Meet Faith the Two-Legged Dog
updated 09/22/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/22/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
After Faith's deformed leg was amputated because it had begun to atrophy, Caity, her mom and two siblings took around-the-clock shifts nursing her to health. Then came the next challenge: The dog couldn't survive groveling on the floor, so they enticed her to rise by holding up spoonfuls of a favorite treat, peanut butter. Soon she sat up. Then, one day, she walked. "We all went crazy," says Caity's mom, Jude Stringfellow, 46, a high school teacher. "It was like watching your child take its first steps."
Before long, the furry biped, now 5, was chasing geese at the park. Faith now accompanies Jude on motivational talks to veterans' hospitals. "When people see her," says Jude, "they often break into tears. They realize that if Faith can do this, there's nothing they can't accomplish."