119 Responses to “Stop making that face or you’ll get stuck that way”

    • EJK

      You are right…this dog is not normal! But he is very happy, loved, and well taken care of. I’m his Mommy and he has a very good home and I’m pretty certain he thinks he is the most handsome boy in the world.

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      • JAG

        What a beautiful boy you have! He looks a lot like my baby- who is also a total bed hog and lays almost the same way!! He even has the same dalmation spots in his underbelly! We also get a lot of people commenting on how skinny he is; frequently people jump to judgement before considering breed and vet recommendations all come in to play when deciding a healthy diet for a dog. It is obvious this hansome guy is well loved.

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      • KLV

        He is a special boy. My heart melted when I saw him. Bless those who love and care for God’s most special creatures.

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      • Julie Blake

        He is clearly loved. Thank you for loving your dog. Some people are just insensitive. At least I hope these are not owners of doggy friends that are left tied up outside all the time! You friend has a big warm bed, that, although he loves you, he would rather have all to himself!!! How funny!

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      • Jennifer

        I have pit bull/lab brother and sister and my girl needs a lot more food everyday than my boy. She just seems to have a higher metabolism.

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      • MH

        Someone once came up to me and said (of my greyhound), “I’d never have a dog like that; his face looks just like a rat’s.” I said, “I’m pretty sure he doesn’t think your face is anything to write home about.” This person got all offended. Excuse me? Who threw the first insult?

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    • sam

      I know that dog. While he may not be normal the vet says he is perfectly healthy. I also happen to be a dog trainer and can say without a doubt he is both spoiled and happy

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    • Natasha Harmer

      Heartless fool! The dog’s not unhappy, and is clearly very well loved. What’s your problem? People have disfigurements and live happy lives, same can be said for animals.

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      • Melissa

        Natasha!!! YOU NAILED IT!!! We are all different in some way. We are not perfect beings and neither are our beloved pets… either by birth or because of some cruel act of abuse. And KUDOS to those that love the un”perfect” looking pet!!!! Damn to those that are ignorant!!! Love Picasso and his cute little face!!! Someone freaked out on me because my dog looked too skinny!!! Healthy, happy, and very very very very loved and spoiled!!!

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        • Siobhan

          He looks perfectly healthy to me: nice shiny coat and no signs of malnutrition. Is it because you can see his ribs? That’s just silly: he’s a breed that’s naturally slender. Some breeds are just like that. I had a weimaraner for fourteen years, and she was always skinny, but perfectly healthy. Same deal with greyhounds. Don’t assume that a dog is unhappy or being neglected based on that!

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  1. 1knitchick

    He looks like a pointer breed – they are usually on the slimmer side. I’m sure that if he gets to hop into bed with the parents he’s getting all the food he wants.

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  2. Mwezzi

    That’s a classic ‘paint me like on of your French girls’ look if ever I saw one. Is there a reason for his funny face or is it just a quirk of his?

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  3. Karosel

    Looks like a wry nose, a birth defect that horses can have. I’m not sure if dogs can have the same thing. Weight looks fine. It’s healthier to be a bit thinner than fat and overfed like most dogs.

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  4. Leigh

    Besides the fact that some breeds are just thinner looking than others, he may have some trouble eating as much with that little nose of his. I’m sure if he was standing up he would look the picture of healthy weight. He looks like he is well cared for.

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  5. Mg

    With those long limbs he might even be part greyhound, and even at a normal weight they’re pretty skinny. It’s hard to keep weight on them until they’re older/adopted for a long while. What a face!

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  6. Ottoandnashsmom

    If his mom allows him in her bed and takes pics of him for this site, I am sure he is loved and cared for in the most perfect way. It’s the dogs that are ignored and left alone that we should be worried about.

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  7. pene

    He looks like he is a grey hound mix and is absolutely adorable! I wish we could see more pics of this character!

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  8. Jodi F.

    Picasso is an absolutely perfect name for this dog. Kudos to you for creativity and imagination. And for having a huge heart.

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  9. Kathy

    I think he’s super cute! My dog likes to get on my bed and cuddle on my pillow when she knows I’m getting ready to go to bed. It’s all a big game to her. :)

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  10. Vic

    I can’t believe some people are commenting that there is something wrong with lovely Picasso!! Just like humans animals have disfigurement too, a thin or disfigured person isn’t not loved or cared for why would it mean that he is!?
    I think he is gorgeous and has character – also his name is perfect!! x

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    • Liz Vinals

      I agree! He’s so darn cute! More pics! I’m sure he has many many more antics! Lmao!

