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Michael Vick’s pet rock

On Piers Morgan, the other night, Michael Vick once again expressed his desire to have a pet for his kids. Not a pit bull, he said. There are rumors that he has already bought a beagle. God forbid. (There was a fake World News report last December that said he had gotten a beagle but the article was FAKE). It is important to remember that Vick put his own pet dog Champagne into the dog fighting ring as bait and laughed at the dog getting hurt. He thought it was all fun and jolly to kill dogs in the most horrific ways possible… poor innocent animals who did not perform well.  He killed at least 12 dogs in six years.

Don’t believe me? Look at page 4 of the 2008 USDA report that details him torturing his kids family dogs, for his own amusement and that of his friends.
http://www.usda.gov/oig/webdocs/BadNewzKennels.pdf

but hey Vick says someone else made him kill and torture dogs, oh really… buy that and I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=1789

Intentionally maiming and then killing dogs is no mistake and NO ONE can make you BE A SADIST. It is a calculated and callous crime. Vick not only funded a dog fighting operation, he also engaged first hand in the cruelty for six years. He personally violated dogs using electrical wire and then threw them into a pool so they were electrocuted. He also executed approximately 8 dogs that did not perform well in ‘testing’ sessions” and killed using various methods, including hanging, drowning, and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground.

please vote NO, this poll now says 81% think vick should get a dog, http://www.tmz.com/2012/07/18/michael-vick-dogs-piers-morgan/

In another article, Vick says he does not have to answer any questions about dog fighting anymore. We DISAGREE.  He has NEVER answered the questions honestly.   Psychopaths/sociopaths are all alike… (Like Mitt Romney and his taxes, they think the rules do not apply to them)…

http://offthebench.nbcsports.com/2012/07/30/michael-vick-on-his-dogfighting-past-im-never-answering-these-questions-again/

Below are a few well written responses to this idea. Vick does not deserve a pet rock, in my humble opinion and that of many of us who have gotten to know and love the dogs that were formerly his at the Bad Newz Kennels… Ginger, Stella, Hector, Cherry, Handsome Dan, Little Red, Squeaky Jean, and many others, some who have passed. And in memory of those who were killed at Vick’s hands such as the little red dog in The Lost Dogs book by Jim Gorant. It is unbearable to consider such a possibility when the above named and unnamed dogs are still suffering, and Vick has shown absolutely NO remorse whatsoever for the damage he did to them and the others found dead on his property.  Three times Vick was offered an opportunity to meet with Best Friends, Bad Rap and Richard Hunter, pet guardian of Mel, who lost his bark and suffers immensely from anxiety. And Vick refused each time.

When a person refuses to FACE THEIR PAST WRONGDOINGS how can one possibly move forward?  Vick says he paid his debt. Truth is he got a sweetheart plea deal and should still be in prison for the ANIMAL CRUELTY charges that he was never charged with. He only went to jail for the federal charges of “Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture.” (explained below in Chris Durant’s blog post). Animal abuse and dog serial killing is a precursor to people abuse. A homicidal maniac is a homicidal maniac is a homicidal maniac. It makes me ill to think of Vick being allowed near another animal ever again in this life.

watch?v=0c76MdMzh8I&feature=player_embedded#!

Michael Vick’s dog adoption app

“Best Friends is often asked if we think Vick should be allowed to own another dog. While his eligibility for dog ownership is a matter of law, imagine, if you would, what it would be like reading through a potential dog adoption application from Michael Vick:

  • Have you had a dog before? Yes
  • If yes, how many? Lots
  • Do you still have a dog(s)? No
  • If you have had dogs in the past, please let us know their current disposition. Dead or confiscated by federal authorities.
  • If you no longer have other dogs, please let us know what happened to them. Some I sold to dog fighters, some I had my cousin electrocute or shoot, some I personally strangled, drowned or body-slammed to death.
  • Why do you want to get a dog at this time? Because I served my time and kids want a dog.

