This months Book: (we can also finish discussing 'A Tale like the Wind)
The New Work of Dogs: Tending
to Life, Love, and Family
Jon Katz (Author)
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In an increasingly fragmented and disconnected society, dogs are often treated not as pets, but as family members and human surrogates. The New Work of Dogs profiles a dozen such relationships in a New Jersey town, like the story of Harry, a Welsh corgi who provides sustaining emotional strength for a woman battling terminal breast cancer; Cherokee, companion of a
man who has few friends and doesn’t know how to talk to his family; the Divorced Dogs Club, whose funny, acerbic, and sometimes angry women turn to their dogs to help them rebuild their lives; and Betty Jean, the frantic founder of a tiny
rescue group that has saved five hundred dogs from abuse or abandonment in
Drawn from hundreds of interviews and conversations with
dog lovers and canine professionals, The New Work of Dogs combines compelling personal narratives with a penetrating look at human/animal attachment, and it presents a vivid portrait of a community—and, by extension, an entire nation—that is turning to its pets for emotional support and stability
in a changing and uncertain world.
This Month's Hike - Washington Park in Anacortes (maybe we will spot some porpoises)
Washington Park sits on a peninsula at the west end of Fidalgo Island. The 220-acre city park features camping, a boat launch, and day use picnic sites. A scenic 2.2-mile loop road winds rough the park’s forested hills and meadows with views of the San Juan Islands and Olympic Mountains.
From I-5 take Highway 20 west. Enter Anacortes on Spur 20 and take Commercial Avenue to 12th Street. Turn left on 12th and follow the signs approximately 3 miles) to Washington Park.