WATCH | Carter Blanchard and the dog "Rowdy" are connected through spots. Carter and Rowdy share the same skin condition called vitiligo.
Carter Blanchard, who lives in Arkansas, and Rowdy who lives in Oregon, have been digital friends for the last year. But this week, they were able to meet in person, affiliate KATU reported. Rowdy taught Carter to love his skin despite his vitiligo.
“Really, it was life changing for him. It changed his childhood for the better, it was a gift I couldn't give him."
—Stephanie Adcock, Carter's mother
Carter's mother, Stephanie Adcock said Carter gained the confidence she always wanted him to have.
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.
She said, “I have goosebumps when I think about the moment they walked through the door. I'm getting emotional, it’s amazing,”
The two families worked together to raise enough fund for Carter to meet Rowdy through their Gofundme page. Stephanie wasn't sure when Carter would ever be able to meet Rowdy, but thanks to an Oregon resident who donated through their Gofundme page, the two were able to meet in person this week.
“I wasn't 100 percent sure we were going to get them together, and now we have those memories,” Adcock said. They even had 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,” Carter's mother 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.
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.