A General Update on Homer, the Tour, and the Kittens' First Birthday!
Hi, guys! Sorry it's been so long since I've posted an update on Homer, the book, or anything else. The flu bug hit us pretty hard in the Cooper-Lerman household. You know how the story goes: poor Laurence had to spend days taking care of me, and then by the time I finally started feeling better, he came down with the same thing I had. Happily, we're all feeling much better now. Even better--Homer is doing GREAT!
It's absolutely amazing to see how Homer has rebounded these past few weeks. His appetite is tremendous (truly--he never stops eating!), he's been incredibly playful and energetic, and while I'd definitely be happier if he put on a bit of weight, at least he's no longer losing weight. Considering that I was told two months ago not to expect him to live for more than another few days or weeks, I'll take the slighlty-skinnier-than-normal Homer and call it a win. :-D
As for the tour: I have to apologize, because I know y'all were expecting an announcement today of a final list of cities and shelters. Unfortunately, however, I won't be able to make the Valentine's Day announcement I was hoping to make. I'm truly, truly sorry about that. All-in I lost nearly a week to the flu, and hard as I've tried I wasn't able to make that week up in time to post a full list of shelters and cities today.
What I can do right now is post a partial list of cities that I will definitely be visiting. This is only a partial list! More cities are going to be added, and once I have every single shelter confirmed (hopefully within the next week), I'll post a final list of both cities and specific shelters. I should have a list of exact dates in March, but for your general knowledge the tour will kick off in May and run through July, possibly even into August.
Here's the list of confirmed cities thus far:
Miami (March 28--Miami will be the only city visited outside of the tour's general time frame)
Aiken, S. Carolina
New Jersey (Ocean County)
I'm also attempting to add: Denver, Dallas, Portland, and/or Minneapolis, and that will probably round out the list. The original plan was to visit 12 cities, and--as you can see--that number appears to be blossoming up to 17! I'd love to visit many, many more--and hope to continue to visit shelters, sanctuaries, and rescue groups even once the tour has concluded--but, of course, I have to try to keep this tour at least somewhat manageable! :-)
And, last but not least, the kittens turn a year old today! So I guess now I have to start calling them "cats." ;-p They're such unbelievably sweet, funny, goofy little guys who've brought so much love and joy into our home. Laurence is absolutely crazy about them and spoils them almost worse than I do. Much love and gratitude goes out to Furrever Friends, a wonderful foster network in Woodbury, NJ, for bringing these little guys into our lives!
Today is Valentine's Day, and I've been thinking a lot about love in its various forms--especially, I suppose, because my new book is called Love Saves the Day. You could say that love saved the day for all three of our kitties--they're all rescues, after all--but I'm sure many of you will know what I mean when I say that, truth be told, their love saved my day. Clayton and Fanny turn 1 today, and I truly hate to think about how sad all of us--especially Homer--were after the loss of our beloved Scarlett and Vashti. Clayton and Fanny haven't replaced our girls, but their loving little hearts (and funny little ways) have filled some of the holes in our hearts that Scarlett and Vashti left behind.
Has the love of an animal saved the day for you? Tell me about it in the comments section. And a happy Valentine's Day to all!