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With much sadness and sorrow I have to tell you that Kodi, our beautiful boy in my banner, left us January 24, 2009. He left us on a Saturday morning, just as he came to us on a Saturday morning back in 1996.




Back in spring 1996 Herman was without a K-9 partner. His previous dog Carlo had been retired to us for medical reasons and he passed away May 31, 1996. Bomb dogs usually come from the FAA (now TSA), but they had a dog shortage at that time. A private citizen contacted the police department and wanted to donate their German Shepherd because he was too hyper for them. Kodi was born in Germany and then flown to the States.


Herman picked up Kodi from his first home on Saturday morning, June 1, 1996. Once in front of the house, Kodi was too afraid to get out of the car. I brought out PJ and Scampie, our two other dogs, and we all finally coaxed him out.


Kodi worked with Herman for a few years, but he was retired early. Their team had to be certified every year and would work weird hours during certification. When Herman would sleep, Kodi would not. He cried to go out everytime someone would go to the back door, even though he was supposed to be getting rest. He would play in the house all day, not sleep, which made him exhausted during the tests. When Kodi had enough rest, he was an excellent worker. He did manage to pass the tests, but in 2000 when FAA had an abundance of dogs, the powers to be decided to retire Kodi to us and Herman would get an FAA dog, Kony.


There was some concern from *the powers to be* that Kodi and Kony wouldn't get along and maybe Kodi should find another home. :weep After a very stressful week or so, Kodi was signed over to us. Whew! He and Kony were fine together.









Kodi was on the detail that protected Pope John Paul II when he came to St. Louis in January 1999.







Kodi had a lot of quirks, some annoying, some endearing. Every time the back door would open, he would let out a blood curdling squeal and race through the house to the door... most times stopping to pick up his favorite toy at the moment, usually some sort of (or part of) a ball.





If you would pet him, he would growl, but not a mean growl, more like he was talking to you growl. Given his size, this scared some (most) people. He loved to snack in the litter boxes. He would eat paper towels. Funny, his annoying quirks just don't seem annoying now. :cry1


EVERY vet visit was an adventure. Kodi was deathly afraid of going to the vet. Even if he hadn't gone to the vet, but another of our dogs or cats had, once he smelled them, he would bow his head, his ears would be pinned back and he would rush straight downstairs. Over the years we tried pills before his visits, which just made him sleepy, but still afraid. :(


Clipping his nails was impossible unless muzzled, and only in the last year did I finally figure out a tricky way to muzzle him without us losing a limb in the process.... it was in the eye specialist office last February. That doctor refused to see him unless he was muzzled. Not wanting to give up the appointment, we asked him to leave the room and let us try again.


We finally found a wonderful vet who understood Kodi's fears and wasn't afraid of him.



Our greyhound Callie and Kodi became best friends from the first day she arrived in 2001. She wasn't afraid of him, in fact when he would do his growly lion roar, she would stick her muzzle in his mouth! Shortly after Callie arrived, Kodi decided to sample Callie's food... she broke him of that habit that day! She would chase him in the yard nipping at his ears until they were literally fringed. She would try to sample his food and he would just step away... she wanted a toy he had, he let her take it. He definitely met his match, he loved her as much as she loved him.


Kodi had bloat in 2004 and had the surgery... they normally keep the dog in the hospital until they are sure they can eat on their own. Kodi was "kicked out" of the hospital early because they were unable to take his muzzle/e-collar off. Callie was so depressed while Kodi was in the hospital, she refused to go potty, in fact she wouldn't leave the deck at all! We had to put a leash on her and keep walking until she finally went.


This was the night we brought Kodi home from the hospital. I think Callie was positively glowing!






Kodi would occasionally model with Callie on our charity greyhound auctions and raffles. Notice Kodi is holding his best friend's leash. :heart







Kodi had to be a priest (notice his white collar) because he wouldn't tolerate a hat or costume that day. Kodi melted my heart this day... we had went to Three Dog Bakery for a Halloween parade and party to benefit our greyhound rescue group. Someone offered to watch Kodi and Callie while I went to pre-pay for the pictures. Kodi looked into my eyes with a very worried look and kept trying to follow me. :heart






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Kim, (Herman), Pixie (NK Mary Ann), Kitten, Sammie, Darcy and Scout

Callie (Callie Walker), Ava (Lass Dance), July, Peanut, Kodi, Bailey, Kony, PJ, Scampie, Carlo & Casey waiting for us at the bridge

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Kodi was very gentle with our cats... enjoying Frosty Paws with Callie and Peanut for Callie's birthday.




