The Political Animal

Homer (Dean Adler)

September 1, 1999 – September 27, 2013

Homer was a 21st century dog, so he took the last names of both his parents…

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In his tenth month, he met his adoptive older sister, Penelope (Anne Dean – third and most diminutive in the line of Anne Deans)…

Homer and Penelope

It was instant love, and through the rest of Homer’s life, they barely spent a day apart…

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They traveled these United States together…


They followed many paths…

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Took many tracks…

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In different climes…

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Wherever Homer traveled…

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He left his mark…

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He saw the world…

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And cast his shadow on it…


But like us all, he grew old…


And he grew weary…

We held him to us as long as we could. On Friday, we let him go.

When we adopted Homer at six months from the two women who had rescued his litter from the side of the road, they said, there is only one thing you need to know about him – he lives to please you.

He pleased us.

Very much.

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All photos by Julia Dean


  • A. Jay Adler

    Thank you to our many wonderful friends (and family), near and far, “real” and virtual for your thoughtful recognition of Homer’s importance to us. Many of you met him and even knew him well, and know of his special place in our lives. The four of us have been travelers and we journeyed far together. There is a hole now (and Penelope is very sad). Thanks for your kindness. See you at the next junction.

  • Fred Crostic

    So sorry. It is always sad to loose a close friend like Homer. When I last saw him it was at the beach campground and he was watching over his new house on wheels. Now he is watching still. Love to you both. Fred

  • marian crostic

    Jay and Julia,

    Freddie and I send our love and thoughts to you.
    Homer was an important part of your family….and he was lucky
    to have so many great adventures with you guys.
    Thanks for sending this lovely tribute.

    Marian Crostic

  • Arnie Cabasso

    Homer had a wonderful life. Living with Julia, Jay and Penelope for starters, but all that travel too! The photos tell the story that I had heard about how much he and Penelope loved the year long trip around the country in the mobile home. What a great experience.

  • John Curran

    A wonderful tribute to Homer. Thanks for sharing some of what made him special to you and Julia. Our animals give us so much and the emptiness when they are gone can take a long time to be filled, and often is is only partially done.

    • Donna K.

      He was a good friend and had great parents. So sorry for the loss, but he really had such a good life, and he traveled in such style. What more could a handsome dog named Homer ask for. He had your guys hearts and was so very loved. We as humans search for the love of a wonderful mate, and Homer had it all.

  • Jenni

    It is such a gift to get to share this earth with a special four-legged friend (or two, or three, or four.) Each and every one of them reminds you that the animals on this earth are special, unique souls.
    Rest in peace Homer. You were clearly loved.

  • Janet

    What a fabulous tribute. I think you should make a book out of it.

    From when you last wrote, Jay, I thought Homer had left weeks ago.

    I am sorry for your sadness, but you always let him know how much he pleased you. You loved him well.

  • Ashley

    I will forever remember Homer and love him dearly. I am sorry for you loss, but what a beautiful and incredible life he had with both of you.

  • Mark Berndt

    Julia and Jay,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Homer’s passing. He was such a great companion and truly a special soul. I hope Penelope is doing ok – they were so close she’ll be missing him – although they seem to know.

    I lost Barkley when she was 14 1/2 and having her from a pup 10-hours old it was a huge loss. Just know that Homer is no longer dealing with old age and health issues.

    All my best,


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