Katz and Dogs

Bedlam Farm’s dogs inspire and shape one writer’s life.

Bedlam Farm in upstate New York takes on a beautiful, magical quality in winter, with a dusting of snow and barren trees, a 19th-century farmhouse, and sweeping pastures.

But to resident and bestselling author Jon Katz, that mystery exists year-round, surrounding him and the beloved dogs who changed his life. Actually, perhaps the magic exists because of those cherished canines.

It all began with Orson the Border Collie in 2000. This excitable, behaviorally troubled 2-year-old, adopted from a breeder in Texas, inspired Katz to leave New Jersey and, in 2003, move to the rambling farmhouse and 110-acre farm, now complete with a menagerie of cows, goats, donkeys, chickens, and sheep.

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