May I Introduce...
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 'Homie', which became 'Le Homer' (pronounced Home-Air), 'Homeslice', and The Giant Headed Pumpkin. Our friends enjoyed monikers like: 'Home Dome', 'The Domer', as well as 'Bear Dog', and 'Dog Bear'.
I was apt to call him any one of these and many more during our years together; mostly I called him my best friend. His way of being inspired me to build a sanctuary in his honor. I can only hope to live up to his 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 9 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 a gentleman and we appreciated every moment he was in our home. He enjoyed napping with whoever else was in the mood for a nap, went outside when he was supposed to and enjoyed casual strolls around our neighborhood.
Don't get me wrong, he was no couch potato. He enjoyed his adventures as much as the next dog. He went camping with us, to the beach, and even a few winter months in Montana. Honestly, I wasn't sure I would ever meet another dog as awesome as Homer.
Homer's passing was peaceful. He left us on September 9th 2012 after visiting with his favorite people in the world. While mourning Homer's passing I began to contemplate the meaning of everything. I realized that each one of us deserves an opportunity to fulfill our purpose in life, regardless of our age, form or circumstances.
With that vision firmly planted in my head I set out to build something in his honor that would offer, not only senior dogs, but many people in my community and beyond an opportunity to find a renewed sense of purpose.