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Think Adoption First: Meet Meatball, the Smiling Pit Bull Mix

By PetcoFoundation on Mar. 8, 2017

One couple shares their story of how a bully named Meaty couldn't have joined their family at a more perfect time. Love changes everything, and we encourage you to always Think Adoption First. This is Meaty's story.

I saw Meaty's photo on the Fresno Bully Rescue Facebook page and just got this feeling that he was "the one." My senior bully had passed away 3 months prior and I had the exact same feeling when I adopted him at 10 years old, so I knew this dog was meant to be his predecessor. I took 3 weeks off to give Meaty time to adjust in his new home with us, but he got a severe case of kennel cough and didn't come home until my last 3 days off work.

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Everything went wrong: I woke up to a sea of chewed shoes; he barked and yodeled at me when he wasn't fed on time; he chased our little dogs; and he would just lay down on walks, refusing to budge any further. I won't even mention his snoring or excessive gas. Such a gem, he was.

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Luckily for him, I had gone on my first date with a great guy just two days before picking Meaty up from Fresno Bully Rescue, who became responsible for carrying 65 pound Meaty home from his protestations on those first few walks. We quickly got him into training with a recommendation from our neighboring Petco. That fat little brown dog turned out to be quite the smarty pants and an agility star in a jelly roll body!

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Thankfully, the boyfriend stayed around and is now my fiancé—though I think he's only marrying me for Meaty—and he remained dedicated to working with Meaty. He now sits and waits for permission to eat, snuggles with our little dogs every night and knows lots of tricks! He's still very farty and the two guys compete for loudest snore, but I can't imagine our world without him! He's mentored numerous foster dogs for us and is constantly changing opinions of his mixed bully breed.

We are so thankful for Fresno Bully Rescue and all they did for the chunk and our growing family! 

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Thinking of adopting a pet? Here are 10 reasons why we encourage you to Think Adoption First.

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by PetSitterPro
‎01-07-2016 03:43 PM

What a precious story.  I'm so glad for this family, AND this dog.  All three of my dogs are rescues.  My terrier mix was 6 months old when I got her from AC.  Within 2 months, the whole bottom half of my venetian blinds in two windows were chewed down.  Puppies!

Thanks for sharing your story!

What a precious story.  I'm so glad for this family, AND this dog.  All three of my dogs are rescues.  My terrier mix was 6 months old when I got her from AC.  Within 2 months, the whole bottom half of my venetian blinds in two windows were chewed down.  Puppies!

Thanks for sharing your story!

Posted on Jan. 7, 2016
by LMA
‎01-07-2016 06:41 PM

Such a cute dog, and it's always nice to see a happy ending. I would however point out that Meaty cannot be the "predecessor" of her deceased senior bully.

Such a cute dog, and it's always nice to see a happy ending. I would however point out that Meaty cannot be the "predecessor" of her deceased senior bully.

Posted on Jan. 7, 2016
by Tiki 2 Bones
‎01-15-2016 11:49 PM

Beautiful story..God bless you for not giving up on Meaty..great name.  May only good things come to you and your growing family.

Beautiful story..God bless you for not giving up on Meaty..great name.  May only good things come to you and your growing family.

Posted on Jan. 15, 2016
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‎01-17-2016 04:41 AM
He is so cute and that is so good to hear
😍😍😍😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😜😜😜😜😜
He is so cute and that is so good to hear
😍😍😍😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😜😜😜😜😜
Posted on Jan. 17, 2016
by vllove
‎01-17-2016 04:45 AM

Luv the bully MEATY'S story....and the pic of him helping his man propose....MC moment thats priceless!

Vickie in Paris Ky

Luv the bully MEATY'S story....and the pic of him helping his man propose....MC moment thats priceless!

Vickie in Paris Ky

Posted on Jan. 17, 2016
by Jayjoro
‎01-18-2016 02:28 AM

This dog was the other one's successor, not his predecessor. A predecessor comes before, not after. 

