ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - One boy and one dog share one incredible connection.
They both suffer from the same disability and face the same challenges. How the two found each other is just one part of their story.
Scott Nissen plays hard and the 12-year-old isn't letting anything stop him - not even a disability that affects his motor skills, especially his balance.
“He definitely has to work a little harder with different skills which a normal child can do easily,” Scott’s mom Shannon Nissen said.
Then, Bubba came along. The 1-year-old pit bull has something in common with Scott.
Shannon found Bubba through Albuquerque Adoptables.
“They had posted that he was special needs, that he had head tremors and balance problems when he was running and stuff like that,” Shannon said.
A video was put up on Facebook showing Bubba wobbling from side to side. That's when Scott spoke up.
“He kind of whispered in my ear, 'Hey, mom, he's like me.' ”
After the two met, the rest, as they say, is history.
“Bubba just threw himself in his lap and started kissing him and started loving on him,” Shannon said.
Scott now has another fan on the sidelines and that, Shannon says, makes life a little better.
“It's always nice when you can give someone a chance to fit in and give them some sort of normalcy in their life,” Shannon said.
That's a life Scott and Bubba are ready to take on together.
“They'll always be different,” Shannon said. “They're not what society deems normal and it takes work to fit in.”
There is no cure for the disabilities that Scott and Bubba face. Shannon says Bubba likely would have been euthanized had they not adopted him.
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