Blog reader Elizabeth posted her disapproval on the Happy Wag’s Facebook wall: “If you go to the Oprah website, search under Vick… you’ll see the info on the show. I have already posted my disgust…maybe some of your faithful readers would like to do the same. I am still so angry that I can’t type. What really PISSES me off the most is that Oprah talks about her relationship with her animals and now this? I wonder if she’s gonna have some of Vick’s rescue dogs or the fine folks who have participated in their rehab–to give their sides of the stories? Oprah.com….keyword: Vick….. Rally the troops!!!!! Dog lovers unite! This is unacceptable.”
I totally get where Elizabeth is coming from. If I allow myself to think about Michael Vick for very long, I can feel my blood pressure start to rise. If I look at my pit bull mix, Stormy, and I think about what happened to all those dogs in Vick’s house of horrors, I get angry and sick to my stomach.
However, I would like to see what comes out of the “Oprah” interview. I’d like to believe that, as a dog lover, Winfrey will ask him tough questions about what he did and what he can do to help heal the wounds he caused.
Is he actively in therapy — not just from his NFL-appointed mentor Tony Dungy — to deal with whatever psychological condition caused the lack of empathy that lead to such barbaric acts?
Has he donated any money, including and beyond what he was ordered to pay, to the Best Friends Animal Society, where more than 20 of the most abused dogs were taken after the criminal case was adjudicated and where one or two of them will remain for life under order of a Virginia court? How about to the other rescue agencies that cared for and have rehabilitated the dogs rescued from his illegal operation?
What has he done to talk to young people about dogfighting and what does he plan to do help eradicate this evil from the “culture” that he claims made him think this was a “competition” and that it was “cool?”
I did not feel satisfied with the interview that Vick gave “60 Minutes” when he was restarting his career in 2009. I didn’t sense any true remorse for his victims — he could not even bring himself to say the word “dog” — only for himself, for the time he lost and the damage to his career.
But I can’t see into the man’s heart. I doubt that Winfrey can either.
I also hope that the “Oprah” show dedicates at least some time to how well some of the dogs have adapted to life after Vick, but it sounds like that might not happen.
What would you like Winfrey to ask Vick? Is there anything he could ever say to redeem himself?
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