If you're one of Kodi's friends, feel free to send me a tribute of some
memory you have of Bear (koditribute at daveola.com), and I'll put some
of them up here.
- Kodi's Daughter Mr. Peterson
- Grandma Ellen
Although I grew up with dogs [labrador retrievers], I became a cat convert in
the 60's... I just didn't want the responsibility of a dog, and our cats met
my needs for animal companionship. Imagine my surprise, then, when I first met
Kodi... she won my heart immediately, both for her charming sweetness and for
the way she made David light up. Over the years I've loved Kodi, and she's
the only dog that ever made me wish I had a dog of my own... but, of course,
there was only one Kodi. Her joyous response to our greeting chant of "Kodi!
Kodi!" and her patience with my endearments were very, very special. We will all
miss her. Mom
- Kodi Familymember Carrie
Kodi Bear episodes are among the sweetest memories of my life, more so
than even my own dogs. The way she always remembered Erik and me and
went thundering around in circles, even if we'd been away for years. It
always made me feel proud when a relative newcomer to Kodi's world saw
that and said, well, she sure knows you! And I'd say, we're old
If you were alone in an apartment with Kodi, she'd know when it was
Dave coming up the stairs. She recognized me from blocks away once in
Paris when Dave and I accidentally got separated, and Dave was
wondering, why the heck is Kodi pulling me towards that woman way up
there? On the same visit, she saw my nutso French landlord go by on his
bike and growled at him. You were lucky if Kodi took the time to assess
someone's character for you, and if you were smart you listened.
I admired the stoic way she sat there and drooled when carsick, and
the way she held it until she got to a grassy area, even when in Paris
or SOMA or some other area where grass is not that easy to find. She
was a genius in conflict resolution, too. When my bratty little dog
Libby foolishly tried to take her on, Kodi firmly but humanely made
sure that Libby never tried anything like that again.
- Kodi Familymember Justin
Kodi was incredibly dedicated to Dave. I would watch Kodi for a week
or two while Dave was out of town. After a few days of his absence,
it was obvious that Kodi was in Dave withdrawal. When Dave returned
from his trip Kodi went completely nuts. Kodi loved Dave dearly, he
was her life and she was completely dedicated to him.
"And the lion will lie down with the lamb." I vaguely remember this
to be some kind of biblical apocalyptic description of The End.
Originally when I remembered this quote I replaced lion with dog and
lamb with cat, and thought of Kodi and Mr. Peterson. I know there
have been plenty of instances of dogs and cats getting along, but
they were truly bonded at the hip. Kodi was Mr. P's mother. I think
Mr. P liked Kodi more than anybody else.
On a couple of trips with Dave and Kodi I was able to witness Kodi's
reaction to snow. She would go absolutely bonkers at the sight of
snow. She would run like hell out of the van towards the snow,
rolling in it, eating it (no matter how dirty it was) and generally
having a blast. Her big smile quite evident.
Kodi's coat was amazingly beautiful, truly one of kind. You could
get lost in petting her thick, soft fur. I think I liked petting
Kodi more than she did.
When animals and people leave my life in the form of death I like to
think that they continue to exist. Not in some kind of animal heaven
or anything like that (but who knows). Hundreds of people met Kodi
and have memories of her. The strength of all these memories
accounts for an existence in consciousness. In little ways Kodi will
change the fates (if you will) of people she has touched for a long
time. Kodi is the stimulus, and those that met her, love her, and
admire her will respond consciously and unconsciously to having spent
time with her. Memories are very, very powerful.
- Kodi Familymember Bert
One day when I was visiting Dave, we were doing the laundry. As I tossed
the clothes to Dave, some of them landed on Kodi's head. She had been standing around,
innocently enough, and just got in the line of laundry fire. The best
part was, she just stood there, unmoving, with her head entirely
covered in laundry, waiting to see who would free her. Dave covered
her head in laundry and we got a great photo. Kodi was always the
best, most loyal dog around. She was sweet, loveable, and willing to
take stray laundry fire if it meant being with Dave. They were very
lucky to have found one another.
