This puppy was born on Christmas Eve of 2002. He was born with three legs: two normal hind legs and one unusual front leg that needed to be removed. He couldn’t walk when he was born, of course. His mother, really, did not want him.
His first master did not believe he could survive. As a result, he was considering ‘putting him to sleep.
His original owner considered putting him “to sleep.”
By this time, his current owner, Jude Stringfellow, had met him and desired to care for him.
She is enthusiastic about teaching and training this puppy to walk on his own. As a result, she named him ‘Faith.’
At first, she placed Faith on a surfboard to allow him to experience the movements. After that, she put peanut butter on a spoon to entice and reward him for standing up and jumping about. Even the other dog at home encouraged him to go for a walk. Faith somehow managed to balance on his two hind legs and jump to move ahead at just 6 months. He can now walk like a person after plenty of snow training.
Faith bonded with Mark Ormrod (right), a commander in the Royal Marines, at the Hanger clinic while they were being fitted with prosthetics (Faith preferred to go without).
Faith enjoys going on walks these days. He charms everyone he meets, no matter where he travels. He is now well-known on the world stage. He has been in a number of publications and television programs.
There is also a book called ‘With a Little Faith’ about him that has been released. He was even considered for a role in a Harry Potter film.
Ms Stringfellow runs a website that is devoted to her dog.
Jude Stringfellew, his current owner, has resigned from her teaching position and hopes to take him across the world to preach that “even without a perfect body, one may have a great spirit.”
There are always unpleasant things in life. Perhaps we would feel much better if we changed our attitude and looked at things in a different way.
Faith in 2008.
I hope that this message inspires everyone to think differently and to enjoy and be appreciative for each lovely day that follows. Faith is a constant display of the Power of Life.
Faith, the miraculous dog that learned herself to walk straight on two legs and was named one of Oprah’s favorite guests, died gently in the fall of 2014, with her “mom,” Jude Stringfellow, and a plate of cheese by her side.
Faith gets around town, draws attention and loves to walk just as much as any other dog.
Faith rose to celebrity status as a result of her work with American soldiers, and she and Jude frequently visited airports, USOs, and other locations where injured or returning soldiers might be found. Her positive spirit, despite her disability, made a big impression on the troops, earning her the distinction of honorary E5 Sergeant out of Fort Lewis. The ceremony drew thousands of troops.
Faith, is an eleven year old Labrador-chow cross who is a favorite at hospitals and army bases.