I just got a job at PetsMart in Riverside, California which is one of the worst places to find a job right now, so I'm pretty happy that I found something. Anyway, I was watching some of their training videos and one of them was talking about stray dogs and dog fighting. After watching it, I got an inspirational idea for an Animal Fiction story. The problem is is that the only animal fiction story I've read (excluding children's books) is Animal Farm, so I don't know if the story I created has been done before. I'm not even sure about writing it due to my limited knowledge of the genre, but here's my idea: A dog (a stray perhaps) finds himself thrown into the world of dog fighting where he has to fight to survive. He or she eventually escapes to try to find a new home (perhaps narrowly escapes after almost being killed by his master after he or she lost a battle) and then he or she travels and is caught by a dog catcher and perhaps someone comes and saves him or her or perhaps he or she is on death row about to be euthanized etc. This isn't the whole story and I just roughly sketched it in my mind a couple of hours ago, but I'm thinking this could be a good allusion to gladiators. Gladiators were captured as slaves and made to fight, just like dogs in dog fighting. The story might also bring awareness to the activity. Issues/ themes might include homelessness, independence vs dependence, nature vs nurture, what makes a good master or dog, etc. Again, this is all off the top of my head. Again, I don't know if anyone has done a fictional story about dog fighting, if not then it should be interesting writing it since I have limited knowledge on the subject (which will probably change after a bit of research). Also, if anyone has any book suggestions on animal fiction (I know there was a recent thread on this), then that would be greatly appreciated.