This is the first of a handful of books about Jon Katz and his dogs. As always, the author's love of his dogs comes through on every page. I have to stop reading his books while at work though because they always bring tears to my eyes, as Katz never shies away from the sad parts of dog ownership. This quick read is highly recommended for any dog lover.
This is the first Jon Katz book I have read. The book is a true story about how he came to have his four dogs and his relationship with them. The first two are yellow labs and the other two are border collies, completely different from his calm labs. He tells some funny stories, especially about his one childhood dog who stole the roast off the table, but it is mostly a serious book about learning to live with border collies.
I've read this book time and again over the past few years. Heartfelt and honest writing by Jon. Especially if you've had Labs or one of the herding breeds in your life, you'll be really touched by the story. Be prepared for some sadness too, as living with animals has it's ups and down. One of my favorites by this author. Enjoy!
A dog lover can appreciate this book. The author had gotten a completely out of control border collie and some of the things it did was really off the wall. However, during a year things had changed, for the better. The author and the dogs he had changed his outlook on a lot of things. They learned from each other. A good book.
I loved this book! It was difficult to read after losing our dog of 12+ years this last December, but it also helped me process some of the things I've felt about our dog. It also made me want to go out and adopt another dog! I'm looking forward to reading more from Jon Katz.
I absolutely loved this book. The previous book "Running to the Mountain" was primarily about the author and how his two labs helped him get through a tough time in his life. This book is purely about how HE adjusted to the new dog(s) and how different their needs were than his labs. (Spoiler Alert) I did cry in a couple of places when his labs grew old and feeble - but the rest of the book kept a smile on my face. I can hardly wait to read the next book.
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I did enjoy the book. I am glad that it was not me dealing with the snow and the sheep, etc. but it was interesting to read about. I did like his experiences of living in rural America. I also live in a small town, not that small tho. Jon is very good with words; I like how he tells about the experiences and his feelings.
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This is a fast and engaging read that I started and finished on a four hour flight. This book made me laugh out loud and cry quietly also (now that I think of it, probably not a good choice for such a public setting like a plane). It really is a very emotional and satisfying book for a dog person like myself. I loved it.
I was hoping to like this story more than I did. I don't think I would have read it if I had known how sad it would be in parts. One of the dogs was amusing with it's antics but still overall the story didn't hold my interest.
I liked this one better than "A Good Dog" and I read it first. I cried so hard when the Labs were put to sleep, remembering my beloved cocker Lacey. A good book for dog lovers, especially ones who've owned many.
This book was sad, funny and an excellent read. This has been a good change of pace for me. Katz has a great way of writing that draws you in. His winning of Devon/Orson is a pleasure to read, adding Homer was a great move. This book should be read after Running to the Mountain and before A Good Dog, but if not you can put the pieces together without any problem. Good reads, all.
Part cautionary tale, part love story. This book reminds us that adopting a pet is a massive responsibility but one that rewards the owner with a richer and more meaningful life.
An excellent book...a tear jerker!
Fun, overall enjoyable book, author is very honest about his triumphs and frustrations. The overall lesson is that border collies aren't for everyone! I admire Mr Katz for hanging in there and making it working it work with his dog. I think he is fortunate to have a schedule that worked for his dogs and their regime. I am the only one that sees the irony that his name is Katz (cats) and this is a book about his love for dogs!