A Good Dog

  • by Jon Katz
  • Narrated by Tom Stechschulte
  • 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author and popular talk-show personality Jon Katz has been hailed as the heir to legendary British writer and animal lover James Herriot. In this poignant and deeply personal memoir, Katz shares the story of Orson, the border collie who was his "lifetime dog". From the very beginning, Orson was a misfit. Like all border collies, he needed to work. But since there weren't any sheep available for herding in the New Jersey suburbs, Orson instead tried to corral school buses, garbage trucks, and skateboarding kids. So Katz pulled up stakes and moved to a farm in upstate New York. There, Orson improved dramatically - until the day he started nipping people. The nips soon turned to bites, forcing Katz to face an incredibly painful decision.
Whether or not you are a dog enthusiast, this emotional audiobook will have you laughing, scratching your head in astonishment, and possibly even shedding a few tears.


What the Critics Say

"A lovely memoir." (Booklist)
"[Katz's] subtle, evocative descriptions...vividly capture the fascinating, enigmatic lives of animals." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

The Lifetime Dog

Those of us who have "owned" several dogs over our lifetimes usually have a favorite. The author, Jon Katz, refers to this as our "lifetime dog". Mine was Amica who always wanted to be with me, watched my every move and even snoozed next to the couch where I napped. For Katz it was Orson, a border collie totally dedicated to him but with problems.

The book, "A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life" was written by both Katz and Orson. Orson provided the experiences which Katz, a professional journalist, gave narrative. Orson did not take well to the strict training and shepherding competition before he entered Katz's life.

Orson gives Katz a reason to leave suburbia and buy Bedlam Farm in upstate New York. Katz acquires donkeys, sheep and other animals with which he and Orson can interact. But Orson prefers Katz, which is okay until the dog nips and then bites other people. Katz has Orson treated by a veterinarian, a holistic vet and even an animal shaman, but with little lasting result. Katz has to make a decision.

This book will have very special meaning for anyone who has or had a lifetime dog.
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- W. Rodger Gantt

Not for everyone...

I couldn't finish this book...it just wasn't holding my attention. I do love dogs and was looking forward to this read, but I couldn't get into it...I hate to use the word "boring", but it really was....

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- Shrimpy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2007
  • Publisher: Recorded Books