Faith is an incredible dog. She was born just before Christmas in 2002, and we were lucky enough to have her in our family just 3 short weeks later. She was born to a mother dog, believed to be nearly full blooded Chinese Chow Chow, along with several other siblings. Faith wasn't the only puppy born with deformities, but because "Princess", her mother, was not our dog, we are not sure of the exact number of puppies she gave birth to. It is certain, however, that Faith was the only puppy with deformities to live.
Faith was rescued by my son Reuben on January 21, 2003, when he and his friend Johnny, the owner of Princess, jumped over the fence of the flea market area that Princess was raised to guard. Princess isn't exactly the mothering kind. She was literally terminating Faith's life because she knew instinctively that Faith was unable to battle the other puppies for a place to feed. Faith was weak, small, runtish, and mostly she was nearly dead. Reuben grabbed Faith out from under Princess and smuggled her under his jersey. He wore #63 for the Putnam City Pirates football team.
When Reuben brought Faith to us she had 3 actual legs, but the left front leg was badly deformed, placed backward, upside down, and it had more toes on it than normal dog legs. The leg was removed when she was 7 months old when it began to atrophy. People ask me if it was easy to teach Faith to walk upright...the answer is NO! It was not easy, and it was not natural. It was SUPER natural, and therefore, we have to give all of the credit to Jesus. Of course, it took a little....Faith as well.
Faith the Dog was an amazing dog. We're trying to keep her story alive with books and toys.
A few years ago the Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Co., in Los Angeles, CA., created a plush toy in Faith's likeness.
⟸ ⟸ Click on the image to go to the IndieGoGo campaign!
We plan to order 1000 toys and offer them at a very reasonable price in order to raise the funds necessary to create the children's book. We will deliver the plush toys at the same time the book is released, sharing both a "Little Faith" and a little faith at the same time.
Please help if you can. Please share the IndieGoGo page, and contribute if you can. We can make this happen!
For only $5 you will get a "shout out" thanking you on a special page on this web site.
For a contribution of $100, we will send you a plush toy and the book.
Jude always donates 20% of personal profit to an animal rescue in Faith's name.
THANK YOU in advance -- and may God bless you each and every day; thank you also for loving my dog Faith.
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We believe a book would serve as a great tribute to Faith, her mission, her memory, and of course to her endless love for so many millions of people who were touched by her as they viewed her on television, or had the honor of meeting her in person.
Our plan is to order 1000 toys and sell them at a very reasonable price in order to raise the funds necessary to create the children's book. The idea is to pair the plush toys with the book, sharing both a Little Faith the Dog and a little faith at the same time.
Tribute posted on the Animal Wellness Magazine Facebook Page:
Happy Memorial Day Weekend - and I'll say it every day to celebrate the fallen heroes and the brave men and women who have served our great country. Faith is proud to be a part of the U.S. Army representing the greatest fighting force of our nation. Faith's E5 status was given to her in honorarium in 2006 and she has been accepted by every military member and family member ever since. She's the first one to greet any soldier in uniform at the airports and when we see them (you) on the streets! If you're out of uniform you may have to give her a hint that you're part of the team, but she'll be happy to love on you! A big hug to you all, and prayers of praise for you. The photo is from Christmas 2012. This is Sgt. Reuben Stringfellow (currently serving Indiana National Guard) with Sgt. Faith.
Hey everyone! Faith is really getting her groove on now. She's being fitted for a new harness type apparatus by Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics in Oklahoma City, so she can possibly lean down and put her weight on the harness when she wants to go for a walk; and possibly when she needs to do her business.
We're trying it out, and feel that Hanger is the BEST in the business. They are really very very good.
At Hanger, Faith met Royal Marine Commando Mark Ormrod, a triple amputee from the Afghanistan war. He's so wonderful, and as a motivational speaker now, he and I are hoping to work together.
Hanger is the same group that created the prosthetic fluke for Winter the dolphin.
Their slogan is currently "Empowering Human Potential" that may have to change - - Faith and Winter are big fans!
I'll keep you updated. Photos to come!
Hanger is located at: 4300 N. Classen Blvd, OKC, OK 73118, and their number is (405) 525-4000
Faith is a Natural Dog.
Faith is featured on page 33 of the September 2013 SPECIAL ISSUE of Dog Fancy. She's one of 5 Mutts who rose to fame. Get your copy on stands soon, and be sure and tell everyone that you LOVE FAITH!! Thanks Nikki Moustaki of Dog Fancy! Special thanks to Anthony Tortoriello who took the photos for the magazine back in 2008, but he was not given proper credit in the magazine. For this I am sad, we believe all photographers and artists deserve credit for their work. Anthony's work can be found at www.atortphotography.com