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Homer's Odyssey Gwen Cooper with HomerAt 24 years old Gwen Cooper was already mommy to two cats, Vashti and Scarlett So when a veterinarian friend asked Gwen to consider adopting a blind black two week old kitten, Gwen was hesitant.this seemed like a lot to take on But the sweet loving kittie immediately won Gwen s heart and Homer joined the family in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Vashti, Scarlet, and Homer left to right HomerDespite his inability to see, Homer was anything but a fraidy cat Gwen Cooper with HomerAt 24 years old Gwen Cooper was already mommy to two cats, Vashti and Scarlett So when a veterinarian friend asked Gwen to consider adopting a blind black two week old kitten, Gwen was hesitant.this seemed like a lot to take on But the sweet loving kittie immediately won Gwen s heart and Homer joined the family in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Vashti, Scarlet, and Homer left to right HomerDespite his inability to see, Homer was anything but a fraidy cat The intrepid kitten was everywhere, investigating everything He climbed bookcases, drapes, furniture, and people he got into kitchen cabinets and unerringly found unopened cans of tuna feed me this he constantly tried to sneak up on Scarlett from directly in front not understanding how she always knew he was there he loved to play fetch with his favorite stuffed toy a worm with a bell he made friends with almost everyone he met Homer even viciously attacked a burglar and chased him out of Gwen s apartment In fact Homer immeasurably enhanced Gwen s life.Homer was a fearless catThis memoir is Gwen s story as much as Homer s Inspired by Homer s joie de vivre and indomitable spirit, Gwen broke and needing a better paying job moved back in with her parents not easy She took a series of intern and volunteer positions and finally came out on the other side with highly marketable skills and the means to get her own place again Homer enhanced Gwen s lifeOver time Gwen and the cats moved four times, which is daunting for a human, never mind a blind cat But Homer always adapted quickly, making his way from his food and litter box the first things Gwen showed him to investigate every millimeter of his new dwelling Homer met Gwen s friends and a few guys she dated one who hissed at frightened Homer was thrown out immediately and almost everyone loved the little black cat In one amusing anecdote, Gwen s ex boyfriend George was babysitting Homer for a few days when Gwen popped by for a visit To Gwen s horror George s friend with baby Homer lying on the palm of his outstretched hand was spinning around, making helicopter noises, and affectionately calling Homer El Mocho something like stumpy When Gwen made a fuss, Homer was put down But the kitten immediately ran over to his playmate and pawed himIn time Gwen moved to New York for work and got an apartment near the World Trade Center When the twin towers came down on 9 11, Homer and his sister cats were stranded in their apartment when the district was blocked off for safety Gwen s tale of trying to get back to her cats with food and water which took days was as harrowing a story as I ve read in some thrillers Gwen struggled through the chaos of 9 11 to get back to her catsAfter some years Gwen met her future husband Laurence not a spoiler Laurence s big booming voice intimidated Homer, who avoided this barrel chested intruder Nevertheless, Homer s super hearing alerted him when Laurence opened the refrigerator to make a turkey sandwich and the cat immediately rushed over to getthan his share of the meat Laurence had to resort to loudly running the faucet so he could sneak out the sandwich fixings, then hide in the bathroom to make his snack ha ha ha The book doesn t focus solely on Homer and there are plenty of fun stories about the other cats Scarlett for instance divided the world into mom Gwen who she loved and everyone everything else who she had little use for And Vashti, a beautiful shy cat, seduced dog lover Laurence with her adoring gazes and affectionate behavior I always like books with endearing pets in real life or in fiction and this is a very good one Highly recommended for animal lovers You can follow my reviews at Really an exceptional read, and written much better then I had expected I loved how Cooper started each of her chapters off with a quote from The Odyssey, and then proceeded to weave the quote into the story of her little blind dynamo kitty Homer s Odyssey is muchthen just a cat story It s a book that can challenge all of us humans to live up to whatever potential we have within us After laughing, crying and cheering over Homer s saga, I was left with the almost overpowering urge to fi Really an exceptional read, and written much better then I had expected I loved how Cooper started each of her chapters off with a quote from The Odyssey, and then proceeded to weave the quote into the story of her little blind dynamo kitty Homer s Odyssey is muchthen just a cat story It s a book that can challenge all of us humans to live up to whatever potential we have within us After laughing, crying and cheering over Homer s saga, I was left with the almost overpowering urge to find a blind kitty of my own.Kudos to Cooper for her inspiring story of the cat who could and did From a ridiculously long list of to read books, I chose, shortly before the start of Passover, HOMER S ODYSSEY A FEARLESS FELINE TALE, OR HOW I LEARNED ABOUT