Posted by Book Mavens on October 10th, 2012
Title: Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die
Author: Jonathan Katz
Publisher: Villard Books, 2011
Summary/Review: Jonathan Katz is famous for his many books on dogs and life on Bedlam Farm – he’s written seven novels and twelve works of non-fiction. But he’d never really addressed what happens to someone when an animal that they have loved and cared for dies. When Katz made the very difficult decision to put down his border collie Orson, he was blindsided by a grief that was so strong, he didn’t quite know how to deal with it, so initially he didn’t. After some time and healing, he realized that his experience was very similar to others who’d lost pets, so he decided to write a book about it. This beautiful book will be of real help to anyone who’s said goodbye to an animal that they loved. Katz addresses not only the grief – he also writes about the guilt that may come from having had to make the decision to end a pet’s life. Speaking from personal experience, this book is very comforting and a true gift for anyone in pain over the loss of a pet.
Who Will Like It: Anyone who has ever shed a tear over the loss of a beloved pet.
If you like this, try this: As mentioned, Jon Katz has a number of other books including “Dogs of Bedlam Farms”, “A Good Dog”, and “Dog Year”. If you’re looking for more stories about pets, try “Marley & Me” by John Grogan, or “Dewey” by Vicki Myron.
Recommended by: Mary, Reference Librarian
If you’d like to read this book, visit the Fairfield Public Library catalog to see if it’s available and place a hold [Link will open in a new window]