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Dog Book Club – A Dog Year By Jon Katz – Book Spotlight

If you are not familiar with author Jon Katz, I suggest starting with this book about his beloved border collie, originally, named Devon, later renamed Orson. This book is a marvelous read of one man’s determination to heal this dog as well as discovering much about himself. Katz has gone on many book tours and I had the chance to host him during one those tours where he talked about Rose his other border collie. Read the excerpt at Paperback Writer. In reading his books and blogs one feels connected to the man and you realize that he has a very big heart and a soft spot for dogs and all his barnyard animals. His antics on the farm are chronicled in his books, along with his triumphs.

You can find Jon Katz at his website,



About A Dog Year

Sometimes Change Comes on Four Legs

In his popular and widely praised Running to the Mountain Jon Katz wrote of the strength and support he found in the massive forms of his two yellow Labrador Retrievers, Julius and stSnley. When the labs were six and seven, a breeder who’d read his book contacted Katz to say she had a dog that was meant for him – a two-year-old border collie named Devon, well bred but high-strung and homeless. Katz already had a full canine complement – but, as he writers, “Change love me . . . It comes in all forms. . . Sometimes, change comes on four legs.” Shortly thereafter he brought Devon home.  A Dog Year shows how a man discovered much about himself through one dog and then another, whose temperament seemed as different from his own as day from night. It is a story of trust and understanding of life an death, of continuity and change. It is by turns insightful, hilarious, and deeply moving.



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