Thought I'd Share This With You...Homer The Blind Wondercat

@pyewacket (44036)
United States
November 11, 2009 5:49pm CST
In my meanderings over at Facebook, I came across a "member" named Homer Blind Wonder Cat. He's a black cat who is completely blind due to abuse but was adopted by his current owner Gwen Cooper who has written a book entitled: Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Tale, Or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat Ten percent of the proceeds earned by the sale of the book goes to charities for abused and disabled pets. I'm hoping to get this book as a Christmas present for myself. Anyway, if you're a member of facebook, type in a search for Homer Blind WonderCat and request this adorable kitty as a friend, and perhaps think about getting the book. Have you ever had a disabled pet, and while disabled loved it just as much as a fully healthy pet, if not more?
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@quita88 (3716)
• United States
12 Nov 09
Well, now ! I just joined Facebook about two weeks ago, but as to the book, I want one for ME. I have a lab---some of you know her as Galeena, quita88s wonder dog LOL who made the journey from Mt to OK really, really well ! But, she had been abused when I got her from the humane society and good Lord now what would my life be without her? :) So, thanks, anything I can do to help animals. I will have that boook ! Ah, and that reminds me, I caught my neighbor kid putting down snuff for a stray cat I have around here. HMMM? Do cats eat it? I've got one cat who's been awfully sick and just thought cuz she's very old , 20 yrs. that she was almost gone--nope ! she's up and going but now am wondering if maybe the snuff the kid put down might make a cat sick???
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Nov 09
I just hope it was nothing poisonous in that stuff...I have a friend who feeds stray cats, and many times she's heartbroken when she comes across one of the cats she feeds and it's been poisoned by someone putting something in the food she leaves for the stray cats.
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
15 Nov 09
[b]Cancer? Nah, that wouldn't phase a teen, but tell him girls find guys who chew revolting, & he might just listen to that! I mean, snuff?! Come on, that stuff's puke-worthy! So gross! 8^P I did a lot of stupid things growing up. Thank God & my guardian angel I survived my idiot self, so I could make it to this ripe old age of 61! Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
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@quita88 (3716)
• United States
15 Nov 09
Puke worthy LOL Nah, you are right, this guy wouldn't be able to give a thought to cancer--he's too stupid. but then so are most teen agers who think life is going to carry them thru unscathed. but, I love that puke worthy. And, again you are right, girls wouldn't like snuff in a guys mouth. Just the smell from the can and it grossed me out. I 'm 61 and never had a guy who chewed/dipped snuff but think I'd puke too. Just be proud you are 61 and cancer free and by the way, living :)
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
12 Nov 09
well, while Hobo wasn't too disabled, he had lots of issues, but he was just as happy as he could be because he wasn't on the street anymore. His pix is in my profile
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@AmbiePam (50159)
• United States
12 Nov 09
You take in a lot of cats that other people wouldn't help, don't you?
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
12 Nov 09
well, besides the feral cats, the others are adoptable - just we have them and we are handy - know anyone that wants a cat?
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Nov 09
I would take a cat in a minute from you Elic...but no can do unless I want to get in trouble with my landlord. I think a lot of people get rid of cats they don't want if they have an "issue"---like cats who have that cerebellar hypoplasia--I have a video on my page about This is Charley...LOVE that cat
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@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
12 Nov 09
This is such a heartwarming story. Not many people out there would adopt a pet, much less one that is disabled or one that has a disability. I have never owned a pet with a disability. I have adopted but the ones I have are all healthy.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Nov 09
There' a wonderful video at Youtube called This is Charley about a cat who has a disability...most often cats with this condition are put down, but cats with this particular health problem live normal long lives...here's the video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJQG6V1MOVY&feature=player_embedded
@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
12 Nov 09
Hey, thanks for the link!
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Nov 09
hi pyewacket oh yes when I was a little girl,long ago, I found a dog on the road to our farm that had been dropped off as a puppy. he was a mixed breed of collie with what might have a setter but he looked more collie than anything,he was so starvedhe could hardly walk.,I carried him to our farm house and fed him. nobody wanted him so I adopted him and called him Rin tin tin after a dog that was famous around the 1930ths. When I was thirteen I found out that the farmer next over had the stupid idea our dog was bothering his sheep,which was stupid as he never left our farm, and he shot and killed my dog on our own property. It was several years before I could bring myself to want and love another dog. it hurt so bad.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Nov 09
How horrible Hatley and I'm with Ambie...I would've shot him in a place where the sun don't shine
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Nov 09
I have a cat with a chronic mouth condition, other than that, no. I'll have a look...
