IZZIE & LENORE: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me

On Sale: September 23rd, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6630-8 (1-4000-6630-1)

Katz returns with a dramatic dog adventure to the edges of life in IZZY & LENORE: Two Dogs, An Unexpected Journey, and Me (Villard Books Hardcover; On Sale Date: September 23, 2008). In IZZY & LENORE, Katz examines two of his exceptional dogs and the mysterious power they have in their interactions with the humans around them. One healed his own soul and the other brought Jon into some of the most gratifying work of his life, that of a hospice volunteer in Washington County in Upstate New York. Izzy was an abandoned three-year-old border collie whose sketchy past and nervous disposition reminded Katz of the dogs he has been closest to over his life. As Katz taught this newest denizen of his animal menagerie to calm down and embrace the rhythm of life on Bedlam Farm, Izzy exhibited an uncanny sensitivity to, and tenderness toward, humans who were troubled, ailing, or ill. It was Izzy’s special receptiveness that led Katz to a pursuit he’d often pondered but never seriously considered: volunteer hospice work.