This dog was the other one's successor, not his predecessor. A predecessor comes before, not after. 

Posted on Jan. 18, 2016
by TXBet
‎01-29-2016 06:15 AM

Meaty is a large Staffordshire Bull Terrier.  We raised them and know one when we see one. They are wonderful family pets.

Meaty is a large Staffordshire Bull Terrier.  We raised them and know one when we see one. They are wonderful family pets.

Posted on Jan. 29, 2016
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‎02-10-2016 08:24 PM
Oh my! That smile of his just makes me laugh. Perfect.
Oh my! That smile of his just makes me laugh. Perfect.
Posted on Feb. 10, 2016
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‎02-12-2016 05:02 AM
Adoption of rescue dogs brings so much joy and happiness into a family. Sure there are aggregations too when it takes effort to get them trained or thru tough situations since you may not know what their prior life was like, however the rewards and the unconditional love makes up for any aggravation and then some! I have 2 rescue Doxies and can't imagine life without them. I plan to rescue another fur baby in the future.....trying to decide if I want a pit bull or boxer to complete my fur family.
Adoption of rescue dogs brings so much joy and happiness into a family. Sure there are aggregations too when it takes effort to get them trained or thru tough situations since you may not know what their prior life was like, however the rewards and the unconditional love makes up for any aggravation and then some! I have 2 rescue Doxies and can't imagine life without them. I plan to rescue another fur baby in the future.....trying to decide if I want a pit bull or boxer to complete my fur family.
Posted on Feb. 12, 2016
by El Gaucho
‎02-12-2016 05:46 AM

Thank you so much for rescuing Meaty and sharing his story!  What an adorable hunk he is, and such a squishable pittie face.  Best wishes for a long and happy life together!

Thank you so much for rescuing Meaty and sharing his story!  What an adorable hunk he is, and such a squishable pittie face.  Best wishes for a long and happy life together!

Posted on Feb. 12, 2016
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‎02-12-2016 08:33 AM
Gods Blessings on all of you 💜 In my World of trying to Rescue & promote this breed . I am reduced to tears of this Beautiful story of Love, Faith, Compassion & Patience💜
Gods Blessings on all of you 💜 In my World of trying to Rescue & promote this breed . I am reduced to tears of this Beautiful story of Love, Faith, Compassion & Patience💜
Posted on Feb. 12, 2016
by
‎02-12-2016 11:29 AM
That smile of his is amazing! Great story
That smile of his is amazing! Great story
Posted on Feb. 12, 2016
by
‎02-12-2016 12:30 PM
Wow he is so cute in the rain gear!! What a great story!!!! The tuxedo just tops it off. What a great doggie 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊
Wow he is so cute in the rain gear!! What a great story!!!! The tuxedo just tops it off. What a great doggie 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊
Posted on Feb. 12, 2016
by carlb
‎02-27-2016 05:18 AM

they are the most mis-understood breed on the planet. given love and attention they will shower it back on you! strange my bull was brown and looked just like meaty, i named him grunt after my favorite movie flashdance it fit him better! lol  he died from intestinal blockage. i cried for only the 3rd time in my life when i buried him. it looks like you two are going to have a happy marriage and my best wishes, look foward to seeing you add to the family!

they are the most mis-understood breed on the planet. given love and attention they will shower it back on you! strange my bull was brown and looked just like meaty, i named him grunt after my favorite movie flashdance it fit him better! lol  he died from intestinal blockage. i cried for only the 3rd time in my life when i buried him. it looks like you two are going to have a happy marriage and my best wishes, look foward to seeing you add to the family!

Posted on Feb. 27, 2016
by jl
‎03-01-2016 07:58 PM

AWWWWW..chunk a punks on the job..good boyyz

 

AWWWWW..chunk a punks on the job..good boyyz

 

Posted on Mar. 1, 2016
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