Sunday, January 16, 2011

Homer's Odyessy

5 OUT OF 5

One of the most touching true animal stories I have ever read. Now, I must confess I am a “cat lover” and have had a cat or cats as pets, most of my life. That being said, I have learned more about these wonderful creatures from this book, and the story of Homer’s life up until now than I could have learned from all of my wonderful kitties.

Here we have this precious little kitten with a severe eye infection before he ever opened his own eyes. His eyes are removed to save his life. Then the vet starts to look for an individual to adopt and care for Homer for the rest of his blind life. Gwen accepts the challenge even though she is not sure that she is up to it. One of my favorite lines in the book has to do with the fact that Homer does not only “not know” that he is blind, but none of his furry friends are going to tell him that he can’t see either. As a result, he believes he can do anything any other cat can do, using the same techniques. Instinct is powerful. His highly developed other senses are amazing to read about.

I don’t want to give away any of the delightful stories and antidotes that Gwen shares about his life because each of them are special, some very funny, hilarious, heart touching, and unbelievable. However, as Homer’s story unfolds you soon recognize that there is no exaggeration in any of these stories. There were moments when I gasped as I read the adventures and antics of this little guy. Others are laugh out loud moments. Woven in with all of these tales is Gwen’s story of coming of age and maturity, which is engaging as well. There are lessons to learn for everyone about relationships not only with animals but with humans as well.

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