A twist in the tale: How Picasso the pooch was saved from death row

An imperfect dog by the name of Picasso was left at a dog shelter and was on "doggy death row" because no one wanted him.

That was until Liesl Wilhardt from Luvable Dog Rescue stumbled across him - just in the nick of time.

Picasso was born with a severe twisted jaw.

All the other puppies from that litter were sold, even Picasso's brother, Pablo, who was born without the deformity and had a life ahead of him.

Picasso was placed in a shelter and was quickly followed by Pablo after his family decided they didn't want him.

As it goes with any dog shelter, dogs only have a certain amount of time before they are put to sleep - and for the brothers, time was running out.

Pablo (left) and his brother Picasso (right) (boredpanda.com)
Pablo (left) and his brother Picasso (right) (boredpanda.com)

That was when Ms Wildhardt asked the dog shelter if they had any "unusual" or "special needs dogs".

"[They] sent me Picasso's shelter intake photo. He was curled in a dog bed, and looked very sad," she says.

"His twisted face was startling, but he had soft and gentle eyes, and for me it was love at first sight."

Picasso and Pablo have now been taken in by Luvable Dog Rescue and Picasso is to undergo surgery to remove some teeth that have pushed into the roof of his mouth.