Though Michael Vick has returned to the NFL, his past continues to be in the news. Read more about Bad Newz Kennels, animal rescue and  and the canine-human connection in these library titles.

The Vick Dogs and Animal Rescue

The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant

Investigation of Bad Newz Kennels, and the later rescue and rehabilitation of the Vick Dogs. The Lost Dogs appears on Library  Journal’s Best of 2011 list and has received rave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Dogtown: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation and Redemption by Stefan Bechtel

Inside stories from Best Friends Animal Shelter, who rehabilitated multiple Vick dogs and produced the above video (they also are the focus of Dog Town, the documentary series on the National Geographic Channel.)

Canine Fiction

Alice Fantastic by Maggie Estep.

Two daughters (one a professional gambler, one a toymaker) care for their terminally ill mother and her 17 rescue dogs. Surreal and funny.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Enzo the terrier mix narrates the story of his race-car driver owner.

Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith.

Eccentric lives of the residents of a London apartment building, including. Written by the author of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz.

Thriller featuring Golden Retrievers from a longtime bestselling author.

One Good Dog by Susan Wilson

Entrepreneur is sentenced to community service; he finds a friend in a pit bull on the run from a dog fighting ring.

A Year of Cats and Dogs by Margaret Hawkins

Abandoned by her live-in boyfriend, woman realizes she can hear animals think. Staff favorite.

Check it Out

All of these books can borrowed from the library. Book not on the shelf? Request it by clicking on the location and choosing “Request This Item.” The username and password is your MyTyler login. Books can be delivered to either campus in 1-2 days.

This article has 9 comments

  1. ehliyet

    I follow you constantly. Thanks for continue to share this hope. good luck.

  2. mobile pet grooming

    sick!! still cannot believe this happens. I’m sorry but I’m still not impressed with vick…wheres his fight vs this horrible practice? I should be hearing about him more than I do…speaking out vs dog fighting

  3. Suzanne

    Good comment about Vick needing to speak out against dog fighting.

  4. Jacquelyn Dunn

    This was a terrible thing.Vick needs to make a lot of changes.

  5. Healing That Feeling

    This is awful :( The scars on their faces are terrible. Perhaps he should have been put in a cage with them during a fight, I doubt he would still think it was a such good idea after that.

  6. Suzanne

    Very creative solution! Thanks for the comment.


  7. Anonymous

    Thank you for this post about the Vick dogs. I still harbor some anger over him being free while some of his ex-dogs are still imprisoned by fear. But I have been to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and know that those dogs went to the very best facility in the country to be rehabilitated. I need to read the books. I have a pit bull mix who is the love of my life. It’s really sad that the pit bull breeds have been so abused and mis-used that people who have never even been around them are afraid of them. They are highly intelligent, social and loving dogs.

  8. Suzanne

    Thanks for your great comments! I have seen the show about Best Friends and read the book (we have it here in the library.) I have a pittie mix too–he is the most adored member of the the family! The kids have described him as “Awesome, but weird.” I agree with you–pits are intelligent, social and loving.

    Thanks for the comment!

  9. Azores Cattle Dog

    This breed is an extremely aggressive and a working canine. They are very smart as well as intelligent, easy to learn particularly on trainings. They are trained to protect herds, as well as their own possessions and home. They are very sharp and they may be very suspicious to people they are not sure of. They should be socialize in order to other dogs or people close to them other than its family to allow them to be familiarized. That is why a skilled owner is required for them given that they needed a thorough training.

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