LOVE AND LIFE WITH A BLIND WONDER CAT as my next read The coming of Passover had nothing to do with my looking at the shelves of waiting to be next books and making Gwen Cooper s memoir the chosen one Nevertheless, this choice turned out to be another message from the universe that, in a life in which so many occurrences seem rando From a ridiculously long list of to read books, I chose, shortly before the start of Passover, HOMER S ODYSSEY A FEARLESS FELINE TALE, OR HOW I LEARNED ABOUT LOVE AND LIFE WITH A BLIND WONDER CAT as my next read The coming of Passover had nothing to do with my looking at the shelves of waiting to be next books and making Gwen Cooper s memoir the chosen one Nevertheless, this choice turned out to be another message from the universe that, in a life in which so many occurrences seem random and senseless, at least some things happen BECAUSE they are supposed to and WHEN they are supposed to A piece of the PROLOGUE of HOMER S ODYSSEY provided an inspiring addition to this year s first night Seder at our house And I think that the following excerpt from Cooper s work is important enough to be shared with as many people as are willing to read hear it MY FAVORITE MOMENT in the celebration of Passover the holiday commemorating G d s leading Moses and the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery and into the Promised Land is always the Dayenu Hebrew for it would have been enough, the Dayenu recounts the miracles G d performed on behalf of the Israelites, insisting after each one that it, all on its own, would have been enoughLiving with Homer, over the past twelve years, I ve composed a Dayenu of my own If Homer had simply managed to live beyond two weeks of age, it would have been enough If he had simply learned to find his food bowl and his litter box all on his own, it would have been enough If he had simply learned to run, jump, play, and fearlessly do all the things they told me he might never do, it would have been enough If he had simply made me laugh out loud every single day for a decade, it would have been enough And if he had done nothingthan become one of the most loyal, affectionate, and courageous sources of joy and inspiration I ve ever knownwell, that would have beenthan enough In a seemingly hopeless situation, when no rational person could expect anything ital good, yet somehow ends up receiving everything ital good these are things we call miracles and wonders A few of us are lucky enough to see such wonders in our everyday lives So this book is for the others like me, but also for the ones who ve given up believing in everyday miracles and heroes for people who love cats and for people who consider themselves firmly anti cat for those who think normal ital and ideal ital mean the same thing, and for those who know that, sometimes, stepping slightly to the left of what s normal can enrich your whole life 10 12 I DO love cats and, like Cooper, I m well acquainted with the experience of living with three cats But I believe that my appreciation of HOMER S ODYSSEY is, at most, thinly tied to my feelings about felines I ve already typedthan needs to be said about Cooper s book Two words would have been enough Read it I don t want to sound unkind, but I fear that will be inevitable.Gwen Cooper seems like a perfectly nice person, even if a bit self important, but I feel like if she were in my wider social circles and I found out she was attending a function I would be like oh Really Gwen s coming because there is something about her tone that is unbelievably irritating A friend bought this for me as a present because I have a blind kitten of my own Dirty Diana, who is now 8 months old and has had bot I don t want to sound unkind, but I fear that will be inevitable.Gwen Cooper seems like a perfectly nice person, even if a bit self important, but I feel like if she were in my wider social circles and I found out she was attending a function I would be like oh Really Gwen s coming because there is something about her tone that is unbelievably irritating A friend bought this for me as a present because I have a blind kitten of my own Dirty Diana, who is now 8 months old and has had both eyes removed and thought I might enjoy the story I, too, had high hopes but was so put off by the author s self important and self congratulatory tone that I found myself rolling my eyesoften than not.Having a blind cat does not make you special having a blind cat who loves you does not make you special overparenting does not mean you have a special bond I m sorry, Gwen Cooper, but this insight into your life and your mind have probably put me off of all of your writing forever The primary reason for giving this book 5 stars, in addition to my obviously loving it, is because of the author This is a genuine animal lover animal rescuer who wants nothingthan to tell what Homer, a cat with no eyes that she adopted, did for her and not vice versa Gwenn already had 2 rescued cats, Scarlett and Vashti, when a young and kind hearted vet called her to tell her about a young abandoned kitten whose eyes had to be removed because they were so badly infected Gwenn says s The primary reason for giving this book 5 stars, in addition to my obviously loving it, is because of the author This is a genuine animal lover animal rescuer who wants nothingthan to tell what Homer, a cat with no eyes that she adopted, did for her and not vice versa Gwenn already had 2 rescued cats, Scarlett and Vashti, when a young and kind hearted