Under terms of his probation following imprisonment on charges of operating an illegal dog-fighting operation, Michael Vick is prohibited from owning a dog. But the Eagles quarterback said he hopes to own a dog again.
"I would love to get another dog in the future," he said in an interview on TheGrio.com. "I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process."
"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," Vick 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."
Vick said he feels especially badly for his children; he has two daughters and a son.
"My daughters miss having one, and that's the hardest thing," he said. "Telling them that we can't have one because of my actions."
Vick said his experience has ultimately made him a better player and a better person.
"The entire situation has changed my life dramatically," he said. "Better player, better person. More patience, more persistence, and the willingness to set high goals and high standards, not only on the football field, but in life. And in so many ways, I thank God for changing my life and keeping me healthy and putting me on the path to where I can redeem myself and make a great comeback."