Bought as a gift
From Marcia S of Westmont, Illinois on 12/22/2016.
I bought this for friend who was a Dog Town devotee because I had seen at a theater and loved the follow up on the Vicktory dogs. She is going to love it and I'm hoping I will get to see it again.
From Anonymous of San Diego, California on 12/8/2016.
this is a great film! great story! helping the dogs recover is what it's all about. After I watched it, I donated it to my library, so others could get the message. Thank You!
I loved this documentary
From Barbara Ayotte of Marshfield, Massachusetts on 11/29/2016.
Such a great series of stories highlighting the amazing forgiveness of the dogs rescued from the Michael Vick dog fighting compound, the tireless work of the rescue groups & volunteers and the huge hearts of their adoptive families.
From Anonymous of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina on 11/20/2016.
This documentary is a "must see" for everyone. It was gripping and uplifting as well. Can't say enough good things about it. Kudos to everyone involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of these precious dogs. Only wish Michael Vick could have been treated the way he treated the dogs.
From Michele Marshall of Largo, Florida on 8/7/2016.
I bought this movie for my husband's birthday and we recently watched it. It was very well made and would be appropriate for any animal or dog lover. We recently got to visit Best Friends in Utah and it was a wonderful experience. This film reinforces the incredible dedication of many people, including Best Friends, to taking care of animals. I highly recommend it.
From Marilyn Karras of Canton, Michigan on 8/4/2016.
This was a very well crafted documentary on the plight of dogs forced to fight, finally the court system listening to animal rights advocates for those animals rescued from fighting rings, and the success of rehabilitating the dogs for their second chance at life in a loving forever home. I am sharing it with family and friends and will look into donating it to our Library for community-wide viewing. Thank you for making it available on DVD.
Wonderfully moving and beautiful film
From Krista Wagner of Cincinnati, Ohio on 8/3/2016.
I have seen this movie several times now, and it never fails to move me. I get a lump in my throat each time I watch it.As a volunteer in rescue and owner of two bullies myself - I cannot begin to put into words the depth of gratitude I feel toward both the humans and the canines we meet in this movie who share their collective story.Beautifully filmed and ultimately uplifting, this film is a gift to those who commit themselves to the cause every day and hopefully a tool to educate those who have yet to know the wonderful, loving resilient spirits of pit bulls.
Champions Blu-Ray DVD
From Kathi of Boulder, Colorado on 8/2/2016.
I'd seen this documentary 3 times in the theater and had been waiting patiently for it to be released on DVD. The quality is stellar and the subject matter is even better! Such an important documentary that everyone needs to see..
Very well done
From Diane Swanstrom of Custer Park, Illinois on 7/28/2016.
Love the video. Very well done.
Outstanding in so many ways!
From Michele Cretarola of Crestline, California on 7/23/2016.
I was overcome in a very joyful way to see this documentary and sent it to 5 people after I'd watched it twice, recommending everyone watch the "extras". I have gotten a fantastic response from my friends "I have changed my opinion about pit bulls forever!", which is music to my ears! While these dogs endured terrible pain and conditions, their spirits and resiliency rise above it to succeed and conquer others' fears, and that comes through strongly in this film. The other response I've gotten is a VERY positive response to Best Friends and all it stands for! The staff who participate in the care of the dogs in the film are the BEST representatives of what your organization stands for.! And you know how many committed persons you have to continue in that vein. I feel this was a very important film and recommended to those who I sent it to to pass it on! So I recommend it to you too!
From Anonymous of Southington , Connecticut on 7/19/2016.
A MUST SEE!!!
From NIKKI ROSENBAUGH of Castle Rock, Colorado on 7/7/2016.
Love this movie! Very happy there was a movie about it.
From Heidi R. Forehand of Tifton, Georgia on 7/6/2016.
Absolutely amazing documentary! It left me wanting more...I wanted to know more about every dog. Thank you so much for doing this documentary - it really makes me smile to see the many obstacles those babies overcame - the fosters and adopters of these dogs are amazing people as well. Thank you, just...thank you.
From Darin Gudgeon of Richland Center, Wisconsin on 6/28/2016.
Very well done! I appreciated that there was less time spent on the horrors the dogs faced and more time on how they have overcome the trauma and fear of the horrible things that were done to them. Bottom line - A very well done documentary with a fitting title, because these dogs truly are Champions! Thank you so much for being their voice and for treating their physical and emotional wounds!
From Julie Lloyd of Raleigh, North Carolina on 6/28/2016.
