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Book Description

7 Jan 2010

When Jon Katz hears about Izzy, a three-year-old Border collie kept alone in a field on an abandoned farm, his heart speaks louder than his head and he agrees to take him in.

Once again Jon finds himself challenged by a difficult dog. Having found his human, Izzy wants to go with Jon wherever he may be, and jumps fences and chews through locks to do so. Jon has been through this before with his dog Orson, and isn't sure he can cope with the responsibility and potential heartache again.

But Jon's motley collection of animals - from Jesus the baby donkey to Elvis the surprisingly sociable steer, as well of course as farm manager and Border collie Rose - form an ideal refuge for Izzy. And as Jon and Izzy decide they are perfect companions, Jon realises just how much life on the farm has taught him about patience, perseverance and love.

Please note, Saving Izzy is the UK title for the book published in the US as Dog Days.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (7 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091932262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091932268
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,625 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 books on life with dogs and other animals have really caught the public's imagination. [He] writes about animals with insight and a refreshing lack of sentimentality" (Mail on Sunday)

"Perfect relaxing bedtime reading" (Your Dog)

"Anyone who loves animals or country life, but maybe can't have a pet or actually live in the country, will find Katz a perfect armchair companion" (Publishers Weekly starred review)

"A must-read for all animal lovers" (Booklist)

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Jon falls for abandoned Border collie Izzy, in this Sunday Times bestselling memoir

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars saving izzy. 27 Feb 2010
An interesting little book on farm and village life in east u.s.a. The tittle is Saving Izzy but he does not make much of an appearance till chapter 3 then he does not feature much as the main character anywhere thru the story but thats O.K the story is still very good and beautifully written. A must read for all animal lovers. Nothing boring or silly, it keeps you focused all the way thru with lots of smiles. The pictures thru out are helpful. Jon has a good connection with all his animals, he seems guenuinely fond of them and caters for their needs but if they are ill and suffering he does not hesitate in having them put down. His dogs he cares for dearly, they have a special place in his heart. He does not mention his wife much but at a point toward the end he writes very dearly of her, this is so touching. This read has taught me alot about man,s best friend. This is family reading, I would even give to my young grandson when he,s ready. This is the 1st. book by Jon Katz Ive read, I hope his others are just as good. Highly recommended as a good relaxing read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Izzy - A Gentle Read for All Doglovers 2 Mar 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading John Katz's account of his life on the farm with all his animals. However, I found that there was considerably less about Izzy than about his other dog, Rose. He has already written about Rose in an earlier book so the title was a little deceptive. It's still a good afternoon's read for doglovers and particularly for owners of Border Collies, though.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not about Izzy at all really 28 April 2010
By Dixie
As I progressed through the book I began to wonder if the wrong cover had been placed on my copy. It's not really about Izzy at all - we aren't told all that much about him.
Don't get me wrong, the book is a pleasant enough read (though I confess to not finishing the last 50 pages). It does feel like the book is made up of a few pages of other books. It's basically about the humdrum of farmlife and a nice guy with a dodgy back herding sheep and pottering. Pleasant but pedestrian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 1 Feb 2010
I love Jon Katz's tales about life on his farm with his dogs and other animals. Saving Izzy is another classic read, as Jon takes on another troubled border collie (the eponymous Izzy), but we also hear lots more about his other four-legged friend as well (and not forgetting two-legged Winston, the cockerel).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and heartwarming 14 Jan 2014
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An inspiring and heartwarming account of his life and the animals of Bedlam Farm. The story doesn't just focus on Izzy, but about his environment before and after his rescue, and about how he fitted in to author's life, and with the rest of the animals on the farm. I found this a serious and quite reflective book.Jon Katz is an honest writer, who readily admits to his past mistakes and short-comings as a dog trainer, and he often gives the credit to his training success to the breeding and the adaptability of his dogs. His honesty and willingness to learn and develop as a trainer is impressive. He regards each new dog he acquires as an opportunity to develop as a trainer, and deepen his understanding of dogs, as individuals and as representatives of their breeding.
Izzy is clearly an outstanding dog.For the first 3 years of his life he was kept on an abandoned farm, fed and watered, but had no training or real sustained contact with humans. On arriving at Bedlam Farm he quickly emerged as adaptable and efficient sheepdog, eager to learn and with many skills which derived from his breeding.I know some feral dogs in Thailand that have this intelligence and adaptability. They respond well to the right kind of training, and have well developed survival skills. They also become deeply attached to anyone who shows them love, and spends time with them, especially quality training time. Izzy quickly takes on the role of Jon's shadow, and just wants to be with him and please him as best he can. One of the ways he does this is by demonstrating his skills at herding sheep.

Jon Katz has some fascinating observations on the differences between labradors and border collies, because he has had quite a number of both.
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