Saturday Afternoon Open Thread: Koda Update

Koda 19 jul 13

From commentor GEG6:

Just thought if you wanted to post an update about how Koda is getting along so that all the Juicers who helped out with getting her here could see her now, here are some pics.

The first is my favorite one of her. She is laying on the couch on top of John and you can just tell that she now runs our whole house.

The second is her and Otis hanging out in their favorite place, the nice cool tiles in our kitchen eating area just outside our sunroom. Otis was impatient and wary of her at first, but as you can tell from the photo, they are getting along just fine.

The third is the perfect picture of their personalities. Otis is Mr. Laid-Back and Koda is always aware, always curious, and always the center of attention.

Lastly, we have John, Otis, and Koda on the deck. Koda is giving Otis a kiss, which he hates but tolerates. We love her, all of us.

Thanks for everything, Balloon Juice!

Koda and Otis 19 jul 13

Koda and Otis also 19 jul 13

Koda Otis John 19 jul 13

63 replies
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    gogol's wife says:

    SQUEEE. Both doggehs are adorable.

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    Kathleen says:

    Those pictures are just wonderful. Your dogs look like they’re smiling. Lovely energy from all.

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    trollhattan says:

    Awwwwww. Congrats to all!

    Since is pet thread, I offer World’s Most Patient Dog v. terrorist kitteh.;sns=fb

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    Josie says:

    So nice to see happy, healthy dogs. I’m glad we had a little part in it. Bless you all.

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    VodkaGoGo says:

    Just testing the waters, would any Balloon-Juice commenters be interested in joining a fantasy football league against Wonkette commenters? I already have a league set up through ESPN and if you’re interested, you can check out how this would work here.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Koda. Yet another pet rehoming success story.

    She’s beautiful, and you can tell she’s happy. Am sure her previous owner is happy at Koda’s second chance.

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    Cermet says:

    On this day in 1969 the Apollo 11 LM landed the first men on the Moon. They are still searching for that “a” Neal said he said … .

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I second that squee.

    Here’s a story to make the blood boil: A woman reports to the authorities that she was raped. She is sentenced to 16 months jail for non-marital sex. The rapist gets 13 months.

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    Fellatio Alger says:

    @trollhattan: That is indeed the most patient dog ever. I loved the doggie pause at the end, when he stops chomping on his bone and darts his eyes to the side as if to say, “Is she gone? Thank goodness” and then goes back to chewing. The cute is awesome on that one.

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    the Conster says:

    Yay for geg6, John, Koda and Otis – so much cute in one place. Another happy Balloon Juice story. From heartache to hope in one awful week for all of us. Long live Tunch and his spirit that lives here amongst the pixels.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    Love the pictures of Koda, Otis and John. So glad that all is working out well with Koda. It was such a great thing that Koda needed a home and you and John wanted a chocolate Lab.The timing was incredible.

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    Dee Loralei says:

    Awwww happy sweet adorable puppies! Thanks for the photos, Geg! So happy for all 4 of you guys.

    If y’all want to see a great graphic of Obama as Trayvon, hop over to Mario Piperini, it’s on the sidebar to the right.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    You know those fundamentalists in America who want to roll back the Enlightenment? Well, first-millennium tribal societies like in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, where the Muslim world’s own Enlightenment has been put away like a bad memory and where travesties like this take place, is precisely the world they want to live in.

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    raven says:

    @Cermet: I was in Sydney on R&R and called home. . . collect! The Aussie’s had a tracking station and they made a movie called “The Dish”

    In the days before the July 19, 1969 space mission that marked humankind’s first steps on the moon, NASA was working with a group of Australian technicians who had agreed to rig up a satellite interface. That the Aussies placed the satellite dish smack dab in the middle of an Australian sheep farm in the boondocks town of Parkes was just one of the reasons that NASA was concerned. Based on a true story, The Dish takes a smart, witty, comical look at the differing cultural attitudes between Australia and the U.S. while revisiting one of the greatest events in history.

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    raven says:

    How bout them Dawgs!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Yes, that’s what I’m talking about, the Golden Age of Islam.

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    becca says:

    My Ben and Stella could be Otis and Koda stand-ins, if such a need ever arises. They even have the same water dispenser! Eerie, eh?

    Sweet, sweet puppies all.

    One of these days I’m going to post a pic of Lola. You will laugh! You wil cry!She is such a hot mess. A case of mange left her mostly hairless and she has an overbite that makes her look like a 20 lb rodent.

    She is just absolutely heartbreakingly sweet.

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    raven says:

    @efgoldman: 41 days!

    and I’ll be nervous as a cat crappin ground glass as the Clemson game approaches!

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    I cannot wait to go home and crash. Fucking United cancelled their only flight today because of “bad weather” (although as far as I can tell, no other flights to NY were canned). Flying to Philly and driving back.

    And my stomach is not pleased with the lack of sleep, combined with a massive intake of cookies, burgers, Bojangles, and 3 bottles of wine over the course of the overnight hours.

    Austerity diet for 3 weeks now.

    PF37 +hangover

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    raven says:

    @PsiFighter37: And you had advice for ME at 5am!

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    JWL says:

    I doubt Otis is as laid back as you think he is.

    Rather, Otis is likely a realist. One who understands his incapacity to inflict a swift death on the interloper might well lead to the tables being turned. Or, at the very least, with him being left badly hurting.

    Then again, I might well be wrong. Otis may indeed be that best of all breeds– a hippy dog.

    In which case, I apologize for having doubted him at all.

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    Violet says:

    Adorable! Love them. That third picture is hilarious. Look how inquisitive and energetic Koda is! So glad the long distance rescue worked out so well for all of you. Happy, happy, happy!

