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Faith the two-legged dog to get a two-legged baby "brother"

January 21, 2009 |  3:20 pm

Faith the two-legged dog Faith, the two-legged dog who became an Internet sensation a few years back thanks to her remarkable ability to walk upright like a human, has a new little "brother."

Tanker, as the puppy is known, was found abandoned with his littermates on the side of a road in central Florida. One thing separated him from his siblings: He was missing his front legs. 

A Florida group called Pet Rescue by Judy took little Tanker in -- but group members remembered Faith, and they had an idea. They contacted Jude Stringfellow, Faith's owner and the person who taught her to walk upright. 

Now Stringfellow plans to adopt Tanker next month and bring him home to Oklahoma.  "God sends some people to Africa, and some people he gives two-legged dogs to.... I'm obviously that one person," she told the Orlando Sentinel

Little Tanker is named for Stringfellow's son, who's serving with the Army in Iraq.  It's not clear if Tanker will be able to walk on his hind legs like Faith does; if not, he'll be equipped with wheels to get around. 

And Stringfellow has big plans for the little pup, as the Sentinel explains:

Tanker will play the puppy version of Faith in a movie Stringfellow is working on about her dog. It will be a fictional story about a soldier who loses his legs in Iraq and finds the will to live when he meets Faith. Director and writer Ken Farmer said he will use makeup to lighten Tanker's fur so he better resembles Faith. Farmer is an independent filmmaker and said he hopes his movie, called Faith, becomes a sleeper hit.

Video of baby Tanker after the jump!

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo of Faith: Kevin Ellis / Associated Press
Video: Ricardo Ramirez-Buxeda / Orlando Sentinel

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