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7-year-old Owen Howkins suffers from Schwartz-Jampel Syndrome, a condition which leaves his muscles permanently tense. Which would explain Owen's extreme social anxiety.
However, that all changed when the dog Haatchi came into his life. The pup had only three legs, and nobody wanted the pooch. Nobody until Owen saw him, and from then on it was unconditional love between the two!
Here's what Owen's stepmother said:
"There was an immediate bond. It’s like they both knew that each other were different, and there was an instant acceptance of those differences and they were going to work together as a team.”
Nowadays Owen can talk to strangers without any of the problems he exhibited before.
His favorite topic to talk about?
Why, his most favorite dog, of course!
Check out this short video of the two from students at the University of Hertfordshire… AFTER THE JUMP!!!