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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (1 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091929024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091929022
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jon Katz understands dogs as few others do, intuitively and unburdened by sentimentality. His keen insights cut to the heart of the human-pet relationship - its immense joys and painful sorrows. With wisdom and grace, he unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful inights to anyone who has ever struggled with, and loved, a troubled animal" (John Grogan, author of MARLEY AND 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)

"Made me a Katz fan for life" (Seattle Times)

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By the author of Sunday Times bestselling A Dog Year - Jon Katz moves to the country to give Border Collie puppy Rose a taste of real sheepdog life

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maz on 2 April 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the second Jon Katz title that I have read. The first, A Dog Year, left me quite unimpressed. With that in mind, I wasn't expecting to enjoy A Home for Rose.

During the first three chapters, I felt the familiar disappointment, that I had felt in Jon's previous work, creeping up on me once more. I decided to stick with it regardless. I am so glad that I did.

Like digging for gold, there's a some hard grinding to get out of the way before you get to the real valuable material, but once there, the rewards are rich.

I loved the detail he gave throughout the book, particularly when referring to his new farm, Bedlam Farm, a place which I'm sure many of us Border Collie owners dream about in our sleep.

Jon purchases a farm so that he can give his dogs the life he always promised himself that he would give them, and let them herd sheep as they were intended to do. Little did he realise the work involved in maintaining a farm (complete with donkeys, sheep and three dogs) and surviving the harsh country winters.

The story is as much about Jon as it is about his beloved dogs. It's about Jon learning to accept help from new friends and neighbours, learning the real meaning of bonds (both canine and human), it's about him learning the harsh realities of living within a farm environment, and about making tough decisions, as he is forced to do with one of his dogs, Homer.

I really enjoyed the book (past chapter three) and was quite sad to get to the end. Defintely a book to curl up on the sofa and relax with. Just let Jon do the work of painting the pictures for you. Great book!

Have the tissues ready around chapter seven!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Parker on 21 Sept. 2009
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I love dog books, and adore David Kennards A Shepherd's Watch: Through the Seasons with One Man and His Dogs, and thought this would be similar, but it's just not flowing, it seems to jump about and repeat things he has already told you.

Also as he is doing this as a project, in Shepherding and he has been training these dogs for years, I thought he was undertaking it because they were so good at it, but Jon seems to say Homer and Orson couldn't do this and so he relies on his young Pup Rose, she goes out into the drak to find sheep he has let out of the gate, his descision making seems as haphazzard as his writing. There are good bits in the book so far, and maybe it will improve, but I'm really struggling with this book.
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By Julie on 5 Jan. 2011
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If you are looking for a Marley and Me type book, this is probably not the one, however I love it and Jon's books are wonderful to read, you follow him on a journey while he starts out life at Bedlam Farm where he still lives and works. Rose is a wonderful dog and so intuitive I didn't want it to end. This is just the start of a beautiful relationship.
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My third book I've read of Jon Katz (I read this one out of order). There are sad parts (when isn't there when it comes to animals!), but I have great regard for Jon Katz for his ambitions and determinations despite great hardships. He really understands dogs and has every respect for them - wish every human being felt that way. Lovely book.
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This was not really what I expected. I thought, not surprisingly from the title, that this would be a heart warming tale of an abandoned dog finding a loving home. It had little to do with Rose and I felt I had been duped into buying this book. Very disappointing.
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What a lovely read.
Almost felt I was there,

It gripped me from the start.

Would certainly recommend this book to any dog lover or anyone who liked a good read.
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