- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Villard (September 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345502698
- ISBN-13: 978-0345502698
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 190 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Going Home
"[He's] probably my favorite dog writer, although I will warn people that he's such a lovely writer that he ... tends to make me cry. I have at least twice ended up in tears on an airplane reading a Jon Katz book."—Julie Rovner, NPR
"For the country’s 77.5 million dog owners and 93.6 million cat owners, this account of the essential grieving process should be extremely helpful."--Library Journal
"(R)eaders will find this book refreshing in its honest depiction of grief over pet loss."--Kirkus
"(A) must-read while your pet is vibrant and healthy...the perfect guidebook for both preparing for and coping with that eventual loss most painfully approach with trepidation."--Seattle Kennel Club
Praise for Jon Katz
“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.”—The Boston Globe
“From Toto to Marley, our canine friends are a sure bet in the literary biz. But no one seems to speak their language like Jon Katz.”—San Antonio Express-News
“Katz proves himself a Thoreau for modern times as he ponders the relationships between man and animals, humanity and nature.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“I toss a lifetime award of three liver snaps to Jon Katz.”—Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio’s Fresh Air
About the Author
Jon Katz has written twenty books—eight novels and twelve works of nonfiction—including Soul of a Dog, Izzy & Lenore, Dog Days, A Good Dog, and The Dogs of Bedlam Farm. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Rolling Stone, Wired, and the AKC Gazette. He has worked for CBS News, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Katz is also a photographer and the author of a children’s book, Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm. He lives on Bedlam Farm in upstate New York with his wife, the artist Maria Wulf; his dogs, Rose, Izzy, Lenore, and Frieda; his donkeys, Lulu and Fanny; and his barn cats, Mother and Minnie.
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The first hundred pages of the 166-page work avoid any otherworldly statements. Mr. Katz views himself as a rationalist but appears to succumb to some forms of spiritualism to handle the loss of certain animals. He addresses such subjects as how emotions play out; addressing death to children; being an advocate for your animal; preparing for the inevitable day; the nature of grief; and possibly adopting another pet. The Afterword is written by Debra Katz, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, who presents a brief somewhat clinical explanation which I enjoyed. Mr. Katz's perspective will not likely sit well with PETA-sorta people.
The author states, "Our culture does not want to deal with death, loss, or grief. People avoid it, discourage it, flee from it. We are encouraged to hide grief, as if it were shameful, rather than deal with it more forthrightly. As a consequence, those who are dealing with death and loss do not have an understanding environment in which to grieve." This has also been my observation over many decades. I'm agnostic and have owned four dogs. Two we chose to euthanize, one because of age and the other a 6-year-old who had a brain tumor. Many of Mr. Katz's observations rang true to me. However, his spiritual conclusions I took with a grain of salt. Another reader may embrace them. Either way is fine. The book is not The Gospel According to Jon Katz that you must follow his edicts but it is a mild instructional in which you can pick and choose what seems valid for you. If the book gives the reader comfort, then you've come out ahead of the game.
I can't tell you how bad I felt. Many folks would just say "No more sad times, I just won't get another dog." What a sad decision that would be. I still have her son who makes my heart sing daily. He sleeps on our bed with his head right next to me on our pillow. He makes me so happy and I know one day he'll pass on but the happiness given to my wife and I are very much worth the sadness at the end. GOD has blessed us beyond compare.
As we grieve the loss of our 131/2 year old precious Yellow lab, Bailey Boomer. Yes , he filled the empty nest when the last of our four kids left for college. He was sunshine and love all rolled into a gorgeous creature. This book was needed. It helped us put into perspective our loss. It is a must read for relieving the pangs of guilt and bewilderment when Bailey was suddenly gone. Bailey has a little brother , Brix ,who has been mourning the loss too and it has helped us look at him and realize the close bond animals have with each other. Jon Katz has the ability to write with compassion so that the reader can relate to the lessons in life we learn from loving animals.