Kodi, Hero Dog of the Revolution

Basically, for everyone who complains I give too much blog love to the cats and not enough to the dog.

28 Comments on “Kodi, Hero Dog of the Revolution”

  1. I don’t think I knew you had a dog o.o

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    Unless you intend to strap some form of breakfast meat onto this radically under-represented pet, you are best just to leave him out of the blog altogether.

  3. Kodi looks hungry. (looking for exits) For Kendall-burger. (eyeing door) Are you sure you fed Kodi today? (tiptoeing to the door) No, look over there, Kodi–bacon! (running away)

  4. I know that look.

    “Please, please. Where is my play toy? It was just here…sometime.”


    “Don’t go through that doggie door. The killer has a knife.”

  5. That’s the stuff. Beautiful shot; nice effect.

    Steve @8: Closer to “There’s a killer at the door? Ooh, I’m gettin’ me some larynx. You want a piece?”

    Give that dog a snausage.

  6. Jen – wife. mother. knitter. unschooler. band geek. fatass. card-carrying socialist. militant breastfeeder. profane. agnostic. ENFP
    Jen in CT

    Wait. You have a dog? Heh.

  7. Huh. Just heard a big thing on “Fresh Air” (or was it Diane Riehm, sigh) about Akitas. Bred for centuries to kill bears in Japan.

    Damn good thing you shaved that beard off, Scalzi!

  8. O Pandering Scalzi, why do you waste valuable photographic space by showing Anteater-Thing Kodi? She is Our Most Perfect Lady’s Least Valuable Servant (well, one notch above you, actually).

    The so-called Anteater-Thing Appreciation Society has one or two lunatic members, nothing to fear – unlike the mighty and overwhelming wrath of The Official Ghlaghghee Fan Club. So stay strong and resolute; go forth, and bring back a picture of the Beauteous Ghlaghghee, and we might forgive you.

    The Official Ghlaghghee Fan Club

  9. What a gorgeous dog!

    You need cats in the country for small pests. You need dogs in the country for larger (two-legged) pests. It’s nice to see you have an appropriate dog for the larger pests. Our neighbors had an Akita. She was always alert and aware of everything. Sweet *and* protective of her family.

  10. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang, imbued with specialness

    Looks crazy. In a good way.

  11. Wait.. does Kodi really have red eyes or is that a Photoshop artifact?

    I don’t remember other pictures of her looking so… demonic.

  12. Herr Scalzi,
    I must inform you *THAT* is not a dog. It is a demon from the underworld. Can you not tell be the piercing red eyes?

  13. My guess is that Kodi is probably not normally demonic – it’s probably pent up jealousy of the cat deities in the household.

    Member, Kodi Appreciation Society

  14. How proud she looks, guarding the Scalzi household from the machinations of all evil, internal (lookin’ at you, Ghlaghghee!) and external.

    A fabulous dog, a fabulous effect, and much appreciated.

    Member, Kodi Appreciation Society

  15. Crap. If I’d known yesterday was “Address Jeff Hentosz’s Complaints Day” I would have also pointed out how seldom you encourage people to send me money. Next year!

  16. How did you get that spiffy artistic effect? I can make source code do wonders, but when it comes to photoshop my skills are amazingly weak.

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