. Whether herding sheep on the rolling hillsides, rounding up the neighbors’ stray cows, or rescuing lambs on a freezing winter night, Rose had a nimble mind and a great love for work. Yet rose saved Katz in more ways than he ever imagined. With wisdom and grace, he unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights.
John grogan, and from jon katz’s upcoming short-story collection, author of Marley & Me Includes moving excerpts from Going Home, Dancing Dogs. 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.
The Story of Rose: A Man and His Dog #ad - 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. And by his side was Rose, his unswervingly loyal and unflappable new dog. From the acclaimed author of a good dog, dog days, and going Home comes this eBook original—a poignant memoir that celebrates Jon Katz’s beloved border collie, Rose, and their transformative years together on Bedlam Farm.
Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and MeVillard #ad - 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. 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.
An eighty-year-old alzheimer’s patient smiles for the first time in months when she feels Izzy’s soft fur. Katz shares an uplifting tale of love, compassion, and the rich and complex relationships between dogs and their humans. 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. 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.
Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me #ad - 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. A retired logger joyfully remembers his own beloved dog when he sees Izzy. Meanwhile, lenore–quickly dubbed the Hound of Love–arrives at Bedlam.
Affectionate and intuitive, and the two undertake a journey Katz could not have imagined without the arrival of a new companion: a spirited, Izzy is unlike any dog Katz has encountered, bright-eyed black Labrador puppy named Lenore.
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. 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.
Katz already had a full canine complement, but instinct overruled reason, and soon thereafter he brought Devon home. Change loves me, defines and stalks me like a laser-guided smart bomb. It is by turns insightful, hilarious, and deeply moving. Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's Going Home.
A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me #ad - 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. 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.
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 Second-Chance Dog: A Love StoryBallantine Books #ad - . They change you, and you almost never see it coming. In 2007, a few years after purchasing bedlam Farm in upstate New York, Jon Katz met Maria Wulf, a quiet, sensitive artist hoping to rekindle her creative spark. Written with stunning emotional clarity and full of warm yet practical wisdom, The Second-Chance Dog is a testament to how animals can make us better people, and how it’s never too late to find love.
Praise for the second-chance dog “No one speaks the language of a dog like best-selling author Jon Katz. 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.
The Second-Chance Dog: A Love Story #ad - 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. 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.
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.
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. 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. 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. He now sees his dogs as a reflection of his willingness to improve, as well as a critical reminder of his shortcomings.
But we can. From the dogs of bedlam farm When Jon Katz adopted a border collie named Orson, his whole world changed. They can’t really be held responsible for what they do. Heartwarming, and full of drama, and hard-won wisdom, it is the story of his several dogs forced Katz to confront his sense of humanity, insight, and how he learned the places a dog could lead him and the ways a doge could change him.
The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixten Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me #ad - 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. Gone were the two yellow labs he wrote about in A Dog Year, as was the mountaintop cabin they loved.
A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My LifeVillard #ad - Like all border collies and many dogs, ” Katz writes, “he needed work. 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.
Everything katz attempts– obedience training, a new name, herb and alternative therapies–helps a little but not enough, acupuncture, herding instruction, and not for long. 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.
A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life #ad - Just as orson was the author’ s lifetime dog, his story is a lifetime treasure–poignant, timeless, and powerful. I didn’t realize for some time I was the work Orson would find. While katz is trying to help his dog, Orson is helping him, shepherding him toward a new life on a two-hundred-year-old hillside farm in upstate New York.
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. There, and more dogs, and even stars, chickens, bask by a roaring wood stove, aided by good neighbors and a tolerant wife, woods, wade through snow, hip-deep in sheep, the man and his canine companion explore meadows, donkeys, and struggle to keep faith with each other.
Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of CompassionBallantine Books #ad - In this heartfelt, and inspiring memoir, thoughtful, Simon, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his beloved rescue donkey, and the wondrous ways that animals make us wiser and kinder people. A touching tale. Usa today “Highly recommended. Jon and maria decided to take him in. As simon’s health improved, jon would feed him by hand, take him on walks, read to him, even confide in him like an old and trusted friend.
