How My Life Turned Upside Down for the Love of a Dog
By the author of Sunday Times bestselling A Dog Year - Jon Katz moves to the country to give Border Collie puppy Rose a taste of real sheepdog life
‘I believed Rose had a secret plan for the farm, a detailed map in her head that showed exactly where all her ewes and lambs and humans ought to be. Though I was nominally the herder, I wasn’t privy to the map. My job was mostly to latch and unlatch the gates, the rest was up to her’
Jon Katz leaves the suburbs for a remote farm in order to give Border Collie puppy Rose - along with our friend Devon from A Dog Year - a true taste of herding life.
Rose’s adventures start early, going head to head with a head-butting ram the day the sheep arrive. She soon establishes a routine for the sheep, chickens and donkeys – and Jon – that makes everything run like clockwork. However, any notion Jon has of the romance of a rural idyll is shattered when the snow comes and temperatures of minus twenty set in. With two fingers damaged to frostbite and a sheep lost, the prospect of all-night lambing seems terrifying. But with Rose by his side Jon finds there is little that together they can’t do, and as spring comes and the frost thaws he finds himself battered, drained yet exhilarated.
This is his delightfully funny, touching and insightful depiction of the realities of country life, and of how one man turned his life upside down for the love of a dog.
“Katz's world - of animals and humans and their combined generosity of spirit - is a place you're glad you've been”
“Made me a Katz fan for life”
“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