CANBY, Ore. – An 8-year-old boy with a skin condition is growing more and more confident everyday, thanks to a furry friend.
Carter Blanchard, 8, lives in Arkansas. He was diagnosed with Vitiligo years ago.
“I used to pick up Carter from kindergarten and first grade, and the first thing he would say is that he hates his face and hates his skin,” said mom Stephanie Adcock told KATU.
The same month that Carter was diagnosed, a dog named Rowdy living 2,000 miles away in Oregon was also diagnosed with Vitiligo.
Rowdy’s owner started noticing white spots appear all over his body.
“Around the age of 11, he started to get just a little white. I didn’t think anything of it, I just thought he was getting old,” Rowdy’s owner Niki Umbenhower said.
Adcock saw pictures of Rowdy on Facebook and was shocked.
“I read that Rowdy had Vitiligo and I was blown away, and when I showed Carter he was so excited to see a dog that was famous for his Vitiligo,” Adcock said.
Rowdy has his own website and social media accounts. Carter watched videos of Rowdy online and his mom said she immediately noticed a difference in Carter’s self-confidence.
A good Samaritan saw a story about Carter and Rowdy on KATU and donated $5,000 so Carter and his mom could fly to Oregon and meet the dog.
A video shared to Rowdy’s Facebook page shows Rowdy and Carter enjoying their time together in Oregon.
Umbenhower says she’s glad Rowdy has been able to spread Vitiligo awareness.