You know what they tell politicians…if you need a friend in Washington, get a dog. Well, the same can be said for athletes in Philadelphia. Apparently, Michael Vick needed a friend…
Yes, it’s true. The Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback who served 21 months in federal prison for running Bad Newz Kennels, is once again a dog owner.
But he didn’t necessarily intend to share the news. Michael Vick tweeted the above photo last week (courtesy of Crossing Broad) with the caption: “We workin.” What raised eyebrows was the open box of Milk Bones on the table. Vick removed the photo and replaced it with one sans dog biscuits.
Initially, he refused to discuss the issue with reporters at practice, saying it was a family matter. But Thursday afternoon, Vick posted the following statement on his Facebook page:
“I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet. As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family. This is an opportunity to break the cycle. To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.”
Michael Vick says he is a changed man. He has spent the time since his release working with the Humane Society of the United States to end dogfighting and educate the public on the unspeakable cruelty associated with it. Nothing legally prevents him or his family from owning a dog since his probation was lifted in July. He has spoken recently about his desire to own a dog again.
Vick didn’t confirm it was a dog his family owns. But in the unlikely scenario that their “pet” is a cat with a fondness for Milk Bones, we can all but assume so. Should Michael Vick be allowed to own a dog? Should his children have to pay for their father’s crimes?
As a dog owner, all I know is this…dogs make you a better person. There is no more forgiving creature on the planet. Michael Vick can learn something from man’s best friend.
And so can we.