This is a beautiful film. I highly recommend it to everyone. Now want to purchase a few more for gifts.
From Brandon Brookshire of Spring, Texas on 6/22/2016.
Great Documentary!!! Really liked hearing the information about Vick's case that was kept out of the public eye. Thank you for shedding some positive light on the best breed of all - The American Pit Bull Terrier!!!!
From Anonymous of San Diego, California on 6/21/2016.
A very inspiring and enjoyable video. I am giving it to everyone I can to view..
From Jacquelyn Clark of Kent, Ohio on 6/19/2016.
Very inspiring. I had never heard of Best Friends until the Vicktory Dogs and now I have been a huge fan of both!
From Don Hagedorn of Columbia, South Carolina on 6/19/2016.
This DVD was excellent - and heartbreaking! Thanks to all who did their best to save the Vicktory dogs, those who were willing to adopt them, and to Best Friends for all of their efforts. I love Best Friends and I love the breed. Dogs are not born mean - they are made that way by cruel human beings. I hope all dog lovers buy this DVD and share it with their friends and family. Then lets all do our best to stop this senseless dog fighting and to eventually 'save them all.'
if you love dogs
From Anonymous of new lenox, Illinois on 6/17/2016.
if you love dogs you will love the champions--i have watched it 5 times already
From Sandy of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on 6/16/2016.
I was so touched by the new documentary, "The Champions". It has been done with such love. Before I knew it I was crying and laughing.. Crying because of the pain of the dogs who never asked to be brutalized and scared out of their minds...laughing at the antics of the little black and white fella and his new dad. Knowing all the actions and words of M.Vick made me so angry. Hooray for the radio man who is speaking the truth about the case... I am so thankful that all the "Champions" are now safe and with compassionate people. Cheers to all those wonderful people who took them into their shelters and into their hearts when it looked like they would be put down and thanks to you, Best Friends, for showing us that the breed is worth all that has been done for them. The documentary is terrific!
From Paula Miller of Gainesville, Florida on 6/13/2016.
This film was the best of all the media surrounding the Vick dogs. It showed how these animals can be given a second chance at a loving home.
From Coleene Davidson of Marion, Michigan on 6/13/2016.
I watched this with a friend who has a pit mix. In the nearly 50 years I have been working with dogs, I have yet to run across a mean pit bull. The story needed to be told and Best Friends did an amazing job. The Traverse City Film Festival is coming up this summer. I recommended this documentary to the selection committee in hopes to bring to light, the inhumanity perpetrated on these beautiful and misunderstood dogs.
Love this movie
From Katherine Batzlaff of Middleburg, Florida on 6/11/2016.
This movie was so awesome. Great to educate people who don't know how wonderful pit bulls are . I cried sad tears and lots of happiness tears. Love this movie and the 2nd chances these dogs have gotten. Makes me want to get out there and do more. I have 3 rescue dogs one a Pitbull. There is know greater feeling I get from my babies. My pit is the sweetest. I just don't get how anyone could be cruel. Happy tears for all of these dogs that didn't deserve their starts in life. So sad. We really need to stand up and be the voices of all these dogs... Can't express how this movie made me feel... Well done!!!!
From Mary C. of Crestwood, Kentucky on 6/11/2016.
Beautiful film about the resiliency of these dogs. A must see for everyone!
A MUST WATCH
From Anonymous of Diamondhead, Mississippi on 6/8/2016.
This is such a beautiful film, I wish every person could watch it. Best Friends is unbelievable in their quest to save and rehabilitate these wonderful creatures. It is heart warming and heart breaking to watch, but is a film I will watch over and over again. I truly believe that "Vick" will receive his punishment not from man, but from God. "If animals could speak, Mankind would weep."
Beautiful, touching, inspiring.
From Scoop2662 of Ocean View, Delaware on 6/5/2016.
I had missed the only screening in my area of this film and decided to buy my own copy from Best Friends. I watched it last night . . . and yes, tissues are a must. I've been following most of the dogs featured in this film on Facebook over the last few years. This is a beautiful tribute to those dogs. The Vicktory dogs have paved the way for so many dogs to follow. My favorite quote from the film summed up what saving these dogs is all about. Little Red's Mom said "These dogs don't need to be rehabilitated, they need to recover."
From Evelyn Burnham of Waverly Hall, Georgia on 6/3/2016.
