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.

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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
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Faith getting older...

Ah, look at that face... Gone white, instead of yellow'ish. She's a bit of a granny, nowadays,as I get from the post...
You have a FB page about her, maybe you can start using it and ask for funds for her? Lots of animals have been helped like that... I see a lot of animals with wheelchairs, when back- od frontlegs are disabled/missing, or there's something else that makes that those sweeties can't walk on their four footsies :)
No, ofcourse, to get Faith to get her chest down after all these years is not an option, but the financial help could come in handy for medical costs, etc...
If you have the chance, get online and get posting? 
I can't do much, unfortunally, to send money myself, but i shared the FB page on another two legged dog's page... That's a star, right :)

And, I think that it is starting to come to your thoughts her time here isn't going to last for years anymore (though, I wish it would be so, and in a good health too), unfortyunally.
You are all aware that she inspired people all over the world to hang in there, that she brought and shall bring smiles to people's faces because she gave people the hope to continue even if situations look hopeless,
Faith shall be the pioneer of the two legged dogs>
Please give her a very big hug from me, and tell her, even though she can't understand, that I live like -rough guess- 4000 miles away, but love her dearly.
A belated happy birthday for Faith and to all of you: Happy 2014. 
And thank you, your entire family, to show the world not to give up on an animal because it's not "100%" complete or so.Because Faith is even 200% complete, if I have any say in it :-)

Sabine

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Faith

Poor girl....If you could generate some media attention I am sure you could garner enough donations to help get her a wheelchair type of device. 

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She is just a beautful little

She is just a beautful little girl - and is the poster girl for all canines who are doing it hard...  I wish this little darling all the very best and send her buckets of love from my four little girls Ruby, Coco, Frankie and Lucy..  all the way from Australia.  She is their hero..  :)  xx

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Faith

It makes me so sad to hear that Faith will have to struggle towards the end of her life :( how much would it cost for "wheelchair" type of assistance? She deserves the best. She is in my prayers xxxxx

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Well, how much would it cost

Well, how much would it cost to help her? I bet their is more than one company that can make an apparatus for her to be comfortable in her senior years! She could still live 5 more years, please don't give up!! get the info out there!!! People will help, I know it.

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Wheelchair

Hello, sorry for the delay. It's not so much the cost as will Faith take the apparatus? I won't be able to carry her and the device up and down stairs three times a day. We live on the 2nd floor of an apartment. I can leave it in my car, and as I take her down I can strap her up, but WILL SHE allow it? She fusses when you do things like  that and she adds stress to herself. She's either going to do it or not, but I can't afford to pay out $600-1900 for a device she may not use. Another fan thought about doing a GoFundMe for her, and that would be awesome. If she took to the device we would keep it, and if not we could donate it to a dog with less years who may be more willing.  Faith also has tumors (most likely benign) and she will be examined again in March with a full physical.  I could use help on that as well, it could be very expensive if they find that she will need surgery.  The end of a dog's life is as active sometimes as the beginning when it comes to going to the vet; but she's slowing down a great deal. She deserves the rest. We thank each and every person who loves her for their kind words and support.

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FAITH

Faith has had a fabulous life with you. She was blessed with a loving family when I am sure no one else would have taken her. If she is suffering or having great difficulty perhaps it is time to humanely let her go.  I know how difficult that is to do, but often it is the kindest sacrifice we can make for our pet family members. She will be in your hearts forever,

 

God bless you.

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Faith

So sorry to hear that faith is not doing as well as she once was- I guess we all grow old- I wish we didn't- it's hard to see the grey in my dogs muzzle... Faith is a very special dog- thanks for sharing her with us! I love her story!
Michele Springfield Missouri

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