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Saving Izzy: The Abandoned Dog Who Stole My Heart Paperback – January 1, 2010

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"Jon Katz understands dogs as few others do, intuitively and unburdened by sentimentality. His keen insights cut to the heart of the human-pet relationship - its immense joys and painful sorrows. With wisdom and grace, he unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful inights to anyone who has ever struggled with, and loved, a troubled animal" John Grogan, author of MARLEY AND ME "Katz's books on life with dogs and other animals have really caught the public's imagination. [He] writes about animals with insight and a refreshing lack of sentimentality" Mail on Sunday "Perfect relaxing bedtime reading" Your Dog "Anyone who loves animals or country life, but maybe can't have a pet or actually live in the country, will find Katz a perfect armchair companion" Publishers Weekly starred review "A must-read for all animal lovers" Booklist

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Jon Katz has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, GQ and other magazines as well as having a regular column about dogs and rural life for online magazine Slate. He has written sixteen books, many of them about dogs, and co-hosts an award-winning radio show Dog Talk. His website is

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091932262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091932268
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bedlam Farm in upstate New York is where I live, write and tend my animals - four dogs, two donkeys, two barn cats. The rambling old farmhouse was built in 1862; it's surrounded by pastures, streams and wooded hillsides, plus four barns and a milkhouse in various stages of disrepair.

I write books- memoirs, novels, short story collections, and beginning in 2011, children's books. I am also a photographer.

In my former life, before I grew preoccupied with sheepherding and moving manure around. I wanted to change my life and write more about the experience of living with and understanding animals.
I write novels and nonfiction books (I've written 20 books), along with columns and articles for Rolling Stone, Wired, the New York Times, and the website HotWired.
Coming to the farm turned out to be a Joseph Campbell style "Hero's Journey." I went off into some dark places, got divorced, struggled to face myself, and found someone to share my life.

My wife Maria Wulf is an artist, who specializes in fiber art. She works in the Studio Barn across the road from the farmhouse. Earlier this year, I thought briefly of selling Bedlam Farm. After getting married, we decided to stay here. My daughter Emma, a sportswriter living in Brooklyn, has written her own book about New York baseball. I publish a blog I love dearly - My photos appear there daily. My dogs are Izzy, Lenore, Frieda and Rose, the working dog who helps me run the farm.

My writing life began with a novel - "Sign Off" - an unwittingly prescient story about the jarring changes in work and security.

This year - 2010 - I am returning to fiction. I've written a novel, "Rose In A Storm," about a border collie stranded on a farm in upstate New York during a terrible storm. I wrote this book in conjunction with some animal behaviorists who helped me enter the mind of a dog, and hopefully, be faithful to that. My first children's book "Meet The Dogs Of Bedlam Farm," will be published by Henry Holt next year. I have just finished a short story collection to be published next year by Villard/Random House.
In recent years, photography has become central to me as well as writing. I have been fortunate enough to have several gallery showings of my work, and also sell my photos as notecards through the Redux Gallery in Dorset, Vt.

I am also working on a book about animal grieving. Hopefully, it will be useful.

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By vanwin on April 27, 2013
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I love them all, as will any "dog" person. You follow him through his learning experiences, struggles with difficult dogs, heartbreak sometimes, but so rewarding as relationships develop.
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By Teresa on March 17, 2013
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I've read most of Mr. Katz' non-fiction books and this one did not disappoint me. I read it in a matter of a few days.
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I am drawn in to the farm myself. The farm evolves as you read on. Great writing. Wonderful Story. Great dogs.
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I've read all of Jon Katz's books and enjoyed them immensely - His heart is with the animals and so is mine -
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