Officially, this pit bull mix goes by Meatball, or Meaty for short. About two years earlier, however, he was just a number. A dog facing an untimely end at a shelter.
Lisa Reilly spotted him in a photo posted online by Fresno Bully Rescue. Meaty reminded her of her own dog, Kitty, who had died three months earlier.
She went to visit him at the shelter and found him sprawled in the baking sun.
Meaty was, like so many shelter dogs, needy.
"Fresno Bully Rescue did a great job nursing Meaty from the first time I saw him until I was able to bring him home," Reilly tells The Dodo.
But what he seemed to lap up most was the camera. Every time Reilly went to take a picture, the dog went full-on "Zoolander."