The Second-Chance Dog


A Love Story

By Jon Katz

In this memoir, Jon Katz tells a story of love. At a time in his life when things were falling apart and he was especially vulnerable, things did indeed change. He met Maria, his human soul mate. He also met Frieda, Maria’s dog.

This is the story of his relationship with Maria, and Frieda, who is very loyal and protective of Maria. As the relationships grow, Frieda must learn to adapt and find her place on the farm. Jon must find a way to help her.

Jon Katz understands dogs. He knew Frieda needed help. He dug into her past so he could understand her, and help her find her place on this farm. A Shepard/Rottweiler mix, she was bred to be a guard dog. Later she was abandoned and lived in the mountains solely by her own wits. Eventually, she was caught and held in a shelter, only giving her more reason to not trust people. Due to her distrust, she was destined to be euthanized. That was when Maria met her. She was determined to give Frieda another chance, and so she adopted her.

Very different than Jon’s dogs, Jon searches for a way into Frieda’s heart. He must help her with trust and love to feel she belongs on the farm. The journey is a difficult one for Frieda, Maria, and also Jon. Yet perseverance and love do conquer many adversities in life. They can save you and transform you; and they do. 

This is Jon Katz at his very best. I highly recommend this love story to those who love dogs, and also to those who love a story of survival and triumph.

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