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James Herriot's Dog Stories

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  5,510 Ratings  ·  258 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 503 pages
Published May 1987 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 1986)
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Kathy Klein Stories from the "All Creatures" series. Lots of Tricky-Woo, One Woof, all those that are so worth reading over and over.
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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
Oct 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sinta Nisfuanna
Saya bukan pecinta binatang, tapi menyukai cerita yang memperlihatkan sisi psikologis makhluk dan hubungan antar makhluk, termasuk manusia dan binatang. Dua hal ini yang sangat menonjol dari bku James Herriot dan saya suka sekali. Walaupun mungkin 'rasa'nya gak semeriah Segala Makhluk Besar dan Kecil ---mungkin karena Farnon dan Tristan tidak banyak muncul--- tapi James tetap bisa menuturkan cerita dengan bersahabat dan tak jarang saya jadi ikut merasakan apa yang dialami JH.
Aug 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
The best! I have read all of these stories, but a re-read was a delight. I hadn't read these since I was in my teens. I was kind of surprised to see more depth in the stories, reading James Herriot as a man not just as a vet, reading about the vet and not just the animals. I was pretty focused on animals when I was younger and I think I missed a lot about the author himself. This time I enjoyed the stories even more. To feel happy, to laugh, to cry, to feel all the joy and absurdity of life, rea ...more
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of a very few books that stays in a dog-eared (pun intended) pile on my nightstand to be returned to the way I know some do the bible (dog spelled backwards, doncha know?). Dogs have been part of my life in a deep way. Literally in sickness and in health, their love simple, enduring and longer lasting than many a friendship. They have been reason to get out of bed and keep moving when sometimes I would have rather not. As Byron said of his beloved Boatswain, dogs possess "...all the virtues ...more
Hana Bilqisthi
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pinjem
Alhamdulillah akhirnya selesai juga baca buku ini. Sebenarnya dari awal baca ingin selesai dalam sekali duduk tapi masalahnya aku ketiduran karena kelelahan (bukan karena bukunya membosankan), saat ingin hendak lanjut lagi pekerjaan di kantor sedang banyak. Sebenarnya bisa baca saat weekend tapi dua minggu terakhir,aku menghabiskan weekend di karawang dan aku tahu aku akan dimarahi umi jika membawa buku pulang ke Karawang.
Jadi,aku harus mencicil buku ini di weekday.

Makasih mba Sinta sudah berb
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
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
Nida Fauzi
May 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Although none of these stories were new to me - I've read all his books many times - I loved the introduction and the little notes at the end, some giving an end to the tale, others explaining context or sharing something about the real people.

I probably wouldn't buy it in addition to all the others (which I already own) but it was a fun read and would make a great gift for a dog-lover, or will act as an entry book into the world of a rural Yorkshire vet in the 1940s. It reminded me of how touch
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
This book was put together in 1986 from stories originally published from the 1970's onward. They are cute stories, but dated.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heart warming stories. I have always enjoyed James Herriot's book about his lifelong vocation.
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of animal stories you really need to read a few James Herriot stories. I have read all that he’s published including a biography about him, penned by his son. Obviously I am a big fan. So much so that we named our son after one of the characters in his series of books. Tristan is a great name and you couldn’t beat a story with Tristan starring in it as a mischievous and entertaining character.

This small book titled Dog Stories focuses only on the canine tales and pets Herriot ha
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
This book is the first of James Herriot's books that I have read. It is heartwarming, happy, uplifting, and just all around good! I like James Herriot's style of writing. It’s very friendly and sincere. This book is all short dog stories, (which I imagine are taken in part from his other books but I’m not sure) and I enjoyed them all. Of course, I’m sure it helps that I am an avid dog lover and I sit and think about my own beautiful dog while I read. Herriot certainly loves animals; it shines th ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
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
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.
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-alouds
The perfect read-aloud for a trip from Montana to Alaska. And, since we just re-read it, a perfect read-aloud for a road trip around the UK! So fun to pull into a bed and breakfast and mention the story I had just read about a terrier to the proprietor of the lodging. He said that he had grown up in Yorkshire and one of his earlier memories was having the family car pulled from a bog by James Herriot himself.
Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jenn Finlay
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
adorably cute
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read! A bunch (50!) of old stories that made me happy and sad and happy again. James Herriot was a great writer and clearly... an amazing vet!
This is the wrong edition. I had these on CD & we listened to them in the car a couple of times during long trips. Even though we remembered most of these from the books, they were still great.
Kalin Magruder
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love love loved this book. Sincerely heartwarming and Herriot's writing style is just wonderful.
I enjoyed the book. It's 50 dog stories by a vet in england, mostly about treating dogs for various ailments, and how each dog has a different personality. There is no plot and only a little suspense.
Each dog of course has a seperate owner and so getting to know the dog lets you get to know the owner too, and sometimes the owner is more interesting than the dog. None of the stories are very long and there is little benefit in reading them in order, except for the slow moving romance between the
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"James Herriot's Dog Stories" is one of the most relaxing, gentle reads I've had in a long, long time. The days of treating so many different illnesses in dogs back when antibiotics had not made the scene was so interesting, learning about the "old ways" of treatment that oftentimes worked. This is one of those books a reader never wants to end and would make such a wonderful gift for that dog lover in your circle of family and friends. This was my second read after 20+ years and still very enjo ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It would be better if the stories were rewritten to focus more on the dogs rather than just being taken word for word from his books. There were a lot of great stories of course, but I enjoy the original stories more and will stick with them.
Kathy Klein
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes funny, sometimes painful. Herriot is one of my favorite authors. His writing always transports me to a different time and place that I feel is very comforting.
Juanda Metta
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku ini memuat banyak cerita yang menyenangkan dan menyentuh mengenai hewan peliharaan Anjing. Saya jadi kepengen punya peliharaan juga.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read :)
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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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