Paul, the perfect gentlehound……….

May 2nd, 2009 - 4:04 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Paul update lovers:

5-3-09 – If you are coming here from the Drool there is all kinds of information about Paul. In a nutshell, Paul will be held until 5:00pm Monday night. By Law, the owners have that long to pick him up. If they don’t, I will pick him up and transport him to Outlaw Basset Hound Rescue in Ohio. More blog postings to follow!


I went to the pound this morning to visit our Paul. God knows he could use a bit of human kindness. His owners don’t even have the guts to tell the shelter what they are going to do. The shelter said it happens all of the time. I guess if your dog winds up in the pound you are not the greatest caretaker in the world. I know mistakes happen, I am not counting that. It’s these types who just don’t give a rat’s butt. They leave us to pick up the pieces and what sad pieces they are.

Hounds like Paul become pieces of every one’s heart. He was so good today. He is the perfect gentlehound.


Paul was very concerned. He always had a worried look on his face and what I would consider maximum panting. It was not hot out at all. He was just nervous.

We spent about 2 hours together. I took him for a long walk which he loved. He is a very young 8 and just stepped lively then entire way. He pulled a little bit on the leash, but nothing like Chaps and Emma do. I would say he is about 45 pounds.


Paul is covered in freckles mostly on his chest and paws. Here he is looking at a cat (out of picture). He never barked at the cat. He only whimpered a bit, like he wanted to play.


Here is his other side! This side is a bit more frecklier! He has really cute haunch areas! LOL

Speaking of which (this is for Candy)


Go Paul, go!

We had a great time sitting at the front door and having our love session. While we were watching the world go by a group of really cool girl scouts came to drop off a donation. They were earning badges for their goals.


Wow they had 2 van loads of stuff. Paul thought the best donations were all of the pets he got!


Thanks girls! (In this picture, Paul looks amazingly like Chaps)

Well – Paul sure had a good time and so did I. I actually met a few area rescue workers and made some good contacts. One of the gals went to my High School about the same time I did and volunteers for Dogs Deserve Better! I was very impressed. She was there pulling a German Shepherd that was chained most of her life. Those were 2 very sweet girls.

Well Paul did not want me to go as you can imagine. But, let’s all hope for the best that his owners do not collect him. This guy really deserves to go to OutLaw Basset Hound Rescue in Harrison OH! This rescue has stepped up and is going to take our Paul! I am so excited to work with them.

You would not believe how gentle Paul takes treats. He has such a beautiful soul.


You make the world a better place Paul.

More about Paul later……………

Love Cat, Chaps, Emma and all bassethoundtown residents…………..


  1. kipandgus
    May 2nd, 2009 | 5:18 pm

    I am in love with this hound. These pictures are so precious. He is so sweet and handsome. He should no way be allowed to go back to those horrible owners. They should be put in a cage for a long time.
    Thankyou Cat for caring, loving and visiting Paul. You are my hero Cat.
    Big hugs,
    Kip, Gus, Bonnie & Charlie Bear

  2. Candy
    May 2nd, 2009 | 5:27 pm

    Cat – I don’t know who is sweeter – you or that handsome hound. I don’t get it – if Bailey was unaccounted for, and then found, I could not move fast enough to get him. Paul would be better served going to rescue and finding a family that really values him.

    And yes, as I was scrolling down your blog, I thought, oh oh, there she goes again – Cat can’t resist a basset butt shot!!!! You are the Best!!!


    Candy and Bailey

  3. May 2nd, 2009 | 6:26 pm

    Wow, I’ve never heard of Outlaw Basset Rescue. Are they new? I’m so happy they are on stand-by for Paul. His people are horrible for making him stay in the shelter all week. Why don’t they just say keep him so he can be rescued???

  4. May 2nd, 2009 | 6:33 pm

    Cat – you are breaking my heart! I will not rest until I know his owners didn’t pick him up by the deadline and that he can safely find refuge with the Ohio outlaws. He deserves to be where he can stop worrying. The only thing a basset should ever have to worry about is “when’s dinner”.

    You are such a dear to spend that time with Paul today and to keep an eye on him for all of us. How could anyone know their dog was found and not rush to pick him up?!?!?!

