The Gift of Pets: Stories Only a Vet Could Tell
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, 336 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books
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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 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!
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.
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.
Aug 27, 2012 Josette rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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