dogs -- fiction

04/03/2014 - 1:39pm
Rose in a Storm by Jon Katz

Trinity, our greyhound mix, was a natural leader. She would break up cat fights by putting her head between the fighting cats.  Whenever there was dissent among our dogs, she would stare them down until they retreated. When our cat was dying and had to sleep in the bathroom the night before she took her final trip to the vet, Trinity slept on the other side of the door. We had no idea what a positive effect she had on the dynamics of our household until she passed away. Now the cats fight right next to one of our dogs' heads and they just lie there looking at them as if to say, “Will you look at that!”

The novel Rose in a Storm is Jon Katz's first fiction in 10 years. Jon Katz usually writes nonfiction books about his farm, Bedlam Farm, an hour outside of Albany, NY, where ironically, his lead farm dog is named Rose. It is a wonderful example of how a little book can be so much more than the reader expects. The book is written from Rose’s perspective. Rose is the best farm dog in the county, and her reputation is so good that other farmers have borrowed Rose when they have had problems on their farms. She and Sam, the farmer, share an excellent non-verbal bond as they work the farm on a daily basis. But their life is turned upside down when a catastrophic blizzard envelops the farm and all of the animals that they have are in danger of freezing to death or being attacked by coyotes.

04/19/2011 - 11:54am
Elaine Fox - photograph

One day several years ago I experienced the afternoon starvings, so I ran into a store to get my favorite snack—a mixture of nuts and dried fruit. My friends call it my hamster food. When I came out a gentleman was waiting beside my parked, smashed-up car. He explained that he had hit my car and had called the police. He was waiting for the police officer to show up to complete an accident report. “Okay,” I said between munches. 

Soon a very tall, stern, no-nonsense woman police officer showed up to fill out an accident report. She asked me to sit in her patrol car, which I did. I was still munching happily away on my nut mixture. The police officer was looking at me suspiciously out of the corner of her eye. “Why aren’t you more upset about the accident?” she finally asked. “I don’t sweat the small stuff," I said, smiling between munches. At this point I was a little worried that she suspected my sanity. However, the truth was that I didn’t care that much about my car anyway. I wanted a new one. Munch, munch.
05/27/2011 - 9:03pm

From the Newbery Medal-winning author of "Kira-Kira" comes an action-packed glimpse into the Vietnam War, as seen through the eyes of a military-trained German shepherd and her handler, a young soldier who thinks he's not tough enough for war.

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