A mother captured the moment her son met his best friend for the very first time.
Little Hugh from Birmingham, England suffers from a rare genetic disorder called FOXG1 syndrome. This disability severely impairs development in a child and affects normal day-to-day life.
Having this disorder has made Hugh’s life rougher than most others kids at only eight years old. Though there is no cure for his condition, it can be managed with proper care.
After long and hard deliberation, Hugh’s mom wanted to give him a puppy so he could have a new friend. When she took the first video of their meeting, she and her husband were delighted to see Hugh get along with the puppy.
My house smells a bit of dog, he gets so excited when he sees people that he wees on the floor, he thinks it’s ok to sleep on the settee (it’s not) and he runs around like a lunatic, chewing shoes and eating Hugh’s toys… but then this morning, this happened… and I admit, it brought a little tear to my eye.Having a puppy isn’t easy (it’s way harder than I expected) but it’s definitely worth it. I defy you not to get choked up watching this 😍
Posted by Happy Little Hugh on Sunday, July 29, 2018
In the video, Hugh can be seen cuddling and stroking his puppy. They look perfectly happy together. At one point, Hugh can be seen holding Barney’s paw in his hand.
Hugh’s mom shared how she felt about Hugh and Barney’s interaction in her post.
“This isn’t something we taught him and both my husband and I were moved to tears just watching the beautiful and unexpected interaction between Hugh and Barney.”
She also posted a few pictures of Barney and Hugh together and shared their family’s journey with the little dog.
We thought long and hard about getting a dog. On the one side we hoped it would be good for Hugh, that they could have a…
“We thought long and hard about getting a dog. On the one side we hoped it would be good for Hugh, that they could have a special relationship but we were worried that our chaotic life (the frequent hospital trips) wouldn’t be fair on a dog.
We looked at rehoming/adopting a dog but couldn’t be sure that an older dog would be able to handle Hugh and all the tubes and machines and beeping and erratic movements. But a puppy isn’t easy and, I’ll be honest, I want sure if we’d made the right decision getting one. Even though we spent ages deciding.”
“And then tonight this happened. And I know that this is the right thing for our family. Hugh even stroked him and reached out to hold Barney’s paw.
What makes this even more amazing is that this same 13 week old puppy spent most of the day running around wildly, jumped on, and nibbled the ears of, various children over the day, managed to tangle himself up in the nets of a football goal and has pretty much been hyper and bouncy and living up to his ‘Springer’ spaniel name.
Maybe I caught him at a good time, or maybe he’s learning Hugh needs something different. Who knows? Either way, it was a beautiful, beautiful moment.”
Hugh and Barney’s story is one that can warm even the coldest of hearts. It’s the perfect example of why dog’s deserve to be called man’s best friend.