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Ever by my side : a memoir in eight (acts) pets
Nick Trout
Adult Nonfiction SF613.T76 A3 2011

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Veterinarian Trout (Tell Me Where It Hurts) has a deep love of animals. From the time of his early childhood in England, dogs were always part of the family-with all the inherent ups and downs. As an adult, Trout decides to move his practice to America, where he falls in love, gets married, and has his first cat (gasp!), the rough and tumble Reggie. Add to this a child, and more dogs, which teaches Trout, though his dealings with pets both at home and in the office, valuable lessons about life, loyalty, and love. With his second book Trout shows a practiced hand at narrative. These tales function well as heartwarming stand-alone stories, yet coalesce into a satisfying, complete memoir. Pet owners will be instantly captivated, empathizing and amused by Trout's stories of dog antics, feline aloofness, and the indescribable joy of sharing one's life with the animals. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Following up on his Love Is the Best Medicine, veterinarian Trout returns with another compilation of animal tales. This time the tone is personal, as he measures his life by the pets he's owned. Trout's comic but sincere tone will appeal to pet lovers, but his willingness to share his annoyance or disappointment with the various foibles of past pets-doggie diarrhea and food theft-makes this a human story. It's just reassuring to hear that the vet cannot keep the Lab away from the killer chocolate, too. What I'm Telling My Friends I am unsentimental about animals, but Trout nearly convinces me that pets can better our lives, improve us as people, and provide us with ways to communicate with our loved ones (when they're not wrecking our homes). (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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