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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 and dogs.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With wisdom and grace, Katz unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights to anyone who has ever struggled with, and loved, a troubled animal.”

    John Grogan, New York Times bestselling author of Marley & Me

  • “Katz’s world—of animals and humans and their combined generosity of spirit—is a place you’re glad you’ve been.”

    Boston Globe

  • “I toss a lifetime award of three liver snaps to Jon Katz.”

    NPR

  • “Katz proves himself a Thoreau for modern times as he ponders the relationships between man and animals, humanity, and nature.”

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • “From Toto to Marley, our canine friends are a sure bet in the literary biz. But no one seems to speak their language like Jon Katz.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “In his sixtieth year, Jon Katz fell in love. The only thing standing between him and his soul mate, Maria, was Frieda, a fearsome rottweiler-shepherd mix. Tom Stechschulte’s deep rumble conveys the exuberance of Katz’s dedicated pursuit of both their hearts…Sympathetic in tone, his voice conjures a smile in moments of joy or a hug in moments of sadness, both of which he captures well. His performance embraces the complexity of relationships and the all-consuming nature of love.”

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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.