Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat
Homer's Odyssey A Fearless Feline Tale or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat Author:Gwen Cooper 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 sig... more »ht.
Everyone 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 9/11 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 night.
But 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.
If there is any justice in this world, "Homer's Odyssey" will rank up there on the best-selling list as long as "Marley & Me" did. This is a wonderful, uplifting, funny, moving story of Homer, a black kitten blind from birth, and how he has impacted the lives of those around him. At 12 years old, he is still with us, getting into mischief and enriching the life of his "adoptive mom," Gwen Cooper. I can't recommend it highly enough. This is way beyond 5 stars for any cat lover; and I think even ailurophobes would like it.
This book is by far, one of the best animal related books I have ever read. Homer, who had both of his eyes surgically removed when he was two weeks old due to an infection, is an amazing cat, and reading about him and his "larger than life" personality, is such a pleasure. I think the author's husband sums it up best when he says "This is a cat who knows how to live. He's got this huge world in that little head, and you can tell just by looking at him that every second of every day of his life is an adventure. I only wish that I could see what that cat hears." GREAT BOOK, and A DEFINITE KEEPER!
If you like cats,and even if you don't, you'll love this book. When it was recommended to me, I, probably like a lot of people, went "E-w-w, a blind cat". But this story is really humorous and shows what one can do when they don't know they're handicapped. Homer is a super cat and can do things my "normal" cats never could. The author sustains the story through 12 years of living with Homer. I laughed out loud at times, read sections aloud to others and was really sorry when it ended.
Beautiful, moving, true story of a blind cat who sees more that most. Funny, well-written, and touching, Homer's Odyssey is a page-turner. If you are a cat-lover you don't want to miss this book. Even if you don't like cats, you don't want to miss this New York Times Bestseller!
LOVE this story! Such great descriptions, I can visualize Homer catching a fly!! I've fostered hundreds of cats and kittens over the years and of course they are all varied and different personalities........and I'm glad she stuck it out to wait for someone else who understood!
Since I have a black cat who is almost blind, this story was especially endearing to me. I loved Gwen and her adventures. Especially the part about her cats being left in her apartment during the catastrophe we had at 911. And I am not ready to send this book on. I want to read it one more time.
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Another fine cat tale! I rather liked it more than the book "Cleo."
A Veterinarian, Patricia Khuly, is brought a kitten who is not well. The owners do not want to keep the kitten as due to disease, the kitten must have both eyes removed and it will be blind.
After a thorough exam, Pat the Vet realizes that despite the eye problem, the kitten is fairly healthy and does not want to euthanize it. While handling the animal, the kitten shows remarkable awareness and affection towards her. Surely someone can see beyond the cat's disability and give it a home. After countless tries, she is finally able to convince her friend, Gwen, to come take a look. Gwen is her last hope.
Gwen imagines that she will simply go in to please her friend and just say no and leave. Some friends remind her that she will come to be known as the cat lady having three cats and being single. She and her boyfriend, Jorge, have just split up besides which she already has two cats. But it is almost love at first sight for Gwen at least. She agrees to take Homer when he gets released from the Vet's.
What a story! Imagine having a kitten that is blind along with two other grown cats in an apartment. Realizing she would need to make some changes to keep the kitten safe, she brings Homer home and watches him and his responses. Homer's other senses more than make up for his loss of sight and she has quite an adventurer on her hands. It bewilders her at the mischief Homer can get into as well as being able to find his food bowl and cat box. Almost all her friends have got to come and meet Homer and end up loving him and his spunk. It astonishes them that Homer can track flies without eyes and catch them easy as pie. He appears to be able to recall distances and where things at located easily.
I simply delighted in this tale. At one point, Homer actually saves his mistress and the story of that was just amazing. But having cats, I know they are extremely intelligent and very loving and protective. This is a wonderful book, but especially for any cat lover.
Oh, this one will grab you and hang on to the very last page. What a wonderful book! Homer is truly amazing, and will make you root for him at every turn. He gets in so much trouble that you honestly fear for his life at times, but on the other hand, he is so good at finding his way into your heart that you will love him completely long before the book's end. Gwen Cooper is just as amazing with the patience and love and always, always, forethought as to how he'll manage when she's not there to watch him. She's a wonder herself, and you are always rooting for her, too. Can you tell that I loved this story? If you like animals at all, and definitely if you love cats, this one has got to go on your list!
"An inspiring story of two souls, one human and one feline, who face significant obstacles on their quest for love. And to anyone who knows cats, it comes as no surprise that it is often the feline who leads the way."
"Moving, insightful, and often hilarious, Homer's Odyssey is about a blind cat with a spirit of epic proportions. Homer the Wonder Cat shows us that we don't need eyes to find faith in the face of failure- or sight to see the blessings all around us. Read and Rejoice!"