This is 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 dogfighting 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, who were saved from euthanasia by an outpouring of public appeals coupled with a court order that Vick pay nearly one 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.
©2010 Jim Gorant (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Beautifully written and forthright…The Lost Dogs should make some news; not just for animal lovers but for anyone pondering the human propensity for violence and goodness.” (Library Journal
“You will come away from The Lost Dogs warmed by the knowledge that it wasn't only Vick who got a second chance.” (George Dohrmann, senior editor at Sports Illustrated and author of Play Their Hearts Out)
This book really touched my heart, I am a advocate for pit bulls and this book will make you cry, but then be so happy for the dogs who found the homes they deserved. This book also reaffirmed my feelings for Michael Vick, he is a heartless dog killer who has no care for an animals life. After what I heard he did to the poor little red dog...no one with a heart could do such a thing to a defensless animal. I have absultly no respect for Michael Vick, I don't care how much he says what he did was wrong...he is only saying that to get back into the good graces of his fans. I use to be a fan of Vick's, but after what happened then I listened to this book, he is actually worse then I thought he was. Thanks to the people responsible for putting this book together, it shows a completely different light to Vick because it shows you just what his role was and that it was much more active in the pit fighting then he wanted everyone to think.
I was afraid of hearing graphic descriptions of the treatment of Vick's fighting dogs, but was able to get through the short sections (chapter 2 and some short mentions in other chapters). The chapters on the investigation, were enlightening and very interesting, but the majority of the book is about the rescue and rehabilitation of the dogs. The tales are informative, heart-warming, and really highlight that, above all of the hoopla and media attention, the real victims of the actions of Vick and his crew, were these loving, furry souls. The book has changed my view on the American Pit Bull Terrier, and I would happily adopt one when the time is right for my family. A must read for anyone who has an interest in the welfare of dogs.
Wonderful book, made me love pit bulls. The caregivers for these mistreated animals should be given an award. The love given to these dogs (and received from them as well) took a lot of courage, but it all paid off. Hopefully this story will inspire more people to donate time to rehabilitate injured or abused animals. Johnny (Rotten) Justice rocks.
I loved hearing the story behind the story. So many books don't reveal all sides of a story, this one did. It never ceases to amaze me how government officials flaunt their power by disregarding complaints or attacking someone who has gotten on their bad side. The brave, dedicated, caring individuals involved in this case, from the beginning report and investigation, all the way through to the final aftermath have renewed my faith. Thank you so much Mr. Gorant for this heartwarming story.
When the book was describing the "antics" of the dogs after being rescued was so heartwarming. Each instance reminded me of my experiences with my own pits.
He spoke slow enough to allow me to digest the story without having to listen a second time.
I would have loved to, but just didn't have that kind of time.
A followup "10 years later" would be wonderful.
Yes, especially if they r dog lovers
When they found out how many they could actually save.
Excellent narration of a wonderfully written book. There were some very sad parts, of course, but all in all, the book was uplifting as it detailed the efforts to rehabilitate the majority of Michael Vicks' canine victims. I could not stop listening. It certainly gave me a better understanding of the pit bull breed. The breed assuredly has more to honor than the evil Michael Vicks.
I loved this book. It was educational as well as a heart warming story. I loved the story and the narration. At first I thought I may not finish the book because the first 3 chapters were very hard to take but I am very glad I did. This is well worth your time. I am a pitbull lover and this just confirms how loyal and resilient they are.
I really loved this book. I never realized what happened with the Michael Vick dog fighting issue. This book really brought home the horrors of the incident, along with the challenges of the rehabilitation. Also, a lot of the specifics of the actual case and the people behind it. Once I started listening to this book, I had a hard time putting it down.
This is a troubling investigation into Michael Vick's dog-fighting operation. It will be of interest to dog lovers, sports fans interested in context will be informed, and people looking for an engaging story will not be disappointed. It is true crime "tail" with a twist. The last part of the book details what happened to each and every dog. This is the heart warming part. The stories of the the personal sacrifices that individuals made to rescue and rehabilitate these dogs is remarkable. Well written by Jim Gorant and expertly read by Paul Garcia. This is a jewel of a little book.
While the story itself is an important one, the book was a frustration to listen to. It was an act of patience to tease out the facts from all the sentimental anthropomorphizing. We DO NOT 'know' what the dogs were thinking, wishing, remembering; we can only use our intelligence and compassion to develop a useful understanding of their behaviors and needs. Another source of irritation was the narrator, who articulated the text as though he were recording it for a class of foreign language students just learning English. These complaints aside, I did listen to the end, because, again, this is an important and mostly inspiring story.
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