Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Book Review: The Lost Dogs, by Jim Gorant, the story behind what happened to the Michael Vick dogs

When I first saw the article in Parade magazine about the new book coming out called The Lost Dogs I knew I had to read it. I have followed most of the coverage about the Michael Vick dogs. I watched the news, read online and then I also watched the series that told the tale of 22 rescued Pit Bulls that now call the Best Friends Sanctuary home.

Jim Gorant showcases his impeccable writing skills in his new book 
The Lost Dogs. Michael Vick's Dogs And Their Tale Of Rescue And Redemption.

Sports  Illustrated's Jim Gorant takes you on a journey. A journey that begins with the investigation of the 51 dogs confiscated from the Bad Newz Kennels, which was owned by Vick and some of his buddies. After much research, many phone calls and much traveling Jim put together this amazing book that gives the reader an inside look at the dog fighting world. He captures a realistic look at the pain and abuse dogs forced into dog fighting have to endure. From the beginning you feel like you've become part of the Michael Vick's dogs world. A world where heart wrenching unimaginable horrifying acts take place by disconnected people. Jim does an amazing job at showing what a barbaric choice of entertainment dog fighting is. 

Through detailed descriptions from a dogs point of view you experience many emotions.  You get a detailed account of the process of which the dogs went from being a number, to being given a name to becoming an individual. They truly were given a second chance. 

The Lost Dogs touches on the history of ignorance and fear that has often led to different breed bans throughout history, such as the bloodhound or Timber Shepherd. The element of magic this breed encapsulates is indeed fully represented. Jim captures the resilient spirit of such an illy represented breed with real life accounts and experiences. The inspiring stories of not only the dogs but about all of the dog lovers and investigators is masterfully written. This book is a must read for any animal lover. You'll appreciate the hard work, dedication and unconditional love that was expressed by such admirable individuals. This was not an easy case or an easy job. In the end, forty-seven of the fifty-one dogs were saved and some of them went on to become loving pets, therapy dogs and respected members of their communities. 

You have to wonder if there was an other worldly hand at play shaping the events that unfolded in the daily lives of all the individuals involved with this case. To see a rule of automatic execution for dogs involved in dog fighting  be changed to a newly shifted perception that now looks at the involved dogs individually is a remarkable advancement. The HSUS, ASPCA, Bad Rap and other rescue organizations are now attempting to individually evaluate each dog to save as many of the stable and well adjusted ones as possible.

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the people who gave the Michael Vick dogs a second chance, a few of those being Bill Brinkman, Jim Knorr and Catalina Stirling. For you truly had to trust the process of life not knowing what the outcome would be.

To a judge who had the vision to dismiss the old beliefs that any dog used in dog fighting should be euthanized and who court ordered nearly a million dollars be set aside for the dogs care.

And to Jim Gorant for capturing such a compelling story that unfolded before the public's eyes. Thank You for providing an inside view of the investigation, the intricate look at the people involved and most importantly the viewpoint of the dogs. That will forever be instilled within me. 

Find out more about Jim and his fabulous book.

"Nurture plays as much of a role as nature and every dog is different!" ~ Jim Gorant

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Reviewed by: Carol Lawrence


  1. An intriguing review. I have purposefully avoided reading about these dogs as it all seems so sad. But your review brings a different light to this story.

    Thank you.

  2. I am also a dog lover and I'm deeply disturbed by the stories of dog abuse too! Thank goodness for the compassionate people who worked so hard to rehabilitate those dogs. Even if I don't win the freebie, I'll definitely buy a copy of the book.

  3. Thanks for giving your article i am happy to see your work.


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