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Walking Tall Paul of L

"Walking Tall Paulof L"

5526 Niagara St. Ext., PO Box 496
Lockport, New York 14094-0496
(716) 438-3471
FAX (716) 438-3473


"Paul" was born on September 29,1986.

"Paul" had to be Euthanized on September 9th,1999,just 20 days shy of his 13th birthday.


Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... Author unknown...

I have a poem written by Page Belland in Memory of her Dobie/dane and I would like to share it with you.I don`t think it could be put better than the way Page put it.As Pet lovers we know her hurt.



I always thought that angels have wings, Are there to protect us from harmful things, Were sent here by God to show us His love, And hovered somewhere nearby, up above.

It came one day that I needed a friend. I asked God, "Please, is there one You will send?" He surely did answer when you showed up, A warm,furry body: a black and tan pup!

Soulful eyes always watching my every move, My love for you I did not have to prove. Although some feared you because of your might, In private I called you "my sweetness and light".

You walked with me for many years, Were there for me during times of tears. Protected me when I needed it, Gave me all your love and never quit.

My faithful friend you will always be,But nothing can keep us from destiny. God gave you to me for a little while, But now we must walk that final mile.

Memories of you I will always keep In my heart of hearts so very deep. I'll try to be brave: you'd want me to, Go on with my life, there's things to do.

But one thing's for certain, of this I am sure, God sent me an angel whose heart was so pure, To watch over,protect me, and show me His love, Who remains with me still, now with God up above.

In memory of Motley, my "sweetness and light" dobie/dane girl, who I was privileged to share my life with for 13 years.

Written by Page Belland, 1999.
Thank you Page !!!!


"Paul's" ID Card

Paul working a fire in Wrights Corners(Town Of Lockport)

"Paul" was 8 months old when I purchased him.We started doing all kinds of things with him after we got him. He was being trained for a bird and waterfowl dog.Also Bill Tolhurst and I worked on him in the first year I had him on Article Search, Narcotics ,and Cadaver.The summer of the next year I entered "Paul" in several local field trials.and He never finished worse than third place that year. THE WESTERN NEW YORK RETRIEVER CLUB awarded "PAUL" at the end of the year with "THE STARTED HUNTING RETRIEVER FOR 1988 AWARD".This was the end of "Paul"`s field trial career.

An award "Paul" received from the Western New York Retriever club in 1988

In 1987 and 1988 "Paul" started his life with the NIAGARA COUNTY ARSON TASK FORCE which is now the NIAGARA COUNTY FIRE INVESTIGATION UNIT.From 1988 to 1998 "Paul" worked many fires for the cities of Lockport, Niagara Falls, and North Tonawanda.And for the Niagara County Fire Service investigating all suspicious fires in the towns under the County`s Fire Co-ordinators Office

"Paul" & "Margie" during a cadaver search in Niagara County.

"Paul" working a fire scene on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation

This is Paul checking a site after the remains of a young woman were removed. "Paul" & I looked for this woman for about 8 years, but not in the area where she was found by someone clearing brush.Here Paul is looking for small bones and possibly more evidence.I can't go into this to much as it still is an open case.

"Paul" & I after his retirement.

Paul at a fire in Lockport,N.Y.