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 eleven books, six novels and five works of nonfiction. A two-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, he has written for The New York Times, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, and Wired. He currently writes about technology, media, and culture for the Web site Slashdot.org, and is a contributing editor to public radio's Marketplace and to Bark magazine, and is a member of the Assocication of Pet Dog Trainers. He can be e-mailed at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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