Lost Dogs

Rescuing Michael Vick's Dogs

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Hour 2:           What happened to the 47 pit bulls who survived NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s cruelty? We’ll find out this hour with Jim Gorant, senior editor at Sports Illustrated and author of the book “The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption” (Gotham Books, Paperback, 2011). The book is now out in paperback.

  • Sam

    I have a 14 yrs old half pit bull half, who knows what. Our family saved her at 1 yr, after she had been severly abused.  It took 1 year for her to be able to look us in the eye and 2 years for her to go through a doorway without our arms up, showing we held nothing with which to beat her or to slam the soor on her.  Eventual she became a wonderfully loving dog.  however, now in her old age and the on set of dementia, we are finding that we must actively guard where and and to what she is exposed because her old fears are becoming dominant and therefore certain aggressive behaviors.  This is an area of concern I have not seen or heard addressed, but feel should be.

    • Grammiethree2002

      Hi Sam,
      I am a Certified Dog trainer and Behaviorist.  My suggestion is, because of her age, part of the problem may be loss of hearing and/or sight.  I would have her checked out by a vet concerning this.  An older dog often gets “cranky”, doesn’t put up with all the usual things.  Older dogs tend to startle easier.   I would keep her close, give her more exercise to relieve her stress. 
      Good luck with your girl.  Thank you for giving her a good life and I hope she enjoys a few more years with you.
      Sharon 

    • Grammiethree2002

      Hi Sam,
      I am a Certified Dog trainer and Behaviorist.  My suggestion is, because of her age, part of the problem may be loss of hearing and/or sight.  I would have her checked out by a vet concerning this.  An older dog often gets “cranky”, doesn’t put up with all the usual things.  Older dogs tend to startle easier.   I would keep her close, give her more exercise to relieve her stress. 
      Good luck with your girl.  Thank you for giving her a good life and I hope she enjoys a few more years with you.
      Sharon 

  • Sam

    I have a 14 yrs old half pit bull half, who knows what. Our family saved her at 1 yr, after she had been severly abused.  It took 1 year for her to be able to look us in the eye and 2 years for her to go through a doorway without our arms up, showing we held nothing with which to beat her or to slam the soor on her.  Eventual she became a wonderfully loving dog.  however, now in her old age and the on set of dementia, we are finding that we must actively guard where and and to what she is exposed because her old fears are becoming dominant and therefore certain aggressive behaviors.  This is an area of concern I have not seen or heard addressed, but feel should be.

    • Grammiethree2002

      Hi Sam,
      I am a Certified Dog trainer and Behaviorist.  My suggestion is, because of her age, part of the problem may be loss of hearing and/or sight.  I would have her checked out by a vet concerning this.  An older dog often gets “cranky”, doesn’t put up with all the usual things.  Older dogs tend to startle easier.   I would keep her close, give her more exercise to relieve her stress. 
      Good luck with your girl.  Thank you for giving her a good life and I hope she enjoys a few more years with you.
      Sharon 

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