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Book Review: Soul of a Dog by Jon Katz

28 Aug

If I’m going to read a book about dogs, I most likely want to read a Jon Katz book. I’ve read other books and even enjoyed them. I read James Herriot growing up and still enjoy returning to his book, Dog Stories. But the truth is, for a look at dogs in our modern world, Jon Katz is the best.

Soul of a Dog explores the philosophical and religious answers to the question- “Do animals have souls?”, but depends mostly on the every day observances of a man who loves his animals as much as any pet owner out there.


01 Dec

They’re called “dogoirs”, and they’re all the rage. I thought they were books about people and dogs. The article title references Steinbeck, and talks about some modern “dogoirs” but skips my two favorite authors of this genre.

James Herriot: For an animal lover, all his books are worth reading, but Dog Stories is the one I love best.

Jon Katz: I’d argue that more than Marley and Me’s author John Grogan, Katz started the current trend of life with a dog books. A Dog Year, his second work to feature his dogs, came out in 2002, three years before Marley.

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