Everyone, meet Blaze, a ten-year-old pure multi-colored Labrador retriever from Finland. He’s very playful, loves the outdoors and is like any other regular Lab… except for one difference.Blaze was born with a normal full black coat that stayed with him for most his life. One day, when Blaze started to enter his senior years, he began to develop white patches around his muzzle.
His family just assumed this was part of the natural aging process. His graying face did’nt slow him down one bit. He was still the same lab who loved jumping around in the snow, swimming in lakes and running through the woods.But then, slowly, his parents started to noticed white patches of fur around his ears, and this kept spreading.
“The white color began spreading from a small spot on his ear.”
“At first, we thought it was just aging, but the white color started to come more and more month by month,” Santeri Frilander, Blaze’s dad, told The Dodo. “Other dogs in the same litter have remained one color.”
The white fur had nearly covered Blaze’s whole face, spreading down to his shoulders and legs. Santeri then realized that it wasn’t just age that was changing Blaze’s coat — it was a skin condition called vitiligo.
Regardless of the condition Santeri, said it doesn’t stop Blaze from enjoying his to the fullest.
He’s still healthy, he’s still full of energy, and he still wants to go everywhere.
“Interestingly, all of his brothers and sisters still remain single-colored”
“Blaze is a healthy and very energetic guy. He’s always ready to join you wherever you go. He even loves to travel inside a car”
“He is 10 years old now, and has received a few nicknames because of his age, like ‘The Old Man’ and ‘The Funny Old Man’”
“He likes to make people happy and put a smile on their faces”
“Blaze loves to walk in the woods and swim in the lake”
“In winter, he likes to play in the snow. He is always ready to go for a walk outside”