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Seeing a dog mature and change is one of the cutest parts of having one. Many grow multiple times larger while transitioning from mischievous little puppies to devoted companions. The adjustments were somewhat different for a dog by the name of Buster. Buster's fur has completely changed from black to white over the past 2.5 years. The procedure was recorded by Matt Smith, Buster's human. When Buster was just two years old in late 2021, vitiligo was identified in the dog. This autoimmune disorder that causes patches of skin to lose colour or pigmentation is the cause of this skin condition. 

Following his visit to the veterinarian, Smith was informed that Buster's health was normal and to watch out for any new skin conditions or irritations.

At first, Buster's vitiligo appeared as patches around his chin and eyes. His face was practically white in less than nine months, giving him the look of a puppy who played in the snow a little too long. Smith kept taking diligent pictures of his dog because he wanted to document the changes.

Buster appears entirely different, nearly two years after his diagnosis. Buster's colour gradually disappears from Smith's photos, first from around his face and then from the rest of his body. He had a border collie-like appearance at one point, with the black pigment only showing on the sides of his body. Then he began to look like a black-spotted Dalmatian. Smith wrote, "He would lose his black fur and new white fur would come in." "So, until his new, fluffy white fur grew in, there was a period of time when he was balding in certain areas." 

The 4-year-old dog is now all white instead of being a fully black puppy. Love for this dog has been expressed by those who have vitiligo, and some have even made some amusing allusions to popular culture. Is Buster's toner running low on ink? One Redditor described him as going from "Buster the Gray" to "Buster the White," drawing a comparison between him and Gandalf's journey. Others brought up the vitiligo diagnosis of Michael Jackson.

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