Remembering Preston

[“Remembering Preston” promotional video for the docuseries – “Once In A Lifetime” at bottom of page]

This coming March 16th will be three complete years since Preston passed away. I sometimes can’t believe he’s been gone for that long…and that I am still talking about it as if it happened yesterday. I’m sure most people are tired of hearing about it, but that’s what experiencing a significant loss does for those left behind to pick up the remaining pieces of their lives, and figure out how best to move forward without the luxury of them to lean on.

I met Preston on May 15, 2008, during the thirteenth month of researching dogfighting for my directorial debut (which later became the documentary film – “Guilty Til Proven Innocent“), prompted by former NFL star quarterback, Michael Vick, being accused of running a dogfighting operation at his Virginia residence after federal authorities raided his property on April 25, 2007 and found dozens of pit bull dogs.

Preston himself was formerly a dog alleged to come from this type of background, being confiscated by humane investigators from a home in Akron (OH) on July 6, 2006, and taken to the local humane society where he was kept as evidence. Back then, dogs like him were typically destroyed without much, if any, publicity. This was also before the Vick case, in a state that had statewide legislation restricting the ownership of pit bull dogs since 1987 (state law repealed in 2012, after 25 years of enforcement).

With all odds against him, Preston’s life was spared due to the efforts of Shana Klein and her Cleveland-based For the Love of Pits rescue, spending weeks at the shelter with him over the course of his court-issued hold.

After receiving a last minute courtesy call on the afternoon of July 28, 2006 that Preston would be euthanized at 4pm that day, Shana scurried to locate a foster home, to give this little black dog with scars on his arms and random bite wounds on his body, his first fair chance at life.

After almost two years in the rescue, and not much serious interest in him by prospective adopters, I met Preston that spring morning in 2008 without any intention of adopting a dog, and instantly fell head over heels madly in love with him and his contagious personality, and spontaneously making it known of my plans to adopt him before leaving that day…which was easier said than done.

Five months later, on October 4 (2008) Preston was officially home. The location of that home changed a couple more times over the next twelve years, until about 9:30pm on March 16, 2020, when he took his final breath at an estimated 15 years old.

While it is true that I was already researching about pit bull dogs before Preston and I found each other, he did inspire the added motivation inside to relentlessly bring the type of energy needed to make “Guilty Til Proven Innocent” (GTPI) possible. He impacted and influenced my personal growth as a human with the lessons he helped teach about why labels are liars.

Once he was gone forever, I knew I had to honor that special relationship with the creation of a docu-series – Once In A Lifetime, that once finished will be the most complete film about the politics of pit bull dogs.

Periodically, from time to time while in production, short promotional videos will be released highlighting Preston’s life. They aren’t trailers for the documentary, just promo videos about the dog who inspired it all.

This specific promo is titled “Remembering Preston“, accompanied by soundbytes from interviews with family, friends and others who knew him best.

To learn more about “Once In A Lifetime“, go to:

View “Remembering Preston”

Date of Completion: January 30, 2023

Music Credits:
Oleksi Kaplunsky | “Calm Dramatic Piano”

Calm Dramatic Piano by LesFM |
Music promoted by
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