Meet the Vicktory dogs!

After days in the witness protection program at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah, Michael Vick's former dogs are now Vicktory dogs - ready to meet the public after the final defendant in the case was sentenced on January 25th. Today was a big day for these pups, they got to meet the media and now the World gets to meet them.

Meet Tug!

Tug gets his name because that's his favorite thing to do -- pull hard! He's a very strong boy, and Best Friends caregivers are trying to think up lots of creative ways to help him channel that energy.

Tug is one of the 22 dogs who came to Best Friends from the estate of former NFL quarterback, Michael Vick after he was arrested and charged with "conspiracy to engage in dog fighting in violation of the animal welfare act." He may have been a fighting dog, but when Tug arrived at the sanctuary, he didn't want to hurt anybody; he just didn't want anybody to hurt him. He's still afraid of loud noises and camera flashes. (But we thank him for letting Best Friends staff take his picture! We know it was scary.)

Caregivers are working round the clock with him to help him feel comfortable, and to help him channel all that athletic energy. They take him for walks with an "easy walk harness" that keeps him from pulling them down the road in excitement. And they're looking into a scooter wagon so he can actually pull his caregivers on rides! They think he'll like that.

Tug has a lot of healing left to do. Please be his sponsor and cheer him on from afar. It's you that makes his new life at the sanctuary possible. Your $25 sponsorship of one of these animals helps provide for the work of Best Friends at the sanctuary. You can sponsor as many as you like.