Monday, August 26, 2013

Sad news.....

For those of you who have read Homer's Odyssey about Homer the Blind Wondercat, you may already know this. But, if not, his mom Gwen Cooper and his family let him run to the Rainbow Bridge last Wednesday. She posted to his facebook page on Sunday.

Mom first read Gwen's book a few years ago. She has read it many times since then. While on it's face, it is a book about a woman and her cat, it is more than that. Throughout the book, Gwen comments that she learns from Homer that what people view as a "disability" for Homer, is not a big deal for him. He has no idea that he is different and no idea that he isn't "normal". It is a lesson that we all can learn.

Most recently, mom reread the book last summer. Last summer we had two "special" kittens that we fostered.

Doc was rescued while helping some former adopters found kittens and asked for help with rescuing the kittens and doing some TNR. After some time in the house, mom discovered that Doc was deaf. And he had no idea.

The best part, mom was at an event Friday night and was approached by a mother and daughter. The mom said "you may not remember us but we adopted Doc last summer". OMG!!  They spoke for a while and the daughter found a picture of Doc on her phone. He has grown into a big handsome mancat - they say he is long and lean. And the daughter has to leave her door closed as Doc is a certified thief.

Then came Bourbon. Mom realized right off that there was something different about him. After x-rays, we learned he was born without kneecaps. And like Doc, he was adopted by a wonderful family who doesn't care that he is "different".

So, purrs to Gwen and Lawrence. And THANK YOU for making people more aware that being different shouldn't be a death sentence.  Doc and Bourbon may not have ever been given a chance in some shelters. We are lucky that we are associated with a rescue that is willing to take chances and is no-kill. 

Fly Free Homer.


  1. What a heartwarming and truly wonderful story - thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Awwwww good for lovely Bourbon and sweet Doc. So sad to read about angel Homer. Take care

  3. It warms our hearts when we hear of differently abled kitties being loved and adopted. Hope somebody comes forward pretty soon to adopt Ray Charles and Rachel. Maybe somebody who reads this and is aware of those two kitties will come forward. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  4. Yes, disabilities don't mean a limitation to love and affection. It just takes someone willing to understand an animal's condition, and perhaps have the patience to live with its needs. There is no cat or dog which is unadoptable.

  5. We were sad to hear about Homer, we are so happy he had such a wonderful life--we had a deaf kitty and Chuckles was one of the most PURRsonality-filled cats Mommy has ever known!

  6. I was so sad to hear about Homer. Gwen's book is one of the best books I have read. But Homer had a wonderful home and was a very lucky kitty.
    Yup both Doc and Bourbon were special. The special needs cats seem to be the best ones.
    Take care.

  7. We were so sad to hear about dear Homer. His precious soul touched the heart of millions.

  8. I am sure Homer is running at the Bridge with all who came before....

  9. My human and I were so sad to hear about Homer yesterday. How cool that a blind cat opened up so many humans' eyes! I hope that energy continues to resonate and help other kitties in the future.

  10. I read Homer's Odyssey some time back and it really made me realize how animals DO NOT understand the word disability. Homer was an amazing kitty.

  11. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~



    God's speed Homer; ewe iz, N all wayz will bee, one total
    lee awesum dood ~~~~~~~

  12. Bless those families to take on the ones that others might not want. I think they are the most special <3

  13. We feel the same. We can only imagine Gwen's grief right now.

  14. I will have to look for the book, it sounds like a wonderful story. I'm sorry Homer has crossed the is never easy to lose our special babies.

    Wonderful to hear about Doc and Bourbon too! They were extra special!

  15. That indeed is so very sad. What a great lesson he taught everyone!
    Play bows,


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