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Nov 09
I've been lucky with all my kitties in the past and even now
@AmbiePam (50159)
• United States
12 Nov 09
That reminds me of the story I just read in People magazine. A marine in Iraq came across a pack of "wild" dogs, but one of them would come over to them and take food from the soldiers. They named him Nubs, because someone had cut off his ears. Long story short, that dog ended up following that marine and his troop 75 miles across the desert. They don't know how Nubs did it, but he showed up in camp one day. The marine got some help under the radar (because it wasn't exactly something he was supposed to be doing) and had Nubs sent to stay with his friends in the city where he lived when not overseas. The marine came home eventually and Nubs recognized him right off, just going nuts. The dog has no problem with people or any other animals. It's amazing. The marine wrote a children's book about it, and it is in the top 100 on www.bn.com, Barnes and Noble's bestsellers list online.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Nov 09
LOL--I just came across that story last night: http://www.peoplepets.com/news/charities/war-buddies-a-marine-s-unlikely-bond-with-a-dedicated-iraqi-dog/1 I think there was a similar story and a book about another dog that a soldier managed to take home with him from Iraq also...for the life of me can't remember the name of the book as I read it sometime ago
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@AmbiePam (50159)
• United States
12 Nov 09
Can you imagine how horrible a person must be to cut off the dog's ears!?
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Nov 09
On that website that I give a link too, there's a link to another horror story of a cute black kitten that had corrosive acid poured on it's face as a Halloween "joke"---sick people--can't understand why people do these things to innocent animals
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
15 Nov 09
[b]Hobo. He was possibly (to most folks) the ugliest cat ever. Thin-furred (from starvation), raggedy, starved, wounded, FIV-positive, scruffy old gray-brown tomcat...who had a heart as sweet & loving as he was "ugly." I loved him, too, with all my heart. He would hook his arms about my neck, & purr his big old heart out. I still miss him. Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
16 Nov 09
awww--yes Elic has talked about Hobo...and can understand why you still miss him...some of my cats that passed to Rainbow Bridge over 20 years ago I still miss
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
16 Nov 09
[b]Hobo was...special. I'm almost 62, & in my life I've shared space with many little fur-souls. I remember every single one. But a few stand out, for this or that reason. Hobo was among that number. So full of love it would break your heart. So special. If I ever do make it to Paradise, I know he'll be there, waiting for me, & for Elic. She loved him, too. Because he had so many scars, we gently teased him by calling him "Frankenkitty," but he was always beautiful, to me. I may not recognize him if I do see him, since he'll be whole & young again. But I'll know his loving eyes. I'm sure they'd never change. Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
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• United States
12 Nov 09
i'm glad he has a caring owner now:) poor blind kitty. i've had 2 that went blind (hereditary problem) and my calico has a slight neuro disorder,but no severly disabled. well,in the sense that the blind kitties adjusted.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
16 Nov 09
Animals can probably adjust better to disabilities than people do, right?
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• United States
19 Nov 09
it seems like. of course the calico does ask for a ride downstairs occasionally. it we that have been re-trained LOL
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
12 Nov 09
Had a crosseyed one one time and he fit in just fine with the rest of us!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
16 Nov 09
Did his cross-eyed condition affect the way he could see and walk all right?
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
19 Nov 09
sometimes he walk side ways. but it didnt stop him from fighting iwth his brother. we had them both
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
12 Nov 09
I will search for Homer Blind Wonder Cat and I will befriend the little sweetheart! I definitely would love a cat with a disability probably even more! My own cat Friday is pretty ill at the moment; he is thin, has constant diarrhoea and throws up daily sometimes twice daily. He is poorly but not suffering enough to be put to sleep and the vet told me if he will require special care for the rest of his life because his condition is not curable. I don’t know how long he has left and, although he doesn’t look as beautiful and requires constant and inconvenient cleaning up, I love him probably more than I ever have; he is my boy and I will care for him for as long as he is here.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
16 Nov 09
I'm sorry to hear Friday still not doing too well, but he's very lucky to have a "mom" like you--also, I just bet he loves the extra attention you're giving him
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
16 Nov 09
He sure does! He has deteriorated quite a bit lately but he is still here...
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@celticeagle (119880)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Nov 09
I put it on my list of books I want to get. I think I saw or heard of it over there. I will put in a request. When I was growing up my grandmother took care of many hurt or abused animals. I read a book once that was about a cat that a guy adopted. Both it's front pat had to be amputated because of an accident. It was a good story. Can't recall the name. I should have started a list of all the great books I have read over the years.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
16 Nov 09
I used to be a list maker keeping tracks of books I've read but somehow stopped that habit :-(
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@celticeagle (119880)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Nov 09
I used to do that as well until changing computer and losing the one I had.
