One of Michael Vick's Dogs Finds a Safe, Loving Home. In Dallas.

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​Richard Hunter has a new member of his household. That's him, quivering in the corner. Shaking uncontrollably. Convulsing. The 4-year-old is scared shitless.

"He lives in fear," Hunter says of his new best friend, Mel. "You would too if you'd been beating and traumatized your whole life."

Michael Vick is out of prison and back in the NFL. But the dogs he tortured - the ones he didn't kill, that is - will never escape his dark shadow.

"Mel's come a long way. We can pet him. He sleeps in bed with us,"  Hunter says. "But he's scarred for life. He's never barked. Never made a noise. There are times when he's just terrified."

Hunter, who for years hosted a talk show on various Dallas radio stations and these days produces a daily podcast at

www.richardhuntershow.com, was outraged by the gruesome details of Vick's dog-fighting ring. He ranted about how Vick should never be allowed to play in the NFL again.

"Prison or not, I didn't think this guy would play another down," Hunter says. "I never thought the American public would stand for this. In our small way, we wanted to make our statement."

Hunter and his wife, who live in Dallas, have a 13-year-old Terrier named Pumpkin. But after reading the details of Vick's own trial testimony about how the dogs were treated - hooked up to a car battery and electrocuted, teeth yanked out so they couldn't bite handlers during sessions on a rape stand, hanging, drowning, thrown for sport - 

the couple decided to adopt one of the battered and beleagured Pit Bulls.

That 18-month journey started when they contacted Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah

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Initially told no dog was adoption-ready, nine months later the couple underwent a federal background check. That was followed by a home visit from a case worker, then a visit - via car, on their own dime - to Utah where they lived in a cabin for a week and introduced themselves and Pumpkin to Mel.

Finally approved by the society and the judge who sent Vick to jail, Hunter had Mel hand-delivered by a case worker and a trainer in September. The trainer stayed in a Dallas hotel and visited Mel in his new home every day for a week before leaving.

"Shy is an understatement," Hunter says of Mel. "Remember, he was used as a 'bait' dog."

That means, essentially, that Mel was a canine piñata, beaten daily by Vick and his cronies to kill his fighting spirit. Once "de-fanged" of his will, Mel was thrown into a pit with prized fighting dogs who practiced their aggression on the hapless, defenseless - and, even worse, muzzled - bait dog.

"To consider what he went through, his resiliency is amazing," Hunter says. "For the first couple years of this dog's life every time he saw a human being [he thought] something terrible was about to happen to him."

Give the assist to Pumpkin. The two dogs hit it off, with the elder sensing the fear in his new introvert friend.

When a stranger enters Hunter's house, Mel freaks out. He grabs his monkey security blanket, slowly backs up into the corner and quivers. In front of him, standing as guard, is Pumpkin. And since Mel can't - or won't - use vocal communication, it's Pumpkin who barks for him, often waking Hunter late at night to find Mel at the back door needing a bathroom break.

"While Vick is pure evil, this dog is so good despite having suffered through such hell that he's truly changed my life," Hunter says. "I can't support a league that allows Vick to play in it.

"At the same time, Mel has enriched our lives beyond our wildest dreams."


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brooks lab
brooks lab

For once we can get some good news out there and educate the public about this breed and what it really stands for. detection dogs

Faizan Raza
Faizan Raza

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Elizabeth Ghataoura
Elizabeth Ghataoura

Thankfully there are good decent people out there, the world is going to hell in a handcart while the likes of  Michael Vick are allowed to get away with this appalling cruelty.  I live in England and am not familiar with american sports, but if this is the sort of people you idolise I,m glad I,m not!

Vivien Tomkinson
Vivien Tomkinson

So pleased this poor dog now has a loving home There are so many more that never get the chance In the UK too Thank god for people like you and rescue centers.

Cmfzosa
Cmfzosa

It breaks my heart reading this horrible story of Mike Vick the jerk doing that crap. I read a book called Oogy (just found out he is not pitty but dogo), this dog is lucky to be alive. So is this Mel is lucky to have Hunter and Pumpkin in his life.

Happyinba
Happyinba

This just makes me sick to my stomach.  Mel and all the dogs deserve much better!  I am personally ashamed to be a human and even worse knowing that the American public is more interested in a game (football) and supporting the selling sport gear (NIKE) than in fighting for the same animals we call man's best friend.  Personally I would not want friends like that.  Good luck to Mel and all blessings to the family who has given him a forever home.

