The dog named Picasso because of his ‘twisted face’ is rescued from death in a shelter with many dead
A lovable dog named Picasso who was almost euthanized after being abandoned for his ‘twisted face’ has been given a new lease of life thanks to a kind-hearted animal lover who rescued the pup from a shelter he allegedly encountered. certain death.
Four-year-old Picasso, who lives in Eugene, Ohio, was born with a condition called wry mouth, which causes one side of the jaw to grow more than the other, leading to a distorted look very similar to the artworks created. by its namesake, Pablo Picasso.
The medical condition can affect a variety of other animal species as well as dogs and does not cause pain, but it does make it much more difficult for pets to be adopted.
Unique: An adorable pup named Picasso for his ‘twisted face’ has been rescued from certain death in a hiding place with many deaths after struggling to find a home thanks to his special appearance
Fighter: Picasso, who is four years old, would be euthanized due to overcrowding at his California shelter – but was given a new lease of life after being rescued
Best friends! The adorable little dog was taken to Luvable, an Ohio animal shelter, where he formed an unlikely bond with a belly pig named Pax.
Rescuer: Animal lover Liesl Wilhardt, 52, has rescued hundreds of animals over the years and she says it was love at first sight as soon as she saw Picasso
Before he was rescued, Picasso was in a high-dead shelter in California and was scheduled to be euthanized because the shelter was so overcrowded.
Luckily, he and his brother Pablo were both taken in by Liesl Wilhardt, 52, who leads a dog rescue named Luvable – where she also takes care of dozens of other animals that have been left behind, including a pot-bellied pig named Pax, who is an unlikely but very close friend of Picasso. to become.
Speaking of her decision to save Picasso and his brother Pablo, Liesl says it was love at first sight, and that she couldn’t help but be overcome by his unique face.
“I fell in love with his shaky face and said Luvable would take both brothers,” Liesl, who founded her center in 1999, told Jam Press.
They were both the sweetest, most loving of guys and they were totally attached to each other and joined at the hip. I swore I would never divorce them, and I planned to adopt them together in a house. ‘
Liesl has rescued hundreds of handicapped animals and now owns 55 acres of woodland where she provides the perfect home for dogs, cats, chickens and even pigs – one of whom is a best friend with Picasso.
Some of the other pets include five pit bulls named Buddha, Nenna, Piggy, Owl, and Maverick, as well as a pug chihuahua mix named Hazel.
Liesl also rescued five pigs; Bernard who is a KuneKune, Debbie, a huge Yorkshire pig, JackJack, a KuneKune, and Donut and Nanners, who are Yorkshire pig mixes.
Support: Picasso’s friendship with Pax began when his beloved brother Pablo died of a brain aneurysm, after being also rescued by Liesl
Heartbroken: Both Picasso and Liesl were devastated by Pablo’s death
Fighter: ‘Picasso went through depression after we lost his brother, but we got through it, and he’s accomplished a lot since his rescue,’ revealed Liesl
‘Best dog in the galaxy’: Picasso’s condition doesn’t cause any medical problems, and Liesl says he’s ‘a very happy and normal pup’
The shelter has also taken care of several cats and their litters, and Liesl herself has adopted ten dogs and rescued a pig named Pax.
Most puppies come from overcrowded California shelters where more animals than homes are available, including Picasso.
Despite his appearance, the puppy is just like any other dog and can eat, drink and bark – although he is a bit of a messy eater and can only lick the left side of his face.
Liesl said, “Thankfully, his condition is cosmetic only and he doesn’t need any kind of corrective surgery, we just had to remove an upper canine that was digging into the bottom of his mouth due to the misalignment.
“Otherwise he’s a very normal and happy puppy.”
Unfortunately, Picasso’s brother Pablo later died of a brain aneurysm, which left both Liesl and Picasso heartbroken.
The animal lover said, “Picasso went through depression after we lost his brother, but we’ve gotten through it, and he’s accomplished a lot since his rescue.
Picasso became friends with our rescued baby Pot Belly pig, Pax, and they are very close.
He also received the “Diamond Collar Hero Dog” award from the Humane Society of the United States, earned his American Kennel Club “Canine Good Citizen” certificate, and both Picasso and Pax won the ASPCA national competition for “Cutest Couple”. ‘
Superstar: Picasso has amassed more than 239,000 followers on Instagram, where users are charmed by his unique look and sweet personality
Famous! “ Picasso’s really unusual face got a lot of attention when I started posting videos of him on Instagram of our rescue, ” Liesl revealed
Double problem: Liesl said that Picasso and Pax have a ‘close bond’
Bread: Liesl has rescued hundreds of dogs and other animals over the years
The adorable dog even has his own dog Instagram account, where he maintains more than 239,000 followers.
Liesl said, ‘Picasso’s really unusual face got a lot of attention when I started posting videos of him on Instagram of our rescue.
“No one had ever seen a dog like him.”
The dedicated animal lover, who lives on the land where the center is located, spends several hours a day preparing food for the animals, feeding them and cleaning them.
Many of the dogs have various health conditions and require surgery or amputation, which she pays for.
Liesl employs six people to take care of the animals full-time, all of whom take the dogs on a regular basis for daily walks.
Other volunteers come all week to walk the dogs, play with the pigs, and socialize with the cats and kittens.
Liesl added, ‘Life for me in my animal shelter is just that – a life and a lifestyle.
‘It’s not a job for me, it’s how I live. There is no free time and no opportunity for vacation. It’s a crazy life, but I love it. ‘