Loved the movie. It was really touching to see the adversity these dogs overcame to live the remainder of their lives to the fullest. It was heartwarming to know that it is not the dogs but most of the time the other end of the leash that is the problem. I recommend this movie to anyone who needs to know that pitties are not the monsters that the media makes them out to be.
From Frank Martinez of Pocatello, Idaho on 6/3/2016.
The documentary is a wonderful view of the Dogfighting disaster that takes place in our country and also depicts how such a horrific event as the fighting dog bust from NFL Star - Michael Vic turned into a second chance and wonderful life for some very threatened animals.
From Jean J. of Woodridge, Illinois on 6/2/2016.
I really enjoyed this documentary and highly recommend it. This was wonderfully done and very moving. It is an important story which needs to be shared. Thank you to all the people who worked so hard to save these innocent victims. Also a big thanks to all who continue to work so hard to end dog fighting.
From Anonymous of Las Vegas, Nevada on 6/2/2016.
Read the book. It's inspiring to see how well these beautiful dogs have adjusted to normal life.
From Debbie Stiller of Reading, Pennsylvania on 6/1/2016.
This documentary is so beautifully done and so very educational. I cried of course for the pain and suffering these beautiful animals had to endure, but also cried tears of joy that so many of them had an opportunity to finally receive the tenderness and love they so deserve. I am blown away by the forgiving souls these dogs have and am in awe of all that Best Friends and so many others gave to these dogs...especially their loving patience and open hearts.
Extremely Highly recommended
From Renee Reda of Silver Spring, Maryland on 6/1/2016.
This was amazing! Well done, informative, loved it!
From Karen of Boca Raton, Florida on 5/31/2016.
This documentary compliments past features about the Victory Dogs and beautifully points out how great they are - it is a film that I will watch over and over again - neither my daughter or I had dry eyes when it was finished. Thank you so much!!
From Norma Rodriguez of Bellflower, California on 5/30/2016.
I waited so long to see this highly rated documentary. Was not disappointed! I had my family join me to watch it in order for them to better understand why I do what I do to support and assist animal welfare. Being so familiar with the case and others that followed I wasn't so appalled at what I saw, but I certainly did want to stand up and cheer during many parts of the video, especially for the man who adopted Mel! The really sad part for me was seeing Lucas' memorial. Thank you for his photo on the front and back of the DVD case!
From Maryellen Hunter of Bourne, Massachusetts on 5/30/2016.
This is such an inspiring story and so glad it was able to be told through this film. What these dogs went through and what they were able to overcome should be a lesson to us all. Special thanks to all who stood up for the dogs after so many were ready to turn their backs on them. A beautiful, bittersweet movie.
From tom mercer of oakforest, Illinois on 5/30/2016.
From Anonymous of Milford, Connecticut on 5/28/2016.
From Karla Gunnell of Wellsville, Utah on 5/28/2016.
I have watched this several times already. I was worried it might be too overwhelming to see the Victory Dogs before but the director does a great job of sharing a bit of the past but the focus on the progress the dogs have made. Such amazing people that have helped these dogs! Bravo!
A Must See For Everyone, But Especially Dog Lovers and Those in Rescue
From Claudia Salerno of Lutz, Florida on 5/28/2016.
This movie was a poignant portrayal of the lives of the Vicktory dogs from their discovery at the kennel to present day. It was wonderfully done. I can't say enough good about this movie. Not only does the movie give you a step by step history of the dogs, but there are many lessons to be learned; most especially the bond that exists between humans and dogs. It's an absolute must see.
From Julie Flynn of Gilbert, Arizona on 5/27/2016.
Great great movie. Share with my clients on Hospice and they enjoyed it so much.
Lovers, Not Fighters
From Theresa Corrigan of Sacramento, California on 5/26/2016.
The Champions is a wonderful film about the resocialization of the dogs rescued from Michael Vick's fighting rings. The film presents a compelling argument for not killing fighting dogs but rather giving them safety and love and allowing their natural personalities to flourish. I purchased this film even though I had seen it in a theater because I wanted to show it everyone I know. I love pit bulls and this film is a great endorsement for the breed.
From Debra of Vero Beach, Florida on 5/26/2016.
I wasn't sure what I'd see but since the "pit bull" type dogs are one of my loves it thought it would worth seeing. I wasn't disappointed. It is a group of people and the dogs that have been fortunate to have lived through hell and with help survived. Unfortunately because of human abuse others don't survive it at all or are so damaged they must live in a controlled environment. It proves that no matter how many criminals and abusive people out there are others who do all they can to save the victims and stop the abusers. These dogs are worth helping. They are just like any other dog. They are family members if you'll just give them a chance and ignore media sensationalism.
