Soul of a Dog: Reflections on the Spirits of the Animals of Bedlam Farm

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 18, 2009 - Pets - 208 pages
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Do animals have souls? Some of our greatest thinkers—Aristotle, Plato, Thomas Aquinas—and countless animal lovers have been obsessed with this question for thousands of years. Now New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz looks for an answer. With his signature wisdom, humor, and clarity, Katz relates the stories of the animals he lives with on Bedlam Farm and finds remarkable kinships at every turn. Whether it is beloved sheepdog Rose’s brilliant and methodical herding ability, Mother the cat’s keen mousing instincts, or Izzy’s canine compassion toward hospice patients, Katz is mesmerized to see in them individual personas and sparks of self-awareness. Soul of a Dog will resonate with anyone who loves dogs, cats, or other animals—and who wonders about the spirits that animate them and the deepening hold they have on our lives.
 

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User Review  - purlewe - LibraryThing

I liked this one just as much as I like all of Katz books. being as I have read most of them it is like taking the journey with Katz thru his life on the farm.. only this time not only thru his dogs' eyes, but other animals on the farm as well. Read full review

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User Review  - sriemann - LibraryThing

Even though Jon Katz is known for being a dog book author, this book is mostly about other animals in his life, and the relationships that he has with them and they occasionally have with each other ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
17
Section 3
49
Section 4
62
Section 5
73
Section 6
87
Section 7
113
Section 8
125
Section 9
139
Section 10
152
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About the author (2009)

Jon Katz has written eighteen books–six novels and twelve works of nonfiction–including Izzy & Lenore, Dog Days, A Good Dog, A Dog Year, The Dogs of Bedlam Farm, The New Work of Dogs, and Katz on Dogs. A two-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, he writes columns about dogs and rural life for the online magazine Slate, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, GQ, and the AKC Gazette. Katz is also a photographer, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and co-host of the radio show Dog Talk on Northeast Public Radio. He lives on Bedlam Farm in upstate New York with his dogs, sheep, steers and cow, donkeys, barn cat, irritable rooster Winston, and three hens.


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