Faith the two-legged dog to be reunited with rescuer
The good news: It's made from peanut butter. (Incidentally, peanut butter is the very substance that helped Faith, a Labrador retriever-chow chow mix, learn to walk on her hind legs in the first place. Her human family taught her to stand upright in order to reach her favorite snack, held aloft too high for her to reach any other way.)
The better news: It'll be delivered in person by her rescuer, Reuben Stringfellow.
Stringfellow was just 17 when he rescued Faith, then a puppy, in 2002. (According to the Stringfellow family, the puppy's mother "isn't exactly the mothering kind. She was ... terminating Faith's life because she knew instinctively that Faith was unable to battle the other puppies for a place to feed.") In the years that followed, he became an Army E-4 specialist and deployed to Iraq. Faith, meanwhile, became a fixture on the talk-show circuit, developed a strong Internet presence and even managed to make time for regular visits to disabled military veterans alongside Stringfellow's mother, Jude.
Reuben is scheduled to leave the Army and return home Jan. 1, the Associated Press reports -- and Faith, of course, will be there to meet him. The fact that she'll get a delicious peanut-butter treat is, we're sure, just gravy to this devoted dog.
-- Lindsay Barnett
Photo: Faith walks down Michigan Avenue, to the shock of many pedestrians. Credit: Anthony M. Tortoriello / Associated Press