The Champions

The Champions

Streaming Video - 2016
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All odds were against the pit-bulls freed from NFL quarterback Michael Vick's dogfighting ring. Forced to fight for their lives, they were considered so dangerous many wanted them put down. This award-winning documentary follows the courageous people who risked everything to rescue these dogs, and illustrates how the lives of those people were ultimately changed forever.
Topical Term: Fighting dogs
Dog rescue
Animal sanctuaries
Animal welfare
Pit bull terriers
Streaming video
Publisher: [United States] : FilmRise, 2016
Branch Call Number: eVIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 90 min.)) : sd., col
digital
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Byond
Sep 04, 2019

I suspect anyone who ever found themselves loving a dog will find this a moving experience; likewise anyone who could access their good heart for any reason. I certainly did.

Owing to the publicity surrounding these dogs, there was apparently a sizable pool of applications to adopt. In any case, there is a certain similarity among those who took these in: they were able to provide the kind of home and access to outdoor exploration ideal for a dog. For whatever reason, all adopters were white.

Several of the adopters had young children, as well as other pets.

One commented that what was required was not rehabilitation, but rest.

Only one adopter seemed to have any agenda beyond love for the dog. He was relentless in his attacks on Michael Vick through media channels; even made an appearance at an event in which Vick was given a key to the city some time after his prison release.

But for the most part, what we see is the work of people happy to devote their time and energy to winning the trust of these dogs, hence their viability as family members.

In all cases they had some success and in most cases remarkable success, allowing home placements. Making a trusted friend of a traumatized animal is something to behold.

There hasn't been another feature from this director. A natural project choice might be something similar, substituting traumatized children for the dogs.

JCLEdwardR Jan 28, 2017

A sort of feel good film considering the terrible history that gave birth to this movie. The story does not dive deep into the nitty gritty of Vick's case but give plenty of information to appreciate where the dogs have made it to today. There are some great dogs in this movie. Pitt Bulls are polarizing, but I have had the fortune to be around some great Pitts as well as some scary ones. This movie gives you hope for all dogs no matter the situation.

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yontichat
Oct 21, 2016

Absolute must see for all - Heartbreaking and inspiring and educational. This documentary has stayed with me for some time - Every dog and every person in this film certainly is a fine example - and the title is spot on - everyone - all the people and animals chronicled in this film - are indeed Champions - a must see - for sure - highly recommend this film

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