Sunday, October 11, 2009

Take THAT, Michael Vick!


Because the press can't resist any level of sensationalism, it pretty much seems like any story involving a pit bull has some measure of horror to it. They usually don't bother to cover the ones where the pit bull is the hero, but this one's different. Yes, there is an element of horror, but in the end, the dog prevails.

According to yesterday's Chicago Tribunal:

By all accounts, Red is a great dog. The 7-year-old pit bull knows more than a dozen commands – verbally and through hand signals. He is playful, smart, protective. And that last attribute almost got him killed.

Back in July, two gunmen attacked and robbed Red’s elderly owner in his West Side garage, beat him severely and tied him up. Then they burglarized the man’s home, where Red was. And they shot the dog. The attack is still under investigation, according to the Chicago Police Department.

“I guess Red was doing his job, defending his master’s property, and they shot him in the back, paralyzed him,” said the victim, a man in his 60s who asked that his name not be used.

Go to the full story to read more, where you'll find a heroic Red beating the odds to survive and, finally, thrive. Who's the man now, Michael Vick?

PS - I had written here about never buying another pair of Nikes OR Reeboks. I have since been informed that, though both seriously considered giving Vick an endorsement deal, both withdrew their offers after he was convicted of dogfighting and animal cruelty. So, I stand corrected.


Scout 'n Freyja said...

Oh, we know what you mean about those shoes...NO MORE! What a great, inspiring story about Red - a great dog in so many ways.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Not only are we not watching The E*****, we aren't watching ANY N**

PeeEssWoo: Tank woo fur sharing Red's story!

Anne-Kathrine said...

Thanks for sharing the story. There are def not enough good stories about these wonderful dogs (insert, pitbulls, rotties, dobies etc)

I haven't bought either brand in a few years. All I use now is New Balance and they fit my feet better than the others anyway!

Scout and Freyja said...

I am NEVER amazed by the heroics of our animals. They take a stand for us when no one else is around. They watch over us and love us and give so much more to us than we could ever give to them. Oh, could I ever go on and on but I know I am preaching to the choir!