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Vicktory dog Lucas passes away
Life With Dogs ^ | June 25, 2013 | Admin

Posted on 06/29/2013 5:46:05 AM PDT by kanawa

Best Friends Animal Society in Utah suffered a significant lost last week. Lucas, who was at one time Michael Vick’s grand champion fighting dog, has lived the past five years at Best Friends. Due to declining health, last Wednesday night he had to be put down.

As the prized fighting dog of Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels, the courts ordered that Lucas could never be adopted; instead he would spend the remainder of his life being cared for at Best Friends. Lucas, along with 21 other dogs from Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels that were labeled “most challenging,” arrived at Best Friends Animal Society in January 2008. The Vicktory dogs, as they became known, proved to the world that even the most damaged of them could be rehabilitated.

Lucas, even though he could never be adopted, ended up being the most social and well-behaved out of all of them. Although he never could go home to a family, Best Friends became his family. Lucas’ friendly nature made him a great fit as a greeter at Best Friends.

“He made everyone feel special just by being himself,” said Gregory Castle, co-founder and CEO of Best Friends. “Lucas loved his ambassadorial role and had the next best life to a permanent home with a loving family.”

Lucas was estimated to be around 13 years old when his health began to take a turn for the worse. Lucas suffered from Babesia, a common disease in fighting dogs, as it is carried by a blood parasite and spread through bite wounds. There is no cure for Babesia, though it is treatable. Lucas would occasionally suffer flare ups that would cause anemia and weaken him. Combined with his old age, it was time to say goodbye.

Lucas was an inspiration to so many. He changed the perception of fighting dogs and what they could become. He loved everyone he met and had a huge impact on their lives. He is greatly missed by everyone at Best Friends Animal Society and everyone who got a chance to know him.

“Lucas was indeed a champion,” wrote Castle. “But his greatest victories were outside the ring. He won our hearts and taught the world about the integrity and depth of character that is a dog.”



TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dog
I keep a photo of Lucas that is very poignant to me.
It shows the evil of which we are capable but also our wonderful goodness.


1 posted on 06/29/2013 5:46:05 AM PDT by kanawa
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To: MizSterious; Kokojmudd; brytlea; Darnright; Sensei Ern; sangrila; rattrap; dervish; sandalwood; ...

Woof


2 posted on 06/29/2013 5:46:24 AM PDT by kanawa (FB...Save George Zimmerman from racial onslaught)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

Computer Hope

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3 posted on 06/29/2013 5:52:33 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: kanawa

My priest and the Magesterium of the Catholic Church can think what they like, but that dog is resting with the Lord now, in whatever Heaven means to dogs.


4 posted on 06/29/2013 5:53:16 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare--now a Marine Mom)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ping


5 posted on 06/29/2013 5:53:25 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (You don't like the way I drive? Stay off the sidewalk.)
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To: ottbmare

I hope we can go where the dogs, cats and horses go, but you probably have to be really good to qualify.


6 posted on 06/29/2013 5:56:01 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (You don't like the way I drive? Stay off the sidewalk.)
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To: ottbmare
"My priest and the Magesterium of the Catholic Church can think what they like, but that dog is resting with the Lord now, in whatever Heaven means to dogs."

The Catholic Church (to which I also belong) certainly draws very sharp distinctions between the nature of the human soul and animals, but never really states that animals don't go to heaven.

IMHO, Revelation 5:11-13 pretty much convinces me that they do.

7 posted on 06/29/2013 6:15:05 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Vick is back playing football.

Meanwhile, another lovely individual, Aaron Hernandez, is being accused of FOUR cold-blooded murders. The NFL has issued an edict that no team is to hire him.

Sports people used to be “Role Models”. (SIGH)

RIP, Lucas, and may you only meet the ones who loved you at the rainbow bridge.


8 posted on 06/29/2013 6:20:36 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yep. And Proverbs 12:10 confirms that G-d considers those who care properly for their animals are among the righteous, and those who do not are “wicked”.


9 posted on 06/29/2013 6:32:43 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: kanawa

RIP Good and Faithful Servant


10 posted on 06/29/2013 6:37:04 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

All dogs go to heaven.

Gonna be chasing that big stick in the sky.


