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A Book Review: Homer's Odyssey By Gwen Cooper

Updated on November 4, 2011

Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, Or How I Learned About Love And Life With A Blind Wondercat

One of my favorite book is Homer's Odyssey...not the old classic story of the hero Homer...but the new classic about the heroic feline, Homer, who was named after the other hero Homer.

In this book, we are taken on an incredible adventure as we travel with Homer from the time he was adopted as a two week old kitten that had to have his eyes removed to save his life, meeting his new "mother", the ups and downs of caring for a blind cat, how he saves his mother from an unwelcome visitor who sneaks into her apartment in the middle of the night, how he survived when Gwen was not allowed to return to her apartment for days after the planes struck the two towers (she lived just six blocks from them), and the many other events in his life and the lessons learned from him.

As you can see from what I have written so far, Homer truly has been on his own Odyssey, and has come through it like any true hero would...with flying colors and much the better kitty for it. And as you can see in the pictures above, Homer acts just like any normal kitty, he plays (in one picture he is playing with a drinking straw he stole), he leaps from one place to another, often high up. He never fears what is or is not below him. He loves to play with plastic grocery bags, and thanks to him I learned an important lesson, and now i always cut the handles and make a hole in the bottom for my own Wollfie Boy who also loves to play with them. Homer also loves fine music and Gwen made him his own guitar using rubber bands around a kleenex box.

This book is very inspiring. We learn much from Homer that we can apply in our own lives, as Gwen herself learned. Things like the attitude one approaches life and living with, and how to improve it. Like not being afraid to try something, especially when you can't see what the outcome will be. Things like unconditional love and loyalty. I loved this book very much, all of it...but of it all I think my favorite part is how Homer saved Gwen from an intruder one night. One does not usually associate cats as the type to attack a stranger in defense of their human companion, especially not a blind cat. But Homer did do it, and the event is definitely worth reading about.

I am adding two links at the bottom of this for Gwen Coopers Blog and one for her facebook page, so if anyone wishes to they can keep updates on how Homer is doing. Since having Homer, Gwen has become quite the advocate for cats, and has helped many a cat, especially blind ones, find their "furr-ever" homes. You can also keep up to date on these activities at these sites.

Go ahead and give Homer's Odyssey a read...I promise you, you won't regret it.

Perhaps one of the greatest lessons we all can learn from Homer is that blind cats should be given the chance to live, and not be put down just because they are blind. I myself had a blind cat, and like Homer she was fearless, lovable and full of spice. ( could not add the link due to an incompatible browser issue)


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  • tlmcgaa70 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from south dakota, usa

    hey wont regret it. i bet Honey bear is an amzing kitty...just as amazing as you are. thank you for reading this and for your friendship...most especially for your friendship. try not to over do it in all this coming and going and moving.

  • Lucky Cats profile image


    6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

    Hi Tammy. I love this hub. I am going to read Homer's story as soon as I return to Kansas and rarely I'll have more than enough time. I have two blind kitties at present..."Honey Bear" who was blind at birth or shortly after. We didn't realize it but we did notice, from time to time, that he seemed somewhat clumbsy or just awkward. he is totally blind and has been for the 14 years we've had him. He loves his life and navigates around. This is such a sweet story...and I'll check out Gwen's FB page. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderfully loving story about a great woman who knows what's important in this world. So much respect to you, Tammy. All appropriate ups. kathy

  • tlmcgaa70 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from south dakota, usa

    hello is a testament to his strong will to live and Gwen's excellent care of her kitties that he is still alive and acting like a kitten, today. thank you for stopping by and have a purrfectly wonderful day =)

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    6 years ago

    Thanks for the hub. Always interested in the comings and goings of Homer.


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