Faith (dog)

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Faith, in 2008
Sex female
Born December 22, 2002
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Died September 22, 2014
Hendricks County, Indiana
Years active 2003 - 2014
Known for bipedal dog

Faith (December 22, 2002 - September 22, 2014) was a bipedal female dog, born with three legs; two fully developed hind legs and a deformed front leg, which was amputated when she was seven months old after it began to atrophy.[1] 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.[1] Instead, using a spoon with peanut butter as an incentive, Jude taught Faith to hop but Faith began to walk on her own; the family's corgi would bark at Faith from another room, or nip her heels to urge her to walk.[1][2]

Faith was given a non-commission rank of E5 Sgt. at Ft. Lewis, Washington in June 2006. She visited more than 2,300 wounded warriors in hospitals and wards throughout the world, and was seen by more than 2,000,000 active soldiers at bases, airports, and ceremonies. Faith's E5 status allowed her to be recognized by many as the first dog to be commissioned after an amputation. She wore her ACU jacket proudly, and would get excited when it was pulled out of the closet, as she knew it meant she was about to meet soldiers. Faith could literally save lives and mental states simply by showing up at a hospital ward to greet those who truly needed a little faith.

Faith is not the only two-legged walking dog, there is a chihuahua in Texas, with a similar condition who also walks upright, but Faith is probably the most famous.[3]

Media coverage[edit]

A book has been published detailing Faith's story entitled "Faith Walks...A Memoir of a Beautiful Life".[4] Faith and her owner, Jude Stringfellow, have also been featured on Maury, The Oprah Winfrey Show,[2] The Montel Williams Show, Animal Attractions Television and Ripley's Believe it or Not. Faith also had a brief mention on the PBS show NOVA in the episode The Family That Walks On All Fours.[5] As a result of the media attention, Faith now has her own website, as well as her own page on MySpace.[6]

A short article on Faith that appeared in the "racy" London lad mag Bizarre in 2004 was allegedly the cause of owner Stringfellow's dismissal from her culinary college teaching job.[7] The dog was also rumoured to have been considered for an appearance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.[8]

In February 2007, MSNBC reported that American Airlines had accidentally sent Faith to a different destination than her owner, after changing planes in Dallas during a flight back from Oklahoma City to Orlando.[9][10]

Faith's death[edit]

On September 23, 2014 this notice was posted on Faith the Dog's Official Web Site:

It is with a very heavy soul and grieving heart that I must inform the world, and all of Faith the Dog's friends, fans, family, and loved ones, that she has passed. She is with Jesus now, and is forever ever evermore running on four perfectly formed and beautiful legs. She is, and will always be, a glorious and wonderful friend. She had such an amazing life. When I have more time to give her a proper tribute I will do so. For now I ask that you continue to pray for us today. Thank you for your love and support.

We do not know the exact day of Faith's birth. It was around Christmas Eve. We celebrated December 22, 2002 as her birthday. Faith passed into Heaven on September 22, 2014. Source: Jude Stringfellow

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ginnie Graham (2003). "Two legs are just as good as four for OKC family pet". The Daily Ardmoreite - Tulsa World. Archived from the original on February 26, 2005. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Oprah Winfrey.com (2006). "The Gift of Giving Back". Oprah Winfrey.com. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  3. ^ NBC4 - District of Columbia (2007). "2-Legged Dog Wins Hearts - Nubby Celebrates 3rd Birthday". NBC4.com - Internet Broadcasting Systems,. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  4. ^ Jude Stringfellow (2006). Faith Walks. [S.l.]: iUniverse Corporation. p. 292. ISBN 1462034527. 
  5. ^ PBS (2006). "Family that walks on all fours". Public Broadcasting System. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  6. ^ Mike Dougherty (2007). "Digital Mike - Sites to see". Post-Bulletin. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  7. ^ KFOR - NBC Oklahoma City (2004). "Two legged dog 'Faith' draws unwanted attention". KFOR - NBC Oklahoma City. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  8. ^ BBC News (9 September 2004). "Potter film hope for disabled dog". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  9. ^ NBC4.com (2007). "Airline Loses Celebrity 2-Legged Dog - 'Faith' Born Without Use Of Front Legs". NBC4.com - Internet Broadcasting Systems. Archived from the original on August 7, 2008. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  10. ^ MSNBC News Service (2007). "Airline loses, then finds Faith". MSNBC. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 

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