Skip to comments.How Haatchi the Three-Legged Dog Is Helping a Disabled Boy [w/pix]
Posted on 11/06/2012 12:39:45 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
Like any good best friend, dogs sometimes push us to be stronger people. For one boy, canine support opened up his life to a whole new world. According to the Daily Mail U.K., a seven-year-old child with a fear of leaving the house is starting to take trips outside, thanks to his three-legged dog, Haatchi.
Owen Howkins became fearful of social situations at a young age when he was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, which made him look different from other kids his age. His anxiety became so severe that the boy started to loathe leaving his English home.
Those with Schwartz-Jampel syndrome experience constantly tense muscles. Will Howkins, Owen's father, thought that finding his son an understanding companion might help relieve Owen's fears. At a local animal rescue center, Will found the perfect candidate in an Anatolian Shepherd named Haatchi.
Owen's family says the the doting dog helps the boy cope with his frequent hospital visits and understand that physical differences don't change how people feel about you.
"Owen used to be scared of strangers but he now wants to talk to everyone about Haatchi and wants to go out all the time to dog shows," said Colleen Howkins, Owen's step-mom, to the Daily Mail U.K. "The difference we see in him can't be put into words."
Haatchi will soon start bringing his healing company to others. The dog recently completed therapy training, so he can visit solider amputees and terminally ill children in hospitals.
Haatchi's wonderful work has earned him an award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, a fact Owen is eager to chat about with his new friends.
Pix are at source.
Growing up in South Jersey there was a small pack of dogs that ran the neighborhood. One of those dogs had only one back leg. We called him the Arithmetic Dog,add two carry one.
0bama: “A dog like that you don’t eat all at once.”
Great story and great pics.
Love both the boy and the dog.
I thought we could all use a feel-good story that has nothing to do with the damn election.
Excellent post. Thank you
Dad gummit! you beat me by two minutes. ;-)
Beautiful story! Thanks, Slings!
That is a sweet little boy.
I said no when Zer0 offered me a snack. ;^)
You’re very welcome.
When 0bama buys a bag of dog food he isn’t bringing home a treat for Bo!
0bama thinks that “Chow dog” is redundant.
Dog-gone video screen turned blurry !!! Thanks for posting...
I wish more news media carried stories like this. It would make for a better world.
Dogs are great as I lean down and pat my 14 year old Maltese..He said if he could he would vote for Romney...
Awesome. This story is a perfect example of why all life is precious....especially unwanted dogs. They benefit us humans way more than we deserve.
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