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Posts Tagged ‘Gwen Cooper’

Blind Wonder Cat Homer Has Died

A real life galley cat has passed away. Homer, the cat who starred in Gwen Cooper‘s Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat memoir, has died.

Cooper donates 10 percent of the royalties from Homer’s Odyssey to “organizations that serve abused, abandoned, and disabled animals.” In honor of the late cat, she has also created “Homer’s Heroes Fund”–a yearly donation to “a shelter or rescue group that does outstanding work with ‘special needs’ animals.” She wrote an online tribute to her beloved cat:

He was just one cat. One tiny, big-hearted, irrepressible, brave and loyal little cat. Who could possibly have foreseen that he would come to mean so much to so many? Those of us who work in animal rescue believe that every animal matters. We believe that every life—no matter how small, or how steep the odds are against it—can make a difference. Every animal who’s given the chance to love and be loved can make someone else’s life better, can fill up empty places in our hearts we didn’t even know were there until they were full. And, once in a great while, one tiny creature can have a spirit so big that it spills over and makes the whole world just a little bit better, and happier, and more inspired, than it was before. Even in the darkest places are small lights that can grow and grow until they warm us all.

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Homer the Memoir Cat Gets a Comic Book

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The cat from the bestselling memoir Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, Or How I Learned About Love and Life With a Blind Wonder Cat now has his own comic book. Author Gwen Cooper teamed up with her husband Laurence Lerman to create Handicats!

Homer the Fearless Feline and Ajax the Bionic Kitty star in the first issue, Of Origins and Oil Spills. Each hero carries a disability: Homer is blind and Ajax’s back legs are prosthetics. Ajax is based on a real-life story of New Jersey-native feline named Oscar. After a near-death accident with a combine harvester, Oscar underwent surgery to be fitted with two hind prosthetic legs.

Cooper explained the inspiration behind the first comic: “It seemed appropriate to have them tackle the Gulf oil spill. As a Florida native who grew up in the waters of the Atlantic and the Gulf, I viewed the daily news stories about the disaster with horror. Watching the oil spread–destroying the communities and ecosystems and marine life that formed some of my earliest memories–was like watching my childhood disappear. It seemed like the only solution would have to involve some sort of superhuman intervention.”

I’ll Be Homer for Christmas

homersnowcropped23.jpgJust a few hours away from the Christmas holiday, and GalleyCat readers are still sending in loads of pet pictures.

Author Gwen Cooper contributed this picture, the star of her bestselling book, “Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life With a Blind Wonder Cat”–all decked out for the holidays.”

Welcome to GalleyCat’s annual literary pet parade, a publishing holiday tradition established by former senior editor Ron Hogan during his four-year tenure at this blog. For a few crazy days, GalleyCat readers and their pets rule the blog. Follow this link to read more about the annual photo spread and find out where our former senior editor is headed next.

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Producer to Adapt True Story of Literary Labrador

9780007303007.jpgAs Gwen Cooper‘s literary cat rises up the bestseller lists in the United States, producer Simon Brooks, the creative force behind the films “White Noise” and “Proteus,” will bring the book, “Endal: How One Extraordinary Dog Brought a Family Back from the Brink,” to the big screen.

According to Screen Daily, the book told the story of Labrador trained by the UK-based Canine Partners charity to help a disabled Gulf War veteran readjust to life. The book was co-written by Sandra Partons and Allen Partons.

Read more about the adaptation in the article: “The dog not only assisted Parton with everyday chores, including withdrawing money from a cash machine, but he was also credited with saving the Parton’s life after he’d been hit by a passing car.”