In this wonderful book, Jon Katz learns once again about the unexpected places animals can take us. As trained hospice volunteers visiting homes and nursing facilities in upstate New yor, Katz and his affectionate and intuitive Border Collie 'Izzy' bring comfort and canine companionship to people who most need it. An 80 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. As Izzy bonds with patients and Katz focuses on their families, the author begins to come to terms witih his own life, discovering dark realities he has never confronted. Meanwhile, Lenore, a spirited, bright-eyed black Labrador puppy, arrives at Bedlam Farm. 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.
Great experiences that will make you smile and maybe a tear as a result of what Man's Best Friend can teach us. 216 pages - paperback