Michael Vick Smart to Rehab His Image with Belgian Malinois Puppy

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on from the sideline during a game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Michael Vick has a new puppy—a Belgian Malinois, to be precise—which is sure to ruffle some feathers, but it's the best possible thing the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback can do to rehabilitate his image. 

Last October, Vick told TMZ.com that he and his family were new dog owners, and now we have the evidence, as he was seen taking training classes at a New Jersey PetSmart (h/t NESN.com).

It's important to note that the breed he's chosen to bring into his home is not sitting well with the American Belgian Malinois Club and Rescue—the official organization that breeds the dog, per TMZ.com:

...the group is very concerned that Vick is allowed to own ANY dog, but the Belgian Malinois is especially problematic.  The breed is highly trainable and they could easily become dangerous if they land in the wrong hands.

That said, this "highly trainable" dog could just as easily be trained to be a perfectly good family pet.

The old Vick represents the "wrong hands," but the Vick who has served time for his crime and who wants to turn a new leaf isn't going to make the same mistake twice. 

Vick grew up around dog fighting, seeing it for the first time at the tender age of eight. He opened to Matt Lauer on NBC’s TODAY last July, saying:

It's something I wish had never, ever happened...I still feel like I have more to prove each and every day, and I think each person should feel like that when you wake up in the morning. You always have something to prove…you should always be striving to do better, and be better than you were the day before.

Belgian Malinois puppies can be trained for ill purposes, but so can German Shepherds and any other smart dog with big teeth. By showing he's capable of training and loving this breed, Vick is proving above and beyond that his old path is far behind him.

Some find it impossible to forgive Vick for his past crimes, but it's refreshing to see him taking his pup to a training class and looking so at ease while doing so. 

This is good news for Vick and his family. Owning a dog can be rewarding, and from the picture of him and his puppy at his local PetSmart, it looks like he's doing things right the second time around. 


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