The Story of Rose: A Man and His Dog [NOOK Book]

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From the acclaimed author of A Good Dog, Dog Days, and Going Home comes this eBook original—a poignant memoir that celebrates Jon Katz’s beloved border collie, Rose, and their transformative years together on Bedlam Farm.
 
“I like to say you get the dog you need,” Jon Katz writes, “and I don’t think any human ever needed a dog more than I needed Rose in the fall of 2003.” That year, Katz embarked on a quixotic quest, moving from the ...
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Overview

From the acclaimed author of A Good Dog, Dog Days, and Going Home comes this eBook original—a poignant memoir that celebrates Jon Katz’s beloved border collie, Rose, and their transformative years together on Bedlam Farm.
 
“I like to say you get the dog you need,” Jon Katz writes, “and I don’t think any human ever needed a dog more than I needed Rose in the fall of 2003.” That year, Katz embarked on a quixotic quest, moving from the suburbs of New Jersey to a sprawling farm in upstate New York to pursue his dream of becoming a writer. And by his side was Rose, his unswervingly loyal and unflappable new dog.
 
Whether herding sheep on the rolling hillsides, rounding up the neighbors’ stray cows, or rescuing lambs on a freezing winter night, Rose had a nimble mind and a great love for work. Never wanting to be coddled, she watched over Bedlam Farm with singular focus and efficiency, protecting Katz and his menagerie from wild coyotes and menacing storms. Yet Rose saved Katz in more ways than he ever imagined. As he struggled to manage the farm’s daily dramas—and continued to seek his true sense of purpose—Rose connected him to his deeper humanity and a more authentic life. 
 
With warmth, insight, and emotional honesty, Jon Katz has written a joyful remembrance of a one-of-a-kind dog. The Story of Rose reaffirms the profound bond people share with their pets, and the ways that animals indelibly shape our lives.
 
“Jon Katz understands dogs as few others do, intuitively and unburdened by sentimentality. . . . With wisdom and grace, he unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights.”—John Grogan, author of Marley & Me
 
Includes moving excerpts from Going Home, and from Jon Katz’s upcoming short-story collection, Dancing Dogs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345542656
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/6/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 125
  • Sales rank: 83,909
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

Jon Katz has written twenty-one books—eight novels, one collection of short stories, and twelve works of nonfiction—including Soul of a Dog, Izzy & Lenore, Dog Days, A Good Dog, and The Dogs of Bedlam Farm. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Rolling Stone, and the AKC Gazette. He has worked for CBS News, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Katz is also a photographer and the author of two children’s books, Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm and Lenore Finds a Friend. He lives on Bedlam Farm in upstate New York with his wife, the artist Maria Wulf; his dogs, Lenore and Frieda; his donkeys, Simon, Lulu, and Fanny; and his barn cats, Mother and Minnie; and hens.

Biography

"I really don't know anyone in media who's been given the freedom I've had to spout off on a wide range of subjects," Jon Katz wrote in his 1998 farewell column for HotWired. As a writer for web venues such as HotWired and Slashdot, Katz has waxed enthusiastic about Internet culture and championed "geek life." As a contributor to Wired and Rolling Stone, he's written articles on technology, politics and culture. And as a book author, he's penned mystery novels, memoirs and more, at the rate of nearly one per year since 1990.

Katz began his career in traditional media, as a reporter and editor for the Boston Globe and Washington Post and as a producer for the CBS Morning News. His experiences in television became fodder for fiction in his first novel, Sign Off, which Publishers Weekly called "an absorbing, well-paced debut" about the corporate takeover of a television network.

Disenchanted with the world of old media, Katz signed on to the cyber-revolution as a contributor to Wired magazine and its then-online counterpart, HotWired. As pundit and media critic, Katz became a prominent voice of the libertarian, countercultural, freewheeling spirit that prevailed on the Web in its early years. After HotWired underwent a corporate transformation, Katz moved to Slashdot, a free-for-all e-zine that allowed him to continue spouting off on a wide range of subjects (for Katz, "open source" is not just a method of software development, it's a metaphor for free expression).

Meanwhile, Katz began a series of "suburban detective" books featuring private investigator and family man Kit DeLeeuw, who operates out of a New Jersey mall. The intricately plotted mysteries serve as "a framework for the author's musings on suburban fatherhood, a subject on which he is wise and witty and honestly touching," wrote Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times.

