Michael Vick has signed up for dog training classes at a PetSmart near his home, which has raised a few eyebrows after the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback served federal prison time.
Sure, there are other things he could do, such as taking the kids to the park or playing a game of golf. But Eagles QB doesn’t seem to enjoy sports during the off season. He certainly has time for pets.
Most people probably forget that Vick served prison time in the most famous dog fighting case in U.S. history. Even so, he claims that he’s been rehabilitated and is doing things right. I guess one of the deeds to having a better life with pets is to sign up for training classes.
Vick frequents the store and has signed up for a total of six classes on Monday evenings, and this will be his second week.
The quarterback admitted in October that his family owned a dog, something that he was legally allowed to do after his probation expired last summer.
“I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet,” Vick said in a statement at the time. “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.”
In reality, things for Vick seem to be going good since he will stay with the Eagles as their starting quarterback.
To his credit, irresponsible pet owners don’t usually spend time and money to make sure their pets learn the proper ways to sit and stay.
Even with everything Vick has gone through, there are still people who don’t like the idea that he owns a dog.