Read of the Week – ‘The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs’ by Nick Trout

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The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs (Cyrus Mills, #1) by Nick Trout


After fifteen years, Dr. Cyrus Mills returns to rural Vermont to inherit the Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the failing veterinary practice of his recently deceased and long-estranged father. Cyrus, a veterinary pathologist far more comfortable with cold clinical facts than living, breathing animals (not to mention their quirky, demanding owners), intends to sell the practice and get out of town as fast as he can.
Then his first patient—a down-on-her-luck golden retriever named Frieda Fuzzypaws—wags her way through the door, and suddenly life gets complicated. With the help of a black Labrador gifted in the art of swallowing underwear, a Persian cat determined to expose her owner’s lover as a gold digger, and the allure of a feisty, pretty waitress from the local diner, Cyrus gets caught up in a new community and its endearing residents, both human and animal. Sensing he may have misjudged the past, he begins to realize it’s not just his patients that need healing.
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The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs is a story which proves you can go home again.  Dr. Trout is a veterinarian and he brings the joys and heart breaks of his profession into his writing. The varied cast of characters are clear-cut and believable even if their quirks seem somewhat strange in the beginning.  Real life is strange, however, and Dr. Trout clearly writes with reality in mind.  These are the folks you might find in any small American town.

In the end, it is the animals who teach Dr. Mills the folly of cutting himself off from the real world.  This is a story of redemption and rebirth, as well-written and heartwarming a book as I’ve ever read.  If you want a reason to smile when you close a book, this just might be the book for you.


 

Read For The Week 8-13-2015

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From the front lines of modern medicine, Tell Me Where It Hurts is a fascinating insider portrait of a veterinarian, his furry patients, and the blend of old-fashioned instincts and cutting-edge technology that defines pet care in the twenty-first century. For anyone who’s ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at your veterinarian’s office, Tell Me Where It Hurts offers a vicarious journey through twenty-four intimate, eye-opening, heartrending hours at the premier Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.

Part ER, part Dog Whisperer, and part House, this heartfelt and candid book shows that while the technology has changed since James Herriot’s day, the humanity and compassion remains unchanged. If you’ve ever had a pet or special place in your heart for furry friends, Dr. Trout’s irresistible book is for you.

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Tell Me Where it Hurts by Doctor Trout is heartwarming story of a man whose life revolves around the care and healing of animals. I grew up reading All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful and All Things Wise and Wonderful, books which instilled in me the desire to become a veterinarian.  I never did become a vet (as my son said, ‘Math kicked my butt’), but I have enjoyed reading about the men and women who care for the creatures that are such an important part of our lives. This book is compelling, joyous, crying sad, compassionate, inspirational, funny and a hundred other things. I loved the warmth and caring of Dr. Trout and his easy way of putting that love to paper.  I have already ordered another book about his practice of veterinarian medicine and also the first book of a fictional series he has written.

5 Stars!


“Pets are our seat belts on the emotional roller coaster of life–they can be trusted, they keep us safe, and they sure do smooth out the ride.”
Nick Trout, Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon

Read For The Week 7-27-2015

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From the front lines of modern medicine, Tell Me Where It Hurts is a fascinating insider portrait of a veterinarian, his furry patients, and the blend of old-fashioned instincts and cutting-edge technology that defines pet care in the twenty-first century. For anyone who’s ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at your veterinarian’s office, Tell Me Where It Hurts offers a vicarious journey through twenty-four intimate, eye-opening, heartrending hours at the premier Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.

Part ER, part Dog Whisperer, and part House, this heartfelt and candid book shows that while the technology has changed since James Herriot’s day, the humanity and compassion remains unchanged. If you’ve ever had a pet or special place in your heart for furry friends, Dr. Trout’s irresistible book is for you.

Goodreads


“Pets are our seat belts on the emotional roller coaster of life–they can be trusted, they keep us safe, and they sure do smooth out the ride.”
Nick Trout, Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon