“12 Rescue Gifts that Keep On Giving…Barking…Eating…Sleeping…Loving…Inspiring…”
Dogs 4 the PAWS is always excited to post and share for all the great groups and individuals we meet who do pawmazing work helping animals in need. The volunteers of the Carolina Basset Hound Rescue are some of the most dedicated advocates for Basset Hounds in need across North and South Carolina. CBHR is very proud of it’s work making a difference for animals and their growing network of volunteers joining to help the houndies from Facebook to their website. They are managed by volunteers who work tirelessly to make sure all Bassets find their way out of shelters and off to fosters homes and happy furever afters with an adoptive families. I had the wonderful opportunity to spend an afternoon with one of these amazing CBHR volunteers, Pauline who is an inspiration to all that know her. She encompasses the true light of volunteering and dedicating your life and heart to rescue and helping animals. If you want to help make a difference for pets in need, you will enjoy reading about Pauline and her 12 “special rescue gifts”.
Dogs 4 the PAWS -How did you get started volunteering with CBHR?Pauline -You know I don’t exactly know how I got started. I think I was showing my basset Jolie, my heart dog in obedience and was asked to be in a breed club because I took some honors in obedience at the basset nationals. The rescue people in the club asked me if I wanted to foster and it sounded like fun so I said yes.. They started sending me dogs and that was the beginning.
Dogs 4 the PAWS – How long have you been volunteering with CBHR? Besides fostering dogs, what are some of the other parts of volunteering with rescue that you have participated in?Pauline – I have been volunteering with CBHR for 15 years. I lived in Colorado for 30 years and when I moved to SC I wanted to find a rescue group. I attended events and at one event there was CBHR. I said that I wanted to volunteer and had fostered in the past. They sent me my first SC dog. Her name was Caroline and she was very skinny and skittish. She got fat and then got adopted. She lived a nice life on the beach and died at a nice old age. My next dog was Samantha. I called her Sammy for short. She was a very happy dog and so receptive to everything. She loved being with people and when you called her she shot across the yard with a smile on her face. I knew that I would not have her for long because she had cancer. She lived longer than expected and warmed my heart everyday. I try to do whatever I can to help the bassets and the organization. I attend events, transport, do home visits, and talk, talk, talk to anyone who will listen about rescue and animal welfare. I love the basset breed and try to share my knowledge with others so they will be more sensitive to the plight of animals that are over bred and unwanted. I have served as the medical coordinator and am currently on the BOD. I have fun with the dogs and the volunteers. The volunteers are the best.
Dogs 4 the PAWS – How many dogs have you fostered and are currently fostering?Pauline-I have no idea how many dogs I have fostered. I now have 6 fosters. They are seniors except for 1 and they will live their lives out here with me. One has Cushings and 2 have congestive heart failure. I am a senior myself so the older dogs suit me fine. I sometimes will foster puppies from litters born in rescue ( Mother came to rescue pregnant) and have whelped several litters for rescue.
My dogs: Bennie ( barks at everything, raised in someone’s backyard the 1st year of his life), Floppy (pulled out from under a car several times and returned to owner who made no provision for keeping her out of danger. She is quite the princess) Duchess Diane (senior from a puppy mill, real foodie) Eleanor (born in rescue, mommy to all the puppies I foster), Theodore Roosevelt ( born in rescue, parents tied to the fence of a shelter and found by worker the next day) ChoCho (basset spaniel mix, the shelter was going to PTS because she has a blind eye, but I said “No” to that and ChoCho came to live with me. Fosters: Matilda Mae “Tilly” Senior. Tilly has Cushings, meds every month are very expensive. She came with a multitude of tumors, ticks and fleas. She had bald spots all over her. She now has a full coat of hair, very few tumors, stable on meds. If I don’t keep her on schedule she punishes me with a river of urine. On her better days she will walk in the yard, loves to get brushed and scratch her back on the grass. She likes to make sure that I manage meals here the way she thinks it should be done. She should have been an orchestra conductor. Sometimes i have to intervene and step in front of her. She has her favorite bed in the living room and holds court there everyday. She is forever foster.
* Sara is somewhere between 9-11. We are not sure. She loves affection, is gentle and would not harm anyone, human or canine. She is obsessed with toys and has been know to tear up toys and dog beds.
* Annie B “BB” is 12 maybe 13. She is one of the happiest dogs I have ever known. She loves to ride in the car and charges the door whenever she thinks I am going out. She has lots of skin issues, makes no tears but those are minor problems compared to her enlarged heart as of result heartworms. The heartworms have been treated but the damage is done. To look at her and see how happy she is you would never know she has problems. When she goes to the vet she makes it her business to greet everybody who comes into the office. She is a forever foster.
* BoBo is 13 and pretty spry for an older dog. He is a foodie and has lots of alpha in him. He only seems to pick on Sara and the last time I had to intervene my finger got broken. Just goes that way sometimes.
* Smokie is 12 and was recently diagnosed with congestive heart failure. She lays around a lot, feels better some days than others. She also requires some expensive meds daily. She is a forever foster.
* Will is my newest foster. I like even numbers better than odd so I thought 12 was a good number. Will touched my heart when I saw him. I wanted to give him a chance at a better life than he had obviously had. He has a long rehab ahead. He has rotten teeth, needs to be neutered(he was too skinny for neuter when he came to rescue, he only weighted 28 lbs.) and he will need heartworm treatment. He was probably a hunting dog who lived outside so we are currently working on house manners.
Dogs 4 the PAWS – Do you have a couple of special dogs that have inspired you as a volunteer that you will never forget?Pauline- They are all special in their own way. I could tell you stories about many but there is one I will always remember. We were called by a shelter to look at this puppy. She was only 6 weeks old and when we saw her we were surprised she could stand up and even more surprised she could do her business. Her legs were straight and it turned out she was born without joints in her back legs. We knew it might be a heartbreak but we decided to give her a chance and from the day she entered our lives she was a hit. She grew up and walked stiff legged and even walked in several parades. Unfortunately she only lived 3 years but they were good years and probably the gene pool she inherited caused her body to fail. It was sad day for all.
Dogs 4 the PAWS – What are some of the other rescue awareness activities you do in your community?Pauline – I volunteer for the Charleston Animal Society and am a new volunteer with Lutheran Hospice where I will help those in the last days care for their pets. I am looking forward to my first assignment.