- Publish Date
- Thursday, 23 March 2017, 12:54PM
Carter Blanchard has a skin condition called vitiligo which turns skin white as pigment cells are destroyed.
The 8-year-old didn't like the way he looked and felt incredibly alone.
That is until he met Rowdy, a black labrador with the exact same condition.
The white spots around Rowdy's eyes made the 13-year-old dog famous on the internet and when Carter's mother, Stephanie Adcock, discovered him she knew she had to show her son.
"I read that Rowdy had vitiligo, and I was blown away," Adcock said, "When I showed Carter, he was so excited to see a dog that was famous for his vitiligo."
The two eventually got to meet in real life and became instant friends. Rowdy also helped Carter gain a new confidence in himself and he is now embracing his rare skin condition.
"It couldn’t be any other person that made him feel better," Adcock told KATU.com.