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  11. Connie Collins

    I have a hound mix, 14 now with the same skinny thing going on. She eats as much as she wants but she just doesn’t seem to put on any sub-cutaneous fat. Picasso looks a normal weight for his breed/mix. The twisted muzzle is not the worst I’ve ever seen, I suspect he eats just fine.

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  12. Liza

    It’s a messy process, but he has no trouble eating, drinking, or playing. His favorite toy right now is a stuffed monkey, but he also likes to hoard bones and protect them from his brothers.

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  13. Robert

    Just curious how the dog’s snout got displaced like that. From birth? Rescued like that? If he is a rescue bless you for it!

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  14. Liza

    He is a rescue. I just posted Picasso’s story on DogShaming’s Facebook, because I was sad to see that many people thought there is something wrong with him. His face is crooked from a birth defect. Dogs sometimes get stuck in the birth canal and their heads are so soft that they get disfigured. They usually pass due to an inability to nurse, or are immediately euthanized, but not my special boy. Aside from his funny face there is nothing wrong with him, he is not actually disabled or in any pain. In fact he’s kind of a stinker. :)

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    • Frannie'sMom

      Way to go Liza! Thank you for being his mommy and sharing your beautiful story. It would be absolutely adorable to have his tailor made stuffed toy like those @ Fuzzy Nation. Please if you ever do it, let us know trough DogShaming facebook fan page.

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  15. Lydia

    Handsome devil! (It’s the ones no one else would take that I love.). I am so happy that he has a loving home! What is his back story?

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  16. Liza

    I submitted a picture of my dog Picasso for shaming because I wanted other dog-lovers to see the face that stole my heart. I was thrilled when I saw that he was on the site then horrified to find that people thought he was ill, and neglected. Picasso’s good looks are due to a birth defect. Aside from making him extra handsome there is nothing wrong with him. He is not in any pain, although sometimes he IS a pain, and does not have any trouble eating or drinking…even if it is a sloppy ordeal. I adopted Picasso, a now 3 year old coonhound from a rescue a year and half ago as a companion for my rescued Chihuahua mix, Big Ears Smalls who has the unfortunate disability of only being able to hold up one ear.. They were instant buddies and are now a bonded pair. They have a very good life, they lay on the couch and sleep in the bed. They are walked everyday and have a great big yard to play in. They are both on the thinner side as they are very active and are fed a grain-free diet which tends to lend itself to a lower body weight. My vet assures me that they are both very healthy, but due to the overwhelming number of obese dogs our perspective is skewed. Three days ago, we adopted a third dog, a senior wolfhound mix named Mike who came from the same rescue as Picasso. All members of our family, both human and K9 are thrilled. In the future, please assume that if someone takes the time to submit their dog for shaming that they are also taking the time to take proper care of their pet.

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    • Hilary

      Liza, it looks like Picasso is real abused… is that the bed he’s laying on while allowing you to rub his tummy?? He’s an adorable pup & bless your heart for adopting your pets from shelters. I hope you have many happy years with all your pups!

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    • Andrea

      Your dog is beautiful!! exactly how he is! Thank you so much for sharing. And, kudos to you for adopting/rescuing such a precious baby. And for adopting your other dogs too. And for being so awesome!

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    • Leigh

      Hope my comment didn’t offend- I was sticking up for you :) My pug is a very messy eater, as well, but he sure gets the job done! lol Picasso is a beautiful boy

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    • Beckie

      Thank you for posting, great to see! We have a “special needs” rescue and couldn’t ask for a better dog. That is actually what attracted us to her. Giving a home to a dog who might otherwise be looked over – and now she’s a wonderful part of our human and canine family.

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  17. Sarah

    Do t worry about the concern. People don’t know you and are wary. It is meant well :)

    Picasso is a beautiful goofy dog. Love the post. I would live that odd lil face too

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  18. Kate, Lisa and Louise

    Hi Lisa, my sisters and I think Picasso is absolutely beautiful! We love your post. It made us laugh and we wish we could cuddle Picasso. We have a rescue Irish Wolfhound and a lumpy Labrador. Everyone thinks the Lab is too skinny, but the vet says he’s in great shape. It’s just that most labs are overweight. All the best to you and your lovely dogs from Kate, Lisa and Louise in London, England :)

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  19. fran

    Love him! And there are so many fat dogs on here, this one looks to be in a picture of health for his breed. Well done Liza for being a loving mummy!