vet called her to tell her about a young abandoned kitten whose eyes had to be removed because they were so badly infected Gwenn says she will meet the kitten, with no promises of adopting him.HA After about 30 seconds, Gwenn tells the vet I ll take him.What follows is a story of love, patience and devotion, and lessons to be learned from a kitten who knows no fear or boundaries because he cannot see We can all learn to take chances from this little guy Gwenn and her little brood of 3 fall upon hard times in Florida, even needing to move back to Gwenn s parents home for a little while Then, with Homer as inspiration, Gwenn applies for and receives a job offer in New York and off they go Two very personal and emotional chapters are dedicated to the 9 11 tragedy when Gwenn was living in the Financial District of New York.The book spans 12 years, all told, and there are many laughs as we read about the antics of Homer, Scarlett and Vashti, as well as the ups and downs in Gwenn s life, particulary dating before she meets the man of her dreams Probably the best part is that I have finally read a true animal story that ends before any of them pass awayso it ends on a very happy note.I am partial to the story since I too have 3 rescued cats of my own I m not sure if you will love this as much as I do if you don t have a strong love of cats, but if you, you should really give this book a go It is not fair to say that I read this book To be honest, I read up to page 120 I never give up on books and usually force myself to persist until the end Even one of my favorite books of all time, The Poisonwood Bible, I almost gave up on several times during the first 100 pages Recently, when the Goodreads newsletter came out and, at the top, it said you ve been reading Homer s Odyssey for 70 days I was appalled I knew I was having a lot of trouble finding time to read it, but let s It is not fair to say that I read this book To be honest, I read up to page 120 I never give up on books and usually force myself to persist until the end Even one of my favorite books of all time, The Poisonwood Bible, I almost gave up on several times during the first 100 pages Recently, when the Goodreads newsletter came out and, at the top, it said you ve been reading Homer s Odyssey for 70 days I was appalled I knew I was having a lot of trouble finding time to read it, but let s face it when you re hooked on a book, you devour it finding 2 minutes here or there while you re stirring soup or waiting for a call back from someone or waiting for your prescription to be ready at Walgreens So it hit me that to have only read less than 2 pages a day for the last 70 days, this book was never going to win me over I tried very hard to like it First, I won this as a Goodreads Giveaway and felt a responsibility to finish it and hopefully love it in order to give it a fair review That was difficult most days because I had two enticing books staring at me that I ve been dying to read but was determined not to touch until I finished Homer I ve had several Giveaway books and have always submitted an objective review Secondly, I am an animal lover Admittedly, I favor dogs over cats, but have owned several and adore them Thirdly, the book currently has received 4 stars from reviewers, so I am definitely going against the grain and in the minority To post this, I have had to consider just what about this book turns me off because who wouldn t love a blind cat Have I no compassion Maybe I m just a curmudgeon, but I found it very tedious that the author consistently went through all the mental gymnastics that she attributed to the cat I m sure this kitten was lovable and cute beyond measure and adapted amazingly well to a world that he couldn t see As living creatures are apt to do, he adapted It happens in nature every day A whole book describing his heroism and mental processes to navigate rooms, etc really tried my patience At several intervals, I found myself yelling to the author the quote attributed to Freud sometimes a cigar is just a cigar Cats will play and cavort and careen, will climb things and play with their food This is typical That Homer was blind made being typical a challenge, but he achieved it What I object to is Ms Cooper s meandering insights into his mental machinations I m already imagining hearing a loud chorus of boos from readers who enjoyed this book I am sorry I really wanted to like it When I read the synopsis, I wondered how the author was going to expand the antics of a blind cat into a whole book and now I know I find it perplexing that someone has enough time to take apart and examine every action of a cat in this manner The book is well written, I have to say My objections only relate to content Should writing ever dry up for the author, there is always cat whispering She d be very good at that I just don t want to read about it Once in nine lives, something extraordinary happens The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat She already had two, not to mention a phenomenally underpaying job and a recently broken heart Then Gwen s veterinarian called with a story about a three week old eyeless kitten who d been abandoned It was love at first sightEveryone warned that Homer would always be an underachiever, never as playful or independent as other cats But the kitten nobody believed in quickly grew into a three pound dynamo, a tiny daredevil with a giant heart who eagerly made friends with every human who crossed his path Homer scaled