Freki underwent the operation last November, emerging from the hospital with both sides of his palate fused together - an internal procedure that ensured he could fully eat and drink on his own.
There are, however, lingering issues with Freki - not exactly life-threatening, but rather sleep-threatening. At least for those around him.
"He snores even more now," Di Bartolo says. "He sounds like a grown man in the room."