We all know how important the presence of other animals in our lives is. We bring nonhuman animals (animals) into our homes, we rescue and rehabilitate those in need, and we seek out animals in nature when we're down and out.
I woke up this morning to this heartwarming story of a young boy named Owen, whose fear and anxiety of open spaces was making it impossible for him to venture outside, and his close companion, a three-legged Anatolian shepherd named Haatchi, and it's well-worth sharing widely.
According to this story, "Owen became 'withdrawn' at school when he realised a rare genetic condition made him different to other boys and girls... Owen suffers from Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, which means his muscles are always tense."
Owen's father, Will, adopted Haatchi from a local rescue center and the two have become inseparable friends, rescuing one another from lives of loneliness and misery. Haatchi had also had a very difficult start in life. He'd been tied to a railway line and hit by a train and suffered horrific injuries. Days later, when he was found, he had a mangled tail and back leg and the leg had to be amputated.