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Going Home

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Going Home

Finding Peace When Pets Die

By Jon Katz

Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780345502704, 166pp.

Publication Date: August 21, 2012


In this invaluable guide and touchstone, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz addresses the difficult but necessary topic of saying goodbye to a beloved pet. Drawing on personal experiences, stories from fellow pet owners, and philosophical reflections, Katz provides support for those in mourning. By allowing ourselves to grieve honestly and openly, he posits, we can in time celebrate the dogs, cats, and other creatures that have so enriched us. Katz compels us to consider if we gave our pets good lives, if we were their advocates in times of need, and if we used our best judgments in the end. In dealing with these issues, we can alleviate guilt, let go, and help others who are undergoing similar passages. By honoring the animals that have graced our lives, we reveal their truly timeless gifts: unwavering companionship and undying love.

With a brand-new Foreword by the author 

About the Author
Jon Katz has written twenty books--eight novels and twelve works of nonfiction--including "Soul of a Dog, Izzy & Lenore, Dog Days, A Good Dog, " and "The Dogs of Bedlam Farm." He has written for "The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, " Slate, "Rolling Stone, Wired, "and the "AKC Gazette." He has worked for CBS News, "The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, "and "The Philadelphia Inquirer." Katz is also a photographer and the author of a children's book, "Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm. "He lives on Bedlam Farm in upstate New York with his wife, the artist Maria Wulf; his dogs, Rose, Izzy, Lenore, and Frieda; his donkeys, Lulu and Fanny; and his barn cats, Mother and Minnie. "From the Hardcover edition."

Praise For Going Home

“Wonderful [and] enormously comforting.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A must-read . . . Numerous books have been published on the subject, but Going Home ranks right up there with the best.”—Seattle Kennel Club
“[A] heartrending book . . . Katz addresses a need, and he does it beautifully.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Refreshing in its honest depiction of grief over pet loss.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Katz offers wisdom on finding peace.”Baltimore Sun