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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (205 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Katz Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With his signature insight and gift for storytelling, Katz shares sixteen stories about one of life’s most unique relationships: In the title story, a housekeeper loses her job, but discovers her four-legged “children” have some toe-tapping talents that just may get the whole family back on its feet. In “Puppy Commando,” a shy grade-school outcast forges an instant connection with a beagle puppy she meets at a shelter—and risks everything to keep him. “Gracie’s Last Walk” features a woman who must find a way to say goodbye to her beloved golden retriever—but ends up saying hello to someone unexpected. “The Dog Who Kept Men Away” shows that not all humans pass the “sniff” test when it comes to canines, who possess an excellent judge of character. And in “Guardian Angel,” a widower going through a painful transition finds the greatest comfort in the unlikeliest of sources—a funny-looking pug named Gus.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Funny, keenly observed short stories illuminating the bond between man and his best friend.”


  • “For fans of man’s best friend, a collection of insightful, moving and often unforgiving stories about dogs, cats and their people…A tissue-box-worthy collection of animal tales.” 

    Kirkus Reviews 

  • “Katz’s stories, sometimes warm and sometimes funny, are smooth, light reads that are easy to pick up and enjoy and will appeal to dog lovers everywhere.”


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kevin | 2/7/2014

    " A collection of stories about dogs that was overly simplistic, overly repetitive and way way too corny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by MJ | 2/5/2014

    " I really enjoy Jon Katz' books. This one is a collection of short stories, you'll be familiar with some as they reflect his other works on his dogs. My dad would have approved of this book...it's up to human beings to care and provide for the needs (including work!!!) of their pets. Out pets are NOT human beings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Helen | 1/19/2014

    " I am a big fan of Jon Katz' dog memoirs, and I was curious whether his short stories would read as well. They do; actually in some ways I think that these stories allow Katz to show off his talents as a writer in a way not possible with non-fiction. Here, the narrator is not restricted to Katz himself - in one story the narrator is an old farmer, in another a middle aged woman clerking in a big box store, and in another a dog, home alone and far from bored. The characters in Katz' stories are not only individualized in terms of gender, age, and even species, they are also believable. Katz loves dogs, his characters love dogs, his dogs sometimes loves cats, and his cats even befriend roosters. In Katz' stories, across all variation, a deep love for the animals who share our lives is manifest. And his sympathy for humans, despite many of our obvious limitations, is apparent throughout as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Liz | 1/17/2014

    " Short stories ... some better than others, especially the first story! However, I prefer Katz's non-fiction books about his dogs. "

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About the Author

Jon Katz is a journalist and author who has written works in a variety of genres, including numerous nonfiction books on dogs. His book Dog Days was a New York Times bestseller, and his book A Dog Year was made into a movie starring Jeff Bridges. Along with his nonfiction work, he has also written the Kit DeLeeuw mystery series and is a frequent contributor to the online magazine HotWired. Before writing books, he worked as a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, and Washington Post. His articles have also appeared in publications such as Wired, GQ, and the New York Times.