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

By Stefan Bechtel

Now in paperback, this better half to the hit nationwide Geographic Channel express, DogTown, tells the relocating tales of homeless canine and their caretakers on the top buddies Animal Society, evoking either the enjoyment and the occasional, yet inevitable, heartbreak that accompanies the real paintings of saving homeless dogs.
Focusing either at the relationships among canines and folks and at the newest discoveries in animal future health and behaviour, the e-book positive aspects 12 of DogTown's such a lot memorable situations. each one bankruptcy follows one puppy —often thought of unadoptable by means of different shelters —from the 1st days at DogTown, via evaluate and therapy, to the no matter if the puppy reveals a "forever domestic" outdoors the shield. pictures of every puppy hint its whole trip and chart its development from commencing to finish. DogTown's veterinarians, running shoes, and specialists who're featured at the exhibit give a contribution essays on their such a lot significant moments in operating with animals.

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Francis and his friends didn’t need to eat the scenery; they just needed a place to change the world. Francis got on the phone to tell the rest that he had found it. THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE FOR ANIMALS What Francis had found, as it turned out, was something akin to the Louisiana Purchase for animals. S. Bureau of Land Management. 2 million, all for a chunk of land the size of Manhattan. At 5,000 feet, the place could be cold and snowy in the winter, but it also had more than 320 days of sunshine every year.

Dogfights are not only cruelly abusive to animals; they are also magnets for criminal activity of all kinds. An aerial view of the Vick property shows the dogs’ pens and doghouses, which had been painted black to avoid detection. “I believe dogfighting is on the upswing,” John Goodwin, deputy manager of the Animal Cruelty Campaign for the Humane Society, told ESPN. ” THE CASE AGAINST THE QUARTERBACK These gruesome, almost medieval, discoveries would have been enough to make statewide news. But the story instantly exploded into national headlines when it became known that the owner of the house on Moonlight Road was Michael Vick, the 27-year-old star quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons.

In fact, in ten years of working as a dog trainer at Dogtown, he has never once been bit by a pit bull. He’s had a Labrador take a chunk out of his calf and a Chihuahua hanging off his arm, and he has gotten nerve damage in one hand from the bite of a boxer mix. But a pit bull? Never. Pit bulls, in his experience, are “easily socialized, fun-loving, affectionate, confident, and loyal. ” Despite the nationwide publicity about the Vick case, John, who seldom watches television, was almost completely unaware of the situation until he was told to get ready for the Virginia trip.

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