Joan Snow
Joan Snow

So Happy that Mel has The Hunter's and Pumpkin in his life now.Sometimes there are Happy Endings.

George Slough
George Slough

Bless these people for their patience and understanding and for letting this guy learn not all humans are bad . .

Janice Holladay
Janice Holladay

I've just heard such wonderful stories about the rescue of the Vicktory dogs. I have one as a friend on FB and am a fan of the page of another. This is where the true redemption story is. These are the stories of amazing comebacks, although not with multi-million dollar price tags attached. Want to see someone rehabilitated? Look at the dogs. Want to understand forgiveness? See how the dogs give humans their "second chance." Why these stories aren't shouted from the rooftop, I'll never know. It's not like one of these dogs had a good heart and a deeper soul than we can understand. Many of them, while still scarred, have gone on to have some joy and to give so very much in return. Thank you for rescuing this guy. And, big kudos to Pumpkin!

ILove Dogs
ILove Dogs

Richard- you are like the homeless person who goes begging on the street and takes your young child with you. Nobody is saying you don't love the child, but you're exploiting the child for your own benefit. What you did in adopting Mel is a noble act. You're tarnishing that act now by using the dog as a vehicle for self promotion. The youtube video is shameful and you should be embarrassed by it. Everyone is your line of work needs to self promote and build their own brand nowadays, but using Mel to do so is a disgrace.

Summersub02
Summersub02

Bless you Richard. I too will do everything in my power for the rest of my life to protect our animals from the likes of Michael Vick. Dissappointed in mankind for accepted this man back to walk among us is something I will never understand. Six years ago while living in North Dallas we rescued our Sitka from "Adopt a Husky" of Dallas. He found his forever home with us six year ago this Monday, Valentines day. Bless you and Best Friends Society for all the good you do and represent. blessings.......iris

Doggydaddy
Doggydaddy

Thank you for rescuing Mel, and that stray dog. You're a good man Richard. I have two pit bulls, brother and sister. Best breed of dog in the world.

Reachup
Reachup

Read the comments of Texas readers after the article and smile. :-)

Guest
Guest

Mel is adorable and I am so glad that someone like Richard Hunter and his wife took him in. I recently ready Oogy about another bait dog and it says the same things about bait dogs and how they are treated. and now it comes out the Michael Vick wishes that he could have a dog for his kids. My question is who would have kids with a montser He should never be allowed to be near animals much less own one.

Denise Luckey
Denise Luckey

A beautiful, large, white, terrified and starving pit bull moved in under my house in the spring of 2010. We named him Spook. At even the slightest glimpse of a person he would flee as if for his life under the house where he felt safe. For two weeks I slid bowls of food into the small opening he was using to gain access until he finally, I guess, understood that I didn't mean him any harm. To my utter surprise, one day he didn't run but just cowered down when I approached with his bowl. Two days after that he was taking food from my hand. Now, almost a year later, while still a bit weary of new people, he's like a new dog and will cautiously approach friends who visit in an attempt to get to know them. He is also literally the best mannered dog I have ever owned and is just wonderful with my other dogs.

When your friends come into your home, tell them to "ignore" Mel and not give him any eye contact directly if they can help it. If Mel doesn't feel like the object of their attention, he won't feel so threatened and he will relax a bit.

My point of all this is that there is real hope for Mel still... given time, love and tenderness, he is likely recover from his fear and live a normal life...

Bless you and yours for giving Mel a second chance.

Mramsey680
Mramsey680

How wonderful of you - what a story and what an experience this must have been. Mel is truly a blessed dog to be with you and your family. Pumpkin is a love!!!

Erica
Erica

The FanSucks - you claim Vick wasn't present for these dog fights - bull! He testified that he was present AND that he was an active participant in the whole thing - he slammed one dog into the ground REPEATEDLY until it died. He helped string dogs up to be hung until they died. He also testified that he helped attach batteries to some of the under performing dogs and threw them in a pool. So you are wrong in your facts to the case.

Also in case anyone cares - the amount of dog fighting in Philadelphia has tripled since Vick joined the Eagles. And now the HSUS is using Vick to go to schools to talk to the kids about how dog fighting is bad - but the message that is actually being sent out is that you can get away with crap like this and then return to your glitzy lifestyle, raking in the dough, claiming to have changed...Vick himself said that if he hadn't have gotten caught he would still be doing it! And - the NFL sent HSUS a check for $50k right before Vick got reinstated. Appears to me that Vick's manager is trying to reform his image - but with all the details and what has happened to all those poor dogs I hope he NEVER owns another dog!

