(via HuffPo) Picasso was a part of a litter of five puppies born last year in Porterville, California, by a backyard breeder.
But the breeder was unable to sell Picasso and Pablo, and they were both taken to the Porterville Animal Shelter.
Both dogs were close to being euthanized before Wilhardt found out about them from Shannon Corbit, a volunteer at the shelter.
“I asked her if she had any dogs with special needs, because I felt we could take some on,” Wilhardt told HuffPost. “She said, ‘Yeah, there’s a dog with a facial deformity,’ and I fell in love with his picture.”
When Wilhardt found out both Picasso and Pablo were on the shelter’s euthanasia list, she immediately adopted them.
This is one of the great things about dogs. When a dog has a deformity, they don’t let it hinder their life, mostly because they don’t know any better. If I lost my leg I would probably spend a lot of time moping about the fact I don’t have a leg, but dogs are like “three legs is great, life is great!” Same thing with a crooked face, I would have spent my years in angst over feeling like an ugly fool but Picasso doesn’t give an F. Just give him a treat and some lovin’
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💜Took the boys to see Dr Kimball at Edgewood Animal Hospital today!💜Dr Kimball had the same conclusion about Picasso as Dr Williams at Four Corners Vet Clinic- Picasso is healthy and not suffering from his birth defect. However, he does have a canine tooth digging into his lower gum due to the misalignment of his jaw that probably does hurt and should come out.😟I'll post some close up photos, because it's really interesting and weird looking!💜when he's under anesthesia the doctor will take some X-rays of his muzzle and jaw to be sure everything is ok in there!!!💜We received an estimate of $800-$1000 for Picasso's surgery. A few of you have sent donations, and we are so grateful to you!💜As you can see, Picasso is an incredibly happy, loving dog.💜We will keep you all posted on how he's doing @luvabledogrescue And yes, we have had hundreds of inquiries on him and we will try to get back you you all as soon as possible! 💜#BornThisWay #wonkyface #rescueismyfavoritebreed #pitbullcorgimix
If humans were more like dogs the world would be a much happier place and also incredibly ADD. But it makes me happy when I hear about pups like Picasso and his brother Pablo making the turnaround from death row to minor internet celebs.
They’re up for adoption now and obviously hundreds of people have filed to adopt the duo. His foster owner, Liesl Wilhardt, says his deformities are solely cosmetic and the only thing it effects is that he eats sideways and is terribly messy at it.