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As those of you who've been reading my blog for a while know, Scarlett was diagnosed with a squamous cell sarcoma on her right hip about a year ago.  Nine months ago they told me she only had about six months left.  That she's still with us is something I'm grateful for, and not entirely surprised by--Scarlett's always been a tough old broad, after all.  :-)

Laurence and I are leaving for Paris tonight to celebrate my 40th birthday.  I think Homer wants to come too! ;-)

Au revoir!



Today is Laurence's and my third wedding anniversary!  Hard to believe how time flies.  (Or that, three years ago today, Homer's Odyssey was nothing more than a proposal for a book that had been turned down by I don't even remember how many publishers--I only remember being terrified of getting married and then becoming a financial burden on my husband!)

Many of you have written to me in the past 24 hours, letting me know that you're thinking of us and urging us to evacuate.  First, I am so grateful to all those who have us in their thoughts!  I'm a bit pressed for time on all fronts (hurricane or no, I still have to turn in my next book on deadline! ;-) ), so I thought it might be easiest in terms of updating everybody to just create a blog post letting y'all know what we're doing.

I think we may have found a home for both cats upstate.  I will keep you posted and let you know as soon as I know for sure.  THANK YOU to everyone for getting the word out!!!!

Two sweet, friendly, five-year-old neutered male cats--up to date on their shots and in good health--have been abandoned in the basement of an office building in Tribeca.  The super of the building brought them down there as kittens to catch rats (sigh).  Recently he was fired and no longer cares about feeding/taking care of them.  The new building super wants them gone and refuses to do anything for them.  A friend of mine is feeding them for now.  But these cats have no one to love them and never get to see daylight.

A wonderful forever home has been found for Evan, the amazing little kitten who survived such awful ordeals.  Here's what Colleen at Now I'm Home Shelter in TN has to say about Evan's new mom:

"She is a nurse at Vanderbilt University who just completed her Master's. She works with humans with special needs, so Evan seemed like a perfect choice to her. She was ready to adopt her first pet as an adult in a permanent situation (although she has had many animals live to old age with her family while growing up) and Evan came along at the right time. Once he has settled in, she may adopt a buddy for him."

Many, many thanks to everybody who shared Evan's story or wrote in asking how they could help! :-D

Evan was only a couple of weeks old with a severe infection in one of his eyes when he was rescued by the wonderful people at Now I'm Home Rescue in TN.  He was in such bad shape that they really wrestled with the decision as to whether it would be kinder to put him to sleep.  But Evan was a fighter (sound like another kitty we know? ;-) ), so they decided to proceed.

Hi, guys!  I'm SO sorry for the prolonged absence!  I'm working furiously to meet the deadline for my next book, respond to reader emails, and stay on top of Homer's now 25,000-plus Facebook and Twitter following (a job of work all on its own, I assure you).  I know some of you have been worried by my prolonged absence, and I'm genuinely sorry for that.  I will try to be better from now on, although it may be fall before I get back to blogging regularly again...

I was recently contacted by Clara Showalter of Austin Pets Alive about the cuuuuuuuuutest little blind kitten in need of a loving home.  I'll let her explain in her own words:

"India is a 5 week old kitten who came into the Austin Pets Alive Bottle Baby program at the beginning of May. Her litter came in with moderate eye infections. India's proved to be more serious. Very early on it became clear that here eyes were damaged badly and she would be blind. I was wondering if we might be able to get a little help from Homer to get her story out.

Homer this morning, having found the perfect "Homer-sized" place to curl up for a nap...
Homer this morning, waiting very patiently to be served his breakfast.

Here's a link to a quick update on what's being done for the animals of Alabama.  We've raised over $5000 so far on their behalf!  Many, many thanks to all of you who have been generous enough to contribute.

I'll have a more detailed update over the weekend from Canant Veterinary Hospital.  My apologies for being so slow about this--on top of everything else, I'm on deadline this week for the next book.  Oy!  ;-)

Here's the link:


Please visit my Psychology Today blog post to find out what you can do to help the dogs and cats left injured and homeless by Wednesday's devastating string of tornadoes in the South:

Scarlett turns sweet 16 today (perhaps "sweet" is the wrong word to use in Scarlett's case--although she's very sweet to me!), and I'm having a round of: "Good lord, has it really been SIXTEEN YEARS since I first brought her home as a teeny little scrap of a kitten???"

Happy Friday, everybody!  As I noted a couple of weeks back, I've been asked to write a bi-weekly blog for Psychology Today's website about human/animal relationships.  My latest post is up, and you can find it here:

Lately I've been feeling a bit claustrophobic, spending all my time in my home office while I write my next book.  Since I have a laptop, I decided to start working in our living/dining room--just for a change of pace.

This July will be fourteen years that I've been living with Homer, and he still continues to surprise me.

I'm thrilled to announce that Psychology Today has invited me to blog about pet/human relationships for their website.  I just put up my first post, and from now on I'll be posting every other Friday.  You can find my first blog post here: