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James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories (James Herriot's Animal Stories)

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The magic of Herriot's storytelling has never been more vivid than in this collection of 53 stories about the Yorkshire vet's favorite animal and "man's best friend". Each story is introduced by Herriot and enhanced by one of Victor Ambrus's masterful drawings. A major publishing event for a worldwide audience. Martin's.
Published (first published 1986)
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Celty's_heart I suppose you could call it a semi-autobiographical work, that includes some of the canines that have touched the author in a special way.
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Celty's_heart Most definitely. There are very happy endings and it's written in a way that can be easily explained to young readers. They may not understand all the…moreMost definitely. There are very happy endings and it's written in a way that can be easily explained to young readers. They may not understand all the references and scenarios, but they will understand the love of dogs that always shines through.(less)
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Oct 17, 2014 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No one does animal stories like James Herriot. He writes from more than 50 years’ experience as a veterinarian in rural North Yorkshire, but with such lovely prose that you almost—almost—wonder if he missed his true calling:
This was the real Yorkshire with the clean limestone wall riding the hill’s edge and the path cutting brilliant green through the crowding heather. And, walking face on to the scented breeze, I felt the old tingle of wonder at being alone on the wide moorland where nothing
Dec 04, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back in the 70s my mom and I read All Creatures Great and Small together, the first book in James Herriot's warm and funny series about the life of a country vet in Yorkshire. We loved that one so much that we continued on with the next three books All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Things Wise and Wonderful, and The Lord God Made Them All in the series also. We both got such a kick out of them. Some of the stories were funny, some were sad, others completely entertaining. The one thing they a ...more
Sol González
Aug 15, 2011 Sol González rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, humor
Teniendo dos perros y una creciente afición de leer a James Herriot, no pude más que hacer de "Historias de Perros" mi segundo libro de este autor.

Simplemente me encantó.

Agustín se reía de mí, cuando de repente a sus espaldas yo gritaba la raza de un perro del que no había escuchado y le decía "¡Mira! Este es un XXXX". Google fue la delicia para mí. Yo quería ver cada uno de los perros de los que me hablaba.

Habían razas conocidas, otras no tanto... y una que google no me supo encontrar. Sin emba
Rebecca McNutt
James Herriot's passion for animals and for his work is clearly reflected in all of these amazing stories. Great read if you love animals or memoirs. :)
Amy "the book-bat"
I enjoyed the 10 stories that Mr. Herriot put together in this collection. It was interesting to read about the different personalities of the dogs and their owners as the vet made his rounds to help them out. This is a nice book to share with the family.
Feb 12, 2010 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone mainly animal lovers and children
Recommended to Kimberly by: Uncle Pat
It was cute and I recommend it to all animal lovers. This books has been sitting on my bookcase since I was 7 years old when it got given to me as a Christmas present from my uncle and it took me 14 years to read it and I read it mostly in one shot. Definately a 5 star read for me. It would be a good book to read to kids as well.
This book was my introduction to James Herriot and usually I don't enjoy books that are broken up into different stories but I found this one to be most enjoyable.
Tom Donaghey
Nov 10, 2014 Tom Donaghey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, comedy, other
JAMES HERRIOT’S FAVORITE DOG STORIES is a small collection of previously released tales. Either you love the Late Mr. Herriot’s stories about his life and adventures as a veterinarian in and about Yorkshire, England, or you have never read his work at all.
Here are ten short stories about dogs that have played a part in his life, but mostly this is about the owners of those animals. The stories range from the itinerant farm laborer whose pram contained both his pebble-ingesting dog and his worl
Jul 03, 2016 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It had been a long time since I'd wandered the Yorkshire moors with veterinarian and author James Herriot, but reading this lovely collection of some of his favorite dog stories made me feel like I'd spent time with an old friend. It also makes me want to return to Yorkshire via his longer memoirs, which I read many, many years ago in high school.

I suspect I may have gravitated toward this book because I'm missing my mother, who passed away about six months ago. She loved both dogs and storytel
Aug 30, 2015 Kalen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy reading James Herriot's stories. These dog stories are some of my favourite. The format of several individual short accounts of different dogs really worked well for my bed time reading.
It was good but, sad. I am a dog lover and it was very emotional for me to read it. That is why it took me so long to read it.
Michelle Spencer
Aug 19, 2015 Michelle Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I never regret a stroll through the memoirs of James Herriot. :)
Nicholas Clinch
Our favorites are about Gyp & Jock!
Written by James Herriot - Audio book performed by Christopher Timothy (plays Herriot in the popular BBC series) - Unabridged Nonfiction - 2 CASSETTES - 3 hours

Publisher, Audio Renaissance (September 1996)

"In this sequel to his 1994 Favorite Cat Stories, the erstwhile veterinarian spins more loving yarns of the animal world; this time, though, the heartwarming tales are about dogs, and dog lovers will certainly be satisfied. The nine stories that make up this slim volume range from moving and po
This timeless classic, though small in stature and short in length, is a profound gem sure to delight dog lovers and animal lovers for years and years to come. It certainly is a book I treasure. James Herriot's writing and Lesley Holmes' watercolor illustrations, along with Keri Resnick's paw-print embossed jacket design are all exceptionally beautiful.

Each of the stories exemplifies Dr. Herriot's innate ability to lovingly connect with his four-legged patients as well as their human companions
Dominique Saxey-Santillo
James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories are a collection of his 10 best dog stories, and are written as if you are standing in the same room as Herriot. It appears, occasionally, almost like a song, or a poem. However, there were run-on sentences among other grammatical errors commonly made when speaking. These were minor, and did not affect the reading much, just making it more real. I would continue reading the rest of the short stories and longer tales, as they are very good. The vocabulary is a ...more
Oct 06, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult Readers
Recommended to Eric by: Goodreads
Disclaimer: I won this book through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

This new edition is largely like James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories, ISBN 0-312-14631-0, which has been a beloved member of the family library for ages. It has the same wonderful illustrations and would be best read by adult readers.

That being said, of considerable economic interest, the First United States Edition, of James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories, ISBN 0-312-14631-0, published in September, 1996, had a hardcover issu
David H. Millar
Nov 11, 2014 David H. Millar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was delighted to win the giveaway for Favorite Dog Stories by James Herriot and looked forward to being reacquainted with characters I had not visited for several decades. I was not disappointed. The book itself should be on every bedside and coffee table. This slim hardback volume contains wonderful watercolors that perfectly illustrate scenes from the various stories. Although focused on the various dog characters, the book is a delightful study of the interaction of the animals and their ow ...more
Caroline Blain
Jun 01, 2015 Caroline Blain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are short stories written by James herriot. Some of these were in his books and some were later in his life and were not in the books. Though it may seem strange to read the full book and then read the short stories, it's kinda cool to read them over.
This book was about all of his all time favorite dog stories. Because like he's going to tell you in the beginning he likes dog much better then all the rest of his creatures are that he takes care of. He truly is a gifted writer.
I gave thi
Charissa Wilkinson
I received this book as part of the Goodreads’ First Reads program for a fair review.

Overview: Dr. Herriot has let us share some of His favorite stories of his favorite animal. How did no one realize he was gifted with these animals in school? Must have been because horse were the power behind most of the transportation at that time.

Likes: The stories weren’t too graphic. In fact the stories were comfortable to read. I would have no problem with reading this book to a child.

