The Heart-Warming True Story of One Dog's Rescue from Death Row
Introduction by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Employing a unique combination of psychology, philosophy, sociology, and dog training theory, Vicki Hearne recounts her experiences with Bandit, a dog deemed so dangerous that the state of Connecticut condemned him to death. Hearne rescued Bandit and was soon entrenched in a legal battle that extended well beyond his case as she fought to prove that no dog is inherently vicious. She quickly discovered the factors that contributed to Bandit's behavior and set about releasing the essentially "good dog" that lay within.
Vicki Hearne was an accomplished scholar of linguistics, literature, philosophy, and behavioral psychology as well as a poet. She was known for her distaste of sentimental indulgence and her idea that animals want to be challenged when working with humans. She was a professor at Yale University and operated a dog-training school for years in Westbrook, Connecticut.