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Do these remarkable creatures have consciences? Do they possess free will and reason? Do they have a sense of self, or an existence in the spirit world? Do they shape their own lives? Or are we projecting onto them traits we want and need them to have, allowing ourselves to be manipulated into trading food and shelter for what we see as unconditional love?
With his signature wisdom, humor, and clarity, Katz relates the stories of the animals he lives with and finds remarkable kinships at every turn. Whether it is 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. He marvels, too, at the distinctions between the species--our desire to change and our ability to edit and censor ourselves, and their capacity to live in the now. And yet the differences never keep Katz from fully enjoying, loving, and cherishing his unusual cast of Bedlam Farm characters. Katz’s reflections on this eternal debate 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 emotional lives.
"If no two dogs are alike," Katz says, "neither is there a universal relationship with them." Such an observation helps to shine a light on the powerful interspecies connection that is redefining the human-animal bond in our time.A Look Inside Soul of a Dog
Have all Jon Katz books. Love dogs nearly as much as he does! Thanks, mary ellenPublished 7 days ago by maryellen
Fabulous read...deeply thoughtful. All of Katz's books are like a long afternoon spent with a trusted and cherished old friend, filled with insight, humour and acknowledgement... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Debbra Colman
i'm absolutely in love with the animals of bedlam farm. the story was so heartwarming that i cried at some points because of jon katz tells his story of his beloved animals. Read morePublished 5 months ago by D. Gilmore
As always Jon,s books are beautifully written. This is one of the last I read and loved it. You do not want the book to end,Published 7 months ago by nancy c olson
There is not a part of this book that I did not like! I am looking to reading more books by this authorPublished 10 months ago by Anthony Debiase
excellent. do not hesitate to buy this book, or read any of Jon Katz's books. if you love dogs, you will love his books. he really understands dogs.Published 10 months ago by Holly Lindsey
If you are an animal lover, this is very enjoyable reading. The author describes well the different personalities and behaviors of his creatures and their adventures.Published 13 months ago by D. McDermand
Enjoy all books written by Jon Katz. Keeps one interested right from
the beginning page love the way he portrays the animals on the farm.
I love this book, being a Dog Lover myself. I'm trying to prove that Dogs, and all other animals have Souls. So this Book caught my attention. Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by Prince