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

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

by Robert T. Sharp D.V.M.
     
 

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

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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 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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Kirkus Reviews
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786715244
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
02/10/2005
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,384,093
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author


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

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