Book: The Lost Dogs

Have you ever wondered where the dogs in the Michael Vick case are now? Almost everyone in the animal world, and even those who aren’t animal lovers, will remember this case. It was huge, it was horrific, and at the center sat a talented football player who seemed to have everything going for him.

Can you believe that it’s been three years since the case broke? And while we all wactched and know the outcome of what happened to Vick, little is known about what happened to the pit bulls he abused…until now.

In The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption (on sale today 9/16) author and journalist Jim Gorant chronicles the full, behind-the-scenes story of the heroic effort to first save and then rehabilitate the 51 pit bulls confiscated from Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels.  It is a story that will shock, sadden, anger, but ultimately uplift you.

I got the chance to read this book, and it is absolutely engrossing. From the very start, even though I knew the outcome in small part, it was so interesting to read about the behind the scenes efforts during the case, after the dogs were seized, and of course to present day when so many dogs are still trying to become healthy and happy. The book is broken down into three sections. The first focuses on the case, and even includes “dogs eye view” accounts of what it might have been like to live on Vick’s property. It talks about those who worked hard to bring the case to court, and even some who fought to bring the case down.

The second section talks about the efforts to evaluate and hopefully save the dogs. This part was very interesting, and I thought it was amazing how they tested and worked with the dogs to finally determine their fate. What was also interesting was that they went into it feeling that if they could save just a few they would be lucky. Luckily, almost all of the dogs were spared from euthanasia.

The third portion highlights some of the individual dogs and the people who worked with them. Some of the stories break your heart (like Sweet Jasmine who is so terrified she just “pancakes” all the time), while others will make you giggle. It’s a great section, full of loving and dedicated people who want nothing more than to help these dogs become happy dogs and have a good life.

Of course, it’s not just a story of love and devotion of those who love dogs. It’s also a testimonial to the fact that despite their bad reputation, pit bulls are not built to be fighters. It’s a story of the spirit of a dog to survive, and even thrive, even after being in some of the worst conditions you can imagine.

Reading it made me feel sad, angry, hopeful, and impressed, all at once. It’s a great read for any dog lover, especially for those who love pit bulls. It’s also an important read to help spread the awareness of dog fighting, and hopefully help stop the horrific practice. This case brought dog fighting to the minds of many who had never heard of it before, and this book helps spread the message. You can find The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption on Amazon, and anywhere books are sold.

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