From New York Times
bestselling author Jon Katz comes a wise, uplifting, and poignant memoir of
finding love against all odds, and the power of second chances for both people
In 2007, a few years after purchasing Bedlam Farm in upstate
New York, Jon Katz met Maria Wulf, a quiet, sensitive artist hoping to rekindle
her creative spark. Jon, like her, was introspective yet restless, a writer
struggling to find his purpose. He felt a connection with her immediately, but
a formidable obstacle stood in the way: Maria’s dog, Frieda.
A Rottweiler–German Shepherd mix who had been abandoned by
her previous owner in the Adirondacks, where she lived in the wild for several
years, Frieda was ferociously protective and barely tamed. She roared and
charged at almost anyone who came near. But to Maria, Frieda was sweet and loyal,
her beloved guard dog and devoted friend. And so Jon quickly realized that to
win over Maria, he’d have to gain Frieda’s affection as well.
While he and Maria grew closer, Jon was having a tougher
time charming Frieda to his side. Even after many days spent on Bedlam Farm,
Frieda still lunged at the other animals, ran off into the woods, and would not
let Jon come near her, even to hook on her leash. Yet armed with a singular
determination, unlimited patience, and five hundred dollars’ worth of beef
jerky, Jon refused to give up on Frieda—or on his chance with Maria.
Written with stunning emotional clarity and full of warm yet
practical wisdom, The Second-Chance Dog
is a testament to how animals can make us better people, and how it’s never too
late to find love. Download and start listening now!