An inspiring story of survival and our powerful bond with man’s best friend, in the aftermath of the nation’s most notorious case of animal cruelty.
Animal lovers and sports fans were shocked when the story broke about NFL player Michael Vick’s brutal dog fighting operation. But what became of the dozens of dogs who survived? As acclaimed writer Jim Gorant discovered, their story is the truly newsworthy aspect of this case. Expanding on Gorant’s Sports Illustrated cover story, The Lost Dogs traces the effort to bring Vick to justice and turns the spotlight on these infamous pit bulls, which were saved from euthanasia by an outpouring of public appeals coupled with a court order that Vick pay nearly a million dollars in “restitution” to the dogs.
As an ASPCA-led team evaluated each one, they found a few hardened fighters, but many more lovable, friendly creatures desperate for compassion. In The Lost Dogs, we meet these amazing animals, a number of which are now living in loving homes, while some even work in therapy programs: Johnny Justice participates in Paws for Tales, which lets kids get comfortable with reading aloud by reading to dogs; Leo spends three hours a week with cancer patients and troubled teens. At the heart of the stories are the rescue workers who transformed the pups from victims of animal cruelty into healing caregivers themselves, unleashing priceless hope.
Includes an 8-page photo insert.
“Beautifully written and forthright […] The Lost Dogs should make some news; not just for animal lovers but for anyone pondering the human propensity for violence and goodness.”
About Jim Gorant
Jim Gorant has worked as a magazine editor and writer for twenty years, and is currently a senior editor at Sports Illustrated. His work has appeared in such magazines as Men’s Health, GQ, and Outside. Also the author of Fanatic: Ten Things All Sports Fans Should Do Before They Die, he lives in New Jersey.
Jim Gorant’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, September 20th: Daydream Believer
Thursday, September 30th: Book Club Classics!
Tuesday, October 5th: Simply Stacie
Wednesday, October 6th: A Novel Menagerie
Thursday, October 7th: Lesa’s Book Critiques
Thursday, October 7th: Animal Blawg
Monday, October 11th: Rundpinne cancelled
Tuesday, October 12th: Bookworm’s Dinner
Wednesday, October 13th: Our Hen House
Thursday, October 14th: Dog Spelled Forward
Friday, October 15th: Book Reviews by Molly
Monday, October 18th: In the Next Room
Tuesday, October 19th: Life With Dogs
Wednesday, October 20th: Life in Review
Monday, October 25th: Luxury Reading