When the labs were six and seven, a breeder who’d read his book contacted Katz to say she had a dog that was meant for him—a two-year-old border collie named Devon, well bred but high-strung and homeless. It is a story of trust and understanding, of life and death, of continuity and change. Katz already had a full canine complement, but instinct overruled reason, and soon thereafter he brought Devon home.
A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me - It comes at me in all forms, suddenly and with enormous impact, from making shifts in work to having and raising a kid to buying a cabin on a distant mountaintop. Change loves me, defines and stalks me like a laser-guided smart bomb. Sometimes, change comes on four legs. In his popular and widely praised running to the Mountain, Jon Katz wrote of the strength and support he found in the massive forms of his two yellow Labrador retrievers, Julius and Stanley.
A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My LifeVillard - There, woods, and even stars, bask by a roaring wood stove, the man and his canine companion explore meadows, hip-deep in sheep, donkeys, aided by good neighbors and a tolerant wife, chickens, wade through snow, and more dogs, and struggle to keep faith with each other. Like all border collies and many dogs, ” Katz writes, “he needed work.
There, with deep love, each embraces his unfolding destiny. Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's Going Home. People who love dogs often talk about a ‘lifetime’ dog. From the moment katz and orson meet, their relationship is deep, when the dog springs from his traveling crate at Newark airport and panics the baggage claim area, stormy, and loving.
A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life - At two years old, katz’s new companion is a great herder of school buses, a scholar of refrigerators, but a dud at herding sheep. Just as orson was the author’ s lifetime dog, timeless, his story is a lifetime treasure–poignant, and powerful. Everything katz attempts– obedience training, acupuncture, herding instruction, a new name, herb and alternative therapies–helps a little but not enough, and not for long.
A good dog is a book to savor. I’d heard the phrase a dozen times before I came to recognize its significance. Lifetime dogs are dogs we love in especially powerful, sometimes inexplicable ways.
The Story of Rose: A Man and His DogBallantine Books - I like to say you get the dog you need, ” jon katz writes, “and I don’t think any human ever needed a dog more than I needed Rose in the fall of 2003. That year, katz embarked on a quixotic quest, moving from the suburbs of New Jersey to a sprawling farm in upstate New York to pursue his dream of becoming a writer.
Yet rose saved Katz in more ways than he ever imagined. As he struggled to manage the farm’s daily dramas—and continued to seek his true sense of purpose—Rose connected him to his deeper humanity and a more authentic life. With warmth, insight, and emotional honesty, Jon Katz has written a joyful remembrance of a one-of-a-kind dog.
The Story of Rose: A Man and His Dog - Whether herding sheep on the rolling hillsides, or rescuing lambs on a freezing winter night, rounding up the neighbors’ stray cows, Rose had a nimble mind and a great love for work. With wisdom and grace, he unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights.
John grogan, author of marley & me includes moving excerpts from Going Home, and from Jon Katz’s upcoming short-story collection, Dancing Dogs. The story of rose reaffirms the profound bond people share with their pets, and the ways that animals indelibly shape our lives.
The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixten Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and MeVillard - Katz moved into an old farmhouse on forty-two acres of pasture and woods with a menagerie: a ram named Nesbitt, a baby donkey named Fanny, a lonely donkey named Carol, fifteen ewes, and three border collies. Katz shows us that dogs are often what we make them: they may have their own traits and personalities, but in the end, breathing testaments to our strengths and frustrations, they are mirrors of our own lives–living, our families and our pasts.
He now sees his dogs as a reflection of his willingness to improve, as well as a critical reminder of his shortcomings. They can’t really be held responsible for what they do. Training Orson was a demanding project. But we can. From the dogs of bedlam farm When Jon Katz adopted a border collie named Orson, his whole world changed.
The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixten Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me - . Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's Going Home. Dogs are blameless, devoid of calculation, neither blessed nor cursed with human motives. But a perceptive dog trainer and friend told Katz: “If you want to have a better dog, you will just have to be a better goddamned human. It was a lesson Katz took to heart.
Gone were the two yellow labs he wrote about in A Dog Year, as was the mountaintop cabin they loved.
Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and MeVillard - New york times bestsellerbonus: This edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's Going Home. In his previous books, including izzy, new York Times bestselling author Jon Katz introduced us to the delightful menagerie at Bedlam Farm, the unforgettable border collie rescue. Humorous and deeply moving, and rediscovering the meaning of friendship, Izzy & Lenore is a story of a man confronting his past, embracing the blessings of his current life, family, and faith.
