Meet Lentil, The French Bull Dog Puppy Who Helps Kids With Facial Abnormalities
Get ready to squee and cry at the same time. Little five-month-old Lentil was born with a cleft palate and a cleft lip, and was the only member of his litter to survive. Because of these issues, Lentil wasn’t able to eat or drink on his own. He needed constant care and so Lindsay Condefer, a volunteer with the French Bull Dog Rescue Network of Philadelphia, brought Lentil to live with her, and blogged about the experience on the Facebook page My Name Is Lentil. This adorable pup quickly developed a fan base that has grown to over 90,000 followers — and now he’s giving back. Lentil had surgery to correct his cleft palate but still has a cleft lip, and his “different” appearance has led him to volunteer with a program where kids with certain conditions meet animals with the same conditions. “It’s sort of a pet therapy where people can relate a little bit more with those pets that have gone through things that they’ve gone through as well,” said Dr. Jesse Taylor, a plastic surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who consulted on Lentil’s palate surgery.
Lentil is a serious rock star at the hospital and has already visited with hundreds of children. Pfeiffer, 14, who has a genetic condition called Saethre-Chotzen syndrome which affects the shape of the head and face, told CNN, “He doesn’t look like, you know, a regular dog. So that kind of makes him special, so it probably makes kids who have something that I have, makes them feel special.” So wonderful. Video above! [CNN]