No one brings to life the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs like New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz. He has warmed our spirits with enchanting tales and keen observations of his animal menagerie-the dogs, sheep, chickens, and other residents of Bedlam Farm. Now, Katz is back with what he does best in his first collection of short stories, Dancing Dogs. With his signature insight and gift for storytelling, Katz shares sixteen stories about one of life's most unique relationships: In the title story, a housekeeper loses her job, but discovers her four-legged "children" have some toe-tapping talents that just may get the whole family back on its feet. In "Puppy Commando," a shy grade-school outcast forges an instant connection with a beagle puppy she meets at a shelter-and risks everything to keep him. "Gracie's Last Walk" features a woman who must find a way to say goodbye to her beloved golden retriever-but ends up saying hello to someone unexpected. "The Dog Who Kept Men Away" shows that not all humans pass the "sniff" test when it comes to canines, who possess an excellent judge of character. And in "Guardian Angel," a widower going through a painful transition finds the greatest comfort in the unlikeliest of sources-a funny-looking pug named Gus. Whether sitting, staying, and rolling over, in the barnyard, shelters, or home, sweet, home, the creatures in Dancing Dogs are genuinely inspiring and utterly memorable.
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by Jon Katz
by Lee Smith
by Shannon Ravenel
by Shannon Revenel
"Each story in this collection showcases what the author does best: simply and effectively conveying the transformative power of the human-animal bond. While the stories are told mostly from the human perspective, a few feature an animal's point of view. Narrator Tom Stechschulte has a folksy, whimsical way of telling each story, sensitively handling the more heartrending details--the loss of a beloved pet or loved one, the fear of not being good or strong enough, and the pervasiveness of economic hardship. The majority of the characters are female, however, so Stechschulte's delivery falls flat at times. Nevertheless, the stories' recognizable characters offer reassurance and encourage reflection, making Stechschulte's familiar and measured voice a solid fit. A.S. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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