As you know Best Friends Animal Society took on a large number of the Vick dogs, So please do all you can to support the groups listed at the end of this post as they have really gone to bat for these dogs, and made miracles happen for them!
Brandon Bond also transported some of the dogs and continues to be a voice for Pit Bulls everywhere, thank you Brandon! The world needs more people like you!
Below are some of the dogs I could get info on;
Audie: Adopted – he has done very well for himself, after being adopted he has entered agility training.
Harriet: Adopted – This gal found herself living on a farm with two other pit bulls and she’s doing just great!
Lucas: This sad boy is on a court ordered hold at a sanctuary where he will live out the rest of his days, this poor boy had aggression issues that could not be over come. Thanks to Michael Vick and his “Gang”. Do Not Be Fooled that is what they were and possibly still are, a gang! Just like any other.
Ginger: Adopted – Her foster mom Stacy Dubuc just couldn’t let this special girl go, so she adopted her! she’s doing just fine thanks!
Gracie: Adopted – She has adjusted to a new life and doing great!
Iggy: Adopted – He had a long way to go battling fears, he now educates kids in schools about dogs and that all pit bulls are not mean, way to go Iggy! Change starts with our youth! Nicole Rattay of BAD RAP adopted this guy.
Frodo: Adopted – by Kim Ramirez of BAD RAP and this guys movin’ on to a bright future in her capable hands! Love the hat Frodo!
Ernie: Adopted – he was given his Canine Good Citizen Certification in 2009 good job Ernie!
Teddles: Adopted – He is currently a special needs therapy dog for children, how great is that?!
Bonita: RIP 2008 This poor girl had broken teeth, and a crooked mouth due to nerve damage, thanks to the, well thanks to Mr. Vick and his boys, and let’s leave it at that. She had Babaesia, a blood born parasite very common in fighting dogs, she received dental surgery but never woke up from the anesthesia. this is the reality of the health issues these dogs face, poor girl rest easy now honey, your wings are waiting, you’ve already lived through hell on earth!
Halle: Adopted – She was extremely people afraid but thanks to the great work and care she received from best friends, she was adopted by a caregiver there, excellent news!
Mel: Adopted – But this guy was people afraid, he has since worked through that, it shows the level of abuse he must have received. This is a tragic example of what abuse can do, Mel still quivers and does not trust or want to be near new people, he cringes a lot and does not bark. “He will be afraid for life” says owner Richard Hunter.
Handsome Dan: Adopted – He was also people afraid, but overcame that and went on to live with a family two of them are children which he adores!
Ray: Still at Best Friends – He has dog aggression issues but he did obtain his Canine Good Citizen Certification, so I hope with the help of Best Friends, he too can over come these obstacles and find a loving home.
Oscar: Still at Best Friends – He has also earned his Canine Good Citizen Certification, keep on truckin’ Oscar I hope you find your Fur Always home!
Layla: Still at Best Friends – she is dog aggressive, only time will tell if they can help this girl move forward.
Meryl: Still at Best Friends – Initially she lashed out at humans, (Not that shocking, considering where she came from) Best Friends continues to try to help this girl move forward.
Seven: Adopted by Daron James, he came with Bond to pick up some of the dogs for fostering, sadly Seven had been through too much for one little body and mind to withstand, seven died, RIP baby girl! In puppy heaven there is no pain! along with Seven on that trip were, Chuckie and Mac.
Chuckie: – I believe is still waiting for her home and is being fostered.
Mac: – Adopted – and we hear he is thriving and enjoying his new family!
Hector: Well this boy is now a YouTube sensation! so obviously he’s left his past behind him, I wish they all could!
I am very happy to discover that at least the majority of these dogs made it out alive, which is a tremendous feat in and of its self! But not only that, they have gone on, thanks to the countless hours of rehabilitation, training and care to be able to blend in with society, and flourish!
You have to remember that to these dogs, the hand of man meant pain, it meant your food could be withheld by this person, it also meant if you didn’t die in training or in the ring you could die by those hands! Man represented nothing good to these dogs and yet they still want to love and be loved. Amazing!
47 dogs in all were seized, some were euthanized, dogs that could have, that should have, known nothing but love and a tender hand. They should have know what a soft warm bed was, what caressing was, what a real life with loving responsible people could be like, but they didn’t get that chance they are gone and that punk, Vick wants us to forget, Unreal!
For a very touching book on “the road to redemption” for these dogs please pick up Jim Gorant’s book “The Lost Dogs” available on amazon.com
Remember these dogs the next time someone tells you that “We should just get over it and let him move on!” Unfortunately this is a banner he will and should have to wear forever, those dogs didn’t “just get over it!” It has nothing to do with hate, But it does have everything to do with accepting what you have done, and justice, a child molester or murderer can’t just say “Well I paid my debt, now let me move on” now can they? there is a stigma, and there should be! Just as there should be for Vick! That’s the price you pay for your actions and choices folks!
The fact that this…., (I choke on the word) “man”, has just dusted this one under the rug, thanks in part to BET network and the league, it disgusts me to the fullest!
****Side note****did you know the NFL now sells his jersey made to fit dogs? Nice!
Well all I can say is that from the bottom of my heart I wish all the surviving dogs only the very best out of life, I am very proud and thankful, of and for each and every person that stepped up and helped these dogs, from Brandon Bond to Best Friends, to the angels that sacrificed, and trained, those that held those dogs and loved them for the first time in their lives! You all worked tirelessly, some of you around the clock, to help them! You are angels! and you should be very proud of what you have accomplished! You showed the world they can be great pets and that they can survive!
Special Thanks to;
Best Friends Animal Society
Atlanta Pit Bull Rescue
SPCA of Monterey County
Animal Rescue of Tidewater
Sugar Shane Mosley, for his brilliant PSA pictured here;
And all the amazing families along the way that opened up their hearts and their homes to these dogs. They cast aside all judgements and the media hype to simply show these dogs the love they so desperately deserved and needed! You rock!