In 1997, Katz's digital-age pontifications took book form in Virtuous Reality, which tackled censorship, online privacy and the shortcomings of the media. Katz struck a more personal chord with Geeks (2000), a work of gonzo ethnography that follows two computer-obsessed teenagers and their struggle to escape the Idaho boonies. "Katz's obvious empathy and love for his 'lost boys,' his ability to see shades of his own troubled youth in their tough lives, gives his narrative a rich taste that makes it unlike other Net books," said Salon writer Andrew Leonard.

Katz turned to himself as the subject for a meditation on middle age, Running to the Mountain (2000) which chronicles the three months he spent alone in a dilapidated cabin in upstate New York. The result is "a funny, moving and triumphant voyage of the soul," according to The Boston Globe.

Then there's Katz's other pet subject: dogs. In A Dog Year , Katz writes about a high-strung border collie -- a canine "lost boy" he adopted and gradually bonded with. "Dogs make me a better human," said Katz in an interview. Given his recent contributions to The Bark magazine, dogs may make Katz an even more versatile and prolific writer, if that's possible.

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Katz is so persuaded of the power of interactivity that he's refused to have his work printed by publishers unless they'll run his e-mail address with it. His published e-mail addresses include jonkatz@slashdot.org, jonkatz@bellatlantic.net and jonkatz3@comcast.net.

After a Slate writer made a disparaging comment about Katz's basement, Katz wrote a column describing the basement office where he works. Its accoutrements include a wooden cherub, portraits of Thomas Paine and Abraham Lincoln, and a collection of gargoyles. A Haitian voodoo "frame thingy" (in Katz's words) graces his computer.

In our interview, Katz told us more fun facts: "I see every movie that comes out, usually alone in a megaplex. I love the New York Yankees because they win a lot. My one brilliant move in life was marrying my wife Paula."

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    1. Hometown:
      Montclair, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 8, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Providence, Rhode Island
    1. Education:
      Attended George Washington University and The New School for Social Research

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    Are you looking for a love story? How about one that speaks of

    Are you looking for a love story? How about one that speaks of transformation and renewal? Trust? Then, this is the e-book for you.

    Jon Katz's latest publication describes the beautiful relationshiip between two beings - one is human (Jon), the other canine (a border collie named "Rose"). Rose possesses something quite special that Mr. Katz's cherishes and shares with his beautiful imagery that brings laughter and tears. The stories are ones of amazement and, in the end, gratitude.

    Available in both standard and enhanced formats, I initially purchased the standard. Ten minutes later, I purchased the enhanced version because I wanted to meet this wonderful family. The photography is splendid. The videos allowed me to visit Bedlam Farm and "walk" with Jon as he narrates the pieces throughout the e-book. You need not be a dog-lover to appreciate the uniqueness of this bond. I adored this book. It's as simple as that. I believe you will, too!

    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Smart man: great dog

    As a dog rescuer, Jon Katz has always been one of my heros. He has the inate sense of what's right for the dog. No pity party, no excuses for inapporite behavior. Always what is best for the dogs who share his life.

    Rose was Rose, an exceptional dog.. but always a dog. Never considered a human in a fur coat.

    If more people had his dog insight.. considered the responsibilty that comes with owning, caring, and allowing a dog to be a dog. With training and understanding of what the dog needs, and not what, as humans, we need or expect from our dogs,there would be no need for shelters or rescues.

    No dog would be purchased on impulse, or be treated like an appliance that doesn't function as we expected, and discarded, as easily.

    Every dog that enters your life has something to teach you.. Not many people heed the lesson. Jon has shared what Rose taught. An incredible legacy for both Jon and Rose.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    highly recommended!

    Jon Katz captures the essence of his relationship with his border collie, Rose, in this original e-book written shortly after her death. It is truly a celebration of her life and the many contributions she made to his life and others'. It made me laugh, and cry, and feel better for having read it. Dog lovers everywhere will enjoy this inspiring story.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    A must read

    This story is not just for dog lovers. A message for us all. Wonderful!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

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    This story about Rosie is unbelievable. What an amazing dog! This writer was so fortunate to have had this beautiful expierence in his life. Dogs seem to have a sixth sense when it relates to people, they can tell the good from the bad. I write this from my own expierence with my dog.
    If you are a dog lover, you will enjoy this book.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Story of Rose

    Wonderful Jon Katz! What an Amazing Dog. Jon Katz is the best story teller ever. I have read all your books Jon and as always you deliver a great book. Following Rose ehen she was here was Amazing and now a book to remember a truly Great Dog!