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
12 Nov 09
I adopted a half blind Siamese from the animal shelter. Her vision was diminished from a skull fracture that her previous owner inflicted on her. She also had ribs broken by that same owner. I never had such an affectionate cat that rebounded after the kind of abuse she suffered. She was adored by both my Mom and myself. Even the dogs took care of her! She'd do whatever it took to be with us. She'd even attend bear shows with us, curling up and sleeping among the bears. It'd be a shock to people who didn't know about her and reach to pick her up to check out the "outstanding workmanship"!! They'd nearly jump through the roof when she would move and stretch. She became the darling of the Teddy Bear Circuit. I also had adopted a wonderful Siamese while I lived in Montana. She was missing a front paw and what was left of the lower leg was bent kind of in an "L" shape. She was a joy too, and flew back to California with me when I moved home. She soon became a store cat, living in a pottery shop owned by friends of mine. She would sleep among the pots and lived the good life. She had regulars that would bring her special treats like salmon, tuna, crab, and even caviar. Hummm...I would love to had been her- she ate better than I did!!! I prefer to adopt the needy cats and dogs, ones that have disabilities as they are the ones who are less apt to be adopted by people who want perfect animals. They always turn out to be much more loving companions.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
14 Nov 09
Salmon, tuna, crab, and caviar? You're right, that cat you adopted ate better than people do. I'm glad to hear you prefer adopting kitties with disabilities. All too many people want "perfect" pets with no problems, when the disabled ones are usually more capable of giving love out
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
12 Nov 09
I'll have to check into this over there, pye. Prolly won't be able to get the book but least friend him over there. Thanks for sharing this with us. Only disabled pet I've ever owned makes me wonder if he really is disabled being he's back to flying around the house again with a broken leg? -confused- Guess he really played me for a sucker all this time.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
14 Nov 09
So Tigger is up to his old tricks again....LOL. Is he "terrorizing" the other cats again?
• United States
14 Nov 09
-starts typing while a certain orange feline flies into the room, whips around and flies back out in hot pursuit of poor Simba- errrrrrrrrrrr yeup!
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@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
14 Nov 09
You already know about my little Tulip who was attacked by 5 dogs. Her leg was broken as well as her tail and ear were torn. The leg healed folded back and so she is virtually a 3 legged goat. I wish you could see her...she tries to use her bad leg but it won't straighten. She rests it on her other front leg and can even put some weight on it now. She's got a little bit of muscle tone back in the shoulder. She's quite amazing. The thing that gets me most is she's not afraid of Lucy or Blinkie...the two dogs here. She's quite friendly with them in fact. Tulip is my little sweety...especially compared with Pickles who is very pushy and rough by comparison....lol.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
16 Nov 09
Yes I do remember you telling me about Tulip and after that trama of what happened to her, I AM almost surprised she's not afraid of dogs completely but then I guess she senses no danger from them
@kprofgames (3103)
• United States
13 Nov 09
I"m STILL not on facebook Pye - LOL but I admire a person that would not only publish a book but donate the proceeds. I've had several pets with different conditions. Currently there is mittens, she is blind from birth. Found this little starved ball of fur about a year ago and she's thriving (untill the furniture is re-arranged) but she's doing great in her perception and her listening skills have gotten better now that her enviornment is more controlled. Then we had Shakes. She had a rare condition where she could walk straight and would shake all the time. We were sad to loose her. Another cat Killer had a strange mouth condition where his teeth never came in and his gums were always swollen, he now lives with a friend of mine. Then we had Brownie that got frequent cysts that had to be lanced and meds. So over the years we've had animals that needed alittle more TLC and I'm glad that people know that they are taken care of here. I think a few summers had close to 15 cats here. I don't like the fact that people just dump them off at the end of the lane. I would prefer they just brought them up to the house, would have never said no, but at least they know where to bring them and they find a home here either to recover or stay - it's really up to them.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
16 Nov 09
LOL--you must have a "reputation" and people know where to dump unwanted cats...it's great that you do take care of them
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
12 Nov 09
Hi pyewacket , I don't use facebook that much but I sure will check Homer out. I have never had any disabled pets but if I did I would love them just as much as a healthy one. I think anyone with any kind of heart or love of animals would love a disabled pet even more than a healthy one, at least I know I would.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
16 Nov 09
I agree--I think I would love a disabled pet just as much if not more
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
12 Nov 09
We have a psycologically challenged cat. Peaches has many issues including disinterest in her litterbox. She was kept in a cage for 7 months and has a hard time accepting our love. She has a forever home and we love her dearly, so we are continuing to work with her. Thanks for letting us know about this book. Do you know about another book, Cat-House Sonnets, 100 poems celebrating cats? Check it out on Amazon or at the publisher's website: http://www.jorlanpublishing.com/Cat-HouseSonnets.htm I would be happy to get you an autographed copy.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
16 Nov 09
LOL--yes I'm aware of the Cat-House Sonnets and hope to get it one day Hope Peaches comes to trust more but I guess it does take time--she's lucky to have you as a "mom"
• Philippines
12 Nov 09
I have no respect for people who abuse animals. It just goes to show if they can't respect and care for animals, it says much on how they treat people as well. I am glad the cat has finally found a warmhearted savior. I've never tried having disabled pets, and if I do try to adopt one then I'll care for it even more.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
16 Nov 09
Yes I'm very anti-animal abuse myself of any kind and can't understand why people want to harm innocent animals in the first place
@redkathy (3375)
• United States
12 Nov 09
I can't say that I have ever had a disabled pet however I have cared for many that were sick and temporarily disabled. My heart went out to them and I probably loved them more during that time. It's funny because my husband and son are the pet lovers but I cared for them like they were my kids In fact, my son, who was in college at the time, rescued a puppy a year or so ago. The puppy is still so scary and jumpy from all of the abuse even thought it's been a long time. Animal abuse is just horrible!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
16 Nov 09
It's unfortunate that many pets that were previously abused never seem to overcome that fear of abuse even when they are in a new home that is loving...but at least that puppy DOES have a new home