OK, thank you, Michael. We’ll get back to you on your application.”

http://blogs.bestfriends.org/index.php/2012/07/20/michael-vick-dog-adoption-app/

“Sure, let Michael Vick get a sweet, furry, little four-legged friend; While we are at it, let’s just have convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky open a daycare or head a children’s charity of some sort.”

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/07/19/michael-vick-future-dog-owner-no-way/

“Michael Vick says maybe he’ll get a dog.

“And, worse yet, at the end of this month — when the no-dog clause of his sentence for dogfighting expires — he legally can.”

http://www.ohmidog.com/2012/07/18/michael-vick-says-maybe-hell-get-a-dog

 “Between 2001 and 2007 Michael Vick sponsored dogs in eleven fights. Additionally, he traveled to four states to purchase eleven dogs. Again, could this not be construed as 22 counts? Even with Vick’s meager sentencing this would have equated to 396 months or 33 YEARS!! And even at an absolute minimum, why was he not charged with four counts of the incredibly weak “Conspiracy…”?

“But better yet, if he had been truly tried according to Virginia’s Animal Cruelty Laws he could have been tried for twenty dog fights and nine executions. SIXTY FIVE YEARS! Instead, he was again allowed to plead out (while serving out his Federal sentence) to ONE count of dog fighting (the single Animal Cruelty charge was dropped as a part of the plea agreement) and received a three year suspended sentence for time served on the Federal charges. The prosecutor (Virginia’s Surry County Commonwealth Attorney General – Gerald G. Poindexter) didn’t feel that the costs associated with transporting Vick to Virginia from Leavenworth penitentiary in Kansas was worth it. There was also another $2,500 fine which was suspended as well. Nice job, Poindexter. I am sure the good people of Surry County think you’re a real legal eagle, huh?

“Another side note: Five of the surviving dogs rescued from Vick’s compound had to be put down. He was not held accountable for those either. But, according to Virginia law, he absolutely should have been. That would have brought the potential charge count up to 34 and another $12,500 for Mr. Poindexter’s ridiculous transportation fund.”

http://chrisdurant2000.wordpress.com/2011/01/02/michael-vick-was-wrongly-convicted

Look into the innocent eyes of the dogs, some still haunted, some still suffering from fears and anxieties and tell the world, please, does Vick deserve to own another dog???

And sign this petition if you think that the dogs and Jim Gorant, author of the Lost Dogs book deserve equal air time on CNN and Piers Morgan…

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/926/317/992/cnn-let-vicks-pits-voices-be-heard-invite-jim-gorant-author-of-the-lost-dogs-to-speak-for-the-dogs/?cid=FB_TAF_NPO

How to make a pet rock

http://familycrafts.about.com/od/stoneandrock/ss/petrocks.htm

Send Michael Vick Some Balls

perhaps we should send him rocks or balls with dogs names on them to jog his memory and conscience (does he have one?) and let him know what he did to those dogs are why he cannot EVER have another pet, no matter if it is legal… let him tell his kids the real reasons (The Lost Dogs) why he can’t EVER have another pet… IF he really had changed and had a shred of integrity, he would… (am not holding my breath)

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winners of the lost dog book contest

It is time to announce the winners of the Lost Dogs book contest (even though it was not supposed to end until January 23), there has been a lull in sending books activity so it seems an auspicious time to announce the winners and some good news for a change.

Thank you to the 200+ folks who participated in sending the Lost Dogs books to the White House.  You did good.

Winners

Katie Moyer
Visit Nature’s Logic and select the food, and flavor of the food, you’d like to receive for your dog. You may choose one of the following:
•    one 4.4-lb bag dry kibble or
•    one 3-lb bag raw frozen or
•    five 13.2-oz cans

Catherine Howe Bryant

Loving Pets will be sending you a doggie bowl and treats (Cici barks for these yummy in the tummy treats and I love the slobber-proof bowls)

Anna Bougas
Head on over to Earth Naturals: http://www.earthnaturalspetfood.com/
and pick out your choice of a 7.25lb bucket of food

Honorable Mention

Dawn Stark Brunell will receive a leather dog collar of her choice over at DoggieStylish.com

for her tile glass of the book…

Two More Honorable Mentions

Please contact me with your addresses, email info so you can collect your prizes (Treats from Clear Conscience).   Thanks!

