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A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life Paperback – June 26, 2007
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He tells us he can rescue fifty dogs for what it would cost to take Orson to one specialist. But he's already told us in previous volumes he doesn't believe in rescue dogs, in second hand dogs, but in getting "good" dogs from "good" breeders.
This guy was too cheap and lazy to take his dog to even one canine veterinary specialist when the dog's behavior worsened, or to build him a decent fence with a beware of dog sign, to hire even one good dog trainer. All of those things -- vet care, training, fencing -- are basic responsibilities that come with owning a dog. But he didn't leash his dog when necessary (something he has a history of never doing), never put up proper fencing (Orson regularly got out of his NJ fence at home and even the puppy Clem was nearly mowed down by a semi at the farm), never supervised Orson properly around visitors. And then he was astounded when there were incidents.Read more ›
This is a story about a man who gave up on his dog, perhaps always intended it to be so. Perhaps a story about a man desperate for another book, another heartwrenching tale. Perhaps he tricked us all. After all, as he so eloquently writes, "I am a writer." Maybe he is still suffering the "Midlife Crisis" he wrote about in "Running to the Mountain." I can see in Jon Katz a man who makes rash decisions just because he feels like it, because he wants different circumstances, and this book proves it so.
He writes in a loving, heart-warming manner of his loving, close, committed, special relationship with Orson, the dog he wrote about in "A Dog Year." Then the tables turn and he writes of his horrifying "CHOICE." Might I add SELFISH. In horrifying DETAIL he tells the tale of Orson's fate and he doesn't stop there. He writes about how much better his life is without this dog. This dog whose work was Jon Katz, but Jon Katz did indeed fail him, though he reasons and justifies his actions as best as he knows how as a writer. I feel like he lied to all of us who loved his previous books. He fooled us, but most importantly Orson.
If any of you enjoyed "A Dog Year" or "The Dogs of Bedlam Farm," I advise you not to read this book. Those two books touch the heart, caused me to be a better guardian, one in which I could relate to since I have herding dogs of my own. But how could I ever read those books again after reading this one? I can't and won't. It was all just a big lie.
That poor dog never had a chance in the first place.
The incident taught me a very hard lesson...but a necessary one. I had to be absolutely vigilant about my supervision of this dog. How I introduce him. Where I walk him. I changed the leash from a regular 6ft leash to a 4ft slip lead (NOT a choke chain). I have also applied some local trainers' ideas about noticing the early signs of excitement in my dog and learning how to channel the dog's attention so that he never gets to the excited state. It has been over 2 years since the incident and we have had no other incidents. But, as I said, my husband and I are vigilant about our supervision. I do not take lightly the fact that my dog bit someone. I think I lost sleep for a month when it happened. But, that memory now serves as a constant reminder to me to maintain my awareness with my dog and be constant in my supervision - which really all dog owners should do with all dogs.
I have all of the Orson books and I, too, was enjoying reading them. I thought, here is someone who understands what I am going through in dealing with an anxious dog.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is terrible. It's one of the worst reads I've ever experienced. If you're a dog lover, this book will bother you for days and weeks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The title should be "A Good Dog, a Very Bad Dog Owner." Expecting an enjoyable story, instead many of the things the author did to this poor dog made me furious. Read morePublished 2 months ago by debbietheratlady
Have always loved this book. I bought it again because I lost it. Jon Katz is fantastic.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this story until I got to the part where Katz started to present his "options" for dealing with Orson's biting of 3 people while unsupervised on his farm. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lois Payne
I cannot get enough of Jon Katz's writing about animals.Published 11 months ago by Stephen N. Stephan
what a reality, what every dog owner my face at one time in their life,Published 13 months ago by bonita neubauer
I wish I had read the reviews before I put money into the hands of this self-absorbed dog murderer. His blithely describes his verbal and physical abuse of the dog, when the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rhonda Colwell