Faith is a Natural Dog

Hey Everyone! Faith is doing better - she wanted me to let you know that. She celebrated her 11th birthday with soldiers at the airport, and we met and hugged as many as we could. She's been very excited lately to meet more soliders and patients at the Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinic in Oklahoma City, where she is being fitted for her new "harness" type prosthesis.  It is a one-of-a-kind, and has never been created in the past. Our good friend Chris L. is to thank! She has been one of Faith's biggest fans and supporters.  MORE news as it comes! I just wanted to you know that Faith is doing very well. She's older of course, but she's still got that big smile of hers, and she's willing to share it with everyone she meets. Thank you for continuing to love her and support her. It really means so much to our family to know she is truly loved by so many.

Faith was born for a reason.  I believe it was to first heal my family from sorrow and sadness, and this allowed us to help her fulfill another mission - - to help as many as possible.  So many people write to me and tell me how Faith has touched their lives.  Please share your stories with others who love Faith.  Log in or Create a new account to post in our Forums including Share Your Pet Photos and Stories and access other "members-only" community features! Thank you so much.  Enjoy Faith!

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Baby FaithFaith 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.

Happy Memorial Day!

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.

Hanger Prosthetics Clinic in Oklahoma City

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 a Natural Dog.

She is of course a natural dog, and by that I mean that she is normal in every single way - - with of course the exception that she is a one-of-a-kind miracle mutt who just happens to be world famous, and loved by everyone!  Faithy is almost 11 years old, and in doggie years that puts her in the same age bracket as many of the people who have not only retired, but who are beginning to think about their final plans and even their finals days. I'm not saying she's dying, she's of average health for a dog her age, but she's having difficulty with walking now, and it's harder for her to balance when she's standing to "do her business". 
 
 
UPDATE.....YEA...YEA...we are so happy to announce that Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics in Oklahoma City (with the funding coming from a personal friend) is creating a new prosthetic harness for Faith. We're not sure if she'll take it, but we're going to work toward that goal. She's been scanned, and the clinic is designing the harness now. I'll post pictures when I can. She has gone to the clinic a couple of times; when she goes she meets great patients. Some of the patients she meets are soldiers. Not all of the soldiers are American soldiers. Faith has been so inspirational to so many across the world that they recognize her when they see her. One patient was a 12 year old boy from the UK.  He was so excited to meet Faith in person. He said his friends back in the UK won't believe it!  (We took pictures!) smiley

Dog Fancy September 2013

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 

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Time to Make It Stop: the How of Now

Exhausted by the HoLiDaZe?

For two years, Jim George barely slept while he stayed up late into the night drawing over 450 Draw the Dog cartoons inspired by your dogs.

To thank Jim, please buy a copy of his new book

(Description by Jim's Draw the Dog partner Bruce)

Time to Make It STOP is one of the most magical books you have ever seen. It is a self-help book that is jam-packed with Jim’s drawings. In Jim’s joyful style, he shows you how to dissolve your stress and replace it with happiness.

In truth, mere words can’t describe this book. It’s more like a video than a book. Words dissolve into pictures, pictures fade and reappear, and along with these changes your stress disappears.

But the main reason to buy this book isn’t because it will help you. The best reason to buy this book is to say thanks to a man who is the most powerful force for good you may ever run across. Jim is obsessed with helping others, and many times has sacrificed his time and income to do so. Without any compensation back to him, Jim has allowed countless dog rescue organizations to use his drawings. Even as I type this, rescues are selling Jim’s art online and in their fundraisers; some are using his drawings in their logos.

See Faith on Draw the Dog!

Christmas Doggy Style (SFW)

an oldie we repositioned for the holidaze

 
Jude sez "I LOVE IT!  My dogs do this too, but they do it in reverse! You should see the mess!"
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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving cat and dog photo by dj fitzgerald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blaze's Equine Rescue

You may remember that Faith and I are from Oklahoma.  We found a great horse rescue in Jones, Oklahoma just down the road from where my parents live. The Blaze's Tribute Equine Rescue has been operating in Jones for many years and has been very successful in helping abused and neglected animals. Here's a bit about the rescue:  (www.blazesequinerescue.com

" Blaze's Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc., located in Jones, Oklahoma, is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization that strives to improve the lives of neglected, starved and abused horses. We provide equine rescue regardless of age or disability. We provide Rehabilitation, Education and Adoption Services. We promote and teach horse care and humane, natural methods for training horses. Our primary focus is Animal Cruelty Cases. We work closely with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office with their Equine related Animal Cruelty Cases. We also assist any other local/rural County Sheriff's Office who request our assistance." 

This is LASH....she's one of the great horses at the rescue.

You can help in a few ways! You can donate your time, your money, or both if you like. These animals need cared for and they need homes as well as simple sponsorship. Some people can't afford to own a horse so they donate to the care and medical attention these horses need. This way they feel connected to an animal.  However, that being said, the rescue is dedicated to finding GREAT forever homes for their animals; many of which would be lost without you. Please consider helping. Thank you. 

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News About Hope from Paaws in Antigua

Hope at Paaws Antigua video on FacebookIn January PAAWS (Protect Antiguan Animals With a Smile) sent us a video of "Hope," a puppy without front legs like Faith.

We received an email update with a link to a video on Facebook:

Hi Jude, HOPE is growing, standing more and more, still hesitant to walk forward upright,  but we are confident she will keep growing in strength. She's in here with 6 others and she's always getting their attention one way or another

Warmest regards,  Nora and Bill  PS there's a short video on Facebook



Paaws has its Animal Rescue and Re-homing Centre located in Parham, Antigua and is licensed by the Dog Registration and Control Authority.

PAAWS is associated with the RSPCA and is a member of the Caribbean Animal Welfare Group.

In the past 7 years PAAWS has helped close to 1,000 dogs and cats to find new loving & caring homes.

PAAWS is a no-kill shelter, which gives priority care to abandoned, neglected or abused animals.

We support the mission of Paaws and we encourage you to visit their website and perhaps donate to their cause if you can.

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