A big New England snowstorm hits a rural farm with dire consequences for the people and animals there. Plot driven and a page turner on one level. But more truly fascinating and moving to the reader as the canine's perspective unfolds with the events, and for the insight offered into the work that dogs do as our companions.
What a tear jerker!
A real tearjerker, about the seasons of life on a farm & the working dog that watches over the farmer & the animals.
I finally finished it - I got too emotionally involved and has to stay away from it for several days. Where this book really shines is providing an insight into how the world must appear from the perspective of a dog, without excessively anthropomorphizing the view, though some amount is necessary to enable us humans to understand it. For example Katz describes the dog's view of the farm and her thought processes as an "image" (implying visual image)- we humans would be hard pressed to understand an image based largely on scents, as a dog's most likely would be. While the plot may be a bit heavy handed, a number of the incidents I have seen earlier in Katz's non-fiction work (e.g. Dogs of Bedlam Farm)enhancing the believability of this.
This book will appeal immensely to those who love dogs for what they are: dogs. It will appeal less to those who prefer to see dogs in anthropomorphic terms (e.g. themselves as "mommy" to the dog).
As an aside - I wonder if "Flash" is a reference to Footrot Flats dog.
What a surprise! This book was a quick read from the perspective of a working dog. I enjoyed that perspective on people, other animals, and how we rely on each other.
This story is seen through Rose's eyes and tells how she takes care of her farm and human. If you are an animal lover, this story is for you.
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