What is a therapy dog? This question probably brings all kinds of pictures to your mind, but not of a dog like Picasso.
Nobody wanted him
Picasso survived against all the odds stacked against him. From the moment he’s born, nobody wanted him. He was given to a kill shelter, and if no one adopted him, he would likely be put to sleep.
Picasso had a twisted jaw. His condition was likely caused by being pushed by his siblings inside the womb. Most dogs with facial deformities like Picasso would have a hard time nursing. However, Picasso managed to get enough nutrients as a puppy.
Nobody, however, wanted to buy Picasso because of how he looked. The backyard breeder eventually surrendered Picasso to a shelter.
He was eventually reunited with one of his brothers. The family who bought Picasso’s brother changed their mind about having a pet dog and returned him to the shelter.
The shelter where Picasso and his brother were surrendered to was a kill shelter. The two puppies didn’t have a lot of time until they are put to sleep. Thankfully, Luvable Dog Rescue’s Liesl Wilhardt called the shelter at the perfect time, asking if they have any dogs with special needs.
She saved both
The shelter staff sent Liesl a photo of Picasso. When Liesl saw Picasso, she didn’t even think twice about fostering him. She pulled Picasso from the shelter together with his brother. Liesl gave Picasso his name, and she also named his brother Pablo.
It was clear to Liesl that Picasso and Pablo are bonded. So, she made it her mission to have both of the pups adopted together. So, Liesl thought that it would probably best if the two dogs are trained to become therapy dogs.
The training was going well. However, something awful happened to Pablo. They were going for a walk outside when Pablo suddenly lay down and died. Pablo suffered from a brain aneurysm.
Picasso was devastated. He was restless and tried looking for his brother inside and outside the house. That was the moment when Liesl thought that Picasso couldn’t be alone. So, she decided to take Picasso in her home to meet her nine rescue dogs.
Picasso became part of the family
All the dogs accepted Picasso as part of the family. It didn’t take long for Picasso to start acting like his old self again. He found new friends that filled the void in his heart, and he began to bond with the other dogs.
Picasso continued training to become a therapy dog. When photos of Picasso reached the internet, it went viral, and people started sending kind letters describing how Picasso helped them become better people. Here’s a video telling Picasso’s inspiring story.
Video Source The Dodo via YouTube