Gina Spadafori

Jacki Richards

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the race card…

Update: Thank you to Donna Reynolds from BadRap for this blog post… my thoughts exactly, well, great minds think alike…  🙂

a worthy White House literacy project… heh heh heh

http://badrap-blog.blogspot.com/2011/01/worthy-white-house-literacy-project.html

 

This is my 500th blog post, a milestone. It is sad to see people’s attitudes on this subject. Am sick of talking about vick, too. Yet when I hear racist remarks, apathy and cynical, nuthing gonna change so I ain’t gotta do nuthin attitudes, it is clear that more needs to be said on the topic. Can’t we please have an adult conversation and not just shove this underneath the rug? I believe in the power of prayer to change everything/everyone, and that does not mean God has blinders on, nor deaf, dumb and stupid, either.

An adult respects other people’s opinions not their own. An adult agrees to disagree with others without calling them names and bringing up stereotypical images. An adult acts and responds correctly to situations despite emotions and feelings about the subject matter.

Am I always an adult? No. I realized last night that having been abused myself is part of why I am so incensed about this issue. I spent my childhood in a state of terror, cowering, so I identify with the plight of the underdogs. I feel their pain and fright. And people’s pasts and emotions do not dismiss the valid points. Let’s just keep it civil. Do unto others as you want them to do unto you. Give others credit and let them have their opinions without resorting to rants, please.

It is clear that our country is still divided racially and racism on both sides rears its ugly head again over Obama as president and over Michael Vick. Ugh.

http://atlantapost.com/2011/01/03/do-white-people-love-their-dogs-as-much-as-black-people/

people, can we have a civilized conversation without resorting to racist claims on both sides? Some black Americans are using the race card and so are some white people but this is not a black/white issue… and I can understand why some black Americans think this is just a new excuse to hate them, hate successful black men, because of the tragic history of American racism and how dogs were used against them. That is a valid point.

and this is what I wrote to Ms Charing Ball.

I just read your piece about vick and I appreciated what you wrote and have a better understanding of how and why some black Americans are responding the way they are to this dog doo. This country is still divided racially and lots of stupid racist people are chiming in, like tucker carlson. I for one have tried to steer the conversation away from that b.s. by asking people to concentrate on the healing of the dogs instead of their hatred of black people.

Please don’t throw the babies out with the bath water!

I love dogs, hate fu fu dogs, and make fun of people who dress up their dogs and get them married, for goodness sake too. I laughed hard at that stuff white people like blog post.

Also, I have a pit bull mix that I rescued from the hands of a homicidal maniac and met three of the former vick dogs and am still haunted by the terror in those sad sad eyes. For a week or more after meeting them, i would cry every time my happy go lucky trusting dog would meet strangers. Those dogs will never be a dog like her again although they’ve come a long way.

I am writing to clarify a couple of key points, so maybe you can get beyond the color of Michael Vick’s skin and see why people of ALL colors are still outraged over him.

1. Vick used his own dog as a bait dog to be savaged. He is only banned from having a dog until 2012, he should NEVER be able to have a dog again.

2. if / when you read the lost dogs book by jim gorant, you will learn that vick got a plea deal, never admitted any personal wrong doing and he never got charged with animal cruelty. The book outlines precisely how they found the blood on his hands. He killed dogs for fun and profit. That is not just a mere mistake.

The ASPCA and law enforcement know that there is a well documented correlation between people who abuse animals go on to abuse people.

3. Redemption begins with admitting what you did wrong and remorse for what you did. Vick has never done that. He has said repeatedly he’d still be fighting dogs (and killing them brutally) if he had not been caught. He wants forgiveness without admitting what he did. It’s all a big PR show for money. we resent that football players of all colors get away with murder and all that matters is that they play ball.

