Marika Meeks fell in love with Stella the moment she saw her. The adorable Pit Bull puppy had been abandoned in a cold field in winter – but her warm, friendly eyes and boundless affection could melt anyone’s heart.
Even so, Marika wasn’t sure she was ready to adopt a dog. As a busy entrepreneur, wife, and mother of two daughters, Marika’s life was crazy already. She was recovering from Stage 3 breast cancer, and her family was still reeling from her brush with mortality. But Marika couldn’t deny the way Stella made her feel – the pure joy of this sweet-natured dog’s unconditional love – and she knew in her heart what her family needed…
In a leap of faith, the Meekses welcomed Stella into their home, and thanks to this incredible dog, the daily pressures of work, stress, and Marika’s health problems seemed to slip away. As Marika’s cancer receded and her family found renewed vitality, she began sharing Stella’s story with the world.
Stella became an international social media star, helping Marika to spread their heartfelt message and revolutionizing the image of Pit Bulls, demonstrating the benefits of pet ownership, and supporting shelters and other organizations that save animals’ lives.