Saturday, October 9, 2010

Special Feature: The Lost Dogs

Woof! I want to feature a special book this week, THE LOST DOGS. Listen, people, this is important. This really happened. What's wrong with some humans? Why would they want to do something like this to dogs?

Thankfully, there are angels in the world like Jim Gorant, and for these dogs, there was a happy ending.

Basically, this is the story:

On April 26th, 2007, law enforcement officials descended on a sprawling white-brick house at 1915 Moonlight Road in Smithfield, Virginia. The home belonged to Michael Vick, who was the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons and one of the highest paid players in the NFL. Although the police were there on a drug search, they quickly found evidence of what appeared to be a large, well-financed dog fighting operation.

Fifty-one pit bulls were seized from the property and they sat in local shelters for six months as the ensuing investigation played out, leading to guilty pleas from Vick and his partners in an operation known as Bad Newz Kennels. In most cases, that would have been it for the dogs. Considered a public hazard, they would have been euthanized. But a tidal wave of public outcry inspired government officials to at least consider the possibility of saving some dogs.

The startling string of events that followed included a landmark legal decision, a never-before assembled team of expert evaluators, a leap of faith and a selection of rescuers who were willing to do whatever it took to help. At the heart of it all was a group of dogs that wanted desperately to overcome what had until then been a life of violence and deprivation.

Taken together, these tales showcase a resilience, dedication and commitment that have the power to alter the way society views pit bulls and to reinforce the essential nature of the human-animal bond. The Lost Dogs, for the first time, tells the behind-the-scenes story from the day of that initial raid until today.

Buy the book on AMAZON:

Book website:

Book trailer:

Clip of the book on CBS Early Show:

Facebook fan page:!/pages/The-Lost-Dogs/143499228996611?ref=ts


  1. This is an amazing book.
    There is also a documentary about Vick's dogs and what happened with them.
    It really is worth checking out.

  2. wow! I got choked up just watching the trailer. This is definitely a must read book. I'm ordering it right now. thanks so much for posting this. I love this blog - it's my go-to dog book finder.

  3. I'm so glad things are working out for the dogs. Must add this book to my collection, for my sister too who loves dogs.

  4. Wow, sounds great! Thanks for sharing, Mayra.

  5. Thanks for sharing such good news. I am buying this book and posted a link to it on my FB page.

  6. Hi Mayra,
    I remember that incident quite well... really terrible to treat such loving animal with such disregard. At least, a good book came out of a good situation.
    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I am following you back.

  7. What an interesting point of view presented in your blog.

    Thanks for following! I'm now following you.

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    Have a great weekend