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Victory dogs film: The Champions

If the names Cherry Garcia, Handsome Dan, Little Red, Ginger Girl, Lucas, Georgia, Mel, Ray, Hector (the Inspector), Jhumpa Jones, Audie, Frodo, Leo, Red, Stella, and others (52) are familiar to you, then you know who we are talking about when we discuss the Victory dogs (the formerly abused dogs of Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels) who are now either in loving homes or remain at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah (22 of the most traumatized dogs went to Best Friends originally). Ten of the most adoptable dogs were taken care of, socialized, and trained by Donna and Tim of BadRap in Oakland, CA who helped to find them great loving homes. Some have become therapy dogs. Others are just plain happy in homes with kids, other dogs and cats. And some have passed on (Hector, Leo, Red, Lucas, Georgia and others).

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Now their story is being told in “The Champions,” a new documentary created by Darcy Dennett, which just made its world premier over the weekend at the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), which for the first time ever featured a “Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights” program for filmmakers who want to share stories that will change the world and, hopefully, our relationship with animals for the better.

From the film’s synopsis:

The documentary The Champions, follows five of the dogs, from the time they are first rescued through their adoption. It is not just about the dogs themselves, but how they change and inspire the people who come into their lives.  It also follows-up with six dogs who remain at Best Friends to this day, some of them for life.  Thanks to the work of Best Friends and BADRAP, dozens of the dogs who would have summarily been killed were given a second chance to prove that even fighting dogs rescued from the most extreme circumstances can be successfully rehabilitated with love, time, and patience.  That in fact, what many of these dogs need to thrive isn’t rehabilitation at all, but time to recover.

Today, a majority of the dogs have successfully been placed into loving, adoptive homes.  Their story proves that even creatures who have suffered the most unimaginable abuse have amazing strength, spirit, and resilience. It is a story of the bonds of trust and love we have with animals and their importance in our lives, a relationship that has the potential to bring out the best in the human and animal spirit.

The film also touches on something that continues to hurt pit bulls and their families in general: breed discrimination. Hopefully it will help continue to dispel the myths that surround these dogs and open the hearts and minds of more people who will stop fearing and targeting them based on stereotypes.

The film trailer has premiered and is on the web site. Check it out!

The Champions

The Champions, which won the annual Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award” at HIFF this year, will be screening at select locations throughout the U.S. over the coming weeks. For more info, check out The Champions.

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Pit Bull Awareness month

October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month  

10 Ways to Raise Awareness and Celebrate Pit Bulls

10. Use social media such as facebook/twitter and blogs to show off positive images of Pit Bulls. Post a photo of your Pit Bull in an unlikely pose, playing with a chilld, cat, cute critter or other dog, or being just plain silly.

Educate the media and others…

Kelly Ripa (from LIVE with Kelly and Michael) said on her show yesterday that she is educated on the subject and that ALL pit bulls are dangerous and…”only gang bangers & thugs own them.” Their FB page needs more comments. Go add yours please and show Kelly and Michael some education politely.
https://www.facebook.com/LIVEKellyandMichael?fref=ts

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what I wrote:

Kelly, your pit bull comment was completely incorrect. Negative sensationalized stories and comments about PIT Bulls leads to abuse and death of many loving animals. …for over half a century in between, 1920 to 1970, millions of Bulldogs, Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers,  American Staffordshire Terriers and all their mixed breed cousins served Americans well in every possible capacity and circumstance.”    The Pit Bull Placebo by Karen Delise.
from dog trainer Victoria Stilwell, Its Me or the Dog show
“Pit bulls can make great family pets in the hands of a responsible owner. Which breed of dog was named ‘most aggressive’ in recent scientific studies?  The family Dachshund.”
There are known factors that contribute to dogs of all breeds biting. If the dog is male, not neutered, kept chained or roams loose in a pack, etc.
 ‘The Little Rascals’  Petey was a pit bull.
and

Kelly, from the history of pit bulls and bull dogs…
True fighting dogs do not show any aggression towards humans whatsoever. Human aggression was in fact considered a major fault, so if a dog showed any human aggression it would be destroyed and the line would not be bred from anymore. Handlers were in the pit with the dogs during a fight and would not be so if they thought there was any danger. and oh by the way, last time I looked, am a newspaper reporter, senior, and NOT a gangster or thug.

and
Kelly, you are a mom with kids and a family pet. Imagine one day, police come to your door and take away the dog. You never see the dog again. They are sent to doggie jail and ultimately killed. Why? not because of anything that the dog did but because of the way they look. If this happens to a person, we call it racism, discrimination and bigotry. When it happens to dogs, it is called Breed Specific Legislation aka Breed Discrimination Legislation. Many such bans of innocent dogs have been repealed because it is ineffective, costly and serves only to assuage people’s irrational fears. Pit bulls are not the enemy. Irresponsible owners, dog fighters, animal abusers ARE the ones who need to be fined, jailed and/or punished NOT the dogs who are innocent victims of humans mistreatment.
MD’s, fire chief, pastor, police, all pit bull owners
Gangsters, thugs and pit bulls
@KellyRipa 8 of the former Vick dogs are therapy dogs now, many live in homes with kids,dogs, cats, loving dogs, The Lost dogs book
@KellyRipa In the ’70s they blamed Dobermans, ’80s German shepherds, ’90s Rottweilers. Now they blame the pit bull.”  Cesar Millan

9. Volunteer or foster with your local pit bull rescue. Give a pit bull a second chance, walk pit bulls at the local shelter, foster, rescue, adopt.

8. Share good news articles,videos, photos and books about hero Pit Bulls like Stubby, talented Pit Bulls like Petey, extraordinary Pit bulls like Wallace, Hector and the other Vicktory dogs and shelter Pit Bulls who need homes

More about the Vicktory dogs, their five year anniversary is on Pit Bull Awareness Day, yay

http://www.badrap.org/five-years-later

7.  Write letters, make phone calls, and get involved in repealing unfair BSL bans for ALL breeds

6. Educate friends, relatives, co-workers, your local shelter and the media about pit bulls. Volunteer, foster, adopt, get dogs spayed/neutered.

5. Order your very own Limited Edition Jonny Justice Gund plush toy…. do a fundraising event, order a bunch of books and/or stuffed dogs as prizes

4. Check out the latest posts at a few of the best Pit Bull blogs and Facebook pages of our pit bull superstars.

Badrap Blog

http://www.badrap.org/blogs

Ginger Girl

Little Red

Squeaky Jean

Handsome Dan

Did you know that my Daddy is running for state representative? I don’t know what that really means, but everyone keeps saying we could use someone like him up at the State House. You can say hi to him @ www.facebook.com/repstoutz.

Hector

Cherry Garcia

Jhumpa Jones

Patrick

3. Join or start a Pit Bull walk/hike group and participate on a regular basis

2.  Join, start and/or participate in bully events, pit bull parades, kissing booths, etc

1.  Get your dog trained in search and rescue, as a therapy dog, disc dog and/or other way to show off their star/hero potential

October 27, National Pit Bull Awareness Day  

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Dog’s guide to saving the earth

 Every day is Earth Day says Cici

This is Cici’s guide to Earth Day…enjoy…

Dig deep (recycle your bones)  chew now and later

Go green, roll in the grass

Renew energy, chase a cat, bunny or squirrel

Save water, take less baths, and drink from the sprinkler!

Carpool or work from home (write a blog)

Clean up your waste

Clean the cat box naturally, have a snack, tasty all natural treats

Save the Humans, Hug a Tree Hugger

Conserve Energy, Sleep

Kiss Me, I’m Organic

Reduce your Paw Print, Zooooom…and Harness K9 Energy !(yes, that is our good friend V-dog Ginger Girl)…

Make your own bread

Plant a tree, honor a pet

Happy Pug Earth Day

Raise Chickens

http://www.marthastewart.com/901133/how-raise-chickens-your-own-backyard

 

what are you and your dogs doing for Earth Day????

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a pit bull hall of fame

Why Breed Discrimination/Breed Specific Legislation is just plain WRONG…

a pit bull in Denver…

http://vimeo.com/39597705

heartfelt letter re: Denmark’s breed bans (25 breeds)

http://kenzothehovawart.blogspot.com/2012/04/open-letter-to-mette-gjerskov.html

a special tribute to the Vicktory dogs from our friend Nikhi and Logan… please share with Ellen DeGeneres to encourage her to bring a few of them on her show to share them with the world, to open hearts and minds…  Imagine Ginger Girl, Hector, Cherry Garcia, Jhumpa Jones and others on Ellen, thanks.

and here is a pit bull upside down clown, seems that Cici is not the only one who spends much of life Belly UP…

http://stubbydog.org/2012/04/the-upside-down-clown/

Also, don’t forget that Patrick’s abuser’s new hearing is set for April 19 (tomorrow), prayers needed.  Is anyone in NJ going there?

