About a week after 25 rescue dogs arrived at Jackson County Animal Shelter in Michigan, the staff members started to worry. While most rescue animals quickly found homes, it did not seem like the puppy with a cleft lip would be adopted. However, when Brandon Boyers walked into the shelter, the team’s fears quickly turned into happiness.
Brandon never thought that he would adopt a puppy when he dropped by the shelter a few weeks ago. He only visited the facility to find rescue chickens that would be an addition to the small farm of his family.
During Brandon’s visit, he noticed that there was a black-and-white dog with a cleft lip. Brandon has a two-year-old son named Bentley, who has the same condition. So, at that moment, Brandon’s interest shifted from poultry to puppy.
It was the very first time that Brandon saw a dog with a cleft lip, so he found it pretty shocking. He called his wife, Ashley, to let her know about the puppy. Immediately, Ashley told Brandon to adopt the dog and bring her home that day.
Lydia Sattler, the shelter director, was delighted to know that someone was interested in the puppy. However, she explained to Brandon that the dog still had to go to her last vet appointment and that he could take her home after two days.
The couple could not contain their excitement to introduce the puppy to their son. So, the next day, Ashley and Bentley visited the dog at the shelter. According to her, Bentley and the puppy were instantly head over heels for each other. Bentley cradled the dog in his arms, and everyone started to cry.
Lydia said that the puppy, who came from 1,000 miles away, was the first dog with a cleft lip in the shelter. That and the fact the Brandon just randomly visited the facility really amazed her.
Bentley, who already underwent two surgeries and still has a few more to go, decided to name his new puppy Lacey. Beyond being Bentley’s playmate, Lacey will be an essential companion for the little boy. As his parents said, with Lacey around, Bentley would not feel that he is on his journey alone.