Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

This Disfigured Former Bait Dog Has Inspired Millions With His Life Story.

People Everywhere Fell In Love With Oogy

People Everywhere Fell In Love With Oogy

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By the time Oogy was a few years old, around 2008, Larry Levin and become an advocate to try to end dogfighting. Larry provided a dog rescue group with information about Oogy. Soon after, the producers of The Oprah Winfrey Show got in touch with Larry. The producers heard Oogy's story and wanted him to appear on their Valentine's Day show. Everyone loved him, so Oogy began getting a lot of attention!

Oogy's Story Inspires People All Over The World

Oogy's Story Inspires People All Over The World

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After the appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry was approached by a literary agent about writing Oogy's memoir. Larry knew that Oogy's story was inspirational and he was extremely passionate about ending dogfighting. And he always did want to write a book. "Oogy's ordeal shows us that we can go through the worst imaginable experiences and come out the other side okay," Larry said. "We can come out and find love on the other side." Larry's book, Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love, made the best-seller's list in 2010. It inspired the Levin family to delve further into advocacy.

People Became Inspired To Fight Against Dogfighting

People Became Inspired To Fight Against Dogfighting

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The Levins had become passionate advocates for the bully breeds, including Oogy's breed, and for providing medical care for those that are injured while dogfighting. Oogy's book had become so successful that it inspired several rescue fundraisers! Larry even went to many schools to speak to children about standing behind the anti-dogfighting cause. While Larry was speaking to the children, they would learn what Oogy's situation has taught us. Time continued to pass, and Oogy's health started to decline because of age, so he wasn't able to travel as much.

He May Have Slowed Down, But He Never Stopped Smiling

He May Have Slowed Down, But He Never Stopped Smiling

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Due to Oogy's injuries from dogfighting, he was required to have several surgeries throughout his life. Oogy had surgery to have some of the scar tissue removed because it caused him so much pain. As Oogy aged, he had to have more surgeries for common canine problems, like the ligaments in his legs. No matter what was going on, though, Oogy stayed happy. His smile was a reminder for the Levins that even if the world came crashing down, they could survive it all as long as they had love.

Oogy's Light Will Never Stop Shining

Oogy's Light Will Never Stop Shining

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When Oogy reached 100 years old (in dog years, of course), he reached the rainbow bridge that beloved animal companions cross over. On Oogy's last day, he was given one of his favorite treats: a bison filet. Larry put eye drops in Oogy's eyes, and moisturized Oogy's nose, put on his warm orange coat, and took him for a ride. In Oogy's last moments, they were both reminded of how blessed they were.

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