Meet Meatball, also known as Meaty for short. He is a pit bull mix that now resides in California with his devoted family and is having the time of his life. Even on Instagram, where he has approximately 160,00 followers, he quickly becomes a popular figure.
On the other hand, not everything in his life was a perfect rainbow. Meaty had to spend his days at a shelter in Central Valley before he was adopted into a family who would love him forever and before he became an online sensation.
Thankfully, a kind individual by the name of Lisa Reilly came to his rescue and provided him with a second opportunity in life.
According to her, she discovered him for the first time in a picture that had been published on Facebook by Fresno Bully Rescue, which is a no-kill shelter located in the state of California.
Reilly said that the man had the appearance of a bowling ball. When you see him in person, it’s difficult to get an accurate sense of how tall he is since he’s so low to the ground and as broad as a Mack truck. When we initially acquired him, he would simply charge at you like a bowling ball made of dog fat, and it was terrifying. Because of this, people started referring to him as “The Meatball,” or Meaty for short.
Lisa’s heart melted when she saw Meaty, and it brought back memories of her last dog, Kitty, who had just gone away due to a terrible illness. Because of this, she made the conscious decision to take him in and provide him with the much-needed love and attention he craved.
According to what Reilly shared with The Dodo, “Fresno Bully Rescue did an excellent job nursing Meaty from the first moment I met him until the time I was allowed to bring him home.”
And he hasn’t been without a grin ever since the day he was taken from the shelter and given a new home. Punky and Ricardo Tubbs, both rescued pit bulls, as well as dachshunds Bitty and Dappe, became fast friends with him almost immediately after he arrived.
Reilly notes that owning a dog that is overweight has a number of advantages, one of which is that the dog is highly motivated by food treats. “He is also highly driven by toys and really loves playing. Therefore, he is prepared to “labor” for any toy or reward, which makes it quite simple to take photographs of him.
The photographs that follow show that Meaty is beaming with joy, and the smile that spans his whole face is quite genuine on his part!
Reilly said that her son is the epitome of a “mama’s boy” and that he “just wants to be near to me all the time.” However, having it is wonderful to have since it is impossible to have a terrible day while he is there. I defy anybody to go away from him without a grin on their face.
If you are a fan of Meaty and his buddies, you can keep up with what they are doing and where they are going by following their Instagram accounts.