An 8-year-old with a rare skin condition has a new best friend, a dog with the same condition.
Carter Blanchard and Rowdy are connected through their spots.
Rowdy, a Labrador retriever, was born with all black fur. Three years ago, his owners noticed white spots throughout his body.
“Around the age of 11, he started to get just a little white,” Rowdy’s owner Niki Umbenhower said. “I didn’t think anything of it, I just thought he was getting old.”
It turned out they aren’t just cute spots. Rowdy has a rare skin disorder called Vitiligo.
“The skin will develop a patch of pink or white, but it will lighten the skin in that area,” Umbenhower said.
More than 2,000 miles away in Arkansas, Carter was diagnosed with the same condition.
“Carter was diagnosed and got Vitiligo the exact same month and year that Rowdy did,” Carter’s mom Stephanie Adcock said.
She said her son struggled on a daily …