A Good Dog

The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life
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Product Number: C3868
Released: Sep 25, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781428115231
Narrator/s: Tom Stechschulte
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In this gripping and deeply touching book, bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his lifetime dog, Orson: a beautiful border collie-intense, smart, crazy, and unforgettable. From the moment Katz and Orson meet, when the dog springs from his traveling crate at Newark airport and panics the baggage claim area, their relationship is deep, stormy, and loving. At two years old, Katz's new companion is a great herder of school buses, a scholar of refrigerators, but a dud at herding sheep. Everything Katz attempts- obedience training, herding instruction, a new name, acupuncture, herb and alternative therapies-helps a little but not enough, and not for long. "Like all border collies and many dogs," Katz writes, "he needed work. I didn't realize for some time I was the work Orson would find." While Katz is trying to help his dog, Orson is helping him, shepherding him toward a new life on a two-hundred-year-old hillside farm in upstate New York. There, aided by good neighbors and a tolerant wife, hip-deep in sheep, chickens, donkeys, and more dogs, the man and his canine companion explore meadows, woods, and even stars, wade through snow, bask by a roaring wood stove, and struggle to keep faith with each other. There, with deep love, each embraces his unfolding destiny.

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A Good Dog
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Product Number:C3868

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eAudio
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Author(s): Jon Katz
Narrator(s): Tom Stechschulte
Product Number Z1235
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449897635
eBook
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Author(s): Jon Katz
Product Number EB00172353
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Villard
ISBN: #9781588366184

Professional reviews

"Katz's border collie, Orson, evoked all kinds of emotions during their fulfilling time together. Katz's emotions ran the gamut from love at first sight to worry about his unpredictability, commitment to help him overcome his behavioral problems, frustration when he didn't succeed, hope when he makes progress, and appreciation for how Orson helped him discover a more fulfilling lifestyle at Bedlam Farm. Tom Stechschulte captures all of these flawlessly but none more movingly than when Orson's end comes. The eloquence with which Katz describes those moments moves Stechschulte to tears, as it surely will the listener. Some repetitive information suggests that the book originated as separate essays, but dog lovers will gladly overlook that as they relive their own dog experiences. S.K. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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