(KAIT) - An 8-year-old Arkansas boy and a dog in Oregon developed a heartwarming bond over a rare skin condition.
Carter Blanchard and Rowdy both have vitiligo and recently met for the first time in person after only seeing each other over the internet for the past year.
Stephanie Adcock, Carter's mother, said he finally had the confidence she knew he could one day possess.
"Really, it was life-changing for him," Adcock said. "It changed his childhood for the better. It was a gift I couldn't give him."
Carter said his favorite thing about spending time with Rowdy is getting to pet him and he also added that he thinks Rowdy could use a few more spots on his back.
ABC affiliate KATU reports Rowdy recently suffered a seizure and doctors say more tests are needed to determine the cause.
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