11 posted on 06/29/2013 6:42:35 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: left that other site

PROVERBS 12:10

10 The righteous care for the needs of their animals,
but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.


12 posted on 06/29/2013 7:09:20 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yes, there are many scriptures which point to animals being in Heaven — too many to list here, but there are some great books which go through them: Jack Wintz’ books being my favorite so far. Many of the great Christian apologists from centuries past took it for granted, based on Scripture. I consider it a sign of the times and the growth of the human ego among those who should know better that it’s even a matter of dispute.


13 posted on 06/29/2013 7:17:10 AM PDT by JLLH
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To: Joe 6-pack

I just read Rev:9-11 and I am pretty sure the “Lamb” it refers to is Jesus but never mind, my dogs are going into the ground with me. The ashes of the ones who are gone are waiting in jars on the book shelf for that day. I hope and pray that they all end up in Heaven with me.


14 posted on 06/29/2013 7:40:45 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: stars & stripes forever

Amen.

That’s the one. :-)


15 posted on 06/29/2013 7:44:27 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Ditter

I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who has kept the ashes of their departed pets-their ashes will be scattered with mine when I check out-I don’t want to go to the next life without pets...


16 posted on 06/29/2013 8:19:24 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5
Amen sister, you are not alone! :)
17 posted on 06/29/2013 8:26:47 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter; Joe 6-pack; CatDancer

11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”


Yes, the Lamb here refers to Jesus. But every creature in heaven ... implies, well, creatures _in_ heaven.

That people require salvation— the finished work of Christ on the cross— to enter heaven, does not mean that other creatures will be excluded. It merely means that they do not require salvation.

Will there not be angels there? Do only white horses get a pass?

All of creation was pronounced good. God used a donkey to warn Balaam, knows when sparrows fall. Calls those who care for their animals “righteous.”

He is great, merciful, powerful, worthy of praise.


18 posted on 06/29/2013 8:38:19 AM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: kanawa

RIP Lucas. Vick will receive his when attempts to enter heaven.


19 posted on 06/29/2013 9:29:33 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: green pastures; ottbmare; Ditter; CatDancer
For those of us of the Catholic persuasion, we also have the example of St. Francis of Assisi who is said to have spent ample amounts of time preaching to the animals.

It occurs to me that this most humble, pious of men, blessed with the stigmata and founder of a religious order that has lasted 800 years, would have wasted much of his time preaching to the animals were there not some purpose behind it.

Many Catholic churches still offer the Blessing of the Pets on St. Francis' Feast Day, October 4.

The Orthodox Monks of New Skete, who's Monastery is largely supported by the German Shepherds they breed, raise and train have also considered the question, and leave the answer in the heart and mind of the believer:

"Do the bonds of relationship extend beyond this life?
We have no proof, one way or another. But there is a depth
to our experience that awakens faith, faith that in the mysterious
character of life ultimately nothing of real value will ever be lost.
OUR CLOSEST RELATIONSHIPS,
BOTH WITH HUMANS AND WITH DOGS,
SOMEHOW POINT BEYOND THEMSELVES,
LEADING US TO HOPE THAT THERE IS INDEED
SOMETHING OF THE ETERNAL PRESENT IN THEM.

20 posted on 06/29/2013 10:07:56 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Silentgypsy
I hope we can go where the dogs, cats and horses go...

Once asked as to where he plans to spend his life after death (I don't remember the exact question), Will Rogers says he doesn't know where he's going but if he had his druthers he would like to go where the dogs go! Me too.

21 posted on 06/29/2013 10:20:31 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: kanawa; All
I recommend The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant, Gotham Books, NY, 2010, to anyone here who wants to learn about the entire Vick case from the investigation and prosecution through the rehabilitation and final placement of the dogs. It's 279 page long, excluding acknowledgements and bibliography, very well written, and a terrific read.
22 posted on 06/29/2013 10:26:26 AM PDT by libstripper (A)
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To: libstripper

On one hand, I’d like to read it because I feel strongly about what happened and know it’s an important book to read, but on the other I understand it’s a difficult read because of the graphic nature of the abuse detailed in the book. I haven’t been able to reconcile the two — yet. Maybe one day....


23 posted on 06/29/2013 10:36:53 AM PDT by JLLH
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To: green pastures

And what people tend to forget is that there was no death in God’s original creation — ergo, animals were always intended to be eternal just like humanity (and they were created before humans). What God intended will be fulfilled, despite man’s worst intentions.

