Jon Katz “Dancing Dogs” Tales of The Human-Animal Bond

Jon Katz, “Dancing Dogs” author, will tell you he is not one for the sentimentality of meetingJon Katz Dancing Dogs his dogs over the Rainbow Bridge when he dies. He is the first to admit he is not warm and fuzzy.

Former journalist and mystery novelist (h/t Kirkus Reviews), Katz takes the view that we are expecting too much from our dogs and losing the sense of their animal nature and therefore our respect for them. They are beings outside the reach of what we can know, and he believes we do a disservice to them by imposing human thoughts and motives to their actions. He loves his dogs and works to see them as they are, not as we imagine them to be. He confesses this is not easy.

Jon Katz “Dancing Dogs” is a collection of short stories from real life people that take a closer look at the emotional connection people have with their animals and how that relationship changes them. Where most people write about the dogs, Katz, a New York Times best-selling author, is writing about the people who keep them.

Steve Dale sits down with Jon to discuss his first collection of short stories, “Dancing Dogs.”

 

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BrandonMouton
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Looks like a good book.  I've got three labs, love them all.  Dogs are truly man's best friend.

somethingwagging
somethingwagging like.author.displayName 1 Like

I'm a big Jon Katz fan. I don't always agree with him. But he always makes me think. I prefer his nonfiction writings to his fiction, but Steve's interview makes me think I should pick up this collection of short stories.  

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight

 @somethingwagging  I like what he said about how animals open people up - I believe there are 16 stories in this collection and you get part of one to read for free at Amazon and I think also on Katz's site. It's available on one of the links I put up =) Happy reading...or can I say that about Katz??