A disabled child bonds with a three-legged dog.
A disabled boy has developed an unlikely bond with a three-legged dog.
7-year-old, Owen Howkins was socially withdrawn and rarely wanted to venture away from home.
He suffers from Schwartz Jampel Syndrome, a rare genetic condition which causes his muscles to be constantly tense. Owen’s mobility is very limited, as his balance is very poor. He cannot walk without help.
About a year ago, Owen’s parents adopted an Anatolian German Shepherd named Haatchi and the two have been inseparable since then. The pooch previously had his back leg and tail amputated after he was tied to a railway line and struck by a train.
Owen states “I didn't really meet many others with disabilities and felt like the odd one out, which made me really sad. But when I saw Haatchi and saw how strong he was, even though he only had three legs, I became stronger myself. I love him so much.”
The heartwarming tale deemed Haatchi a contestant in the public vote for the Friends for Life award at Crufts 2013.