We're happy to give Michael Vick a slap on the back and a hearty well done. He's having an MVP season and has the Philadelphia Eagles in a first-place tie in the NFC East. He's on top of the world, figuratively speaking.
But now Vick says something is missing from his life. He'd like to own a dog.
This is the kind of news that would stop anyone dead in his tracks. Vick, whose career was almost derailed because of his involvement with dogfighting, wants a pet.
A Golden Retriever to sleep at his feet in front of the fireplace? A Chihuahua to take for walks around the block? A Dachshund he can dress up for visits to friends' homes?
We have a word in mind: No. Never.
"I would love to get another dog in the future," Vick said in an interview with TheGrio.com. "I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process."
It's probably not going to happen, of course. The federal judge who sentenced him to 23 months in prison also banned him from ever owning another dog. Good decision.
"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," he said. "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."
Here's hoping the judge never rescinds his order against owning a dog. Vick got his second chance to enjoy the riches and celebrity of the NFL. But owning a dog isn't, and should never be, one of them.