First of all, is this not the cutest little boy? Seven-year-old Owen Howkins was born with a rare genetic disease called Schwartz- Jampel syndrome that can cause painful muscle stiffness and bone growth. As he's gotten older, he's become more aware of his differences, and it's made it hard for him to interact with others.
It turns out, he just needed a friend.
Enter Haatchi, an Anatolian shepherd who, after being abused and hit by train, is missing a leg. Owen's father, Will Howkins, and stepmother Colleen Drummond, decided to adopt Haatchi.
It was a match even they couldn't have anticipated.
"The day that Haatchi met Owen was actually incredible. It was electric; spiritual, as corny as that sounds," Drummond says. "There was just like a communication that only they will understand... it's like they both knew that each other were different and there was an instant acceptance of those differences."
"A Boy and His Dog" is the short film that documents Owen and Haatchi's friendship. It was put together by film students at the University of Hertfordshire, and you can watch the whole thing below.