Puppy With Cleft Palate Teaches Kids Tolerance (Slideshow)

Lentil, the ‘Super Bean,’ has severe cleft palate

Lentil puppy with cleft palette

Lentil, a little French bulldog puppy with a malformed mouth and lips, has lessons to teach your kids. This puppy’s resilience and appeal, despite challenges, shows how everyone deserves kindness and respect, even if they are different from us.

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If your child has special needs or feels different, talking about Lentil can help your child embrace differences — encouraging self-confidence and independence that lead to better emotional and physical health.

So mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles and grandparents, I encourage you start a dialog with your children today about Lentil, the “Super Bean.” Kids can learn a lot from this strong little pup and may even see that different is not just OK but can actually be quite adorable.

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See more adorable photos of Lentil’s growth and progress via blog and on Facebook.


Emma Raizman, MD

Emma Raizman, MD, is a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children's who enjoys working with families and children, from newborns to adolescents.
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