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We all need to count our blessings, this story is a reminder of why we all should do just that.

After you watch this video and read about this seven year old boy, his three-legged best friend and his parents…see if your eyes get misty or not. – Like Owen says in this video, and I’m paraphrasing “No matter how bad things get in the world…there’s always something good that comes along.”

Here’s one report:

A heartwarming video showing the bond between a disabled boy and his Crufts-winning dog has gone viral.

Little Owen Howkins, seven, suffers from a rare genetic condition called Schwartz-Jampel that makes his muscles permanently tense.

When he realised he was different from other boys and girls he became scared to leave the house.

But after his parents bought him a three-legged dog named Haatchi he not only braves the outside world but basks in the glory of winning dog shows.

Anatolian shepherd dog Haatchi suffered terrible injuries as a puppy when somebody tied him to a railway line and he was hit by a train.

He was found with a mangled tail and back leg, and by the time he was taken to a vet’s surgery, nothing could be done to save his leg and tail and both had to be amputated.

Haatchi struggled to find a new home and his future looked bleak before he was eventually adopted by Colleen Drummond, fiancée of Will Howkins, father of little Owen.

Colleen, who has been Owen’s stepmum since he was three, told the Basingstoke Gazette: “Before his arrival, Owen didn’t like going out – he was practically agoraphobic. When he first started school, he became more aware of being different, and he became even more withdrawn.

“Owen used to be scared of strangers, but now he wants to talk to everyone about Haatchi and wants to go out all the time to dog shows. The difference we see in him can’t be put into words.”

RAF engineer Will said: “: “Owen is incredibly attached to Haatchi – in fact, they are very attached to each other.

“Haatchi will come and drink out of the bath when I’m bathing Owen, and they don’t like to be apart.”

Haatchi is set to be presented with a special award next week by Queen legend Brian May at the House of Lords.

The award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare recognising the special roll Haatchi has played in Owen’s life.

Please take the time to watch this, I double-dog dare ya!- See if you don’t tear-up…it’s pure gold, pure love!

So, after you watched the video what are your thoughts?

For me this little boy and his dog are ‘Dudes of the Week‘…how ’bout you?

Toss in your two-cents…Fire Away – Inquiring Minds Want to Know!

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  1. Just a quick side-note to anyone that uses twitter: You can use the hashtag #ABoyAndHisDog there too.

  2. Dudes of the week? Deffo!

  3. The picture alone says everything…’s “agape”…. As far as the relationship between the boy and his dog, all of us can and should take away a life lesson from this; I was very hesitant to take on a new relationship after the wife died, but friends had a “special needs” kitten they couldn’t adopt out and I very reluctantly took it home with me. I don’t think this cat’s “brain bulb” has ever lit up, but one thing is for certain, he loves him some “grumpy”. When I get home from my part-time job he greets me by pulling his hind legs up and rubbing his head between his hind paws, meowing to beat the band, and then he begins his “snore” purring….just because he’s glad(I hope) to see me. Always a great way to end a trying work day. Yup, and I love him too….no strings attached.

  4. Spurwing Plover says:

    Never ever allow PETA to adopt any pets or its good bye spot and puff since these PETA wanks are overdosed on too many Free Willey and Babe movies

  5. Did any of you happen to watch this? – Just curious.

    • Snake Oiler says:

      Absolutely. What kind of a fool would leave such a beautiful animal unattended and then abandon him? About the lowest form of scum of the earth are those that are cruel to children, the elderly, and animals.

      • Couldn’t agree more…you put it in a nutshell my friend.

        • Snake Oiler says:

          And speaking of beautiful animals, I once owned a wonderful Elkhound named Shadrach. Looked very much like this:


          • Beautiful. magnificent dogs. I’m going to be going to the shelter this summer and give a new home to a couple of critters…one dog and cat. Problem I have when I go to places like that is, I want so much to take all of them home. My other two critters that I have left now are getting very old…and very lonely for new friends too. – Ahhh, such is life.

          • Snake Oiler says:

            Blessings on you, BT. It’s a very noble thing that you are going to do.

          • Thanks Snake. I don’t know about ‘noble’…the happiness I receive from the critters is mutual. The heartbreaking part comes when we lose them…as I’m sure you well know.

  6. Speaking of dogs and a feel good story: