(DOGS/ANIMAL FRIENDSHIP) UNITED KINGDOM — One has a debilitating disease, and one has only three legs. Owen and Haatchi have an incredible friendship, yet one based on very strange circumstances. The bond between the little boy and his Anatolian Shepherd dog is truly inspiring.
“It’s hard to describe. It’s almost like he understands. The day that Haatchi met Owen was utterly incredible. It was electric. It was spiritual,” mother Colleen Drummond told Fox News.
Owen is a 7-year-old boy diagnosed with Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, which causes his muscles to be permanently flexed. Because of his condition, Owen grew up constantly afraid of human interaction with people who would not understand his disability. He was essentially afraid to go outside and interact with strangers. Owen is constantly in pain, and is definitely aware of his condition and his differences from others.
Haatchi is a true survivor. He was left tied to a train track in London and lost his tail and one of his hind legs after collision. He was rescued by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and was eventually adopted by Owen’s parents, Will Howkins and Colleen Drummond.
“There was just like a communication between them, that only they would understand,” Drummond said. “There was an immediate bond, like they both knew each other was different and there was an instant acceptance of those differences.”
Instead of all the focus being on Owen and his disability, people began asking about Haatchi instead, ultimately bolstering Owen’s confidence, encouraging him to overcome his fear of strangers.
Owen said, “Haatchi has changed my life. I didn’t really meet many others with disabilities and felt like the odd one out…When I saw Haatchi and saw how strong he was, even though he only had three legs, I became stronger myself.”
The two have formed an inseparable friendship, and their story inspired film students at the University of Hertfordshire to make a short documentary. Because of their efforts, a book was released on February 13 by Transworld Digital entitled “Haatchi and Little B,” which puts their amazing tale into words.
Hundreds of people came to see Owen and Haatchi at their local book signing on February 15 after hearing their incredible story.
— Kayla Newcomer, exclusive to Global Animal