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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407024639
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240
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A Dog Year

Rescuing Devon, the most troublesome dog in the world




The book that inspired Marley and Me, published in the UK for the first time

When Jon Katz takes in a young troubled border collie, his calm, sedate life will never be the same again.

Jon and his wife live in a New Jersey suburb with two perfectly behaved Labradors. Then into the mix comes Devon, who creates havoc from the moment he arrives at the airport, when it takes Jon, two baggage handlers and three police officers to track him down after he escapes.

Jon learns the hard way how to encourage Devon to behave. But amongst the difficulties of their first year together, Jon discovers his life is enlivened by a creature with so much mischievousness and joie de vivre. In fact, Jon finds that he is to change as much as Devon.

By turns insightful, hilarious and deeply moving, A Dog Year is a delightful true story of the age-old bond between man and dog.

  • Pub date: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407024639
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the Author

Jon Katz

Jon Katz has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, GQ and other magazines as well as having a regular column about dogs and rural life for online magazine Slate. He has written sixteen books, many of them about dogs, and co-hosts an awardwinning radio show Dog Talk. After the period of this book, he moved to a farm in upstate New York where he and his wife live together with their dogs, sheep, cows, donkeys, a barn cat and four chickens. His website is www.bedlamfarm.com.

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Praise for A Dog Year

“What distinguishes Katz's witty canine account from most others is his absention from sentimentality ... The adventures described in A Dog Year are the stuff of great fiction ... Part cautionary tale, part love story, A Dog Year reminds us that adopting a pet is a massive responsibility but one that rewards the owner with a rich, more meaningful life”

Los Angeles Times

“Moving, funny ... a loveable mutt of a book”

Chicago Times

“Jon Katz understands dogs as few others do, intuitively and unburdened by sentimentality. His keen insights cut to the heart of the human-pet relationship - its immense joys and painful sorrows. With wisdom and grace, he unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful inights to anyone who has ever struggled with, and loved, a troubled animal”

John Grogan, author of MARLEY AND ME


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