In this gripping and deeply touching book, bestselling author Katz tells the story of his lifetime dog, Orson: a beautiful border collie--intense, smart, crazy, and unforgettable.In this gripping and deeply touching book, bestselling author Katz tells the story of his lifetime dog, Orson: a beautiful border collie--intense, smart, crazy, and unforgettable.Read Less
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Mar 8, 2009
Fabulous feel-good story
Jon Katz is a great, desciptive writer. This book delves into the life of a formerly abused dog who comes to live with Jon. Although Jon goes to extreme measures to save his crazed dog (who attacks school buses) the hilarity and obvious love are evident. In a period of time when we wonder if anybody cares, this book shows neighbors and friends who seek to help Jon and Orson as they both grow to greatness.
Jon explores the dog's previous life and makes an ultimate decision which is quite painful. How far are we willing to go to save our beloved dogs?
Although I am not sure I relate well with Jon himself, I do appreciate his honesty and willingness to explore his decisions. And of course, I fell in love with Orson from the start.
May 29, 2007
A Heartfelt Story of Owner and Pet
I was very moved by this book,it pulled at my heart strings all the way through until the end. I recommend anyone whom owns a dog and feels a special connection with them that they have not felt with their other pets should read this book. I have felt this way about my dog from the past,we shared a special bond like no other,I probably will never feel this way again. I cried throughout the book,you cannot read it without it touching your heart and soul.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-06-26 Barking, lunging and nipping at visitors, terrorizing school buses and crashing through a window screen to pursue a cat in a neighbor's house, the hero of this absorbing, if melodramatic, memoir hardly seems a good dog. But Orson's fangs are firmly set in the heart of dog journalist Katz (The Dogs of Bedlam Farm), who tries everything to soothe his frenzy-acupuncture, chiropractic, "Shen calming herbs from China," sessions with a "shamanic soul retriever"-then moves to a farm where the border collie's native sheep-herding instincts might flourish. Ultimately, the therapeutic benefit accrues to the author, who finds in Orson a "soul mate" who saved him from mid-life crisis in the New Jersey suburbs and brought him to an ecstatic communion with nature. Katz's flagrant anthropomorphizing and his intense emotional involvement ("I was nearly crying with frustration, torn by my growing love for this dog") and heart-to-hearts with Orson ("[w]e can't go on this way," he sobs after a school-bus incident) will resonate with dog lovers, while perhaps puzzling others. When he Katz gets some psychological distance, though, his subtle, evocative descriptions of the beasts around him-including Rose, another border collie whose brilliant herding steals the show-vividly capture the fascinating, enigmatic lives of animals. Photos. (Sept. 26) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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