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Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  290 ratings  ·  66 reviews
When Michael Vick's dog fighting ring was discovered, more than forty dogs were rescued. But their struggle was far from over. Most animal advocates believed the former fighting dogs were too damaged to save, but Audie and his kennel mates would prove them wrong when public outcry and the publicity surrounding Michael Vick's punishment won them a chance at a happy life. Te ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Walker Childrens
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Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Saving Audie by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent is one of the most amazing animal stories I've read. It's the true story about a pit bull puppy rescued from Bad Newz Kennels, a dogfighting kennel created and maintained by NFL quarterback Michael Vick.

The book follows Audie's recovery and challenges with his new owner. I was astonished by all the beautiful color photos of Audie with his owner.

The book also discusses a few of the others dogs who were rescued.

It's unbelievable that people can be so cruel
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In April of 2007, authorities raided scumbag Michael Vick's Bad Newz Kennels. There they discovered evidence of a dog fighting ring. The dogs, mostly pit bull terriers, were hauled away to be kept as evidence until the trials were concluded. Then the animals were scheduled to be put to sleep, as it was assumed they would be too dangerous to live around people and other animals. But, several animal rights groups asked the court for a chance to test the pit bulls to see if they were safe to handle ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
When Michael Vick's kennels were raided, officials planned to put all the dogs to sleep. After all, their life at the Vick kennels consisted of training to fight to the death and being underfed to encourage aggressive behavior. Many believed these dogs mostly likely could not be rehabilitated and needed to be put down.

The spotlight on this case due to Vick's professional football career worked in the dogs' favor, however. People rose up in protest over the dogs' destruction. An agreement was st
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Michael Vick, NFL quarterback, was running an illegal dog-fighting ring and raising “fighting dogs” at his appropriately named “Bad Newz Kennels.” When information about his crimes came to light, the dogs were seized, as evidence, and spent many months in isolation in an animal shelter. In the past, fighting dogs were considered dangerous and people thought they were not good prospects for rehabilitation. In the case of Vick’s dogs, however – probably because the case was so high profile and rec ...more
Cathy Blackler
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Many children are familiar with the downfall of NFL superstar Michael Vick, due to his involvement in dog fighting. But what happened to all of the dogs removed from Vick's "business?" Saving Audie chronicles the tale of one small puppy reintegrated into society by loving hands. The photographs by William Munoz, combined with Patent's straight forward text, answer lots of questions about Audie and other rescued dogs. Nice back matter including information on the rescue groups, the timeline of th ...more
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm not the right person to judge what age group this is appropriate for, you'll have to look at other reviews for that or use your own judgment, I'm not a parent or a teacher. But I can say that it's a really lovely book that I would recommend checking out. It very simply but sweetly tells the story of what happened to the dogs who were caught up in the Michael Vick dog fighting ring, and then focuses in on how a darling little boy got a new home and a new chance at life. It explains some thing ...more
Kelly Lozowski
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Saving Audie is a book that could be used for low level middle school readers. I may also be capable of sparking a good discussion with this age group. Saving Audie is the tale of one of the Vick Dogs. The beginning of the book instantly pulls the reader in describing the puppy's horrible life at Bad Newz Kennels. The book goes on to touch briefly on the trial from Audie's stand point - what Audie was going through as the trial went on. Audie goes on to be adopted by a family involved with the B ...more
Lauren Kramer
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This children's book tells the tale (no pun intended)of Audie. She was one of the 40 Pitbulls rescued from the Michael Vick dog fighting scandal. While Audie was no longer forced to fight, she still faced a battle. The one for her life.

Rescuing the dogs was just the beginning. Most of the dogs, like Audie, had severe emotional problems due to the horrid conditions that they faced. These dogs were scared of humans as well as other dogs. However, if the dogs cannot learn to trust the humans that r
Pamela Kramer
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Saving Audie by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent with photographs by William Munoz is the story of one puppy saved from the horror of the Michael Vick fighting ring.

The story is told through photographs that capture not only the fear and sorrow of the dogs taken from the raid, but also show the joy and exhuberance that the dogs were free to experience in their new surroundings once rehabilitated.

