Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Lost Dogs Book Review

The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption
The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption was a book I ordered from Amazon right when it came out. However, due to the demands of my classes, I didn't get a chance to read it until I was on vacation. It also didn't help that the first chapter was very graphic. I wouldn't change a thing though because the grittiness of that chapter was very realistic.

That said, this book gives an clear picture of the Michael Vick dogfighting case. It is divided into three sections: Rescue, Reclamation and Redemption. While it wasn't the biggest case ever (that belonged to the folks in Missouri where 400 dogs were seized), it was the case to define all others. 51 dogs were confiscated and all of them had different outcomes. It's also important to note that not all of these dogs were not only pit bulls but also Beagles , Presa Canarios and others.

This book illustrates the mystique and misunderstanding of the pit bull breed. It shows us how Michael Vick's celebrity affected the case procedure. Tackling this situation head on involved people from all over the country. Most importantly, this book takes us on a journey with all of these dogs. It brings out the anger and disbelief of what happened as well as the hope and triumph for the dogs' future.

This is one of the best books I've read all year. It is written with a strong focus and an objective eye on a despicable situation. I picked up my book from Amazon. Here is the link for your convenience:
The Lost Dogs...

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  1. Hey Elena, I had another really delightful encounter with a Pit Bull just this past weekend: A real sweetie of a female who was also a rescue. She was also totally the opposite of all the stereotypes about pit bulls; she behaved very well around people.

  2. That stereotype came about from the media. Before the 80s, Pit Bulls were beloved in this country. They were used for Buster Brown and The Little Rascals. They are devoted to people and live to please their owners. Isolated incidents have been blown out of proportion and have made many people afraid. It all comes down to the owners in the end. Thanks for writing.



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