The old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” really rang true for Rahel Michaeli and her husband. The couple fell head over heels in love with a photo posted on the ASPCA website of a pooch named Jack. The 10-month-old Pit Bull came to the ASPCA after being rescued by Special Agent Paul Lai.
“Jack was a classic case of neglect,” says Agent Lai. “He was not being fed; he also had bodily scars and part of his tongue appeared to have been bitten off.”
Despite his apparent bumps and bruises, the Michaeli family couldn’t wait to meet the pup. “When we reached his kennel at the ASPCA Adoption Center,” recalls Rahel, “he had just woken from a nap—he was even cuter than his photo!” The couple took Jack to the playroom and over a game of fetch, knew they had met their perfect match.
Jack’s first night in his new home was just as perfect. “I remember walking into the living room and seeing my husband hand-feeding Jack pieces of roast chicken as they both lounged on the couch.” But don’t be fooled by that imagery, Jack is no couch potato. After a year of living with the Michaeli family, he has put on 25 pounds and is now a lean, mean, running machine. “I’ve lost 20 pounds from our daily three-mile runs!” exclaims Rahel.
And how does Jack end his busy days? In bed with mom and dad, of course! “Jack has slept in bed with us since the day we brought him home,” says Rahel. “He stretches out right in between us, under the covers. We can’t imagine what our picture perfect family would be like without him.”