    Quick story … several years ago when we still lived in SC, I had a residency for school and we were gone for two weeks. My husband’s parents agreed to care for our sweet collie, Lolly. Halfway through my residency, they finally told us that Lolly had escaped and had been gone for two days!!! They hadn’t placed an ad or even called the pound!!! I was furious (they never cared for anything of mine ever again – dog or human). I went online and put Lolly’s picture out to the collie rescues and other rescues down there.

    In less than one day I had an email from a worker at the collie rescue. She had found a collie running down the middle of the expressway! She picked her up and took her to work with her (she worked at a vet’s office!). She told me that the dog seemed to float over the ground when she walked and I knew that was my Lolly-dog! She kept her with her until we got back home.

    The point of this story is I managed to find my dog from 900 miles away in less than 24 hours, so I don’t get how anyone could know their dog was in the pound just a few miles away and not go running to get that poor houndie. Some people shouldn’t have dogs or children …. and some people (like my husband’s parents) shouldn’t even have temporary care of them!

    Paul is breaking my heart. This is too sad.

  5. May 2nd, 2009 | 6:44 pm

    Cat , God Bless you , How could anyone let him stay in the pound ? He is such a sweet boy, he will make someone very happy for a long time.
    He needs someone that will love him like he deserves.You are his special Angel. Love Ken

  6. May 2nd, 2009 | 6:47 pm

    Paul sounds like a real doll. Thank you for going to visit him today Cat and bringing some love into his poor life. I am praying the owners leave him there and he can get to Ohio. What a blessing u are to the poor homeless bassets in your area.

  7. May 2nd, 2009 | 7:36 pm

    Never heard of Outlaw Basset Rescue, either. I see they don’t have their 501c3 designation yet. What do you know about them Cat?

  8. May 2nd, 2009 | 7:45 pm

    Hey Suzanne! Nice to hear from you!

    I will let you know! I am very excited about them. This will be huge for Kentucky!!!!!!!

    I will do every thing in my power to help them get what they need!


  9. Jules
    May 2nd, 2009 | 7:50 pm

    Paul looks like such a sweetie. I cannot understand how anyone could abandon an animal when it gets old. We have the queen of old here. Our Shelby is at least 13 and so sweet. I hope Paul’s story has a happy ending. He deserves it. He can come stay with us if there is a need. I just don’t want to see such a sweetie put down for no good reason.

  10. May 2nd, 2009 | 7:55 pm


    Your story really touched me. I read it before I went to see Paul today. I actually told him your story as we sat watching the world go by. He listened to every word.

    I passed your story to his ears and he listened. Now he waits for us. Please let him come to us.

    I will let us know………Cat

  11. May 2nd, 2009 | 8:09 pm

    Jules –

    How sweet you are. Paul now has your good graces in his heart. You are a true friend. I will let him know that.

    To know that you would accept him is fantastic.

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    There are special people in this world.


  12. Soupkan
    May 2nd, 2009 | 8:24 pm

    You are amazing!!!!

    Paul is so handsome I feel so sad that his family just don’t care I mean what else could it be?
    I tell you if one of our babies was missing we would go to the end of the earth to find them.


  13. Lora
    May 2nd, 2009 | 10:59 pm

    Thank you, Cat, for loving “our” Paul, and for keeping us updated. He has captured our hearts.

  14. Jon
    May 3rd, 2009 | 1:18 am

    Thank you, Cat, for spending some time with Paul. Touching story. Let’s hope he gets to a forever home ASAP.

    Best wishes,
    Jon & the Bjorkwood Kennel woofs

  15. May 3rd, 2009 | 7:31 am

    Paul’s family won’t come for him. Heck, a friend called for the family? Sounds like the friend was the one worried and not the family. They would have come for him by now. I see this too often. Paul is going to be an Outlaw! If the “friend” calls back again the shelter ought to just tell her that a rescue has room to take him and find him a “real” home. He is such a pretty hound. And yes Cat…he has a handsome butt. I like basset rears too!

    I have a basset errand to run today. BBR of TX has adopted out a hound named George and I’m meeting his foster family at a PetsMart to take him to his new forever home. I can’t wait! His family is so very excited. They’re down here temporarily from South Carolina. The father works for FEMA and is part of the crew handling the hurricane Ike recovery. It’s going to be so much fun to see the reunion.

