The Lost Dogs - Jim Gorant

The Lost Dogs

By Jim Gorant

  • Release Date: 2010-09-16
  • Genre: Pets
Score: 4.5
From 83 Ratings


An inspiring story of survival and our powerful bond with man's best friend, in the aftermath of the nation's most notorious case of animal cruelty.

Animal lovers and sports fans were shocked when the story broke about NFL player Michael Vick's brutal dog fighting operation. But what became of the dozens of dogs who survived? As acclaimed writer Jim Gorant discovered, their story is the truly newsworthy aspect of this case. Expanding on Gorant's Sports Illustrated cover story, The Lost Dogs traces the effort to bring Vick to justice and turns the spotlight on these infamous pit bulls, which were saved from euthanasia by an outpouring of public appeals coupled with a court order that Vick pay nearly a million dollars in "restitution" to the dogs.

As an ASPCA-led team evaluated each one, they found a few hardened fighters, but many more lovable, friendly creatures desperate for compassion. In The Lost Dogs, we meet these amazing animals, a number of which are now living in loving homes, while some even work in therapy programs: Johnny Justice participates in Paws for Tales, which lets kids get comfortable with reading aloud by reading to dogs; Leo spends three hours a week with cancer patients and troubled teens. At the heart of the stories are the rescue workers who transformed the pups from victims of animal cruelty into healing caregivers themselves, unleashing priceless hope.

Includes an 8-page photo insert.
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  • emotional rollercoaster

    By megs5004
    This book is incredible. The first half of the book is well written, but parts are very hard to read (descriptions of the frequent violence toward the dogs). I found myself smiling through most of the second half at how resilient these previously-beaten and severely-abused dogs were. Wonderful book.
  • My own pit

    By lazerblazer
    I have a pit and to keleigh.. Review below... Yes we tend to treat dogs better than humans because they are helpless living in our world. Don't get me wrong, Vick is an amazing athlete and one of the best but doesn't make him a great human being. Now the review on the book. The book is well written and it will hit every emotion you have. This book will open your eyes and heart to these dogs who are absolutely misunderstood.
  • Rollercoaster Ride GREAT read

    By Just Get It Now!
    As the headline indicates, this is a Rollercoaster ride of emotions. The highs of rescue and rehabilitation, the lows of the circumstances these dogs find themselves in. My opinions changed throughout the book, having known what happened to Vick. I highly recommend this read, if only to bring to light what really goes on in an underground world you may know little about, realizing these dogs are a victim of a crime. I have a rescued pit bull and this book made me rethink everything I have no idea what she may have been through before I knew her, she received some extra big hugs and kisses while I read this amazing book. I now want to find out how some of the other dogs are doing who hadn't yet been adopted.
  • Great book

    By Aim88888
    Very sad but very good book!
  • Dogs

    By Keleigh g
    We treat dogs better then humans these days and all people are insane. I'm not saying Michael was right for what he did, but he knew he was doing wrong. For all you non mistake People out there, Vick has more talent in his boogers then you do in yur whole body. Stop being jealous and appreciate the athlete he is.
  • Love this book!!

    By Katie M
    It demonstrates the sad misconception of pit bulls while taking you through the amazing stories of some special dogs. It's really well written and really proves a point! Rescue and ADOPT!!
  • The lost dog

    By Theresa Calderon
    One more reason not to like Obama