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Rescuing Marley: Updated with Wifey's Writing on the Experience

 
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I thought I would share this, as it ended up being a pretty touching experience. For my wife and I, it was an experience, and a dog, we will never forget.

Heidi (my wife) and I will briefly foster dogs. Nothing long term. We had Marley for about a week.

Marley is a pit bull puppy that was being trained for fighting. He was ritually abused. One of the worst tortures they would do to Marley to try and get him to be aggressive is put him in a small plastic pool and electrocute him. Another was during his feeding time. They would put his food out, and whenever Marley would try and eat, they would electrocute him with a small version of a cattle prod.

When the feds finally busted the fighting ring, the sick fucks killed all the dogs, except for, strangely, Marley. So, when the feds got to the house, there were dozens of dead dogs...and Marley.

Now, luckily it appeared that Marley had not been there for long, and his spirit had yet to be broken. That's what the dog fighters do, is break the spirit of the dog...not only break it, but kill the spirit fully in order for the dog to be a killer.

This is a video we took on the night we received Marley. It was literally only 2 days after the feds raided this fighting group. So, just 2 days prior to this video being taken, Marley got to witness all the dogs around him get slaughtered, and less than a day before that, was being tortured.

As you can see, Marley's spirit is of such strength and beauty, it is a true miracle to behold.

In these couple videos taken late at night, I was testing Marley to see if anything would trigger an aggressive behavior from him. NOTHING I did would make Marley aggressive. He literally always has the same smile on his face. You will hear me say things a little louder than normal, or try and surprise him, or pull his tail a little, just to see what his threshold is. He NEVER ONCE showed ANY type of aggression. A truly incredible dog.

Marley was adopted about a month ago, and now lives in a very, very happy home down in Florida...with 3 other very happy dogs.


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Heidi (wifey) writing about the experience.

October 8th, 2012
It was a typical Knoxville morning, much like any other. I was on the way to work when I got “the call”…a call asking if I could help. With that, my morning changed and my day became anything but typical. “The call” resulted in an experience that will forever live with me and reinforce my commitment to those that have no voice.

Our role in this mission – simply let a dog bunk with us for the week until he could move on to rescue. Seems pretty easy, right?? Well, our house guest was Marley, a young (probably around 8 months old), male pit bull – the sole survivor of a dog fighting ring recently busted by the feds.

As with most rescue situations involving dogs, my heart spoke louder than my brain and I immediately jumped in and said that I would help. It wasn’t until this bundle of muscles and energy was in my car that I started to think, “What the hell am I doing???” I knew the environment that he was coming from and had no idea how he would respond to me, my family and my dogs. Marley showed absolutely no evidence of aggression or fear and frankly, his tail never stopped wagging. When I got him home, I let him roam around the back yard and set up a crate with bedding and lots of bones for him in my husband’s Man Cave. Given his unknown history and the circumstances from which he came, we felt it best that our house guest be kept away from our pack.

From the moment of his arrival, Marley was a complete gentleman. Aside from being a very strong and energetic pup, his manners were impeccable. No accidents in the house, went into the crate without issue, very little barking, respectful of my children…I can go on and on. Why was this such a big deal to me? Let me give you just a glimpse into the reality that was this boy’s life prior to crashing at our house…

As mentioned above, this beautiful creature was saved from a dog fighting operation. All of the other dogs were brutally destroyed prior to the feds moving in – Marley is the sole survivor. The individuals operating this ring were “training” their warriors in plain site which was part of their ultimate downfall. This training was caught on police surveillance and, along with many other items, will be used in the federal case against these barbarians. Who was caught on video? Marley – sweet Marley was caught on video. While I am sworn to secrecy and prohibited from discussing what was done to this sweet boy, I can tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, that it is the “stuff of nightmares”. The brazen nature of this training; being done in broad daylight, makes me wonder what these people were doing to these poor souls in the private hell that they created. Surviving his training, amazingly Marley came to us virtually unscarred – physically and emotionally.

During his short stay with us, Chad (who is far more experienced in training than I) pushed Marley to see if there were any triggers. He grabbed his feet, played with his toes, rubbed him all over, bear-hugged him, played with his tail, put his hands in his mouth, put his hands in his food, gave him bones – took the bones away…it goes on and on. During all of these exercises Marley remained playful and the tail NEVER stopped wagging. Never once did the tail drop or ears go back – NOT ONCE.

As most of you know, Chad and I are “Dane People”. I adore the bully breeds and I am a huge advocate of doing away with BSL and don’t even get me started on Michael Vick, but our pack and my primary rescue efforts revolve around Great Danes. Having very little personal experience with pit bulls (or any of the bully breeds), I must say that Marley truly is an ambassador. This beautiful boy lives each day of his life with enthusiasm, forgiveness and joy and oh that big, beautiful pittie smile!

While Marley’s time with us was brief and we played a very small role in the rescue of this sweet soul, a piece of this dog will forever remain with me. To read about dog fighting and the horrors that these dogs experience will rip your heart out, but to physically look into the soul of one of the victims is an entirely different story. Marley’s story will have a happy ending and thankfully his spirit was not broken; but sadly this is not the case for so many. Our shelters are overflowing with bully breeds – some used as bait dogs and thrown away with the trash, others taught to be dog aggressive and others that are simply the victims of over breeding and a bad rap. After this experience, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that I will look into the eyes of these dogs with a much greater understanding of the hell that they experience. Establishing a relationship, albeit brief, with one of the faces of dog fighting has somehow made it more real, more tangible – not just a horror that you read about in the news. To look into Marley’s eyes and feel the love and loyalty that exude from this dog knowing what was done to him shook me to my core. It takes a special kind of evil to do what was done to Marley, an evil that doesn’t deserve forgiveness.



As I move forward in rescue, my resolve to stand up for the voiceless is stronger than ever and I owe this renewed passion to a stocky little pit bull named Marley. Thank you my sweet boy – for giving me just one week of your life.

I so appreciate everyone that has been involved in Marley’s rescue – while for your protection I can’t call you out – you know who you are. And for the thousands of Marley’s that are not so fortunate – run freely knowing that you are in a much better place – they don’t discriminate at the Rainbow Bridge. As a race, humans can learn so much from God’s four legged creatures but quite honestly, most of us are too arrogant to even acknowledge it.
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I cried. What a spirit! Bless you and your wife.
Merry Christmas sweetie to you and yours.
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I cried. What a spirit! Bless you and your wife.
Merry Christmas sweetie to you and yours.
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It's kind of funny, because most people think that the dogs that are rescued, or fostered like this, are the ones that are blessed to have people love them and take care of him. But, it goes both ways. We feel extremely fortunate and blessed that we had the opportunity to KNOW him. He taught us so much about spirit and overcoming horrors that no living thing should ever have to experience.

And yet, look at him, lol!

During the transition of finding him a home and getting the logistics of transport, we had the opportunity to spend another few days with him before he went to his final home in Florida. We realized how much we missed having him around the house.
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<3 dogs

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<3 dogs
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ohyeah
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<3 dogs
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ohyeah
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Instant death penalty for the perpetrators of such cruelty; if not by the hands of the law, then by the hands of an angry mob.

Good story, OP. Glad you saved Marley.
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<3 dogs
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ohyeah
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you guys are beautiful.
my rescue is upsidedown on the couch with his blanky and his legs in the air.
You know Septenaryman, one day youll meet that dog who chooses you.Im sure youve had them before,sometimes we are lucky enough to have them choose us.

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for all those that give back to the critters that give so much to us.
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Hey Australia. Ive got six dogs. All of them rescue but one. Not just these six, but others have chosen me. It is a beautiful experience. I have found rescue dogs are something altogether amazing animals. It is like they KNOW the gift being given.
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Hey Australia. Ive got six dogs. All of them rescue but one. Not just these six, but others have chosen me. It is a beautiful experience. I have found rescue dogs are something altogether amazing animals. It is like they KNOW the gift being given.
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so true, when i look at the pic that i saved from the when they advertised the dog i have now(no kill policy shelter)you can see the fear and confusion in his eyes.Hes a big boy and a mix of breeds most people wouldnt touch.He spent 5 months in the shelter because he was just too much for most people being nearly 2yo,44kg of full on energy and no training when i adopted him.
Hes my 6th rescue, ive only one dog at the moment.Hes the smartest dog ive ever owned tbh,and for some reason although all dogs are loyal,its always been the rescues that are the most loyal and in a doggy way i can tell hes grateful.
He does know,but then many people have said they want to be reincarnated as one of my dogs lol.
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strange Q maybe, but have you ever tried training via telepathy/visual or auditory impressions?
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strange Q maybe, but have you ever tried training via telepathy/visual or auditory impressions?
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Yes briefly and only because conventional tactics have failed to make a breakthrough. No luck yet.