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. In the spring of 2011, jon katz received a phone call that would challenge every idea he ever had about mercy and compassion.
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, learning to open up “not just to Simon, not just to animals, Jon came to understand compassion and mercy in a new light, but to the human experience. 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.
Rose in a Storm: A NovelVillard #ad - 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. 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.
And when an epic blizzard hits the region, resourcefulness, it will take all of Rose’s resolve, and courage to help Sam save the farm and the creatures who live there. The ever observant rose has seen a change in her master of late, ever since Sam’s wife disappeared one day. But of all those she’s looked after since coming to the farm as a puppy, it is Sam, the farmer, whom she watches most carefully.
Rose in a Storm: A Novel #ad - Awoken one cold midwinter night during lambing season, Rose and Sam struggle into the snowy dark to do their work.
Dancing Dogs: StoriesBallantine Books #ad - No one brings to life the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs like New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz. Gracie’s last walk” features a woman who must find a way to say goodbye to her beloved golden retriever—but ends up saying hello to someone unexpected. He has warmed our spirits with enchanting tales and keen observations of his animal menagerie—the dogs, chickens, sheep, and other residents of Bedlam Farm.
And in “guardian angel, ” a widower going through a painful transition finds the greatest comfort in the unlikeliest of sources—a funny-looking pug named Gus. In “puppy commando, ” a shy grade-school outcast forges an instant connection with a beagle puppy she meets at a shelter—and risks everything to keep him.
Dancing Dogs: Stories #ad - Praise for dancing dogs “Funny, keenly observed short stories illuminating the bond between man and his best friend. People “jon katz writes with passion and humor about the connections between animals and humans. Whether sitting, shelters, staying, or home, in the barnyard, home, and rolling over, sweet, the creatures in Dancing Dogs are genuinely inspiring and utterly memorable.
Now, katz is back with what he does best in his first collection of short stories, Dancing Dogs. With his signature insight and gift for storytelling, a housekeeper loses her job, Katz shares sixteen stories about one of life’s most unique relationships: In the title story, but discovers her four-legged “children” have some toe-tapping talents that just may get the whole family back on its feet.
The dog who kept men away” shows that not all humans pass the “sniff” test when it comes to canines, who possess an excellent judge of character.
Finding Harmony: The remarkable dog that helped a family through the darkest of timesHarperTrue #ad - Unsure who to turn to, she happened upon Canine Partners and an extraordinary dog called Harmony. Heartwarming, inspirational and genuinely touching, Finding Harmony is the remarkable true story of an extraordinary dog that rescued a woman from the depths of depression and transformed a family for ever.
A keen mountaineer, Sally Hyder was in her prime and loving life. She was only 28 and was training to be a Macmillan nurse – she wanted to care for the terminally ill. Harmony is an unending source of comfort: she intuitively knows when Sally is in pain and calms Melissa when she suffers panic attacks. Harmony has given sally the ability to start living once more, and become a mother again in her own way.
Finding Harmony: The remarkable dog that helped a family through the darkest of times #ad - They formed an instant bond; harmony can perform over 100 chores – from putting groceries into the trolley to handing over Sally's purse at the till. And harmony too, of course. Sally worried that she was missing out on the freedom of childhood. She needed help. She has shown sally that the sky's the limit and, with a taste for independence that she hadn't felt since her mountaineering days, Sally set her sights on the peaks of Ben Nevis once more.
In august 2010 sally planned to climb the hardest of the Munro Mountains. But sally was determined the disease wouldn't slow her down: she went back to work looking after others and, despite warnings that her condition could deteriorate in pregnancy, went on to have three beautiful children.
Soul of a Dog: Reflections on the Spirits of the Animals of Bedlam FarmVillard #ad - 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. 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.
Now new york times bestselling author Jon Katz looks for an answer. With his signature wisdom, and clarity, humor, Katz relates the stories of the animals he lives with on Bedlam Farm and finds remarkable kinships at every turn. 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.