Faith was born in December 2002 with three legs; two fully-developed hind legs and a deformed front leg, which was amputated when she was seven months old. Her owner, Jude Stringfellow, adopted Faith when the mother dog was found trying to smother the deformed puppy—her son rescued the puppy and brought her home. Many people, including veterinarians, advised that Faith be euthanized. Instead, using a spoon with peanut butter as an incentive, Jude taught Faith to hop but Faith decided on her own to walk; the family’s corgi would nip her heels to urge her to walk.
Faith is not the only two-legged dog, there is a chihuahua in Texas, with a similar condition who also walks upright, but Faith is probably the most famous. She is a motivational speaker of sorts, has also been made honorary sergeant in the U.S. army for inspiring disabled war veterans and is the “all-time favorite” animal guest, on Oprah. Her touching and heartfelt story has been a means of inspiration to people all over the world. To learn more about Faith or to have her and Jude for your next conference, meet-ing, or training seminar, visit http://faiththedog.info/.