Vick’s Former Dogfighting Pit Bull Turned Therapy Dog Dies from Cancer
Hector, an adorable Pit bull known for his days in Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring, has died after a battle with cancer. However, he doesn’t want others to remember him for his days as someone who was forced to fight other dogs, but rather Hector wants everyone to celebrate his life and the good he did during his time on Earth.
The news was first reported on Hector’s Facebook page in a touching letter “penned” by Hector, “Unfortunately my time has come, and if you’re reading this, that means that I have already passed. My last day was as good as one could ask for. The sun was shining, the frogs were out for me to chase at the pond, and I had Roo and Clara [his parents] to carry me off the trail when my legs just couldn’t go any further.”
He was taken to the vet, where he “passed away surrounded by people who love [him],” and, sadly, his past life caught up with him causing him to pass away too soon. He hopes the other dogs rescued from Vick’s dogfighting club will “keep carrying the torch,” especially since “There are a lot of dogs out there that still need help…”
After Hector’s rescue, he showed he was more than just a dog, and someone who could help others. He passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen test (twice) allowing him to visit nursing homes, hospitals and schools giving people love and support. During his last days, Hector took walks, went to acupuncture appointments, dressed like a turtle for Halloween and partook in Pit Bull Awareness Day.
With all of that said, let’s remember to celebrate sweet Hector. We’ll leave you with these meaningful words from him, “Please remember that dogs don’t really have a choice on where they end up, and some really good dogs end up in a bad spot through no fault of their own. Before you pass judgement, give them a chance to show who they are regardless of appearance or past life. You never know how it will turn out.”
Photo Credit: Hector’s Facebook Page