Dog With Vitiligo Changes The Life Of A Boy With The Same Condition.

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Being unique in this day and age is something to be celebrated. Being unique for a young individual, however, can be difficult to grasp and learn to appreciate.

Carter Blanchard is an 8-year-old boy with a rare skin disorder known as vitiligo. His mother, Stephanie Adcock, said his face was transforming very quickly. He hated the way he looked as he was "different" from everyone else. That is, until one day he met a special friend with the same skin condition he has. The unexpected friendship is something too beautiful to not share.


“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, " explained Adcock.

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At that point, it was hard to see the boy ever learning how to appreciate his unique appearance.

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They believed it would take a miracle to help him, but one day their prayers were answered with a purebred black lab.

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The 13-year-old doggie's name was Rowdy. He was diagnosed with vitiligo the same year Carter was!

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Rowdy's unique white patches are what made him famous on the Internet. That's how Carter's mom found out about him.

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“I read that Rowdy had vitiligo, and I was blown away. When I showed Carter, he was so excited to see a dog that was famous for his vitiligo.”

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Adcock reached out to Rowdy's owner, Niki Umbenhower. Shortly after, Adcock and Carter flew cross country to meet Rowdy and Niki.

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When Carter walked in to meet Rowdy for the first time, his mom claimed "it felt like they were family already."

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Adcock told Inside Edition, “He’s done a complete 180. We’ve come full circle. He’s proud of himself. He thinks we have boring skin because we don’t get to have vitiligo."

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