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The Gift of Pets: Stories Only a Vet Could Tell

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Bruce R. Coston's first book, Ask the Animals, earned him high praise for being another James Herriot. Now, in his delightful second memoir, Coston shares more rich stories about his animal patients and the clients who make veterinary practice so fulfilling. In this humorous, poignant, and enthralling collection, Coston explores what it is about the interaction with our pe ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books
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I have always been a great fan of James Herriot and now we have our very own veterinarian story-teller in Virginia. Bruce Coston does a great job sharing his true stories of pets, their owners, and of the caring people who do their best to heal our animals.

Though the book is rated adult because of some very graphic descriptions of some of the treatments, I don't think there is anything in the book that our junior high school students can't handle. Our audience of readers is very drawn to animal
Vicky McKay
Great Book

I really enjoyed this book! The stories about the patients were very good and interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about veterinarians and their patients.
Linda Hunt
An enjoyable book written by a vet I wish lived next door! Dr. Coston cares very much for the animals he treats, and has a gift for healing. A pleasant book, written with both smiles and tears.
So many vet memoirs claim to be a "modern day James Herriot," but this one actually was. I laughed, cried, and enjoyed the whole book.
This is Dr. Bruce Coston's second book, and it is well worth reading for any animal lover, whether your preference is for furry, feathered or scaled animals! Dr. Coston is a veterinarian reminiscent of James Herriot, the beloved country vet of years gone by. He sees a wide variety of patients, and treats them all with the same level of respect and attention. You will laugh, smile and cry throughout the book, as you get to know a large cast of characters. From the staff to the animal caretakers, ...more
I had to return this book to its owner, so even though I was enjoying it, I only made it halfway through. I'd like to visit with it again one day. It's a very well-written account of a small town veterinarian talking about his career in the field. He portrays scenes that make the reader want to keep reading. For someone who's not a writer by trade, he's produced an impressive book, though at times he does slow down the text with descriptions of vet-talk that he could have edited down. Overall, t ...more
Like James Herriott, good animal stories by a vet.
Joan Griffin
A good book by a good vet who has been very kind to my dog.
Rebecca Jackson
A must read for all animal lovers. Chock full of stories from the heart about the author, a vet himself. He begins with his "in training" days to become an equine vet to ending up with his own small animal practice/hospital. His stories are full of the ups and downs of being a veterinarian. But he tells the stories of both the animals he treats and their people. He has such insight into the mind and heart of the animal lover. I laughed and cried all the way through this book.
Jane Brewer
I don't believe in coincidences. I am currently dealing with a post operative horse. This book was just what I needed to confirm how much of a gift my horse is along with good thoughts about dealing with decisions involving a sick animal. Colson writes through both the eyes of a vet and a real understanding of the complicated relationships between a person and their beloved pet. He is just one of the really good vets out there that we depend on to take care of our gifts!
If you're an animal lover...have a box of tissues ready. Coston does an excellent job showcasing the unspeakable bond between pet & owner, through good times & bad. His stories will make you laugh & most definitely cry. And if you currently own a pet, trust me, you will be showering them with lots of love once you're done. I couldn't leave my golden retriever alone for days! Pets truly are a gift.
Just lovely writing on treating animals and the beasts who love them.
Awesomeness! Like a modern day James Harriet
Virginia Klinkman
I'm laughing out loud! Great descriptions
A quick read for all pet lovers.
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