4. Many people in this country are still outraged about bush/cheney getting away with murder and mayhem, and blame them for the economy, rightly so. many hate those two white guys. and anyone sane of mind, knows sarah palin is nuts, don’t get me started.

5. This guy has good points about how it’s ok in this country to get away with stuff if you are rich and famous.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/morris-w-okelly/mr-president-youre-wrong-_b_801965.html

and from the people in the trenches taking care of the dogs, Best Friends, who took in 22 of the dogs.

http://blogs.bestfriends.org/index.php/2010/12/29/when-the-president-calls-about-the-vick-dogs/

Thanks for listening.

am glad this guy is finally free, but it took 30 years, wow… hint: he is black…

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110104/ap_on_re_us/us_dna_exoneration_texas

now this stuff (see link below) that people say about President Obama is about racism. I agree with Michael Moore that some people became unglued when he became president and so they keep coming up with all kinds of crazy reasons to hate him.

http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-in-the-news/michael-moore-on-anderson-cooper

 

what do you think???

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dear president obama/updates

gotta love these, http://badrap-blog.blogspot.com/2011/01/worthy-white-house-literacy-project.html

send the POTUS (President of the US)/White House a copy of the Lost Dogs book by Jim Gorant if you can.

Mr. President and First Lady Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500


now, Dear President Obama, I love you… read on, it’s great…

http://cynography.blogspot.com/2010/12/profane-open-letter-to-leader-of-free.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/morris-w-okelly/mr-president-youre-wrong-_b_801965.html

Does the Trojan corporation get a phone call from President Obama if it gives Tiger Woods “a second chance” with an exclusive multimillion-dollar condom endorsement deal? Would Trojan then be about the business of changing the perception of/leveling the playing field for philandering professional athletes? Imagine the campaign slogan…
“Unleash the Tiger in your pants! Got Wood?”

Michael Mountain, one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, speaks out about vick and President Obama.

http://www.zoenature.org/2010/12/michael-vick%E2%80%99s-true-message-to-young-people/

http://www.zoenature.org/2010/12/my-questions-for-michael-vick/

Rehabilitation starts with acknowledging what you did.  vick has never admitted doing anything personally that he did.

http://www.zoenature.org/2010/12/the-day-obama-struck-out/

yes, now we’re cooking, huffpost has posted an article about best friend’s blog and polled people if they think obama owes them a call, 80% said yes, please chime in, thanks !!!

obama should call badrap too for that matter, they took care of a lot of the dogs, too, and I called the white house, it was great, send obama the lost dogs book, we are having impact for GOOD, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/30/michael-vicks-dogs-call_n_802700.html

ok, finally Best Friends weighs in, been harassing them all with emails…other people probably have, too…. yay !!!

http://blogs.bestfriends.org/index.php/2010/12/29/when-the-president-calls-about-the-vick-dogs/

here we go again, barf and bark…

Please write to President Obama, NPR, the New Yorker

re: michael vick

sign this petition:

http://animals.change.org/petitions/view/tell_president_obama_you_dont_agree_with_him_supporting_michael_vicks_2nd_chance

NewYorker The New Yorker 

To-Do List: Second Chances for Michael Vick, Alvin Greene: http://nyr.kr/gxhXYE
nprpolitics NPR Politics 

Obama’s Praise For Vick’s Second Chance: Good Call? http://n.pr/guBQ1R

here is what I wrote:

Dear President Obama, please read the book lost dogs by jim gorant. should child molesters be able to adopt children?

