Lentil, a French Bulldog, wasn't expected to make it. Born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, he was the only one of his litter to survive.
Lindsay Condefer, a volunteer with the French Bulldog Rescue Organization of Philadelphia, stepped in to care for Lentil. Because of his cleft palate, he had to be tube fed.
"In the beginning, he ate every two hours throughout, over a 24-hour period, and then as he got older, we were able to stretch it to three hours," Ms. Condefer told CNN.
Ms. Condefer reached out to the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School to discuss surgery that would make it possible for Lentil to eat and drink on his own. Around that time, she started a blog, My Name Is Lentil, to raise awareness of craniofacial differences in animals. Fans flocked to Lentil's very own Facebook page.
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