The Vick dog’s some successes and a few failures, but there’s still hope.

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

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

Recycled Love

Our Pack


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!


About apitome

I am a mother, a pit bull advocate, but mostly I am just like any of you, I am passionate about politics, the environment and dog advocacy. I want possitive changes within the judicial system as well. I want my children to grow up in a country where we are not told what breed of dog we can own. I want to see BSL put in the trash where it belongs! I want to see the constitution protected but not manipulated *see anything on the mosque near ground zero (USA) or changing Merry Christmas to Happy Holidays (Canada)* I am not racist in any way shape or form against any ethnic group, I do however have prejudices against bad behavior! If you abuse our laws, kids, the elderly, or animals, If you move to a new country and then demand that country to change everything about it's laws & way of life to suit your own agenda, If you blatantly break those laws with no regard and show no repect for them, if you engage in dog fighting or any other forms of animal abuse, torture or neglect, or if you are a pedophile, Than yes! You are on my radar for sure, and I will do EVERYTHING within my power to see you stopped and brought to justice! Furthering that goal, I have no qualms about publishing the names and faces of convicted abusers. I am not trying to change the world, I simply want to see things improve not backslide, Mostly for my children and these wonderful dogs futures! I may say things you agree with, and I may say things that you won't agree with, I may anger you, challenge you, or just plain piss you off, but in my book that's ok as long as long as it inspires some form of action on your part. This is not a popularity contest, If I have said anything about a group or person that you don't agree with please feel free to leave a comment or simply don't come back. If You have been mentioned in my blog it is for one of two reasons, you are either an advocate or you are an abuser loser, if you are the latter I could care less what you think! I value the opinions of trash about as much as I do that of a slug! Everything in print here is a matter of public record, or came from a trusted source, with that said, I am certainly willing to print both sides of any story, in an effort to be fair and always print the truth! View all posts by apitome

6 responses to “The Vick dog’s some successes and a few failures, but there’s still hope.

  • Jesslyn

    LOVE this article and the stories. HATE Michael Vick and other scum of the earth dog fighters/ animal abusers who should die a slow miserable death.

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  • canddice

    i own 2 pit bulls and one was a rescue. she was gotten rid of and nearly starved when we got her becasue we were told tha she either kille da cat or a dog. ww got her she was as thin as a greyhound. she has filled out nicely and is beautiful, sweet and loving. she is rather vicious when my son comes to visit (she will beat the heck out oif you with her tail she adores him). she has beenin my house frequently and was laying her head in my lap one night and my cat walked accross her nose looked at the dog, and hissed at the dog. the dog looked at the cat like “WTF did i do”. she continues to be a loving part of our family and when a stray dog or puppy gets near her the most she does is share her food, bed, water, and affection with it. i am so lucky to have her. too many people forgave vick for what he did and didn’t think about the impact he had on so many sweet loving animals. i think their shoupd be stricter penalties for abuse like this to aimals.

    • apitome

      Thanks Candice and Jesslyn! its nice to hear what people think! Having seen the toll abuse takes on dogs, on anything for that matter, I agree there should be stronger penalties. Every time I think of that property I think of the dogs we failed, the barried the burned, all those for whom the help came too late.

  • Warren

    I want to correct the information about Chuckie. I am his owner. I have had Chuckie since he was put in foster care. He went to a home with several other pits. The alpha mail attacked him twice over food or a toy. They got to them quickly the first time, but not the second. Chuckie was never the aggressor, but nearly killed the attacker the second time. My sister at the SPCA called me. I am single and live alone, and have had a pit in the past, another very sweet dog many years ago. Chuckie was unnerved, loosing hair, upset. It took a while, weeks to get comfortable with me, many months before he was really affectionate without a look of concern or confusion. Chuckie is now really a fun, playful, adorable little guy (less than 40 lbs.) He is well behaved and not animal aggressive. He loves to play with other dogs. He is still a little cautious with new people. For six months, he would flip his food and scatter it, eating from the floor. I suppose he learned this eating with aggressive dogs. He has pretty much stopped that. He will eat directly from the bowl now. He is athletic and only eats high quality dry dog food,. and at something between 8 and 9 years, looks and acts like a puppy. He is very affectionate and loves to cuddle. He has been on Animal Planet and has appeared at a few fund raisers for the ASPCA. I have been without full time work for a long while now, doing contract and part time work. Chuckie has been the bright spot of these tough times. He has separation anxiety, and he is more attached to me now than I have ever seen another dog attached to his owner. I seem to be his safety blanket, but as time goes on, he is more and more coming out of his shell and acts like a new puppy exploring his world. I have had Chuckie for about 5 years now. I am amazed at how much he looks like the black dogs pictured above, particularly Halle, Bonita and Audie.. I would have thought they were pictures of Chuckie.

    • apitome

      That’s great news! Thank you very much for letting me know, sorry it took a while for me to see this I have been swamped at dog training school and I have had a myriad of loon bars filling up my mailbox as of late LOL! I too have a rescued bully and her story is much the same, although I do not believe she was a fighting dog, neglected and abused is more her story but that’s mostly just guess work with most recues we never really know what happened be fore we get them. She’s a good dog but the under the skin scars are still there for her too, maybe one day they’ll forget, one can hope! Thanks again and I sincerely wish you both a very happy life together and thank you for seeing past all the nonsense surrounding these dogs and for opening your heart and home to Chuckie!
      Take care, and for Chuckie: Moving on and living well is the best revenge, so shine on my boy!

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