The Water Bowl: Michael Vick Has a Dog Again

10/12/2012 at 12:00 PM EDT

Michael Vick Has a Dog Again
Michael Vick
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Rumor patrol: Days after rumors surfaced, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick confirmed that he does indeed own a dog again. Formerly incarcerated on dogfighting charges, Vick said via statement, "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." –AP

The National Zoo's panda cub died of liver and lung-related problems, officials announced in a press conference Thursday. The 6-day-old female cub, who died Sept. 23, lacked fully formed lungs, which affected the amount of oxygen passed to her liver. –Today

What does your dog think of you? Continued study of canine cognition, which explores how dogs react to human gestures and body language, could eventually provide an answer. Experiments in the field have already determined how dogs respond to abstract concepts, numbers and language. –Time

For those cat owners who've developed a love-hate relationship with their feline friends – only when she scratches up the furniture, of course! – here's a must-read. How to Tell if Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You, which arrived in stores Tuesday, features the best kitty comics from The Oatmeal. –Wired

We've got a situation on our hands! Jersey Shore star Mike Sorrentino is encouraging pet owners to spay or neuter their furry companions as part of a new (shirtless) campaign for PETA. "Take care of it for its full life because if you can't, then you're eventually going to try to give it away, which is not the best situation," he says. –

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