My friend Jon Katz lost his beautiful dog Rose yesterday. Rose was Jon’s muse. Rose was a muse for many of us – a treasure that he shared through his writing. When I read his book Rose in a Storm, I felt I had found a doorway to something primal and precious. It is a breathtaking, open-hearted book. I loved the way Jon showed us Rose’s mind – her encyclopedic mapping of the farm and her ability to tell if anything was amiss in the map.
Rose was also mysterious. She was a dog unto herself, if I understand her at all. Her first business was The Work, which in this case was the running of the farm. She and Jon share a devotion: hers to the caretaking of her family and home, his to the deep and solitary practice of his lovely writing.
Thank you Jon. Thank you Rose.