Connected By Vitiligo
Rowdy the black Labrador lived most of his life as a normal dog with his family in Oregon, but when he turned 12, something strange started happening to his face.
The fur around his eyes began turning white in small patches, and within a year, they had developed into full circles. Nobody could figure out what was causing them until a veterinarian suggested it could be vitiligo, a long-term condition that causes patches of skin to lose their pigment and become white. A biopsy confirmed that he did have it — and now he’s raising awareness through the American Vitiligo Research Foundation and helping children with the condition to embrace their unique appearances.