Typically, our pets are more than just friendly animals we keep around. They love, support, protect, and entertain us. They’re companions, friends, and family members.
In a story shared below, we meet Erin Condrin, a teenager from Queensland, Australia.
Erin has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a crippling tissue disorder that affects the skin and joints, making them extremely fragile. Erin also suffers from various chemical allergies and complications from eating food.
But thankfully, she has her adorable service dog, Lacey, who has provided a great deal of comfort and happiness to her, and helps her cope with everyday tasks.
Just last week, the pair even attended Erin’s senior prom together — donning amazing matching lace outfits, so that Lacey perfectly fit in at the formal occasion.
Scroll on to see photos of the two of them in full prom wear, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Erin Condrin is a teenager from Queensland, Australia.
She suffers from Classical Type Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, an inherited tissue disorder that affects the skin, joints, and blood vessel walls.
Patients with EDS usually have overly flexible joints and fragile skin, have difficulty completing daily tasks like writing and tying shoelaces, and can sustain up to 20 joint dislocations a day.
Fortunately, Erin has her own little helper for support. A little over a year ago, she brought home Lacey, her service dog, whom she found through Canine Helpers.
Last week, they even attended Erin’s senior formal dance together — complete in matching custom-made outfits!
“Lacey has many different costumes,” Erin told BuzzFeed. “So it was natural she’d have a dress that matched mine.”
Lacey’s outfit was created from a leftover piece of fabric from Erin’s own dress, and it turned out adorably.
“Lacey brought a smile to everyone’s faces,” said Erin. “The ladies at the hairdresser’s took lots of photos and kept giggling whenever they looked over at her.”
Lacey seemed a little confused by the costume, but went on to enjoy it very much.
Initially, Erin was hesitant to bring Lacey to the event, because there was going to be a lot of people, and a lot of flashing lights.
Luckily, everything went smoothly, and Erin enjoyed herself tremendously.
Parties and fun aside, though, Erin would like to take this chance to say how much Lacey means to her.
“I am so much more independent,” she said. “If I drop something, I can ask Lacey to pick it up, instead of waiting for someone to come over and help me.”
Lacey helps her go in and out of buildings, carry bags, and position the footplate for wheelchair transfers.
Now, Erin always knows that there is someone constantly there by her side, watching out for her.
Lacey is always there after a hospital visit, and is an incredibly reassuring presence.
“Being a young disabled person can be daunting, but facing the world with an adorable fluff ball by my side makes it so much easier,” said Erin.
Erin is also ever grateful to all her friends and family, who have stood firmly by her side, as Lacey has.
She also wants everyone to know that everyone can have a great time, even if they sometimes have obstacles in their way.
“I’d like people to know that disabilities don’t stop for special occasions,” she said.