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.”
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