lol

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strange Q maybe, but have you ever tried training via telepathy/visual or auditory impressions?
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Yes briefly and only because conventional tactics have failed to make a breakthrough. No luck yet.

lol
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lol, i think its possibly(i say possibly because ive not quite figured it out myself)easier with some dogs,visuals easier than auditory-heres something to try to test it for a start-
pick something your dog loves-for mine the obvious is walks-visualise walking ,the smells/sounds textures of grass etc,a responsive dog will come and stare at you like youve put your shoes on or picked up your keys etc, then reward normally and follow through and go for a walk or play ball etc whatever it was you visualised.If you dont follow through for a start the meanings lost.
Then try other things like 'car' and see if the dog can distguish between walk mental cues and car mental cues.

Im thinking its easier to add this to proper training if your dog already knows some training.
I also am working on a theory that invloves both photon emission for telepathy/visuals as well as mirror neurons.But that gets a bit complicated to explain in one post lol.
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strange Q maybe, but have you ever tried training via telepathy/visual or auditory impressions?
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Yes briefly and only because conventional tactics have failed to make a breakthrough. No luck yet.

lol
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I'm just starting to read a book on psychic pets, and find the topic fascinating. If you go on amazon.com & do a search for "psychic pets", (and then do one for "pet psychic") there's some interesting looking books on this.

I know that two of my dogs are fairly strong psychics but I haven't been able to figure out an effective method to use this phenomenon to advance their training. I think they have been using it to attempt to train ME. We are going to have a "talk" soon and that is going to change.
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strange Q maybe, but have you ever tried training via telepathy/visual or auditory impressions?
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Yes briefly and only because conventional tactics have failed to make a breakthrough. No luck yet.

lol
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I'm just starting to read a book on psychic pets, and find the topic fascinating. If you go on amazon.com & do a search for "psychic pets", (and then do one for "pet psychic") there's some interesting looking books on this.

I know that two of my dogs are fairly strong psychics but I haven't been able to figure out an effective method to use this phenomenon to advance their training. I think they have been using it to attempt to train ME. We are going to have a "talk" soon and that is going to change.
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I had a German Shorthair Pointer. We had traveled across the country together for 4 years. We were so close, there was DEFINITELY some kind of psychic bond. Never experienced anything like it with another dog.

He could read me like a book, and vice versa. Commands weren't even verbal after a while. It was like unspoken understanding of each other.

His name was Marcellus Wallace.
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5 *s and greens for you OP.... thank you for doing what you do!hf
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it's so sad that some people treat animals so bad
I don't understand how you could treat another living being like "a product"

It is really good to see people like yourself take good care of them :)
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Bless you and your wife for all you do. It just takes love and understanding to turn dogs that might not have gotten a chance. We just adopted one of our fosters that was turned in for aggression. Best dog ever! I also use to do dachshund rescue so I know how rewarding it is to do this kind of thing.
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lmao
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Bless you and your wife for all you do. It just takes love and understanding to turn dogs that might not have gotten a chance. We just adopted one of our fosters that was turned in for aggression. Best dog ever! I also use to do dachshund rescue so I know how rewarding it is to do this kind of thing.
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It is awesome.
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hi


Happy you have an addition to the family.


Pay it foward!
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hi


Happy you have an addition to the family.


Pay it foward!
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He was not an addition. Just fostered for a while. He lives down in Florida now. He is an incredible dog. Very inspirational to me. My wife is all into dog rescue, so we've had dogs in and out of the house, but none like Marley and what he had been through.

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it's so sad that some people treat animals so bad
I don't understand how you could treat another living being like "a product"

It is really good to see people like yourself take good care of them :)
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<3 dogs
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ohyeah
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AHHH!! :)
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Very touching story SS.
I love dogs and cats. My own dog is a dalmation mutt, very protective of the family and very loving. Although she can be a pain sometimes.

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It shows how cruel humans can be.

They have to torture and abuse a dog to turn him into a killer.

Yet the human does it naturally.

verysad
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You can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat animals. I have huge respect for people like you, OP

I have two dogs that chose me. They are amazing beings with beautiful souls
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You can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat animals. I have huge respect for people like you, OP

I have two dogs that chose me. They are amazing beings with beautiful souls
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