Little History Makers
"Although dogs don't tell stories, they have stories, and the stories help us understand." - Susan McCarthy for the BARk Magazine. Below. Three 'vintage' videos explaining the evaluation process of the Vick dogs, their transport home and what we saw when they first arrived in CA.
"In April 2007, police raided a dogfighting operation in Smithville, Va., operated by then-NFL quarterback Michael Vick. Fifty-one pit bulls were rescued--but many others had been killed by Vick and his associates. Vick served 21 months in prison and then resumed his football career, reformed if never fully redeemed. The greater redemption, however, may have been that of the dozens of blameless dogs themselves.'
More at LINK
Documents Submitted to the Courts Regarding the Dogs' Status
No group of dogs has made an impact quite like 'the Vick dogs' have. All odds were against them, but the right combination of people came together to save them, and by doing so, they were able to tell the world who they were. Most of the dogs streamlined into normal homes and became cherished family members. Even those individuals who could not find homes have shown us their exquisite people-soft nature thanks to the work of Best Friends Animal Society.
We're so very honored to have been given the opportunity to participate in the evaluation, disposition, rescue and placement of these marvelous animals. As they changed the landscape for other dogs, they certainly helped change us into better humans.
BELOW. Select news links, print articles and photo essays about the dogs then and now. We offer these in hopes that the dogs' stories will be retold again and again ... All the better to help us shape a new understanding and reality for pit bulls and other beings plagued by abuse and misunderstanding.
Ten years later, from People Magazine.
From October 2012: The Five Year Reunion! A lovely news piece from ABC News.
Parade Magazine ran this dog-update article in 2010.
Below: And a really fun video of the photographer's attempts to get a group photo during a Year 5 Anniversary party at BADRAP's Rescue Barn.
From the Adopters
The Vick Dog Blog is no longer updated but the archived posts, written by the dogs' foster homes and adopters, give us a glimpse into what life was like in those beginning days and weeks. Fun stuff!
The CBS Morning Show reports on 'The Lost Dogs'
Jonny Justice on the Rachael Ray Show
LINK. Tim Racer on CNN when we first introduced the dogs to the world.
On PBS: 'The Dogs Are Alright' / OOPS! Stay tuned while we find this video and relaunch.
Photo Essays of the Dogs
Washington Post photo essay by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Carol Guzy
The world's very first peek of the ten dogs that came home to CA - AP PHOTO GALLERY
Print and Online Coverage:
First published story of the dogs! This AP story was picked up by hundreds of papers and websites around the world.
The now famous story from Sports Illustrated
People Magazine (right). Remaining online article in link.
Jonny Justice on the cover of Parade Magazine
Jonny Justice in the US News and World Report
Letter to BR from Hector's therapy dog (TDI) evaluator: Letter
SFgate. Vick's unpaid dues
East Bay Monthly covers Uba at Home
A lovely article from Bark Magazine
Dogtime.com Vick Dog follow up
News Brief of the rescue, Contra Costa Times
NPR: A 3 minute story from NPR