Erica
Erica

Jane - "I'm not looking for friends, you people go on about this one set of dogs, that were rescued from Vick's home, only because they were dogs previously owned by Vick. I don't see it being published in newspapers about the adoption, of any other dog that has been rescued from the same type of situation, all of those dogs are euthanized, only a few aren't. Because these dogs had a previous owner who happens to be an NFL player, you go on and on. Bottom line you and those adopting these dogs, are simply looking for a few of...............I don't even know. So now you have a dog that was previously owned by Vick, SO WHAT.........WHO CARES. And my comment has nothing to do with the NFL or Vick I don't watch football never have, I just know hyprocriates when I see or read about them, and that is what you people are, if you were all that concerned about dogs, they (dogs) would all get the same treatment."

Let's start from the beginning shall we? When Vick was first charged and they removed all the pits from Bad Newz Kennels they were placed at Best Friends Sanctuary. When the trial was over the HSUS asked that ALL the dogs be killed - they were no longer useful as evidence and as a result they were now useless and faced death. Death is forever - you can't come back from it. These dogs (like all dog fighting dogs) deserve the opportunity to love and be loved in return. Vick did the most horrendous thing by taking a dog that is so eager to please it's master that they would do whatever it took to make him happy. Vick himself testified that he was present AND participated in the dog fights...sure there were times he was on the road - but it was his kennel, his house, and his dogs. Vick also testified that he participated in slamming dogs into the ground until it killed them, hanging dogs to death, attaching batteries to them and throwing them in a pool of water....do you want to hear more? Yes I am sure that this is getting a lot of publicity due to the fact that a major football player was involved. Does that make his ex-dogs any better than other dogs that have survived dog fights and been rehabilitated and given a good home to recover and have the chance of love & happiness that they deserved all along. This was the first time in history that dogs siezed from a dog fight were kept alive and allowed a second chance.

Contrary to what you say all dog fighting dogs are killed after being seized - that is no longer the norm - I know because I rescue & rehab those dogs and find them a good home where they will be loved & spoiled rotten. You can Google about it and find out that with the Vick's dogs being able to have that second chance - it is now more the norm to rehome them rather than kill them. Granted occassionally you will have dogs that are human aggressive due to the treatment they received at the hand of their owners and unfortunately those dogs do end up being euthanized as a result.

As for the parting shot - "if you were all that concerned about dogs, they (dogs) would all get the same treatment' - what exactly do you mean by that? Because to me it makes no sense....please explain further.

Amy terrell
Amy terrell

Bravo! Great story . I've always been a huge NFL fan and I imagine a lot of them have made their share of mistakes. But to intentionally torture and treat animals as if they are disposable is something I just can't overlook just to watch him play good football. I'm trying hard to understand but I haven't gotten anywhere close yet and it makes my soul ache.

kaaren niver
kaaren niver

I have just read article in my local (S.C.) newspaper written by Bill Plaschke...THANK YOU, Richard Hunter, for saying what so many of feel....thank you also for caring for Mel.Istill findit hardtobelieveVick isback outthere asifnothing ever happened...hell will freeze over before I watch ANYTHING where he is a participant. Kaaren, Lexington, SC (11/27/10)

CQ
CQ

I do not condone the atrocities Michael Vick committed against his defenseless dogs. Indeed, as an animal-lover (and ethical vegan), it would be easy to remain angry at him forever -- and upset with the NFL's reinstatement of him into the league. But I don't think one more unforgiving person(namely, me) will help him reform or help dogs stop being abused.

Sure, one could say that it's easy for me to feel forgiving, since I'm not the victim of Vick's heinous actions, nor am I guardian of a rescued Bad Newz Kennel dog who was physically or emotionally destroyed by him.

Nonetheless, I feel that my willingness to find the good that lies buried in Michael Vick (the good he was born with), and my desire to bless that goodness, can help him and Mel more than if I felt antipathy for this man.

This news story called "The Power of Forgiveness" explains what I'm trying to say: http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp...

So does the entire book, The Gentle Art of Blessing, by Pierre Pradervand.

ASant
ASant

@andres

It's never enough. Do you know the difference between a "mistake" & someone that is a serial animal torturer & killer for fun?

