I’m very interested in special needs dogs. These dogs often have physical limitations that can be assisted with massage, acupressure and laser treatments (which I can provide).
In my research on special needs dogs, I have come across the story of Faith – a biped dog who was born with her front legs so deformed that she was unable to walk on them. (of added interest, my sister’s name is Faith)
Faith the Dog’s website isn’t the most professional I’ve seen, but it certainly tells a heartwarming story of a dog that was going to be killed by its mother and was saved by a young man. Despite recommendations that Faith be put down, her adoptive family persisted and trained her to walk on her hind legs using treats like peanut butter. Faith is now a loyal family pet who also serves as a therapy dog.
Faith’s story has been told on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Watch the Oprah segment here.
So now you know why Faith’s story carries the byline Hope and Love on Two Legs!
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand