Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

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

His Heart Will Go On

His Heart Will Go On

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"(H)e . . . kept our spirits up through the whole ordeal but he’s gone from us. He didn’t suffer. We went through so much together and I can’t tell you how much he meant to me. He gave me the life I have. He brought me joy every single day for the last 12 years," Larry wrote at the end. Even though Oogy has paseed, his story will continue to inspire all over the planet, as people share his story, and other rescue dogs, all over the Internet.

Forever Remember Oogy

Forever Remember Oogy

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Oogy passed away two years ago, but his Facebook page still receives loving notes of remembrance every day. People post, photographs, drawings, and other images to Oogy's memorial. Facebook and other social media outlets have given people the platform to share inspirational stories like Oogy's. You can find Oogy all over the Internet, especially on YouTube and Twitter. Oogy's crooked face has inspired so many people to jump into action.

Inspiring Others All Over To Act

Inspiring Others All Over To Act

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Even though Larry was apprehensive about the bully dog breed, Oogy inspired Larry to actually become an advocate for the anti-dogfighting cause. Larry never expected to become an advocate in his life, but couldn't help become one once Oogy became a part of his life. Together they fought against dog baiting. They also educated the public about the dogfighting industry, and also raised money to help, as well. Because of his book exposure and his appearances on TV, Oogy started a movement to ban dogfighting. It spread like wildfire.

Starting At The Source To Stop The Evil Practice

Starting At The Source To Stop The Evil Practice

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Oogy's story even made it to the prison system. They were hoping that people who were formerly in jail would bring Oogy's story with them to their communities and help end dogfighting. Like so many other societal problems, dogfighting stems from the greed of money. Larry hopes that by showing how loving and innocent these animals are, parolees will turn against the greed and this practice will be gone. Larry likes to underline that humans are the responsible "breed" for dogfighting.

Getting Rid Of The "Bad Dog" Myth

Getting Rid Of The "Bad Dog" Myth

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Oogy may not have been a pit bull, but his breed sure does share some of the same traits, like his fast speed, incredible hunting abilities, and his strong jaw. At first, the Levins were afraid of Oogy, and so were others that didn't know the amazing pup. Too many people have a built-in fear of mastiffs, pit bulls, and other breeds that are known as "fighting dogs." Oogy's story is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to a dog's kindness. Even after humans have kicked them down over and over again, most of them would still rather give you kisses than hurt you.

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