I had no idea that Frieda would enter my life and alter it in the most profound way, but that' s one of the beautiful things about animals. They change you, and you almost never see it coming.
In 2007, a few years after purchasing Bedlam Farm in upstate New York, Jon Katz met Maria Wulf, a quiet, sensitive artist hoping to rekindle her creative spark. Jon, like her, was introspective yet restless, a writer struggling to find his purpose. He felt a connection with her immediately, but a formidable obstacle stood in the way: Maria' s dog, Frieda. A rottweiler-shepherd mix who had been abandoned by her previous owner in the Adirondacks, where she lived in the wild for several years, Frieda was ferociously protective and barely tamed. She roared and charged at almost anyone who came near. But to Maria, Frieda was sweet and loyal, her beloved guard dog and devoted friend. And so Jon quickly realized that to win over Maria, he' d have to gain Frieda' s affection as well.
While he and Maria grew closer, Jon was having a tougher time charming Frieda to his side. Even after many days spent on Bedlam Farm, Frieda still lunged at the other animals, ran off into the woods, and would not let Jon come near her, even to hook on her leash. Yet armed with a singular determination, unlimited patience, and five hundred dollars' worth of beef jerky, Jon refused to give up on Frieda - or on his chance with Maria. Written with stunning emotional clarity and full of warm yet practical wisdom, The Second-Chance Dog is a testament to how animals can make us better people, and how it' s never too late to find love.
©2013 Jon Katz (P)2013 Recorded Books
What a self-absorbed author!!
It appears that the second chance dog is merely a prop in Mr. Katz's second chance at a loving relationship. And this would be okay if this was the kind of memoir I had wanted, but it definitely was not!
In addition, hearing once or twice about the "artistic nature" of the woman to whom the author is attracted would be reasonable but the constant repetition is hard to endure.
I regret this book choice.
Nice presumed true story. A bit repetitive in style. As semi-prof dog trainer I must point out much of what was called prey drive was actually defense drive (attcking fence tormenters, etc.) Prey drive is chasing runaways, no threat to dog itself.
This person should never narrate another story with any lines spoken by a woman. He drops into a child-like intonation, which is immensely insulting. I will avoid any books narrated by Tom Stechschulte!
Tom (narrator) made Maria sound like a whiny wallflower and I suspect that she is NOT. Katz's approach to solving dog problems is spot on...and he applies it well to people, too. Best read from Katz since The New Work of Dogs.
The beginning was different but as the story progressed I really became involved and enjoyed it a lot. Can't say more than that.
This was definitely not what I expected but I still liked it. It seemed he dwelled more on his personal life than the training of Freda the dog but I have always been a Katz fan so I didn't mind. I love that he is always willing to own his mistakes but he doesn't give up. I've learned a lot from his books & will most likely listen to this one again soon.
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