Jon Katz

Jon Katz’s latest book, Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die, was published by Random House last October. You can visit him at and or email him at

Heavy Petting
Nov. 4 2013 7:15 AMThe Second-Chance DogA love story.
Rural Life
Aug. 2 2012 12:05 PMThe Story of RoseA border collie and a newborn lamb in a blizzard.
Rural Life
May 2 2012 6:17 AMThe Fox on Bedlam FarmThe fox attacked the chickens. The donkeys attacked the fox. I grabbed my gun. …
Heavy Petting
Sept. 23 2008 10:57 AMHospice DogMy border collie Izzy comforts the dying.
Rural Life
Feb. 18 2008 3:01 PMGetting My GoatMy three goats won't stop jeering me, and I love them for it.
Rural Life
June 27 2007 7:02 AMThat's What I Like About EweMost of my sheep are, well, sheep. But then there's No. 57.
Rural Life
May 4 2007 12:36 PMWhy I Shot My LambAnd why I want to shoot my neighbor's lamb, too.
Rural Life
Feb. 26 2007 1:31 PMHenrietta, Chicken of MysteryMy hen is aggressive, audacious, curious, sociable, and baffling.
Rural Life
Dec. 11 2006 12:03 PMThe Bride of FrankensteerMy 2,000-pound steer falls in love.
Rural Life
Aug. 4 2006 1:07 PMSnow White vs. the MonsterWhat happened when four birds got trapped in my wood stove.
Rural Life
May 29 2006 7:10 AMGrunt and GrumbleWhy do men in the country talk that way?
Rural Life
March 30 2006 5:44 AMCock a Doodle DoThe story of Winston, the rooster who wouldn't die.
Heavy Petting
Jan. 16 2006 10:16 AMA Dog Man Gets a CatI never liked cats much. Then Mother moved into my barn.
Heavy Petting
Oct. 6 2005 10:48 AMDo Dogs Think?Owners assume their pet's brain works like their own. That's a big mistake.
Heavy Petting
Feb. 17 2005 11:03 AMRescuing FlyA journey on the dog underground railroad.
Heavy Petting
Feb. 2 2013 8:30 AMThe Perfect DayHis dog was dying. But they could spend one last day together.
May 2 2012 9:14 AMA Story of a Scared Chicken, Brave Donkeys and Hungry Foxes
Rural Life
Nov. 26 2008 6:55 AMHoly Cow!What my 3,000-pound steer has taught me about faith.
Rural Life
June 25 2008 6:55 AMMy Dog Has a Crush on My RamA love story.
Heavy Petting
Jan. 2 2008 8:03 AMA Patient's Best FriendMy dog's amazing gift with hospice patients.
Rural Life
June 4 2007 4:28 PMHenrietta Is DeadSaying goodbye to my aggressive, curious, sociable, baffling chicken.
Rural Life
April 11 2007 12:19 PMThe Donkey Who Couldn't Stand UpWhat happened when Lulu fell during an ice storm.
Heavy Petting
Feb. 12 2007 7:17 AMWhy People Love DogsIt's more complicated than you think.
Heavy Petting
Sept. 26 2006 7:33 AMA Good Dog in TroubleMy beloved Orson kept biting people. What should I do?
Heavy Petting
July 27 2006 6:49 AMThe Loneliness of RoseWhat happens when a dog works too much.
Rural Life
April 28 2006 6:15 AMThe World's Smartest CowWhat my steer, Elvis, has taught me.
Heavy Petting
March 2 2006 11:51 AMNice Ass!Why I own donkeys.
Heavy Petting
Dec. 16 2005 6:09 AMThe Christmas PuppyWhy you shouldn't get one.
Heavy Petting
June 20 2005 10:41 AMAcupuncture for My Border CollieDoes "holistic" veterinary care really work?
Heavy Petting
Jan. 14 2005 4:26 PMTrain in VainWhy dog training fails.




Crying Rape

False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Why Men Can Never Remember Anything

The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM Why Men Can Never Remember Anything

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B

How Will You Carry Around Your Huge New iPhone? Apple Pants!

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

No, New York Times, Shonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman” 

Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 1:39 PM Shonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman,” New York Times. Neither Are Her Characters.
Sept. 19 2014 11:33 AM An Up-Close Look at the U.S.–Mexico Border
  News & Politics
Sept. 19 2014 1:56 PM Scotland’s Attack on the Status Quo Expect more political earthquakes across Europe.
Sept. 19 2014 12:09 PM How Accelerators Have Changed Startup Funding
Inside Higher Ed
Sept. 19 2014 1:34 PM Empty Seats, Fewer Donors? College football isn’t attracting the audience it used to.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM Why Men Never Remember Anything
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Sept. 19 2014 2:06 PM The Guest and Fort Bliss How do we tell the stories of soldiers returning home from war?
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 12:38 PM Forward, March! Nine leading climate scientists urge you to attend the People’s Climate March.
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 12:13 PM The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola  The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.