At two years old, a scholar of refrigerators, Katz’s new companion is a great herder of school buses, but a dud at herding sheep. Everything katz attempts– obedience training, herb and alternative therapies–helps a little but not enough, herding instruction, a new name, acupuncture, and not for long.
. There, with deep love, each embraces his unfolding destiny. Lifetime dogs are dogs we love in especially powerful, sometimes inexplicable ways. Jon katz in this gripping and deeply touching book, Orson: a beautiful border collie–intense, smart, crazy, bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his lifetime dog, and unforgettable.
A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life #ad - There, donkeys, and even stars, bask by a roaring wood stove, and more dogs, the man and his canine companion explore meadows, woods, chickens, wade through snow, aided by good neighbors and a tolerant wife, hip-deep in sheep, and struggle to keep faith with each other. A good dog is a book to savor.
Like all border collies and many dogs, ” Katz writes, “he needed work. I didn’t realize for some time I was the work Orson would find.
A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and MeVillard #ad - 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. It is a story of trust and understanding, of life and death, of continuity and change. 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.
It is by turns insightful, hilarious, and deeply moving. Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's Going Home. 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.
A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me #ad - Change loves me, defines and stalks me like a laser-guided smart bomb. It shows how a man discovered a lot about himself through one dog and then another whose temperament seemed as different from his own as day is from night. 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 is the story of how Devon and Jon—and Julius and Stanley—came to terms with each other.
The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixten Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and MeVillard #ad - Katz shows us that dogs are often what we make them: they may have their own traits and personalities, breathing testaments to our strengths and frustrations, but in the end, 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.
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. Gone were the two yellow labs he wrote about in A Dog Year, as was the mountaintop cabin they loved. 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.
The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixten Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me #ad - It was a lesson Katz took to heart. 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 recounts a harrowing winter katz spent on a remote, windswept hillside in upstate New York with a few life-saving friends, ugly ghosts from the past, and more livestock than any novice should attempt to manage.
Heartwarming, it is the story of his several dogs forced Katz to confront his sense of humanity, insight, and hard-won wisdom, and full of drama, and how he learned the places a dog could lead him and the ways a doge could change him.
Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and MeVillard #ad - 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. 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.
New york times bestsellerbonus: This edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's Going Home. In his previous books, new york times bestselling author Jon Katz introduced us to the delightful menagerie at Bedlam Farm, including Izzy, the unforgettable border collie rescue. 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.
Now, once-abandoned dog, katz delves deeper into his connection with the beautiful, in Izzy & Lenore, learning yet again about the unexpected places animals can take us. Humorous and deeply moving, embracing the blessings of his current life, Izzy & Lenore is a story of a man confronting his past, and rediscovering the meaning of friendship, family, and faith.
Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me #ad - Katz shares an uplifting tale of love, compassion, and the rich and complex relationships between dogs and their humans. Meanwhile, lenore–quickly dubbed the Hound of Love–arrives at Bedlam. 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.
The Second-Chance Dog: A Love StoryBallantine Books #ad - . I had no idea that frieda would enter my life and alter it in the most profound way, but that’s one of the beautiful things about animals. Bittersweet in its telling, Katz reminds readers of the importance of human and animal connections. Kirkus reviews “In this heartwarming story of love and redemption.
. They change you, and you almost never see it coming. In 2007, a quiet, jon katz met maria wulf, a few years after purchasing Bedlam Farm in upstate New York, sensitive artist hoping to rekindle her creative spark. Jon, like her, was introspective yet restless, a writer struggling to find his purpose. But to maria, frieda was sweet and loyal, her beloved guard dog and devoted friend.
The Second-Chance Dog: A Love Story #ad - Dogs and humans alike get second chances at life, love, and growth. Yet armed with a singular determination, and five hundred dollars’ worth of beef jerky, unlimited patience, Jon refused to give up on Frieda—or on his chance with Maria. From new york times bestselling author jon Katz comes a wise, and poignant memoir of finding love against all odds, uplifting, and the power of second chances for both people and dogs.
This moving work is recommended for readers who want a true-life love story, for seniors who think that receiving a Medicare card means that love is out of the question, for dog lovers seeking a book with a happy ending the dog doesn’t die!, 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.
Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of CompassionBallantine Books #ad - An enjoyable and thoughtful work. Library journal starred review “saving Simon handles the emotional highs and lows of living with animals with empathy and thoughtfulness, forcing readers to re-examine their own meanings of compassion and mercy. Kirkus reviews “the message of this true story will linger with the reader long after the book has been placed on the shelf.
Bookreporter. An animal control officer had found a neglected donkey on a farm in upstate New York, Maria, and she hoped that Jon and his wife, would be willing to adopt him. This radically different perspective on kindness and empathy led Jon to a troubled border collie from Ireland in need of a home, a blind pony who had lived outside in a pasture for fifteen years, and a new farm for him and Maria.
Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion #ad - In the great tradition of heroes—from don quixote to shrek—who faced the world in the company of their donkeys, not just to animals, Jon came to understand compassion and mercy in a new light, learning to open up “not just to Simon, but to the human experience. But the moment he saw the wrenching sight of Simon, he felt a powerful connection.
Jon and maria decided to take him in. To love, to risk, to friendship. With grace, warmth, and the rewards of “living a more compassionate, Saving Simon plumbs the depths of the bonds we form with our animals, considered, and keen emotional insight, and meaningful life. Praise for Saving Simon“Heartwarming.
Rose in a Storm: A NovelVillard #ad - But of all those she’s looked after since coming to the farm as a puppy, the farmer, it is Sam, whom she watches most carefully. Awoken one cold midwinter night during lambing season, Rose and Sam struggle into the snowy dark to do their work. She senses something else in the air as well: A storm is coming, but not like any of the ones she’s seen over the years.
Rose in a Storm: A Novel #ad - The ever observant rose has seen a change in her master of late, ever since Sam’s wife disappeared one day. Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's Going Home. Rose is determined and focused, keeping the sheep out of danger and protecting the other creatures on the farm she calls home. And when an epic blizzard hits the region, it will take all of Rose’s resolve, resourcefulness, and courage to help Sam save the farm and the creatures who live there.
Soul of a Dog: Reflections on the Spirits of the Animals of Bedlam FarmVillard #ad - With his signature wisdom, humor, and clarity, Katz relates the stories of the animals he lives with on Bedlam Farm and finds remarkable kinships at every turn. Whether it is beloved sheepdog rose’s brilliant and methodical herding ability, or Izzy’s canine compassion toward hospice patients, Mother the cat’s keen mousing instincts, Katz is mesmerized to see in them individual personas and sparks of self-awareness.
Soul of a dog will resonate with anyone who loves dogs, cats, or other animals—and who wonders about the spirits that animate them and the deepening hold they have on our lives. Now new york times bestselling author Jon Katz looks for an answer. Do animals have souls? some of our greatest thinkers—Aristotle, Plato, Thomas Aquinas—and countless animal lovers have been obsessed with this question for thousands of years.
Dog Days: Dispatches from Bedlam FarmVillard #ad - Charming. People “The perfect summer book. The border collies, the sheep, the chickens, the cat, the ram, and one surprisingly sociable steer named Elvis all contribute to the hum and occasional roar of Bedlam. On timeless summer days and in punishing winter storms, Katz continues his meditation on what animals can selflessly teach us–and what we in turn owe to them.
. Returns with further adventures from his animal-filled upstate New York sheep farm. Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's Going Home. In dog days, jon katz, the squire of bedlam Farm, allows us to live our dreams of leaving the city for the country, and shares the unpredictable adventure of farm life.
Dog Days: Dispatches from Bedlam Farm #ad - Praise for dog days: “anyone who has ever loved an animal, who owns a farm or even dreams of it, will read Dog Days with appreciation and a cathartic lump in his or her throat. The washington post “katz proves himself a Thoreau for modern times as he ponders the relationships between man and animals, humanity and nature, and the particularly smelly qualities of manure.
Fort worth star-telegram “Katz constructs the perfect blend between self-revelation and his subtle brand of humor. The star-ledger “City-dweller-turned-farmer Katz.
The Story of Rose: A Man and His DogBallantine Books #ad - . 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. 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. From the acclaimed author of a good dog, dog days, rose, and Going Home comes this eBook original—a poignant memoir that celebrates Jon Katz’s beloved border collie, and their transformative years together on Bedlam Farm.
Never wanting to be coddled, she watched over Bedlam Farm with singular focus and efficiency, protecting Katz and his menagerie from wild coyotes and menacing storms. The story of rose reaffirms the profound bond people share with their pets, and the ways that animals indelibly shape our lives. With wisdom and grace, he unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights.
The Story of Rose: A Man and His Dog #ad - John grogan, author of marley & me includes moving excerpts from Going Home, and from Jon Katz’s upcoming short-story collection, Dancing Dogs. And by his side was Rose, his unswervingly loyal and unflappable new dog. 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.
Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets DieVillard #ad - In this invaluable guide and touchstone, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz addresses the difficult but necessary topic of saying goodbye to a beloved pet. By honoring the animals that have graced our lives, we reveal their truly timeless gifts: unwavering companionship and undying love. With a brand-new Foreword by the author.
Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die #ad - By allowing ourselves to grieve honestly and openly, we can in time celebrate the dogs, cats, he posits, and other creatures that have so enriched us. In dealing with these issues, let go, we can alleviate guilt, and help others who are undergoing similar passages. Katz compels us to consider if we gave our pets good lives, if we were their advocates in times of need, and if we used our best judgments in the end.
Drawing on personal experiences, stories from fellow pet owners, and philosophical reflections, Katz provides support for those in mourning.