Jon Katz, Veteran Author, Most Recently Of “Dancing Dogs”

Jon Katz–New York Times bestselling author who’s written 21 books, many of which focus on dogs, some of which deal with life on the farm he bought some years ago, Bedlam Farm–discusses “Dancing Dog,” his new book and first collection of short stories.  He addresses the way many of the stories re-visit or more deeply explore issues and true-life stories of his past books, with the new collection serving as something of a summation of the Katz canine canon. Katz also talks about some specific stories (and in some cases, the inspiration for those stories), including the opening piece, “Gracie’s Last Walk,” which deals with the multiple challenges of a young Manhattan woman whose dog dies and struggles to take the dog to her veterinarian to be cremated; and “Lucky’s Day,” which turns the notion that ours dogs are sad and lonely in our absence on its head, with a wry portrait of a dog who has a busy day, rich life and full dance card of activities while his humans are at work. (www.BedlamFarm.com, www.facebook.com/BedlamFarm)

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ALSO: We spoke briefly with Frank Hamilton, co-founder of Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT) about the organization’s then-forthcoming Stride For Strays event, to be held Oct. 21, its annual walk and other events and festivities to raise funds for ACT’s low-cost spay/neuter clinic and other services it provides. (www.ACTTampa.org)

COMEDY CORNER: Erin Foley’s “Dogs” (www.ErinKFoley.com)

MUSIC: The Bevans’ “Panting Dogs,” John Hiatt’s “My Dog And Me,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Dirty Spoons & Trash’s version of “I Wanna Be Your Dog”

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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