- Kodifriend HaleyMo
i remember coming to your house after the 9 20 knowing that as soon
as you opened the door kodi would be there waiting excitedly for you,
and the first order of business was to go for a walk in the park. i
loved walking to the park with kodi. the first time i was surprised
that you didn't put her on a leash or at least bring one with you,
but most people are more likely to need a leash than kodi. she was
always attentive to whatever you said to her and of course was
intelligent enough to do it.
i made a hat with the best fuzzy fake fur i could find to buy, and it
had big fuzzy ears on it. but it was nothing close to the fuzziness
of kodi's ears, they were the best ears ever. and even when she was
so sick and in the hospital they would perk up a little bit as soon
as she saw you.
she trusted you so much to help her out when she needed to go down
the stairs or get into the car.
but a lot of my memories are things that i wish i could have seen. i
always wanted to see kodi in her backpacking gear, and the astronaut
bubble you were going to build her for burning man. i wanted to see
her happy and healthy again so that we could walk to the park when i
came over. i wanted to see her out dancing at lindy in the park. i
wish i had taken the time to get to know her a little better.
i loved sitting on your floor next to her, lying on my back with one
arm swung around her neck, talking to her and petting her fuzzy ears
while you did work on your computer. we would just hang out and
watch in quiet company. sometimes mr. p would swagger by to say
- Kodi Familymember Mike Lusignan
When we lived on Bassett St. Kodi got something
really cold to eat. (Whether it was frozen or cold or
whether she got it as a treat or unintentionally, I don't
completely remember. It doesn't really matter.)
Kodi wrapped the food in the bath mat to warm it up.
I remember getting a bedframe to move that doghouse you found
to the house on Bassett so Kodi would have a place to be outside.
We pushed that doghouse for blocks. One of the wheels on
the bedframe eventually came off, but we finally got that
doghouse to Bassett. It's not exactly a memory of Kodi, but
it makes me think of her.
Every time you called her back on Bassett street from play,
she came, no matter how much fun she was having.
Kori and I were in San Francisco for a wedding, and Kodi still
recognized me after four years. :)
She was such a great, sweet, smart dog.
- PDSC member Anne and dog Lucky
I fell in Love with Kodi when I first met her six
years ago. Lucky fell in love with her 3.5 years ago.
We both miss her very much.
I remember the way that Kodi would storm into my house with her ears
down and her tail wagging.... She would shoot straight past anyone in
her way and run to the back where she hoped that Lucky had left some
food. Dave would storm past as well and together they would come
back from the kitchen with big grins on their faces and then greet
me. Lucky liked sharing his food with Kodi. She was one of his best
buddies. I will miss her cow-greeting.
- PDSC member Kelli and dog Figment
Whenever Figment saw Kodi in the park, his ears would go way back and he'd
trot off towards her with his tail swinging in circles - a clear sign that
Kodi was one of his favorites. They were a lot alike - older dogs who were
very well behaved, very attached to their owners, and always got along with
all the other dogs. Figment will miss Kodi, with her soft gray ears, her
sweet demeanor, the way she'd always come running up to greet us, and her
big doggy smile. She was always smiling. Both Figment and I will dearly
miss wonderful, fuzzy Kodi.
- Kodifriend Mitch
I have plenty of fond memories of the Kodi Bear T, we used to play the
pillow game back in Madison, in which, I told her to come over to me and she
would frop down on the ground. After which, I would place my head on her
tummy and watch Dave's antics or tiddle with the guitar. Although, like a
parking meter, there was a time limit and my pillow would venture off. We
also had another little game where I would grab her nose and she would fight
back with her paws, and like a boxer, brush her nose for more. My entire
heart goes out to my Brother Dave's grief and loss. She will be deeply
- Kodifriend Jesse Litven
You remind me what it means to be happy on a Sunny Sunday afternoon,
romping around on Dave's hardwood floor
For me, even in my distance
all my old San Francisco memories are scented with you
Here, in my hot Indian streets, there are tons of dogs all sleeping
in their character
but none as sweet as you
When I see hot girls I think of Dave
And when I laugh I think of you
Photogenic and witty
Smart and Pretty (they're a rarety these days, I'll tell ya)
So, anyway, thanks for keeping me warm, smiling, happy
And your cozy fur and elegant eyes will always be in heart
- Kodifriend Laura Hetzel
I was hanging out on Library Mall in Madison with a group of my friends,
when all of a sudden this beautiful and friendly dog came running up to us.
We were all secretly hoping she didn't have an owner and we could take her
home, when Dave came trotting over yelling, "Kodi!" To this day, I am
convinced that Dave and Kodi had this move totally choreographed and had
used it many, many times in order to help Dave pick up women.
[editor's note: completely and totally (mostly) false!]
Kodi always listened to Dave, and they were so in sync with each
other, that she even understood when he wanted her to be disobedient.
