Wonderful insights into working with dogs, especially border collies, and sensible positive training tips, generally a charming journal of the first year in the country with sixteen sheep, three dogs, two donkeys, and a suburban dog writer. A great dog book in which no dog dies!
What a beautiful story! You fall in love with the dogs, the goats and even the author himself. In his efforts to train his herding dogs, Jon Katz learns more about himself than he ever imagined. Everyone should read this book.
I absolutely loved this book. Jon's knowledge and love of dogs comes through on every page...I even garnered some training tips from this book. This is one of those books I like to share with fellow dog lovers.
A recounting of a year or so in the life of a somewhat troubled man, damaged by early life in what was evidently a dysfunctional family. In this book he reconnects with a much loved sister - also damaged by the same stresses. They seem to reconnect through what he terms "dog love".
Jon is working on becoming a better human, and appears to gauge his success in how well he is doing that, by how well his dogs are adjusting and living with him.
He begins this book with three border collies. About midway - he determines that one of his dogs is not happy with him, although there is love between them. After much soul seaching, he finds Homer a new family to be loved by and to love. It feels sad to me, but also seems very brave and unselfish. Homer is much happier as an only dog even though he loves Jon.
I liked the book. It was a worthwhile read. I will try to find some of the author's other books - maybe one of the works of fiction.
Susanna Y. (whatever-things) reviewed The Dogs of Bedlam Farm : An Adventure with Sixteen Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me on
He has an engaging writing style, but I am not impressed with the language he uses, nor the mysticism all through his book. I would not recommend it to someone who is "in the world but not of it." I.e. a believer in Christ!
I love Jon's books about dogs and other animals. Bedlam Farm is about the farm that Jon had recently bought. He chronicles all the changes he has to make from being a city guy to a farm owner. He speaks about his first winter on the farm and the tight knit community surrounding his farm. I loved this book.
Good book to enjoy with humor, good insights to training dogs, great insights to human nature and to resolving early childhood traumas, which we all know will never go away completely. His language leaves something to be desired at times and I'd rather be without it, but as he healed it got better. Brutally honest at times, but the reality is there for all to see. He has a wonderful wife, wonder how she puts up with him, that's true love at it's very best.
Love the dogs and will read more of his books. I'm off to do a cat book for now, but will return. I like the pace of his writing and the way he puts a story together. Not for all, but fun and to be enjoyed.