• May 18, 2024

A heartwarming dog, whose smile never seems to fade since being rescued, and helps a couple find love

After being rescued, a dog’s radiant smile became a symbol of his newfound happiness and played a surprising role in helping a couple find love.

It only took a moment for Lisa Reilly to know she had found “the one.” The first time she laid eyes on Meatball (affectionately known as Meaty), the pit bull mix, she felt an instant connection. In an essay for PetCo, she recalls seeing a photo of the smiley dog on Fresno Bully Shelter’s Facebook page, and he reminded her of her beloved bull dog, Kitty, who had passed away a few months earlier. Determined to provide the love and care he needed, she brought him home.

To Lisa’s delight, it soon became apparent that Meaty had a special affinity for the camera. He embraced every photo opportunity, capturing hearts with his infectious smile.

Reilly eagerly captured snapshots of Meaty and shared them on Instagram, realizing how his lovable presence translated effortlessly through the screen. As viewers scrolled through the images, it became clear why Meaty’s friendly face had amassed nearly 40K followers, all falling in love with his irresistible charm.


Around the same time that Meaty entered Reilly’s life, she went on her first date with Joe, her other great love. Meaty immediately won Joe’s heart, and the trio quickly became a tight-knit family. Together, they dedicated themselves to training, playing, and cherishing their new furry companion. Meaty joined them on their daily adventures, from cooking together to cozy movie nights, and of course, indulging in the joy of dressing Meaty up for fun and whimsical photo shoots.

As their love story unfolded, Joe took it a step further by dressing Meaty in exquisite formal wear and teaching him a delightful trick: balancing a diamond ring on his nose. Utilizing Meaty’s adorable charms, Joe orchestrated an un-bull-ievably adorable proposal. With Meaty as their furry accomplice, the couple embarked on a journey of love and laughter.


Today, as newlyweds, their family has grown to include four rescued dogs, each with their own unique personalities and endearing quirks. However, it is Meaty who demands attention, always ready to stand out, flash his big smile, and put on a captivating show for everyone to enjoy. He continues to be a beloved member of their family, reminding us all of the joy and happiness that can be found in the companionship of a rescued dog.

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