Re­mem­ber­ing Faith

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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.

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