By Angela

A Dog Named Faith

This is Faith. He was born on Christmas Eve 2002, with three legs; two healthy hind legs and one abnormal front leg, which needed to be amputated. Of course, he could not walk when he was born. Even his mother did not want him.

His first owner also did not think that he could survive. Therefore, he was thinking of ”putting him to sleep.” By this time, his present owner, Jude Stringfellow, met him and wanted to take care of him. She was determined to teach and train this dog to walk by himself. Therefore, she named him ”Faith.”

In the beginning, she put Faith on a surf board to let him feel the movements. Later, she used peanut butter on a spoon as a lure and reward for him to stand up and jump around. Even the other dog at home helped to encourage him to walk. Amazingly, only after six months, like a miracle, Faith learned to balance on his two hind legs and jumped to move forward. After further training in the snow, he learned to walk like a human being.

Faith loves to walk around now. No matter where he goes, he just attracts all the people around him. He is becoming famous on the international scene. He has appeared in various newspapers and on TV shows. There is even a book entitled, ”With a Little Faith,” being published about him. He was even considered to appear in one of the Harry Potter movies.

His present owner, Jude Stringfellow, has given up her teaching post, and plans to take him around the world to preach that ”even without a perfect body, one can have a perfect soul.”

In life there are always undesirable things. Perhaps one will feel better if one changes the point of view from another direction. I hope this message will bring fresh new ways of thinking to everyone and that everyone can appreciate and be thankful for each beautiful day that follows. Faith is the continual demonstration of the Strength of Life!!


3 Responses to “A Dog Named Faith”

  1. June 4, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I really liked this post. Can I copy it to my site? Thank you in advance.

    • June 4, 2009 at 9:32 pm

      Thank you. This was from an email which was circulating. I’m not sure who the proper author was for this. If anyone knows, I would like to update this with the author’s name. I found this story very inspirational, too.

  2. 3 Chakiris Coleman
    November 3, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Faith is heart warming.

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