It was love at first sight for Bentley Boyers when he spotted the black and white puppy.
The 2-year-old and his dad Brandon took a trip to the Jackson County Animal Shelter in Michigan this month, hoping to adopt two chickens. But as soon as they spotted the pup’s sweet face, they knew they had to bring her home.
Despite Bentley’s age, the toddler has already endured plenty of hardship. Born with a cleft lip, he had a hard time eating as a baby and has since undergone two corrective surgeries. He will also need a bone-grafting operation in the future.
Thankfully, none of these struggles has ever kept him from smiling! Now, he has a friend who understands his experiences firsthand — the puppy who has the same birth defect!
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The timing couldn’t have been better, as puppies with cleft palates are a rarity at the shelter. That’s why Bentley’s parents, Brandon and Ashley, agreed that the 2-month-old dog was the perfect companion for their little one.
“He FaceTimed me,” Ashley said. “He goes, ‘I think this one has a cleft lip,’ and I said, ‘Get her! We need her!'”
They clearly made the right call! Bentley’s precious grin says everything!
While the pup may need help managing her condition later on, Lydia Sattler, the animal services director, said she’s doing fine right now. “She might look a little different than a normal dog would, but it’s not slowing her down at all,” she added.
In the meantime, the cutie is showing Bentley that he’s never alone — and that he’s perfect just the way he is!
“To see him have something in common 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,” his mom explained.
We’re so happy these two found each other! This adorable duo was meant to be. After all, they’re already BFFs!
Try not to smile when you see Bentley interact with his new bestie in the video below, and share this story with other animal lovers.
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