This Smiling Pit Bull Shows Just How Much He Likes His New Home
Meatball the smiling pit bull met his new family, and has been smiling bigger and brighter ever since. This precious dog has garnered a lot of fans and how could he not after looking at a face like his.
Resident of Fresno, California Lisa Reilly adopted Meatball two years ago due to her seeing his photo posted by Fresno Bully Rescue.
“You really can’t have a bad day when he’s around,” Reilly said. “I’d dare anyone not to smile being near him.”
The “smiling pit bull” expression is common for this breed, because of head and facial structure.
“Since their cheeks are so wide, they almost all appear to smile,” Cynthia Polite, who is the vice president of Pit Bull Rescue Central.
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Although pit bulls have the smiling face they still have a rough time being adopted. People who are looking to be adopters still have a bias against pit bulls and view them as possibly aggressive and violent, despite many studies that show the opposite.
In effect that bias is one of the reasons that makes Meatball’s adoption special. This smiling pit bull found a loving home in the face of the odds of not being adopted in a shelter. However, even with the prejudgment against these dogs, lovers of the breed know just how fun and loyal they are.
“I think his huge cheeky grin resonates with what a lot of people say about this breed without having to say anything at all,” said Lisa. “He’s just pure joy.”