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @raven: I give advice for free, even if you don’t want it. It becomes more voluminous as the drank intake cranks up.

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    Johnnybuck says:

    @raven: It’s going to be a great game!

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I watched that for an Australian film class — sweet, low-key little movie starring Sam Neill and Patrick Warburton as the American NASA observer.

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    the Conster says:


    BTW, the picture of the Boston meet-up looks like you’ve photo bombed it. You’ve got a doppelganger somewhere in Metrowest Boston who somehow answered the Balloon Juice call to drink.

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    raven says:

    @Mnemosyne: I just rented it on iTunes! They were really bonkers when I was there because of it. Of course those were the days when I lived like PsiFighter37 but at least I was only 19!

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    raven says:

    @Mnemosyne: Did you watch Love Serenade? Strange movie.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @the Conster: Nice, glad to know there are similarly thirsty lookalikes. Better not be a Red Sock fan, though

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    Violet says:

    @raven: I love that movie. Patrick Warburton is hilarious.

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    raven says:

    @Johnnybuck: I’m waiting for my tickets, hoping to make a boatload!

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    Johnnybuck says:

    @raven: You should, but why not make the drive?

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    MomSense says:

    Yay!! Happy puppies! So happy that this has worked out so beautifully.

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    raven says:

    @Johnnybuck: For a night game Sept 1st? I have trouble enough with night games here and I walk to Sanford Stadium. I’ll occasionally go to the Peach Bowl if the Dawgs or Hokies are in it. I know where to park and get the hell out of there but I’m not interested in a Climpson all nighter. I get hard tickets for the away games and it’s easy to sell them and this should pay for my season tickets.

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    the Conster says:


    Uh, unlikely. First place, baaayyyybbeee!

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    Johnnybuck says:

    @raven: I can see that. Went to Columbia last year (also a night game) and getting out of there was a nightmare, almost as much as the game was.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @raven: Haven’t seen The Dish, but I well remember how the TV stations, during their coverage of a space flight, would take the audience on a tour of the tracking stations around the world. I loved those pieces.

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    raven says:

    @Johnnybuck: Ugh, Rambo doesn’t go for the pick and maybe. . .

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    raven says:

    Damn, this keeps happening. The sun is as bright as it can be and it is pouring!

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    Steeplejack says:


    Another movie by that director, The Castle, is also very good.

    Did you see The Last Days of Chez Nous in your class? Excellent.

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    raven says:

    @Steeplejack: Mirada Otto was in that fish movie too.

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    raven says:

    @Johnnybuck: You new here or have a different handle?

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    quannlace says:

    Damn, this keeps happening. The sun is as bright as it can be and it is pouring!

    We’re supposed to cool down anyways here, but really hoping we’ll get some rain. And never thought I’d be saying that after the sodden Spring we had.

    My dog Katie’s been a bit on edge. Picking up on vibes from the changing weather? Disturbance in the Force!

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    raven says:

    @quannlace: Ever try those little wraps they put on critters to calm them. My goofy neighbor put them on her wookie dogs and they seem to work?

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    quannlace says:


    I’ve had more people mention those. Should give them a try. Thunder shirts, no?

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    Johnnybuck says:

    @raven: Used to be Huckster.

    That game was over 9 minutes in, had barely sat down and got my bearings. The SC receiver just basically took the ball away from Rambo, and there you go, a tipped pass, and a punt return and it was all over.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I don’t think we did — our instructor was having a hard time finding some films even on DVD, and I think that was one of them. We did see Sunday Too Far Away and, of course, Walkabout and Picnic at Hanging Rock. Also Sweetie, Jane Campion’s debut film.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @quannlace: Thundershirts is what they are called. I know people who swear by them, though I’ve never used one. Layla just hides to predict weather (quite accurately). She doesn’t get real wound up unless it’s awful, or fireworks, and we do better living through chemistry in those instances.

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    Cermet says:

    @raven: Really a great movie!

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    jebediah says:

    happy dogs being happy together in a happy, loving home! third day in the hospital with wife for what was supposed to be outpatient, so the happy dog update is most welcome.

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    IowaOldLady says:

    We’re going to the roller derby tonight. Life takes us places we never thought we’d be.

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    the Conster says:


    Picnic at Hanging Rock is one of my all time favorites. So mysterious and of a particular time and place that makes it super moody. Peter Weir is genius. Last Wave might be my all time favorite, and has Richard Chamberlain’s best performance. Australia is a great backdrop to certain themes that Peter Weir just gets. Plus Mosquito Coast has some of the best iconography and cinematography ever. I think I liked that movie more than every critic. Harrison Ford has a monologue that should be tatooed on everyone’s forehead.

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    raven says:

    @Johnnybuck: We had not one, but two, weddings during Georgia games last year. I made the ceremony for the South Carolina game, went home, and was back at the reception in 30 minutes!

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    red dog says:

    @raven: Good movie that had no phony violence. I was in Oz for a time in ’65 after Operation Deep Freeze in NZ. Great places and people.

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    Steeplejack says:


    I’ll check it out.

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    Anne Laurie says:


    third day in the hospital with wife for what was supposed to be outpatient,

    Oh dear — I’ll keep her in my positive thoughts!

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @raven: that dish is still operating too. It’s 40 min South of where I live and a pretty cool place to visit. The cafe makes amazing banana bread.

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    jebediah says:

    @Anne Laurie:

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    eclare says:

    @raven: the Dish is an awesome movie. Always makes me wonder if anything will ever unite people all over the world like that again. Watching Cronkite tear up…

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    Happy doggies in a happy house. All around win.

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    kc says:

    Love the pics!

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