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A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life

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“People who love dogs often talk about a ‘lifetime dog. Id heard the phrase a dozen times before I came to recognize its significance. Lifetime dogs are dogs we love in especially powerful, sometimes inexplicable ways.”–Jon Katz

In this gripping and deeply touching book, bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his lifetime dog, Orson: a beautiful border collie–intense, smart, crazy, and unforgettable.

From the moment Katz and Orson meet, when the dog springs from his traveling crate at Newark airport and panics the baggage claim area, their relationship is deep, stormy, and loving. At two years old, Katzs new companion is a great herder of school buses, a scholar of refrigerators, but a dud at herding sheep. Everything Katz attempts– obedience training, herding instruction, a new name, acupuncture, herb and alternative therapies–helps a little but not enough, and not for long. “Like all border collies and many dogs,” Katz writes, “he needed work. I didnt realize for some time I was the work Orson would find.”

While Katz is trying to help his dog, Orson is helping him, shepherding him toward a new life on a two-hundred-year-old hillside farm in upstate New York. There, aided by good neighbors and a tolerant wife, hip-deep in sheep, chickens, donkeys, and more dogs, the man and his canine companion explore meadows, woods, and even stars, wade through snow, bask by a roaring wood stove, and struggle to keep faith with each other. There, with deep love, each embraces his unfolding destiny.

A Good Dog is a book to savor. Just as Orson was the authors lifetime dog, his story is a lifetime treasure–poignant, timeless, and powerful.

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"Barking, lunging and nipping at visitors, terrorizing school buses and crashing through a window screen to pursue a cat in a neighbor's house, the hero of this absorbing, if melodramatic, memoir hardly seems a good dog. But Orson's fangs are firmly set in the heart of dog journalist Katz (The Dogs of Bedlam Farm), who tries everything to soothe his frenzy — acupuncture, chiropractic, 'Shen calming herbs from China,' sessions with a 'shamanic soul retriever' — then moves to a farm where the border collie's native sheep-herding instincts might flourish. Ultimately, the therapeutic benefit accrues to the author, who finds in Orson a 'soul mate' who saved him from mid-life crisis in the New Jersey suburbs and brought him to an ecstatic communion with nature. Katz's flagrant anthropomorphizing and his intense emotional involvement ('I was nearly crying with frustration, torn by my growing love for this dog') and heart-to-hearts with Orson ('[w]e can't go on this way,' he sobs after a school-bus incident) will resonate with dog lovers, while perhaps puzzling others. When he Katz gets some psychological distance, though, his subtle, evocative descriptions of the beasts around him — including Rose, another border collie whose brilliant herding steals the show — vividly capture the fascinating, enigmatic lives of animals. Photos. (Sept. 26)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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In this gripping and deeply touching book, bestselling author Katz tells the story of his lifetime dog, Orson: a beautiful border collie--intense, smart, crazy, and unforgettable.

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Jeane, February 10, 2008 (view all comments by Jeane)
Orson the dog (originally named Devon) marked a major turning point in the author's life, leading him from a suburban house in New Jersey to an old rambling farm in rural Hebron, near Vermont. Rescued from a failed life as a show dog, Orson came full of trouble, a very confused and stressed animal. Jon Katz became determined to do everything he could to rehabilitate and heal Orson. He went to great lengths, consulting a holistic vet and spiritual animal shaman as well as traditional vets and dog trainers. His trials in the life and psyche of Orson were also a passage of growth and discovery for himself. Unlike many stories about dogs that anthropomorphize and wax maudlin, A Good Dog is very down-to-earth and sensible. Continually Katz refuses to see human attributes in his dogs, and views them within the limits of their animal nature. "Animals live in their own sphere," he says. This is a wonderful, intriguing and insightful book. I love its honesty and frankness.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400061891
Subtitle:
The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life
Author:
Katz, Jon
Publisher:
Villard
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Behavior
Subject:
Dogs - Breeds - Working & Herding Dogs
Publication Date:
20060926
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 PHOTOS
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.7 x 1 in .795 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Barking, lunging and nipping at visitors, terrorizing school buses and crashing through a window screen to pursue a cat in a neighbor's house, the hero of this absorbing, if melodramatic, memoir hardly seems a good dog. But Orson's fangs are firmly set in the heart of dog journalist Katz (The Dogs of Bedlam Farm), who tries everything to soothe his frenzy — acupuncture, chiropractic, 'Shen calming herbs from China,' sessions with a 'shamanic soul retriever' — then moves to a farm where the border collie's native sheep-herding instincts might flourish. Ultimately, the therapeutic benefit accrues to the author, who finds in Orson a 'soul mate' who saved him from mid-life crisis in the New Jersey suburbs and brought him to an ecstatic communion with nature. Katz's flagrant anthropomorphizing and his intense emotional involvement ('I was nearly crying with frustration, torn by my growing love for this dog') and heart-to-hearts with Orson ('[w]e can't go on this way,' he sobs after a school-bus incident) will resonate with dog lovers, while perhaps puzzling others. When he Katz gets some psychological distance, though, his subtle, evocative descriptions of the beasts around him — including Rose, another border collie whose brilliant herding steals the show — vividly capture the fascinating, enigmatic lives of animals. Photos. (Sept. 26)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In this gripping and deeply touching book, bestselling author Katz tells the story of his lifetime dog, Orson: a beautiful border collie--intense, smart, crazy, and unforgettable.
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