Miniature Boston Terrier Puppy born with cleft palate THRIVES! ;)
by Heather Gere
Just wanted to share with you a story about my little one, Googles. She was born on September 17, 2008 and shortly after birth we discovered she was born with a cleft palate. Because of this, she was bottle fed every 2 hours for her first weeks of life. My husband and I saw she had a strong will to live and decided to raise her - even though we were told that most cleft puppies are put to sleep. It has been a long road however she is thriving and growing into a beautiful young lady. Today she is 9 weeks old and weighs around 1.8. To everyone's surprise, last week she began eating all on her own.
We started her on kitten food but then switched to a brand our local feed store recommended called mini dog 30 by Royal Canin - well, she just loved it! She also learned to drink from a rabbit bottle quite naturally.
Don't let her size fool you - this little one is FULL of it! She loves to chase our 8 year old all over the house. It is amazing how fast her little legs will move - because of her size, it is funny because she looks like a little hamster running! She also thinks she is big & tough - so funny watching her toss her head back & forth on a little toy (while growling). She is one tough little cookie. You can see a video of her at the following URL:
Here is a video of her eating with her cleft palate:
We would love help with a name. We have nicknamed her "Googles" because of her big googly eyes but would love to get some more ideas. She is a little bundle of love!
Please pray for her! She is a little puppy that has defied the odds - even the vet is amazed that she is able to eat all by herself.
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