( E-PUB ) ⚇ The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixteen Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me ♃ MOBI eBook or Kindle ePUB free
If an urge to reread Katz comes along, I'll start with this one (Shared life with a Border Collie for 18 years.) I loved this book I am not a dog owner, but could feel the love and devotion that the author felt for his dogs I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who owns a dog It showed me that there are no imperfect dogs just imperfect humans. I couldn't hack reading this You would think I would love a book about animals and farm life, but I found the author terribly selfaggrandizing Everything was about him He couldn't appreciate the dogs for themselves, but just how they made him a better person He didn't write about how wonderful the local people were, but how awesome he was that he could tolerate the local people Katz could really take a lesson from James Herriot about how to observe and enjoy life and the quirks of the people and animals surrounding him. Lovely I think I stretched out the reading time on this one just because of how much I liked it.Obviously, these dogs helped the author find himself and his sister Although why he had to start a sheep farm to do it, I'm not sure But, if he hadn't, then Rose and Orson wouldn't have had anything to herd.Not sure if the dog I had was a border collie or a smooth collie but he definitely herded people.Apparently the first year (and the one this book takes place in) Jon didn't plan too well and lambing season took place in the middle of winter So he not only had to venture out into the dead of night to check for lambs being born, but also into the freezing cold since the ewes resisted coming into the barn at night A very enjoyable book I can't wait to read his other books, especially if they're also about border collies Although he was flirting with Labs, too. ( E-PUB ) ⚕ The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixteen Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me ⚆ “Dogs are blameless, devoid of calculation, neither blessed nor cursed with human motives They can’t really be held responsible for what they do But we can”–from The Dogs of Bedlam FarmWhen Jon Katz adopted a border collie named Orson, his whole world changed Gone were the two yellow Labs he wrote about in A Dog Year, as was the mountaintop cabin they loved Katz moved into an old farmhouse on fortytwo acres of pasture and woods with a menagerie: a ram named Nesbitt, fifteen ewes, a lonely donkey named Carol, a baby donkey named Fanny, and three border collies Training Orson was a demanding project But a perceptive dog trainer and friend told Katz: “If you want to have a better dog, you will just have to be a better goddamned human” It was a lesson Katz took to heart He now sees his dogs as a reflection of his willingness to improve, as well as a critical reminder of his shortcomings Katz shows us that dogs are often what we make them: They may have their own traits and personalities, but in the end, they are mirrors of our own lives–living, breathing testaments to our strengths and frustrations, our families and our pastsThe Dogs of Bedlam Farm recounts a harrowing winter Katz spent on a remote, windswept hillside in upstate New York with a few lifesaving friends, ugly ghosts from the past, and livestock than any novice should attempt to manage Heartwarming, and full of drama, insight, and hardwon wisdom, it is the story of his several dogs forced Katz to confront his sense of humanity, and how he learned the places a dog could lead him and the ways a doge could change himFrom the Hardcover edition
I picked up this book from my local library because I'm a border collie admirer If it weren't for the fact that I know I can't keep up with their energy level, I'd have one on my couch right now I'm also very interested in farm life, particularly from the perspective of someone new to it all I suppose there's part of me that still daydreams about buying a patch of land somewhere and being selfsufficient with my dairy cows, sheep, chickens, and pigs I can dream, right?Initially, I found this book hard to get into The first few chapters seemed a little slow, but by chapter 3 I was very much entranced Although this book chronicles Katz' first foray into owning a farm, its major theme is how animals, dogs especially, teach us about our own inner life, our inner workings Katz speaks often about how he needs to control his anger and impatience Almost ironically, this book has a wonderful gentle humour to it; open, at times selfdeprecating, and honest I found some of his personal insights about our lives with dogs a little painful I can certainly see myself in some of his musings; in fact, I'm probably a great example of a damaged individual seeking solace in the warmth, comfort, and loyalty of dogs As someone involved in dog rescue/adoption, I bristled occasionally at his comments about 'Dog People' (note the capital letters) but I had to laugh, too It's probably a timely reminder to never allow myself to sink that far into dog induced craziness ;)My absolute favourite chapters dealt with his first winter, which proved farthan he expected, and his reunion with his estranged sister, all brought about by dogs.This is a wonderfully entertaining, honest, and poignant account of a man and his dogs I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I recommend it to anyone who looks at their dogs and feels their heart swell You have a kindred spirit in this book. I enjoyed the book very much Especially chapter 6 where the author visits a dog rescuer It really touched me because I know people like this In the prologue the author tells us no dogs die in this book Be advised, if you are the sensitive kind, a few other species do occasionally and sadly meet their ends Such is farm life. Quick reading, wellwritten memoir about a writer who moves to a farm in upstate NY, partially so he can have sheep for his Border collies He has some interesting insights on dog people and why people turn to dogs for companionship, and what dogs can provide them with (and what they can't). I got a lot of enjoyment from learning about this fellow's world His animals are stars, but I am afraid for his marriage. I had no business reading this book, since it's predicated on the vastly common and ancient belief that humankind has the right to use animals (such as sheep) for their own benefit To me, buying a farm to live out one's romantic idea of living the border collie/sheepherding life is a ridiculously frivolous and irresponsible endeavorespecially when the results include animals being shot, dying or being separated from their young through the author's inexperience or incompetence.But even aside from that, I felt the author endlessly overintellectualized the meaning of dogs, the symbolism or significance of their relationships with humans I adore dogs, and I've always been on their wavelengthadapting to the particular personality traits of various dogs/breeds comes naturally to me I couldn't seem to give a damn about the personality traits and learning curves of Homer vs Orson vs Rose Lastly, what gave him or his dogs a greater right to life than the feral cat he shot? But further, he should'veelaborately laid out all the reasons that alternatives to shooting the creature weren't viable solutionsbecause I'm sure I'm far from the only reader left conjuring up numerous other avenues that could've been taken to spare the cat's life He did ask one terrific question: if people were better to each other, would we love dogs as much?