"Izzy was an abandoned three-year-old Border collie that Jon Katz, against his better judgement, took in. Lenore was the tiny Labrador puppy he carefully picked out. Together, both dogs bring a new joy and serenity to Jon s life, and to all those they meet. As Jon successfully teaches Izzy to calm down and embrace the rhythm of life on Bedlam Farm, the Border collie demonstrates an uncanny sensitivity to, and tenderness towards, humans who are troubled, ailing or ill. Jon and Izzy begin volunteer hospice work, and Izzy s unusual gift leads Jon off the farm, into new, extraordinary friendships, and shows him what dogs can do for people at our neediest and most intimate times. But the work isn t easy, and Jon is reminded that at times he is needy himself. Enter Lenore, a glossy jet-black Labrador retriever puppy, soon named by Jon as the Hound of Love . Her seemingly boundless capacity for joy reminds Katz why he d come to the farm in the first place and why he d devoted so much of his life to working with dogs. Izzy and Lenore is a moving and inspiring story of love, compassion, and the incredibly rich and complex relationships between dogs and humans."
"With wisdom and grace, [Katz] unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights to anyone who has ever struggled with, and loved, a troubled animal" -- John Grogan, author of MARLEY AND ME
"This moving tale is simply lovely" * Sun *
"Fans will be happy to return to the farm" * Publishers Weekly *
"Katz's world - of animals and humans and their combined generosity of spirit - is a place you're glad you've been" * Boston Globe *