Owen Hopkins, a seven-year-old boy who has a rare & painful disease called Schwartz-Jamel syndrome that causes his muscles to be permanently tense. When Owen grew old, he came to know about his rare condition and was reluctant to go outside.
Sensing his fear to go in open worried his parents and they decided to adopt a pet for him.
His father adopted a dog named Haatchi an Anatolian shepherd dog – from a rescue center. Soon Haatchi entered in Owen life, his fear took a backseat, and now he is venturing outside his house with his new friend. Haatchi has helped Owen to overcome his anxiety of the outer world. The heartwarming friendship of both is being documented in a short film where both have been seen spending time with each other.
Haatchi who helped Owen to overcome his anxiety himself had a dark past. He had been beaten and tied on the railway track where a train hit him, and he lost his one leg in an accident. Haatchi future looked bleak when nobody was ready to adopt him.
Eventually, Owen father decided to adopt him after reading his plight on Facebook. Now Haatchi and Owen both have bonded really well, and even Haatchi accompanies Owen during his therapy sessions.
Owen father says that earlier Owen was afraid of going outside and talking to someone that now he loves talking to everyone about his new friend.
His father said ‘Haatchi would come and drink out of the bath when I’m bathing Owen, and they don’t like to be apart.’
Haatchi incredible survival and his positive impact on Owen life has resulted him wining an award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare.