Owen Howkins is a very shy seven year old who suffers Schwartz-Jumpel Syndrome, a disease that permanently stiffens his muscles.
But thanks to Haatchi, his adopted Anatolian Shepherd, Owen doesn't have to be afraid of the outside world.
The boy used to wary towards strangers as well as being withdrawn at school but his new buddy has changed all that.
Now Owen LUVs to go on walks with his pooch, showing him off and even wanting to go to dog shows!
And Haatchi has had his share of problems too. The fifteen month old pet was tied to a train track and hit by a train, severely damaging his tail and leg.
Both had to be amputated.
But now he and Owen are two peas in a pod! So much love between these two!
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