Boy and dog who share rare skin condition meet

An 8-year-old Arkansas boy with a rare skin disorder met a dog in Oregon with the same condition, something the child and his mom say they will never forget.boy-dog-share-rare-skin-condition-meet-1

It’s as if they’ve known each other their whole lives.

Carter Blanchard and the dog, Rowdy, are connected through spots. It’s as if they’ve known each other their whole lives.boy-dog-share-rare-skin-condition-meet-5

Carter when diagnosed with the disorder in December 2014 when he was in kindergarten. The first white patches appeared around his eyes and caused him to lose confidence, according to his mom.

“He was at a big school with a lot of kids and his face was transforming very quickly,” Stephanie Adcock told ABC News. “As he was trying to come to terms with it, he had his classmates trying to also because his face was changing in front of them.”

She added, “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.”

Carter began watching videos of Rowdy online and made what his mom called a “180” in how he thought of his skin disorder.boy-dog-share-rare-skin-condition-meet-2

“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.”boy-dog-share-rare-skin-condition-meet-3

Umbenhower said Rowdy has reacted to Carter as if they were old friends.

“Carter will be on the floor doing Legos and Rowdy will come and lay down next to him,” she said, adding of the pair’s first meeting, “Carter hugged him and petted him for two hours straight and they’ve been together ever since.”boy-dog-share-rare-skin-condition-meet-6

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