I will tell the truth...I am an honest to goodness dog lover. I come to this late in life. I've had animals in my life before, but not until I brought home Big Mac, on my $% birthday in June of 2006, had I developed the true level of unconditional love for an animal that I now have for all three of my pups. I have received far more FROM my pups than I could ever offer them, and truly believe they are my "Angels on Earth"; true representations of and models for, unconditional love.
I also admit that I have never followed the Michael Vick story in detail, only because I could not possibly have the descriptions of what the poor, abused, ravaged, and broken animals endured at his "kennels" etched in my mind. The images would stay there forever and I didn't think I could handle it. When friends wanted to discuss the details of the abuse those beautiful dogs suffered, I covered my ears and hummed until I could leave the area. What I imagined was disgusting enough, the details would put me into a tailspin. I've also never seen any of the television or cable shows about the pups, again for fear that I would have images burned into my mind that could not be removed.
But, I've heard enough and seen enough headlines to have the basic details and to know that I don't respect Michael Vick one bit. I don't respect what he did; I don't respect his excuses for his behavior; and I don't respect that he is able to go right back to the famed life he led even as he tortured and destroyed those beautiful "Angels on Earth."
I happened on a blog this weekend that mentioned a new book by Jim Gorant called "The Lost Dogs" which tells the story of the rehabilitation and "rebirth" (my words) of some of the rescued pit bulls that were owned by Vick. I wish they weren't called "the Vick dogs" but that is what identifies them.
I can't give a true review since I haven't read the book yet, but I've looked up all the info I can and I can't wait to get my hands on it...The link below will take you to the publisher's page with info, video, reviews, and a preview of the book.
This short video is a promotion for the book, which you'll also find on the publisher's page....
And the video below is from a DogTown episode in August 2008..Again, I've never seen the program, although I wish I had the National Geographic Channel so I could watch the whole series. My heart just soars at what those devoted, caring people behind the rescue and rehab of these pups were willing to do to ensure they had a chance in life....one they deserved and that should not be taken from them for the likes of Michael Vick.
For those in the sports world, this weekend was about Vick's first NFL start of this year. For those of us in the animal world, it will always be about the phenomenal, loving, forgiving, devoted animals he tried to, but couldn't, destroy and the human angels who worked to undo the evil that Michael Vick perpertrated on them.
Kelly & Crew
Big Mac, Molly & Moxie