85% in usa today poll say vick should never own a dog. he said he would still be dog fighting if he had not been caught. he never was charged with animal cruelty though he killed dogs with his bare hands for fun & profit.

i met 3 of the dogs. never let vick near bo. we can forgive but never forget. playing football is not a standard by which to let a dog killer near dogs ever again.

sincerely,

your name

Here is the petition letter…

I would add that if Obama was trying to win Pennsylvania votes, that strategy was POOR JUDGEMENT, wrong for the country and that you will not vote for him unless/until he changes his stance.  I hesitate on this because I know that his opponents are jumping on this (Fox News) to hit him over the head with… sometimes I think Obama self-sabotages. Still, there is NO ROOM for politics when dog’s lives are at stake !!!

Dear President Obama:

It has been reported that you felt compelled to call the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles football team, Jeffrey Lurie, to “thank” him for giving dog-fighter, Michael Vick, a second chance. It is baffling that you would step into the ring surrounding this controversial individual who has killed dogs in heinous ways with his own hands and barely served 2 years jail time for his actions. For some reason, you did make this choice, and as a Pit Bull advocate – a dog advocate – I cannot sit back and allow you to think you’ve done the right thing without hearing from my side.

There is no rehabilitation for this type of criminal. Particularly when the perpetrator himself has repeatedly said that he would still be fighting (killing) dogs if he hadn’t been caught. He has refused, time and again, to meet the rehabilitated survivors of his abuse – which would be a critical step in the right direction for him making amends with the dog community. Now he claims to want another dog in his home for his children – an arrogant statement only meant to fuel the fire he has created since his arrest. He deserves no such opportunity – ever.

It is particularly disconcerting to me that you have chosen to commend the criminal but have not once acknowledged the victims of his actions or, for that matter, the law enforcement officers and dog experts who handled the case. Until you meet some of these dogs, read the book The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant, and commend the people involved in ending the Bad Newz Kennel operation, I don’t see how you can embarrass yourself by making this phone call. You should apologize immediately for this decision.

this is a blog hop, i put in code, did it ten times, hopefully it will get you to where you are supposed to go…

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hurry hurry, get your dog gifts

The recession-proof pet-gift industry grew from $28.5 billion in 2001 to an estimated $47.7 billion this year, according to the American Pet Products Association. And a recent American Express poll reveals 31% of consumers plan to buy their animal a gift.

http://www.youtube.com/hotpromoproducts#p/u/19/qpaUICsHJZ0

Our Picks: Twelve Grrrreat Gifts For Your Dog

1. Zen Pawz aromatherapy, yummy eco-friendly aromatherapy spritzers and buckwheat beds for dogs, watch for our upcoming review of these products…

2. Earthbath waterless shampoo and wipes, that’s right I said waterless, watch for our upcoming review, hint: cici hates baths, but waterless wipes, hey, no problem !

3. Slobber bag and travel package from Bergan, your dog needs a harness in the car while you drive plus the whole kit and kaboodle dog travel package, watch for our upcoming review of these products

4.  Dog treats and dog bowls by Loving Pets, see my blog post, It’s a miracle, your dog needs these tasty dog treats (healthy) and bowls, slobber-proof

5.  California K9 Adventures e-guide

Plan your trip to Carmel, Monterey, LA, Mendocino, Palm Springs, San Diego and other pet friendly towns and cities with this 145 page e-guide that features 75+ great places to stay with your dog, rated for dogitude (attitude of dog friendliness) from Ahwanee to Yountville, California and a lot of beaches, deserts, mountains and forests in between. Each listing includes local pet friendly stores, beaches, dog parks, wineries, pet stores and more…

6.  The Lost Dogs book by Jim Gorant

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-gorant/the-lost-dogs-michael-vick_b_716468.html#s139760

On April 26th 2007 police raided a house at 1915 Moonlight Road in Surry County, VA, a home belonging to Michael Vick, who was then the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons and one of the highest paid players in the NFL (10 years, $130 million). The officers found evidence of dog fighting and had soon taken 66 dogs off the property. Within four months Vick would plead guilty to charges related to the dog fighting operation known as Bad Newz Kennels. He served 18 months in a federal penitentiary, entered personal bankruptcy  (He was NEVER charged with animal cruelty)…

