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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
Of course dogs have souls; you can feel them radiate their souls to you. And some people doubt? They must live closely with a dog or other animal to experience their great inner... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Debra Gail Shuck
I am a dog lover and a writer and now a Jon Katz lover. My goal is to read all of his books as soon as possible. Just loaned one to a friend who recently lost her dog. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Annie
GREAT STORY AS ALL OF HIS BORDER COLLIE BOOKS ARE. I WISH HE WOULD GET MORE WRITTEN.Published 2 months ago by DEBORAH L. TESSLER
Every chapter is a new adventure...examining the life and soul of all Jon's animal companions. Love this book, and will share it with friends. P.S. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary Ann
Have all Jon Katz books. Love dogs nearly as much as he does! Thanks, mary ellenPublished 6 months 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 8 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 11 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 13 months ago by nancy c olson