Deformed ‘Breeder Reject’ Adopted And Working As A Therapy Dog

Earlier this year, the world fell in love with a crooked faced dog named Picasso. The deformed dog found himself a homeless shelter dog after a California breeder surrendered him because of the facial abnormality which he had been born with. Picasso, and his brother Pablo (who had been purchased and then surrendered to the same shelter where Picasso wound up) were taken in by the Oregon-based Luvable Dog Rescue.

As Picasso’s story began to circulate, dozens of adopters vied to be the crooked-smile dog’s new owner. According to the Daily Mail,the rescue group’s founder, Liesl Wilhardt, ultimately decided that Picasso should stay with her…especially after the unexpected loss of Picasso’s brother, who died from an aneurysm not long after he was rescued from the animal shelter in Fresno.

Wilhardt fell in love with Picasso’s endearing personality, and his adorable smile, and it became clear that he was meant to be her forever dog. She said, “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.”

Currently, Picasso is in training to become a therapy dog and he spends his time helping people with their own various struggles – with his own troubled past, who better to step into the role of a therapeutic canine helper? Wilhardt plans to spoil Picasso for the remainder of his life – she said, “I love this boy so much, and he’s had a hell of a rough life so far. I want the rest of his life to be amazing.”

Prior article about Picasso (and his brother) at this link.

(Images Luvable Dog Rescue)

Website for Luvable Dog Rescue at this link.

Facebook page for the rescue group here.

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Alice says:

    Beautiful story! I see nothing, but handsome when I see Picasso! So happy for him and his new life and family! You go Picasso! Lies Wilhardt, thank you for keeping Picasso and making him a part of your life, and find meaning in his life by becoming a therapy dog. You are Blessed.

  2. Elaine Whinston says:

    Heartwarming story!

  3. Lynne says:

    I think he is adorable and so glad he will become a therapy dog. He loves people and other dogs so he will grant blessings on all! Please keep us updated about Picasso.

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