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Should Michael Vick Have a Dog?

Should Michael Vick Have a Dog?

Putting the words “dog” and “Michael Vick” together in a sentence can cause an immediate emotional response from many Care2 readers. My post titled “Should Michael Vick be Forgiven?” ignited a much heated debate on the topic. Since then, there have been rumors floating online about Vick owning a dog. He tweeted a picture in his home that included a box of milk-bones in the background. Later, he issued a statement that his family now owns a dog.

Dogster reported this week that Vick has been taking his new dog, a Belgian Malinois, to training classes at his local New Jersey Petsmart. Sports blog Crossing Broad has reported many details and pictures of Vick and his new dog, Angel.

Even though he was stripped of all of his endorsements in 2007, when he was arrested for running a dog fighting operation, his rights to own a dog were only taken away temporarily. Of course, he is making public statements claiming that Angel is a part of his family. In Vick’s words, “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.”

My curiosity lies in what he has personally done to develop a healthy relationship with animals before he brought Angel home. The good news is he is taking training classes at Petsmart, where the emphasis is on positive reinforcement dog training. While Angel may not be Vick’s sweetheart, my hope is that he is a loving member of the Vick family and his children learn to treat Angel with the compassion, respect, and tenderness that every pet deserves.

What are your thoughts? Should Michael Vick be allowed to have a dog? Thanks for taking our poll and posting your thoughts below in a comment.

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Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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3:47AM PDT on May 10, 2013

I hope the authoritys will keep a watch on this person & keep regular checks on all the animals he owns lol

2:24PM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

yes everyone deserves a second chance but in my book they should endure what their victim(s) endured. So Mike, let's see how you feel when you're getting raped from behind, let's see you fend for yourself while people are placing bets on whether you live or die, let's see how fast you heal from your injuries and then get buried in the backyard like trash.

2:56PM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

Yes why not a man rapes a women no one say he can,t have a wife or girl friend.All you self righteous dim wits get a clue we all have done something dumb many of you cheated on your spouse you cheated on your taxes and if you got caught you would be the first to beg for mercy and God forbid if you killed someone and was facing death you would want to be forgiven.

7:15AM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

sometimes people don't really understand that what they are doing is wrong. I'd put some strict supervision on him and require mandatory training but I think he should have a second chance

11:03PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

NO, NO, NO! Get that poor dog away from this sick person.

11:07AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

H**l no!

9:41PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

The only thing that douchebag deserves is a kick in the ass from the abuse he did to those poor dogs!!!

1:45PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

I think this answers the question : " From 2001 to 2007, Michael Vick had been operating a dog fighting operation in Virginia, out of his 4,600 square foot home (one of many he owned). He had been breeding, training, and fighting Pit Bulls, which also meant he was responsible for inhumanely killing dogs that didn’t win (often they were hung, electrocuted, or their heads were smashed with a shovel before being buried alive), forcing female dogs into rape stands for breeding, starving dogs, injecting them with drugs harmful to their health" Sickening! This man should NOT be allowed any where near a dog.

3:49AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

If Vick had treated a child the way he treated his dog, would we even be asking this question? I hope not. The man has forfeited his opportunity to own "man's best friend."

4:58PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Absolutely not. Give dogs a break from idiot owners

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