The bond of affection between a boy and his first pet dog is priceless. However, a new group of friends has a unique trait in common and miraculously met at a time of greatest need.
With a cleft lip, Bentley Boyers, a 2-year-old from Jackson, Michigan, was born with a split opening in the top lip. His parents say it hasn’t been easy for him after he had lip surgeries.
His mother, Ashley, told WILX that in order for him to eat, « we had to sit him up and feed him and hold his lip together. »
However, this past week an amazing event occurred: Brandon, Bentley’s father, went to a shelter with the intention of adopting chickens.
Instead, he saw a two-month-old rescue dog who also had a cleft palate. He called his wife in shock, and they both agreed that Bentley needed a dog.
Bentley clearly expresses his joy at receiving his new puppy. After meeting the dog for the first time, photos show him happily petting and kissing her.
It’s not a miracle at all: According to the shelter, there aren’t many dogs with cleft lips, so it was just luck that they were there at the right time.
They are aware that having a dog with a similar birth defect will benefit Bentley greatly. He still needs to have surgery to fix his lip with bone grafting, but at least he will have a dog who understands what he’s going through.
Ashley stated, « Seeing him share something with a puppy means a lot because he can grow up and understand that he and his puppy both have something that they can share in common. »
In a similar vein, the puppy will have a loving owner who will adore her regardless of her appearance. They will be able to see more if there is any change that has to do with her disability as she grows.
Her disability is really not holding her back. However, she is doing extremely well, Director of Animal Services Lydia Sattler told WILX.
« She might look a little different than a normal dog would, but it isn’t slowing her down at all, » the author asserts. The shelter wrote on Facebook, « They instantly loved each other. »
We wish this special couple many happy years together! What a treasure! Having someone in your life who understands you is always important.
We are so happy that this wonderful couple found each other and will be content for many years to come.