I am grateful to Kodi because without her, Dave and I never would
- Kodifriend Mel Varriano and dog Casey
One of my favorite things to look forward to when visiting San Fransisco was
the warm welcome I received from Kodi, each and every time. Almost as if she
knew I was coming before I even got there. Dave would then loosely wrap her
leash around her neck (because she never needed to wear it) and we would all
go for a walk in the park. Afterwards, we would stop on Haight street for
something to eat and Kodi would wait patiently outside for Dave to bring her
a treat off of someone's plate.
I will never forget the day that I almost got Kodi in "trouble" with Dave.
Kodi would always wait patiently at a street corner for Dave to give her the
command "let's go" before she would cross the street. One day I was lagging
behind the group because I wanted to walk with Kodi. I stepped out onto the
street, expecting her to follow me, but she stopped and sat down like she
knew she was supposed to. So I said "come on, let's go" and she happily
jogged behind me. Then Dave turned around and, with a look of shock, noticed
that Kodi was crossing without his command. I was sorry to have stepped over
Dave's authority, but it felt great knowing that Kodi trusted me so much to
accept my command without waiting for Dave's approval. Although, that only
I miss you Kodi Bear.
- Kodifriend Aileen
Kodi was indeed a great dog. Everywhere she went, people would
gather around and shower her with affection and presents. She was
sweet, caring and nonjudgmental. I think that once she cared for
you, she cared for you forever. She was also a very brave dog.
There was one time when a large splinter somehow got stuck in her and
she looked like she was in discomfort but she did not complain. We
thought she was just being stubborn or extra slow that day but she
must have been in great pain. When the splinter was finally found,
we had to cut a part of her skin to take out a big chunk that had
broken off. She didn't twitch or bark or even move. After we got
the splinter out, she just licked the area a bit, nudged us and
curled into a smaller ball.
- PDSC member Julie and dog Charles P. Buttercup
My fondest memory of Kodi is of how patient she would be with Charlie
jabbing his wet nose into her ears immediately everytime he saw her in
the park and then proceed to try and make out with her for the next 10
minutes. She would also sit so sweetly and politely waiting for me to
dish out a treat she absolutely knew was hiding somewhere in my pocket,
and just one look into those big sweet brown eyes made it extremly
difficult not to just want to hand them all over to her. We both miss
her dearly. The PDSC just won't be the same without her.
- PDSC member Heidi and dog Stella
- Kodi was so gentle and sweet - even Stella's persistance couldn't rile
her up, a testament to her patience. I suspect her
reluctance to play was both due to an utter lack of
aggression and also to a reluctance to be more than
about 3 feet from you.
- SFLindy Hopper Kristen and dog Phoenix
- I have many memories of Kodi, but the thing I remember most is
her gentle eyes. One look in those eyes and you could tell how much
sweetness she had. Sometimes my dog would get up in her face and try
to start something, and she would just l ook at him in that calm
manner and he would instantly relax. Also, she was such a staple at
Lindy in The Park. -The best moments were when she tried to join you
out on the dance floor (which she frequently did)! The tourists
always loved her! And it was hilarious to see the two of you
squished into your little red car, -you with your arm around her. I
kept meaning to get a picture of that, -now I regret that I never did.
Kodi Bear was a true beauty, -she will be missed.
- Wil Klass, Kodi walker and temporary housemate
Kodi was really the most amazing dog I ever met. Pretty much every
time I took her for a walk total strangers would come up and pet her and
make compliments. I've never seen a dog have that sort of effect on people.
On myself included. I was so glad to have spent the time with her I did.
- JP Batson, International Troublemaker
I'm really sad to hear about Kodi. I was looking
forward to walking her again sometime. Honestly it was
a pleasure walking her, even when she woke me in the
middle of the night. She was so patient, calm, and
incredibly obedient. I loved the fact that I could
walk her off leash (I never walked her on it) and
never worry about her walking into the street. Wow!
Kodi was the greatest! I do, and will, miss her.
- SFLindy Hopper Debbie
She was a mainstay in the swing community. She always brought a
smile to my face whenever I would see her bounding up to Lindy in the
Park. I will always remember the times I saw her at improv and swing
- Chicago Lindy Hopper Dan Skibo
To the memory of the most amazing dog I ever met:
I will never forget Kodi. She was serene, highly intelligent, and quite
compassionate. Though I was only able to spend a short time with her,
she made an impression that will last my entire life.
- Kodifriend Lila Patton
kodi was such a sweet and cuddly presence. i was always very much a
cat person and never liked dogs at all; kodi was the first dog who
ever won me over. it was impossible not to love her! the two of you
were very blessed to have found each other.