If Only…

People have asked me why I despise Michael Vick with a white-hot intensity of a thousand burning suns.  Their argument is that he did his time, he’s “repented”, he’s “rehabilitated” and maybe he’s really trying to change his life.  All understandable arguments, all opinions I just don’t share.  And this is why…

This is Flower, a very special, a very beaten up, and a very sweet “bait” (defined as: a dog that is used to test another dog’s fighting instinct. The “bait” is mauled or killed in the process) and breeding dog found crawling out of a wooded area by a friend of Lake County Work Release/Shelter program.  No, this is not one of Michael Vick’s dogs.  No, he did not participate in the activities that Flower endured.  However, by endorsing his NFL career, sponsoring his appearances, allowing his “after-the-clink” life to be just as posh as it was before, along with teaching our children that if your famous, and can throw a football, consequences are a walk in the park (or back on the field in his case), makes me sick.  Why?  If only you knew…

If only you knew that Flower has probably had multiple litters, whose babies are probably fighting in the ring or have been killed for “inadequate” skills  (which by the way is determined by people who are dumber than my big toe)…

If you only knew that she once was a pup too.  Cute, small, cuddly and would lick your face every time she had the chance, but a chance is not what she was given..

If only you knew that the pink blanket she is laying on is probably the first soft, gentle bed she has ever felt because she would be kept in a cold, dark garage, in a cold steely cage, surrounded by cold heartless people she only saw when they decided to feed her, when it was time to mate, or when they watched her suffer time and time again as she “tested” another dog’s fighting ability…

If only you knew that Flower’s teeth were grinded down so she couldn’t defend herself, and this baby has a dislocated shoulder, but gets up to walk, all the while wagging her tail…

If only you knew that even after all of what she went through, the faith in humans broken, any trust dissipated, she continues to love people and she will still kiss your face…

If only you knew the loving, sweet family dog she could have been (and she will be after time.  Time that has been stolen from her)…

If only you knew that not because of her breed, but because of the reputation people have made FOR her, she is discriminated against…

If only you could see behind her eyes where a broken spirit lies…

If only you knew that Flower was a lucky one, if you can call it that, and at this moment is getting more love then she has ever known…

If only you knew she crawled from certain death…

If only you knew she is one of thousands, and as horrible as she had it, her pain and suffering is only semi-comparable to what the Vic dogs went through for his “entertainment”…

If only you realized that she was yet another innocent victim in a world of incomprehensible horror…

Why, you ask me, if only you knew…

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8 Comments

  1. Christine

    Very good Lisa! Well said!

  2. Beautiful…..my heart goes out to Flower….what a blessing that she has been saved …

  3. Sheila

    Very well said! No, animal, child or ANY spirited creature should EVER have to endure such torcher for the indecent pleasure of cruelty itself! Thank you Lisa!!!!!

  4. Thank you all for your great responses, hopefully one day our voices will be strong enough for them.

  5. The post you wrote is very good.

  6. Your post is right on,
    Michael Vick is a horrible person and no amount of jail time will ever take away the evil in his soul. The fact that he actually gets paid to partake in a violent sport even though he is an ex-con who committed heinous acts of violence himself, boils my blood. When children see people like Vick making millions they lose any lesson they could have learned. People think I am crazy for still holding a grudge against him but I beg to differ. Good for you for not being swayed by others opinions.
    May the universe bless you for all the good you do, how selfless of you.

    • Thank you 🙂 and same to you!!

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