By Jon Katz
Not anyone brings to existence the extraordinary bond among people and their canine like New York occasions bestselling writer Jon Katz. He has warmed our spirits with mesmerizing stories and prepared observations of his animal menagerie—the canines, sheep, chickens, and different citizens of Bedlam Farm. Now, Katz is again with what he does top in his first selection of brief tales, Dancing Dogs.
With his signature perception and present for storytelling, Katz stocks 16 tales approximately certainly one of life’s most unusual relationships: within the name tale, a housekeeper loses her task, yet discovers her four-legged “children” have a few toe-tapping skills that simply may well get the complete family members again on its ft. In “Puppy Commando,” a shy grade-school outcast forges an speedy reference to a beagle dog she meets at a shelter—and dangers every thing to maintain him. “Gracie’s final Walk” encompasses a girl who needs to give you the chance to assert so long to her cherished golden retriever—but finally ends up asserting hi to somebody unforeseen. “The puppy Who saved males Away” exhibits that now not all people move the “sniff” try by way of canine, who own a superb pass judgement on of personality. And in “Guardian Angel,” a widower dealing with a painful transition reveals the best convenience within the unlikeliest of sources—a funny-looking pug named Gus.
Whether sitting, staying, and rolling over, within the barnyard, shelters, or domestic, candy, domestic, the creatures in Dancing Dogs are certainly inspiring and completely memorable.
Praise for Dancing Dogs
“Funny, keenly saw brief tales illuminating the bond among guy and his top friend.”—People
“Jon Katz writes with ardour and humor in regards to the connections among animals and people. . . . Animal fanatics are guaranteed to are looking to upload this ebook to their collection.”—Examiner.com
“Katz’s tales, occasionally hot and infrequently humorous, are delicate, gentle reads which are effortless to select up and luxuriate in and should attract puppy fanatics everywhere.”—Booklist
“Insightful, relocating . . . a tissue-box-worthy choice of animal tales.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[A] heartwarming book.”—The Dallas Morning News
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These behavioural characteristics do not lead to neighbourhood harmony. A brief litany of the anti-social behaviours of dogs include chasing cars and bicycles, causing car accidents, attacking livestock and other companion animals, damaging property, producing unwanted pups and attacking humans (Murray, 1993). The positive effects of dog ownership are relevant to the individual (Hart, 1995) rather than society and dog behaviour is a common cause of disagreements amongst neighbours. In Melbourne, Australia, the most common category of neighbourhood dispute related to a neighbour’s animals, usually a dog or cat (Technisearch, 1990), and in Queensland, Australia, municipal authorities ranked dog problems as their second greatest management problem, following rates collection (Murray, 1993).
In rural communities where un-owned and uncontrolled dogs may chase and kill livestock these unwanted dogs are kept under control by preventing bitches from breeding, by killing surplus puppies and by killing un-owned and free-ranging dogs (Leney & Remfry, 2000). Puppies may be killed by exposure, starvation, drowning or by one of many other means. In cities this control of the dog population breaks down as the danger from unwanted animals differs and control leaves the hand of the individual and is transferred to local authorities.
Morton (1992) developed six criteria to test the necessity of docking (Table 7), and Wansbrough (1996) found that the general reasons advanced for docking dogs tails did not satisfy these criteria and concluded that it cannot be justified. However, the docking of specific breeds engaged in work may meet the criteria, thus in Germany docking is banned, unless it is absolutely necessary for hunting, and then must be carried out by a veterinarian. This might satisfy those who believe that working English Springer Spaniels require the last third of the tail removed to prevent injury in the hunting field (Webster, 1992; Neal, 1992), but there is no published evidence to support their concern about injury to this breed during hunting.
Dancing Dogs: Stories by Jon Katz