The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs

The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs

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by Nick Trout, Peter Berkrot

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Dr. Cyrus Mills returns to his hometown after inheriting his father's failing veterinary practice. Cyrus intends to sell the practice and get out of town as fast as he can, but when his first patient—a down-on-her-luck golden retriever named Frieda Fuzzypaws—wags her way through the door, life suddenly gets complicated.

With the help of a black


Dr. Cyrus Mills returns to his hometown after inheriting his father's failing veterinary practice. Cyrus intends to sell the practice and get out of town as fast as he can, but when his first patient—a down-on-her-luck golden retriever named Frieda Fuzzypaws—wags her way through the door, life suddenly gets complicated.

With the help of a black Labrador gifted in the art of swallowing underwear, a Persian cat determined to expose her owner's lover as a gold digger, and the allure of a feisty, pretty waitress from the local diner, Cyrus gets caught up in a new community and its endearing residents, both human and animal. Sensing he may have misjudged the past, he begins to realize it's not just his patients that need healing.

The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs is a winsome tale of new beginnings, forgiveness, and the joy of finding your way home.

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"Trout's charming novel strikes just the right balance between humor and drama. The cast of characters are delightfully entertaining. . . . Highly recommended for anyone who has ever had a beloved pet." —Library Journal Starred Review

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Meet the Author

Nick Trout graduated from veterinary school at the University of Cambridge, England, in 1989, and he is the author of the New York Times bestseller Tell Me Where It Hurts, The Patron Saint of Dogs, and Love Is the Best Medicine. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, daughters, and two dogs: Meg, a yellow Labrador, and Sophie, a Jack Russell terrier.

A veteran of stage and screen, Peter Berkrot's career spans four decades, and his voice can be heard on television, radio, video games, and documentaries. He has been nominated for an Audie Award and has received a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards and starred reviews.