Gilbert Arenas made a "mistake" bring the guns into the locker room.Plaxico Burress made a "mistake" bring the gun into the club.Dante Satllworth made a "mistake" drinking & driving that night.

SIX YEARS of intentionally torturing & killing animals for FUN isn't a mistake.

Tiger Woods has NOTHING to do with Mike Vick & is a poor example. Tiger hurt his family, not hundreds of defenseless animals for FUN.

As for Mike Vick being "human", I couldn't disagree more. Mike Vick is INHUMAN to do what he did for 6 effing years andres.

Seems you only know the headlines & the little you've read about Mike Vick & aren't as educated as you could be on this subject you are choosing to comment on. Read about the extent of his crimes, read what someone that could do what he did is capable of.

Did Ted Bundy make a mistake? Did Jeffrey Dahmer make a mistake? No, they were serial killers that started by torturing & killing animals.

Stop blaming journalists for taking Mike Vick to task. This guy that wrote this lives the result Mike Vick's actions everyday. He is making people aware it goes way beyond "dog fighting". I applaud people that have the fortitude not to be sheep & give in to privileged athletes like a Mike Vick.

What Mike Vick did for 6 years wasn't a mistake made by humans. It is the acts of someone so mentally disturbed that they would get off my abusing already hurt animals.

I would think someone like you would be able to distinguish the difference.

andres
andres

thats great someone adopted the dog but seriously people vick served his time and its over. i'm not a vick fan and i am a dog lover but enough is enough. the good news here is that the dog was adopted not that it was one of vicks dogs. people move on i'm sure next week we can talk about what a jerk tiger wood s was for cheating on his wife and what a terrible person he is. these people are human made mistakes and paid for their mistakes. i'm not defending them defending either one but you journalist need to dig a little deeper for some stories instead of looking to the past.

gloria taylor
gloria taylor

Thank you soooo much for taking in Mel... You and your Wife are angels...please keep taking good care of him, thank God you found each other,,, as for Vick he IS pure evil...

Rockin
Rockin

Ghandi indeed has the beautiful statement about how we treat animals. Hunter you say it's a radio stunt? I think whatever he does good you might say that. However, I am so glad Mel has a good home and willing to go the extra mile with his care every day. I know this is one of the most extreme cases of the Vick dogs with temperament. At least we know that his days lived he will be loved holding on to his li'l monkey.At least know Vick did serve some time, pay a huge fine...then there are sad events where there clearly is a dogfighting ring and they get off with no time.. http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.... For all you pittie lovers do your part too. Adopt out of shelters/rescues no more of this pet shop puppy mills, contribute, donate, and volunteer when you can't take this beautiful creatures home. Have a great day!

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las vegas golfer

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John
John

It is disheartening in the extreme that there are people who act like Vick. People got to take personal responsibility and not start abuse or end the cycle of abuse. Yet I wonder if anything was done to him that he turned out that way. We need to teach people how to deal with abuse, mis-education, hyper-dysfunctionality, etc in ways that others are safe. Judgement regardless of it being deserved often fails to change someone or makes things worse. Guilt (especially judgement induced) elicits people to act in unhealthy ways to alleviate the guilt.

Charlee
Charlee

I think it is great what this family did for this dog. He needs to be shown until he dies that there are people out there who love him and wont hurt him. Vick should not be aloud to play for an American sport that we love so dearly. What does that say about us as a whole?

LT
LT

Thank you Richard Hunter for giving this dog a better life. :o)

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

@kergothere were too many words in fake scott's post, I got tired head after the second sentence, therefore could not criticize his post. Please let me know if it was readable. Thanks k-man. I don't know who "nana" is, but it's evident Russell is Scott and that Anonymous most of the time is Corby.

kergo
kergo

Wow, I couldn't have said it better....oh wait I did (he he). Guess what, I'm lucky post number 100 b$tches!

I can't wait for todays topic(s). Probably won't be something mundane or trivial like RW's last 64 bloggy stories.

You know what, let's pull the IP addresses and see if Russell is Scott.......is DirtyP1 really nana? Hmmmm. Like a famous poet once said "makes me wonder". Ahhh Robert Plant. That's for all you people who like to impress us with famous quotes.

Anonymous
Anonymous

FROM THE WEBMASTER GENERAL OF THIS WEBSITE:

Dear Patrons, This blog is officially closed to the following:

1)people who have famous quotes to impale us with.2)sensitive guys that are passive aggressive.3)fat chicks.4)old ladies that work at animal shelters.5)granola bitches.

