When the President Calls About the Vick Dogs
By Francis Battista For Best Friends
Now that President Obama has jumped on the Michael Vick bandwagon with an official call to Eaglesâ€™ owner Jeffrey Lurie to congratulate him for giving the quarterback another chance, all of us here at Best Friends are waiting for a call from the White House to congratulate us for giving Vickâ€™s dogs a second chance. Iâ€™m quite sure that the other organizations that also took on some of the canine survivors of the football starâ€™s dogfighting operation are similarly poised.
The conventional wisdom on this is that the presidentâ€™s people have put their finger to the wind and decided that Michael Vick has been sanitized for political consumption by his success. (Itâ€™s interesting to speculate how he would be perceived if he were having a lousy year.) Personally, Iâ€™m kind of tired of hearing and reading about Michael Vick and wish that the media would lose its obsession with the man, especially since any mention of or concern about the dogs who managed to escape with their lives from his care is conspicuously absent from his public statements.
While we no longer wait by the phone for a call from Mr. Vick asking after his dogs, the likelihood of a call from the president has brought new esprit to the switchboard team and Iâ€™ve put together some notes on those we call the Vicktory dogs in case someone puts the historic call through to me by mistake. The conversation will go something like this: