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The Gift of Pets: Stories Only a Vet Could Tell

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  127 Ratings  ·  18 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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Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rebecca Jackson
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Serge Zimberoff
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So warm and so real! Couldn't put it down.

Knowing that this was the second book, and probably Dr. Coston's last, I didn't want it to end. He cares so much about pets and the relationship between them and their humans that you feel as if you are there. When he is in surgery it is white knuckle time as you are looking over his shoulder hoping for a good outcome. Dr. Coston also shares insight and personnel interactions with the pets humans and with his veterinary staff such that you get the feelin
Paula Kramer
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great collection of stories from a long practicing veterinarian. This book will make you cry and laugh. I liked his style of writing too. Just a fun book to read and not too heavy of reading.
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Massanutten Regional Library
Vicki, Central patron, June 2016, 5 stars:

To my surprise, this story was written in a setting not far from home. The author, Veterinarian Bruce Coston, practices in Woodstock, Va. Dr. Coston writes a heartwarming book that tells his story of becoming a veterinarian, and the consequent cases that he sees. Interwoven is a tribute to his vet tech. Lisa, who shares what Coston calls the Gift. The compassion and interweaving of science, hands and heart in the treatment of beloved pets. This is a book
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jane Brewer
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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