CEASE AND DESIST PER ORDER OF THE ROYAL GOVERNOR!

Note: Any further infractions will have your IP address pulled by the administrator (Robert Wilonsky), and your internet privledges terminated.

ADDENDUM-File 6, please send to counsel.

fake scott
fake scott

Dear Nana aka Deborah, Don't you have some quilts to make? Maybe, I dunno, cookies to bake? Maybe help Mrs. Jones down the street check her mail? Yes, Mr. Vick is vile, but, rot in H___? WTF Nana? If Grampy were still alive he'd roll over in his grave (he he) with such unCrist like words! Hope Pastor Don doesn't read this crappy blog.

BTW, Richard Hunter is a fucking tool. It's a stunt, just like when he got married at the bunny ranch or going to Hose (get it!) Conseco's house. He's a hack with no talent, and that's why he broadcasts from his living room.

Deborah
Deborah

Richard Hunter and his family have a special place in heaven for taking Mel in and making sure that he will know nothing but love and safety all the rest of his days. Michael Vick is a disgustingly poor excuse for a man, may he rot in H__.

Scott
Scott

I'm the only bitch in this blog!

Dear Chicks, Please go back to reading the Jackie Floyd colum over at DMN. We only care about sports, beer and being a menace in this blog. This blog is good because we don't deal with dogs, purses and other assorted bullshit(s).

kergo
kergo

Genius. I couldn't have said it better myself! Get ready because in your hail of thoughts and ideas, you had some grammatical errors, and DirtyP1 hates those. Probably because he has nothing to do other than troll (because he is!) blogs and correct spelling and grammar. Also, thanks for putting my name in. Hopefully, we never hear from ANY of these people (especially Dick Hunter) again. Remember how we ran Dr. G. off?

fake scott
fake scott

Dear A.B. I do mow lawns for a living-ok?! I don't condone hurting anything, but, dammit ya'll do this on your own blog. Shit, I've got people I know who are abused and hungry. I get it. I don't need to hear a bunch of granola munching,foul smelling hippie chicks and half wit, one nutted, "true feelin" wale ship chasing guys to tell me the state of the world. Fuck M.Vick-ok, now go away and beat the shit out of your husband with this drivel. Tell him about cats and dogs and blah blah when he's busy living a life, and working, and worrying, and watch him jump off a bridge so he doesn't have to listen to this pedantic bullshit. Oh yeah, I forgot, your not married and have 28 cats. Your the one that they call the "cat lady"! By the way, I own and operate one of the area's largest lawn companies; also, I have been homeless (when I was fresh out of college, traveling the country) and I contribute to a local group that handles homeless issues. Anything else that you'd care to comment on? And everyone, quit quoting Ghandi, and Zen, and karma-name dropping famous people and thoughts even make you all more douchie. Ok,next break down the "parableof the cave" for us and show us how smart you are....then tell us about Camu, then Kant and blah blah blah blah! Then expound on Saint Thomas Aquinas, Kergo and Maimonides. Good gravy it must suck to be you all, saving cats all day and eating shitty granola bars that are really made out of woodchips and grass clippings. Come to think of it, peoplewho eat that crap either weigh 45 or 900 pounds-no in between. I knew a lady that sold "homemeade" granola bars and "life management plans" that came with a weight loss plan; funny thing is, she weighed atleast 295 and had a mustache. She was vegan. Maybe she was just big boned? Like a grizzly. maybe she should have taken 10 minutes a day and went walking instead of using her super human powers to save animals. Balance. Balance. Life is about subtle nuance and balance. Middle ground. Even keel! I'd like to save everything also, but in reality balance overcomes me.

A.B.
A.B.

I have a better idea. How about we kick guys like fake scott out into the street so they can go mow lawns and contribute something useful to society?

�The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated� - Mahatma Gandhi So what does it say about Americans that some of us actually welcomed that filth back into the NFL?

I have no use for the NFL. The world doesn't need to glorify people who pull crap like that - I've got no sympathy for Vick supposedly "doing his time". Sometimes the things you do come back to haunt you for the rest of your life, and the whole dog fighting ring should have ended his NFL career. That it didn't tells me what kind of scum they'll tolerate in the name of putting on a show.

