A Dog Year

A Dog Year

Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me

Book - 2003
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Sometimes, change comes on four legs.

In his popular and widely praised Running to the Mountain , Jon Katz wrote of the strength and support he found in the massive forms of his two yellow Labrador retrievers, Julius and Stanley. When the Labs were six and seven, a breeder who'd read his book contacted Katz to say she had a dog that was meant for him--a two-year-old border collie named Devon, well bred but high-strung and homeless. Katz already had a full canine complement--but, as he writes, "Change loves me. . . . It comes in all forms. . . . Sometimes, change comes on four legs." Shortly thereafter he brought Devon home. A Dog Year shows how a man discovered much about himself through one dog (and then another), whose temperament seemed as different from his own as day from night. It is a story of trust and understanding, of life and death, of continuity and change. It is by turns insightful, hilarious, and deeply moving.
Publisher: New York : Random House House Trade Paperbacks, 2003.
Edition: Random House trade pbk. edition
ISBN: 9780812966909
0812966902
Branch Call Number: 636.7009 KATZ J 2003
Characteristics: xxi, 212 pages : portraits ; 21 cm.

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spiraldroplet
Nov 19, 2017

pudzzy Why have you read all of the books if you tell us not to read, if you are an animal lover? You are NOT an animal lover?

I've only read this Katz book. It was fascinating and I've seen some, not all, of the neurotic Bc behaviors in my BC mix, who was a rescue. It made me smile in some points, but other pages I simply skimmed, from boredom induced by his writing.

Katz has some behavioral problems himself, to be sure. Going off on Devon at times. I'm sure he's not the first human to do so. Let the reader decide, to judge or not. Katz does not publish any dictum stating he is an authority on dogs.

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pudzzy
Oct 24, 2017

NOT RECOMMENDED TO READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE AN ANIMAL LOVER .. I have read every one of his book This man is neurotic ,,He thinks he can read an animals mind.. In every one of his books an animals dispatched after he writes a book about it,, Everything on his farm gets sick, becomes neurotic, and either is euthanized or taken out back and dispatched with a shot gun . All his animals become tiresome, but are milked one more time in death, until a new one is acquired and the cycle begins anew .just to find a new subject for his books,, .Dont believe me read these ..Any man who thinks his animals are telling him to kill them is neuritic.. , Some of these articles are wrote by the border collie association .Click on these
http://www.city-data.com/…/1872515-jon-katz-s-status-dog-ex…
http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.php…
http://www.city-data.com/…/1872515-jon-katz-s-status-dog-ex…
https://heatherclemenceau.wordpress.com/…/bedlam-farms-jon…

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Marylovesbooks
Jun 19, 2013

I great book for those who really love dogs. I well make you cry laugh hug you own dog

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Swede52
Dec 02, 2010

A must read for anyone who has ever had, wanted, or loved a dog. Poignant account of a man who reluctantly brings a new dog into his life. I laughed out loud and cried like a baby.

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