The success of Vick’s former dogs is a far bigger story than Vick’s football comeback

While the sports media in general has focused so much effort into proclaming Michael Vick as the top comeback story of the year, some of the dogs he put through hell are engaged in a far more touching story of revival.

In fact a headline over a recent column on the San Francisco Chronicle website reads – “Best animal book of 2010 tells story of Vick’s ‘Lost Dogs’.”

The book is titled – “The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption” – written by Sports Illustrated editor Jim Gorant.
In the column, Christie Keith notes 47 of the 51 dogs on Vick’s property were saved. Incredibly, only one was actually euthanized for aggression.
From the column –
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What taught Gorant that lesson was not the words of the pit bull advocates he interviewed, but the surviving Vick dogs themselves: Leo, Hector, Jonny Justice and the rest — some living now as family pets and dealing with greater or lesser challenges from their traumatic past, some so triumphantly rehabilitated that they’re working as therapy dogs and even helping children learn how to read.
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Amazing. This is THE feel-good story of the year. These dogs should get the NFL Comeback Players of the Year Award in a special ceremony. These dogs should be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. These dogs should be honored for coming back from a life of torture and cruelty.
Wouldn’t it be great if the NFL announced it was not going to honor Vick, but instead it was going to give a special award to the dogs he tortured?

One response to this post.

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more. What an amazing comeback for these dogs! Thanks for the post.


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