michael mountain

  • What it means when we kill swans, the symbol of love

    What it means when we kill swans, the symbol of love

    by Michael MountainFounder, Best Friends Animal Society and The Stubby Dog Project In one of the legends of King Arthur and the Holy Grail, an orphan teenage boy, Percival, stumbles into the woods surrounding the castle at Camelot, sees a swan flying over the trees, and shoots her down with his bow and arrow. Brought […]

  • At a Crossroads with Nature

    At a Crossroads with Nature

    by Michael MountainFounder, Best Friends Animal Society, Zoe, and The Stubby Dog Project “It was like, uhh, he’s like me.” I was sitting at a table with a group of teenagers in a rehab program – most of them from dysfunctional families. I was president at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary at the time, and we […]

  • Do Animals Have a Sixth Sense?

    Do Animals Have a Sixth Sense?

    by Michael MountainFounder, Best Friends Animal Society and The Stubby Dog Project Pudgie hated thunderstorms. Well before the first clap of thunder was to be heard, my Sheltie was getting agitated and looking for his safe place in the closet. What was he sensing? Had he made a connection between the winds, the growing humidity, […]

  • Why experimenting on animals will never be a prescription for true wellness

    Why experimenting on animals will never be a prescription for true wellness

    by Michael MountainFounder, Best Friends Animal Society, Zoe, and The Stubby Dog Project I first saw the inside of a vivisection laboratory in 1971. It was outside of Washington D.C., and I went there with a friend on a summer Sunday evening. We climbed over the fence and found an open window. We didn’t touch […]

  • Earthquake and tsunami affected dogs in Japan await rescue

    Earthquake and tsunami affected dogs in Japan await rescue

    by Michael MountainFounder, Best Friends Animal Society, Zoe, and The Stubby Dog Project When Isabella Gallaon-Aoki and her two colleagues loaded up her Toyota wagon with dog carriers, cat carriers and as much pet food and supplies as they could fit in the car, they became the first animal rescue team to head into the […]

  • Michael Vick’s 2nd Chance

    Michael Vick’s 2nd Chance

    by Michael MountainFounder, Best Friends Animal Society and The Stubby Dog Project A few weeks ago, the whole country got caught up in President Obama’s shout-out to Michael Vick, saying that he was happy that the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles had done something to give the footballer “a second chance.” Why on earth would […]

  • Sarge, shot 6 times, is finally a lucky dog

    Sarge, shot 6 times, is finally a lucky dog

    Today the planets aligned for me in a way I’m not used to. I had the intense pleasure and honor of having dinner with Michael Mountain, the founder and past president of Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends is home to 22 of the Pit Bulls confiscated from Michael Vick’s property – and has by […]