Homer's [feline] Odyssey steps out in my hardcover debut
No, I haven’t yet written the great American novel. Or the great American veterinary tome, either. But now that my introduction’s attached to Homer’s Odyssey, I’ve officially been published in a hardcover book. As of today, it's available on Amazon for your shopping pleasure.
Lest you think I’ve been moonlighting as a classics prof, let me explain: Subtitled, “A Fearless Feline Tale, Or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat”), this Homer’s Odyssey is the story of one of my patients from way back in my first years in practice. Written by family friend and then-client, Gwen Cooper, it’s a gorgeous read––especially for those of you addicted to the animal biography genre.
Homer was a kitten so named for his eyelessness. It was a bold choice for a scrawny kitten with stitches for eyes. Nonetheless, it suited him––with and without tongue-in-cheek tones attached. And now that his saga’s been bound into a book, it seems even more apropos.
As to my role in the story, I was the veterinarian who first came across this patient. Even at three weeks of age, despite his malnutrition and two eye sockets full of maggots, he was spritely and curious. What could I do but remove his remaining eyes, foster him and find him a home? You’d have done nothing less; I just happened to have the luck of getting some words in print as additional recompense.
For those of you considering the purchase, never fear: this is no Marley and Me. Homer is very much alive and still wreaking havoc. Despite his blindness and golden years status, his capers are just as entertaining and every bit as fearless as they ever were––which is more than I can say for myself when I undertook my very first enucleation on Homer (don’t think I ever told Gwen that).
So do you question my decision? Don’t believe a blind cat can live out a great life? Check out this video for proof of success:
Yes, Homer more than makes do with no rods and cones. He never used them. Hence he never missed them. But it's not just his blindness that distinguishes him. He’s an amazing cat by all feline measures.
If you need any further inducement to invest in another inspirational animal book, consider that my intro’s proved so popular that Gwen’s offered to donate a percentage of her royalties to my favorite charity (it was a tough call between Heifer International and Penn Vet’s shelter medicine program but the latter won out for its greater relevance to Homer’s feline status).
It’d be just my luck that my first foray into high-end publishing would land me no royalties of my own but, heck, Homer’s success in life and the potential for his story to have a profound influence on so many human lives (along with a trickle towards my alma mater’s good works) is more than enough compensation. It's far more than I could ever have hoped for from the small black fuzzball I met so many years ago.