In The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant, the story of the raid and rescue of the Michael Vick dogs is told in all its ho
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: human beings
Recommended to Melle by: Katie Polley
This is the story of Dog #86, one of the "pieces of evidence" seized from NFL player Michael Vick's Bad Newz Kennels, who was rehabilitated and adopted and renamed as Audie. On its own, it's a heartbreaking story with a hopeful ending, not particularly well-told but honest and thoughtful. With the photographs, it is a stunning, moving reminder that there are people out there who view these animals' lives as disposable and that there are still more people out there who want to see these animals g ...more
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Love the story of the rescue of the pit bull puppies and the difficulties surrounding the controversy in doing so. This book is on the consideration list for a third grade reading list. Great story, although I think difficult to discuss at a middle elementary level, where most kids may only know Michael Vick as an accomplished football player. Think the book could be awesome to spur great discussion, but at upper levels. The story, told through text, is also told graphically through some awesome ...more
Holly Mueller
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I re-read this book after being introduced to it at Lakota Literacy in Franki's session. We previewed nonfiction books to use in the classroom. Megan and I are definitely beefing up our nonfiction library after hearing Franki speak! This book is a little difficult to read at the beginning, just because of the horrifying conditions the dogs were found in after Michael Vick's conviction. It features Audie's story of survival and a chance at a new life. I think kids would find it very compelling, a ...more
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Saving Audie tells the story of a few of the dogs rescued when Michael Vick's dog fighting ring was discovered and disbanded in 2007. In the past fighting dogs were kept as evidence until the trial was over and then destroyed. Animal rights groups stepped in to prove that the dogs were savable. Patent describes the process through the story of a black pit bull puppy who eventually is given the name Audie. She includes information about the breeds that are considered to be pit bulls, talks about ...more
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cute story about a pit bull puppy from Bad Newz Kennels (ala Michael Vick) which was raided by the government. Like most of the Vick dogs, Audie was taken to a shelter and kept as evidence. Animal organizations such as BAD RAP, Best Friends Animal Society and the ASPCA got involved and the courts allowed the dogs to be tested to determine how safe they were to handle.

A friend of two BAD RAP members adopted one of the puppies and named him Audie. They socialized him and took him to obedience cla
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
What happened to the dogs in Michael Vick's fighting ring? Saving Audie tells the story of one pit bull pup and how he was rehabilitated. This is a touching story that animal lovers will find moving and powerful. The writing is simple enough for students in grades 3 - 6 and carefully describes Audie's training and surgery. The writing could have been a bit better; some parts of the story sound a bit stiff and some ideas could have been more clearly described. Recommended for elementary school co ...more
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My son has a pit bull/chocolate lab mix so I couldn't resist reading this book! Patent is at the top of her quality in this book and Munoz's photos are superb! This was a first in that until now, dogs taken from dog fight organizations were routinely put to sleep. The publicity and outcry was enough that this time they tested the dogs and found only one that likely couldn't be retrained to a better life. This one pulls at the heart strings but you are left ecstatic since Audie ends up in a lovin ...more
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
the thing I loved most about this book (kid's book) is that it tells a different side of pit bulls and dogfighting issue.
People need to know that the Vick dogs were ALMOST all save-able and had lovely but hard lives after they were rescued. People also need to know that dogs DIE during dogfighting...not just get hurt (which is bad enough) or their owners kill them when they lose. This does not all need to be told to a child, maybe mention they get hurt, but kids will love the pictures in this b
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This tale of a dog rescued from a life of pit fighting and terror is an effective example of narrative non-fiction. There are full color photographs to illustrate, and we see several of the rescued dogs throughout the book. Audie's story begins with his rescue, but his name is the same as the number on his cage, then through a fostering period his name is changed, but his final Forever Family gives him a name befitting his courage and willingness to keep going against many odds. I enjoyed this b ...more
Amber Polo
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs
An uplifting story of the rehabilitation of one of Michael Vick’s fighting dogs. This book for children has lots of information about dogs including, Canine Good Citizen, Agility, and obedience and how dogs learn to get along with other dogs and people. I especially appreciated Ms. Patent’s “Further Reading and Surfing” section with places for learning more about dogs, their care and training. Mr. Munoz’s photographs are bright and appealing, so realistic you can feel the puppy’s moist nose.
I wa
Karen Arendt
May 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
While a picture book, this book would be more appropriate for grades 2 or 3 and up. Audie, one of the dogs rescued from a pit bull fighting ring, is rehabilitated and adopted by a loving family. The story chronicles his life in the animal shelter after being taken from the fighting ring, his reprieve from being put to sleep, his surgery to repair his knees, and his life with his people. Include a timeline of the events of Michael Vicks' criminal trial and resources for additional information on ...more
Nov 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, non-fiction
The photos in this book are sometimes presented in an order that is confusing (like Audie is shown as a full grown dog, then there's a photo of a puppy that I think is supposed to be Audie even though I think Audie was rescued as an adult, and then Audie is full grown again). But I hope this book will help dispel the myth that pit bulls are violent and scary dogs. The dogs in this book are specifically the ones rescued from Michael Vick's Hellhole for Dogs Resort and I like that they call that p ...more
Jennifer Brown
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So I checked this book out from the library thinking it was just another kids picture book based on one of the rescue dogs from Mike Vick's ring. I was wrong! It was a picture book (real pictures) but it had quite a bit of facts about the dog and how he got his second chance. I loved it! I thought I might cry reading about what the dogs went through. You hear about stuff that happens, but I don't think it actually hits ya until you read/hear about the small details. I'm glad these dogs got a sec ...more
Jennifer Lavoie
Fast read, but a great book for kids wanting to learn about the Michael Vick pit bulls and how they were rescued and given a second chance. After reading "The Lost Dogs" this book showed me what happened to one of the dogs that was mentioned in the book. I remember Dutch - now Audie - and it was nice to see pictures of him in his new life.

