Homer's Smile
Homer Hills
  • 9 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 3, 2006
  • Date of passing: Feb 26, 2016
Let the memory of Homer be with us forever

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To all who had the privilege of meeting Homer you realized immediately that he was very special. He lived life even in the face of extreme tragedy with great optimism and never lost his love of fetching the ball, going for a walk or taking a ride in his big red truck with his Dad.

He would greet anyone who was willing to acknowledge him (especially his friends at the office and Lowes) with a big smile and if you were lucky he would even try to hold your hand:)

Homer started out his life in a place and time that only Homer will ever know. He was found as a stray and taken to the Idaho Humane Society when he was around 4 years old. A young boy came to the shelter looking to share his love with a four legged companion and was drawn to Homer. They became inseparable but tragically one year later after many days of climbing, hiking and playing ball their happy future ended suddenly. 

Homer was struck by a passing truck in front of his home and lost his sight.  His boy fought diligently to save his sight and to adapt to having a handicapped dog but it was not to be. 

If you believe things happen for a reason Homer had a larger destiny to fill with yet another boy that became his Dad and his true love. He never forgot the boy that rescued him from the shelter. They will always be bonded by wonderful memories of that first year together. 

His new Dad became his seeing eye person and his world, as Homer became his. They loved spending time together, but especially playing ball and taking their daily walks. Going to car shows, watching TV or reading snuggled in bed were also the highlight of the weeks that turned into years. 

As Homer had triumphed over losing his sight, he became the inspiration of the Homer Series Note Cards. If you have ever received one of these wonderful handwritten notes from his Dad you know they contained praise, congratulations or encouragement and knew  how much Homer meant to him. He wanted to share him with all in a way that was meaningful not only to him, but hopefully to the recipient. 


Homer will be missed forever, and will be constantly in our hearts and in our memories. We hope that he will remain with you in some small way when you are facing difficulties so you will remember that you too can triumph over any challenge that comes your way.

A request has been given to us to provide a rescue name that we support so donations can be made in his honor.

The following link is to a group in Alabama and Georgia that is very near and dear to us. They are two women that have devoted their lives to helping the throw aways and abused animals in their area when even town officials look the other way and do nothing.

Thank you for any amount you would like to donate to help the other Homers of the world find their family and a happy life.



can be made to 

Southern Souls Animal League

by copying the link below into your browser.


We know that Homer touched many lives. We would love to hear from you and have you share what your encounter with Homer may have meant to you.

Thank you to everyone that have sent kind words and condolences.
We cannot tell you how much we appreciate your care and concern.  



Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Christie Bell on 14th March 2016

"Pat, I never met Homer but received the cards and have had many chats with you regarding him.  I know your heart is so full of love for the animals as is mine.  It's so nice to have a co-worker who can empathize for the animals who are throw aways, rejected, neglected, and homeless. Here in Kentucky we have a non profit organization helping those fur babies as well.  God bless you and prayers for you during your time of loss.  xoxo"

This tribute was added by Kellie Valentine on 4th March 2016

I am so sorry you lost Homer.  I have lost 3 animals due to age in the last 4 1/2 years and it is so difficult. One of my babies was adopted from Petfriends and had been in a puppy mill.  She was a special needs girl.  I donated to the charity I listed as I believe all animals deserve a forever home with love and kindness"

This tribute was added by Mandy Riegel CosmoProf on 3rd March 2016

"I'm so sorry to hear your loss of Homer. I enjoyed hearing Homer stories and cherish the Homer cards I have at my home office. My two son's would always ask when the small envelope was sitting waiting to be opened "is that a Homer card?" If it was a Cosmoprof card vs Homer card they would become concerned "is Homer ok?", "I wanted to see a picture of Homer" Mason and Greyson would say. Homer had a special place in our families heart and always made you smile."

This tribute was added by Cherie Caliz-Clay on 3rd March 2016

"Well, Homie didn't love me as much as Maddie :) but I think he liked me pretty good!  He always made his way around to me for a good scratch and pat to brighten my BSG day!  Hugs to you Mr. Sir, I know it must be tough missing your friend."

This tribute was added by Deborah Welch on 3rd March 2016

"Homer always made a dull day bright when those Homer cards would arrive.  I have many pictures of Homer that will always be memories of a pup with a will!  Homer inspired many with his will to play, love, walk and find his way even though he could not see.  We loved him and know how much Pat loved him.  RIP our little pup!  Homer and Pat were a great team.  You both changed each other for the good and influenced many others as well.  Homer will keep that light shining for us all."

This tribute was added by Christina Carino on 2nd March 2016

"You will forever be in our memories!  Yes, you were our "CosmoProf Mascot" in our office.  May you rest in peace.  I'll miss taking you out for short little potty breaks  :)   Sending Love and Prayers to the family."

This tribute was added by Joselynne Deschenes Velardo on 2nd March 2016

"Great memory to share with all!
I had my lunch in a bag that didn't make it to the fridge yet and HOMER decided the lunch smelled fabulous and he snuck his cute head in my bag and ate the meat that was in there! Too Cute! GREAT memory and we will miss our Mascot around the office.
I hope that you find peace in knowing that you gave Homer a great life, saved him (many times, I am sure) and that you cherish the memories!
Hugs to you all!

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