It was almost Christmas in the year 2002 when a Lab-chow puppy named Faith, was born. Unlike her other siblings, faith was born without her front legs and was rejected by her mother. Faith was weak and nearly dying when a boy named Reuben Stringfellow, then 17, rescued her.
“Can we fix her? Stringfellow asked his mom. “No, but maybe we can help her,” she said.
Reuben is now an Army E-4 specialist and Faith, after many practice have learned to walk on her two hind legs. She has become a celebrity inspiring disabled war veterans.
‘Faith seems to inspire these young men. It’s very emotional watching them respond to her,’ Jude Stringfellow said. ‘She shows what can be achieved against the odd. I’d love her to bring a smile to the lips of British soldiers.’ She added.
Since her first step on March 22, 2003, Faith together with Reuben’s mother, Jude Stringfellow have gone on tours trying to inspire wounded soldiers at veterans’ hospitals across the country. According to Jude veterans becomes emotional every time they see Faith walks.
“She just walks around barking and laughing and excited to see them all” Jude said. “There is a lot of crying, pointing and surprise. From those who have lost friends or limbs, there can be silence. Some will shake my hand and thank me, some will pat her head. There is a lot of quiet, heartfelt, really deep emotion.” She added.
After few more appearances, Faith has been made an honorary sergeant in the U.S. army. She also has her own website and Facebook page.
Although Faith died on September 23, 2014 she still continues to inspire people. For many, Faith brings a powerful message about overcoming adversity.
*All photos are from Faith The Dog Official Facebook Page