Michael Vick might own a dog now. We’re not sure. At the very least, we know he owns a box of dog biscuits. Milk-Bone. An opened package within easy reach, there on the dining room table.
That was revealed in a tweet that he — or someone with access to his Twitter account — inadvertently let fly on Thursday. The tweet contained a photo of him and his daughter working at a table. The dog biscuits aren’t readily apparent, but Adam Reigner, host and producer for 94 WIP and contributor to Crossing Broad, did notice them, and he sent a missive out his own Twitter followers:
“Unless Michael Vick is eating milk-bones, he has a dog. Look at the top right of the picture. pic.twitter.com/tUrBw7k9”
Indeed, at the top right of the picture is a box of Milk-Bone dog biscuits. There is also what looks to be a ball, the sort of ball a dog might like to chase across the slick hardwoods of your palatial home.
You’ll also notice the blurred out screen of Vick’s computer, preventing us from seeing top secret football operations. Whoever posted the photo evidently did not give the same consideration to Vick’s top-secret dog-owning operation. And that’s exactly what it is — top-secret — because just as soon as the offending photo appeared, it disappeared.
Then Michael Vick did something desperate and dumb. He re-created his kitchen-table scene, sending out another tweet with a photo mimicking the first, yet with the dog biscuits removed:
The evidence points to Michael Vick owning a dog, which he is keeping secret, unwilling to bear the public scrutiny. We should be shocked and saddened, but not surprised — he said as much to Piers Morgan in July.
“I still deal with my kids each and every day, and for the last three years, not being able to have a dog, because of my acts, I just don’t think that’s fair,” he told the host then. “I can’t take that dream away from them. That’s selfish on my behalf.”
So it appears Vick has stopped being “selfish” to his kids and bought them the secret dog they wanted. You’ll no doubt remember an organization that didn’t want Vick to own a dog: The ASPCA. Let’s remember what that organization wrote in a blog after Vick’s Piers Morgan appearance:
Despite spending 19 months in prison for running an illegal interstate dog fighting business, Vick hasn’t expressed a shred of empathy toward the dogs he brutalized and killed. And rather than talk about the horrors of dog fighting, he has consistently chosen to focus on the consequences of getting caught. … [H]is actions are self-serving. We’ve seen little remorse and even less compassion. And let’s not forget, he caused unspeakable suffering to hundreds of innocent dogs. Frankly, the ASPCA has serious concerns about Vick’s ability to be a responsible pet parent.
Most of all, let’s also remember Michael Vick’s other dogs, the ones he beat, the ones he killed, the 51 who were seized from Bad Newz Kennels in 2007. Let’s hope this new one gets to live a life without fear and without pain.