I have been a fan of Jon Katz since his Suburban Detective mysteries. I discovered one of his dog memoirs in an airport a few years ago, and since then I have collected them all, not to read all at once, but to save when I need a pick-me-up and know I will get some really fine writing.
Dog Days may be my favorite of them all. (Of course, I probably feel that way about every installment right after I have read it.) I liked the "Dispatches" format, each chapter dealing with a particular topic or animal. It seems more leisurely. Jon Katz himself seems less frantic and more at ease in the skin of a country gentleman.
I am absolutely astonished at the reviewers who judge Katz's decisions to put down or rehome an animal. He clearly agonizes over each decision, and he puts the animal's needs before his own. It is quite moving, really. Also his training methods are his own, and good for him. There is no one right way to train every dog, or even every dog of a given breed. I love how Katz studies the animal, analyzes the situation, and listens to the advice of people he thinks are smarter than him.
Katz writes beautifully. I feel privileged to live in his life between the covers of each book.