The Champions DVD
From Marla Briggs of Salem, Oregon on 5/26/2016.
Absolutely outstanding I wish every one would watch this
From Connie of Prescott, Arizona on 5/26/2016.
This documentary is a true testament to the power of believing; believing in yourself, your organization and the power of a community of like minded people and the Vicktory dogs themselves. It is beautifully filmed and I enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you to all who had the courage to believe in these dogs and to those who documented their lives.
My students loved it!!
From Wyatt Frampton of West Jordan, Utah on 5/26/2016.
I have watched it twice and I love the movie. My veterinary assisting students loved the movie.
From Osalyn Houser of Albany, Oregon on 5/26/2016.
A powerful and inspiring documentary about the 'Vicktory' dogs. Everyone should have a chance to view this and learn how, in spite of their horrific treatment, these beautiful animals not only survived, but thrived under the loving care of Best Friends. Proof that EVERY dog deserves a second chance!
From Elisha Shann Powers of Conroe, Texas on 5/26/2016.
I really appreciate the positive energy behind this production. So often this type of subject is just too difficult to watch. Not the case with The Champions movie. You may tear up a bit but you walk away feeling hopeful.Thank you!
From kelly ciavardone of penns grove, New Jersey on 5/26/2016.
the video was great thanks
Justice For Vick's Victims
From Anonymous of , United States on 5/26/2016.
Beautiful and moving tribute to the Vick victims. I am going to circulate my copy as much as possible to wake up those still unaware of the truth about pitties!
From Jeanne Hartman of Encino, California on 5/26/2016.
I must watch it again! Obviously animal lovers will appreciate this film. What caused me to think beyond the animal abuse was the amount of recovery required for these dogs. While the abuser served a minimum amount of time, it took years for the dogs to recover. Maybe harsher sentences for animal abusers?
Very well done!
From Mary Schmidt of Houston, Texas on 5/26/2016.
This DVD was very well done and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was well organized and informative and presented an unbiased picture of a truly terrible industry. It painted Michael Vick exactly for what he is--a cruel and uncaring individual who only cares about making a buck. The individual stories of each dog that was featured were touching and heartwarming. Great job and good video!
From Bobbie Oldfield of Houston, Texas on 5/26/2016.
Heart wrenching and wonderful all at the same time! An incredible story of which all should be aware!
A Must See
From J. V. Tyler of Dallas, Texas on 5/26/2016.
I had always been curious about what happened to the Vick dogs after the legal case was completed. This documentary addresses that and so much more. It provides extended footage on where several of the dogs went and how they are doing. More importantly it makes an intelligent and moving case for these dogs and for future victims of abuse through dog-fighting.
From Tara Woodring of Chicago, Illinois on 5/26/2016.
This should be shown in schools, this should be shown everywhere. Love you all, Vicktory Dogs, and so happy to see you were taken in by remarkable people.
From Laurie Methven of Hedgesville, West Virginia on 5/26/2016.
While pricey for a DVD, is sooo worth it since it helps support Best Friends AND shows that fighting dogs shouldn't automactically be PTS. Great film :-)
From Patricia Zielinski of Woodside, New York on 5/26/2016.
I had seen the Documentary in Oct in NYC. I was lucky enough to met Cherry. He was in the lobby with his guardian and I didn't know who he was until I entered the theater.Emotions will run high for people watching this movie. sadness happiness anger & hope.
From Janie Gryder of Marietta, Georgia on 5/26/2016.
I love the video! After reading the book "The Lost Dogs", I first learned of Best Friends and of what happened to the Vicktory Dogs. And that is when I first became a member of Best Friends. When I read about The Champions documentary, I immediately ordered it and it totally met my expectations. I loved that it focused primarily on the dogs and their new families and how they are doing now. It would highly recommend watching it.
From Anonymous of Greenbank, Washington on 5/26/2016.
Wonderful documentary. Should help people with their perception of the breed....never met a Staffordshire I did not like.
From Meg of Akron, Ohio on 5/26/2016.
Very well done and inspirational story on these amazing dogs, their families, and all involved in their rescue.
From Anonymous of Brantford, Ontario on 5/26/2016.
This is such a great documentary everyone needs to watch !
From adrienne giampino of campobello, South Carolina on 5/26/2016.
wonderful shows just what can be done to help all animals
A must purchase item!
From Anonymous of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on 5/25/2016.
