When it seemed that all hope was lost, destiny connected Owen and Haatchi to save each other.
This is a beautiful and inspiring story of a friendship that overcomes all the obstacles and supports at the hardest times.
Haatchi, an Anatolian shepherd dog, won first place in the Friends for Life category at the Birmingham NEC event. His back left leg and tail were amputated after he was tied to a railway line and then hit by a train. He was adopted by the family of Owen Howkins,, who has a rare genetic condition. Owen has Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, which causes his muscles to be permanently tense. It left him scared to talk to people and worried about leaving his home
Speaking of his friend, Owen said:
I used to be scared of strangers, then Haatchi came along and now I’m not and that’s how he changed my life. I didn’t really meet many others with disabilities and felt like the odd one out, which made me really sad. But when I saw Haatchi and saw how strong he was, even though he only had three legs, I became stronger myself. I love him so much.
The Anatolian shepherd dog won after receiving the most votes from the public.
Stories like this one once again affirm the importance of dogs in the lives of humans. They help us to stay healthy, keep us in shape, cheer us up when we are sad. Dogs are our friends for life.