Connected through spots: Arkansas boy gets to meet Oregon dog with same rare skin disorder

Carter Blanchard and Rowdy, a lab, finally meet. Both have a rare skin disorder called Vitiligo. (KATU Photo)

It's as if they've known each other their whole lives.

Carter Blanchard and Rowdy are connected through spots.

“I definitely knew we would come soon, I just didn't think it would be within two days,” Carter’s mom Stephanie Adcock said.

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For the last year Carter and Rowdy only knew each other digitally, but Rowdy taught Carter to love his skin despite vitiligo.

Stephanie says Carter gained the confidence she always wanted him to have.

“Really, it was life changing for him. It changed his childhood for the better, it was a gift I couldn't give him,” Stephanie said.

Now seeing her confident boy doing flips, stopping just long enough to pet Rowdy in the living room of her new found friend, she says even his darkest days were worth it.

“It couldn't be any other person that made him feel better. It had to be rowdy, it had to be a dog,” Stephanie said.

It was a long awaited moment for Rowdy and his owner, Niki Umbenhower, too.

“I have goosebumps when I think about the moment they walked through the door. I'm getting emotional, it’s amazing,” Niki said.

A moment Stephanie wasn’t sure would ever happen, but thanks to KATU viewers, it did.

“I wasn't 100 percent sure we were going to get them together, and now we have those memories,” Stephanie said.

And now after an impromptu photo shoot, they can keep their memories forever.

“This is far more than we ever deserved, and so we are just overwhelmed with the support,” Stephanie said.

As for Carter, he loves his four-legged friend but says Rowdy needs more spots.

“He needs some more on his back,” Carter said.

Connected through their spots and now with an unbreakable bond.

“Fun,” Carter said.

“What’s your favorite part?” Stephanie asked.

“Getting to pet him,” Carter said.

On Sunday, Rowdy suffered from a seizure. Doctors say he needs more medical tests to determine what’s wrong. If you would like to help Rowdy, a GoFundMe has been set up.

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