7.   Tee shirts from CafeExpress… http://www.cafepress.com/k9cici

8.  Dogbook on facebook, set up an account for your pooch and show off, bark off, wag your tail off

9.  Through a dog’s ear music soothe your dog with the sounds of classical music made just for them, cici fell into a deep sleep, very relaxing

10.  Michael vick chew toys raise awareness about the dogs we love

11. Stella is a Star, a Kid Book by Bernadette Petes about a pit bull who wants to be a ballerina rather than a dog no one likes, awwwwww, get this kid book, http://www.amazon.com/Stella-Star-CD-Bernadette-Peters/dp/1609050088

12.  A gift from the heart, share … Give pet food and stuff to needy dog rescues like Tails of Joy does

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update: ny times ad humane society

Put wayne pacelle in a dog house with vick … they deserve one another.

would michael vick still be dog fighting if he was not caught, the answer is yes. for those who think he’s on a path of redemption… he also refused to meet with BADRAP and face the dogs (13 of them) who he tortured.  No remorse. No courage. No facing what he did.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/pets/Vick_I_would_still_be_dogfighting_if_I_wasnt_caught.html

I just created a top 10 myths dispelled, some of the same info but more organized…

http://www.squidoo.com/the-top-10-myths-about-michael-vick-dispelled

Support your local shelters, support your local no kill shelters and animal rescue groups.

usa today has a poll asking people to vote whether vick should ever own another dog. weigh in:

http://yourlife.usatoday.com/pets/pawprintpost/post/2010/12/vick-wants-a-dog-thumps-up-or-down/135560/1

please read my post about Humanewatch… https://celiasue.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/humane-watch-exposed/

tell wayne pacelle what you think about what he said about Vick owning a dog, blog@humanesociety.org, membership@humanesociety.org… or call Membership Services at 1-866-720-2676.  You can also unlike them at http://www.facebook.com/humanesociety?v=app_23744633048 and send a twitter message to @HumaneSociety  … and send Wayne Pacelle a message, unlike him at http://www.facebook.com/humanesociety?v=app_23744633048#!/pages/Wayne-Pacelle/333215664031 or http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/

write to wayne at wpacelle@hsus.org, http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2010/12/michael-vick-pet.html

Write to Michael Vick and tell him politely not to get a dog. Take action link: http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AgaON/zKwR/Dz2M

A dog shouldn’t be adopted to someone with a history of animals abuse, just like a child shouldn’t be adopted to someone with a history of child abuse.

protect your pet/dog especially pit bulls… if you love dogs, then the Humane Society/Wayne Pacelle saying Vick would be a good dog owner now is NOT OK…  honor the Lost Dogs… the dogs Vick brutalized and killed… let the Humane society know that you do NOT support Vick getting a dog ever.

Dogs lives are at stake here…

even Anderson Cooper on CNN said that vick wanting a dog is ridiculous… and put vick on the ridiculist…

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2010/12/17/ac.ridiculist.mike.vick.cnn.html

Here’s what the Humane Society just wrote to me… you decide what’s true. I don’t buy that Vick has shown any true remorse, nor sorrow or faced up to what he did. Maybe he will someday, I wish he would and then he would be a great ambassador, but until then, nope not buying the kool-aid.  Also, I don’t think his punishment was just nor fair. He was never charged with animal cruelty nor was he banned from ever owning another dog. That would have been just and fair, in my humble opinion.  Cici agrees 🙂

Good Afternoon,
Michael Vick committed terrible crimes against dogs, and his punishment of nearly two years in prison, loss of millions of dollars, and not being able to own an animal during his probation was just and fair. Since that time, Vick has been performing community service to reach at-risk youth and steer them away from dogfighting and toward kindness to animals. The Vick case is a good example of how the human-animal bond can be broken, and why it needs to be restored. Vick could eventually be a good pet owner, and with such a spotlight on him, he’ll have a proper incentive in taking great care of a dog.

Sincerely,
Aretha.

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