She was born in Canada in 2003. Her coat was a rich mahogany color, her long elegant nose and pointy ears black as coal, and at the tips of her long legs were splashed with black that made her look like she’d run through a puddle of motor oil.
Richard Kim was a respiratory therapist and his wife Terri a high-school math teacher in Washington state. They bought the little puppy, named her “Faith”, and soon she became part of the family and an agility champion. The Kim’s daughter was doing well in college but their son was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and had a violent temper.
In December, 2006 life for the Kim family changed. An argument with their son escalated into tragedy, and the Kim’s son killed his parents. With her home shattered, Faith ran to the neighbor’s house to try to get help.
Months later, Bryan Kim was found guilty of the murder of his parents and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Coincidentally that day was also the day that Sam Palahnuk picked up Faith to give her a new home.
She had a happy life, free of any more misery. But Faith bore scars from that fateful day—certain sounds would lock her in fear. Faith decided she had to assure the safety of anyone she cared about, and so earned the nickname “Officer Dog” for how she looking after others.