A couple in Michigan adopted a puppy with a cleft palate for their two-year-old son who was also born with a cleft lip.
Brandon Boyers, the young boy’s dad, visited Jackson County Animal shelter looking for chickens but instead, he fell in love with a two-month-old Labrador-Retriever with a cleft lip.
His wife Ashley Boyers said that Brandon felt that the pooch could be a great match for Bently, their son, who was born with a similar condition.
According to Ashley, her husband called her and said that the shelter didn’t have chickens but they had a puppy. Ashley met the puppy over FaceTime and she immediately knew that they needed her!
After Brandon completed the paperwork, the Boyers family officially welcomed their new puppy who was later named Lacey.
Ashley said that Bently and Lacey have hit it off and they were inseparable. They would eat together, play together, and do everything together.
Young Bentley has undergone two surgeries for his cleft lip and Ashley hopes that growing up with Lacey will teach Bently to be confident and to remember that he’ll always have a friend by his side.
Ashley also explained that she thinks that having Lacey who has the same birth defect as Bentley has, will show that they are equal and neither of them is different from any other kid or pooch their age.
It’s as if destiny really wanted these two to meet because Lacey was born in Mississippi but she was transferred to Michigan because the shelters there were already full.
According to Lydia Sattle, Animal Services Director, Lacey will not experience any health issues because of her cleft palate in the future. Her disability is not holding back Lacey’s life. She might look different from any other dog but her defect is not slowing her down.
Bentley and Lacey’s story was shared on Facebook by the Jackson County Animal Shelter and has gone viral with over 37,000 reactions and 45,000 shares.
Their story is truly remarkable and heartwarming and a lot of people in the comments agree that the two best friends will grow up together happily.
Source: Photos from Jackson County Animal Shelter – Michigan via Facebook