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Ever By My Side: A Memoir in Eight Pets

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“The lessons that these animals taught me have been subtle, startling, and inspirational, playing a small but vital part in helping to shape the person you see with the stethoscope around his neck.” —Dr. Nick Trout

New York Times bestselling author Nick Trout has captivated readers by taking them behind the scenes into the heartwarming—and sometimes heartrending—world of
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mar 21, 2011 Sherri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I expected a feel good book about pets, and it was, but much more. This is a well-written book that has insight into family relationships, the twists and turns life takes and having a child with a serious illness.
A couple quotes from the book:
“…family will always be the sum of its individual members, be they human or animal.”
“What matters most is how hard you try.”
Dr. Trout grew up in England and moved to America. It was interesting to read about adjusting to “American culture”
“What was Saturday
Dec 21, 2010 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
The author of this heartwarming memoir had me hooked by page 8. He shares stories of how animals have had a profound impact in his life and on his human relationships - with his father, as a father himself and husband, and as a veterinarian. It made me laugh and cry with the memories of my own loved pets. I highly recommend for animal lovers, young and old and for book groups where it would raise some interesting discussions.
Oct 30, 2011 Shirley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. I am a great James Herriot fan and this book has the same powerful attraction as Herriot's true-life stories as an English country vet. Dr. Nick Trout is a small pet surgeon. His background is English as is Herriot's. I was concerned before entering the pages of the book because the title is "Ever By My Side: A Memoir in Eight Acts". "Acts" has been crossed out and "Pets" replaces the word "Acts". I wasn't sure I could face the devastating loss of eight animals. In ...more
Dec 26, 2010 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal-rescue, memoir
"Ever By My Side" is the second of Nick Trout's books that I have read. Trout writes not only about his veterinary practice in this volume, but also about the pets in his own life.

Starting with childhood dog Patch and moving up through pets belonging to his own daughters, Trout explores the human-animal bond in the context of his own family. Amusing anecdotes about his father's obsession with James Herriott and Yorkshire abound, including how those obsessions did (or, in some cases, did not) inf
Feb 14, 2011 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you goodreads for sending me a copy of the book, "Ever by My Side: A Memoir in Eight [Acts]Pets". In anticipation of Dr. Trout's new book and seeing his first two books (one on goodreads), this is now the third book that I have read. After reading all three books in a short time span, I thought that there was some repetition in the books. After the first two books I had anticipated much of the same type of book with veterarian stories to laugh and cry about (being a dog lover). This book, ...more
Stephanie A.
Nick Trout may not have followed in James Herriot's exact footsteps like his father secretly hoped, but he did come up with the best possible way to structure a memoir, fitting his narrative around his relationship with various family pets from childhood to present day. The animals are at the forefront of each chapter, but he also highlights strong family bonds and gives us a glimpse into his training and early career as a veterinarian. And I must say, he has had a lot of excellent pets in his l ...more
Jan 22, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I loved it! Anyone who loves pets will love this book. I found it interesting that his Dad fixated on All Creatures Great and Small (another book I loved...series too). Although this was a book by a veterinarian, it was quite different from other books by veterinarians because it seemed he told his story through his pets rather than through his patients. At times it made me laugh and at times it was quite sad. It makes me hope he continues to write books so I can see what happens next, and I wil ...more
Dave Roberts
Feb 25, 2014 Dave Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nick Trout is a veterinary surgeon at the Angell Vet Hospital in Boston, who grew up in England, not far from James Herriott's stomping grounds.

This book is Trout's biography. It tells his story, from the time he grew up in Yorkshire, with his father hoping that he would become a vet and practice nearby, to his life in Boston, with his two daughters.

Trout is a very compassionate person, toward his own and other pets that he treats, and to his family as well. This is really the story of his relat
Haley Shaffer
Feb 02, 2011 Haley Shaffer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an animal lover, I was excited to read this book, and it did not disappoint. It was easy to relate to Trout's compassion for all types of animals, and I found myself crying during several parts. In addition, the format was easy to read, a perfect example of a memoir. I am a teacher, and can't wait to share this book with my students. Anyone who has ever had a pet should read this book!
Mar 30, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This audio combined two of my favorite things: stories about pets read by a guy with a British accent. What's not to like? Especially since most of the stories were about dogs. Trout made a lot of points that are worth reflecting on for those who love their pets.
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I'm not very good at reviews but I can write a little one for you all! If you are a dog lover, then this is a book for you. It shows a kid growing up wanting to be a veterinarian. This book has a lot of love with dogs.
Jan 16, 2011 Hulananni rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just not the book for me. I found it difficult following the narrative and didn't finish it.
Mar 25, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone who has ever owned a pet has, at one time or other, met a veterinarian. Some of us (myself included) have met surgeons. The people who, when things are decidedly not good, step in and perform miracles on our aging dogs and cats, hurt animals, young creatures with illnesses. Nick Trout is one of those vets. A veterinary surgeon in Boston, MA; Trout tells us of the years he wanted to grow up to be a vet and the years following his graduation. From Patch, the “Oh, by the way, dear we now o ...more
Paul Pessolano
Dr. Nick Trout is a staff surgeon at the most prestigious animal hospital in the world. It is the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

His two prior books, "Tell Me Where It Hurts" and "Love Is The Best Medicine" are both excellent reads that deal with human and animal relationships.

In "Ever By My Side", Dr. Trout takes us back to his growing up in England. His story is told through the eight pets that he had from his youth until be moved to America, married, and started working
May 27, 2011 JSidelinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've just completed Nick Trout's memoir, "Ever by My Side", and found it to be a well written although reticent account of Dr. Trout's childhood and relationships both human and canine. I use "reticent" as a description because I believe Dr. Trout's natural British reserve comes through even when writing about embarrassing yet funny anecdotes. It is a merely an observation;not criticism. I definitely prefer the style over obnoxious self-congratulatory biographies of the quasi-famous.

"Ever by My
Feb 20, 2011 Dianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a memoir by Dr. Nick trout. Dr. Trout recalls the pets of his childhood as well as the pets he now owns.

When Nick was growing up there was always a pet. Nick got his love of animals from his father which in turn led him to become a veterinarian.

Dr. Trout learned that a pet, be it a dog or a cat, can be the best medicine for a lonely person. A pet is the only family some people have and pets have been known to help heal people who are broken by life experiences or who are angry for whate
Megan Palasik
Apr 26, 2011 Megan Palasik rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, zoo-vet, memoir
This was a well written memoir about the life of a veterinarian from when he was a little boy through adulthood with children in high school and college. However, I assumed that since he is a veterinarian he would be sharing a lot of stories about being a doctor and treating animals. That is not the case. While he does touch on a couple of cases, this memoir is more about his pets through the years, and the pets of his father even after Dr. Trout has left home.

Dr. Trout grew up in England. With
Lis Carey
Dec 02, 2011 Lis Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Nick Trout is a veterinary surgeon practicing at Boston's MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center. He's written some charming books about his experiences with patients; this is an equally charming book about his experiences with his own pets, from the first much-loved but inadequately socialized German shepherd growing up in England, to current pets shared with wife and daughters here in New England.

In addition to the family pets, we meet Trout's family, his dog-loving father, and dog-tolerating
Karen Ball
Apr 02, 2011 Karen Ball rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-challenge
Nick Trout grew up in England, with a mother who refused to get the family a dog... at least until there was talk of a neighborhood prowler. The grandparents had dogs - Marty the bad-tempered poodle and Cleo the loveable Dalmation, and that was enough. Or was it? Nick's father came home with Patch, a German shepherd, and Nick's life with pets began. Patch and his adventures were followed by Bess and Whiskey, and then Reginald C. Cat, Buster the homeless bulldog, Gracie, Sophie and Meg. Oh, and t ...more
It's probably my fault. I downloaded this book after listening to the "All Creatures Great and Small" series, which I adored. I was hoping for more of the same, but alas, no. This book is really an autobiography, beginning in the author's childhood, the dogs the family had, and the family's joys and sorrows during that period. There are a few "tongue in cheek" comments that might cause a chuckle, but that's about it for the humor, IMO. His father admires James Herriot (James Alfred Wight), and r ...more
Amy Palmer
Mar 27, 2011 Amy Palmer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: animal lovers, future veterinarians
This book was yet another win from the First Reads program! I had not heard of Dr. Nick Trout when I saw this book, but I can never resist an animal memoir. I signed up and was thrilled when I won.

Dr. Trout has written a lovely memoir in "Ever By My Side." It isn't just a look back at the pets in his life, but more of a memoir tracing his journey from a young boy in England, wanting to please his father; becoming an adult and following his own path; to moving to the United States and starting hi
Aug 26, 2011 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While any book that involves the word 'memoir' and '8 pets' is obviously going to have some sad moments, I didn't find Trout's latest to be nearly the tearjerker as some other pet books I read this year. He has a knack for writing, and if he's as good a surgeon as he is a writer, then I'd trust my dog in his capable hands.
Unlike Trout's other two books, which featured on patients and lessons learned from his experience as a vet, this one deals more with his personal life, from growing up with a
Apr 29, 2012 Bunny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I were independently wealthy, I would fly to Boston to have Nick Trout be my veterinarian. I want to read all of his books now, to hear more about the animals he's treated in his career. I'm glad I checked this out first, because it is just so human.

This is both uplifting, and heart breaking. I love hearing about the animals he saved, and I hated hearing about the ones he couldn't. The Dachsund who lost control of his back legs. The German Sheppard with hip problems, which flashed me back to
Feb 22, 2011 Tonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
I really enjoy reading about animals and pets. However this one really did it for me. Make SURE you read this! He doesn't just make it about him, he makes it about life and all it's lessons.

How wonderful starting out at the very beginning, coming full circle. Very first experiences with grandparents animals, to finally getting a dog of their own, Patch. Make sure you have a box of kleenex, you will need it! You will nod along in agreement, howl with laughter at some of the things our pets do and
Riggs Zeidler
May 29, 2012 Riggs Zeidler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book ever by my side is an amazing book about a boy growing up in england that in his early years found his love for animals, this book is about his trip to becoming a veterenarian in england then later, moving to work in america.

there wasn't a book made after this book

I would recommend this book to a friend that has a love for animals and helping them I for one love animals and also hope that i will be able to become a veterenarian for a profession. I loved the writing in this book it was s
Joy H.
Jul 21, 2012 Joy H. marked it as listened-to-partially  ·  review of another edition
Added 5/11/12.
Ever By My Side: A Memoir in Eight [Acts] Pets by Nick Trout (2011)

5/11/12: I am currently listening to an audio-version of this book.
It's read by Simon Vance who does a good job.

From the Goodreads description page:
“The lessons that these animals taught me have been subtle, startling, and inspirational, playing a small but vital part in helping to shape the person you see with the stethoscope around his neck.”
—Dr. Nick Trout

I didn't finish listening to this audio-book b
Mar 31, 2014 Sloane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though I usually prefer to read contemporary romance, this was a wonderful story, chock full of life lessons. Dr. Trout shares his wisdom and tells a story that is at once entertaining, poignant and memorable. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it will remain one of my all-time favorites.
May 24, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dave Fellowes
Dr. Nick Trout's best book!

Dr. Nick tells of his life, focusing on his pets and family.

As I listened to this audiobook I found myself laughing out loud! Although some of the stories were sweet and tender, I never cried; it just isn't that type of book.

Feb 09, 2011 Danie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just won this book from goodreads!! I love animals, so excited!! Cant wait to get it in the mail!

I just finished this book and I loved it! I have always loved animals so I found it to be a very enjoyable read. I felt that I was really able to connect to a lot of the authors stories. I think that anyone who loves animals will also be able to connect to the authors stories. I have found sometimes that memoirs can be hard to read and a little boring but this memoir was written in an easy to read fo
Good book and a quick read.
Heartwarming stories of the animals in the care of Dr. Nick Trout. He also talks about his early pets.
Some stories will make you laugh and some cry.
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“Our pets are the kids who never leave home, and that's absolutely fine by us because these kids don't ask for the keys to the car, don't turn up drunk at two in the morning, and don't complain if you turn their bedroom into a home gym. Their presence in times of upheaval and transition acts as a touchstone, a reminder of normalcy, of comfort, and the certainty of a love that can get you through.” 23 likes
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