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A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me

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ISBN13: 9780375502972
ISBN10: 0375502971
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“Change loves me, defines and stalks me like a laser-guided smart bomb. It comes at me in all forms, suddenly and with enormous impact, from making shifts in work to having and raising a kid to buying a cabin on a distant mountaintop. 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 instinct overruled reason, and soon thereafter he brought Devon home.

A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me is the story of how Devon and Jon—and Julius and Stanley—came to terms with each other. It shows how a man discovered a lot about himself through one dog (and then another) whose temperament seemed as different from his own as day is 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.

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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. A Dog Year shows how a man discovered a lot 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.

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KeishaBuffy, November 21, 2006 (view all comments by KeishaBuffy)
I loved this book so much I finished it in 2 days- not an easy task as my attention span can sometimes have me put a book down for days unless it really grabs me as this one did (probably because I am such a dog lover)! Orson (previously Devon) was such a troubled dog right from the start and I could just picture all the events that happened... I too had a troubled pup (seperation anxiety at 8 months because she was given up). She turned out fine after a torn floor and a few chewed up items (with the help of my other dog to teach her we WOULD be back). Sadly, Keihsa will be leaving me (in the sooner than later future)as she is 12 and is starting to have heart failure (as Buffy did when we lost her last year at 14)! As Jon feels, I couldn't imagine my life without dogs in them. This book led me to read 2 others: A Good Dog and Running to the Mountain and now I'd like to read The Dogs of Bedlahm Farm. Also a good read for dog lovers) but not by J.K. is Marley & Me. That was a really good story too (another troubled pup).
I was wondering, does Jon get to read these comments or is there a way to e-mail him directly? I am from RI (his original hometown as a kid). Thanks, Sharon
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375502972
Author:
Katz, Jon
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Behavior
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
TR-00-18
Publication Date:
March 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.56x5.90x.84 in. .69 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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. A Dog Year shows how a man discovered a lot 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.
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