seven foot bookcases with ease and leapt five feet into the air to catch flies in mid buzz He survived being trapped alone for days after in an apartment near the World Trade Center, and even saved Gwen s life when he chased off an intruder who broke into their home in the middle of the nightBut it was Homer s unswerving loyalty, his infinite capacity for love, and his joy in the face of all obstacles that inspired Gwen daily and transformed her life And by the time she met the man she would marry, she realized Homer had taught her the most important lesson of all Love isn t something you see with your eyes Homer s Odyssey is the once in a lifetime story of an extraordinary cat and his human companion It celebrates the refusal to accept limits on love, ability, or hope against overwhelming odds By turns jubilant and moving, it s a memoir for anybody who s ever fallen completely and helplessly in love with a pet When it comes to owning cats, I think a good rule of thumb is that one cat is fine, two are better they keep each other entertained , but having three cats is bordering on making one a crazy cat lady if you are of the female persuasion Notice you never hear of a crazy cat man why is that Anyway, Gwen already had two cats when she heard about Homer Poor little Homer born with a serious eye infection The vet had to remove both eyes to save him, and then finding an adoptive home for the When it comes to owning cats, I think a good rule of thumb is that one cat is fine, two are better they keep each other entertained , but having three cats is bordering on making one a crazy cat lady if you are of the female persuasion Notice you never hear of a crazy cat man why is that Anyway, Gwen already had two cats when she heard about Homer Poor little Homer born with a serious eye infection The vet had to remove both eyes to save him, and then finding an adoptive home for the little guy was a struggle Humans like their pets to look normal, not to mention cute and adorable, so it takes a special person to take in a kitten with no eyes Gwen worried if she was up to the challenge but nevertheless agreed to take him because she knew no one else would Best decision of her life.Homer is special in ways beyond his blindness The feats he is able to perform bordered on amazing, but to mention them here would spoil it for those planning to read the book Iwasabsolutely amazed, no other way to say it He and Gwen illustrate that there are certainly a multitude of ways to overcome one s disabilities, and that you can find love, wisdom, and bravery where you least expect it I laughed, I cried, I smiled a lot, and read parts aloud to anyone who would listen A wonderful book if you like cats in the slightest But don t call me crazy I only have one UPDATE Since reading this book, I ve been following Homer and his antics on his Facebook page and his mom s blog Sadly, Homer passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 He was sixteen years old and lived such a full and loved life Homer has touched my heart and the hearts of many others Here is his mom reading from her book where she met Homer for the first time Here is a touching blog post written by Homer s mom in his honor Every animal who s given the chance to love and be loved can ma UPDATE Since reading this book, I ve been following Homer and his antics on his Facebook page and his mom s blog Sadly, Homer passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 He was sixteen years old and lived such a full and loved life Homer has touched my heart and the hearts of many others Here is his mom reading from her book where she met Homer for the first time Here is a touching blog post written by Homer s mom in his honor Every animal who s given the chance to love and be loved can make someone else s life better, can fill up empty places in our hearts we didn t even know were there until they were full And, once in a great while, one tiny creature can have a spirit so big that it spills over and makes the whole world just a little bit better, and happier, andinspired, than it was before Even in the darkest places are small lights that can grow and grow until they warm us all Run free, Homer, run free ORIGINAL REVIEW I instantly loved Homer I am a undeniable believer that pets enrich and make our lives fuller Maybe you are lucky enough to have that once in a lifetime pet that is able to touch your life in a very deep and profound way I have a black cat that was hand raised from the age of four weeks as well Although my cat is not blind, he was the runt of the litter, and due to some yucky habits besides being black stupid superstitions , he was the least liked in the litter and I feared him unadoptable Be it destiny or fate or something or the other, tho not as dramatic as the beginning of Ms Cooper s journey with Homer, he became mine, and I happen to think he s pretty darn wonderful I don t think I ve ever had any being human or otherwise give me so much unconditional love in return There is an obvious bond between us This is what I kept attaching to throughout the book Homer s constant and fierce devotion to Ms Cooper I mean c mon, the little guy even battled off a burglar rapist I laughed out loud when Ms Cooper points out that as I am all too aware three cats do NOT do wonders for your dating life when you re in your late 20s early 30s Oh the dating horrors Her writing is so personable and so open she enchants you with her weaving of she and Homer s tale and irrevocably draws you in I