Thursday, August 4, 2011

Homer's Odyssey--a story about bravery and life lessons

Looking for a light-hearted book with a solid story and life lessons to learn? Well I have just the book recommendation!  Pick up Homer's Odyssey.

Now while this book is about a cat, PLEASE KNOW, this book is really for people who do NOT have cats or say "I'm not a cat person".

On the surface while Homer's Odyssey is a non-stop adventure describing antics of one cool cat, and dispels all the myths about cats but on a deeper level, it speaks to prejudices based on looks and color and disability. Not only are black cats the least adopted and the most euthanized in shelters, this cat was blind and considered a "special needs" cat. 

Immediately the word "disability" and "special needs" conjures up images of additional care, vet costs, obstacles followed by more obstacles.  A slew of more negative stereotypes continue to stream.

Thanks to the author and other high profile celebrities, I have learned they bring greater joy than expected. Children and pets with special needs often have other special gifts and remind us not to take simple routines, little things for granted. A walk in a park, listening to the radio, playing a simple game, a family sitting around the dinner table and sharing their day...How often do we appreciate these acts?

Even more inspiring are the people that accept these "special needs" children and pets. Moreso, they embrace them when most would reject and abort them.  They are all heroes in my opinion.  It's about  facing a difficult situation head on, EMBRACING IT and become stronger and more fulfilled! 

Gwen Cooper, the author, was a single female struggling in her career and also finances.  Already strapped with two cats, she feared a third cat, much less a blind cat, would label her the "crazy cat lady" and dig her deeper into a dark financial hole. But that black cat brought light, laughter and love!

Of course Homer owes his life to a young, altruistic veterinarian, Dr. Patty Khuly, who surgically removed his eyes due to severe infection and turned to her client Gwen Cooper in hopes she would adopt him.  Homer's story is one of a Wonder Cat who is blind but has no fear. Even the guys that Gwen dated and broke up with, returned just to visit Homer, the cat!   He even chased away an intruder in the middle of the night. Homer also teaches Gwen that love is not something you see with your eyes. 

  Unlike most books about pets, I promise you there is no sad ending. Gwen Cooper is a gifted writer and keeps the action flowing and you will laugh all the way through!

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