No Dogs in Heaven? Scenes from the Life of Country Veterinarian

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For the millions of animal enthusiasts in America, here's a heartwarming collection of tales by veterinarian Robert Sharp that relate the joys and misadventures of being an animal doctor in small-town U.S.A. With humor and compassion, No Dogs in Heaven? portrays the great and not-so-great characteristics of human and animal nature, all infused by a lovable veterinarian's belief that indeed, there are dogs in heaven. Included is the telling of Sharp's first day as a rookie veterinarian nervously preparing to ...
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Overview


For the millions of animal enthusiasts in America, here's a heartwarming collection of tales by veterinarian Robert Sharp that relate the joys and misadventures of being an animal doctor in small-town U.S.A. With humor and compassion, No Dogs in Heaven? portrays the great and not-so-great characteristics of human and animal nature, all infused by a lovable veterinarian's belief that indeed, there are dogs in heaven. Included is the telling of Sharp's first day as a rookie veterinarian nervously preparing to inject a needle into a one-ton Holstein bull; finding a rash on a cute puppy whose lovely young owner bared her breasts to ask his opinion of a similar skin ailment; treating a vicious dog whose violent owner had stabbed it with a knife, only to treat the same dog two years later—now a sweet and gentle pet of an adoptive family; and caring for a kitten struck by a car who survived amputations of both right legs, somehow learned to walk, earned the name "Lefty," and was taken in by a family who loved him. In the vein of James Herriot's compelling stories, this charming, eccentric, and comic book is sure to strike a chord with readers everywhere.
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Buoyant, tenderhearted stories of a rural veterinarian's days and nights on the job. Sharp was a "city mouse," as he says, with a small-animal practice when he purchased a country practice in Hillsboro, Ohio, a place where large animals would be a staple. So it is understandable that he encountered plenty of hairy and comical situations as he learned the ropes. Here, in 38 vignettes, all written with an easy hand (one can imagine him as a rather soothing soul, as comforting as an old pair of slippers) and without any straining at the lead, Sharp describes with equal poise the countryside around him-an atmospheric blend of stormy nights, dogwoods and redbuds, coffee cake and milk, farms tucked away in hollows-and the practice it demands: horse work, hog work, bull work, animals big enough to kill you. There are dicey situations, like the C-section he must administer on a cow, and there are faintly disgusting ones, like the decomposing fetus he extracts from another cow, a festering mass he must saw to pieces in utero, known as a bubbler in vet vernacular. There is a chauffeur-delivered cat, and there is the age-old conundrum, worthy of being a koan: "What do you do with a trapped skunk?" Sharp liberates a swan with its feet frozen into the ice, and he scratches his head in wonder at some of his clients: "I was still trying to understand the thinking process that tells you: Go ahead, stand behind a half-ton horse wearing steel shoes and cut his testicles off with a kitchen knife." He doesn't avoid the rare acts of cruelty he witnesses, but his work is much more likely to demonstrate an animal's ability to provoke a human's capacity for caring and affection. Short, anecdotal material thatanimal-lovers can dip into with relish.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786715244
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/10/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 822,028
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert Sharp, D.V.M. is a veterinarian at the Hillsboro Veterinary Hospital in Hillsboro, Ohio.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2010

    The Mark Twain of Veterinary Yarns

    Most readers of Dr. Rob Sharp's masterfully written accounts of his early career experiences as a large and small animal veterinarian would find much of the familiar in terms of their own awakenings, amazements, frustrations, joys, surprises, and guffaws. Regardless of their field or profession, many readers will discover in Sharp's anecdotes those universal kinds of neophyte educations.

    Add to Sharp's stories his delightful rendering of vernacular, milieu, and mood, and the reader has a diamond-in-print each time he or she opens the book.

    William Dean Howells, I believe, once called Mark Twain "the Lincoln of American literature." As someone with an Irish view of the country, I believe that Rob Sharp is the Mark Twain of veterinary yarns.

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  • Posted March 18, 2010

    Great reading for animal lovers who don't take themselves too seriously.

    This is a great book written by a great guy. Dr. Sharp is a witty ,interesting guy who understands the symbiotic relationship between
    people and their pets. He is a consummate professional who can talk about about the serious issues of the day or the mundane things of everyday life. His book reflects both his professional style and his approach to life. His book,like the man himself , has many layers. You can look as deep as you like for insight into what animals teach us or just have a good laugh at the characters he describes. It's good stuff ! DC

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2006

    A FEEL GOOD STORY FROM A VET

    DR SHARP CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF A COUNTRY VET'S LIFE AND PRACTICE WITH WIT AND HUMOR WHICH PRODUCE'S A REALLY ENJOYABLE READING EXPERIENCE. IF YOU ENJOY ANIMALS THIS BOOK COVER'S IT ALL.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005

    A book about a veterinarian and his work

    There is much that I liked about this book. It contains some very warm and memorable stories about some of the animals that Dr. Sharp has treated and some of their owners with whom he had dealings. Being a native of Hillsboro, OH, I have met Dr. Sharp (my mother used to take her cats to him) and can recognize many of the places and even some of the people that he describes. The one thing that I did not like was the use of some vulgar and profane language. The stories could have been told just as well, and would have been more appropriate for children, without the bad language.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2005

    Absolutely wonderful!

    Dr. Sharp's book painted a wonderful picture of life as a small town veterinarian, creating a range of emotions from amusement to tears. I have purchased many, many copies of the book to share with others, and everyone, without exception, has loved it. One can only hope there will be another.

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