Mike Vick did what any father might do to appease his children. He got them a dog. That's a good dad, right? Well, with his history with dog fighting, it might make some animal lovers cringe.

When I first heard the news about the mobile, canon-armed quarterback fighting and killing dogs a few years back -- I was disgusted and angry. As dog owner and animal lover myself it made me so mad. To the point that it made me hate the Eagles as a team. I know one bad apple can spoil a bunch, but in that case my only good reason to dislike the Eagles was because I am a Cowboys fan.

He did wrong. He did things I couldn't comprehend. He was involved in acts I can't relate to. However, he did his time, took responsibility and owned up to his mistakes. He has now tried to move forward as a professional athlete in the limelight and as a father at home.

With that being said, my emotions are still mixed, but I am a firm believer in second chances. As strange as it may sound, Vick getting a pet for his daughter has made me have a change of heart in regards to his past reputation with animals. A lot of this stemmed from Vick's statement in regards to getting his daughter a pet.

“I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet. As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. “I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family. This is an opportunity to break the cycle. To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.’’