Fighters to best friends: The amazing comeback of the Vick dogs

Before animal behavior experts met the 51 dogs who survived Michael Vick's horrific dog-fighting compound, they said they'd be surprised if five of them were salvageable as pets.

But the pit bulls proved them wrong. While some have succumbed to illness and fatal encounters with cars, the vast majority have made stunning turnarounds. They are beloved family pets. They nurture the elderly and the sick. They compete in agility contests. Sports Illustrated reporter Jim Gorant,chronicles their stories - and the stories of the handful of people who fought to save them and bring Vick to justice - in his new book, The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption.

I had the good fortune to interview Gorant, who first wrote about the dogs for a wildly popular 2008 Sports Illustrated cover story, earlier this month. My story from today's Inquirer here. Also see a photo gallery of the Vicktory dogs courtesy of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah which took in almost half of the dogs.