Her genial personality and boundless capacity for affection steer Katz out of the shadows, rekindle his love of working with dogs, and restore his connection to the farm and the animals and people around him. As izzy bonds with patients and katz focuses on their families, the author begins to come to terms with his own life, discovering dark realities he has never confronted.
Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me - Katz shares an uplifting tale of love, compassion, and the rich and complex relationships between dogs and their humans. A retired logger joyfully remembers his own beloved dog when he sees Izzy. As trained hospice volunteers visiting homes and nursing facilities in upstate New York, Katz and Izzy bring comfort and canine companionship to people who most need it.
Meanwhile, lenore–quickly dubbed the Hound of Love–arrives at Bedlam. Affectionate and intuitive, izzy is unlike any dog Katz has encountered, and the two undertake a journey Katz could not have imagined without the arrival of a new companion: a spirited, bright-eyed black Labrador puppy named Lenore.
An eighty-year-old alzheimer’s patient smiles for the first time in months when she feels Izzy’s soft fur.
The Dog Who Came to Stay: A MemoirOpen Road Media - This was his introduction to Pat, a miserable, half-starved, but deeply trusting black-and-white foxhound mutt. Finally, with the encouragement of his wife and haunted by memories of his childhood collie, Borland brought some scraps of leftover steak outside. The national bestselling memoir of a friendship between a New England outdoorsman and the scrawny foxhound who came to his door one snowy day.
. Pat would soon become a member of the family, accompanying Borland on hunts and terrorizing the local woodchuck population—and teaching him that sometimes our most immediate connection to the natural world is through the animals we live with. Resistant at first, he called around trying to find an owner whose dog had gone missing—with no luck.
The Dog Who Came to Stay: A Memoir - A longtime journalist and a winner of the john burroughs medal for distinguished nature writing, Borland tells the tale of the time he shared with Pat in this touching true story that “will appeal to many sportsmen and to all people who have ever been closely attached to a dog” The New York Times Book Review.
In the midst of a blizzard, late one christmas night in the 1950s, author Hal Borland heard a howl at the back door of his home on a hundred-acre farm in the Housatonic Valley of northwest Connecticut.
The New Work of Dogs: Tending to Life, Love, and FamilyVillard - The new work of dogs is a provocative and moving exploration of the evolving role dogs play in a changing and uncertain world. Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's Going Home. Katz offers us a portrait of a community, and by extension a country, that is turning to its pets for emotional support and stability—a difficult job that more and more dogs are expected to do every day.
The new work of dogs profiles a dozen such relationships in a new jersey town, whose funny, companion of a man who has few human friends and doesn’t know how to talk to his own family; the Divorced Dogs Club, acerbic, a Welsh corgi who provides sustaining emotional strength for a woman battling terminal breast cancer; Cherokee, and sometimes angry women turn to their dogs to help them rebuild their lives; and Betty Jean, like the story of Harry, the frantic founder of a tiny rescue group that has saved five hundred dogs from abuse or abandonment in recent years.
But often people acquire and love dogs with little awareness that they might have complex and revealing reasons for choosing the dog or pet they choose, loving it the way they do. Writing about his own dogs in a dog year, dogs are often treated not as pets, Jon Katz became immersed in a larger community of dog lovers and came to realize that in an increasingly fragmented and disconnected society, but as family members and human surrogates.
The New Work of Dogs: Tending to Life, Love, and Family - Drawn from hundreds of interviews and conversations with dog owners and lovers, behaviorists, veterinarians, breeders, trainers, The New Work of Dogs combines compelling personal narratives with a penetrating look at human/animal attachment, rescuers, and psychiatrists, and questions whether this relationship shift is an entirely positive phenomenon for both species.
Sometimes human-dog relationships are simple, unrelated to the emotional lives and histories of either species.
The Second-Chance Dog: A Love StoryBallantine Books - And so jon quickly realized that to win over Maria, he’d have to gain Frieda’s affection as well. A rottweiler-shepherd mix who had been abandoned by her previous owner in the Adirondacks, where she lived in the wild for several years, Frieda was ferociously protective and barely tamed. They change you, and you almost never see it coming.
In 2007, a quiet, a few years after purchasing Bedlam Farm in upstate New York, Jon Katz met Maria Wulf, sensitive artist hoping to rekindle her creative spark. Even after many days spent on bedlam farm, and would not let Jon come near her, ran off into the woods, Frieda still lunged at the other animals, even to hook on her leash.
