Pistolet the Boston Terrier Has a Cleft Palate — And It Is Awesome

This is often a death sentence, but Pistolet got lucky and even inspired a tongue fashion craze.

Liz Acosta  |  Jan 13th 2014


Meet little Pistol — or Pistolet, if you will. He was rescued by Wonder Dog Rescue in San Francisco, but don’t expect to see him among the available dogs. That’s because Pistolet has special needs and will be in the loving care of Wonder Dog for the rest of his life as a mascot for the organization.

If you can get past the cuteness, you’ll see that Pistolet’s nose is not quite like the noses of most Boston Terriers. That’s because, like Lentil the French Bulldog, Pistolet has a severe cleft palate. For many puppies, such a deformity would be a death sentence, but the folks at Wonder Dog decided to give Pistolet a second chance. He had surgery in June to allow him to live an easier life.

However, while the little Boston Terrier is doing well, he still suffers from other birth defects, such as a weak hind leg, and will probably end up smaller than your average Boston.

But that doesn’t make him any less deserving of a great life, and from the looks of his Facebook page, he brings joy to everyone who meets him. Imagine what the world would be like without that?

It would be pretty dismal, which is why we’re glad Wonder Dog saw the adorableness in Pistolet’s unique features. And look! Pistolet’s “look” has inspired a fashion statement that is sweeping San Francisco!

All photos via Pistolet’s Facebook page — go follow him to keep up to date on his progress, and let him know Dogster sent you!

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About Liz Acosta: Dogster’s former Cuteness Correspondent, Liz still manages the site’s daily “Awws,” only now she also wrangles Dogster’s social media. That’s why she wants you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and — her personal favorite — Instagram. See ya there!

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