A heartwarming moment was shared between a little boy from Arkansas who has been diagnosed with vitiligo and a dog who also suffers from the same skin condition.
Boy With Vitiligo Gains Confidence Back After Befriending Dog With Same Skin Condition
Eight-year-old Carter Blanchard was diagnosed with vitiligo back in 2014, which is a skin condition that causes white patches to appear around his eyes and across his body, due to a lack of the skin pigment called melanin.
Carter’s mother, Stephanie Adcock, said that the appearance of Carter’s skin had lowered the little boy’s confidence.
Luckily, Adcock came across online star, Rowdy the black labrador, who also suffers from vitiligo, and his owner Niki Umbenhower from Oregon.
Carter and Rowdy met for the first time last March 2017, after months of online communication. And instantly, the pair became comfortable and happy together.
According to Rowdy’s owner, Niki, “In all honesty, it was as if they had known each other forever. Carter walked right in, took off his jacket and just knelt down and started petting him. He was on the floor playing and Rowdy just kept walking around him and laying down by him and he even was barking and hoping around because of all the energy and excitement in the air.”
Niki also recalled how happy she was that her pet had such an impact on how a little boy saw his skin.
“It all changed for me and I had an ‘ah ha’ moment as to what I could do with this unique creature of mine – when a mother reached out to me and shared her story about how my dog was changing the way her son was looking at his own skin.”