- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Gotham Books (16 Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592405509
- ISBN-13: 978-1592405503
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,414,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption Hardcover – 16 Sep 2010
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"A well-researched, moving account" — "The New Yorker Book Blog"
""The Lost Dogs" should be read by dog lovers." — Temple Grandin, author "Animals in Translation"
""The Lost Dogs" should be read by dog lovers."
"A well-researched, moving account"
"A well-researched, moving account"--"The New Yorker Book Blog"
"Gorant''s fine book is a heartwarming tale of how the love and commitment of a community can heal even the deepest and most abhorrent of traumas."--"Sports Illustrated"
""The Lost Dogs" is a page-turning investigation of dog fighting and an implicit indictment of the sport."---The Daily Beast
""The Lost Dogs" shows us that goodness can be found in the places where we may least expect it."--"The Christian Science Monitor"
"Jim Gorant goes beyond the headlines of Michael Vick and the Bad News Kennels to richly tell the rest of the story: how these amazing dogs, in the wake of such brutality, help bring out the best in the human spirit."---Tom Verducci, author of"The Yankee Years"
""The Lost Dogs" is a gripping story of redemption that uncovers the other side of the Michael Vick story."---Ken Foster, author of"The Dogs Who Found Me" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I own 9 dogs, 7 are rescues and i foster for a charity that deals with abused dogs so i'm very aware of the terrible things humans do to animals but even i questioned wether i actually wanted to continue reading this book after i started the first few chapters. It sets the scene that the dogs were found in and it makes for difficult reading.
As the book continues more hope creeps in and you start tuning the pages faster and faster knowing these dogs are moving towards a brighter future.
I cried whilst finishing the book and continued to cry for 20mins after finishing it! It's such an amazing story and one that will change many peoples opinions.
Living in the UK i have never seen or met a pit bull myself and this book describes the breed so beautifully. As much as i am a huge dog lover i would have never thought a case like this would have been possible. I would have presumed that dogs that were born and brought up fighting would never have a chance of living in a household with other dogs but i have been proved wrong!
The people involved in this story are true heroes that put there necks on the line for the wellbeing of these dogs. We need more people like them!
This is a fantastic book, it is so interesting and i can honestly say this is the best book i have read yet. It is diffcult in places and after reading certain chapters i would need a little break before going back to it.
This story really touched my heart and it's great to know that these dogs have gone on the live great happy lives!
I am an unashamed dog lover and own an Akita - a renowned "Aggressive Breed" which are often refered to as Fighting Dogs (do your research people - they were hunting dogs not fighting dogs) so I was drawn to this book.
Jim Gorant reports the facts the way a true journalist should, the book is obviously well researched and although he has taken his time to get to know the dogs' stories he does not fall into the trap of being overly sentimental - given the circumstances that must have been incredibly difficult. Being from the UK the American legal system never fails to leave me bamboozled but Gorant walks you through the process and the frustration the folks involved in the initial liberating of the dogs and who ultimatley brought the legal case to a conclusion faced. As the book progresses he manages to explain without prejudice the obviously complex and often vunerable recovery process which leaves you feeling as though you personally know the dogs and empathising with the many people involved.
As I said, this is one of the hardest books I've read, at times I had to put the book down, take my mutt for a walk, gain some prespective and go back to it again. I will admit I cried and at points I wanted to hit something, hard! I also laughed and grinned like an idiot when reading about some of the uplifting stories of recovery these dogs went through and the wonderful people who helped them.
One tip I will leave you with - when the reading gets hard, flick to photos in the middle of the book - the pictures are inspiring.
This is a well told account of an amazing journey which demonstrates the worst and best of how humans treat "man's best friend".
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