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  20. Donna DeWeese

    LOVE! Something about spots indicates BED HOG to me from personal experience. You know what would be perfect? Picasso visiting children with craniofacial abnormalities. I am inspired for next adoption. Adore this baby and so glad he has a wonderful family.

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  21. Amber

    Liza you are an absolute angel for adopting a dog that would have otherwise been completely overlooked! Picasso is my favorite dog-shaming dog by far! ♥

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  22. Mara

    Your dog looks so happy and healthy!!!!! And such a love!!! Enjoy!!! Don’t listen to those people who obviously do not have dogs!!!!!

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  23. Rena

    I think it’s great that you can see such a wide variety of dogs with character on dogshaming. I love that it’s not a beauty contest but very often a witty ironical view of human’s best friend – classicly handsome or post-modernly so ;-)

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  24. Courtney

    I wish everyone would just enjoy the picture and quit questioning his health! This fur baby stole my heart and you can tell he has great personality! I’m glad he has a great home and I hope you don’t let anyone’s comments prevent you from future submissions of this sweet fella!

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  25. Jamie

    Picasso? Big Ears Smalls? Liza, you are the best dog namer I know! This boy is wonderful; thanks for sharing his photo.

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  26. kim

    I agree, you are the best dog namer ever! And, wonderfully big hearted for taking in such special dogs. Hugs to you!

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  27. Kara

    What a handsome little(big) man you have! Just melts my heart to see that he has such a loving home! Would love to meet him and kiss his beautiful little face! :)

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  28. Catherine from Australia

    Picasso’s my favourite! My dog leaves her tongue hanging out all the time too… She’s a greyhound, so I think the flopping tongue must be a long-snounted trait. I was hoping Picasso was a greyhound too, but he’s still lovely, despite the fact that he isn’t… ;)

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  29. Cheri

    Oh why yes! I’m sure this dog is horribly abused and his mom just thought it would be a stitch to show her abused baby on this website! Some people who post on here should just stay off the internet and remain in the fetal position. Your baby is beautiful and obviously well cared for, but mostly loved.

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  30. cc4c

    Even my cocker spaniel mix (rescue!), where cocker spaniels tend towards being overweight, can barely keep any fat on him. He eats enough food to sustain an 80-lb dog, and yet he’s finally up to a healthy 40 lbs, after months of adding straight veg oil to his food because otherwise he just would. not. gain. weight. He’s even old! And it’s not even a completely grain-free diet! (His severe allergies means his food options are extremely limited, and he’s done the best on Wellness Lamb Salmon Barley.) …Some dogs, like some humans, will just always be super skinny!

    …Also I LOVE LOVE LOVE that your dog with the silly face is named Picasso! PERFECT!!!!!!!!!! %-)

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  31. meggostar

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE his little face! And the fact that he is in charge of wake-up time.

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  32. Wendy McLane

    He awesome and your a wonderful dog Mommy. There are always ignorant people who feel the need to down someone or something in order to make themselves feel better… pay them no mind. Blessings, love and light to you and your fur kids!

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  33. Kristen2678

    I have a skinny skinny blue tick hound too! He is a happy, healthy, well fed boy Same spots and belly too!

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  34. Peggy F.

    OMG! This made me literally LOL! Good for your Liza for rescuing him and LOVE the name! Don’t let all the crap people are saying bring you down. He is a wonderful-looking dog and you are a wonderful person for rescuing him. :)

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  35. carolyn

    Some people on here, just as in real life are cruel and heartless! They don’t deserve the time it took to read their mean nonsense! This baby is very lucky to have a home ,family, and happy life, because as we all know too well, what could have happened to him. It takes a special kind of person to take care of a special needs animal, or child. Bless You, and Picasso, and your brood!. PS..My Pug Hank made it to the wall of shame also!! (Hank, the acorn-eater!) LOL

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  36. Elizabeth

    Thanks for sharing! All three of our Dachshunds are rescues and we keep them on the thinner side. Back problems plague this breed and weight only makes it worst. Ours are also fed an organic grain ree diet. Grain just bloats the dogs, as it does in humans. (Wheat) Thanks again for sharing and for adopting rescue dogs!

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  37. Alyson

    hahaha my little munchkin does the same thing! wakes me for the morning walk and while i’m putting shoes on he gets nice and cozy in my SPOT!! especially on rainy days…… lol he’s very cute and clearly very loved!

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    • liz

      Picasso looks like the sweetest guy ever!!! You are lucky to have him, and he’s blessed and lucky to have you! Give that pup a big kiss and hug from me!!!!

