A unique 10-month-old puppy and his brother are getting a second chance at life after being rescued from euthanasia.
Picasso was born with the facial deformity of a misaligned jaw, which gives him the appearance of an abstract painting. The corgi-pit bull mix was surrendered by his backyard breeders, along with his brother, Pablo, to Porterville Animal Shelter in California.
Leisl Wilhardt was tipped off by one of the volunteers at the shelter. She was told that there were two perfectly healthy young dogs on the shelters kill list and quickly adopted Picasso and Pablo, who are a bonded pair that are strongly attached to each other.
Wilhardt revealed details about the conversation she had with the volunteer to the Huffington Post.
“I asked her if she had any dogs with special needs, because I felt we could take some on. She said, ‘Yeah, there’s a dog with a facial deformity,’ and I fell in love with his picture.”
After bringing Picasso to Oregon and having him checked out by veterinarians, Wilhardt was informed that the dog’s jaw problem is mostly cosmetic.
“His jaw is fine, the deformity is in the top part of his nose,” she explained to HuffPost. “The jaw hinge is not deformed. He can open it normally.”
Wilhardt admits the dog is a messy eater and drinker, but he’s still able to do it on his own. Take a look at this pup as he and his brother eagerly inhale a spoonful of peanut butter.
On Monday, a photo of Picasso appeared on the popular Dogs Of Instagram page, an account which has nearly four million followers. That’s where the Internet instantly fell in love with the canine.
More than 120,000 people liked the photo in less than a week, making the image go viral. Potential adopters have been lining up at the chance to make Pablo and Picasso part of their “furever” families.
And even people not entirely ready for a dog are sending their love out to Picasso, the puppy who redefined cuteness for them.
@dodo I hope Picasso knows I love him w all of my heart
— Hannah Askew (@hannahaskyou) March 1, 2017
@dodo he's not deformed, he's a beautiful, beautiful boy. A society which breeds animals to such an extent is deformed!
— Anneka E Sinclair (@AnnekaSinclair) March 1, 2017
It’s not yet clear if anyone has adopted Picasso and Pablo, but based on the response online, it shouldn’t take too long for these healthy canines to find a new home.