Ask the Animals: A Vet's-Eye View of Pets and the People They Love [NOOK Book]

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Reminiscent of James Herriot’s wonderful books, Coston’s memoir offers zany, sad, and touching stories about a medical practice where the patients cannot speak, yet communicate deeplyBruce R. Coston’s first book is a warm, funny, and amazingly fulfilling celebration of the wonderful world of animals as seen through the eyes of a small-town veterinarian.

The patients are an eclectic and surprising cast of ...

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Ask the Animals: A Vet's-Eye View of Pets and the People They Love

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Overview

Reminiscent of James Herriot’s wonderful books, Coston’s memoir offers zany, sad, and touching stories about a medical practice where the patients cannot speak, yet communicate deeplyBruce R. Coston’s first book is a warm, funny, and amazingly fulfilling celebration of the wonderful world of animals as seen through the eyes of a small-town veterinarian.

The patients are an eclectic and surprising cast of characters who display incredible bravery and nobility at times, and unbelievable goofiness at others. There’s Sandy, the dog who resurrected herself from death. There’s Daphne, the transvestite cat who taught Bruce to be a cat person. And the owners are no less engaging, ranging from the angelic to the squeamish, teaching Bruce what it really means to be an animal doctor.

Readers will gain insight into the pathos and passion, the mundane and extraordinary, the thigh-slapping humor and the crushing sadness of a vet’s life as he seeks to mend and restore people’s treasured companions. Written with great warmth, this book imparts a deeper understanding of the pets who daily enrich our lives.
 


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Virginia veterinarian Coston cobbles together a number of his columns from a local newspaper in this moving account of his practice. Heartbreaking vignettes include the pitch-perfect opening depiction of an elderly man's anguish over putting his dog down, Coston's own grief at the death of his beloved cat and a series of linked chapters about a wealthy man's love for his miniature dachshund. Coston leavens the somber stories with lighter moments—his first encounter with a sick chinchilla, for example, and his hilarious failure to convince a concerned caller that she isn't killing a baby chick by boiling an egg for supper. When writing from inside his practice and about his training to become a vet, Coston comes off as competent and compassionate, but too much of the collection draws from the author's mundane home life; more pet and less vet might have made for a Herriot-class book. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"A punctilious glimpse into the lives of the creatures we love most dearly—our pets. This memoir is a reflection on what makes us human.  It's a must read for anyone who cares about the lives of animals."—The Sacramento Book Review

 

"Veterinarian Coston writes warmly of his life as an animal doctor. With self-deprecation and humor, he tells the story of how he became a small-town veterinarian....This worthy addition to the large genre of veterinary memoirs is among the cream of the post-Herriot crop."—Booklist

“Herriot might be a hard act to follow, but Coston has proven himself up to the task."—Best Friends Magazine

"A book that brims with insight, warmth, and charm.  The life of a country veterinarian has never been as accessible since the bestselling books of James Herriot."—The Tucson Citizen 

"Ask the Animals is a beautifully written memoir that not only explores the daily life of a veterinarian, but also the sacrifices it takes to get there. Dr. Coston has accomplished what all veterinarians aspire to, a companionate relationship with both his patients and their humans."—Jeff Wells, DVM, author of All My Patients Have Tales

                                                                                        

   

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Veterinarian Coston writes warmly of his life as an animal doctor. With self-deprecation and humor, he tells the story of how he became a small-town veterinarian. Starting life as the animal-loving son of decidedly "non-animal" parents, Coston describes how he realized his calling and managed to procure a few pets. After veterinary school, and with his new wife, he became an intern at a 24-hour animal hospital and really learned his trade, treating a hypoglycemic cat one minute and a lame chinchilla the next. A move to Virginia and an associate position in a thriving practice brought a new baby along with a headtrauma kitten, and the discovery that the impaired cat was the perfect babysitter for his new son. The final move to a small town when he opened his own practice gave Coston exactly what he wanted-the opportunity to use his skills to make people's beloved pets well. This worthy addition to the large genre of veterinary memoirs is among the cream of the post-Herriot crop.

— Nancy Bent

Booklist - Nancy Bent
Veterinarian Coston writes warmly of his life as an animal doctor. With self-deprecation and humor, he tells the story of how he became a small-town veterinarian. Starting life as the animal-loving son of decidedly "non-animal" parents, Coston describes how he realized his calling and managed to procure a few pets. After veterinary school, and with his new wife, he became an intern at a 24-hour animal hospital and really learned his trade, treating a hypoglycemic cat one minute and a lame chinchilla the next. A move to Virginia and an associate position in a thriving practice brought a new baby along with a headtrauma kitten, and the discovery that the impaired cat was the perfect babysitter for his new son. The final move to a small town when he opened his own practice gave Coston exactly what he wanted—the opportunity to use his skills to make people's beloved pets well. This worthy addition to the large genre of veterinary memoirs is among the cream of the post-Herriot crop.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429928250
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 427,155
  • File size: 311 KB

Meet the Author

Bruce R. Coston received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota. In 1986, he received the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences Service Award and in 1992, he founded a veterinary practice that he still owns and operates. He lives with his family in Virginia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2009

    I loved the book. I was especially amazed at the wonderful interaction the author has had with his own personal pets, even his bird. I've already purchased 5 books as gifts.

    I hope this author is already working on his next book, because he has made us care about not only the pets who have come to his hospital, but the people who bring them in as well. I laughed and cried as the stories unfolded. He has even made us interested in his family. I want as many books from this author as James Herriot wrote and I will buy and read every one. Luray, Virginia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    i loved this book !

    If your like me and you love animals this is the bool for you-

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    Posted December 10, 2013

    I really loved this book

    Very cute.

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