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Joe Namath’s daughter reunited with dog missing for five years

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Jessica Namath, daughter of football legend Joe Namath, lost her dog five years ago. On Wednesday, a phone call brought her Shih Tzu mix dog back home to her, according to today’s Tampa Bay Times.

Five years ago Namath, 28, was in the yard with her dog Tula. Ten minutes later, Tula was gone.

Namath looked everywhere, and contacted neighbors, animal control and the Highway Patrol. A $2,000 reward was posted to help her get her dog back. But no one in Juniper had seen Tula, and Namath didn’t receive any news.

That is, until she received a call on Wednesday.

The man on the line said "I've got a weird question for you. Are you missing a dog?"

Earlier that day, Michael Cecere, 42, of St. Petersburg, stopped his car for the little dog. Asking around, he was unable to find the dog’s owner. He brought the dog to the ParkView Animal Hospital. The dog had been microchipped. So Cecere had a name, but not a good phone number. Searching Facebook, he found and called Namath.

Cecere said he could hear her jaw drop over the phone.

Tula was found 200 miles away from where she was lost. Namath met Cercere halfway between St. Petersburg and Jupiter.

A Craigslist lost dog ad explained how Tula ended up so far away, and where she has been for the past several years.

Yanelys Miranda placed the ad, for her lost dog which she called Lulu. She had found Tula in West Palm Beach about a year after the little dog disappeared. When Miranda found her, Tula was sick, had sores, missing hair and missing teeth.

Miranda took Tula in, and two years ago, moved to St. Petersburg with her husband and two children, ages 7 and 11. Just recently, the dog escaped though an open gate. The Miranda family, who have cared for the little dog for the last four years, are heartbroken.

"It's a huge loss for us," Yanelys Miranda told the Tampa Bay Times. "But what can we do?"

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