Boy and Puppy Become Fast Friends Due to Shared Health Condition

What do you get when you bring together a friendly little boy and a friendly little puppy? Do you really have to ask?

Dylan Lipton-Lesser, a two year-old boy from Virginia, has already endured 15 surgeries in his short life because of a condition called hydrocephalus, in which excess fluid collects in the brain and can cause expansion of the skull.

Recently, an employee of Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University, where Dylan is treated, adopted Frank, a nine month-old Chihuahua-daschund mix who has the very same condition as Dylan. When the boy's family learned that the little puppy's predicament was the same as their son's, they thought it would be a neat idea for Dylan to meet Frank, and maybe help take Dylan's mind off the near-constant rounds of treatments.

A meeting was arranged, and a friendship was born.

"It was such an emotional moment," says Stacy Metz, the woman who adopted Frank, "watching Frank make Dylan laugh and smile."

Metz added that Frank is currently undergoing 'basic training' to become a therapy dog so that he can bring laughter and smiles to other sick children in the hospital, in much the same way he brought joy to Dylan.

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When the boy's family learned that the little puppy's predicament was the same as their son's, they thought it would be a neat idea for Dylan to meet Frank, and maybe help take Dylan's mind off the near-constant rounds of treatments.