From the very beginning, Orson was a misfit. Like all border collies, he needed to work. But since there weren't any sheep available for herding in the New Jersey suburbs, Orson instead tried to corral school buses, garbage trucks, and skateboarding kids. So Katz pulled up stakes and moved to a farm in upstate New York. There, Orson improved dramatically - until the day he started nipping people. The nips soon turned to bites, forcing Katz to face an incredibly painful decision.
Whether or not you are a dog enthusiast, this emotional audiobook will have you laughing, scratching your head in astonishment, and possibly even shedding a few tears.
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"A lovely memoir." (Booklist)
"[Katz's] subtle, evocative descriptions...vividly capture the fascinating, enigmatic lives of animals." (Publishers Weekly)
It is undeniably apparent that Mr. Katz needed to write this book. His account of the border collie persona is right-on. Never has ths reader been moved so deeply by any book.
Those of us who have "owned" several dogs over our lifetimes usually have a favorite. The author, Jon Katz, refers to this as our "lifetime dog". Mine was Amica who always wanted to be with me, watched my every move and even snoozed next to the couch where I napped. For Katz it was Orson, a border collie totally dedicated to him but with problems.
The book, "A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life" was written by both Katz and Orson. Orson provided the experiences which Katz, a professional journalist, gave narrative. Orson did not take well to the strict training and shepherding competition before he entered Katz's life.
Orson gives Katz a reason to leave suburbia and buy Bedlam Farm in upstate New York. Katz acquires donkeys, sheep and other animals with which he and Orson can interact. But Orson prefers Katz, which is okay until the dog nips and then bites other people. Katz has Orson treated by a veterinarian, a holistic vet and even an animal shaman, but with little lasting result. Katz has to make a decision.
This book will have very special meaning for anyone who has or had a lifetime dog.
I am the girlfriend to a wonderful man, the mom to two sweet doggie boys and two overly cautious girl cats, the Manager, Operations and Knowledge Support Services at CAMH, a blogger, a reader, a business owner, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a neice, a cousin, a twitter lady for The Puppy Rescue Mission... AND VERY TIRED! LOL!!!!
It's right up there. Writing about the hardest moment of your life is difficult but well Jon Katz did it superbly! I am going to read all of his books now...
When he just let Orson go.
It did make me cry. It made me laugh, it made me cringe, it made me imagine...
This is the first of a series of books highly recommended by Jon Katz. I loved the book, but for the first one about his life and the dogs...............this is very sad-be prepared. (it didn't help that by beloved dog Hobbes just died)
This is a well wriiten, well narrated book that had me sitting in the car longer than need be to hear more. At one time, I had to pull over to keep from driving with tears in my eyes.
I couldn't finish this book...it just wasn't holding my attention. I do love dogs and was looking forward to this read, but I couldn't get into it...I hate to use the word "boring", but it really was....
I love stories about dogs!
That it ended :-)
Looking for something with a series about dogs
Not much. Great narrator, great story line.
I can't think of any
I've read/heard quite a few and really enjoyed this narrator.
They would be equal.
The choice to move to the farm in New York in order to stay together.
His timing and interpretation of the reading.
Now and forever.
The book allows others to perhaps better understand the needs of both humans and animals to interact in a manner that reveals the interconnectivity of life, regardless of whose life it may be. This book contains great joy and sadness, surprise and wonder.
As a life long pet owner,I know the highs and lows of sharing the lives of our extended familys that are shorter than our own. Animals give us the greatest of highs and the lowest of lows.Jon Katz teaches us how both of these enrich us. This is a great tribute to how powerful a man and an animal relationship can be.
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