Thursday, February 27, 2014

Toddler And Dog With Same Brain Condition Find A Friend In Each Other

Dylan, 2, and Frank, a Chihuahua-dachshund mix, met two weeks ago. 

They were introduced because they both have hydrocephalus, a condition where excessive fluid accumulates in the brain and sometimes causes the skull to expand, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Dylan has had 15 brain surgeries. Therefore, he's spent a lot of time at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University. That's how he met Frank, whose owner, Stacy Metz is an administrative assistant in the Department of Neurosurgery, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Metz adopted Frank last August, thanks to the Richmond Animal League (RAL), the organization that had placed the puppy with a foster family after he suffered a seizure at 8 weeks old, putting him at risk for euthanasia, according to the Times-Dispatch.

dylan leash

"We really didn't hesitate [to adopt Frank] because we are fully aware of the condition," Metz told HuffPost. "We wanted the little guy to get a chance on life."

When Dylan's family found out about Frank through a friend, Lipton immediately reached out to Metz. On Feb. 8, the two boys met at the RAL.

"It was a toddler and a puppy," Lipton told HuffPost. "And a whole lot of energy." 

"It was an emotional moment," Metz added, "just knowing that Frank was able to make Dylan laugh and smile."
Just a little bit tired!  I had so much fun with Dylan at RAL!

Just a little bit tired!