If you love Meerkats, you'll love this "Meerdog"
I am a big fan of Meerkat Manor on Animal Planet and rarely miss an episode. So when I saw this dog's photos, my first thought was that he looks like a Meerdog. My second thought was the more common response of "isn't this dog amazing!" Well, whether you love Meerkats or not, I think you'll love this "Meerdog" story.
This dog was born on Christmas Eve in 2002 with only 2 healthy hind legs and an inability to walk. Luckily, a teacher, Jude Stringfellow, decided she was going to take the puppy and teach him how to walk -- she named him, appropriately enough, "Faith."
Stringfellow's training methods included putting him on a surfboard and luring him to his feet with a spoon of peanut butter. Well, you have to be creative when you are breaking new ground and whatever her method, it was successful. Once Faith learned to walk, he attracted a crowd wherever he went and went on to appear on television (like Oprah!) and be featured in news stories (People magazine, no less). Jude has given up her teaching post and travels with Faith, demonstrating to the delight of everyone that physical imperfection need not prevent you from becoming a perfect being. With a little help from others, maybe we can all reach our full potential. Faith is certainly an inspiration.
Faith has a book: Faith Alone: Stories of an Amazing Dog. Watch the video below of Faith's visit to St. Louis. If you're feeling inspired, consider adopting a handicapped pet -- call your local shelter.