Dogs and humans share a special bond. There might be no better exemplification of this bond than the friendship seen between young Owen Howkins and his dog Haatchi.
Howkins, just seven years old, suffers from a rare genetic condition called Schwartz-Jampel syndrome. The syndrome causes his muscles to be permanently tense.
In a viral video called A Boy and His Dog, Owen shares with the world how his three legged dog helped give him the confidence to embrace life even in the face of his condition.
Haatchi, an Anatolian Shepherd, lost his leg and most of his tail as a puppy when someone tied him to a railroad track. He was eventually hit by a train. Rescuers found Haatchi still tied to the track with a mangled leg and tail. Veterianarians were able to save Haatchi’s life, but his leg and tail had to be amputated.
The dog was eventually adopted by Owen’s parents, and the rest is history.
“Before [Haatchi’s] arrival, Owen didn’t like going out – he was practically agoraphobic,” Owen’s stepmother Colleen Drummond said. “When he first started school, he became more aware of being different, and he became even more withdrawn. Owen used to be scared of strangers, but now he wants to talk to everyone about Haatchi and wants to go out all the time to dog shows. The difference we see in him can’t be put into words.”
Watch this video to see Owen and Haatchi’s awesome story: