Boy Born With Dwarfism Finds Friend in Dog With Same Condition


Both born with dwarfism, a dog and boy share a special bond that has helped the boy gain confidence and self-esteem.

Quaden Bayles of Brisbane, Australia was born with achondroplasia, a common form of dwarfism. People with the condition are shorter in stature, have a larger head with a prominent forehead and shorted midface – all of which made Quaden feel insecure.

“Quaden didn’t like us using the words ‘dwarfism’ or ‘achondroplasia,'” his mom, Yarraka Bayles told “He has been really struggling lately, and has a hard time accepting the fact that he has dwarfism,” adding people pointed out to the 5-year-old that he was different. Fortunately, fate stepped in for the boy.

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A week ago, Yarraka received a call from a friend, who is a vet, asking if the family would be interested in adopting a shih tzu dog, who also was born with dwarfisim.

While the vet suggested the family take in the dog and give it a few days to see if was a match, Yarraka told the outlet, “My kids fell in love with him. So we just had to have him.”

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Named Buddy, the 9-year-old pup has helped Quaden come out of his shell and the two are inseparable.

“They already look after each other in their own special way,” Yarruka said, “but, [Quaden] gets a little jealous if anyone else gets too close as he is very protective over Buddy already.”

And now Quaden is beginning to accept his condition and be okay with it.

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“Buddy has helped [Quaden] embrace his differences,” the boy’s mom told the outlet. “He doesn’t worry about the people staring in public, because [people] just see a cute puppy with a cool, confident kid.”

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