This is our newest little foster girl. Her name is Bianca and she came to us from the deep south. She is about 18months old, completely house-trained, crate-trained and follows simple commands very easily.
Bianca has what is called an orofacial cleft-what is often called a hair lip in children. Her upper lip, jaw and nasal passages did not close as they should have during gestation. She does have a small opening in her hard palate starting below her left nostril and opening the roof of her mouth into her nasal passageway. That opening is very small and does not present her any problems with eating or drinking. In children, defects such as these are most often surgically repaired quite early in life. In dogs, unless the owner of the litter chooses to do the surgery, repair is generally not done and most often the dogs die as a result of poor nutrition, pneumonia from aspirated food or simply because they become failure to thrive babies due to the difficulty in nursing, and do not survive.
Our little girl is obviously quite the fighter and has been able to, against all odds, grow and thrive. Bianca and Falcor, her foster brother, are now the very best of friends-he is sooooooooooooo excited to have a playmate and since she is only slightly older than he is, she keeps up with his antics and they wear each other out. Bianca loves all things, big or small, short or tall, human or canine lol She has never met a dog she doesn't like! Even my girls who aren't always the nicest foster sisters - Bianca has won them over!! This is such a sweet little girl and you can't help but love her the moment you meet her.