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.
Pictured: Jude Stringfellow and Faith the dog
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