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With a Little “Faith”

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I like to think of myself as a hard-ass (despite the fact that I cry every time I watch “Elf”…that scene where they’re all singing in the Park just kills me).

Homepage Sub, News  •  Dec 28, 2012

I like to think of myself as a hard-ass (this, despite the fact that I cry every time I watch “Elf”…that scene where they’re all singing in the Park just kills me).

When I received the following email from my Uncle Larry a couple of weeks ago, I was inches away from relegating it to the trash file.  But then I didn’t. I showed it to my kids and then forwarded to half a dozen friends and relatives. And after a little investigation I determined that the book that tells the whole heart-warming story was an indie.

So consider this, if you will, a New Year’s gift (or, if you’re a hard-ass like me, a post about a self-pubbed book in lieu of a horrible mass email).

Either way, make sure you have some Kleenex nearby.  You’re gonna need it.

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This dog was born on Christmas Eve in the year 2002. He was born with 2 legs.

Of course, he could not walk when he was born.  Even his mother did not want him.

His first owner also did not think that he could survive  and he was thinking of ‘putting him to sleep’.

But then, his present owner, Jude Stringfellow,  met him and wanted to take care of him.

She became determined to teach and train this little dog to walk by himself.

She named him ‘Faith’.

In the beginning, she put Faith on a surfboard to let him feel the movement.

Later she used peanut butter on a spoon as a lure and reward for him for standing up and jumping around.

Even the other dog at home encouraged him to walk.

Amazingly, only after 6 months, like a miracle, Faith learned to balance on his hind legs  and to jump to move forward.

After further training in the snow,  he could now walk like a human being.

Faith loves to walk around now.

No matter where he goes, he attracts people to him.

He is fast becoming famous on the international scene
and has appeared on various newspapers and TV shows.
There is now a book (self-pubbed) entitled ‘With a Little Faith‘.

His present owner Jude Stringfellew has given up  her teaching post and plans to take him around the
world to preach that even without a perfect body,  one can have a perfect soul.

In life there are always undesirable things,
so in order to feel better you just need to look at life
from another direction.

I hope this message will bring fresh new ways of
thinking to everyone and that everyone will appreciate
and be thankful for each beautiful day.

You can find more info about Faith here.

  • http://giacomogiammatteo.com Giacomo Giammatteo

    Thanks for posting this, Amy. It is truly an amazing story. My wife and I run an animal sanctuary and we see a lot of wonderful things animals do, but Faith’s story is an inspiration to all.