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Pound Puppies

Pound Puppies

If any toy was going to make be a sure-fire success it was one that gave kids everywhere the chance to own man's best friend - even if Mum and Dad said no to the real thing. Pound Puppies might even have been a bit better than the real thing. You never had to feed them, take the for walks in the rain or scoop up their nasty deposits. Of course, the downside was the lack of interaction you got from a Pound Puppy - apart from the ability to actually deliver its pups!

The idea for Pound Puppies was thought up by Mike Bowling, who by day worked with an entirely different type of Rover as a mechanic. Inspired by the success of other 80s toy ranges, like the Cabbage Patch Dolls (who shared the same adoption twist that Bowling's pups would) he set to work on fine-tuning his dream - and ignoring anyone who accused him of being 'barking mad'. And luckily his day job gave him a flair for design: he came up with a range of plush dog toys featuring three different ear types, three eye colours and six furs colours... one big family if you will.

Toy manufacturer, Tonka, soon took the bone and ran with it, producing an animated cartoon to go with the release of the soft Pound Pupplies. Packaged in their own doghouse creations, the Pound Puppies - complete with droopy mouths and sad eyes - were crying out for kids to adopt them (see that cabbage Patch Doll angle), which worked a treat. Some mutts even came with Velcro tummy pounches to keep their tiny puppies in, which was an extra treat.

By 1986, Pound Puppies had achieved such levels of success -shipments over five years amounted to $300 million - that Tonka decided to launch a range of Pound Purries in case you weren't a 'dog person'. And like Lucky Trolls had been, Pound Puppies and Purries had limited availability which made them appear more collectable, even to the untrained eye. You could also spot the real from the fake by the heart-shaped badge by each pup's ear. Additional ranges eventually featured Pound Ponies and Pound Ocean creatures for the more adventurous adoptees. In 1988, Pound Puppies hit the big time when a feature film was released by TriStar Pictures called Pound Puppies And The Legend Of Big Paw.

So, cartoon series, massive worldwide sales, added ranges and even a film dedicated to them, with those kinds of royalties the pups must be Mike Bowling best friends!


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Pound Puppies Last post by remember
24 March 2009

Do You Remember Pound Puppies?

Do You Remember Pound Puppies?

  • Anonymous user
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    Hi, my name is Chris and I'm 33 here in Ohio. My father worked at ford with Mike Bowling the creator of pound puppies and was one of his friends. When mike came up with the idea he and his wife made the first 500 by hand and they were much higher quality with much more detail than the ones sold in stores. Mike bowling gave my dad two of them so that is how I have the one I do. On the bottom of dog mike signed collector edition 1985- 116/500 and he signed it. It came with real nice wooden box and papers showing what it is. I'm thinking of selling it so if anybody can help me out or point me in the right direction that would be great. My email is cfelt77@yahoo.com 
  • norton
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    my 23 year old daughter still goes to bed with one of these!
  • Anonymous user
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    i still have several. my aunt made them for the company as a independent contractor because of the sudden jump in the sales one summer. kool
  • Anonymous user
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    i still have my pound puppy, and he is now my two year old daughters. she loves him but sadly i lost the adoption certificate. i loved him so much i am glad he is still in the family.
  • Anonymous user
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    I received my first pund puppie when I was 7 years old. It was the summer before 2nd grade and I was staying with my grandma. I broke my arm and she gave it to me (it was suppose to be a christmas present)I left it at a grocery store that same week and cried for days. My parents were able to contact the store(they actualy found it) and paid to have it shipped back to me COD. I still have that little brown puppy and will never get rid of it. I also have a pink one my great grandma made for me. She didn't have the money to buy one, but knew my cousin and I really wanted one for christmas. That one means even more to me than the little brown one does.
  • Anonymous user
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    i still have mine on my bed cant sleep without it such a great toy
  • Anonymous user
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    Mine looked like the one up there and it must have been my favourite toy for a pretty long time. I've no idea what happened to any of my old toys - I'm a bit sad now! Somebody mentioned that their friend had a Pound Puppy called 'Snatch' and now I'm remembering some other product or franchise all about a dog called Snatch - I think I had bedsheets or wallpaper with it on, and one of those pyjama case things! What was that from?
  • Anonymous user
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    My friend had one "Snatch" and she still suck her thumb and watches the telly while holding him, she's now 21!! Once her mum locked the keys in the house and my friend climbed through this tiny window and instead of opening the door, she ran straight up and got Snatch - she was hysterical!!!
  • Anonymous user
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    I still have mine, its a grey poodle.
  • Anonymous user
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    Still got mine in the loft.Uh-oh,i'll have the RSPCA round here now!