Here is the tiny little brown Lab puppy who was born on Kaffekalle’s birthday.

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Her owners had decided to put him to sleep because his severe cleft palate.

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But Kaffekalle convinced them to let her have the puppy. She brought the puppy home that night.

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She didn’t know if the puppy would live more than a couple weeks, but she was determined to do everything she could to give the puppy a chance.

This puppy didn’t realize he had a problem, and luckily he was able to latch onto his binky!  

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She tube-fed him every 1-2 hours around the clock so he wouldn’t die of starvation. Here is he after the first week.

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The puppy stayed with her around the clock, even to work. To save this little puppy it was going to take heroic efforts.

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People probably loved having him at the office. I mean, what an adorable guy!

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He made friends with all the visitors at the vet clinic.

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After three weeks, she knew the puppy was a little fighter, and he had a chance. He would scream for his food at mealtimes.

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Here is the puppy’s cleft palate. In addition to causing feeding issues, it made infections likely.

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When he opened his eyes for the first time, Kaffekalle sensed that the puppy was so bewildered, but also so brave.

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At five weeks old, the puppy was still growing. Kaffekalle named him Bronson.

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He still needed tube feedings, however.

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But just look at this little guy! All the effort was so worth it.

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He started to look like a normal puppy. Love.

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He was surviving like a Super Hero, but he still had a ways to go.

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By 8 weeks, Kaffekalle and Bronson has bonded. She says her heart was “completely his.”

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The puppy had bonded to her as his mom.

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Because he could catch an infection so easily, Kaffekalle wouldn’t let him walk on the ground. Guess that means more cuddling time. :)

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The two were inseparable, and Bronson even sat on her lap while she caught up the latest news.

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He was totally her baby.

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He started learning how to play catch!

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But because of his condition, his face was growing crooked.

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With all the care, he was growing up to be a big boy!

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Things kept getting stuck in his mouth where his palate wasn’t properly fused.

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He kept having to be sedated to get things out of the hole in his mouth.

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But despite all of this, he kept growing and bouncing back.

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What a sweetie!

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He loved to play in the water.

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Sometimes he would get bored, as he wasn’t allowed many toys or treats due to the risk of things getting stuck. Good thing for cuddles!

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Kaffekalle kept him close.

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He was surviving but his cleft palette was still bad months later…

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On his first birthday, Bronson had surgery to repair his cleft palette. If he got through it, he could have a normal life.

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The surgery wasn’t easy…but it was a success!

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Here he is with his brother and sister.

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Cheers to you, Kaffekalle, for giving this sweet guy a chance!

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And cheers to you, Bronson! You are amazing!

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To read the whole heartwarming story, check here.

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