Dislikes: I didn’t fi
Jun 02, 2012 Duffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
for some odd reason all the different editions and versions of the longer book are included in this one title in Goodreads. I had an easier time getting the short version highlighting Herriot's FAVOURITE dog stories in an edition that was only a hundred plus pages long. my local library had two copies - one in non-fiction and one in the children's section. since i needed something for a weekend vacation this copy was much preferable to the larger 400+ page original. Either way the illustrations ...more
This book is really touching as well as heartbroken story.This story is based on what James Herriot experienced during his life as a dog doctor. So he sometimes has to face to his favorite and beloved dogs' deaths. Since I have a dog, it was so easy to connect to his feeling toward the dogs. I also learned many facts about dogs. I have been loving dogs for years but this book made me loving dogs even more.
Pressie from my guy at Christmas. Yummy, sweet, tender, funny & heartbreaking.

Herriot, always wonderful and absorbing and sweet. I adore animals and appreciate Herriot's compassion and gentle manners..... what a gem of a man too. I've read pieces in this numerous times. They are each wonderful and dear stories about everyday animals and the people who love them.

A wonderful book for kids and grownup kids too..... anyone who loves critters.
Apr 27, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-classics
From Gyp (the dog with only one woof) to Brandy (who gets his tongue stuck in aluminum can lids) to Tricki Woo, the curiously anthropomorphic prince of all Pekingese, James Herriot conveys his love for each dog, his bewilderment at their eccentricities (and their owners') and the true kooky nature of any creature great or small. These are not new stories, however; they're taken from the novels--mostly from All Creatures, if I remember correctly.
May 16, 2013 Mindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-lit
I think the last two stories were my favorites--about Hermann the weiner dog and the sweet old couple, and about Brandy who kept getting into trash cans. Before these was the first story I hadn't read already about Tricki Woo, who's always fun to read about. But there were also several stories that were not new to me, which was disappointing.
Jun 30, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not generally an animal lover but was offered this as a loan while recovering from surgery. Chose to read it the day I was reminded that God cares about animals (read Book of Jonah in The Holy Bible).

Found it delightful. I actually read it aloud to my dog. He loved it. Our favorite stories were "Roy: From Rags to Riches" and "Brandy; The Dustbin Dog".
Feb 05, 2016 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whimsical, animals
Nice stories to read and relax with after so many horrendous things we are bombarded with on a daily basis. Beautiful water color prints bring these dogs of a small English town to life. These stories remind me of all the dogs in my life...Blackie, Whitie, Ruggles, Creasote, Chief, Sundown, Inky & Sadie. I want a dog!
Oct 11, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was happy to win a copy of James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories through Goodreads. I remember reading his books as a child with my mother and thought I would enjoy these short stories. I wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed it enough to purchase a copy for my mother-in-law and hope to share it with my daughter who wants to be a vet.
Jenn Hailley
Apr 13, 2010 Jenn Hailley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real cute book of about 10 stories of lovable, inspiring, incorrigible dogs and their owners. I would read more! Set in the English countryside and narrated by a country vet, these stories were nothing incredible, but yet put a smile on my face, which is what dogs were put on earth for anyways :)
A nice mix of happy and sad stories, supposedly Herriot's favorites, from his work with dogs. I read it aloud to my kids, and had to pick and choose a bit, as the sad stories were too upsetting for them (they still grieve over the loss of our little Maltese, and so do I). But this slim little edition is beautifully illustrated with watercolors, and would be a lovely gift for a dog loving friend!
Dec 18, 2016 Mysticmoon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Questo è stato il mio primo libro di James Herriot ma è tuttora il mio preferito e quello che conosco meglio, avendo riletto alcune di queste storie almeno una decina di volte.
Il signor Tricky Woo è un cane indimenticabile ma per me è il più memorabile è Brandy: lo adoravo quasi vent'anni fa e lo adoro tuttora per la sua particolarità.
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James Herriot is the pen name of James Alfred Wight, OBE, FRCVS also known as Alf Wight, an English veterinary surgeon and writer. Wight is best known for his semi-autobiographical stories, often referred to collectively as All Creatures Great and Small, a title used in some editions and in film and television adaptations.

In 1939, at the age of 23, he qualified as a veterinary surgeon with Glasgow
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