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Rose in a Storm

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  1,181 Ratings  ·  224 Reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz comes a moving and powerful novel, the first one inspired by life on his celebrated Bedlam Farm—and perceptively told from the point of view of Rose, a dedicated working dog.
Rose is determined and focused, keeping the sheep out of danger and protecting the other creatures on the farm she calls home. But of all those she’s
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Villard (first published 2010)
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Sep 06, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals-dogs, fiction
Jon Katz has devoted most of his writing to his animals on the farm he lives. I have read several of them. "Rose in a Storm" is about his real life dog border collie Rose. Although this is in fiction form. The story is around Rose who looks over the farm and animals that reside there. She is wondering what happened to Sam her owner's wife Katie{ she does not understand that Katie died} it is winter time and a storm is coming. a big blizzard. Rose has to chase off coyotes and other dangers. she a ...more
Kathy Andrews
Sep 07, 2010 Kathy Andrews rated it really liked it
I feel so fortunate to have received an advance copy of this book. It is a book I could relate to. I read it with my faithful black lab at my feet. Having worked at a free-range veal and lamb farm which employed a couple of sheep dogs, I could easily envision Rose as she went about her work on the farm. Jon Katz does a great job of putting the reader into the story. His descriptions are so vivid, one can almost feel the strength of the wind and imagine the effort necessary to manage a farm durin ...more
TheIron Paw
Sep 29, 2011 TheIron Paw rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs
I finally finished it - I got too emotionally involved and has to stay away from it for several days. Where this book really shines is providing an insight into how the world must appear from the perspective of a dog, without excessively anthropomorphizing the view, though some amount is necessary to enable us humans to understand it. For example Katz describes the dog's view of the farm and her thought processes as an "image" (implying visual image)- we humans would be hard pressed to understan ...more
Dec 20, 2010 Robert rated it it was amazing
An Exceptional Book...written by Jon Katz, a gifted writer, that takes you into the world of Rose, a border collie/shepherd mix. The bond between Rose and her owner, a farmer, and the raw world of nature that is theirs, is vividly portrayed. The story flows with the rhythms and events of the natural world, from skittish sheep, driven by fear, to hungry coyotes.
A major blizzard disrupts the farm in multiple destructive ways, bringing a snow driven struggle for survival to this powerful story.
Dec 13, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
Katz has his strengths, but there's a separation of species that irks me when he's describing the human/dog bond. In "A Dog Year," I felt such impatience in Katz toward a dog he adopted knowing the dog was troubled. In "Rose," I felt so annoyed that the farmer felt keeping a distance between himself and Rose implied they worked better that way. Also understand that the majority of farms operate on a shoestring, but would a solo farmer in a farming area really take no steps to augment group commu ...more
Shukri Abdullah
Mar 23, 2015 Shukri Abdullah rated it really liked it
This is the first book from Jon Katz that I read and I LOVED it! I went into this prepared. I knew I will lose it somewhere along the plot and I would get emotionally invested -- both did happen. Something about Sam's innocence and Rose's loyalty and determination that stuck out to me from every chapter. Certain parts remain muddled to me (due to my incompetence) but overall it was a solid 4.
Sep 03, 2010 Roxanne rated it liked it
Received this through Goodreads First Reads giveaway and was very pleasantly surprised to be engrossed in the story (as I would never classify myself as a lover of dogs). Both heartwarming and heartrending, the story is a pleasant diversion.
Maureen Mullis
An interesting story about a farmer and his dog (Rose) as they deal with a severe storm on the farm. It's told from both the point of view of the farmer as well as from the point of view of the dog. Pretty good, but a rather strange ending. If you like dogs you might like this book.
Amy R
Jan 22, 2011 Amy R rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
Raw and powerful, especially since I read most of it this morning, after experiencing our own terrible storm (thunder and tornadoes) last night. An amazingly well told story from the dog's perspective.
May 20, 2016 Karen rated it did not like it
My mom loved this book! I read five chapters and quit. I'm a dog lover but can't do books narrated by dogs.
Kristen Schrader (Wenke)
Jan 25, 2016 Kristen Schrader (Wenke) rated it really liked it
The story of one small farm's survival during a blizzard, as told from the dog's point of view.
Great for animal lovers.
1 star taken away for the deus ex machina resolution to the conflict.
Jun 11, 2015 Sharman rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, touching story of a working dog, a farm and a blizzard. Loved it.
Julie Griffin
Dec 01, 2016 Julie Griffin rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. Books written from an animal's point of view can be treachly or cute, but they can succeed as in the marvelous Three Bags Full, a mystery from the point of view of sheep. In Rose, we see the world through the eyes of a working farm dog. Rose does not do treats or petting, she lives to work. Which is a good thing for her human Sam, who is trying to keep his farm going after the death of his wife, Katie. Rose and Sam share a bond as they care for the sheep, cows, chickens ...more
Jan 08, 2017 Hidayah6064 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
A soothing rain shower after a dry spell is always invigorating. That is how this book felt after a short string of dry books. Ever since my foray at a young age into farming books like the All Creatures Great and Small series by James Herriot, these warm hearted tales of a simple life revolving around animals have always left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside. This book reminded me so much of that. The story told from the eyes of a border collie was delightfully simple yet deep. It conveyed the ...more
Barbara Talbott
May 15, 2017 Barbara Talbott rated it really liked it
Rose is a border collie belonging to Sam and living on a farm. She is hard working and devotes herself to her sheep. A horrific winter storm comes with below zero temperatures, falling snow for days, and high winds. Sam gets hurt and is flown out of there and Rose is left by herself. She manages to take care of the animals, herself, and an old wild dog who attaches himself to Rose. She goes through terrible events, including attacking coyotes. Her bravery and hard work are unbelievable and she i ...more
Patty Glikman
May 05, 2017 Patty Glikman rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful story through the eyes of a dog. Tear jerker.
May 18, 2017 Janet rated it it was amazing
Great audiobook for dog lovers! Rose is a working dog on a farm with Sam. When Sam is injured, she stays behind in a huge snowstorm to take care of the farm. Great listen.
Jun 25, 2016 Mindy rated it liked it
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Jan 02, 2014 C.T. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers, animal lovers, country folks, herding dog owners
I'm ambivalent about this one.

