From Publishers Weekly
After a half-dozen books about the dogs and other animals that live with him on Bedlam Farm in upstate New York (Dog Days, A Good Dog, Katz on Dogs), Katz's gentle, folksy style and intuitive connection to the world around him work a familiar but comforting vein, entirely suitable to his subject: "I cherish the considered predictability of these creatures, their sociability, their contented acceptance of life. I wish I possessed even one of those traits. I'm working on it." The latest features his adoption of Izzy, a sensitive border collie who inspires Katz to take up volunteer work with hospice patients. Whether meeting Timmy, a young boy dying of brain tumor, or Glen, a terminal patient who recollects his own beloved dog, Katz evokes vividly the hospice environment and the deep meaning its patients find in Izzy. Unfortunately, the balance of the book, concerning a black lab named Lenore and Katz's own struggle with depression and a painful past, suffers from a lack of detail and leaves little impact. Fans will be happy to return to the farm, but newcomers may want to start with his first dog volume, 2002's A Dog Year. Photos.
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“With wisdom and grace, [Katz] unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights to anyone who has ever struggled with, and loved, a troubled animal.”—John Grogan, author of Marley & Me
“Katz’s world–of animals and humans and their combined generosity of spirit–is a place you’re glad you’ve been.”—Boston Globe
“One of our most talented and perceptive canine chroniclers.”—AKC Gazette
“Compelling . . . Amidst swirling emotions and personal tangles, Izzy & Lenore
is a gem of a showcase of man and dog at their best.”—CityDog
“Will make you smile, weep and perhaps look at the four-legged creature in your own life with a little more appreciation and love.”—Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
“What could be better than man’s best friend? Two of them, of course.”—New York Post, r