- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (September 23, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812974352
- ISBN-13: 978-0812974355
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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Starred Review. Not only has Katz written 16 books, he cohosts Dog Talk on public radio, freelances for a variety of newspapers and magazines, and operates the eponymous Bedlam Farm in upstate New York—sometimes with his wife, but always with dogs and chickens and sheep and even a few donkeys and cows. Readers familiar only with Katz's suburban mystery novels will find that his farm memoirs set out to do basically the same thing, bring order to chaos. His goal in running Bedlam Farm is to find ways for his various animals and their humans to work together in harmonious synchronicity. Everything requires balance. He must be mindful of his own tendency to anthropomorphize, while remaining open to the emotional bonds his animals invite. He must remember that many awful things—flies, freezing weather, disease—are normal in the lives of animals, even as he struggles to give his animals the best life possible. He has to balance his focus on the farm with his relationship with his wife, who never particularly approved of the farm idea, even if she supported his need to do it. 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. (June)
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"Trying to assemble a sort-of-heavenly city in West Hebron is not a casual thing." So Katz begins his latest collection of stories from upstate New York's Bedlam Farm, the saga of which began with A Dog Year (2002). Bedlam Farm, a cross between a working and a hobby farm, is the home of the animals that are his inspiration. Jeanette the donkey, who everyone thought was overweight, presented Katz with a surprise foal. A local dairy farmer was embarrassed to admit that he couldn't send one of his Brown Swiss steers to market because he followed him around like a dog, and he persuaded Katz to take him, whereupon he was renamed Elvis. And the dogs: workaholic Rose, the border collie, who can be relied on in all instances for all kinds of work; the new border collie, Izzy, who comes from a troubled past; and the Labradors Clem, who loves everyone but needs one special person, and gentle Pearl, who knows instinctively what everyone needs. A must-read for all animal lovers. Nancy Bent
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each dog is touchingly described ..... a very good read even if you didn't like
"dog stories" (which I do!)
Can't wait to read other dog stories by Jon Katz.
Dog Days may be my favorite of them all. (Of course, I probably feel that way about every installment right after I have read it.) I liked the "Dispatches" format, each chapter dealing with a particular topic or animal. It seems more leisurely. Jon Katz himself seems less frantic and more at ease in the skin of a country gentleman.
I am absolutely astonished at the reviewers who judge Katz's decisions to put down or rehome an animal. He clearly agonizes over each decision, and he puts the animal's needs before his own. It is quite moving, really. Also his training methods are his own, and good for him. There is no one right way to train every dog, or even every dog of a given breed. I love how Katz studies the animal, analyzes the situation, and listens to the advice of people he thinks are smarter than him.
Katz writes beautifully. I feel privileged to live in his life between the covers of each book.