Christmas came early this year for the daughter of Jets quarterback Joe Namath after she was reunited with her long lost Shih Tzu.
Jessica Namath lost her beloved Shih Tzu mix five years ago when the dog wandered from her fiance’s backyard in Florida. Jessica and her father knocked on doors, posted a $2,000 reward for the dog, and even consulted a psychic to try to find Tula.
But last Wednesday, Namath received a phone call she never saw coming. The man on the other line was Michael Cecere, who reportedly found the dog whimpering in front of his car more than 200 miles from where Tula originally disappeared.
“I immediately got out of the car and ran over to the dog and luckily it didn’t jet off,” Cecere told ABC News. A tracking chip implanted in the dog is what ultimately reunited the pooch with her family.
Speaking to ABC News, Joe Namath was grateful for and he good samaritan’s actions. “I would thank him for going that extra distance, [that] extra yard to check on the dog.”
“We are going to have an extra special Christmas this year,” Jessica Namath said.