwanted Rat Terriers. In private foster homes, they are nurtured, socialized, trained, supported medically, and provided with professional veterinary care while we work diligently to find them new and permanent adoptive homes where they will be safe, loved, and properly and humanely cared for the rest of their lives.

There are always more Rat Terriers needing to be rescued than we have space to accommodate, so new foster homes are always needed. If you have time and love to spare, consider becoming a New Rattitude foster home. Our foster homes find the experience extremely rewarding. Fostering allows you to have a direct impact on the lives of many dogs who would otherwise have no hope. For more information about becoming a foster parent, please email

Cash donations go directly to pay for veterinary expenses for our rescued dogs (including vaccinations, heartworm testing and treatment, spay/neuters, antibiotics to fight infections, etc.). Since we are an all-volunteer organization with virtually no overhead, 100% of your donation goes directly to care for the dogs and we are a federal 501(c)3 charity, so your donations are fully tax-deductible! To donate, send check or money order to: New Rattitude, PO Box 14064, Lansing, MI 48901. Or donate via Paypal by clicking on the button below.

Come Meet Our Pets...

New Rattitude operates through a network of volunteers, and the dogs are housed in private foster homes rather than in a shelter. Because of that, we do not own a location where the public can come to visit dogs. The fastest way to get acquainted with any of our dogs is to submit an adoption application. After your application is received, you'll be put in touch with the dog's foster parent, who is the one to answer specific questions you may have about the dog. You may also contact our Adoption Team to verify the dog doesn't already have multiple other applications or with questions about our process.

Our Adoption Process...

We go through a very careful adoption process because our mission is to place dogs in loving homes that will last the rest of their lives. We evaluate each home's overall suitability and safety, and we also consider whether a particular dog is right for you and whether you are right for that dog—because we know that a great lasting relationship depends on the right match. This process will usually take several days. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.

To learn more about our adoption process, please visit our website by clicking here!

The fastest way to indicate your interest in a particular dog and to find out more about him/her is to SUBMIT AN ADOPTION APPLICATION.

After you submit an application, we will confirm receipt and notify the fosterparent of the dog you are interested in. The fosterparent will contact you with more details about the dog to help you get to know him or her better. Please ask questions so that you can be sure that this dog meets your hopes and expectations.

In the meantime, our Adoption volunteers will be reviewing your application, checking your references, and arranging for a home visit to verify that your physical environment is safe and suitable. You will also receive a phone call from an Adoption Coordinator for an interview to help us better understand your household situation and your reasons and expectations for adoption.

Assuming all goes well and that you are approved for adoption, we will send you an adoption contract to read, sign, and return to us with your adoption fee ($150 for adult dogs; $200 for puppies under 6 months). Once we receive your contract and fee, your new dog can come HOME to you!

If the distance from your home to the dog's fosterhome and is less than 100 miles, we would normally expect you to go pick up the dog. If the distance is 100-600 miles, we would usually arrange a ground transport, using a network of volunteer drivers, to get the dog to you (and expect you to drive at least the last leg of the transport). If the distance is greater than 600 miles, the dog must usually be flown by air, and the costs of the flight (usually aroung $250) are the responsibility of the adopter.

If you have questions about adoption that aren't answered on our website, you may CONTACT OUR ADOPTION TEAM at The Adoption Team will know the status of any pending applications and can help you submit an adoption application.