Picasso, the perfectly imperfect rescue dog with the crooked snout, was honored last week at the Oregon Humane Society’s Diamond Collar Award ceremony. Picasso was one of four winners at the award ceremony, which is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the animal shelter.
Diamond Collar Hero Picasso, “who taught the world that it’s ok to look different,” was honored for his resiliency and courage. Picasso currently shares his life with Liesl Wilhardt, the founder of the Oregon-based Luvable Dog Rescue, but he was once a homeless “backyard breeder reject” who found himself at a California animal shelter, along with his brother, Pablo.
The bonded brothers were pulled from the California shelter and taken in by the Oregon rescue group and initially, homes were sought for them. But fate intervened when Pablo died unexpectedly after suffering an aneurysm. Wilhardt had fallen in love with the crooked-smile dog and after he lost his best friend, she knew that he was destined to live with her forever. Not long after making the adoption official, Wilhardt told the Daily Mail, “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.”
Luvable Dog Rescue here.