Dogs
Sweetest pittie hasn’t stopped smiling since he was adopted from shelter
Meaty is the happiest doggo you'll ever see.
D.G. Sciortino
08.08.22

Humans make life a lot more complicated than it needs to be. That’s why dogs exist.

They’re a reminder not to screw it up too bad.

At least that’s kind of how Lisa feels when she looks at her pittie Meaty.

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“You look down and see how simple life could be and how easy the pleasures of life can be when you have a little being around you that’s just constantly beaming,’Life is good.'” Lisa told The Dodo.

Lisa came across Meaty’s picture while scrolling through Facebook one day and fell in love with his big, beautiful smile.

He was living at a Culver City, California animal shelter, so Lisa applied to adopt him.

She wanted to see his happy face every day of her life.

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“His face is just so animated he looked like a cartoon character, and I was like oh my gosh, ‘I have to have that dog,'” she said.

And, sure enough, Lisa was able to adopt him. He’s basically her daily fix of dopamine.

“He’s just such an entertaining dog. It is just impossible to be unhappy around him,” she says.

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The bond between Lisa’s husband Joe and Meaty has grown incredibly strong. Joe basically fell in love with Meaty the moment they met. It’s hard not to.

But their affection for each other is so intense that sometimes Lisa feels like the third wheel.

“I don’t know who Joe would choose if it really came down to it. He carries Meaty around on his back like a baby around the house,” Lisa explains. “And Meaty just loves it. He’ll just lay his head on Joe’s shoulder and he just has a big old grin.”

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Meaty basically has his dad wrapped around his little paw. But Meaty doesn’t need to use manipulation. That’s below him.

Dad just plain old loves him for his big ole’ pure heart. It’s a little something called unconditional love.

Lisa has had pit bulls since 2006 and has seen her dogs endure the stigma of being pit bulls when people walk across the street to avoid her dogs. But Meaty is different.

“There is something about Meaty’s appearance that is so warm and welcoming. And I’ve seen him make a difference, big time, with people who were like ‘Oh, I don’t know about pit bulls,'” Lisa says.

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“His smile, he just looks like a clown and its impossible to not like him. He really is just a really sweet boy that wants to be loved all the time. It’s just so nice to have his happy presence.”

The internet thinks so too. Meaty’s was viewed more than 6.6 million times on The Dodo’s YouTube page.

“Oh my goodness.. when he is smiling with his eyes closed I don’t think I could deny him anything. I’ve had pitties my entire adult life, and they are just the most loyal and smart dogs. It’s really too bad that they have a bad rep,” wrote one commenter.

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“‘He likes to be touched, a typical pitbull trait.’ There’s a reason why pit bulls were once known as ‘Nanny Dogs.’ I just wish people would remember. The average pit bull is nicer than the average human. That goes true for all animals and pets. Evil is taught, not inherited,” wrote another.

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By D.G. Sciortino
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D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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