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James Herriot is one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. The warm and joyful memoirs of his life as a country vet inYorkshire have endeared him to countless readers around the world, and many of his most memorable tales featured man's best friend.
Here are the complete dog stories from his much-belovedmemoirs: a handsome collection of tales, available for the firs...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published November 14th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 1986)
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Lisa Kay
1) Magnus the difficult.
2) Mrs. Donovan’s beautiful Golden Retriever Roy.
“It’s those wonderful condition powders.”
3 & 4) Skipper & Jingo II.

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More than fifty enchanting stories of every type of dog – from pure breeds to mutts – told by the famous Yorkshire vet. Plenty of laughter and tons of tears in this one. It was too hard to pick a favorite. I just love the wise and wonderful ♥James Herriot♥. He knows and loves animals and how to tel...more
Andrew Bolender
This is the first somewhat extracurricular book I have read in a long time. It is, however, also the most touching book. I have a dog, so I can easily connect with Herriot's passion for the animal. While the book is a bit thick, every minute of reading it is enjoyable.

As a writer, Herriot showed me that sometimes it is not so important playing on the emotions of your readers as it is to simply tell your story. The collection of stories in Herriot's book does the job of getting the reader emotio...more
Andre
Sep 25, 2008 Andre rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Andre by: No one
Shelves: dogs
I had read most of these stories as a teenager and young man in his famous four volume series All Creatures Great and Small, but they had become dim memories, so reading and rediscovering them was a joy. It was almost like a zen exercise to sit in the quiet with a cuppa, dog at my feet and read a story or two before bed or early in the morning. They are, for me, truly “fine-whiskey” stories—best read slowly and savored.

They are also such a metaphor for what our modern era with all its convenienc...more
Sol  Gonzalez
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...more
Jackie
I love every anecdote that James Herriot ever had published - and since dogs are my favourite animals, this is one of my all time favourite books.

James Herriot nobly devoted his life to relieving animals from pain - and he and his fellow vets adopted so many strays that visitors to their house were greeted each time by a gloriously happy stampede of pooches.

His sense of humour was exquisite, as was his perception of people and animals. Stories about his courtship were particularly hilarious - an...more
Nida Fauzi
Pecinta binatang? Buku ini saya rekomendasikan sebagai bacaan wajib Anda. Anjing bisa memahami perasaan manusia. James Herriot adalah seorang dokter hewan di era 30-an di Yorshire, Inggris Utara. Pengalamannya sebagai dokter hewan kemudian dituangkan dalam bentuk tulisan. Kisah-kisah inspiratif bagi pecinta binatang. Mengingatkan kita bahwa ikatan emosional yang tercipta antara hewan dengan manusia tidak bisa dianggap remeh temeh. Bagi yang sudah menamatkan buku ini hingga akhir, bisa jadi tamba...more
Kimberly
Oct 07, 2011 Kimberly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
James...more
Barks & Bites
This is such a heartwarming as well as heartbreaking collection and it has pulled me out of the reading doldrums. Despite the inevitable deaths, to me, it sounds like Herriot had the ultimate career and a life blessed with love and humor. "Tricki Woo" and his owner, Mrs. Pumphrey, never fail to make me laugh. The airs Mrs. P puts on and the personality traits she gives her dog are hilarious. "Roddy Travers & Jake" is one that also stood out for me. Roddy seemed, to me, to have the perfect, s...more
Mike (the Paladin)
While these stories can mostly be found in other Herriot works...they are wonderful. I love the James Herriot (James Wight) books and hold them in a special place in my heart. I can't recommend them highly enough nor say how much joy they gave me upon first reading them and that they are still capable of giving.

While I love the first 2 in the "semi-biographic" group the most (and rated them 5 stars) his other works are just as worth reading. The only reason I settled on 4 stars here is that if I...more
Tara King
James Herriot’s Dog Stories is a collection of a veterinarian’s most interesting dog stories and anecdotes, chronicling everything from his first time as a veterinarian at a dog show, to dealing with miniature dachshunds who violently refuse to have their nails clipped. Since many of the stories occurred over a decade before the book, Herriot offers his own new insight at the end of each.

The book, published in 1986, manages to still be intriguing and relevant almost 30 years later. Herriot is a...more
Dayla
If you knew my dog, Gracie, you would know why people grow up to be veterinarians. Herriot certainly has an appealing way with animals. He holds them close to his heart.

I read a chapter from this book to 4th graders. It was too hard for them, and the lesson totally bombed, but I still loved reading that book to those kids because it made me feel loving, too. This book has that kind of affect.
Pujiyanto stiffy
oh well, tanpa berpikir panjang langsung gnash 5 bintang untuk buku ini, karena emang dasarnya udah jatuh cinta dengan tulisan James Herriot semenjak baca buku beliau yang berjudul If Only They Could Talk (Andai mereka Bisa Bicara).

