There’s a special bond between a boy and his first pet dog, and for one particular pair of new friends, their connection goes even deeper. Bentley Boyers, a 2-year-old from Jackson, Michigan, was born with a cleft lip, a condition that has presented challenges despite undergoing corrective surgeries.
Bentley’s parents, Ashley and Brandon, faced the difficulties of assisting their son during meals by holding his lip together. However, last week brought an unexpected and heartwarming twist to their lives. Brandon, intending to adopt chickens, visited a shelter and instead came across a two-month-old rescue dog with a cleft palate.
Astounded by the coincidence, he called his wife, and they both felt an immediate connection to the dog, realizing it could be a perfect addition to their family for Bentley.
The joy between Bentley and his new puppy is palpable. Photos capture the pure delight as Bentley happily pets and kisses the dog upon their first meeting.
It’s truly a remarkable and unexpected miracle: the shelter notes that dogs with cleft lips are a rarity, making it a fortunate coincidence that they were there at the right moment. Recognizing the potential impact on Bentley, who is set to undergo bone-grafting surgery for his cleft lip, the Boyers family saw this as an incredible opportunity.
Having a dog with a matching birth defect will not only be a source of comfort for Bentley during his own medical journey but also a shared understanding between him and his furry companion.
Ashley expresses the significance of this connection, saying, “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.”
Similarly, the puppy will be embraced by a caring owner who loves her unconditionally, regardless of her appearance. Animal Services Director Lydia Sattler assures that the puppy’s disability is not hindering her in any way, and as she grows, any changes related to it will be monitored.
The shelter shared the heartwarming connection on Facebook, stating, “They instantly loved each other. We wish many years of joy as this special pair grow up together!”