A Dog Year

A Dog Year

Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me

Book - 2002
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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.
Publisher: New York : Villard, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375502972
0375502971
9780812966909
Branch Call Number: 636.7 Katz
Characteristics: xxi, 200 p. ; 20 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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