MY NAME IS HOMER…
Col. Potter gave me this special name. As one of the Col.'s kids, I should have gone into foster care, learned manners, been brought up to date on my health care, and then adopted out to live "happily ever after". Instead less than 24-hours after being taken into the Col.'s care, I was sedated, and while being held by a Col. Potter Angel, with tears rolling down her face, I was given the final shot and I crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
Homer was a great storyteller in the Greek Dark Ages. Back then important events and stories were preserved from mouth to mouth and from person to person. No one knows what my story is for sure as I ended up in a shelter with no history. However, from the condition of my body and personality, my story included torture and abuse. I hope you will share this story and pass it along from mouth to mouth and person to person in the hope of saving another Cairn Terrier from a terrible Odyssey.
Homer, was probably a "FREE TO GOOD HOME" newspaper ad, placed by his former owners who were unable to keep him. The original owner THOUGHT Homer would be going to a GOOD HOME, but sadly this does not appear to be the case. Homer came into Col. Potter with absolutely every indication of being used as a BAIT dog…one that is picked up under false pretenses by people who could be your friends or neighbors. The "life" of a BAIT dog is beyond deplorable.
Good natured, family dogs offered for free are picked up for the sole purpose of being used as bait for dogs to "practice" with in illegal dog fighting operations. Illegal dog fighting happens in every state, across the country in out of the way areas where huge sums of money are bet on what dog will be the last to die. Homer, as the vet told us, came with multiple scars and a missing ear. More important than the physical scars, he came to us with a damaged personality, one that could NOT be fixed, no matter how long he spent in foster care. He had been taught to fight, and he had been taught to hate humans. It was the only way he could survive.
BAIT dogs are usually much smaller, with terriers a popular choice because of their feisty temperament. The only exercise BAIT dogs receive is when they are turned loose in a ring with other dogs who are being trained to fight. BAIT dogs are overpowered by the other dogs, and have no alternative but to fight in order to survive. The BAIT dog is battered, cut and bleeding, but if still alive, is kept to repeat the process over and over. There is no medical care, little food or water and certainly no human care or compassion shown towards the BAIT dog. The once good natured, family dog has learned the only way to survive is to fight and attack anything that comes near him.
HOMER was thought to be about 2 years old. While the fight dogs didn't actually kill Homer, being their bait did. Homer is now at peace, no longer having to fight to survive … he has Crossed to the Rainbow Bridge where all dogs are happy and safe.
The great bard Homer repeatedly used honor and virtue or greatness in his stories as a means of achieving morally your greatest potential. The reward for great honor and virtue is fame, guaranteeing meaning and value to one's life. Dying without fame was generally considered disastrous. Because of HOMER, hopefully the lives of other Cairn Terriers will be saved, truly signifying honor and greatness.