Nothing is more priceless than a boy’s passion for his first pet dog. However, one new friendship has something extremely special in common, and the two were magically brought together when they needed it most.
Having a split opening in the upper lip, Bentley Boyers, a 2-year-old from Jackson, Michigan, was born with a cleft lip. His parents claim that although he has had surgery to fix his lip, it hasn’t been easy.
“We had to sit him up and feed him and hold his lip together in order for him to eat, so it was a process,” his mother Ashley told WILX.
But last week, something incredible occurred: Bentley’s father Brandon went to a shelter with the intention of adopting chickens, but instead he saw a two-month-old rescue dog… that also happened to have a cleft palate.
Suprised, he phoned his wife, and they both agreed that Bentley needed the dog.
Bentley is obviously overjoyed to get his new dog. Photos capture him lovingly caressing and kissing the puppy after first meeting her.
The shelter said they don’t see many dogs with cleft lips, so it’s just a fortunate coincidence that the puppy happened to be there at the appropriate time. It’s an improbable miracle.
They are aware that Bentley will benefit greatly from owning a dog with the same congenital condition. He still needs bone grafting surgery to repair his lip, but at least he’ll have a dog which can sympathize with him.
“To see him have something in common with a puppy means a lot ’cause he can grow up and understand that he and his puppy both have something that they can share in common,” Ashley said.
The dog will also have a loving owner who will accept her no matter how she appears.
“Her disability is really not holding her back, and as she grows, they’ll be able to see more if there’s any change that has to do with that. But she’s really doing well,” Animal Services Director Lydia Sattler told WILX.
“She might look a little different than a normal dog would, but it’s not slowing her down at all.”
“They instantly loved each other,” the shelter wrote on Facebook. “We wish many years of joy as this special pair grow up together!”