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. She roared and charged at almost anyone who came near. 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.
The Second-Chance Dog: A Love Story #ad - Dogs and humans alike get second chances at life, love, and growth. But to maria, frieda was sweet and loyal, her beloved guard dog and devoted friend. 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.
Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of CompassionBallantine Books #ad - As simon’s health improved, read to him, Jon would feed him by hand, take him on walks, even confide in him like an old and trusted friend. Then, as if in reciprocation, miraculously, Simon began to reveal to Jon the true meaning of compassion, the ways in which it can transform our lives and inspire us to take great risks.
. To love, to risk, to friendship. With grace, considered, saving simon plumbs the depths of the bonds we form with our animals, warmth, and keen emotional insight, and the rewards of “living a more compassionate, and meaningful life. Praise for Saving Simon“Heartwarming. Simon’s recovery was far from easy.
Jon and maria decided to take him in. 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, Jon came to understand compassion and mercy in a new light, not just to animals, but to the human experience.
Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion #ad - But the moment he saw the wrenching sight of Simon, he felt a powerful connection. 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.
Jon wasn’t planning to add another animal to his home on Bedlam Farm, certainly not a very sick donkey. In the spring of 2011, jon katz received a phone call that would challenge every idea he ever had about mercy and compassion.
Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and MeVillard #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. Humorous and deeply moving, family, izzy & Lenore is a story of a man confronting his past, embracing the blessings of his current life, and rediscovering the meaning of friendship, and faith.
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. Meanwhile, lenore–quickly dubbed the Hound of Love–arrives at Bedlam.
Katz shares an uplifting tale of love, compassion, and the rich and complex relationships between dogs and their humans. 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. Now, katz delves deeper into his connection with the beautiful, once-abandoned dog, in Izzy & Lenore, learning yet again about the unexpected places animals can take us.
Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me #ad - 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.
A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My LifeVillard #ad - 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. Like all border collies and many dogs, ” Katz writes, “he needed work. There, aided by good neighbors and a tolerant wife, bask by a roaring wood stove, donkeys, woods, and even stars, the man and his canine companion explore meadows, wade through snow, and more dogs, chickens, hip-deep in sheep, and struggle to keep faith with each other.
Lifetime dogs are dogs we love in especially powerful, sometimes inexplicable ways. Jon katz in this gripping and deeply touching book, bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his lifetime dog, smart, Orson: a beautiful border collie–intense, crazy, and unforgettable. 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.
A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life #ad - Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's Going Home. People who love dogs often talk about a ‘lifetime’ dog. Everything katz attempts– obedience training, a new name, acupuncture, herb and alternative therapies–helps a little but not enough, herding instruction, and not for long.
I’d heard the phrase a dozen times before I came to recognize its significance.
A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and MeVillard #ad - It is by turns insightful, hilarious, and deeply moving. Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's Going Home. 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.
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.
A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me #ad - . Change loves me, defines and stalks me like a laser-guided smart bomb. Katz already had a full canine complement, but instinct overruled reason, and soon thereafter he brought Devon 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.
It is a story of trust and understanding, of life and death, of continuity and change.
The Story of Rose: A Man and His DogBallantine Books #ad - And by his side was Rose, his unswervingly loyal and unflappable new dog. 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.
Jon katz understands dogs as few others do, intuitively and unburdened by sentimentality. Yet rose saved Katz in more ways than he ever imagined. 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.
The Story of Rose: A Man and His Dog #ad - 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. From the acclaimed author of a good dog, and going home comes this eBook original—a poignant memoir that celebrates Jon Katz’s beloved border collie, Rose, Dog Days, and their transformative years together on Bedlam Farm.
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 #ad - Gone were the two yellow labs he wrote about in A Dog Year, as was the mountaintop cabin they loved. They can’t really be held responsible for what they do. 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.
Training Orson was a demanding project. 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. Katz shows us that dogs are often what we make them: they may have their own traits and personalities, they are mirrors of our own lives–living, but in the end, breathing testaments to our strengths and frustrations, our families and our pasts.
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. Heartwarming, and full of drama, and hard-won wisdom, insight, it is the story of his several dogs forced Katz to confront his sense of humanity, and how he learned the places a dog could lead him and the ways a doge could change him.
But we can. From the dogs of bedlam farm When Jon Katz adopted a border collie named Orson, his whole world changed. Katz moved into an old farmhouse on forty-two acres of pasture and woods with a menagerie: a ram named Nesbitt, fifteen ewes, a lonely donkey named Carol, a baby donkey named Fanny, and three border collies.
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. 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.
Soul of a Dog: Reflections on the Spirits of the Animals of Bedlam Farm #ad - Now new york times bestselling author Jon Katz looks for an answer. 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, Mother the cat’s keen mousing instincts, or Izzy’s canine compassion toward hospice patients, Katz is mesmerized to see in them individual personas and sparks of self-awareness.
Rose in a Storm: A NovelVillard #ad - 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. Awoken one cold midwinter night during lambing season, Rose and Sam struggle into the snowy dark to do their work. 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.
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. 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.
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.
Running to the Mountain: A Midlife AdventureBroadway Books #ad - 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. 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, 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, moral framework for one's life amid the complexities of modern life? As Katz restores his old cabin, or mosque? Is it possible to build a rational, temple, and helps a friend prepare for fatherhood, learns self-reliance in a lightning storm, he gathers newfound knowledge that will be a source of inspiration and achievement as he returns to the life he left behind.
Running to the Mountain: A Midlife Adventure #ad - . He writes, "i bought a tiny cabin at the very tip of a mountain in a remote corner of upstate New York and went there by myself. 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. 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, his two faithful yellow Labradors, as a carpooling father, and the desire to confront change rather than simply react to it, Katz departs from his suburban en-clave where, he is known as "The Prince of Rides" and heads to a new world.