Sunday , 21 January 2018

A Boy Befriended a Dog With the Same Rare Skin Condition as Him

We can’t get enough of these two.


It was a happy day when 8-year-old Carter Blanchard met a 14-year-old labrador retriever named Rowdy. You see, Carter and Rowdy both suffer from vitiligo — an incurable skin condition that causes the loss of skin color in blotches.

Blanchard, who lives in Arkansas, was diagnosed with the disease in December 2014, when he was in kindergarten.

“He was at a big school with a lot of kids and his face was transforming very quickly,” his mother, Stephanie Adcock told ABC News. “The first thing he’d tell me when he got in the car is that he hated his face and hated the way he looked.”

Aaround the same time, in Canby, Oregon, Rowdy’s owner, Niki Umbenhower, started to notice that there were white spots popping up over his black fur. At first, they thought he was just getting old, but then they found out it was vitiligo.

One day, Adcock was scrolling through Facebook when she came upon Rowdy’s Facebook page. She began emailing back and forth with Umbenhower, and Rowdy began to teach Carter to love his skin.

“Vitiligo is a very rare condition and he was very upset that he had it but now he is proud that he was chosen to have vitiligo and this is the way he is and he wouldn’t have it any other way,” Adcock said. “He thinks that everyone else’s skin is boring.”

After their heartwarming story was featured in KATU, an anonymous viewer donated $5,000 to help fly Blanchard and his mom fly out to meet Rowdy last weekend. It was an emotional and incredible moment for everyone involved.

“When we walked in I didn’t feel like we were walking in for the very first time, they were family already,” Adcock said. “Carter hugged him and petted him for two hours straight and they’ve been together ever since.”

UPDATE ON ROWDY . Rowdy saw a neurologist in the ER today. They are not sure if it was a seizure or a stroke or something else. They did a lot of tests and without a "much needed" (expensive) MRI and CT Scan, we may never know. He could have a tumor or a mass causing a lot of his issues. . We left with them prescribing a new medication for seizures as well as some codeine for his pain. This could be age related, an isolated event, or he may have more episodes like today. . I want to thank EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU for the prayers, well wishes, and support! It is truly overwhelming to see the kindness and love this pup has from around the world! We love you all! Please continue to follow along the amazing adventure we are having with Carter and his mom from Arkansas! While Rowdy started his day with a scare and a trip to the ER, he was able to end it meeting up with Carter, another beautiful little girl Emma from Eugene, and some dear family friends for a play date and then squeezed in a photo shoot to boot. . This dog never ceases to amaze me with his resilience!!

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On Sunday, Rowdy suffered a seizure. Though he appears to be stable now, the latest update says that it’s still unclear if this was an isolated incident or a precursor to something more serious, so if you want to donate to help cover medical costs, you can do so through his GoFundMe page.


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