So today the Sports Illustrated issue that has the Vick dog Jasmine FINALLY came out here in Halifax - and I got to go and get my own copy. I had already read the whole article online weeks ago on the Bad Rap blog - but I am a hoarder of magazines of all kinds of different types - so I had to have my own paper copy. By the time I die I'll probably be one of those people who has no room in their house except for little aisles everywhere with magazines lined to the ceiling because I can't bear to part with any of my magazines. Although up until now I have probably gotten rid of thousands of magazines over the years - but there are certain ones that I just cannot part with. I'm not going to tell you which ones they are though.
I thought I'd take this momentous day to give links to every Vick dog link I've come across in my aimless daily surfing - and there's quite a bit of them - so get your hat on, and let's go.
I've written quite a bit on this blog about the Vick dogs - I think they have changed the world of pit bull type dogs forever - for the better, and in fact wrote a post called "Could Michael Vick be the best thing that's ever happened to pit bulls?" last July after having read a couple fabulous articles about the dogs that had been saved in some Washington Post articles. They included an amazing slide show that you've got to watch.
I had previously written about them when they had decided to save the dogs and MSNBC wrote an article about the saving of them and highlighted a couple of the dogs - that's a super article too.
MSNBC also did a fabulous slide show of families who adopted and fostered Vick dogs - you can watch it by going - here
MSNBC also did a story on one of the Vick dogs - Hector that's very nice.
Last February, the New York Times wrote a great article about Best Friends Animal Sanctuary taking in 22 of the worst case Vick Dogs - and of course they also have a slide show embedded in their article as well that you've got to watch.
And talking about Best Friends, they put out a monthly magazine of "all the good news" - and one month they focused on what they call the "Vicktory dogs" - in their March 2008 issue - you can read the whole Magazine online - it's a pdf file on their website that you can download - here
As well, they have a section of their website dedicated to the dogs at http://www.bestfriends.org/vickdogs/ that is so positive and loving - you'll feel good no matter how you feel about pit bulls.
I have the National Geographic channel, and I saw the Dogtown show - the show about the Best Friends sanctuary - focused on the Vick dogs' rehabilitation - and I make no secret about the fact that I LOVE Best Friends, and always have - so I should just put that out there at this point, I guess.
This is Bad Rap's blog post about the Sport's Illustrated issue on the Vick Dogs - it's a really great post, and it has a link to the Sport's Illustrated online issue as well where you can read the whole article.
I also found a link to the ORIGINAL 1987 article as well, which is really neat - it's at the CNN Sport's Illustrated Vault and you just have to scroll through to like page 28 or something like that. It's a really interesting read, for sure.
The very well read "Pet Connection Blog" also has done a really good blog post about the Sports Illustrated article if you want to go read it - it's - here
ABC did a very positive story on the dogs as well - you can find it here
Some of the dogs that went to private rescues to be fostered ended up in Monterey California - and their story is covered in a very nice news story - here
- which includes a several minute video
And lastly - You Tube is a veritable treasure trove of Vick dogs - all you've got to do is type in "Vick" in the search thingee at the top - and you're on your way to watching tons of the dogs who've been fostered and adopted out - and the fabulous lives they're living now through Bad Rap and the other pit bull rescues - and be prepared to cry a lot - because they're all tear jerkers because they're all so beautiful and happy. I've spent quite a while on You Tube watching the videos and they're too many to give links to - they're all completely awesome and uplifting and give you hope that maybe the world will still have good dogs and good people of all shapes and sizes. Maybe.