Rose in a Storm uses an omniscient third-person narrator to switch back and forth between the farmer Sam's and his border collie Rose's viewpoint, but most of the story is Rose's. The novel is better than the few non-fiction books I've read that attempt to convey the canine perspective, and the descriptions of farm life and tasks ring true.

Taking a scientific outlook, though, I found it difficult to settle on what I thought of Katz's portrayal of the dog's thought
Nanie Hurley
A história de Rose, uma cadela com um grande senso de responsabilidade.


Como não cair de amores por Rose?!
Rose é uma border collie (aquele cachorro que pastoreia ovelhas) que trabalha na fazenda de Sam. O fazendeiro a trata apenas como um cachorro de trabalho e a cadelinha também só aprecia esse tipo de tratamento.
Mas quando uma inesperada nevasca atinge a região, as coisas começam a mudar. Principalmente porque a nevasca se transforma em uma grande tempestade e a vida cotidiana da fazenda se
Sep 21, 2012 K rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, animals
Jon Katz has written a number of non-fiction books focusing on the border collies in his life at Bedlam Farm. In this fiction book he turns to Rose, a border collie who lives on a small Upper New York farm with farmer Sam to tell a story through the eyes of a dog.

Sam is now alone since his wife Katie passed away from an illness. Both Sam and Rose miss Katie and this loss flows through the story. Helping Sam with the farm’s small herd of cows (Brownie the steer is in charge), a flock of sheep (th
Jun 10, 2013 J.T. rated it it was ok
Shelves: canine, ergh
I was looking for something quick to read while on vacation and managed to find this on the library shelf. On the positive side, it did keep my interest long enough for me to finish the book, and Katz's view of the inner thoughts and mental maps of a working farm dog initially intrigued me. Sadly, that's where the positive things end.
The book was so repetitive: same ideas about a dog's mental map and level of comprehension hammered out over and over again, unvaried sentence structure, and many w
I recieved this book for free through Goodreads First Reads Giveaways, and I'm so glad, because I don't know when I would have gotten around to it if I hadn't!

