When Carter Blanchard was in kindergarten, he started getting white patches around his eyes and was diagnosed with vitiligo. It’s a skin condition with no known cause, where cells that make pigment in the skin are destroyed, according to the National Institutes of Health.
The condition caused Carter to lose confidence, but when the eight-year-old from Arkansas recently met Rowdy, a 13-year-old dog in Oregon with vitiligo, he was thrilled. Carter’s mom, Stephanie Adcock, found Rowdy while scrolling through Facebook, and discovered the pooch has a worldwide following and his own website and social media accounts because of his unique look - he’s black with big white circles around his eyes.
Adcock and Rowdy’s owner got in contact and kept in touch, and when a story of the boy and the dog’s friendship was shown on KATU in Oregon, someone donated $5,000 for Carter and his mom to fly out so the two could meet in person. And when they did, Carter hugged Rowdy, petted him for hours, and they made fast friends.
Now his mom says her son is “proud” of his vitiligo and that he “thinks everyone else’s skin is boring.” All thanks to his unique four-legged friend.