To All: No progress with the Kisha Curtis Criminal case today as the time was spent on AHS’s third (3rd) Brief / Motion that was filed about one month ago, again seeking custody of Patrick. As with the first two requests this was also denied by the Judge who ruled it premature. Patrick will continue to stay with the Scavelli’s until the conclusion of the Criminal case and at that time the Court will rule on Patrick’s permanent custody which the NJSPCA believes should be the Scavelli’s. The next Court date will be posted here when we get it. Capt

Wordless Wed. blog hop, here’s the code….

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100+ pit bull march in Salinas

http://www.ksbw.com/news/central-california/salinas/Pit-bull-owners-take-to-the-streets-of-Salinas/-/5738906/9218242/-/x430qo/-/index.html more than 100 pit bulls and owners marched… including Ginger Girl and her mom Stacy

http://www.kionrightnow.com/story/17075873/dozens-participate-in

do you think pit bulls get a bad rap?

https://www.facebook.com/yourcentralcoastnews

http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_20102640/parade-show-softer-side-pit-bulls-goes-smoothly

http://extras.montereyherald.com/slideshows/pit030412/index.html

great commentary by the SPCA…

http://www.montereyherald.com/opinion/ci_20117852/breed-bans-arent-answer-dog-attacks

great ambassadogs and owners !

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Vicktory dogs rock

Fans of the Vicktory dogs will want to read this wonderful interview with Hector the Pit Bull and his family…

http://vdoglittleengineblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/20-questions-with-hector-pit-bull.html

from Little Red‘s mama…
1-14-12 Can you say relaxed!!! This is Little listening to her new CD — “Through a Dog’s Ear”. She got this wonderful gift from her good friends CeliaSue and CiCi. We love it! All 5 dogs respond to this music in the most amazing way. After breakfast (which is at 5 am in my household), the dogs are up and down and in and out and have a hard time settling. Now I put on the Through a Dog’s Ear CD and the dogs all take extended naps while I have time to sink into a novel before the day really gets going. The music is classical piano pieces and the cadences are designed to calm dogs. It’s been clinically tested with shelter dogs and I can say unequivocally that it works!!! We’ve been listening to the music every morning in preparation for Little’s 1st acupuncture session. I played the CD for her to keep her calm. It was really a special time. I’ll write about it later this weekend. Right now we’ve got some more listening and napping to do.

Handsome Dan is adjusting to his new home with his baby sister Josephine. They like to take it easy on Sunday mornings.

Cherry Garcia also had acupuncture recently…

Ellen, Ray, Squeaker and Oscar are still looking for their forever homes. They are at Best Friends Animal Society.

http://vdoglittleengineblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/former-vick-dogs-looking-for-place-to.html

Ginger Girl enjoyed her new toy from me and Cici and a recent visit to San Francisco
Jhumpa Jones and her kitty friend Lionel who is having surgery… please send prayers and loving thoughts.
Please spread the word about these wonderful ambassadogs who prove that pit bulls are loving companions who deserve to live and make great pets even after they’ve been involved in dog fighting.
Today is the Blog the Change blog hop… grab the code here and hop away

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happy holidays for the v-dogs

sweet happy jhumpa jones

http://blog.timesunion.com/dogs/holidays-at-home-with-michaelvick-dog-jhumpa-jones/1828/

and  a few of her furry friends

Ginger Girl

Here you see me sitting in front of the Christmas tree of Dogtown; instead of ornaments the staff hangs pictures of some of us animals that have been adopted. Oscar and I would like to be on that tree next year…Squeaker

Cherry Garcia

Handsome Dan

http://blog.timesunion.com/dogs/vick-dog-holidays-little-reds-first-christmas-in-a-home/1835/

Leo, gone but not forgotten

Time for our weekly Pet Blog Hop thanks to Life with Dogs,Two Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  Grab the code and hop away…

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