The Second-Chance Dog: A Love Story - He felt a connection with her immediately, but a formidable obstacle stood in the way: Maria’s dog, Frieda. This moving work is recommended for readers who want a true-life love story, for dog lovers seeking a book with a happy ending the dog doesn’t die!, for seniors who think that receiving a Medicare card means that love is out of the question, and for dog trainers who want to learn more about Katz’s philosophy of dog training.
Library journal“the story katz tells gives hope that no animal is beyond help, as long as enough love and patience are thrown in. Minneapolis Star Tribune. While he and maria grew closer, Jon was having a tougher time charming Frieda to his side.
Love Is the Best Medicine: What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian about Hope, Humility, and Everyday MiraclesBroadway Books - Trout could deliver and is destined to become a favorite for animal lovers. Trout who presides over what should be a fairly routine surgery. What happens next forever links two families, their dogs and a beloved veterinarian and teaches them all a lesson about grace that resonates to this day. Love is the best medicine immerses you in the true life drama of beloved pets whose lives hang in the balance.
Every page underscores the profound bond we have with the animals in our lives and the incredible responsibility Nick carries as their healer. Certainly Dr. Nick trout comes another touching and heartfelt story from the front lines of veterinary medicine—the story of two dogs who forever changed the way he thought about life, death, fate and love.
Love Is the Best Medicine: What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian about Hope, Humility, and Everyday Miracles - Helen is an older cocker spaniel found neglected and abandoned in a restaurant parking lot one rainy night. Despite her mangy condition and terrible smell, Ben and Eileen fall in love with the pitiful creature and decide to take her in. But just as helen is rescued from a sad life on the streets and enveloped in a loving home with all the creature comforts an old dog could ask for, a tumor is discovered and she's given a devastating prognosis.
All ben and eileen want is for helen to beat the odds and survive for one more summer so that she can have one chance to swim in the ocean on the family's annual trip to Prince Edward Island. In short, they want a miracle. Meanwhile, fourteen-month-old miniature pinscher Cleo keeps breaking one leg after another which devastates her poor owner, Sandi.
A Cat Named Darwin: Embracing the Bond Between Man and PetMariner Books - A scientist contemplates his bond with a sick stray cat in this “gripping and powerful” memoir The San Diego Union-Tribune. As their bond deepened and the cat’s health began to fail, Jordan was forced into a commitment more devoted and sincere than any he had known before. Puzzling through his own feelings, jordan came to some remarkable conclusions: that those we love live in the synapses and molecules of memory, and that as long as we exist, they exist as part of our brain.
In this recollection of the relationship, communication, he meditates on the nature of humans and animals, and the scientific truths about solitude, and companionship. . Trained in biology, beckoning with a wink and a yawn, Jordan had no particular love for animals and felt vaguely contemptuous of those who did—until the cat, strange cultures, led him on a journey to exotic lands, and fascinating discoveries.
A Cat Named Darwin: Embracing the Bond Between Man and Pet - Bill jordan’s life changed forever the day a stray cat nesting under his bougainvillea bit him on the hand.
Running to the Mountain: A Midlife AdventureBroadway Books - Jon katz, father, a respected journalist, author, and husband, was turning fifty. I went for a lot of different reasons, but mostly, I think, to try to be a better human. Armed with the writings of trappist monk thomas merton, katz departs from his suburban en-clave where, and the desire to confront change rather than simply react to it, as a carpooling father, his two faithful yellow Labradors, he is known as "The Prince of Rides" and heads to a new world.
Working long hours for big companies, rushing kids around to malls and soccer games, we want to read about conversations with God, squirreling money away for college and retirement, but don't really expect to have any ourselves. What he finds is a community where a rodent problem prompts anyone within earshot at the hardware store to offer advice, and where the digging of a new well draws every neighbor within miles to his front lawn.
Running to the Mountain: A Midlife Adventure - I had settled down, " he notes. Any more settling and I would vanish into the mud like some fat old catfish. In running to the moun-tain, Katz finds a way to redefine and lend new meaning to his life. It's also a place where he can be alone in na-ture, the pizza place, a new discovery for someone whose "favorite night out is a trip to a bookstore, and the Sony megaplex.
Habitually skeptical about religion, temple, moral framework for one's life amid the complexities of modern life? As Katz restores his old cabin, learns self-reliance in a lightning storm, Katz finds in solitude a chance to consider the questions that have followed him into middle age: Can one find spirituality outside of a church, or mosque? Is it possible to build a rational, and helps a friend prepare for fatherhood, he gathers newfound knowledge that will be a source of inspiration and achievement as he returns to the life he left behind.