Boy with rare skin disorder befriends dog with same condition

PORTLAND, OR (WCMH) — Carter Blanchard has vitiligo, a rare skin disorder, but a new friendship with a dog with spots has given Carter new confidence.

Rowdy has the same skin disorder, and the dog has been teaching Carter to embrace his own skin.

“Really it was life changing for him. It changed his childhood for the better, it was a gift I couldn’t give him,” Carter’s mom Stephanie Adcock told KATU-TV.

The boy and the dog formed their friendship first over the computer. Then with the help of Rowdy’s owner, Niki Umbenhower, Carter was able to finally meet Rowdy in person.

“It couldn’t be any other person that made him feel better… it had to be Rowdy, it had to be a dog,” him mother explained.

The two are now connected through an unbreakable bond, as well as their spots.

“This is far more than we ever deserved, and so we are just overwhelmed with the support,” Adcock tells KATU. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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