Christmas 2005... now Kony, Bailey and Kodi are gone. :brokenheart




I took Kodi with Callie and I to one Greyhound Planet Day event and everyone was petting and asking about Kodi, I guess Callie wasn't anything special in a sea of greyhounds. :lol







In December 2007 we had Kodi's teeth cleaned at the vet and also a nail trimming while he was under. It was found that one of Kodi's teeth had chipped off and was probably causing him pain so the tooth was pulled. Once home I started to notice that Kodi would stumble every so often. In spring of 2008 he was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy, which is described as MS for dogs. There is no cure, but we hoped to keep the disease at bay as long as possible.


We had custom Thera-Paws made that supported his ankles, but he wouldn't let us put them on him. We had to take him to the vet to be sedated, have his nails trimmed and his boots fitted. Once at home after the anesthesia wore off later that evening, he cried until I took the boots off. <_<


We tried Hydrotherapy. I have tons of videos on YouTube of Kodi during his sessions. Kodi's appointment was always right after St. Bernard Argus, so the water was always murky. After every session we would drive through McDonalds and get him a plain cheeseburger and fries so it would give him something to look forward to after, plus you always get hungry after swimming. :nod In the car he always laid his head in between the two front seats on the arm rest.






Kodi always wanted to be by Herman, but over the years Kodi and I formed a deep bond. When Kodi got into trouble (often :lol) and Herman would cry, "KODI!", he would run and sit by me. :beatheart I ordered this tag for Kodi from a friend at the Bluegrass Festival, and it was true, he was my boy. :(




Kodi's last picture right before his vet visit. He did rest his head on the center arm rest on that final drive. :weep




Kodi (Kodiak Summer) ~ June 1995 - January 24, 2009

We love you so much sweetie, be a good boy until we meet again.... :brokenheart

Kim, (Herman), Pixie (NK Mary Ann), Kitten, Sammie, Darcy and Scout

Callie (Callie Walker), Ava (Lass Dance), July, Peanut, Kodi, Bailey, Kony, PJ, Scampie, Carlo & Casey waiting for us at the bridge

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Kodi does sound like one of those 'once in a lifetime' dogs. I'm so sorry to learn of his passing :(:grouphug

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I'm sorry you had to say goodbye to Kodi.



When a relationship of love is disrupted, the relationship does not cease. The love continues; therefore, the relationship continues. The work of grief is to reconcile and redeem life to a different love relationship. ~ W Scott Lineberry

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What a moving and lovely tribute. Your photos show how much Kodi was loved and the very strong bond he felt to you and your husband. Kodi had such a sweet smile and he seemed to be a perfect companion to Callie. It is terribly hard to say goodbye to such a cherished friend. May you find some comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of this very special boy.


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I can barely see to type.


What an inspiring story -- that an exceptional dog and an exceptional family shared such a life. And the pictures! He was indeed a dog in a million. I'm sorry he's gone now.


Godspeed, handsome boy.

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I'm so very sorry. :cry1 What a wonderful tribute to a special dog.


Godspeed Kodi.

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Thank you for sharing such a special boy with us in your beatiful tribute. His life was wonderful, he was so clearly cherished. I hope all of you are able to find comfort in your happy memories. How is Callie doing?

My boys, together again...




A hui hou kakou, my loves

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Guest VaGreymom

What an inspiring beautiful tribute to your boy. He sure was special, and he was lucky to have such a loving family to care for him all those years. Thanks for sharing his story and all those beautiful photos.


Run Free Sweet Kodi.



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Beautiful and much loved boy, you will be missed.


I am so sorry for your loss.



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I am so sorry :grouphug What a beautiful tribute to a special fella. I hope the beautiful memories you created together will help heal your broken heart.


Godspeed Sweetheart :f_red

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