It’s only been in the past 100 years or so that imbecilic arguments have arisen to question God’s love for all of his creation: animals don’t have souls therefore they can’t get to Heaven (Scripture implies otherwise when it uses the same term to refer to humanity and animals). They don’t need salvation and surely no thinking person would exclude beings not requiring salvation? Otherwise God and the angels both would need to be excluded from Heaven! Such arguments belong in File 13.


24 posted on 06/29/2013 10:41:45 AM PDT by JLLH
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To: JLLH
The abuse is graphically described, something that's necessary to show how purely evil Vick and his accomplices were. However, the rest of the book is truly inspiring in describing the great and courageous work some law enforcement people and prosecutors did and the wonderful rehabilitation of the dogs. Two of the law enforcement people involved in the case, Surry County Commonwealth Attorney Gerald Poindexter and Sheriff Harold Brown, both fellow Amish of Vick's, didi their best to sabotage the case. Indeed, Brown went so far as to fire the heroic investigator who made the case.
25 posted on 06/29/2013 11:05:07 AM PDT by libstripper (A)
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To: green pastures; Joe 6-pack

Absolutely! I believe my family will be waiting for me when I get to Heaven and I hope that my precious animals will be there too.

I am an artist, dog portraits mostly. I have a painting in my mind that I have not done yet. I plan on going back through all the photos of my many, many animals who have died and painting them all on the steps of a big house.

I am sure someone has done this already, it is hard to come up with something completely original but I have not seen a painting like that.


26 posted on 06/29/2013 11:16:16 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Joe 6-pack
I imagine it's a continuum for all creatures. A human and an earthworm are both created beings, intended from eternity, and formed with the supreme force of God's love. But the human has a greater soul and can come into a more developed and elevated communion with God than the earthworm can. As some humans are more devoted to the Lord on earth, so they will be closer to Him in the afterlife. And thus it must be with animals, with some more capable of joy and love and understanding than others.

CS Lewis remarked in a few different places that dogs and cats pick up a certain amount of humanity from associating with us, and the best of them pick up a lot from being in a good human family. In Screwtape he has the demons noting angrily that everyone who associates with a certain Christian household acquires the "stink" of holiness after awhile. It's not difficult to suppose that those humans who are faith-filled can somehow spread their reflected holiness to the animals they love. As the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the believing wife, per Paul (1 Cor 7) might not our animals be imbued with our love so that they can enjoy eternity with us?

27 posted on 06/29/2013 11:28:03 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare--now a Marine Mom)
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To: ottbmare

One of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotations (from _The Great Divorce_ and discovered on a FR thread) where he describes a woman in heaven surrounded by children, angels, birds and beasts:

‘What are all these animals? A cat - two cats - dozens of cats. And all those dogs ... why, I can’t count them. And the birds. And the horses.’

‘They are her beasts.’

‘Did she keep a sort of zoo? I mean, this is a bit too much.’

‘Every beast and bird that came near her had its place in her love. In her they became themselves. And now the abundance of life she has in Christ from the Father flows over into them.’


28 posted on 06/29/2013 12:16:38 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: JLLH

Yes, thank you for adding that. I didn’t know the best way to convey that idea in this thread— the aspect of creation before the fall. Perhaps we tend to forget because, being fallen, the concept of a perfect creation is not able to be fully comprehended...


29 posted on 06/29/2013 12:25:43 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Ditter

That is a nice idea. Regardless of originality, it is a very special way to pay tribute to the special animals in your life.


30 posted on 06/29/2013 12:34:06 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Ditter
I just read Rev:9-11 and I am pretty sure the “Lamb” it refers to is Jesus but never mind, my dogs are going into the ground with me. The ashes of the ones who are gone are waiting in jars on the book shelf for that day. I hope and pray that they all end up in Heaven with me.

What you said my friend.



31 posted on 06/29/2013 1:42:59 PM PDT by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: kanawa

Lucas found love.

I thought of this Lucas while seeing your post: http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/13218/TN/US/

I have often wondered how Tennessee Lucas is living after his abuse. Tried but couldn’t find an update.


32 posted on 06/29/2013 10:49:14 PM PDT by Bronzy
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To: kanawa

I look at that poor dog’s scarred face and sad eyes and it is heartbreaking.

Thank the Lord he found love before he passed.


33 posted on 06/30/2013 7:35:50 PM PDT by berdie
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To: berdie

Those are not mean or angry eyes... Vick is a piece of human manure.


34 posted on 07/01/2013 11:17:26 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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