Faith (dog)

Faith (dog)

Faith, a bipedal female dog, was born in December 2002 with only three legs; two fully-developed hind legs and a deformed front leg, which was amputated when she was 7 months old after it began to atrophy.Cite web|url=|title=Two legs are just as good as four for OKC family pet|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=September 22|publisher=The Daily Ardmoreite - Tulsa World|year=2003|author=Ginnie Graham |language=English] 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 bark at Faith from another room, or 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.Cite web|url=|title=2-Legged Dog Wins Hearts - Nubby Celebrates 3rd Birthday|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=September 22| - Internet Broadcasting Systems,|year=2007|author=NBC4 - District of Columbia|language=English]

On November 14, 2004, Stringfellow declared bankrupcy in Oklahoma City, OK. Her financial woes continued for several years. In a March 29, 2008 article in The Washington Post, Stringfellow was questioned regarding donations that had been made on her website. She claimed to have donated the money to various charities but was unable to document where the money had been sent. In July 2008, a $5,000 judgement was issued against Stringfellow in the District Court of Montgomery County Maryland for breach of contract.

Media coverage

A book has been published detailing Faith's story entitled "Jesus Makes Dog Walk"cite book |author=Jude Stringfellow |title=With a Little Faith, Second Edition |publisher=Xlibris Corporation |location= [S.l.] |year=2006 |pages=292 |isbn=1-4257-1849-3 |oclc= |doi=] . Faith and her owner, Jude Stringfellow, have also been featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show",Cite web| url=|title=The Gift of Giving Back|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=September 22|publisher=Oprah|year=2006|author=Oprah|language=English] "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. Cite web|url=|title=Family that walks on all fours|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=September 22|publisher=Public Broadcasting System|year=2006|author=PBS|language=English] As a result of the media attention, Faith now has her own website, as well as her own page on MySpace.Cite web|url=|title=Digital Mike - Sites to see|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=September 22|publisher=Post-Bulletin |year=2007|author=Mike Dougherty|language=English]

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.Cite web|url=|title=Two legged dog 'Faith' draws unwanted attention|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=September 22|publisher=KFOR - NBC Oklahoma City|year=2004|author=KFOR - NBC Oklahoma City|language=English] The dog was also rumored to have been considered for an appearance in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire". [cite news|url=|title=Potter film hope for disabled dog|date=9 September 2004|publisher=BBC News Online|author=BBC News|accessdate=2007-09-22]

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.Cite web|url=|title=Airline Loses Celebrity 2-Legged Dog - 'Faith' Born Without Use Of Front Legs|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=September 22| - Internet Broadcasting Systems|year=2007||language=English] Cite web|url=|title=Airline loses, then finds Faith|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=September 22|publisher=MSNBC|year=2007|author=MSNBC News Service|language=English]


External links

* [ Official website]

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