I’m a big football fan. It’s my favorite sport, and I love it on all levels from peewee league to the NFL. And oh, how I love a quarterback who isn’t afraid to run the ball himself, so it just makes sense that back in the day, I was a big Michael Vick fan.
Nowadays? Not so much. It’s impossible for an animal lover – and Pit Bull advocate – like myself to admire a man like Michael Vick, a man who did the things Vick did.
|Handsome Dan, former Vick Dog|
Yes, he went to prison and did his time and yes, he paid his debt to society. Yes, he deserves a second chance. That’s what our country is all about.
I truly believe those things. But it doesn’t mean I have to like him. It doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten the things he did.
But… Come on, folks. The hatin’ on Michael Vick needs to stop.
|Georgia, former Vick Dog and mama to Handsome Dan|
Every day I hear rescuers and advocates still droning on and on about Vick, about how unfair it is that he’s going on with his life – an apparently good life, if you judge it by the number of zeros on his paycheck – while so many of the dogs that were confiscated from his property still live in sanctuaries and may never be deemed fit for adoption. Those dogs will probably never have normal lives, and you have to wonder if Vick ever even gives them a second thought.
It is unfair, no doubt about it.
|Cherry Garcia, former Vick Dog|
But we’re wasting our energies every single time we give a second thought to Michael Vick. Every single time we post a hateful comment about him, every time we hope it’s true that he’s been in an accident and broken both legs, every time we announce we’re boycotting Nike, Subway, and any other corporation that thinks Michael Vick should tout its product.
Every time we use our voice and our platform to condemn Vick, rather than advocate for our dogs and our cause, we’re wasting an opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of Pit Bull-type dogs everywhere.
|Ginger, former Vick Dog and apparently not an Eagles fan|
Why aren’t we focused on the important things, like dispelling the myths about Pit Bulls, and raising awareness about dog fighting, and preaching the life-saving power of spaying and neutering?
Why aren’t we celebrating the lives of the rescued, rehabilitated, and rehomed Vick dogs like Dan, Cherry, Georgia, and Ginger?
Why aren’t we using our time, energy, and resources to save Pit Bulls in shelters all across this country? They’re the most euthanized dog in the US, by the way.
That’s what is important. That’s what we should be droning on and on about each and every day. That’s how we’re going to make a difference in the lives of Pit Bulls everywhere.
So stop wasting your time and energy on Michael Vick. Stop allowing him to continue to hurt our dogs by stealing the limelight from them. Start making a positive difference in the Pit Bull community today, and let’s make Michael Vick become a distant memory.
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