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, they are mirrors of our own lives–living, 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 - Training Orson was a demanding project. 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. 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.
A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and MeVillard #ad - 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. 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.
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. 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.
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. Katz already had a full canine complement, but instinct overruled reason, and soon thereafter he brought Devon home.
It is by turns insightful, hilarious, and deeply moving. Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's Going Home.
A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My LifeVillard #ad - Like all border collies and many dogs, ” Katz writes, “he needed work. Just as orson was the author’ s lifetime dog, timeless, his story is a lifetime treasure–poignant, and powerful. From the moment katz and orson meet, stormy, when the dog springs from his traveling crate at Newark airport and panics the baggage claim area, their relationship is deep, and loving.
A good dog is a book to savor. 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, crazy, bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his lifetime dog, smart, Orson: a beautiful border collie–intense, and unforgettable.
A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life #ad - I’d heard the phrase a dozen times before I came to recognize its significance. Everything katz attempts– obedience training, a new name, herding instruction, herb and alternative therapies–helps a little but not enough, acupuncture, and not for long. 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. Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's Going Home. People who love dogs often talk about a ‘lifetime’ dog.
Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of CompassionBallantine Books #ad - 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. But the moment he saw the wrenching sight of Simon, he felt a powerful connection.
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.
Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion #ad - Bookreporter. Simon’s recovery was far from easy. 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.
Weak and malnourished, he needed near constant care, but Jon was determined to help him heal. As simon’s health improved, take him on walks, read to him, Jon would feed him by hand, even confide in him like an old and trusted friend. In the spring of 2011, jon katz received a phone call that would challenge every idea he ever had about mercy and compassion.
In this heartfelt, and inspiring memoir, simon, thoughtful, 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.
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. 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.
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. Meanwhile, lenore–quickly dubbed the Hound of Love–arrives at Bedlam.
Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me #ad - . An eighty-year-old alzheimer’s patient smiles for the first time in months when she feels Izzy’s soft fur. Humorous and deeply moving, and rediscovering the meaning of friendship, embracing the blessings of his current life, Izzy & Lenore is a story of a man confronting his past, family, and faith.
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. 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.
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.
The Second-Chance Dog: A Love StoryBallantine Books #ad - . 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. Even after many days spent on bedlam farm, and would not let Jon come near her, Frieda still lunged at the other animals, ran off into the woods, even to hook on her leash.
. 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.
The Second-Chance Dog: A Love Story #ad - While he and maria grew closer, Jon was having a tougher time charming Frieda to his side. Jon, was introspective yet restless, like her, a writer struggling to find his purpose. She roared and charged at almost anyone who came near. 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.
They change you, and you almost never see it coming. In 2007, jon katz met maria wulf, a quiet, a few years after purchasing Bedlam Farm in upstate New York, sensitive artist hoping to rekindle her creative spark.
Rose in a Storm: A NovelVillard #ad - 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.
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. The ever observant rose has seen a change in her master of late, ever since Sam’s wife disappeared one day.
Rose in a Storm: A Novel #ad - 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 - 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. 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.
Running to the Mountain: A Midlife AdventureBroadway Books #ad - Jon katz, a respected journalist, father, author, and husband, was turning fifty. Working long hours for big companies, squirreling money away for college and retirement, rushing kids around to malls and soccer games, we want to read about conversations with God, but don't really expect to have any ourselves.
It is absolutely impossible, " Merton wrote, "for a man to live without some kind of faith. Katz adds, "it is equally impossible to change your life without some. Running to the mountain is an unex-pected reading experience of adventure, humor, contemplation, and growth. As notions such as solitude and spirituality have been made to seem godly, they appear to float high above our mundane and unheroic experiences.
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, I think, but mostly, to try to be a better human.
Armed with the writings of trappist monk thomas merton, and the desire to confront change rather than simply react to it, Katz departs from his suburban en-clave where, as a carpooling father, his two faithful yellow Labradors, he is known as "The Prince of Rides" and heads to a new world.
The Story of Rose: A Man and His DogBallantine Books #ad - 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. From the acclaimed author of a good dog, rose, and going home comes this eBook original—a poignant memoir that celebrates Jon Katz’s beloved border collie, Dog Days, and their transformative years together on Bedlam Farm.
And by his side was Rose, his unswervingly loyal and unflappable new dog. 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. 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.
The Story of Rose: A Man and His Dog #ad - With warmth, insight, and emotional honesty, Jon Katz has written a joyful remembrance of a one-of-a-kind dog. The story of rose reaffirms the profound bond people share with their pets, and the ways that animals indelibly shape our lives. 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.
Dog Days: Dispatches from Bedlam FarmVillard #ad - . Returns with further adventures from his animal-filled upstate New York sheep farm. With good neighbors, and tales of true love thrown in, a beautiful landscape, Dog Days gives us not only marvelous animal stories but a rich portrait of the harmonious world that is Bedlam Farm. The border collies, the ram, the sheep, the cat, the chickens, and one surprisingly sociable steer named Elvis all contribute to the hum and occasional roar of Bedlam.
. You will not be disappointed. The philadelphia Inquirer “A new twist on the American dream. The christian Science Monitor “Thoroughly enchanting. The dallas Morning News. Charming. People “The perfect summer book. 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.
Dog Days: Dispatches from Bedlam Farm #ad - 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.