Picasso the Nanny Dog

May 31, 2012  

A rescued pit bull falls head over heels for a little girl and her family

By Darlene Williams

Picasso was special from the very beginning. He was picked up as a stray in Georgia but was rescued by Pawzitive Petz Rescue in Kentucky (with some help getting from there to here by BullyWag and transporters).

I was the transporter who traveled to Knoxville to meet up with Picasso, another dog and several puppies headed north. From the beginning, we knew Picasso was special – no crate for him. He rode in the back seat with my 5-year-old daughter, Ally. I told her not to get her face too close to him because we didn’t know him yet, but she said, “Mom, it’s OK, he loves me.” From that moment on, the two have been best friends. The rest of the ride home they shared Ally’s pillow.

When we arrived, we discovered Picasso was a very scared boy and was afraid to walk through doors. No amount of tugging, pushing or bribing would move him. Ally simply had to walk through the door turn and call him, and Picasso came running. Ally is only 5 years old, but she can get Picasso to do just about anything: He’ll sit, stay and go to his cage with a simple request from Ally.

Picasso is a total love bug who is happiest right by our side. He doesn’t greet people at the door, and he only stays outside long enough to do his business, then he is right back beside us always watching and waiting. He even allows our female pit bull to eat first while he sits and waits his turn.

We have six children in the house, and he loves to go outside to play with them or supervise them. He’s a nanny dog in the true sense of the word. He never takes his eyes off the kids, stays by their side, allows Lukas, the 3 year old, to feed and water him, and has no problem being used as a pillow.

We foster for a small bully breed rescue, and though it’s hard not to fall in love with every dog, Picasso made it known from the beginning he was home, so he went from foster to family. At first we tried to put him up for adoption, but it was very hard hearing people talk about him, trying to decide if he’d fit with their family and dogs. The kids cried when I had to take Picasso to adoption events. It only took two events for the rescue’s founder to say, “It’s obvious Picasso has adopted your family and adores the kids, why don’t you just keep him?”

We never thought we’d get a third dog in our family of six kids and constantly visiting extended family, but Picasso fit in from the first, and we can’t imagine life without him.

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6 Responses to “Picasso the Nanny Dog”
  1. Ally is the best! Love his name, Picasso what a work of art he is.

  2. This such a beautiful story. And I agree, Picasso is the perfect name for him — he’s a beautiful boy. Ally has a once-in-a-lifetime bond, for sure! 

  3. dragondix2 says:

    Ally & Picasso’s bond is what having a pit bull family member is all about.

  4. nutmeg says:

    Awwww, I am praying for a happy ending for my rescued beautiful boy  Buddy.  He is being fostered now in a household with kitties, and he is aggresive with cats.  He is currently going to basic obedience training, has been neutered, and has his chip.  I sadly live in a studio house with no yard, a dog and a 14 year old cat.  I fell in love with him the minute our eyes met when this starving boy followed co-workers back to work and  began this journey.  He is gentle(except with cats and lawn cushions) but we are working on that!  Needs a loving family that will let me visit if close enough!!!!

    • StubbyDog says:

       @nutmeg We hope it all works out for Buddy. And even though we all want to take all the dogs we see, it takes courage to know your limitations. So we applaud you for that and for advocating for Buddy to find his forever home.