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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407030647
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

A Good Dog

The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life

A heartbreaking tribute to a difficult dog, by the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Dog Year and A Home for Rose

When Jon took on a troublesome two-year-old Border Collie in A Dog Year, it turned his sedate life upside down and culminated in a move from suburbia to a rural farm.

But the contrary Collie – incredibly loyal but incredibly misbehaved – never settles down. Jon tries everything, obedience training, changing his name from Devon to Orson, even acupuncture, and it all helps a little, but not enough.

Together Jon and Orson chase sheep across high meadows, wade through snow, bask by a roaring stove and struggle to keep faith in each other. A story of great joy and heartbreak, in A Good Dog Jon faces the most difficult decision any dog lover has to make …

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407030647
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

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 Good Dog

“Like John Grogan's Marley and Me, A Good Dog shows how the intersection of canine and human can bsometimes result in profound love - as well as profound frustration ... A heartbreaking love story”

USA Today

“We should all have such a companion”

Washington Globe

“[A] loving tribute to that once-in-a-lifetime dog”

Library Journal

“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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