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Michael Vick Officially Admits to Owning a Dog

Michael Vick Officially Admits to Owning a Dog

NFL football player Michael Vick has officially announced he does indeed own a dog.

Last week, we reported that Vick tweeted a photo implying he is now a proud dog owner, but had yet to comment. The photo showed a box of dog biscuits, which jump-started speculation.

Well, he finally released a statement saying, “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.”

As heartfelt as that sounds, some might have a hard time forgetting Vick’s actions regarding dog fighting and the killing of innocent creatures.

On the other hand, some might question if it should be held over his head for the rest of his life and that forgiveness is the answer, especially since he already served time in prison.

Let us know what you think in the comments.

Photo Credit: Ed Yourdon [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons



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8:18PM PDT on Jul 5, 2013

Wasn't there part of his sentence that forbade him from owning a dog for a long time?

10:01PM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

You're welcome, Chris. My Mom was a very kind-hearted person when it came to animals......probably to the extreme, and I was raised ALWAYS with a dog and a cat, usually more than just one. I was taught the right ways, but still as a kid, did things that I would not do NOW as an adult. Like you, never abuse, just stupid "kid stuff" that wasn't exactly "kind" teasing, dressing my pets up in doll clothes, etc. There are no guarantees that kids born to kind parents will grow up like them, or vice versa. My daughter is more of a "woos" about animals than I am (won't even watch a movie if an animal is killed on screen..........won't watch Hatchi: A Dog's Tale), and she has two sons. The oldest is kind to animals but doesn't particularly love them as his Mom and I do.

Checking out Vick's kids' ages, I stumbled across two websites about Vick now getting serious death threats. That is not right. If his kids have any chance at normalcy, having to be protected with body guards isn't going to help a thing.

9:54PM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

Amelia, I wouldn't claim to understand the facts as you've stated them more than you, but do think that young children CAN be taught the right ways if they have the right role models and are brought up with kindness and patience. According to what I read, Vick's kids are 7, 5 and 2. I know the 7-yr-old may be a bit "iffy" if he was exposed to the dog fighting stuff, but according to all accounts, Vick kept his family very much separated from all of it.

If he is being sincere, then his current work with animal shelters and showing how dogs SHOULD be cared for will allow his children to grow up as knowing how to be kind to animals, not the opposite. Would anyone want his kids to grow up in the same environment HE did, and to become adults involved with abusing and exploiting them for money? Yes, they COULD be exposed to being around dogs by taking them to a shelter, but that is not the same as growing up having dogs of one's own.

It's proven fact that in many areas of Africa, children who have been educated regarding caring for wildlife there grow into adults who CARE and work hard to prevent poaching. They've broken the cycle they were born into where their parents killed the wildlife as normal daily course. One of the local game wardens interviewed explained that HE had been a poacher, himself, but learned other ways.

9:26PM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

I worked for 11 years in a psychiatric residential facility for children 4 to 16 y/o with severe behavior and developmental disorders. My husband is a Dr. of Psychology. What a lot of people don't understand is that there is a window in everyone's development for you to gain knowledge of certain things, like empathy, trust, love. By the time a child reaches the earliest age to enter the facility I worked in, he has passed that window of opportunity, he will NEVER EVER gain those things. We all like to think "Oh, but they're children! With the love of a good family or loving parents, they can be rehabilitated." Realistically, the answer is a definitive 'NO! They cannot!!' Sounds pretty dismal. Like I am being pretty harsh. Well, facts are facts. Restitution and rehabilitation NEVER work! They just don't. They are there to offer a glimmer of hope to those who like to put a smiley face on everything, but that is all they are--a false hope. Should Michael Vick be forgiven? Personally speaking, I couldn't forgive. He drowned dogs, electrocuted them, strangled them, beat them, etc. That is what he did. That doesn't leave you. Like lions who have eaten human flesh, you don't forget the 'taste' of that. You can go for years and years believing that you are so over that, you are free, you've made amends. It will come back. It boils down to the empathy quotient. If you don't get it early (before the age of 2 or 3) from your parents, you've missed that train for li

6:31AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Chris-Thank you for your response and for sharing a part of yourself with me, us. I'm sure that wasn't easy. Please understand that my comment was not directed to you alone. I do respect you for your opinion and for what you are trying to do. For me, I will NEVER be able to get past the evil in a person that could do such horrendous things!! I will never be able to trust someone like that EVER!! Between you and I think we need will need to agree to disagree!!

12:58AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Since when is a pet a necessity? Many children grow up "without" a pet and yet they do not grow up to abuse and torture animals. They can learn compassion through example. They can be compassionate to humans as well as animals by being taught to be so. Some people shouldn't have children and some people shouldn't have animals and that's okay. And that family, due to their father, should not have animals! Murderers shouldn't get second chances and neither should Vick!

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12:57AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Since when is a pet a necessity? Many children grow up with a pet and yet they do not grow up to abuse and torture animals. They can learn compassion through example. They can be compassionate to humans as well as animals by being taught to be so. Some people shouldn't have children and some people shouldn't have animals and that's okay. And that family, due to their father, should not have animals! Murderers shouldn't get second chances and neither should Vick!

10:31PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

Diane, thank you for your gracious comments.
I wasn't cruel or abusive, really--just stupid and cowardly and indifferent. I'd never learned such a thing as "kindness to animals." I didn't learn meannes; i just learned nothing. It took years to learn better, and only lately have I been able to talk about it. For that I'm grateful to the Care2 community. Maybe this will be the beginning of my own healing.
Thank you.

9:59PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

Chris, that was all eloquently stated! I bet it was difficult to admit you were not always as compassionate and caring a person as you now are. That took courage! It's so easy for people to come into a site like Care2 and claim to be animal lovers and advocates for animal rights (they are suckers to A/R propanda) and suddenly forget that once upon a time, they may have done something "other than" out of stupidity or succumbed to peer pressure when kids and abused an animal. Yes, many kids who abuse animals grow up to abuse their partners, their children and move on to even heinous acts of torture and murder, but not all. Many serial killers had very normal childhoods and were never known to have caused pain to anyone or anything.

You've described about how you've changed and LEARNED from your past. We don't know that Vick hasn't as well. He says he got this puppy for his kids. We don't know where he got the puppy .........could have been from a shelter, or maybe somebody gave it to him, or maybe his kids picked it out. Everyone wants to jump to conclusions. That makes them SO compassionate! NOT!

8:53PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

(I have really messed up the order of this. Perhaps someone can help me edit it properly?)
woman, or a pedophile with a child. But when I look at my own life, I can't say there is no chance. A tenuous and cautious chance, but a spark of one, I hope beyond hope--one person at a time. That's why I suggested the shelter thing: so he'd have to confront the result of similar actions. "Realization"has to come from within, but the confrontation is necessary.

I hope I have elucidated my thoughts, hopes, and beliefs somewhat. We really don't disagree, you and I. I struggle with the forgiveness thing, too--and it is Dogdom's decision whether to forgive him, not mine, so perhaps I overreach. I just look at this through the pitted and scratched-up lens of my own life and experience. I hope you can now understand what I meant.

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