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Preview — Soul of a Dog by Jon Katz
Soul of a Dog: Reflections on the Spirits of the Animals of Bedlam Farm
In this case, the deep question at the root of the book is: Do animals have souls? Katz has obviously done some of his own soul-searching on the subject. He ponders what it would mean for animals to have souls: he ponders why the question matters so much to some people. In the end, his conclusion is an intriguing o ...more
Not too long ago my “men’s class” at church spent some time on a study devoted to Noah, the various animals of the ark and humanity’s duty to these creatures. Why did God have man put so much effort into saving animals when He could just as easily have created them anew? Was there a lesson about the role of man's dominion over the animals in the charge God presented Noah with? In the class the mostly dog owners (in true librarian fashion I was the only guy to own up to being a cat person) insist...more
The author asks the question throughout: do dogs have souls? To me, th ...more
Katz lives on a farm in upstate New York and (up until recently) shared his life with sheep, goats, donkeys, chickens, steers, cats and dogs. He uses experiences with his animals to explore ...more
This book is great, beautiful, thoughtful, poignant... A fast and easy read, filled with new stories of our favorite farm characters in typical Katz fashion. It poses the question "do animals have souls" and then compares and contrasts various situations, animals and outlooks, without drawing conclusion or hitting the reader over the head with any one concept. That part is very well done, gently prodding the mind, studying the beliefs posed in ...more
This book was not as good as previous Katz books I have read/listened to. But I still loved the message and the stories that he told about his animals. The parts that did not sit well for me was all the theological talk about what defines a soul and do animals have one. But I understand that was the nature of this book so it was going to be in there. I am just not ...more
It wasn't really answered, but for my money, yes. I want no part of a Sammy-less heaven.
A preacher Katz spoke with said that they aren't going to go to ...more
There didn't seem to be a natural flow through the book, almost as though previous stories were adapted to fit into this new perspective on life. Concepts were often rehashed, ad nauseam which surprise ...more
Not just dogs, Katz muses about the lives off the various personable animals on his farm, including sheep, donkeys... even a chicken. Katz adds thoughts on whether animals have souls or self awareness, but those felt sometimes unnecessary or awkward. Read it for the Herriot-like animal stories.
I didn't like that it ended with a snowstorm and I was questioning how this might tie in with the main subject.
But, overall, I wished that he had taken a stance on the subject of whether or not animals have souls. He showed how loving and devoted animals are to man, but he didn't complete the sentence by telling us why they deserve to go to heaven.
In my ...more
The down side for me is, this book isn't exclusively revolve around men's best friend, it also described the unique behavioral of other farm animals such as Ewe, Chicken, donkey and sheep... well, it's a rather let down for dog lovers like me. Neve ...more
He is working on a collection of short stories and a book on animal grieving.
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