Bestselling author Jon Katz has written a thoughtful and informative book about how to deal with one's grief when a favorite pet is lost. In past works, readers have fallen in love with the animals Katz has nurtured and loved. We have lived with him in the joys and frustrations that make up the baggage of pet ownership. Now, in GOING HOME, he leads us down another path --- that of loss and consolation.
"This is much more than a how-to book about grief: it is a journey on life's rocky path. Katz writes with deep emotion, pathos, genuine love and uplifting joy."
Orson is a border collie who lives a wild and spirited life, uncontrollable in the world of human contact but nevertheless a cherished family member. Katz pours his soul into caring for him, moving mountains to provide the right care and/or cure for his dog's crazy nature. But Orson does not respond to either conventional or unconventional treatments, from medication to dog psychiatry. When he crosses society's acceptable boundary by biting several people, Katz comes to a painful conclusion: Orson must be euthanized.
Katz's introduction tells the story of Orson's final visit to the veterinarian, which happened to be on Katz's birthday. When he brings Orson home for burial, his concern is for Rose, his faithful working border collie and her reaction to her friend’s absence. He views Orson's death as a watershed moment in his own life. At first, he glosses over it, refusing to deal with his own grief. Consumed with guilt, he gradually develops the sense of a bigger picture. This book is the written result of his ability to share insights he has learned from his experiences with painful loss.
Katz prefaces each chapter with artful photographs of the animals he has known, loved and lost. Reminders abound throughout of the playful and caring nature of each. Rose, Orson, Izzie Lenore, Elvis, Merric