Sarah
Sarah

Michael Vick is an animal and should be locked up, let alone play in the NFL and make millions while these poor, traumatized animals have to continue to suffer.

may
may

Depressing but beautiful read. I think the public needs to be reminded not only of what Vick did but of the tragic abuse at the hands of humans these dogs forced to fight suffer from. It breaks my heart to see so many people defend Vick because he "did his time". I don't believe the time he served was pusishment enough. What he did is such a cruel and tragic thing..and he did it for years. Abusing and killing these utterly beautiful and innocent creatures. Sadly, many don't fully understand the abuse these dogs suffered. The fighting/muder of the dogs alone is heartbreaking but there is so much more people should know. These dogs had their teeth ripped out so they couldn't fight, the females were strapped to a device known as the "rape rack", food was withheld, chains far to heavy placed around their necks, beaten, attacked, tortured...all for a disgusting form of "entertainment". Shame on those who have forgiven this man. For shame. As someone who works with an animal rescue league and currently owns 3 dogs rescued from abused (1 being a pitbull bred to fight but due to being born with sevre special needs he was thrown away and found in a garbage bag) I will never forgive Vick for what he has done. I wish him a lifetime of failure.

NoOneYuno
NoOneYuno

Some of you think its easy to adopt a dog with problems? Its not easy to watch a dog go through this terror every day. Adopting this dog took great courage and I comment you for that. Vick had the world at his feet and he got off on torturing animals. Now he has the ability to make more money than most will ever see in their lifetime. Fuck Vick and the NFL for all the thugs they promote, hopefully Karma will get him in the end. I will be waiting for that great day.

Danny
Danny

As a former P1 and BDH listener who relocated two years ago to Kanab, Utah, to work for Best Friends Animal Society, I just wanted to say thanks to both Richard Hunter and Richie Whitt for the terrific story. It does my heart good to see so many comments that are so united in sentiment regarding Michael Vick and animal welfare. Thank you, everyone, for your thoughtfulness and caring attitudes. And thanks for making me so damn hell proud to be from Dallas.

Barbara
Barbara

Thank you for this eye-opening story and for caring for this precious dog. It's horrible that Michael Vick can take back his life, but the dogs he and his partners harmed will be scarred for life. Thank you for being one of the caring people who don't just talk the talk - you live it.

All of our dogs are shelter and rescue, one had horrible issues too. Now, while he still cries sometimes in his sleep at night, he lives a good life with a family who loves him. Please continue to be a voice for those who can not speak. Mahatma Gandhi said "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." How true.

fake scott
fake scott

Ok, awwwwright....all the chicks get back in the kitchen and start cooking, this blogs heard enough ohhhing, awwing and "little baby" for about, hmmmm-forever. Man, people should care for human's this much! Sh&t, we could end world hunger and eliminate wars with kind of passion.

Dear Guys, Don't let your stupid, fat wives and butterfaced girlfriends write on this blog. I never want to endure another 86 posts of this wanton drivel. Tell your wife to watch Er or House or Gay Dancing and Stars or Glee......ya'll leave this shit (sports blogs) up to us!

BTW, Big DH is a f%cking tool. I smell radio stunt.

Oh yeah hunny, the chicken was kinda tough last night. How bout we concentrate on cooking from now on.

CeCe
CeCe

I agree with you completely. He should not have been allowed to play football again. Many say he did his time, but the harm that was done to those poor defenseless animals will last alot longer. What about them, when are people going to stop tolerating the cruel and inhumane treatment given to animals, and stand up for them. I wish you and your wife all the best with your new family member. God bless you.

john
john

BDH shut up and just go away. Nobody cares about the vick story anymore. Its old news and so are you. Go do your little internet radio show that only 10 people listen to.

Kelly Knickerbocker
Kelly Knickerbocker

I love this story so much! :) Way to go, Big Dick! For the first time in his life little Mel is in the hands of a loving, responsible family.

Lisa
Lisa

Mr. Hunter, huge kudos to you, your wife and Pumkin! Here's to hoping little Mel continues to improve, and that there's a particularly hot place in hell for Michael Vick!

SempliceCittadino
SempliceCittadino

Janice, I've often read about the successes with Vick dogs. Sports Illustrated even did a cover story on them.

But what about those who didn't have a happy ending. What about the dog Michael Vick swung over his head and slammed to the ground until it's back broke? Those dog's stories need to be told too. 

People need to understand that it's not as easy as just taking a dog out of a fighting ring and making him or her a family dog. There are reperucussions. There are mental and physical scars that last forever. 

It's not impossible to give these dogs a life but it's not easy either. 

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