Arkansas boy befriends dog with same rare skin disease


Carter, who was first diagnosed in kindergarten, lost confidence when white patches developed around his eyes. "It changed his childhood for the better, and it was a gift I couldn't give him", said Carter's mother, Stephanie Adcock.

Carter Blanchard, 8, and his mom say they will never forget meeting Rowdy, a dog with vitiligo.

Carter's mother Stephanie with her son.

Umbenhower told the network that Carter hugged and petted Rowdy for two hours that first meeting, "and they've been together ever since".

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.

Carter and Rowdy met over the weekend for the first time.

'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'. "The skin will develop a patch of pink or white, but it will lighten the skin in that area", Umbenhower said.

"It couldn't be any other person that made him feel better... it had to be Rowdy, it had to be a dog", him mother explained. There is no known cause for the disorder, which destroys the cells that make pigment in the skin. "I remember the day I picked him up from school when he said, 'Mom, I hate my face, '" Adcock wrote in a letter to Ellen DeGeneres. We do Facetime as well.

Both the boy, Carter Blanchard, of Searcy, Arkansas, and the dog, Rowdy, 13, who lives with his owners in OR, have vitiligo, a disorder with no known cause in which the cells that make pigment in the skin are destroyed, according to the National Institutes of Health.

"I had goosebumps when I think about the moment they walked through the door".

'This story has been an incredible journey.

Rowdy's social media presence has "snowballed" with his Instagram account now having in excess of 5000 followers. "I was just strolling through, and I saw a picture of a really unique looking dog", she said.

'We've helped that little boy do a 180 in the way he views his skin and we want to do that for as many kids and people as we possibly can'.



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