This event is open to the public, but we ask that you please pre-register in order to attend
Veterinary Medicine Academic Building, Wexner Auditorium (room 170), 1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210 Get directions
Paid parking is available in the Sisson lot. You must purchase a parking tag at one of the "pay and display" machines in the lot.
Please join The OSU Veterinary Medical Center's Honoring the Bond program in welcoming author, Jon Katz as he discusses his new book, Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die. Jon will be reading, answering questions and signing copies of the book that will be available for sale at the event.
"My role is to provide support to pet owners experiencing difficult situations and I will definitely recommend this book to my clients. Jon puts to paper the experiences and feelings that are so common with pet owners struggling through the loss of their animal companions." - Joelle Nielsen, Program Coordinator, Honoring the Bond
For more information regarding pet loss support services offered at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, please visit the Pet Owner Support and Counseling (Honoring the Bond) web site.
Praise for New York Times Bestselling Author Jon Katz
"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 & Me
"Katz's world—of animals and humans and their combined generosity of spirit—is a place you're glad you’ve been." —The Boston Globe
"Katz proves himself a Thoreau for modern times as he ponders the relationships between man and animals, humanity and nature."—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"I toss a lifetime award of three liver snaps to Jon Katz."—Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio's Fresh Air
In Soul of a Dog, Izzy & Lenore, A Good Dog, and other acclaimed works, New York Times bestselling author and animal advocate Jon Katz has written meaningfully about the cherished bond between humans and animals—especially our intense connection to our pets. Now, in GOING HOME: Finding Peace When Pets Die (Villard Hardcover; On Sale September 27, 2011), Katz addresses the difficult but necessary topic of saying goodbye to a devoted companion, and offers comfort, wisdom, and a way forward from sorrow to acceptance.
When Jon Katz first brought Orson home, he couldn't predict how this boisterous border collie would change his life, most notably by inspiring him to buy Bedlam Farm. Yet for all of Katz's years as a dog owner, Orson's death shook him in a deeply profound way. "I was embarrassed by my grief," he remembers. "What right did I have to fall to pieces over a border collie?"
Drawing on personal experiences, stories from fellow pet owners, and philosophical reflections, Katz provides guidance and 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. With great compassion, 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.
Full of empathy, insight, and sage advice, GOING HOME is an invaluable guide and touchstone for anyone who has lost a pet. Jon Katz honors the animals that have graced our lives and reveals their truly timeless gifts: unwavering companionship and undying love.
About the Author
Author and photographer Jon Katz has written twenty books—seven novels and thirteen works of nonfiction—including Soul of a Dog, Izzy & Lenore, Dog Days, A Good Dog, and The Dogs of Bedlam Farm. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Rolling Stone, Wired, and the AKC Gazette. He has worked for CBS News, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Katz is also the author of a children's book, Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm. He lives on Bedlam Farm in upstate New York with his wife, the artist Maria Wulf; his dogs, Rose, Izzy, Lenore, and Frieda; and his barn cats, Mother and Minnie; his donkey's Lulu, Fanny, and Simon; hens; a rooster; and a flock of sheep.
GOING HOME by Jon Katz
Villard Hardcover - On Sale 9/27/11
978-0-345-50269-8 - $22.00 - 192 pages