Having a canine companion with vitiligo acts as a gentle reminder that beauty is not solely determined by physical appearance. It’s quite common to come across people and animals who have vitiligo, which is caused by a breakdown of pigment cells (melanocytes) present on the skin.
Having a medical condition can often lead to feeling uncomfortable about our physical appearance. However, Blaze, a Labrador Retriever from Finland, is a great example of how our appearance doesn’t define us. Despite being born with an all-black coat, Blaze developed vitiligo spots over the past year, making him even more unique and special. His owner, Santeri Frilander, loves Blaze regardless of his spots and hopes that everyone can learn to appreciate their own unique qualities. Blaze serves as a reminder that beauty truly comes from within.
According to Frilander, the appearance of a small white spot on the ear of the subject gradually spread. The intriguing aspect of this is that his siblings remained of the same solid color.
We have recently discovered that Blaze has vitiligo, a condition that is not only common in humans but can also affect dogs. However, we are happy to report that this condition does not hinder his ability to enjoy a joyful and active life. Although he may look different now, his health remains in excellent condition, and he is still as lively and energetic as ever before. It’s important to note that vitiligo only affects the skin’s pigment and does not impact the dog’s overall health and wellness.
“Whenever we hit the road, Blaze is ready to go,” commented his father with a smile. “He loves being in the car and exploring new places!” Meet Blaze, the lovable dog that has become a sensation on social media, capturing the hearts of countless fans with his irresistible charisma.
According to Santeri, his young buddy’s mission is to spread cheer and put a smile on people’s faces. Even though he is only a decade old, he has already earned some amusing monikers like “The Funny Old Man” and “The Old Man” because of his attitude.
Please pass on this message to your dear ones!