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For several years, Jude Stringfellow and
her Lab-chow mix have toured the country with a simple
message: Faith walks.
Born without front legs to a junkyard
dog around Christmas 2002, Faith the puppy was rejected and
abused by her mother. She was rescued by Reuben Stringfellow,
now an Army E-4 specialist, who had been asked to bury other
puppies in the litter.
"Can we fix her? Stringfellow, then 17,
asked his mom. "No, but maybe we can help her," she said.
So Reuben turned Faith over to his
mother, English professor Jude Stringfellow. At first the
family had to carry Faith to keep her off her chest and chin.
But with peanut butter and practice, Faith learned to walk on
her two hind legs.
Today Faith is a brisk, upright walker.
When she runs, every so often she adds a hop or skip to her
step, but she stumbles less often than most humans. She takes
vitamins and joint supplements, and vets have declared her
very healthy, Stringfellow said.