©2008 Jon Katz; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
I am not normally one to write reviews about audio books I listen to, and this is the first one I have written in my 2 years with audible...
This book moved me so much, helping me to think about some of the amazing work people and dogs can do to help people -- and even making me cry at several points throughout the book.
I have listened to Jon's other books such as The New Work of Dogs - and they are great, but pale in comparison to this one.
Its ironic because in The New Work of Dogs he was talking about the various different and unique things other people are doing with thier dogs and now he is writting about the new work that Izzy (an amazingly insightful border collie) and Jon are doing with Hospice...
I wanted to read this book because a good friend was in the ICU for five weeks and I was interested in the part of the book about hospice care. I'm also considering getting a dog this year, as I'll be moving to the country.
I really loved the parts of this book about the dogs and essentially the redemption of both the man and dog through their relationship (Izzy). The fact that he then turns into a therapy dog with amazing healing abilities is a part of the boook I have told many friends about.
His farm and relationship with his variety of animals keeps you reading the book too. Read it.
This is my first Jon Katz book and I immediately went to the library and read another in two days: Dog Year.
I am an RN with a 40 minute commute 1 way. A perfect excuse to have a good book keeping me company!
This book begins with a disclaimer: no dog dies in this book. That's true, but it was still a tear jerker in places. Excellent story, a must read for all dog lovers.
This was the best downloaded book so far!! As an RN, I've encountered some of these same situations & wish I had Izzy by my side! It was written & narrated so well that I could lose myself in it! I would love more like this!
This is my second Katz novel and I love them all! This one touches your heart as you get to experience the job of a therapy dog. I am not sure that many people realize how dogs and other animals can give so much to us. Therapy dogs are wondrous souls and Izzy is amazing! I love visiting the farm with each of his novels and learning about life along the way. Great narrator also.
Love reading dog stories, cooking memoirs, food writing, female detective mysteries, essays.
"Izzy and Lenore" is another great, fun book about Katz's dogs. The book left me convinced again that the benefit of having a dog in your life is an indescribable pleasure, and for both dog and owner, an opportunity to grow and learn.
Katz writes about his dogs without making them saints or nightmares. He has a very honest appreciation for the relationship between dogs and owners, and the parts both play in that pairing.
Katz's books about dogs can't appear often enough for me. First captivated by Orson, the wonderful/devildog border collie that Katz owned and trained, "My First Dog" was a lovely tribute to a dog that was a handful!
A must-read for dog owners!
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
I've read numerous books by Jon Katz and enjoyed every one of them. This is my first one on audio. It had been sitting in my Library for a while, and I was in no hurry to listen to it as I thought it would be somewhat similar to the others I had already read.
I was very surprised when I started listening to it yesterday. Where was the humorous Jon Katz I had come to expect? What happened? Was it the narrator's fault?
As I continued to listen, I realized that the author had written a very different type of book. His disclaimer that no dogs died in the book, while initially making me feel a sense of relief, was a bit misleading, but only a bit. The author focused on two dogs, Izzy and Lenore, as you can tell from the title. He also spoke very candidly of his being swamped by depression and how these exceptional dogs had helped him overcome it.
A major part of the book is Katz' decision to volunteer for hospice. This endeavor was a large part of the story, along with Izzy's phenomenal success as a hospice dog who accompanied Katz on his visits. Izzy seemed to have an innate skill and ability in dealing with dying people. These vignettes of the visits to hospice patients were wonderful and heart-rending. You will need several tissues, but please don't let that dissuade you from listening to this book. It is very uplifting, too. And then there is his lab puppy, Lenore! Just listening to her description made me ache for a puppy.
I applaud the author for being so open and honest about his life. I applaud him for being the dog lover and animal lover that he is. This book was very moving for me. The next time I have a Jon Katz book in my Library, it won't be sitting there very long! Highly recommended book (with a great narration, too!)
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
The simplicity with which dogs love and accept us is one of the most amazing and healing gifts that we humans will ever encounter. I can't begin to tell you how this audio book by Jon Katz blessed me. The narration is perfect, soothing, calming, gentle . . . like a pup nuzzling up to you in the night. The story of Izzy, the border collie left wild in the fields to his own devices, with no one to call his own, abandoned by his owners . . . then adopted by Jon and joining him and the animals on his farm, learning to be a hospice dog . . . well, it is a story of healing, for Izzy, for the hospice patients, and for Jon . . . I think what I appreciated most of all is the honesty with which this story is written . . . the story of the valleys that all people encounter, whether in middle age or not, the ghosts of our pasts, which pop out of no where and suck the joy out of our lives, and threaten our future . . . the choice we all must make is to WALK THROUGH that valley and confront the ghosts . . . oh, and the comforts of having a pup to journey through it with us . . . a pup that never judges,never questions, just comes right along with us, come what may, until we come out whole on the other side.
“I am the wife to a wonderful man, the mom to two sweet doggie boys. I'm all about the dog stories fiction or non!
Katz has a way of capturing and describing the scenes on his farm with his friends, visitors, family and beloved animals like no one else. I am mezmorized by every book, sad when they are done... And ready for the next.
He makes you forget that you are not listening to the author reading his own work!
All of Katz's books make you laugh, cry and everything else... They are just so real!
no they are about the same
I love that Jon puts his heart in his stories.
Laughter through the tears.
Jon comes alive in his stories, I feel like I know him and the transformation of his life.
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