Michael Vicks comeback from imprisonment for dog fighting is one of the biggest stories this year in the NFL. But he is still running down a long road toward recovery of his self image, and super status that he had post “kibbles and bits”. In fact he told reporters that he would like to get another dog. (This is the part where all the animal rights activist gather to march outside Vicks house).
“I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love and my passion for animals; I think it would be outstanding. If I ever have the opportunity again I will never take it for granted. I miss having a dog right now. I wish I could. My daughters miss having one, and that’s the hardest thing: telling them that we can’t have one because of my actions.”
Vick is right that having a dog would be good for him, too – because, as he seems to see, no matter how much he says he’s changed, it’s all talk until he really proves he can care for a dog. We said before he hasn’t had the chance fully prove with his actions that he’s a changed man – sooner or later, he has to get that shot.
There will always be unrest on the topic of Michael Vick and dogs – he earned that with his actions, and nothing can totally erase them. But he’s making the most of his second chance in life thus far – enough so that he’s also earning another shot in the area he really screwed up to begin with.