ALL DOGS GO TO KEVIN is a humorous and touching memoir that will appeal to anyone who has ever loved an animal or lost hours in James Herriot's classic veterinary stories.
You can't always count on people, but you can always count on your dog. No one knows that better than veterinarian Jessica Vogelsang.
With the help of three dogs, Jessica is buoyed through adolescence, veterinary school, and the early years of motherhood. Taffy, the fearsome Lhasa; Emmett, the devil-may-care Golden; and Kekoa, the neurotic senior Labrador, are always by her side, educating her in empathy and understanding for all the oddballs and misfits who come through the vet clinic doors. Also beside her is Kevin, a human friend who lives with the joie de vivre most people only dream of having.
From the clueless canine who inadvertently reveals a boyfriend's wandering ways to the companion who sees through a new mother's smiling facade, Jessica's stories from the clinic and life show how her love for canines lifts her up and grounds her, too.
Above all, this book reminds us, with gentle humor and honesty, why we put up with the pee on the carpet, the chewed-up shoes, and the late-night trips to the vet: because the animals we love so much can, in fact, change our lives.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Dr. Jessica Vogelsang is a veterinarian, mother, and big-time dog person. Dr. Vogelsang worked in emergency and small animal medicine before settling into her current practice providing in-home hospice care for dogs and cats in San Diego. She is the founder of the website pawcurious.com, and her writing has been featured in or on Yahoo!, CNN, Ladies' Home Journal, People Pets, Outside magazine, and USA Today.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3.5 Stars rounded Ignore the comparison to Herriot – this is far from that. Not in a bad way, but just very different. Jessica Vogelsang has written an autobiography, peppered with moments with dogs, practice stories and even a bit of growth, but the deep-rooted heart in people, place and time so prevalent in everything Herriot wrote are not here But, it is a story that will have animal lovers taking notice, even perhaps imagining their lives with a different focus or in different ways. Introverts unite! This is a story of one person who always knew that the animals provided that unconditional affection and understanding so desperately needed when people and the life out there got to be too much. Moments with the animals, and the comfort, companionship and heartbreak that they brought were intertwined with other events, leaving readers with a sense of the enrichment and fullness of her life, made more present and tactile with a dog shed dust bunny appearing at the most inopportune moments. Yes, there are tears, but also great joys in this solid read about one woman’s journey into veterinary medicine. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
This is a memoir of a dedicated, introverted, animal loving Veterinarian. This was an uplifting book showing the positives of pet ownership. Dr. Jessica Vogelsang begins her story as a young introverted girl who's parents think that getting her a dog will help her to meet people. It doesn't really. As she struggles to determine what she wants to do with her life, she decides on Vet School. She is worried about having to euthanize animals though. The book deals with her professional life as well as her personal life. We meet her friends (Kevin), her two children, she talks about her post-partum depression and her family. The professional side had laughs, some tears and a comaraderie developed in the vet practice. She talks about the on-the-job training that goes on, as well the cost and sometimes disrespect that goes along with the job. Of course you can't read a book about animals without some deaths along the way. When she has to explain the death of the family dog to her young children, her youngest misunderstands Heaven to be Kevin. This misunderstanding plays an important role in how she eventually perceives death of a pet. This is a book that I really can't explain, you just have to read it. I went through a gamut of emotions while reading and listening to this one. If you are an animal lover, you will enjoy this book. I recommend it.
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