See How a Little ‘Flower Power’ Magic Is Helping This Former Fighting Dog Find His Forever Home

While Michael Vick’s former fighting dogs, or “Vicktory” dogs, proved that when given a second chance, can thrive and make amazing pets, many, many dogs that were abused and used to fight are still waiting for their forever home. Murdock is one of them.

Currently being housed at Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Long Island, New York, Murdock was used as a bait dog – an animal that was used to build up the confidence of the fighting dogs, often with no way to defend themselves against being attacked – in a dog fighting ring. Because he was being held as evidence in the legal case against his former owner, this pit bull hadn’t even had the opportunity to be shown or up for adoption. This all changed when his owner pled guilty and now Murdock is waiting for his second chance.

With a little help from award-winning photographer Sophie Gamand and her magical “Flower Power” series, one that shows pit bulls in a softer light by way of homemade flower crowns and pastel backdrops, we are joining the fight to find this dog find a home.

Related: Sophie Gamand’s Book ‘Wet Dog’ Goes Way Beyond Cute Pictures of Pups at Bath Time

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Gamand was recently at the shelter for a Flower Power series photo shoot (you can read about it here) and when she met Murdock, she kind of fell in love.

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His presence commands the room — in a sad way. Because he bears the scars of the abuse he went through, it is hard not to only focus on the scars. But despite all this, within seconds, you cannot help but instantly warm up to his sweet nature — and soon you have forgotten about his scars. He is an absolute love. He gave me kisses and took treats gently from my hand. It will take someone special to adopt Murdock but that someone will also have the privilege of teaching Murdock a world of love and compassion. Something he has never known until he arrived at the shelter. I really hope this day arrives sooner than later.

The volunteers and staff at Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter couldn’t agree more with Gamand’s insight.

Murdock LOVES people (sadly, as most dogs with his history do), he is very “companionable” (following his handler around the room with a low, wagging tail), has zero handling issues and has no issues with people near his food,” the organization writes. “He is a love, a mush, a kisser, a cuddler and everything you’d expect from your furry best friend.

Related: Sophie Gamand and Others to Be Honored at the Animal Care Centers of NYC’s Kindest Dinner

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While he needs to the only pooch in the home, Murdock has no issue passing other pups on the street.

If you are interested in hearing more about Murdock, contact Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter: 516-785-5220 or via email Otherwise, pass this post on to others.

Related: Remember Murdock, the Former Bait Dog? You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Him.

8 comments on “See How a Little ‘Flower Power’ Magic Is Helping This Former Fighting Dog Find His Forever Home

  • This dog is a living example of pure good triumphing over evil. Dogs like this teach us a lesson in not only forgiving, but HOW to move on.

    Michael Vick, as we all know, is a total pig of a man who needs to be strung up in public and animal-loving people like ourselves will not allow history to remember him any other way–no matter how much football he plays or how much $ he donates to anything.
    Murdock, on the other hand, is the REAL hero. If I didn’t have 4 cats, I’d adopt him tomorrow. If he’s allowed visitors, would love to come & meet him. Go Murdock!

  • I’ve seen pictures of Murdock before and my heart breaks for this beautiful dog. If my rescue-pit (she was an abandoned stray and probably had a better life than poor Murdock) wasn’t a solo-dog too I’d snag Murdock in a heartbeat. People please remember that the vast majority of fighting and bait dogs are often adoptable and can live normal, happy lives with a little love and care. These types of breeds (“pitbull breeds”) are the best dogs I’ve ever come into contact with and are the epitome of what a dog should be: strong, loyal, intelligent, empathetic, affectionate, and too forgiving for their own good perhaps. Please adopt don’t shop!

  • This man is a poor excuse for a human & yet gets to play a sport that children — adults look upto. What a great example this country sets for our Hero’s & I don’t mean these poor dogs that suffered at his expense.

  • Michael vick should rot in hell for what he has forced dog’s to fight for his pleasure . personally I would make him work in animal shelters not with the animals themselves just cleaning the kennels out

  • i will never understand the mentality of the male mind. Letting this SOB play football in front of children who understand what he did with the poor aminals What exactly is this TEACHING them. How to abuse them and walk away if you can play football?????????

  • Many of these dogs are so loving and they forgive so easily. If only we cold make this end and take a stand to make a difference. We as a society have to stop turning a blind eye. Punishment has to be enforced, it MUST be stricter and it MUST be swift. God Bless this poor baby and all those like him. Stuck in a situation because of some loser human.

  • It’s not about MV anymore ITS ONLY ABOUT THE PUPS I HAVE 3rescues MY HUSKY/RETRIEVER was the only one abused I’m his 3rd&furever hm hes been w my a year now my pibble was dumped at6m I found her in Vegas shes 8 now…so all in tryn to say is enuf about the asshole & lets get this Guy a home if his own!!!! <3

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