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The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption Paperback – Bargain Price, September 6, 2011
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It was fascinating to learn about the legal hoops that law enforcement officers were forced to jump through in the county of Surry. I was unaware of the local politics which leaned toward letting football players display open sociopathic behavior without any threat of arrest. These investigators risked their careers; they are true heroes, and it is nice to know that these tough guys have such a soft spot for our canine best friends. It was also uplifting to hear of a U.S. attorney that cares about animal cruelty. While Vick's gang was a perfect storm of monsters, the investigators, attorneys, veterinarians, legal representatives and rescue organizations that came together afterward were a perfect storm of the best of mankind.
This book does make me wonder about the NFL in general. Why do we continue to reward criminal behavior with loyal fans? As football season starts, I see college kids walking around with new Vick jerseys. I try to understand that Eagles fans are a loyal breed, but do they have to wear Vick jerseys?Read more ›
Gorant made it clear that the only reason why dog fighting still exists is because apathetic government officials want an easy job. This book, and the Vick case in general, exposes all the behind-the-scenes nastiness of not only dog fighting, but bureaucracy. It's about time that these macho phonies got more than a slap on the wrist, and my hope is this book will capture enough publicity to pressure local and federal governments to grow a pair and treat dog fighters like the murderers and rapists that they truely are.
The thing that struck me the most, however, was the resiliance of the dogs. Coming first from a "home" devoid of any form of socialization and stimulation, transferred to shelters where they languished for months in often equally barren environments, many of the dogs went on to earn their Canine Good Citizen and/or therapy dog certificates and a couple even passed the American Temperament Testing Society test. I know from personal experience that this test requires a dog to have a very sound temperament to pass.
I agree 100% that Michael Vick's deeds are dispicable and the National Football League needs to take a long, hard look at its values, but in many ways the very survival and success of the dogs has transcended Michael Vick and make any successes he has on the football field irrelevant and shallow in comparison. By overcoming their fears and learning to live life as loving and well loved dogs, the pitties are the winners in every way.
There is one section of the book that haunts me. Gorant writes: "One experienced law officer estimates that 80 percent of the dogs, even those raised in a professional fighting operation, won't even scratch. That is, they won't even cross the line and engage the other dog." (pg.Read more ›
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Best book ever!!!! The first few chapters are tear jerkers, BUT to truly have any idea what these poor dogs go thru.. . Read morePublished 5 days ago by kj
This book opened my eyes to the tragedy that branded the Pit Bull as a killer. In truth it is anything but. Read morePublished 21 days ago by K. Borenz
Great book. If more people read this book maybe pit bulls wouldn't get such bad rap.
They really are wonderful dog's!
This is my second time reading the book, first time on my Kindle Fire. I am as moved the second time around as the first. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cary Rentola
Parts of it are very painful to read, knowing the brutality and suffering they all experienced but it's essential to the story and to appreciate all that they've overcome to love... Read morePublished 2 months ago by DLS
Wonderfully written. Learned more than I already knew about Michael Vick, a worthless human being. All those who participated in the rescues and fostering attempts are to be... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
For those of you who don't think dog fighting is a huge problem in this country, please read this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by joyce alvarez