“I’m Owen and I’m seven-years-old and Haatchi is my best friend.” It’s a story of a boy and his dog, but it is a little more than that. This is the story of two souls who found each other in their times of need. Owen suffers from a muscle condition called Schwartz Jampel Syndrome which leaves him constantly tensed up and cramping. There are only a hundred cases worldwide. In the video, however, it’s obvious that Owen is only interested in telling the story of how Haatchi became his best friend.
Haatchi was found tied up to railway tracks after being struck by a train and was rescued by the RSPCA. He had been abandoned, and he had to have a leg amputated. When Owen’s stepmother Colleen saw Haatchi for the first time, she saw past all his so-called imperfections. She “literally took a gasp of breath.” She had never felt that way about a dog and knew she had to take him home.
Upon getting Haatchi home, Owen and his new friend instantly bonded. Colleen said that the two had a connection that she couldn’t explain as if they both “understood that the other was different” and bonded over those differences. It’s the kind of story that never gets old and is a trope passed from generation to generation because it speaks to the unconditional love dogs give us. That kind of love can change you, and it certainly changed Owen for the better. Watch the video below to see for yourself.