Ask the Animals: A Vet's-Eye View of Pets and the People by Bruce R. Coston

By Bruce R. Coston

Reminiscent of James Herriot’s terrific books, Coston’s memoir offers zany, unhappy, and touching tales about a clinical perform the place the sufferers can't communicate, but converse deeply
Bruce R. Coston’s first book is a warm, humorous, and amazingly pleasant occasion of the fantastic international of animals as noticeable during the eyes of a small-town veterinarian.

The sufferers are an eclectic and stunning forged of characters who show amazing bravery and the Aristocracy every now and then, and unimaginable 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 individual. And the proprietors aren't any much less attractive, starting from the angelic to the squeamish, educating Bruce what it particularly capability to be an animal health care professional.

Readers will achieve perception into the pathos and fervour, the mundane and awesome, the thigh-slapping humor and the crushing unhappiness of a vet’s lifestyles as he seeks to fix and restore people’s precious companions. Written with nice heat, this book imparts a deeper knowing of the pets who day-by-day enrich our lives. 

From Publishers Weekly
Virginia veterinarian Coston cobbles jointly a couple of his columns from an area newspaper during this relocating account of his perform. Heartbreaking vignettes comprise the pitch-perfect starting depiction of an aged man's pain over placing his puppy down, Coston's personal grief on the dying of his loved cat and a chain of associated chapters a few filthy rich man's love for his miniature dachshund. Coston leavens the somber tales with lighter moments—his first come upon with a ill chinchilla, for instance, and his hilarious failure to persuade a involved caller that she isn't killing a toddler chick by means of boiling an egg for supper. whilst writing from inside of his perform and approximately his education to develop into a vet, Coston comes off as powerfuble and compassionate, yet an excessive amount of of the gathering attracts from the author's mundane domestic lifestyles; extra puppy and no more vet may need made for a Herriot-class booklet. (Sept.)
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"A punctilious glimpse into the lives of the creatures we like such a lot dearly--our pets. This memoir is a mirrored image on what makes us human. It's a needs to learn for someone who cares concerning the lives of animals."--The Sacramento publication Review

"Veterinarian Coston writes warmly of his lifestyles as an animal physician. With self-deprecation and humor, he tells the tale of the way he grew to become a small-town veterinarian....This beneficial addition to the big style of veterinary memoirs is one of the cream of the post-Herriot crop."--Booklist

“Herriot can be a difficult act to keep on with, yet Coston has confirmed himself as much as the task."--Best associates Magazine

"A publication that brims with perception, heat, and grace. The lifetime of a rustic veterinarian hasn't ever been as available because the bestselling books of James Herriot."--The Tucson Citizen

"Ask the Animals is a superbly written memoir that not just explores the lifestyle of a veterinarian, but in addition the sacrifices it takes to get there. Dr. Coston has entire what all veterinarians aspire to, a companionate dating with either his sufferers and their humans."--Jeff Wells, DVM, writer of All My sufferers Have stories

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Fred and Ted’s road trip / by Peter Eastman. — 1st ed. p. cm. Summary: Dogs Fred and Ted pack up their cars and go on a road trip, and their different ways of doing things have interesting results. eISBN: 978-0-375-89854-9 [1. Automobile travel—Fiction. 2. Friendship—Fiction. 3. Individuality—Fiction. 4. ] I. Title. E13153Frs 2011 [E]—dc22 2010006265 Random House Children’s Books supports the First Amendment and celebrates the right to read. 1 Contents Title Page Copyright First Page Fred and Ted were going on a road trip.

Ted was clean. Fred was dirty. Ted turned on the water. He stayed dry. Fred got wet. They came to a log. Fred drove over it. Ted drove under it. They stopped to have a picnic. Ted carried the lunch. Fred spread the blanket. They sat down to eat. Ted felt one drop. Fred felt two drops. It started to rain! Ted ran to his red car. Fred ran to his green car. Ted drove in the rain. Fred drove out of the rain. They drove in the desert. Ted was cool. Fred was hot. They ran over some cactus. Fred got a flat tire.

Fred spread the blanket. They sat down to eat. Ted felt one drop. Fred felt two drops. It started to rain! Ted ran to his red car. Fred ran to his green car. Ted drove in the rain. Fred drove out of the rain. They drove in the desert. Ted was cool. Fred was hot. They ran over some cactus. Fred got a flat tire. In the toolbox, Ted found a pump. Fred found a spoon. Ted pumped. Fred found apples. Ted pumped and pumped and pumped! Fred found bread and milk and a pineapple! Fred went up and up and up!

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