Vomit Alert – Vick to Get Reality TV Show

Just in case the (now de bunked) Nike endoresement deal wasn’t enough to make you toss your cookies (or throw something) –

From DailyFinance.Com

Michael Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons star quarterback convicted of killing dogs for sport and profit, may not have gotten his old Nike contract back, but he is following the well-worn path of former child stars, celebrity heiresses and Z-list actors.

Yes, Michael Vick has gotten his own reality TV show, which he describes as “a story of hope” for kids who may be “dealing with adversity,” the LA Times reported Tuesday. Vick, who served 18 months in prison for running the notorious dog-fighting ring Bad Newz Kennels, is teaming up with BET for the new eight-part “docu-series,” tentatively titled “The Michael Vick Project.”

“This show can be a blueprint for so many kids,” Vick told the paper, “I want to show them that things are going to happen, that they’re not going to get through life without dealing with some kind of adversity. I want to show that if they have a fall from grace, this is how they can turn it around. We want this to be a story of hope.”

News of Vick’s reality program comes on the heels of a bizarre episodelast week in which his agent said the former star had been re-signed by Nike, only to have the shoe giant smack down that claim the following day. Vick is keeping mum about the Nike fiasco.

Nike is apparently wary of incurring the wrath of dog-lovers across America who were appalled by Vick’s role as ringleader of an illegal dog-fighting ring which featured gambling, drug abuse, and dogs mauling each other to death. Animals that lost or underperformed were often killed by members of Bad Newz Kennels.

Apparently, BET doesn’t have a problem with pissing off dog lovers – hey, just so long as they turn on the television and watch.

What is wrong with television these days? Is there anyone – anyone! – so loathsome that they won’t get offered a reality show? Why would a television network offer this sickening, unrepentant monster the chance to parade his indifference to anything but his own needs on national TV? Who will be best served by this, and why does ANYONE think that Michael Vick should be held up as a role model for children?

Hell in a handbasket, people. Hell in a handbasket.

Hit Vick, Feed a Homeless Pet


Main Line Animal Rescue of Washington, DC, USA, placed an ad in the Washington Post, promising to donate 5 bags of dog food to a local animal shelter each time football player Michael Vick is tackled during the Philadelphia Eagles’ match with the Washington Redskins, October 26.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer

Each time the Eagles’ new gadget guy-backup quarterback is tackled during the Oct. 26 away game against the Redskins, five bags of dog food will be donated to a D.C. animal shelter.

“Because there are no second chances on an empty stomach,” the ad says.

It also encourages people to volunteer at a shelter on game day, perhaps even “hugging a homeless Pit Bull.”

Vick served 18 months in prison for funding a dogfighting operation where pit bulls were killed.

In signing Vick to a two-year deal, the Eagles said he’d served his time and deserved a second chance.

“I think we’re all getting tired of the ‘Does he deserve a second chance?’ kind of thing,” said Bill Smith, founder and CEO of the shelter, which is near Valley Forge. “Maybe it’s about time that the million pit bulls euthanized every year got their second chance.”

“It’s such a misunderstood breed. . . . They’re great dogs,” he said, adding they’ve gotten a terrible stigma “because of people like Michael Vick.”

The ad’s main aim is to bring attention back to the needs of dogs, he said.

“I think we just need to raise public awareness, and this is a good way to do that,” he said.

“It may be funny. It may be clever. It may not,” he said.

“I think we just need to raise public awareness, and this is a good way to do that. It may be funny. It may be clever. It may not,” –  Bill Smith, founder and CEO of the shelter.

I know a few people who’d likely offer to BUILD a shelter if you can promise to knock him unconscious.  Twice. With a brick.

Ontario French Bulldog Rescue on CP24

Foster French Bulldog Ladoo will be on CP24

Foster French Bulldog Ladoo will be on CP24

News from Gary Brown, Ontario rep for FBRN. Gary and some of the current foster dogs available for adoption will be appearing on CP24.

Here’s more from Gary —

This Friday, October 9th, 2009, French Bulldog Rescue Network’s foster dogs Ladoo and Spicy will be making an appearance on City Pulse 24. They will be on CP24 Breakfast television on cable channel 24 between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. likely more towards the latter but dependent on earlier events, this coming Friday morning.

Happy Face Ladoo

Happy Face Ladoo

Ladoo who is an old pro at this having already been on Animal House Calls is an 8 year old fellow who is looking to be a great companion to a calm, assertive pack leader. Although Ladoo can turn into a pile of mush he likes it to be on his terms and in private moments. Ladoo would not be a good choice with children or other pets but for someone who wants a GREAT companion that is very animated and comical Ladoo is your guy.

Spicy the Foster French Bulldog

Spicy the Foster French Bulldog

Spicy is a 5 yr. old puppymill survivor who is learning to love life and everything it offers her. She is as sweet and gentle as they come but would protect her people or her home with her life. This girl would be a perfect pal for someone who was home all day or could take her to work. Spicy is just about ready to open up the next chapter in her life and begin looking for her forever family and will be appearing shortly on the available page.

Other puppymill survivors from the same mill in Manitoba will also be appearing on the available page in short order and are also in Ontario. They are Styx and Sherlock who can be seen on our foster pages. Another, Sinnamon, is on the available page at the moment and is just across the border from Niagara Falls.

All these dogs can be seen at http://www.frenchbulldogrescue.org/index.html

Make sure to tune in to see Gary and the dogs, and support their rescue efforts in Canada!

Monday Morning Frenchie Photo Fun

Pickle Playbowing at Dexter and Tula

Pickle Playbowing at Dexter and Tula

A few pics of the (rapidly growing) puppies. Everyone leaves within the next week – Pickle, of course, is staying, and Dwight will be right around the corner. I am still pre bereft.

The Great Dogs Are With Us Forever

Two great dogs were lost this week —

Gina Spadafori’s beautiful Heather

Heather Lives Forever

and Hope and Fran Saidel’s Golly, inspiration for their “GollyGear” shop.

Hope and Fran's Golly

Hope and Fran's Golly

Gina’s tribute to Heather is here, and ‘s for Golly is here. Like all great dogs, they leave holes in the lives of everyone who knew them.

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?

And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.

And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.

And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

Khalil Gibran