    P Teehee

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

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    The only reason that I'm not giving this all 5 stars is that it

    The only reason that I'm not giving this all 5 stars is that it is too short. I would have loved 2x as many pages, much more detail of Rose and all her encounters, adventures and her life. Jon takes us right into their lives and you can practically hear, smell and see the sheep and pastures. The emotions will be very familiar to all of us who love dogs and live with them. His frank and forthright writing of his personal struggles and triumphs are a joy to read and you appreciate his common sense and no-nonsense approach to taking care of business.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Highly recommend to anyone who loves animals

    I very much enjoyed the story of Rose and Jon Katz. The story made me laugh several times and unfortunately cry also. Rose was quite a remarkable dog.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

    Wonderful book to read if you love dogs and you understand their

    Wonderful book to read if you love dogs and you understand their deep commitment to their person!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Beautiful

    This story was both moving and sad. Lovely tale of an honest and gentle bond between human and animal.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Such a good book

    Very heart warming

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    As a huge fan of Jon Katz' writing I have been anxiously awaitin

    As a huge fan of Jon Katz' writing I have been anxiously awaiting the release of "The Story of Rose". I'm a Border Collie owner myself and Rose has always been one of my favorite characters in his books. Her intensity, work ethic and intelligence have endeared her to me and I have been looking forward to reading more stories about this wonderful dog. This book was well worth the wait as Katz tells a poignant and heartwarming tale of his bond with this little dog with a huge heart. My only regret is that I don't have the right hardware to view the videos in the enhanced edition. Yet another great book from Jon Katz!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    A must read for dog lovers!

    I have read and enjoyed four previous books by Jon Katz and fell in love with Rose in the process. Recently when I "liked" Jon Katz on Facebook, I discovered this wonderful e-book jewel and was able to continue reading about Rose's amazing life. Rose's ability to communicate and to care for all those in her "flock" unconditionally every hour of every day touched me deeply. And of course, Jon Katz brought these stories to life in such a beautiful way ... sometimes I laughed or smiled and sometimes I cried and I must have looked at the photos at least 10 times. Thanks, Jon Katz, for sharing your life so openly with your readers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Okay...

    Yes, the author plugs his blog and other books. Still, he brings to you the real 'pastoral' farm life and dog relationship more of us should experience at least once before we die. I don't recall an author who uses such seemingly plain language to convey such powerful messages as Katz does. Good dog! Good author!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    The Story of Rose

    Wonderful telling of a man quietly struggling with his failing marriage and attempting to find peace in his life with his faithful,loyal dog at his side. Love Rose and wish more people could be as devoted as she was.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

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    Okay

    Not what I was expecting. Thinking it was more of a story rather than a biography. Didn't finish it as it did not hold my attention. Would read if there was nothing else.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Great read for every dog lover!

    Isn't it funny that Jon KATZ writes so extraordinarily well about DOGS...he captures the drive, eye, intelligence and beauty of a working border collie with perfection. Anyone considering bringing a border collie into his life should read this book to understand what the potential is. Anyone with a border collie already in his life will recognize at least some of the characteristics of his dog and understand the source. But in the meantime, Rose's story is wonderful, funny, and very touching, so a box of tissues will be in order while you read.
    I read this book on my Nook, and the pictures included with the text added to the story -- a real advantage of an electronic book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    A great book for dog lovers

    Rose was a special dog that would do anything for her owner, no matter what the job was. This was written not only for Rose, but for the owner and finding himself, and learning the many lessons that dogs can teach us without our knowledge until later on in life. A great book to read and to help all of us find the real value of a dogs love.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    the story of rose

    i am a dog lover and loved this book........it was a charming story of love and devotion of a man and his dog that he depended on. i highly recommend it for a change of pace.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Love it!

    This book is soooo very fasctinating! It is very interesting too. It has a lot of detail about the dog.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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