There are beautiful scriptures about Faith. Songs of Faith. People have Faith. Faith is such a powerful five-letter word. And this beautiful Siberian Husky, aptly named "Faith," sure embodies the word as she is celebrating her 17th Birthday today! Faith DaBaldo's hu-mom, Jeanette, is a dear friend of mine. I first "met" beautiful Faith and Jeanette when I was hosting a photo contest here on my blog back in 2013. When I saw the photo of Faith decked out in a life jacket swimming in a pool, I thought what a pretty puppy! Only to find out this bright-eyed beautiful Husky "pup" was actually all grown up; a senior dog at 13 years of age! This led to an in-depth conversation about arthritis in senior dogs, alternative therapies, and it not only led to an article I wrote about this, but also forged a special bond of friendship between us. With having chosen alternative care for my Gibson, we chatted much about the various therapies and how our Husky babies were doing with them, and our friendship just bloomed ever since.
Fast forward four years, and Faith's beautiful face and bright blue Husky eyes still exudes so much youth and love. Faith is truly a testament to having faith and hope! You may remember I wrote a blog post (read here) and an article on her in the former American Pet Magazine (below) about the alternative treatments she was getting for her degenerative arthritis including stem cell therapy, aquatic treadmill, acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage, cold laser therapy, and Assisi loop treatments. Jeanette's quest was for the best possible care for her beloved girl.
Jeanette was also my guest on my show "The Sibe Vibe" on Dog Works Radio back in 2014 and we talked all about Faith's therapies. You can tune in here:
At the time, I quoted Jeanette as saying, "I'm not looking for the fountain of youth. I'm hopeful this will ease any pain and stiffness she may otherwise experience, and give her the quality of life she deserves."
What an incredible inspiration this story is for all of us dog parents! Trust your instincts with your dog's care, have a good relationship with your vet, research, research, and research some more, and have faith in the care route you choose for your dog for it truly is a journey you will travel together. I know firsthand from my experience with Gibson, each and every time you overcome a medical hurdle, it truly is a miraculous feeling, and you have faith to continue on.
With Faith celebrating her 17th Birthday and looking every bit as young and beautiful as she did when I first saw her lovely photo at age 13, sure makes me think Jeanette may just have indeed discovered that canine fountain of youth.
If you follow us here or on our FiveSibes Facebook page, you know how my boy Wolf and Faith have "a thing!" They've wooed to each via Skype, send puppy love letters to each other, and we sure do have a bit of fun with them! So, naturally, Wolfie left a message on our driveway for his sweetheart, Faith, on her special day...