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A dog from Germany refused to move from his master's side even when life had left the poor man's body. One week later, Paul still watched over Hesse's lifeless corpse.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 08/01/2020, 15:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:34

When police finally discovered Hesse's body in April last year, Paul was lying beside him in an apparent vigil. Those on scene were surprised that Paul, despite being malnourished and dehydrated had not chosen to take a chunk out of his master just to survive.

But it would appear Paul, a Middle Asian Owtscharka, was content to also slip away now that his one beloved human was no more.

The 7-year-old dog was taken to Kelkheim's animal protection shelter. Workers thought he may be troublesome to re-home. But, undeterred, they advertised him for adoption. He was described as a giant lapdog and very loving, but with a need to be active and engaged. The shelter also remained honest about his upbringing: his loyalty is to one person alone, and his being wary of strangers.

Meet Paul


Paul, vermittelt am 27.04.2019

Posted by Tierschutz Kelkheim on Friday, May 3, 2019

On its website the shelter writes: “Although he is loyal to his people and very kind and friendly, he is not an apartment dog to go for a walk with, because if in doubt, he would make the decision of the path to take himself.

“Paul needs a job and people who are familiar with herding dogs and can offer him this job. In the meantime, it has also turned out that Paul gets along very well with well socialized bitches on neutral terrain.

His breed is listed as a livestock guarding dog and therefore a corresponding certificate of expertise is required for the future owner.

The shelter also warned prospective owners who may also have a cat. “Paul doesn't like cats!,” a spokesperson adds.

But the workers of the shelter need not have worried. Despite their reservations about the chances of Paul being rehomed, he found his forever home just one month after being brought to the shelter.

Middle Asian Owtscharka

The Middle Asian Owtscharka is also known as the Central Asian Shepherd Dog. It is an ancient guardian breed that by natural selection, is adapted perfectly to shepherding and livestock protection.

If you would like to know more about the shelter’s work visit the website HERE.

Hessens treuester Hund | hessenschau

Hessens treuester Hund: Paul saß eine Woche lang neben seinem toten Herrchen. Jetzt sucht er ein neues Zuhause.

Posted by hessenschau on Wednesday, April 3, 2019