Dog Rescue Stories: Picasso Was Not Let Outside For Over A Year

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By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor

Meet Picasso — an adorable Pit Bull type / Bulldog mix! She has an adopted sister, Pixie. Sadly, her brother, little rescued Frosty, recently crossed the rainbow bridge.

Picasso and four other puppies were rescued by Steppingstone Bully Rescue from a severe neglect situation. She suffered catastrophic urine burns all over her body that led her to contracting terrible Staph and Fungal infections. The bad human who had them did not let them outside for possibly up to a year, so they were left to live in their own excrement. It had accumulated so much that when the dogs wagged their tails it splashed on them, resulting in those burns. She also lost her hair as a result.

Picasso’s forever family was looking for a chihuahua to adopt, but ended up falling in love with her! By the time she was rescued, she was critically ill. If that’s not enough, she was also born with a bone disease that causes her joints to collapse and become inflamed. She’s such a fighter and has overcome such incredible odds! Her infections are gone and her joints are doing so much better thanks to Golden Paste. Her hair is finally growing back in, too.

Picasso’s vet also believes that she started out as two babies in utero, and then combined into one, not only because of her double nose, but because of the indentation in the middle of her snout up to her forehead. She has allergic dermatitis, grain allergies and breathing issues to where she may need a second surgery. Despite all this and what she’s been through, she’s amazingly happy, loving and sweet!

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Larry Kay is the award-winning coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever, which became a #1 best seller in dog training on Amazon Kindle. He is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof, which helps shelter dogs get adopted by making videos and raises awareness and funds. Larry is an award-winning dog filmmaker and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and Dog Fancy magazine.