Lentil the Puppy Inspires

Lentil, a 4 month-old puppy, was born with facial deformities. His journey to live and go through surgery for a cleft pallet has inspired a Facebook following.

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A French bulldog name Lentil has become an inspiration to children and fans across the world. He teaches that being different is okay.
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Lentil as wee little newborn puppy weighed only a few ounces.
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Lindsay Condefer nursed Lentil to health after his was born and formally adopted him on Mother's Day 2013.
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Lentil spends time with children with craniofacial deformities. Here, he's visiting with Daniel Pfeiffer of Philly.
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Condefer plans to take Lentil on the road and visit as many children with facial and cranial deformities as she can. There are 200 children in Lentil's Kids Club.
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Lentil in his travel case. Condefer started a Kickstarter to fund Lentil's travel.
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Condefer at the airport with Lentil.
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Lentil's Facebook page cheers on Alexis, a member of the Kids Club, who is having a mid-face replacement surgery.
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Lentil made a stop at Sprout TV.
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Lentil has become a "poster dog" for facial and cranial deformities, and is spreading sunshine on his wellness journey. Pictured: He's in the car on his way to surgery at Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine to repair a cleft palate.
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Lentil en route to his surgery at Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine. Warning: Surgery photos are shown in the next four photo slides.
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Lentil is prepped for surgery.
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It took about 15 staff members to perform the three hour surgery.
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Detailed view of Lentil's mouth.
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Cleft palate is more common in dogs than cats, and dogs with short noses, according to his surgeon Dr. Alexander Reiter.
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Lentil's first bath after surgery.
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Lentil smiling days after his surgery.
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Photos of Lentil at home and at play.
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Sleeping.
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"He's super cute," said his surgeon Dr. Alexander Reiter. "I cannot explain it. He's special."
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The French bulldog has more than 83,000 Facebook fans and counting on his fan page-- My name is Lentil.
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Condefer nursed Lentil from 5.7 ounces up to his current weight of 7.6 pounds.
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"He knows who he is. I think he has a mission. This mission is that he willdo something good for children with craniofacial defects," said Reiter.
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In the coming months, Lentil will make his visit to CHOP on behalf of the Children's Craniofacial Association. He will visit children with facial deformities as part of a new program to bring the message that they are not alone.
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