I opened this book on the brink of falling asleep on a plane. I was immediately engrossed and felt wide awake for the whole thing. As a testament to how tired I really was, I felt asleep minutes after finishing it.

Within the first few pages you can physically feel the tension. Katz was brilliant at making us feel the storm coming - the way
I am an unabashed lover of dogs and books about dogs; a real sucker for the concept of the loyalty and devotion of a dog for its master. With ROSE IN A STORM by John Katz my sentimentality gene was placed in a virtual holding pattern as Rose, the not quite human Border collie with a no nonsense approach to life in general and work in particular, managed to survive the many trials and tribulations that befell her. Like a vigilant nurse-maid this dog's main objective is guarding and protecting tho ...more
Nov 03, 2010 Crazycatladyslibrary rated it it was amazing
Anyone who has ever owned an animal has had the thought at one time or other: “I wonder what he/she is thinking?” Rose in a Storm by Jon Katz provides us with a glimpse into the mind and thoughts of Rose, a working border collie, intuitively and effectively answering that question for us. Not only do we get the opportunity to share Rose’s daily routines, we are also treated to glimpses of her memories and emotions.

At the beginning of the book, Rose and her farmer/owner, Sam, are preparing the fa
Feb 23, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This is a story of a Border Collie--from the dog's point of view. It chronicles mostly the time period of a severe winter storm--there are some references to past events and the epilogue carries over to the summer.

Rose is Sam's dog. They have a working relationship on the farm--each doing their job--neither being very affectionate with the other, though both respecting the other. A winter storm is coming and Sam and Rose work to prepare the farm's barns, shelters, and animals from the cold. They
Nov 05, 2010 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Jon Katz for several years- as I have read most of his memoirs. I was first attracted to his books because he has had yellow labs and border collies- and I personally have had both. His description of the temperament of border collies is right on. Thus, I followed his adventures with his various dogs including Devon, Orson, Rose, Pearl and Izzy. I met Pearl at a book reading (Barnes & Nobles, in Clark, NJ) and Izzy (in Clifton Park, NY) at a book talk where Jon was talki ...more
Rajeev Singh
Aug 30, 2010 Rajeev Singh rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
The first thing you have to know about Rose in a Storm is that it isn't just as story about a dog, it's the story of an extraordinary dog under devastating circumstances. I was worried that a book about a farm dog would be a predictable yawn, but instead I found myself immersed in a very curious character study.

It begins at a slow and relaxed pace, but Katz patiently turns up the tension as the novel progresses, and he doesn't let up until very close to the end. Although it details the events o
Jan 14, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jon Katz’s “Rose in a Storm” is a novel of love and labor, a work of impressive proportions with regard to its perceptive qualities. Rose, a border collie/shepherd mix, belongs to Sam, who owns a Granville farm. Together they keep the farm running and handle the inevitable situations and complications which arise. The latest crisis involves the arrival and long duration of a colossal blizzard which threatens not only the livestock but Sam and Rose as well, leaving the border collie to fight out ...more
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Dec 22, 2011 Kat (Lost in Neverland) rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs-wolves
4.5 Stars! Rose sensed the storm coming....

Rose is a hard-working, dedicated border collie living on her farm with Sam, her human farmer. She takes care of the animals, keeps them in check, protects them from predators. When the biggest storm Sam and Rose have ever seen strikes the farm, Rose must risk her life to keep the animals on the farm alive through the five-day storm.

When Sam gets injured trying to move snow off the roof of the barn, Rose is left alone to take care of the animals, the f
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Jon Katz is an author, photographer, and children's book writer. He lives on Bedlam Farm with his wife, the artist Maria Wulf, his four dogs, Rose, Izzy, Lenore and Frieda, two donkeys, Lulu and Fanny, and two barn cats. His next book, "Rose In A Storm" will be published by Random House on October 5.
He is working on a collection of short stories and a book on animal grieving.
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