Adult Nonfiction SF426.2 .K3824 2004
Summary: "One day, during a grueling lesson in sheep-herding with his border collie Orson-the dog whose story would become the center of A Dog Year-Jon Katz gave up in disgust and frustration. Carolyn, his friend and an experienced dog trainer, reprimanded him. ""Here's the truth, and you just have to face it: If you want to have a better dog, you will just have be a better goddamned human."" What she was saying struck home with Katz. Against the backdrop of his new home-an aging farmhouse with four decrepit barns, a milk house, forty-two acres of pasture and woods, a ram named Nesbitt, fifteen ewes, a lonely donkey named Carol, and a baby donkey named Fannie-The Dogs of Bedlam Farm tells the story of how Jon Katz continued to learn from his remarkable border collies Orson, Homer, and Rose. It is about how several dogs forced one man to confront his sense of humanity and challenged him to try to be a better human being. It's about the startling degree to which dogs can enter our lives and lead us to new and challenging places."
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