A 10-month-old dog named Picasso is exiting a very blue period in his life, thanks to an Oregon dog rescue group.
Picasso, a pitbull-terrier mix, was born with a facial deformity that makes it look as if his snout is going right while his jaw goes left.
Except for a misaligned upper canine that digs into the gums of the lower jaw, Picasso is healthy, according to Liesl Wilhardt, executive director of Luvable Dog Rescue, located just outside of Eugene.
He can eat sideways, but hes an extremely messy eater, she told HuffPost. Same with water.
Picasso was a part of a litter of five puppies born last year in Porterville, California, by a backyard breeder.
But the breeder was unable to sell Picasso and Pablo, and they were both taken to the Porterville Animal Shelter.
Both dogs were close to being euthanized before Wilhardt found out about them from Shannon Corbit, a volunteer at the shelter.
I asked her if she had any dogs with special needs, because I felt we could take some on, Wilhardt told HuffPost. She said, Yeah, theres a dog with a facial deformity, and I fell in love with his picture.
When Wilhardt found out both Picasso and Pablo were on the shelters euthanasia list, she immediately adopted them.
Awww, one of these dogs is kinda goofy-looking. Ha HaPablo and Picasso are VERY sweet and VERY goofy in their own unique ways! We love these special brothers! Picasso has some medical issues we need to work through before the boys will be available for adoptionPlease be patient as we' ve had hundreds of inquiries already from interested Adoptors! We want to thank BUZZFEED and Brad Esposito for the fantastic story on Pablo and Picasso!!! #BornThisWay #pitbullcorgi #wonkyface #rescued
That was two weeks ago. Since then, Picassos unique features have made him a viral sensation.
Luckily, most of his deformity is cosmetic.
His jaw is fine, the deformity is in the top part of his nose, she said. The jaw hinge is not deformed. He can open it normally.
Nevertheless, there are plans to have a tooth removed in the near future to remove that upper canine.
Once Picassos tooth is fixed, he and Pablo will be put up for adoption as a duo.
They are very attached, she said. The term bonded is over-used with dogs, but these two have come to rely on each other for security comfort and support.
LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! Picasso is as smart as he is good-looking! We asked him to pose with his paws on the box and he nailed it like a supermodel! Picasso and Pablo are very special dogs- they love people and love to learnWe had fun on our little photo-shoot last night! Thank you Mecca @simplymeccarr for the amazing photos…!!!! please check out the BUZZFEED story – link in our bio! Thanks, Brad Esposito for the great coverage of this dynamic duo…!!!! More to come!!! #bornthisway #pitbullcorgi #lowrider #wonkyface
Wilhardt says both dogs are perfect for an active family with older kids.
Picasso is outgoing, happy, curious and loving, she said. Hes so unaware of how different he could be.