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The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption

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ISBN13: 9781592405503
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An inspiring story of survival and our powerful bond with man's best friend, in the aftermath of the nation's most notorious case of animal cruelty.

Animal lovers and sports fans were shocked when the story broke about NFL player Michael Vick's brutal dog fighting operation. But what became of the dozens of dogs who survived? As acclaimed writer Jim Gorant discovered, their story is the truly newsworthy aspect of this case. Expanding on Gorant's Sports Illustrated cover story, The Lost Dogs traces the effort to bring Vick to justice and turns the spotlight on these infamous pit bulls, which were saved from euthanasia by an outpouring of public appeals coupled with a court order that Vick pay nearly a million dollars in "restitution" to the dogs.

As an ASPCA-led team evaluated each one, they found a few hardened fighters, but many more lovable, friendly creatures desperate for compassion. In The Lost Dogs, we meet these amazing animals, a number of which are now living in loving homes, while some even work in therapy programs: Johnny Justice participates in Paws for Tales, which lets kids get comfortable with reading aloud by reading to dogs; Leo spends three hours a week with cancer patients and troubled teens. At the heart of the stories are the rescue workers who transformed the pups from victims of animal cruelty into healing caregivers themselves, unleashing priceless hope.

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"Expanding on his Sports Illustrated cover story, Gorant (Fanatic) offers a chilling investigation into Michael Vick's dog-fighting operation and the men and women who brought him to justice and rehabilitated the rescued dogs. Gorant outlines the rise of Bad Newz Kennels, describing in sometimes painful detail the abuse, torture, and execution of the animals--particularly disturbing is an episode in which Vick and a friend swing a failed fighting dog 'over their heads like a jump rope' and kill it by repeatedly slamming it into the ground--and tracing the rescue of dozens of pit bulls seized from Vick's property. Gorant outlines the efforts to save these animals from euthanasia, challenging the negative public perceptions of pit bulls and reporting back on the status of dogs like Sox (now a certified therapy dog), Zippy (adopted by a family of five), and Iggy (still shy but growing comfortable with his adopted circle of friends). At a time when Vick has returned to professional football and much of the public outcry about Bad Newz Kennels has been forgotten, this book provides a stark reminder about the horror and prevalence of dog fighting. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

Animal lovers and sports fans were shocked when the story broke about NFL player Michael Vick's brutal dog-fighting operation. But what became of the dozens of dogs who survived? As acclaimed writer Gorant discovered, their story is the truly newsworthy aspect of this case.

Synopsis:

The author of the New York Times bestseller The Lost Dogs shares the heartwarming tale of one plucky, unwanted pit bull who achieved international celebrity.

Today, Wallace is a champion. But in the summer of 2005, he was living in a shelter, a refugee from a suspicious pit bullandndash;breeding operation. Then Andrew andldquo;Rooandrdquo; Yori entered the picture. A scientist and shelter volunteer, Roo could tell immediately that Wallace was something special. While on his honeymoon, Roo learned that Wallace was about to be put down. Franticandmdash;and even though they already had two dogsandmdash;Roo and his wife fought to keep Wallace alive until they could return home to adopt him.

Once Wallace made it home, Roo knew the dog needed a mission, and serendipity led them to the world of competitive Frisbee dogs. It seemed like a terrible idea. Pit bulls are everything that most Frisbee dogs arenandrsquo;t: large and heavy with thick muscles that can make them look less than graceful. But that was fine with Rooandmdash;because part of his mission was to change peopleandrsquo;s minds about pit bulls. After overcoming everything from injuries to prejudice against the breed, the unlikely pair became World Champions.

Movingly told by bestselling author Jim Gorant, Wallace will capture the hearts of animal lovers everywhereandmdash;and help rescue this popular breedandrsquo;s unfairly tarnished reputation.

Synopsis:

The author of the New York Times bestseller The Lost Dogs shares the heartwarming tale of one plucky, unwanted pit bull who achieved international celebrity.

Today, Wallace is a champion. But in the summer of 2005, he was living in a shelter, a refugee from a suspicious pit bulland#150;breeding operation. Andrew and#147;Rooand#8221; Yori, a scientist and shelter volunteer, could tell immediately that Wallace was something special. While on his honeymoon, Roo learned that Wallace was about to be put down. Franticand#151;and even though they already had two dogsand#151;Roo and his wife fought to keep Wallace alive until they could return home to adopt him.

Once Wallace made it home, Roo knew the dog needed a mission, and serendipity led them to the world of competitive Frisbee dogs. It seemed like a terrible idea. Pit bulls are everything that most Frisbee dogs arenand#8217;t: large and heavy with thick muscles that can make them look less than graceful. But after overcoming everything from injuries to prejudice against the breed, the unlikely pair became World Champions.

Movingly told by bestselling author Jim Gorant, Wallace will capture the hearts of animal lovers everywhereand#151;and help rescue this popular breedand#8217;s unfairly tarnished reputation.

About the Author

Jim Gorant has worked as a magazine editor and writer for twenty years and is currently a senior editor at Sports Illustrated. He is the author of Fanatic: Ten Things All Sports Fans Should Do before They Die, and his work has appeared in magazines such as Men’s Journal, GQ, and Outside.

