EXCLUSIVE: Her celebrity fans already include the newly-released Lindsay Lohan and chat show queen, Oprah Winfrey - and Faith the two-legged dog is giving hope to scores of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Nearly smothered by her mother after being born with one front leg missing and the other severely deformed, Faith has miraculously conquered her disability and learnt to walk on just her hind legs, normally an impossible task for a dog. In 2006 the Labrador-Chow cross was made an honorary Sergeant in the US Army and since then has visited based across the US, inspiring wounded veterans that if she can conquer her disabilities, then so can they. On those visits she even proudly wears a special camouflage jacket which has been made specially for her. Owner Jude Stringfellow, 48, said she had been to several veterans' hospitals including the US Army's flagship Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She would also love to take her overseas to the UK where she can bring hope to British soldiers injured in the conflicts. "Faith shows what can be achieved against great odds," she said. "She inspires these young men to confront their problems and speak to the medical staff about what they're experiencing, sometimes for the first time. "It's very emotional. Very powerful. And the help is real and invaluable." Since caring for Faith since she was a pup, Jude has also used the experience to become a motivational speaker.
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Got Faith? You Will After You Meet Faith…The Two-Legged Dog

A two-legged dog who has learned to walk on her own is inspiring disabled soldiers all over the globe and showing them that anything is possible. Faith, an 8-year old labrador-chow mix, has become a frequent visitor at army bases and hospitals around the country and the world, where she inspires disabled veterans to push forward. Faith has had such an impact on the military that in 2006, she was named an honorary sergeant in the U.S. Army!

Here is a video that tells the story of one of the most remarkable and inspiring dogs you will ever meet.

Additional Resources:

  • Here is an article about Faith.
  • Check out Faith’s official website!

Topics for Discussion:

  • What qualities must Faith possess in order to overcome her disability?
  • Faith doesn’t let her disability stop her from doing good. How about you? Are there things that get in the way of your efforts to do good?

Take Action:

  • She is only a dog, but still Faith is able to help other people. Even if you’re “only a kid”, you can still find ways to help others too!
  • Check out the Pets With Disabilities website to learn more about disabled animals and what you can do to help them!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.

 

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