Here’s How One Boy and His Tiny Dog Stood Tall Against Bullies

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Quaden Bayles was like any other five year old who started his first year of school in Australia. However, the Indigenous Australian realized that he was not going to grow up to be big and strong like his father because of a condition he was born with: dwarfism.

Quaden has a common form of dwarfism called achondroplasia, which according to his mom Yarraka, made him feel inferior when stacked up against the other school kids.

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“He’s only half the size of everyone [at the school]… so many questions have been coming to him since the start,” she said.

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In addition to teaching her son about his condition, Yarraka has also had to cope with the loss of her father just five weeks ago. Helping them deal with the grief has been the family’s new dog – a nine-year-old Shih Tzu named Buddy who also has dwarfism.

Yarraka and Quaden were introduced to Buddy by a friend- a veterinarian in fact who, over dinner about a week ago, said that he would like them to meet someone. Yarraka was hesitant when she saw Buddy, as she was still recuperating from the loss of her father.

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“I thought, no, my god, we’re not ready for a dog yet. My dad died five weeks ago of cancer and I didn’t think I’d be able to handle the responsibility at the moment,” she said.

However, that all changed when Quaden fell head-over-heels for the dog. Yarraka explains how she saw their bond almost instantly, and because Buddy also had achondroplasia, she thought it may be good for her son. In the end, Yarraka was glad she kept Buddy, as it helped Quaden understand what dwarfism is and how it affects him.

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Because of Buddy the dog, Quaden has a new lease on life and is always eager to introduce his new furry friend to everyone in town.

“He said he wants people to meet Buddy because ‘he has dwarfism like me.’ That’s like music to my ears, I prayed for the day he would accept it. I honestly didn’t think it would be anytime soon, I thought it would be years,” Yarraka said.

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Quaden and Buddy’s friendship has helped more people become aware of the condition and according to Yarraka was a “blessing in disguise”, as it teaches their community that both humans and animals can have dwarfism.

For more super-cute photos of Quaden and Buddy’s adventures, be sure to follow them on their Facebook page, Stand Tall 4 Dwarfism.

[ Source: Mashable ]