ound Puppies were
originally a line of adorable stuffed doggies who "desperately
needed a home." Much like the concept behind the Cabbage Patch
dolls, the toy makers used the adoption angle to sell Pound
Puppies like mad. After a one-hour TV special aired in 1985,
the Puppies became so popular that they were given their own
weekly show the following season.
The show featured pups Cooler (the leader), Howler (the
inventor), Bright Eyes (the youngster), Whopper (the comic
relief), and Nose Marie (the beautiful but conceited Southern
Belle). The five pooches operated a computer-controlled
underground facility that matched up needy dogs with loving
The gang's headquarters was located on the lawn of the rich
Millicent Trueblood (voiced by TV legend June Lockhart).
Blessed with “puppy power,” Millicent was able to talk to the
dogs and keep abreast of their goings on. Unfortunately,
Millicent died and the mansion was inherited by her evil
grandniece Katrina Stoneheart.
Katrina’s plans to tear down the pound were foiled when it
was discovered that the pound and all the surrounding land
actually belonged to the Katrina’s soft-hearted ward, Holly,
who coincidentally also possessed the “puppy power.” Holly
became the new human protector of the Pound Puppies, defending
them against attacks from Katrina, her daughter Brattina, and
their bad kitty Cat-Gut.
In the show's second season, the title was changed to The
All-New Pound Puppies.
Pound Puppies may have begun simply as a way to sell toys,
but the sharp writing of the series set it apart from its
like-themed competition, The Care Bears or My Little Pony. Hip
spoofs of pop culture and music videos gave the show enough
substance to entertain kids of all ages. The cartoon also
featured a segment called “Pet Care Corner” which gave advice
for kids with pets.
Part of the success of the series must be attributed to the
voice talents of legends like Ruth Buzzi and Robert Morse, as
well as Nancy Cartwright, best known as the voice of Bart