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  38. Liza

    Sometimes he manages to give kisses….sometimes he just kind of bashes his face into yours. My husband and I sometimes kiss the side of his face that his tongue isn’t on , which causes him to lick air.

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  39. andy

    Love the name Picasso. He looks very, very happy and pleased with himself. I have a rat terrier with a similar defect. He was very tiny and the last of the litter. I never knew what could have caused this. Thank you for your explanation above. He too is living the good life and will be 11 this spring.

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  40. whatchamacallit

    Sweet dog!

    As for the fools who make “concerned” comments about dogs’ well-being on this site, you really need to relax. Do you honestly think people would post photos of their abused/neglected/suffering dogs on this site? Seriously.

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  41. gloglix

    only thing “wrong” with this dog is that he wakes his humans up then goes to bed. one word: jerk!!! ps jerks are the best!!!

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  42. Wendy McLane

    Picasso needs his own FB page for us to follow with more pics and stories… I love the one about you guys kissing the non-tongue side of his face so he licks air…hehehe He could be more famous than grumpy cat!!! ♥

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    • Shannon D.

      I had a FB page for my Black Lab and the FB Police cut MY page instead of my dogs. You are only allowed 1 page, blah, blah, blah. They look at your IP Addy’s being the same. I think some a** may have turned me in but not sure. Good luck if you do have a pet page…. :)

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  43. Tracy

    Liza – your boy is handsome and beautiful and wonderful and thank you for sharing. PERFECT name for him. I love him.

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    • Shannon D.

      I didn’t see this post ’till I posted a reply above, sorry. I’ll second it… I had a FB page for my Black Lab and the FB Police cut MY page instead of my dogs page. You are only allowed 1 page, blah, blah, blah. They look at your IP Addy’s being the same. I think some a** may have turned me in but not sure. I’ll ck out your page :)

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  44. Angie

    What a handsome, handsome boy!!! Thank you for sharing the photo and story of your special boy!!

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  45. conn2460

    You go Mom! I saw this a few weeks ago and thought WOW! There wasn’t as much information just the one reply you had. I was so happy you stood up for your boy and yourself. Looking at your latest posts I see that you would not probably back down from too much your your boy. I say a face only a mother could love but only in jest because just you posting this so more love came out of it! You did the best job you could not by belittling but educating and that is the smartest way to go. Kudos!

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  46. susan

    @EJK Seriously. What a face. You must laugh every time you look at him. (& let him get away with whatever he wants.) I love him. Adorable.

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  47. Michaela

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaw!! Lovely boy.

    Liza … you need not justify yourself. You are a great dog mommy with a big heart!! All the best to you and your dog-family.

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  48. Dena

    Ahhh, I read through the posts and figured out I was correct…he’s a coonhound! They truly are stinkers, just like a long legged beagle! I’d love to have one as companion for my beagle. I don’t see anything wrong with him Liza and just sent a friend request to his page, will try to have the beagle send him one too as she has her own page. The beag would love him, she plays with our shepherd and runs underneath him climbs on his back, etc., a comical pair for sure! Picasso is a lucky handsome boy!

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  49. Vicki Wehr Groves

    RESCUE DOGS RULE!! AND SO DO THE UNCONDITIONAL PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT SHALLOW & LOVE THEM UNCONDITIONALLY, JUST THE WAY PICASSO’S MOMMY DOES!! ANYONE CAN HAVE A THE SAME ‘OL SAME ‘OL DOG! BRING ON THE UNIQUE!! <3

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  50. Heather

    Picasso the Pup, like the artist himself is God’s work of art. I happen to think this pup is perfect, and I’d be the proudest Mom on the block to walk him proudly, anywhere, and love him to the ends of the earth. <3

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  51. MH

    What a happy-looking, sweet baby. He is absolutely beautiful. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this dog. Picasso is a perfect and wonderful pet.

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  52. Maren

    what a lovely dog. as for people who think they know best and/or insult special dogs, just ignore them they are idiots. Someone once told me my “special” bulldog was so ugly I should paint a face on his butt and teach him to walk backwards.

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  53. TheGreatestMJ

    I thought he was very intelligently named… Picasso. Look up his paintings sometime people it would explain a lot. People who adopt less adoptable animals save a life… and very importantly the line often blurs between who saves who. I am a sucker for spotted dogs. Mine rules the roost so hard that he has his own Full sized bed, and his own room…. not a cage. Dog Bless you!

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