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Football legend's daughter reunited with lost dog after five years

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A long lost Shih Tzu belonging to the daughter of Joe Namath, "Broadway Joe" or "Joe Willie," has been returned to Jessica Namath in West Palm Beach, Fla. reports Saturday's Tampa Bay Times.

Jessica Namath, 28, had last seen her beloved little brown bundle of canine cuteness almost five years ago when her dog, Tula wandered away from her fiance's Jupiter front yard. Jessica was heartbroken at Tula's disappearance and called everyone from the state police to a psychic to help find her little friend. Namath even offered a $2,000 reward for the return of her dog.

Although Tula never showed up, Jessica never gave up hope, and last week her trust in the universe providing us with what we need and when we need it, proved true. Michael Cecere, of St. Petersburg found Tula as he was getting into his car while doing local errands. Not sure who the little one belonged to, Cecere knocked on the doors of the neighbors to try and locate the dog's owner.

When none of the neighbors recognized the dog, Cecere took the pooch to Park View Animal Hospital where a scan of Tula's back revealed a microchip. Although the phone numbers were no longer in service, Cecere was able to track Jessica down through Facebook. (Ah, the wonderful world of social media.)

Last Thursday Tula and Jessica happily reunited.

So where was Tula for the last five years? According to her previous owner, the dog was found roaming the streets of West Palm Beach looking like a neglected stray with missing teeth and patches of her coat gone. The woman took in the little dog, and two years ago, when she moved to St. Petersburg, Tula, a part of her family, moved too.

Whether it was karma, an accident, or just plain luck, once again Tula wandered away from home, and Cecere was there to find her.

Do dogs get nine lives also?

Welcome home Tula. You're so close to this writer, I very well may have to come and visit with you and bring my Shih Tzu. ( a rescue also)

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