    Good luck Paul!!! I just KNOW your going to rescue and you’ll find a home that deserves a sweet handsome hound like you!

  16. Audra, Colby Chaps & Abby
    May 3rd, 2009 | 8:48 am

    Cat… are precious for going to see Paul. I wish I lived closer, because I would of baked biscuits for you to take him too! You need to talk that pound into realeasing him immediately. The pound in my city told me they had to keep Gabe for a full 3 days too, and when I explained to them that no one was coming to get him and the dog was just being put through HELL at their facility the nice animal control officer met me in a private area and gave him to me. I know your situation is different because this is an actual pound, so this might be difficult……but under NO CIRCUMSTANCE should this dog go back to his owner. It’s so hard, because sometimes are hands are tied, but I sure wish someone there would let the rescue have him now, and if not today, then tomorrow morning — HEll, what’s a few hours — Monday is Monday, we all know we don’t need to wait until 5:00. See what you can do or what the Outlaws can do. None us us will rest until we know Paul is safe and sound with the Outlaws……we are all pulling for you Cat – and Paul. Bless you again for letting him know he is not alone! We love you.

  17. Linda/Limber from Roxie's
    May 3rd, 2009 | 9:13 am

    I’ve been trying to catch up on this guy.

    Thank You so much Cat for taking the time to give him some love and attention.

    I need to figure out where Harrison OH is.
    Can’t be too terribly far from us.

    I anxiously await the rest of the story…

  18. Linda/Limber from Roxie's
    May 3rd, 2009 | 9:22 am

    Me again!

    Harrison OH is less than 2 hours from us.

    Do you think the previous owner will grab him?

  19. Cat
    May 3rd, 2009 | 9:25 am

    Linda – that is too cool. Maybe you and I can meet there some time soon and check the place out. Sarah Rose is really nice and it would be fun. Also there is a 4th of July parade that she is going to have a booth at. I am going to sign books for her! Can you come?


  20. Sandi
    May 3rd, 2009 | 9:31 am

    My husband and I just shake our heads at the thought of someone just abandoning their pet, especially their hound, as ours are so very special to us, each in their own quirky way. Paul looks healthy so it must be especially heart-breaking for him to wait for owners to return who most likely will not. No wonder he has a worried look…

    You and others who love on and rescue shelter hounds are very special people. Heaven holds a special place for you all. I am looking forward to hearing the happy ending to Paul’s story…


  21. May 3rd, 2009 | 2:11 pm

    I surely understand this.. I too pray Paul gets his chance at a better life.. Thanks for spending time with this lovely boy..


  22. Mary Tipping
    May 4th, 2009 | 8:52 am

    I truly hope Paul gets to the rescue asap! I wish there was a way to deny him to his “owners”–they obviously don’t give a rat’s patootie for him or they would have beat a path to the shelter! I am now reading “The Art of Racing in the Rain” (run, don’t walk, to get this book!) and I, too, believe in King Karma who metes out karmic justice for folk who surely deserve it–maybe not now, but eventually they’ll feel the brunt of karma for not picking up Paul;) May they have horrid recurring nightmares of being chased by a pack of angry dogs, grrrrrrrrrrrrr!

    Mary, Harley, Biggs and Leo

  23. Mary Tipping
    May 4th, 2009 | 10:04 am

    Oh, Cat, I don’t knoooooooow–those look awfully like tons of naughty spots to me:)!! He’s so smooshy and has such an animated face!

    Mary, Harley, Biggs (who knows all about naughty spots;) and Leo

  24. MaureenandSlinky
    May 4th, 2009 | 10:28 am

    It always amazes me that such little effort and kindness go quite a long way.

    Cat, thank you for all your efforts.

  25. May 4th, 2009 | 11:58 am


    Thank you for spending time with Paul and keeping us all updated on his progress. WE hope he can get to Outlaws and steer clear of his so called “owners”. I cant imagine leaving one of my boys in a shelter for a second. I would drop everything to go get them as soon as they got lost. So sad. We are pulling for Paul to get a 2nd chance thru rescue.

    Kacy w/cowboy and rupert

  26. May 27th, 2009 | 8:04 am


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