(WILX/CNN/Meredith) -- A Michigan boy with a birth defect found his perfect match – a puppy.

Bentley Boyers, 2, instantly bonded with a dog who, like him, has a cleft palate.

Last week, Bentley’s dad Brandon went to Jackson County Animal Shelter, interested in some chickens and potentially a dog. That’s when a dog with a cleft palate caught his eye.

Brandon and his wife Ashley knew immediately that they had to adopt the 2-month-old puppy.

To see [Bentley] have something in common with a puppy means a lot, because he can grow up and understand that him and his puppy both have something that they can share in common,” Ashley said.

The animal shelter said they don’t normally see puppies with cleft palates, but that it isn’t anything that will hold the puppy back.

She might look a little different than a normal dog would, but it's not slowing her down at all,” Animal Services Director Lydia Sattler said.

Bentley got to bring home his new best friend on Friday.


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