A Million Nicknames
To know Homer J. is to have a nickname for him. Nobody could settle on one so everyone called him something different. It started with 'Stinky Face' and 'Homie', then shifted to 'Les Homer' (pronounced Home-Air), 'Homeslice', and The Giant Headed Pumpkin. Friends of The Sanctuary enjoyed monikers like: 'Home Dome', 'The Domer' (again in reference to the giant head he was so well known for), as well as 'Bear Dog' & 'Dog Bear'.
I was apt to call him any one of these and many more during our time together; my favorite being 'The Dog with 999 Thousand Nicknames'. Mostly I called him my best and most loveable friend. His way of being inspired me to create The Sanctuary; I can only hope to live up to the name.
Like many of those who end up with us, Homer's life story is mostly a mystery. When we brought him home from the Northern Nevada Humane Society in October 2008, we were told he was an owner surrender and that he was 10 years old. He had been in the shelter for more than six months. Needless to say he was pleased to be somewhere less noisy and took advantage of the peace and quite.
Homer was not exactly known for his grace. He was more like a clumsy boar than anything else. But, like all regal creatures, his passing was peaceful. He left us on September 9th 2011.
In dealing with his passing, I began to contemplate the existential meaning of his life and I realized that his story demonstrated how each of us has the opportunity to find new purpose.
I never stop learning from Homer. He will always be there to remind me of how we all have the opportunity to find purpose through love, no matter how old and down on our luck we might be.
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