I saw this movie first in a theater. When it was available on DVD I ordered right away. I can watch it over and over again. So moving. So well done. I was afraid to watch it at first. I actually laughed in the theater a few times. It was more lighthearted than I thought it would be. Bravo!
From Nina of Bristol, Rhode Island on 5/25/2016.
This documentary shows you exactly what some people need to see. It gives just a small glimpse into the horrible life some of these amazing animals went through. There is just so much more out there but at least someone came out with this, so you can have in idea of what it is like to walk into and see these poor babies getting tortured. But most of all there are amazing and incredible and loving and strong people out there to fight and help them out of these places and bring it to the attention of so many. These dogs are not horrible monsters, they are incredible loving animals that just want to show you how much they care.
Best documentary about vicktory dogs!
From Crystal sollock of Beaumont , Texas on 5/25/2016.
This documentary touched my heart in such profound way! I cried, laughed and then cried some more, most of my crying was happiness! Most all these wonderful loving dogs have found their forever home and family, just as it was meant to be! This film should be shown in every classroom to educate our younger generation and in every college to educate the adults! Thanks to all the vicktory parents for all they have done to show everyone what love, kindness, and patience can do for any animal!
From Jackie Seal of Tampa, Florida on 5/25/2016.
I saw this movie at a special screening in Tampa recently. Such a wonderful and educational documentary; and I wanted to have the CD on hand to show to friends who couldn't make it to the screening, and to watch myself again from time to time.
From Diane Cox of Santa Rosa, California on 5/25/2016.
I watched the movie with a neighbor that is a huge pitty lover and we laughed due to the goofy behavior of them and we cried over the horrendous way they were (not) taken care of before their rescue and we cried again due to the fact they were rescued and given so much love that it repaired their broken souls. I love this movie so much. It is a must see for anyone. Very well done.
From Anonymous of Carmel, Indiana on 5/25/2016.
Amazing. Loved it the first time I saw it at the Heartland Film Festival and now I have my own copy could watch it every day without tiring of the wonderful message this conveys. The dogs reign supreme over the humans.
From Anonymous of Indio , California on 5/19/2016.
This is a fantastic documentary. It really shows how fighting dogs can be rehabilitated with patience and care. It hopefully can help people understand that Pitbulls are not viscous dogs they are raised that way by the terrible people who make a living from their suffering. Thank you for sharing this story.
From Jenna of Reseda, California on 5/19/2016.
This documentary is so powerfully moving, from start to finish. It was done so beautifully, weaving together the stories of these glorious dogs, sharing their experiences in the recovery process, and their life with their families. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is also featured within the film, which I truly enjoyed. Such amazing people, doing amazing work, for some amazing animals!
From Anonymous of Gainesville, Virginia on 5/19/2016.
This documentary was fabulous!!! I love these dogs, whose resilience is so inspiring. It is wonderful to see them living the full and happy lives they were meant to live, filled with love and nurturing. Their families are fabulous people whose patience with these beautiful pups has been exactly what they needed to move forward for the rest of their lives! This movie made me cry tears of joy. Loved it!!!
From Mary Dziedzinski of Rindge, New Hampshire on 5/19/2016.
I saw this documentary in Northampton MA. Cherry was there! Loved it! I bought a DVD for myself and one to share. Well done. Provided education to people maybe not so familiar and more people likely to watch it as it is not too graphic. The audience is able to grasp the terror involved for these beautiful dogs. BFS- Great job!!!!
From Ruby Purdy of Littleton, Colorado on 5/19/2016.
Since receiving the DVD a couple weeks ago I think I have already watched it 3 times and cry every time! It is very well done and not much focus on the bad stuff from where the dogs came but more about how they have blossomed. Although I would have like to see much more about all the dogs I Love it, love it, love it!
From Nanci of Omaha, Nebraska on 5/9/2016.
Saw the documentary when it was screened here in Omaha and will see it again on July 7th. That being said, I am also ordering the DVD. This is not something you get the first time or even second time you watch. There is so much to learn from it. BFAS and BAD RAP took quite a gamble in putting everything into proving that fighting dogs deserve to be judged individually. Thank you so much.
From Judy of TAMPA, Florida on 5/5/2016.
Saw "The Champions" at a private showing at our local Tampa Theater. It was beautifully done and inspiring. It certainly speaks very well for the sweet pit bull dogs and hopefully will spread the word to eliminate this breed discrimination. A must see!!
10/30/2016 – How long is the video/movie?
Response From Best Friends: This Documentary is 1 hour and 30 minutes
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