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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-21-2008, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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A Good Dog

by Jon Katz

has anyone read this?
if so, care to share your thoughts?

But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. ~ Jer. 18:4


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Is this the book that ended with Mr. Katz eventually killing the dog. I gave his books a few reads and was trying to find this one, but if I can correct he had an absolutely great and healthy dog euthanized. I suspect I threw the book in the trash.

For a more positive messge, give Merle's Door a read.
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the book is about his border collie, orson. yes, he euth'd him because he continually attacked people.

But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. ~ Jer. 18:4


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Re: A Good Dog

I read it.

Here is a link to his web sight also
http://www.bedlamfarm.com/

They interviewed him on the Early show not long ago, and he talked a lot about Orson.
He has a beautiful farm.
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i have no doubt the man loved this dog dearly. he felt it was the most responsible of his choices.
would i do the same thing? i don't know. maybe i'm too selfish? what a heart wrenching decission.

But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. ~ Jer. 18:4


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I am sure he loved his dog very much. I don't think anyone could really say they would or wouldn't do what he did under those circumstances without actually living it.

We can only get the feel of what happened by what he wrote, and by his interviews. Without being there and going through the same experiences as he did with Orson, we can't possibly get the whole story. We can only know what he cared to share.
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a co-worker gave me the book for Christmas. she told me he dies at the end. i didn't give it much thought at the time. but, knowing how fond i am of animals, particularly dogs, why did she give me this book? really makes me wonder. does she think dylan should have the same fate?

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AW, she probably just wasn't thinking. People like that just find it easy to give a book about dogs to any dog lover, no matter how the story ends.

I read it in one day. I love reading, but hardly have the time. So when I do pick up a book, I take one day and read it, until I am finished.
I always end up crying. Of course I knew how it ended before reading it, since I had watched his interview before I picked up the book.
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I have read most of his books. And yes it is horribly sad, but I thought it was wonderful. He was able to convey his vast love for his dog, but he also showed great strength when it was time to make a difficult decision.

I don't know if I would have done the same, but I would hope that if my dog was biting people unprovoked I would have the guts to do something.

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