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Bode's Story

Bode came to Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) as one of 17 cats from a hoarder in the city of Sunnyvale. He now lives the highlife, from hoarder kitty to happy kitty.

Dolomite (now Bode) came to HSSV as one of 17 cats from a hoarder in the city of Sunnyvale. Sunnyvale Animal Control worked with the hoarder so HSSV could take in the cats over time, rather than all at once. As the kitties were brought over, they were added to Sunshine’s Community Cat Room, a communal kitty space in HSSV’s cat adoption arena.

Several weeks prior, HSSV president Carol Novello had lost her beloved Wiley, a beautiful 16-year-old, strawberry-blond shorthaired lover-kitty. Carol was heartbroken, but determined to love again. She visited the Community Cat Room in search of a male, shorthaired kitty to add to her household. Dolomite, a beautiful tuxedo kitty was the first to approach Carol when she entered the room. He seemed so sweet and easy going that after an evening of thinking about it, Carol returned to the Community Cat Room to make sure he was “the one". Dolomite hopped into her lap, curled up and adopted Carol. She named him "Bodhi", because he curled up in her lap the first night while Carol watched “The Story of Buddha” on PBS. What a super-zen-kitty!

Fast-forward a few days later. Bodhi turned out to NOT be a super-zen-kitty! He was zippy, active and naughty. And kind of wild. Carol changed the spelling of his name to "Bode", after Bode Miller, the gold-medal skier known for his reckless style, whose goal was to ski "as fast as the natural universe will allow.”

Bode now lives the highlife, from hoarder kitty to happy kitty. His favorite past time is chewing on Carol’s eyebrows while she sleeps and getting into trouble on a daily basis.

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