Ketika membaca If Only... dulu aku sempat bikin statement ga bakalan lagi membaca bukunya Herriot di tempat umum, karena... karena.. aku bakalan tertawa terbahak-bahak seperti orang gila!! Dan lihat, tanpa sadar aku juga membaca Dog Stories ini di tempat umum dan seka...more
Jenn Finlay
A vet during the 1930s-70s is viewing all the cases he has had with dogs. There is about 50 stories. Some stories are funny but some are full of despair. I recommend this to dog lovers and people who want to be vets. As I was reading it I learnt a few things about dog diseases and how to diagnose them. The genre is comedy, despair and real life.
Peg
My dad recommended this book, and I'm so glad I read it. It consists of many short stories written by a country veterinarian, who travels throughout his district in rural England taking care of various animals. His favorites are dogs, and that's what this book is about. Highly recommended for any animal lover!
Kalin Magruder
Love love loved this book. Sincerely heartwarming and Herriot's writing style is just wonderful.
Carolyn
It has been a lot of years since my introduction to public television through James Herriot's television adaption of the tales of his country veterinary adventures in Yorkshire, England. But when I found this book of 50 dog stories at a used bookstore, realized it was time for a revisit. Many of Herriot's stories were considered too short to publish independently so often they were combined. Original copyright is 1986 but I believe this to be one, if not the last of his books, before his death i...more
Robertus Ronny
SEGALA SESUATU ADA MASANYA...
Pesona James Herriot melalui gaya penceritaannya yang sudah terkenal di seluruh dunia, semakin nyata dan hidup melalui koleksi luar biasa yang terdiri atas lima puluh kisah tentang anjing, hewan yang paling dicintainya ini. "Bahkan sejak kecil rasa ingin tahu tentang watak dan perilaku hewan ini sudah tergugah.... Mengapa anjing senang menemani dan menyambut kita dengan gembira saat kita pulang?" dia bertanya sambil menambahkan, "Sebagai dokter hewan, aku selalu bisa...more
Cindy
Apr 29, 2009 Cindy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: animal lovers
I have been a fan of James Herriot for years. I read the whole series. And I loved the series 'All Creatures Great and Small,' which I thought exactly captured the things I loved best about the books. The casting of Tristan in particular was brilliant! This audiobook features Christopher Timothy, who played James Herriot in the TV series, as the reader. He does a great job as reader and in getting the various accents just right.

This is a rather brief book, but captures some of my favorite storie...more
Kim
I read James Herriot's books when I was in middle school. I picked this up the other day and couldn't believe how enjoyable Herriot's stories were again! I don't think as an 8th grader I appreciated his humor and his writing. I may have to go back and reread his other books.
Anne Trinkle
James Herriot doesn't need my review. He was just the most beautiful and wonderful writer for us animal lovers and this book is a KEEPER!!!
Annisa Lengkasari
A heartwarming story..i enjoy every page of it and the book makes me want to have a dog badly...one of a must have book on my shelves
Elizabeth
Jan 04, 2012 Elizabeth rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog Lovers and Animal Lovers alike
Shelves: 2012, collection
A lovely compilation of dog stories by the beloved veterinarian James Herriot (Wight). Each story has an easy, Yorkshire pace that breeds an air of comfortable familiarity. More often than not, the end result of each veterinary case is obvious. However, predicting the inenvitable does not detract from the charm of the book, but, rather, adds to it. A few of the stories are quite heart-rending. After reading one of these stories I would be forced to read the next story in succession with a happie...more
T.L. Bodine
I've had this book on my shelf for years, but had never read it for some reason. I've read several of his other collections, so many of the stories here were familiar, but others were delightfully fresh. Having just gotten a new puppy, it was quite enjoyable to read all the dog stories (although, as with all Herriot books they're mostly stories about the people of rural Yorkshire).
Mrsdarcy
Aug 01, 2009 Mrsdarcy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes animals
I love all James Herriot's books and yes, you can learn some useful facts from them. When my mum told me her 12 year old collie had had a fit and the vet thought it could be epilepsy, I remembered James Herriot saying in a similar case that it probably wasn't epilepsy because that doesn't usually come on after a dog reaches the age of 5. Sadly mum's dog had a brain tumour and died, but she'd had a reasonably long life for a collie and always been loved very much.

I always wanted to marry a man l...more
Jill Nelson
I remember reading these stories with my dad when I was little. Who doesn't love a good dog story? Unless the dog dies at the end. Like a lot of them do, actually. So not those stories, but happy ones like these! Haha I think reading this book instilled a desire to travel to England in me at a very young age. Unfortunately, when I did study abroad in Britain I didn't spend any time in Northern England, which is where Herriot's experiences are depicted. But I have no doubt that I will make my way...more
Michael Kraft
Not Herriot's best storytelling, but heartwarming and great for dog lovers nonetheless.
Duffy
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
Dark-Draco
This is a lovely little book with 50 stories from James Herriot's Veterinary days in the Yorkshire Dales. Full of the usual colourful character, human and animal, that his books are famous for, you can't help but fall in love with it. All of the stories have appeared in his other books, but each has a little update or further insight, which makes it a new read. Warning - you will need a box of hankies nearby, as I found myself constantly crying - not always in sadness, but at the fantastic relat...more
Marci
Very sweet stories.
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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...more
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