He's got a face only dog-lovers can love
Picasso the dog has a face that resembles that of a Pablo Picasso painting. His snout is oddly askew. Despite his unusual look, he’s helped raise money for other dogs in need, and he’s learning how to help people in need too. Picasso is going to show the world that rescue dogs, no matter how different looking, can be true heroes.
Picasso was left at a high-kill shelter in southern California and was later joined by his brother Pablo because their backyard breeder was unable to sell them. They were set to be euthanized, but the pair was rescued by a loving non-profit organization that rescues and re-homes small and bully breed dogs on death row.
Liesl Wilhardt, executive director of The Luvable Dog Rescue, saw something special in the Pembroke Welsh Corgi/Terrier mix dogs. She felt that they would serve as the perfect ambassadors for the rescue, and they took to their important roles immediately.
For those concerned, Picasso’s condition isn’t painful. His jaw grew misaligned naturally. Yes, he has some difficulty with eating and he needed surgery to pull some teeth that were digging into the roof of his mouth, but he’s otherwise healthy and very happy.
Liesl told CNN about Picasso’s unique look, “Picasso could teach others what we share in common is more important than what is different. People are the same. No matter where people are from, or what they look like, we are the same.”
Offers rolled in from across the world to adopt the pair, and the organization was doing their best to choose the right owners. Then everything changed.
When Liesl was walking Pablo and Picasso in October, Pablo suffered an aneurism and died. Liesl told The Daily Mail, “When Pablo died it was absolutely heartbreaking. They were so close. They had always been together.” Picasso was confused and sad that he didn’t have his brother since they were so tightly bonded.
After the loss, Liesl adopted Picasso herself because she couldn’t let him be alone. He lives with her and nine other dogs that she owns, and he’s really opened up to the pack. “He is a real survivor – he has survived his birth defect, living on the streets, the shelter and losing his brother. He has made new friends. This is his new family,” she said about his strong spirit.
Picasso is training to be a therapy dog and is “courageously going forward without his brother by his side.” He helps people with disabilities and illnesses, and may move on to a new owner once he’s fully certified. When that day comes, Liesl and all of Picasso’s friends will make sure that it’s the perfect place for him to be.
Picasso’s story touched so many people that thousands of dollars have been donated to Luvable Dog Rescue since they rescued him.
California, the state where the brother dogs came from, recently passed legislation that outlaws pet stores from selling dogs, cats, or rabbits from breeders or pet mills — they can only sell animals from shelters. Animal rights activists were thrilled with the decision, hoping it will lead to a decrease in the demand for full-breed or “designer dogs” that can often be bred in abusive environments. A staggering number of these expensive designer dogs wind up in shelters anyway because of uncaring breeders or owners.
You can learn more about the benefits of adopting pets like Picasso at the Humane Society of the United States. Would you love a dog like Picasso? Let us know in the comments and SHARE this story with the dog-lovers in your life!