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MD reader, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by MD reader)
A gripping story about the bust of football player Michael Vick's brutal dogfighting operation and the aftermath for the seized dogs. In a departure from the typical practice of euthanizing dogs recovered from dogfighting busts, some of the Bad Newz kennel dogs were rescued and rehabilitated. After the torture and abuse these dogs suffered at the hands of Vick and his associates, it's all the more impressive that some have managed, with the help of dedicated rescuers, to start new lives as cherished pets and even as therapy dogs. Sports Illustrated writer Jim Gorant doesn't flinch from showing the heart of darkness within dogfighting, but he also spotlights the heroic actions of the veterinarians, lawyers, rescue groups and others who worked tirelessly to give these dogs a second chance.
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Madam Pince, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Madam Pince)
Sports Illustrated writer Jim Gorant chronicles the life of the forty-plus dogs rescued from Michael Vick's Bad Newz Kennels, taking readers through their harrowing lives as fighting dogs to the loving rehabilitation -- and even therapy careers -- the pit bulls have found today. For those who favor forgiving Vick, read this book and reassess your opinion. I doubt it will be the same.
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Vick BTK killer, December 17, 2010 (view all comments by Vick BTK killer)
What Michael Vick has done is worse then any low life serial killer. Vick should be treated as such. There is no difference between him and the BTK killer...
I have been part of a dog rescue organisation for several years. I have seen lots dogs been mistreated but this is just sick. To kill the defenseless...turn it around and dedicate the rest of your life to help organisations that rehabilitate dogs from people like you.
Shame on the Eagles....!!!!!!!!!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781592405503
Subtitle:
Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption
Author:
Gorant, Jim
Publisher:
Gotham
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
PETS / General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110906
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
One 8-page bandw photo insert
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.26x6.56x1.04 in. 1.11 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Expanding on his Sports Illustrated cover story, Gorant (Fanatic) offers a chilling investigation into Michael Vick's dog-fighting operation and the men and women who brought him to justice and rehabilitated the rescued dogs. Gorant outlines the rise of Bad Newz Kennels, describing in sometimes painful detail the abuse, torture, and execution of the animals--particularly disturbing is an episode in which Vick and a friend swing a failed fighting dog 'over their heads like a jump rope' and kill it by repeatedly slamming it into the ground--and tracing the rescue of dozens of pit bulls seized from Vick's property. Gorant outlines the efforts to save these animals from euthanasia, challenging the negative public perceptions of pit bulls and reporting back on the status of dogs like Sox (now a certified therapy dog), Zippy (adopted by a family of five), and Iggy (still shy but growing comfortable with his adopted circle of friends). At a time when Vick has returned to professional football and much of the public outcry about Bad Newz Kennels has been forgotten, this book provides a stark reminder about the horror and prevalence of dog fighting. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Animal lovers and sports fans were shocked when the story broke about NFL player Michael Vick's brutal dog-fighting operation. But what became of the dozens of dogs who survived? As acclaimed writer Gorant discovered, their story is the truly newsworthy aspect of this case.
"Synopsis" by ,

The author of the New York Times bestseller The Lost Dogs shares the heartwarming tale of one plucky, unwanted pit bull who achieved international celebrity.

Today, Wallace is a champion. But in the summer of 2005, he was living in a shelter, a refugee from a suspicious pit bullandndash;breeding operation. Then Andrew andldquo;Rooandrdquo; Yori entered the picture. A scientist and shelter volunteer, Roo could tell immediately that Wallace was something special. While on his honeymoon, Roo learned that Wallace was about to be put down. Franticandmdash;and even though they already had two dogsandmdash;Roo and his wife fought to keep Wallace alive until they could return home to adopt him.

Once Wallace made it home, Roo knew the dog needed a mission, and serendipity led them to the world of competitive Frisbee dogs. It seemed like a terrible idea. Pit bulls are everything that most Frisbee dogs arenandrsquo;t: large and heavy with thick muscles that can make them look less than graceful. But that was fine with Rooandmdash;because part of his mission was to change peopleandrsquo;s minds about pit bulls. After overcoming everything from injuries to prejudice against the breed, the unlikely pair became World Champions.

Movingly told by bestselling author Jim Gorant, Wallace will capture the hearts of animal lovers everywhereandmdash;and help rescue this popular breedandrsquo;s unfairly tarnished reputation.

"Synopsis" by ,
The author of the New York Times bestseller The Lost Dogs shares the heartwarming tale of one plucky, unwanted pit bull who achieved international celebrity.

Today, Wallace is a champion. But in the summer of 2005, he was living in a shelter, a refugee from a suspicious pit bulland#150;breeding operation. Andrew and#147;Rooand#8221; Yori, a scientist and shelter volunteer, could tell immediately that Wallace was something special. While on his honeymoon, Roo learned that Wallace was about to be put down. Franticand#151;and even though they already had two dogsand#151;Roo and his wife fought to keep Wallace alive until they could return home to adopt him.

Once Wallace made it home, Roo knew the dog needed a mission, and serendipity led them to the world of competitive Frisbee dogs. It seemed like a terrible idea. Pit bulls are everything that most Frisbee dogs arenand#8217;t: large and heavy with thick muscles that can make them look less than graceful. But after overcoming everything from injuries to prejudice against the breed, the unlikely pair became World Champions.

Movingly told by bestselling author Jim Gorant, Wallace will capture the hearts of animal lovers everywhereand#151;and help rescue this popular breedand#8217;s unfairly tarnished reputation.

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