absolutely love her willingness to expose herself doing so with a healthy dose of humor and wit Not only are you privy to Homer s story and antics, you see the author grow as well through some very tough life experiences and how her life parallels that of her beloved pets let s not forget Scarlett and Vashti Reading about some of the events in Ms Cooper s life just punched me in the gut i.e 9 11, coping with so much human suffering, and panicking about leaving her pets at home I ve oft wondered what I would do if faced with a very serious challenge like that What lengths would I go to in order to protect my furry family The passage wasn t self aggrandizing at all, but I could definitely put myself in her shoes.What do you walk away learning from Homer 1 Some things you just have to take on faith Take that leap in to the great abyss and just know deep down in your knower that you will land on your feet Life is an adventure, so live it to the fullest 2 Adaptation and perseverance pays Don t sweat the small stuff And don t forget to take joy in the simple things 3 Love is blind and something that goes way waaaaay deeper than just the eyes And 4 The clich s keep coming, but it s true You should never, ever judge a book by its cover You have no idea what kinds of gems in the rough you will find Who wouldn t love Homer Cat lover or not, I think everyone could learn something from this book A fast read but certainly not fluff I highly recommend this thoughtful book about love, life, and simple companionship Three hurrahs for Homer Now I m going to go read and cuddle my cat I really likes this book a lot People who know me are totally aware of my near obsession with cats, and that I am very involved in cat rescue, and that am fostering lots of cats at any given moment I can t get enough of Lolcats and can lose hours at cuteoverload.com and icanhascheezburger.com But when it comes to reading longer stories about animals and animal rescue, I usually can t handle the overabundance of sappiness and sometimes self righteousness that is ever present So I am happy t I really likes this book a lot People who know me are totally aware of my near obsession with cats, and that I am very involved in cat rescue, and that am fostering lots of cats at any given moment I can t get enough of Lolcats and can lose hours at cuteoverload.com and icanhascheezburger.com But when it comes to reading longer stories about animals and animal rescue, I usually can t handle the overabundance of sappiness and sometimes self righteousness that is ever present So I am happy to report that this book isn t sappy at all And in fact, it s awesome I saw it on a table at Barnes Noble, bought it, and had it finished less than 24 hours later I just couldn t put it down The book focuses on the author s cat Homer, who she adopted as a blind 6 week old kitten The important thing to note is that he had a severe eye infection before he ever even opened his eyes, so he had never actually seen at all This never having seen at all comes up later and is the source of some pretty funny stories The author was naturally worried about him from the beginning, but Homer made it clear pretty quick that he was not at any sort of disadvantage The most notable thing about him is that his eyes had been removed, pretty much to save his life, and his eyelids were sewn shut so he looked a little funny to people who first met him The book is a true memoir, in that Cooper tells us all the major things going on in her life This is kind of interesting, as Homer and her other two cats are a major part of her life, and influence so many things But I can say that I was far less interested in her dating life and perfect marriage and stuff that dominated the end of the book Here s my favorite story from the book Homer has no concept of sight, right But in every other way, he s a totally normal cat So he would set out to stalk one of the other cats in the house, and he would do a bang up job of it, moving stealthily and making no noise, etc But there was one problem he d do it right in front of the other cats, who would be looking right at him as he gradually inched towards them Every time, he d end up with a swat on the head, and a look on his face of, How did she catch me THAT TIME I didn t make any noise I just think this is adorable So if you wonder if this had any real impact on my life, let me just tell you that right after I finished, I decided I needed to adopt a blind cat myself Lest you think this is a crazy spontaneous thing, I lost my two oldest cats over the past 14 months, and I ve been pondering adopting a special needs cat for a while I found a little guy named Spider on petfinder.com and went through the rescue s application process, and I ll be picking up Spider this coming weekend Yay UPDATE ON SPIDERI just thought I d give an update on my little Spider man for anyone who wonders how that whim turned out he s doing great He s such a happy boy, and he loves to be close to me, though he is gettingandconfident navigating my untidy house He spent several weeks living in my bedroom where for the most part he was alone, but now that the other cats have gotten used to him, he seeks them out occasionally He sometimes walks into things, but he s smart enough to never walk to fast, and he often senses objects before he actually hits them He s not nearly as confident or enthusiastic as Homer, but he s my adorable and clumsy kitty and I adore him


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