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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERBONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's Going Home.In his previous books, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz introduced us to the delightful menagerie at Bedlam Farm, including Izzy, the unforgettable border collie rescue. Now, in Izzy & Lenore, Katz delves deeper into his connection with the beautiful, once-abandoned dog, learning yet again about the unexpected places animals can take us. Affectionate and intuitive, Izzy is unlike any dog Katz has encountered, and the two undertake a journey Katz could not have imagined without the arrival of a new companion: a spirited, bright-eyed black Labrador puppy named Lenore. As trained hospice volunteers visiting homes and nursing facilities in upstate New York, Katz and Izzy bring comfort and canine companionship to people who most need it. An eighty-year-old Alzheimer’s patient smiles for the first time in months when she feels Izzy’s soft fur. A retired logger joyfully remembers his own beloved dog when he sees Izzy. As Izzy bonds with patients and Katz focuses on their families, the author begins to come to terms with his own life, discovering dark realities he has never confronted. Meanwhile, Lenore–quickly dubbed the Hound of Love–arrives at Bedlam. Her genial personality and boundless capacity for affection steer Katz out of the shadows, rekindle his love of working with dogs, and restore his connection to the farm and the animals and people around him. Humorous and deeply moving, Izzy & Lenore is a story of a man confronting his past, embracing the blessings of his current life, and rediscovering the meaning of friendship, family, and faith. Katz shares an uplifting tale of love, compassion, and the rich and complex relationships between dogs and their humans.
Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Feb 19, 2002
ISBN: 9780345509857
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Jon Katz is an excellent writer who has truly found his voice.His discussion of his interactions with his dogs, patients, and his own challenges always makes for very interesting reading.His journey continues....read more
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Jon Katz has written many books but this is tge first one I have read and enjoyed it a lot. He lives on Bedlam Farm in upper state NY and has all kinds on animals but this book is about three of his dogs, Rose, Izzy and Lenore. Rose and Izzy are Border Collies and the new pup Lenore is a Lab. Izzy is the one with more feeling and a calm disposition so she is the one who accompanies him on his hospice visits. It tells how people connect with dogs, especially those that are terminally ill. A heart warming story for all dog lovers.read more
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This was not as enjoyable for me as some of Katz's other books. I loved reading about Izzy's natural intuitive approach to Katz's hospice work. But it was more personal than Katz's other writings, and yet, didn't give the reader any sort of detail or context to help empathize with him.read more
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Jon Katz is an excellent writer who has truly found his voice.His discussion of his interactions with his dogs, patients, and his own challenges always makes for very interesting reading.His journey continues....
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Jon Katz has written many books but this is tge first one I have read and enjoyed it a lot. He lives on Bedlam Farm in upper state NY and has all kinds on animals but this book is about three of his dogs, Rose, Izzy and Lenore. Rose and Izzy are Border Collies and the new pup Lenore is a Lab. Izzy is the one with more feeling and a calm disposition so she is the one who accompanies him on his hospice visits. It tells how people connect with dogs, especially those that are terminally ill. A heart warming story for all dog lovers.
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This was not as enjoyable for me as some of Katz's other books. I loved reading about Izzy's natural intuitive approach to Katz's hospice work. But it was more personal than Katz's other writings, and yet, didn't give the reader any sort of detail or context to help empathize with him.
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One wishes we were more like dogs, who have such pure souls. I thought Jon Katz was a bit repetitive in this book, but I read it straight through nonetheless, and now I'm steeling myself to read the Katz book where the dog dies.
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Katz tells us at the very beginning that no dogs die in this book. That's true, but he is a hospice volunteer and he can't say the same thing about the people he and the incredible Izzy work with. Katz relates a very personal description of how his life was interrupted by depression. The past does come back to bite you. He was fortunate to have people in his life that cared about him and supported him during this diffcult time. However, I'm thinking the best care he received was through the amazing friendship, compassion, and unconditional love he received from his dogs. Recommended for dog lovers. It would also be encouraging to hospice workers and/or those suffering from depression.
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Izzy & Lenore is the uplifting true account of Jon Katz's acuisition of his two latest dogs and how they were remarkably competent as therapy dogs. Not only could Lenore, and most especially Izzy, calm spirits and bring joy to hospice patients, it turns out, they also did the same for their owner. Jon Katz gives little detail about his depression, stemming from an unhappy childhood, but it doesn't matter. The important message that he conveys brilliantly is that the dogs healed him with their innate skills at attending those who are suffering and their individual personalities. I always enjoy a Jon Katz dog book, but I think this is my favorie. He brought me close to tears with his descriptions of visiting failing hospice patients and the wonders his therapy dogs were able to bring about. One patient, who hadn't spoken coherently in months, brought forth his first recognizable phrase, "Good dog" and from there improved to the point of being released from the hospice program--he was no longer declining in health. I already believed it anyway, but Jon Katz made me truly believe dogs have a special kind of magic to know and understand people and what they need. They can read our emotions and feel responsible to guard and nurture them. Altogether an excellent book with a meaningful message.
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