There's something undeniably beautiful about the bond between a young kid and their dog.
I admittedly get a little choked up whenever I see a kid and an animal as best friends, hanging out at the park or playing outside. I guess I get kind of jealous in a way because I didn't have that kind of relationship as a child. You know what I mean: Living out in the country with my trusty canine companion at my side.
Instead, I settled for "micro-connections" with animals. Small pockets of time I got to spend with dogs or cats where I'd give them all my love for a short amount of time, living out what could've been when I was a young child.
Dreams came true tonight!!! ❤❤ Carter and I were finally able to meet in person!! Check out my Facebook Fan Page "White Eyed Rowdy" for news clips from Oregon and Arkansas about our story!! #dreamcometrue #vitiligo #avrf #keepportlandrowdy #vitiligoworld #vitiligonation #vitiligogirls #vitiligopride #vitiligobeauty #vitiligoawareness #vitiligobeauties #nocuredontcare #vitiligo #dogs #dogsofig #dogsofinsta #dogsofinstgram #dogsofinstaworld #dogslife #handsomeboys #purelove
The 8-year-old boy from Arkansas was diagnosed with Vitiligo, a skin condition responsible for loss of skin pigmentation.
Thanks to a generous crowdfunding campaign, Rowdy and Carter were able to arrange a meeting and the two had an instant connection. Even though the labrador is pushing 14-years-old, he wasn't diagnosed with vitiligo until 3 years ago - the same time Carter was.
"I used to pick up Carter from school from kindergarten and first grade, and the first thing he would say is that he hates his face and hates his skin. 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 in an interview with KATU.
Recruited as a mascot, this pup is doing what he can to help children with vitiligo fight low self-esteem and depression.Posted by Upworthy on Monday, September 19, 2016
I met Jessica today. ❤She is a beautiful 11 year old who also has vitiligo. Those that look beyond her skin condition will see she has a huge heart, is very smart, and is one strong girl! We interviewed her for a YouTube video series we want to do and I cannot wait to share it with you all once we get it edited!! #vitiligo #vitiligoisbeautiful #nocuredontcare #dogswithjobs #vitiligonation #vitiligoworld #vitiligogirls #dog #mydogiscutest #dogstagram #dogsofig #dogsofpdx #dogsofinstagram #awareness #dogsofig #unique #beautiful #inspirational #keepportlandrowdy
UPDATE ON ROWDY . Rowdy saw a neurologist in the ER today. They are not sure if it was a seizure or a stroke or something else. They did a lot of tests and without a "much needed" (expensive) MRI and CT Scan, we may never know. He could have a tumor or a mass causing a lot of his issues. . We left with them prescribing a new medication for seizures as well as some codeine for his pain. This could be age related, an isolated event, or he may have more episodes like today. . I want to thank EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU for the prayers, well wishes, and support! It is truly overwhelming to see the kindness and love this pup has from around the world! We love you all! Please continue to follow along the amazing adventure we are having with Carter and his mom from Arkansas! While Rowdy started his day with a scare and a trip to the ER, he was able to end it meeting up with Carter, another beautiful little girl Emma from Eugene, and some dear family friends for a play date and then squeezed in a photo shoot to boot. . This dog never ceases to amaze me with his resilience!!
"I feel like he has so much more work to do, but his health is definitely more of a senior dog," Niki Umbenhower said.
Niki hopes that her pup has plenty more left in the tank to help others feel more at ease with their skin condition, like he's done for Carter, who's made a "complete 180" according to his mom.