This book is being used as part of a research project my students have created for their nonfiction section of the class.
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
A lovely non-fiction picture book suitable for young children about one of the Michael Vick's dog-fighting ring dogs who is successfully rehabilitated into a family pet. This book does a lot to dispel the myths about fighting dogs and pit bulls and is also just a great read for any animal lover. I brought this to my school visits this year and the kids really liked it...who doesn't like pictures of cute dogs?
Jenilyn Willis
I loved this book! It's another example of non-fiction that is geared towards children which I think is really important. It's about one of the dogs that was rescued from the Michael Vick dog fighting ring. It's a completely true story that is heart-breaking at times, but has a happy ending so I think kids would like it. My heart really reached out to the dog in this story, so I'm sure that children would feel that way too.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diggity-dog
Beyond the first page, this piece focuses on how Audie and others like him got a second chance, covering both the legal efforts of BAD RAP and the ASPCA and the logistics of fostering and socializing abused animals in a way that is accessible to a child reader. The timeline at the end also factually points out the outcome for Michael Vick, which the observant child reader may note and be outraged by, but overall the story is about the Pit Bull pups and the people who saved them.
Arthur Pengerbil
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reading Level: Ages 4 - 10

In 2007 Michael Vick's horrific dog fighting kennel was discovered and broken up. The dogs were all taken as "evidence" and held for six months when they were released for rehab and rehoming. This inspiring book follows the story of #86 from his rescue, through his rehab by BAD RAP, to his current life.

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Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If anyone knows me, they know I adore pitbulls! This picture book made me cry and ultimately rejoice that Dutch #32 renamed Audie got a second chance at life because not all of Vick's dogs did. And it just sickens me that Vick got a second chance as well, but everyone deserves one right? No matter what they did.
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading about how most of the dogs liberated from the concentration camp "kennel" of Michael Vick (disgusting excuse for a "human" being & pile of dung) have had happy endings is always pleasing. Audie's story is inspiring and heartwarming. Too bad that that sociopath only did a year and a half in jail. Too bad he did not share the fate that befell the dogs that lost fights in his "kennel".
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As a child, my favorite activity was exploring nature, especially finding animals like frogs, toads, and lizards. I kept tropical fish, had a dog, and loved riding horses. My love of animals led to a Ph.D. degree from U.C. Berkley in Zoology. In grad school I met and married fellow student Greg Patent. Our two sons, David and Jason, were born before we finished school. I wanted to use my training ...more