Ask the Animals: A Vet's-Eye View of Pets and the People They Love

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Macmillan, Sep 1, 2009 - Pets - 288 pages
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Reminiscent of James Herriot's wonderful books, Coston's memoir offers zany, sad, and touching stories about a medical practice where the patients cannot speak, yet communicate deeplyBruce R. Coston's first book is a warm, funny, and amazingly fulfilling celebration of the wonderful world of animals as seen through the eyes of a small-town veterinarian.

The patients are an eclectic and surprising cast of characters who display incredible bravery and nobility at times, and unbelievable goofiness at others. There's Sandy, the dog who resurrected herself from death. There's Daphne, the transvestite cat who taught Bruce to be a cat person. And the owners are no less engaging, ranging from the angelic to the squeamish, teaching Bruce what it really means to be an animal doctor.

Readers will gain insight into the pathos and passion, the mundane and extraordinary, the thigh-slapping humor and the crushing sadness of a vet's life as he seeks to mend and restore people's treasured companions. Written with great warmth, this book imparts a deeper understanding of the pets who daily enrich our lives.

 

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User Review  - bgknighton - LibraryThing

A very enjoyable book! Makes want to meet Dr Coston and take a job at his clinic. Enjoyable little stories, you get to meet the nicest people and animals. A quick read. Feels like an American version of James Herriot (I'm sure he will get tired of hearing that!) Read full review

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User Review  - Berry Barb - Borders

If you love James Herriott, you'll love Bruce Coston! Have the tissues ready! Read full review

Contents

Within the Fragile Circle
1
Ive Not Forgotten
9
Myself the More
22
Ralston and Squirt
37
Tess
49
The End and the Beginning
57
Daphne
62
A Shot in the Dark
67
Nine Minus One
149
Woodstock
154
Walkabout
163
Resurrection
174
Farewell to Cy
179
Ollie and the Ball Valve
185
An Angel Among Us
192
Ollies Final Fight
198

My First Time
71
Daphne the Transvestite
75
A Cheep Shot
82
Too Little Sugar
88
Chinchilla Surprise
94
Transition
99
Out to Lunch
105
The Heavy Wooden Door
113
The Firstborn
121
The Gift
131
Not for the Faint of Heart
136
And Along Came Another
142
Holly
206
Whats in a Name?
211
Infectious Holly
217
The Old Bait and Switch
222
Slipped Disk
227
Hollys Foot
232
Spirit
238
Dr Prudence
244
The Proposal
257
A Rocky Start
264
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About the author (2009)

Bruce R. Coston received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota. In 1986, he received the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences Service Award and in 1992, he founded a veterinary practice that he still owns and operates. He lives with his family in Virginia.

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