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The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loveable (And Furry) Characters will Draw You In Author and veterinarian Dr. Nick Trout’s debut fiction novel combines large-as-life characters with fascinating veterinary diagnoses that will have any reader – pet lover or not – crossing their fingers in the hopes that everything will work out. The great part about this book is that the characters are both animal and human. From Frieda Fuzzypaws the dog Cyrus harbors when he can’t bring himself to put her down, to Clint, the aging female dog whose equally sick owner just wants his companion to last a few more months, the animals provide insights into their owners’ flaws and strengths. While Cyrus scrambles to diagnose these beloved pets, he begins to learn that understanding people takes a similar attention to detail. I read straight through this book and stayed up way too late to do so. The plot isn't earth shattering but  you will find yourself rooting for Cyrus and his eclectic band of friends and patients. Dr. Cyrus Mills, a veterinary pathologist, felt neglected for years as the son of a veterinarian who seemed to have all the time in the world for his furry patients and none for his only child. Now, fifteen years after his father’s ultimate betrayal, Cyrus must return to his tiny hometown to sell the practice his father left him in his will. After not speaking to the man in years, Cyrus has no idea what to expect and when he arrives discovers mountains of bills indicating that his father was a much better vet than businessman. Determined to make some money to cover his own financial issues, Cyrus must step out from behind the microscope to fill his father’s shoes, a process that soon has him seeing his childhood from a whole new perspective
goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
What a touching novel! The characters, the adorable pet friends; a fantastic story line. Give it a try because you won't be able to put it down.
ToReadPerchancetoDream More than 1 year ago
The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs by Nick Trout is the first book in his Cyrus Mills series. It's a sweet book about going home and being forced to face old demons. It's written in first person narrative, so the frustrations and emotions of the main character, Cyrus Mills are easily felt. Some of the characters fell a little flat, almost feeling like a caricature of a person, such as the over-sexed Crystal. My favorite character was Harry Carp. The complete love and devotion between he and his dog Clint was so touching, it makes the whole book worth reading for anyone who loves animals. The book is written in a smooth, easy style to read. Everything takes place within five days, so things keep hopping along. There are no real surprises in the story, and the ending bordered on fairy tale. Still, it's an endearing, enjoyable read.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Dr. Cyrus Mills has had some personal issues in Charleston, SC, so he heads up north to Vermont to help restore his father's veterinary practice.  He has the intentions of selling the practice for some extra cash flow and escaping back down south.  But the reader knows that this isn't where the story will end and in between is a small town and some sweet pets and interesting owners.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written from a reluctant though tenderhearted vet's point of view, this is not a heavy read, but an enjoyable one. I would recommend it to anyone who loves animals.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
This was a very wonderful read. I would recommend this book to people who have a deep love for pets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He is a wonderful writer and this his first fiction book is so cute. Enjoyed every minute reading it. Bought the second book in the series already.
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
<i>The Patron Saint Of Lost Dogs</i> by new to me author, Nick Trout, is a very good story about coming home again, forgiveness and making peace with your past.  Cyrus Mills returns to his hometown to take over his deceased father&rsquo;s veterinary practice that is on the brink of failure.  To further complicate matters, Cyrus is not a veterinarian in practice as he has never treated living animals.  Instead, his expertise lies in veterinary pathology.  Cyrus intends to sell the practice and return to South Carolina as quickly as he can.  However, he does not anticipate how his arrival affects the numerous quirky characters he meets, both animal and human.<br /> I really enjoy books that feature animals prominently throughout the story and this book did not disappoint.  Mr. Trout does an excellent job of bringing the animals to life with individual personalities and traits that enabled me to feel a profound connection with each one.  I was intrigued and worried at the same time whether or not Cyrus would figure out in time what was wrong with each of his patients.  A couple of the animals really got to me on an emotional level and a box of Kleenex was necessary.  In addition to the animals, the human characters of Eden Falls, Vermont are just as interesting and intriguing. The story flows smoothly as Cyrus tries to acclimate himself to his new surroundings that are filled with painful memories and ghosts from his past.  I enjoyed how he handled the stress of being out of his element interacting with living animals for the first time while meeting new people.  Cyrus is very much a loner who has done a remarkable job of hiding his feelings and not getting close to people.  Seeing him open up to both animals and people was uplifting.  My Final Verdict: If you enjoy heartwarming stories that feature animals in leading and supporting roles or enjoy stories that have likable characters who tug on your emotions, I highly recommend <i>The Patron Saint Of Lost Dogs</i> as a very good choice.  This is the first book of the series and I am looking forward to reading the next book, <i>Dog Gone, Back Soon.</i>  
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The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs is a heart-warming small-town narrative about the socially dysfunctional Dr. Cyrus Mills taking over his late father&rsquo;s veterinary practice. Author Nick Trout opens up the quirky and captivating world of a Vermont town where everybody knows everybody, everybody&rsquo;s worth knowing, and everybody has a pet. Dr. Mills hasn&rsquo;t been home for several decades, so while he reconnects with his hometown and the distinctive personalities in it, the reader gets to tag along for the ride and see him resolve a clouded past. This entertaining and touching novel shows us a man who, through one pet-inspired adventure after another, is forced to open up and get a new lease on life. If you like pets, quaint towns, or feel-good stories then you&rsquo;ll probably enjoy Nick Trout&rsquo;s latest book!
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Mominchief More than 1 year ago
A nice change of pace from my usual genres. The story line has a definite &quot;Hallmark Channel&quot; kind of feel to it, but sometimes you just want a light-hearted, happy-ending kind of story. A quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book, it took you into what the life of what a vet has to deal with not only animals but their owners.
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Enjoyed it.
irishclaireKG More than 1 year ago
Charming but very predictable If you do not mind your fiction utterly predictable and maudlin at times, this is a good past-time read. I am a passionate animal lover/animal rights person, so these types of rather charming and lightweight reads are always a pleasant diversion. However, I was a bit disappointed in the predictability of this text. I was hoping for something a bit more substantial. In addition, Trout successfully creates a protagonist who is so cold/clinical and generally unlikeable for big chunks of the book it becomes hard to warm up to him when the time finally comes. The 'big reveal' behind his estranged father falls flat and plays out as rather maudlin. The ending is kind of eye-rolling. BUT all that being said, the book reads quickly and at the end is an enjoyable, rainy-afternoon read. If the people aren't all that interesting, the animals are--terrific cat/dog personalities.