There’s nothing more precious than the love between a boy and his first pet dog. But one pair of new friends has something —and miraculously found each other when they needed it most.
Bentley Boyers is a 2-year-old from Jackson, Michigan, who was born with a cleft lip—a birth defect involving a split opening in the top lip. While he’s undergone surgeries to fix his lip, his parents say 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
But last week, something amazing happened: Bentley’s dad Brandon went to a shelter intending to adopt chickens, but instead spotted a two-month-old rescue dog… who happened to also have a cleft palate.
Stunned, he called his wife, and they both agreed they had to have the dog for Bentley.
It’s clear that Bentley is thrilled to have his new puppy. Photos show him happily petting and kissing the dog after meeting her for the first time.
It’s an unlikely miracle: the shelter says they don’t see many dogs with cleft lips, so it’s just a lucky turn of events that they happened to be there at the right time.
They know that Bentley having a dog with a matching birth defect will be great for him. He still has to undergo bone-grafting surgery to fix his lip, but he’ll at least have a dog who understands what he’s going through.
“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.