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In 2007, a few years after purchasing Bedlam Farm in upstate New York, Jon Katz met Maria Wulf, a quiet, sensitive artist hoping to rekindle her creative spark. Jon, like her, was introspective yet restless, a writer struggling to find his purpose. He felt a connection with her immediately, but a formidable obstacle stood in the way: Maria' s dog, Frieda. A rottweiler-shepherd mix who had been abandoned by her previous owner in the Adirondacks, where she lived in the wild for several years, Frieda was ferociously protective and barely tamed. She roared and charged at almost anyone who came near. But to Maria, Frieda was sweet and loyal, her beloved guard dog and devoted friend. And so Jon quickly realized that to win over Maria, he' d have to gain Frieda' s affection as well.
While he and Maria grew closer, Jon was having a tougher time charming Frieda to his side. Even after many days spent on Bedlam Farm, Frieda still lunged at the other animals, ran off into the woods, and would not let Jon come near her, even to hook on her leash. Yet armed with a singular determination, unlimited patience, and five hundred dollars' worth of beef jerky, Jon refused to give up on Frieda - or on his chance with Maria. Written with stunning emotional clarity and full of warm yet practical wisdom, The Second-Chance Dog is a testament to how animals can make us better people, and how it' s never too late to find love.
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By KT on 03-19-18
Not really a dog story
There are a few dogs in this story but the book is not really about them. It is about the author and his life. I painfully listened to about three hours of it and then gave up and decided I was wasting my time waiting for it to get better. There are much better books for dog lovers out there!
By Paula Stein on 11-11-16
Dog? What Dog?
What a self-absorbed author!!
It appears that the second chance dog is merely a prop in Mr. Katz's second chance at a loving relationship. And this would be okay if this was the kind of memoir I had wanted, but it definitely was not!
In addition, hearing once or twice about the "artistic nature" of the woman to whom the author is attracted would be reasonable but the constant repetition is hard to endure.
I regret this book choice.