Fighting for their lives in Michael Vick’s ring since they were puppies. What happened next will melt your heart.
It’s common to hear the statement, ‘You can’t teach old dogs new tricks’, but over and over again, this statement is proven wrong. People believed that re-training or re-teaching dogs new things just aren’t possible.
Back in 2007, NFL player, Michael Vick’s home was raided to rescue a group of dogs. The torture endured by the dogs in Michael Vick’s backyard were put to an end when animal rescuers and the police came to arrest him. His organized dog fighting gig ended when he was sent to jail.
There were more than 20 dogs rescued from his home. Many believed, however, that since they were bred for violence and harsh conditions, these dogs should be put down. Trying to re-train them and out them in different homes might cause several threats to the adoptive families who wish to have them. The fact that they were reared to fight and kill should be enough factor for these dogs not to be put in homes even if they were cared for since certain triggers might cause these dogs to fall back to such dangerous behavior.
This was extremely proven wrong though. The Best Friends Animal Society took 22 of these dogs. They were nurtured and put in different homes. These 22 dogs were widely known as ‘Vicktory Dogs’. Eight years later, many of these dogs found loving homes and in turn gave love back. The painful past of these dogs were set aside as caring families took them and cared for them. Their story is simply quite vicktorious.
You’d think that dogs would immediately run after a cat when he sees one. It’s typical for a dog to do this especially if a dog once lived in a violent environment. Cherry, on the other hand, years after his rescue is found snuggling with kittens in their living room carpet.
Cherry became quite a celebrity when he was featured in ‘Dogtown’. His existence is now a remarkable inspiration for the rehabilitation of abused animals.
Amy didn’t anticipate for her dog to immediately pull on her for a walk. Amy wasn’t entirely sure of adopting Georgia but meeting this loving dog made Amy love her new pet even more. Though Georgia passed away in 2013, Amy recollects her pet dog by remembering the things Georgia taught her as she lives a life that is more forgiving and trusting.
Being the first dog to be adopted, Halle was taken in by a very surprised family. Halle was very mature and matronly treating her dog brethren in her owner’s home as, literally, her brothers. She treats every new dog she meets with great anticipation as she wags her tail and immediately go for play. Halle had no streaks of being a fighting dog in her as she adopted to a domestic lifestyle.
Not only was she a good home companion, Halle became a personality in dog rehabilitation program for shelter dogs when her owner set-up ‘Halle’s Enrichment Club’.
4 Little Red
This underdog experienced the most traumatic life in a dog fighting ring. She was used as the ‘bait’ dog. Bait dogs are practice dogs. They’re the dogs that fighter dogs get to be trained on and as a survivor, everybody expected her to be the most fearful dog in the bunch.
Now, you’d never think that Little Red would be the happiest dog on earth having acres and acres of playground to run around in. She’s one of the most enthusiastic dogs that emerged from the line of Vicktory Dogs.
5 Handsome Dan
Handsome Dan came out of Michael Vick’s home with extreme fear and reluctance. It took a while for Animal rescuers to get him to come to them. When he was adopted, Dan learned how to open up and ended becoming one of the most lovable dogs his family ever had.
In 2010, Dan welcomed the family’s newborn baby with a watchful and loving eye. To this date, Dan is the ever-caring Nanny Dog he could be to the family’s beloved treasure.
Oliver was evaluated to be the dog who fears humans the most. In fact, his family nearly didn’t pick him to bring home. Surprisingly, Oliver is a dog who loves giving out slobbery affection. He was a fighting dog but, Oliver, managed to keep on one trait from the fighting ring— courage. Despite his fear of humans, he easily ended up loving his human family until he finally laid rest in 2009 of cancer.
Who would have figured that a winning dog fighter would end up learning the greatest love any living creature could feel. Squeaker was definitely a prize-winning animal but now, she’s enjoying the prize of bearing six puppies. Squeaker is a loving mother and a loving companion to anyone else she meets elsewhere.
Who wouldn’t want a radio host celebrity to be his dad? Richard Hunter, a radio host in Dallas was the radio host who intimately followed up on the Vicktory Dogs. He drove all the way from Texas to adopt one of the Pit pups when he found out that the dogs were open for adoption. Now, Richard Hunter enjoys taking road trips and long naps with his lovable Pit bull, Mel.
Oscar’s mom always wanted a Pit bull. What his adoptive family didn’t expect though was that instead of giving a dog a home, Oscar gave them one instead. Having continuous communication with the families that adopted the rest of the Vicktory dogs, Oscar gave his family the chance to belong to a greater circle of love and growth. He wasn’t given a home, he brought home with him.
10 Curly and Mya
Curly and Mya are pals that grew as a family. They stood beside each other in the Dog Fighting World and was together, paw-in-paw in recovering from it. Both dogs are still with the Best Friends family, Curly being the leader of the pack and Mya as his sidekick. Both dogs have grown strong through the years and more playful as they enjoy the summer splashing in the pool.
She had one of the most difficult journey to recovery among the Victory dogs. It took her a while to recover from the trauma of the past but witness her now as a member of a loving family since 2013 in her very own Facebook page.