Pitcher Mark Buehrle is certainly giving new meaning to the baseball phrase “Dog Days of August.”
Buehrle, the former White Sox pitcher who signed a four-year, $58 million deal with the Miami Marlins in December, is also a huge dog lover. He owns four dogs, including one he rescued from a shelter, and while in Chicago he started a pet adoption organization called “Sox for Strays.” Once a month during the baseball season, they would sponsor a pre-game gathering at U.S. Cellular Field, where they unite shelter animals with fans interested in adoption.
What’s more, the four-time all-star, who once pitched a perfect game, regularly donates to animal shelters and made news a year ago December when a Shetland sheepdog was found wandering in the woods near Alton, Ill., with an arrow sticking from her abdomen. Buehrle grew up nearby and when he found out the dog’s owner couldn’t pay the nearly $3,000 veterinarian bill for the life-saving surgery, he stepped forward and covered all the expenses.
With all that in mind, it should come as no surprise that Mark Buehrle has been an outspoken critic of Michael Vick, the NFL quarterback who did jail time for his role in a dog-fighting ring. Buehrle even went as far as to say he hoped Vick would “get hurt” when he returned to the NFL.
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