Picasso, a canine born with a rare facial deformity known as leftward campylorrhinis lateralis and prognathia, has found a loving home with Zoe Ramagnano, VMD, the veterinary medical director for Paws for Life K9 Rescue in Los Angeles. Picasso’s unique facial features, often referred to as a “wry nose,” don’t hinder his ability to lead a happy and fulfilling life.
Ramagnano first encountered Picasso when he was transferred from the East Valley Animal Shelter to Paws for Life K9 Rescue. Despite his facial deformity, Picasso is described as confident, loving, goofy, loyal, intelligent, and affectionate. He enjoys playing with other dogs and toys, has no trouble eating on his own, and uses his nose to explore the world around him.
Picasso’s story highlights the importance of looking beyond physical appearances when considering pet adoptions. Ramagnano, who plans to adopt Picasso herself, hopes that his unique journey will inspire others to see the beauty beyond skin deep and consider animals with special needs.
While Picasso requires daily face wiping and regular dental cleanings, his overall health and comfort have been prioritized. Multiple veterinary surgeons have assessed his condition, and none have recommended surgical correction, as Picasso is comfortable and can function normally.
Through Picasso’s story, Ramagnano aims to encourage potential adopters to embrace the love and joy that pets with special needs can bring into their lives.