Beauty everywhere

It turns out that the author was exhausted, not from the trip to town, but by a nasty virus or bacterium that has taken up residence in her temple. The head is full of snot and so the thinking process is somewhat undermined. In fact, the head is so full of liquid that the nose has become like a leaky faucet. Quite unpleasant.

This is another of the hazards of the trip to town. One is exposed to many bacteria coated surfaces and if one does not take the necessary precautions, illness is almost assured.

Before moving to this country, the author did not get sick very often. Now she seems to be getting cold after cold. And now I am faced with a dilemma: the author had hoped to attend the birthday party of a friend and fellow surfer under the very big and beautiful Fig Tree that is reported to be many hundreds of years old. This Mexican friend’s lovely wife is also a nice woman of similar age to yours truly, whom I had hoped to pass some festive time with. What to do?

A nap is in order. To warm the chilled toes and rest the sore body. And hopefully gain strength enough to attend la fiesta. A little tequila will surely kill whatever it is that ails me.

In my bleary state of compromised health I have opted to share a communication received all the way from Ireland today. The following has been adapted and corrected for errors (for example, the email has sexed the dog incorrectly – it is a “she” not a “he”).

I feel compelled to share it because there is so much beauty in this story.


Faith was born on Christmas Eve in the year 2002, with 3 legs. She had 2 healthy hind legs and 1 abnormal front leg that had to be amputated. She of course could not walk when she was born. Even her mother did not want her and the puppy was rescued when she tried to smother her.

Jude Stringfellow adopted her and ignored veterinarians’ advice to euthanize the puppy. Jude was determined to teach and train this dog to walk by herself.

So she named her ‘Faith’.

At first, she put Faith on a surfboard to let her feel the movement. Later she used peanut butter on a spoon as a lure and reward for her to stand up and jump around.

The other dog at home helped to encourage her to walk. Amazingly, after only 6 months, like a miracle, Faith learned to balance on her 2 hind legs and jumped to move forward.

After further training in the snow, she now can walk like a human being.

Faith loves to walk around now. No matter where she goes, she attracts all the people around her. She is now becoming famous on the international scene. She has appeared on various newspapers and TV shows. There is even a book entitled ‘With a Little Faith’ that has been published about her.

Her owner Jude Stringfellew has given up her teaching post and plans to take her around the world to teach others that even without a perfect body, one can have a perfect soul.

In life there are always undesirable things. I hope this message will bring hope and fresh new ways of thinking to everyone and help us to appreciate and be thankful for all the many small blessings in our lives.


To learn more about Faith visit

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