Well, hello, little lady. My name’s Lentil. Do you party?
In late February, when everything seemed cold and dark and destined to stay that way, a warm little bean of a puppy named Lentil appeared on Facebook. Lentil was one of two French Bulldogs born with severe cleft palates. He was just 48 hours old when he was surrendered to the French Bulldog Rescue Network and faced a battle to gain weight and grow healthy. Lentil’s daily struggles, cute though they may be, have unfolded through videos, pictures, a blog and daily updates, thanks to his recently outted “mom,” Lindsay Condefer, who also runs Chic Petique and founded the non-profit dog rescue Street Tails Animal Rescue, both found on Liberties Walk. Now five weeks old and weighing in at more than 2 lbs, Lentil is faring well, but each day is a battle. Since appearing on Facebook, Lentil has garnered a fanbase that is, well, rabid. Nearly six thousand people follow Lentil’s day-to-day fight for survival. While tube feedings every three hours are certainly a challenge, Condefer has another dillema: How to keep the well-meaning fans at bay. As she recently stated on Lentil’s blog, “My only concern at this time is that everyone is so overwhelmed by the cuteness of Lentil, that they are forgetting the severity of his condition. It breaks my heart when I have to tell people that they can’t visit or play with him.” Until that day when we can all rub our faces on his soft pink belly and nibble at those tiny little bat ears, consider helping Lentil and all the others like him by donating to the French Bulldog Rescue Network in his name.
[Photo: My Name Is Lentil]