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A Look Into the New Life of Michael Vick’s Dogs

I’ve written about Michael Vick before, but this is no longer about him and his fighting dogs.  It’s a beautiful story about rehabilitated, thriving, well-adjusted dogs that BADRAP believed in, when so many others thought they never could be restored. Well, seven of them met up recently for a blessed reunion and a group picture.

I read the following update in LifeWithDogs.tv this morning and it brought a huge smile to my face: ‘Each of these seven dogs has made a remarkable comeback. All seven dogs have Canine Good Citizen certificates. Three of them serve as therapy dogs in hospitals and children’s literacy programs. One of the dogs Audie was very shy and had to have two faulty knees repaired when he arrived five years ago. He is now excelling as an agility dog. “They’re all heroes and they have so much to teach us about comebacks, resiliency and embracing the joy of the present moment,” said BADRAP director Donna Reynolds.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the picture taken in this video really says it all. It’s certainly a tail-waggin’, happy group of pups with their people! And four paws up to the people who welcomed these dogs so lovingly, never gave up on them, and now even have bragging rights to all of their accomplishments.

Do you have a story of a pet being resilient, letting go of their past, and embracing a new life of love and hope? Thanks for sharing it in a comment below.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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12:50PM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

They look so happy .. thanks a lot for sharing this beautiful story and video. Makes me lucky and gives hope.

8:21AM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Thank you for the good news

8:15PM PST on Nov 30, 2012

Cheryl, thank you for sharing your story. I'd guess the cat was indeed, feral, and the FelV positive diagnosis would add to that theory. I also rescued a cat that had been abandoned and he was neutered at the time, I was told by a neighbor that he was at least 17 years old, probably 18 (she'd lived next door for 17 years and the cat was an adult when she moved there) but when I took him to my vet to be treated (he was extremely malnourished and very "gimpy") I was told he was negative for feline leukemia, but FelV positive. My vet said he had probably carried the virus most of his life. He could become "active" with Feline "Aids" at any moment, or could live for years without problems, but he could NOT mingle with any other cats. I had an older female at home, so for the two, almost three years this rescue lived with me, he had to be kept separated from her. No problem since SHE hated all other animals and avoided being near him. They ate separately and didn't share a litter box. He was humanely PTS when he was almost 21 years old, of organ failure due to old age.

9:10AM PST on Nov 30, 2012

I was trapping for TNR at 1 of the many stray colonies that I care for, (this was about 3 yrs ago) I trapped a Cat & brought him to the clinic to be neutered & vaccinated & then sadly... released. On the way to the clinic, he was trying to get my attention & I gave him a few scrachies through the trap bars. Oh no! I thought! He is domestic! How could I release him! I was callling around to try to find some resources for him to be fostered, while I could work on getting him a home. I got a call from the clinc a while later & was told by the clinic that he was FeLV +. :(. I just could NOT put this Cat down just because he was positive. My foster fell through because of his diagnosis. I cleaned out my small spare room, & took him home after he was released from the clinic. In the days that passed he started having some unusual behavior that definately led me to believe this Cat was abused. He had a manic pacing & seemed to be frightened by fast moving motion, yet was urgently wanting my attention. He struck out
at me at some of these times & also bit me very severely on a few occassions. Most people would have been done at that point, but I knew in my heart something happened to this otherwise sweet boy, & I wasn't going to give up on him. It was admittedly tuff to get over the fear of being bit & struck. I knew I had to find a way to release this in his presence, or I would be calling to me the exact behavior I wanted to avoid & he

7:09AM PST on Nov 28, 2012

I am so glad to see that they are doing well. Thanks to all people to open their hearts and homes to rescue an animal.

2:41PM PST on Nov 25, 2012

great article and video, thanks for sharing :)

11:17AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

thank god

5:28AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

@Kimberlee W Care2 is pretty good about take-downs. Personal attacks or multi-posts are usually what gets a take-down. Personal attacks discourage participation. [One post I noticed missing a while back was in response to a commentor's sharing: "I am glad your son is dead..."] It's OK to disagree. Don't be discouraged to post your ideas, check your wording, not your passion. [I have mixed feelings about the post I read momentarily which suggests Care2 men cut women's breasts off and beat them with them...WTF I guess I want to know someone is thinking that way, but its a little scary]
Multi-posts just make it impossible for us "trailer trash" ;-) to read comments.

5:23AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

What a happy story. These dogs deserve sooo deserve a bit of happiness and safety.
Scary to learn Vick has a dog again. http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-eagles/Michael-Vick-confirms-he-has-a-dog.html His probation was 3 years. Wealth buys leniency.

9:39AM PST on Nov 20, 2012

It's lovely to see these dogs so happy now. Thankyou for the good news.

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