RIP, Homer 1997-2013


Homer, the eponymous star of the New York Times bestseller, Homer’s Odyssey, has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. He’d suffered from a liver problem for some months, but was generally active, with a healthy appetite for fresh deli turkey, until He was helped to The Bridge by a gentle house-call vet, and he passed peacefully in Gwen’s arms.

Gwen donates 10% of her royalties from Homer’s Odyssey to rescues and shelters that serve abused, abandoned, and disabled animals. She’s also in the process of creating the Homer’s Heroes Fund, which each year will contribute a portion of the proceeds from all my books to a shelter, sanctuary, or rescue group doing outstanding work on behalf of special-needs animals. Homer was an ambassador for these animals, and it’s a legacy that Gwen is trying to keep alive.

Her new book, Love Saves the Day –a novel about a New York family, narrated by a rescue cat named Prudence–will be released in paperback on October 22nd. For every copy of the Love Saves the Day pre-ordered or sold between now and October 27th, she will donate 100% of her royalties to Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary in Homer’s name.

You can read Gwen’s tribute to Homer on her blog.

RIP, Homer. Skeezix will be so happy to finally meet you!

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Karen Nichols is a Pet Industry Influencer, Publisher and Multimedia Designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over 15 years of experience in the Internet Industry as a User Experience Analyst and Interaction Design Consultant. She's blogged professionally for nine years, and is a respected expert in social media, web analytics, online branding and Wordpress design and development. She's a popular speaker at pet industry conferences. In 2013, she won the BlogPaws social media awards for Best Cat Blog and Best video. In 2012, Karen won the Best Blog Design award for She was one of seven finalists in the national Purina Cat Chow Correspondent search in 2010. She has been a spokesperson for Friskies and judge of the 2012 "The Friskies" video contest, and a juror for the Internet Cat Video Festival. Karen is a member of the Cat Writer's Association, Women in the Pet Industry, the IAABC, The Interactive Design Association and the North Bay Multimedia Association.

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  1. we bet Skeezix is right now trying to explain the virtues of PINK to Homer. 🙂

  2. When I first heard about Homer heading for the Bridge, my first thought was Skeezix there to give him head bumps. I’m really bummed that Homer had to go, but man, he lived a nice long life and the things he did for blind kitties and even just black kitties is freaking amazing. I’m sad for his people, but the dood make a difference in this world and leaves a real legacy. I am truly glad that Gwen shared him with us and wish I’d gotten to meet him.

  3. Max said it well. Homer lived a good, long life and made a difference. That’s awesome. But he will be missed.

  4. Sue Brandes says:

    So sad to hear of his passing. Purrs and hugs for Gwen. That is wonderful she is donating the monies from her book to BCR. I lost my kitty yesterday too.

  5. laura johnston says:

    Max,your so right,that dood did make a difference and he’ll be touching the lives of a lot more kitties to come! His legacy will live on thru Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary.Gwen will be donating her royalties from her book.Hey Max,please don’t go anywhere for years to come,okay?


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