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Dog Gone, Back Soon (Cyrus Mills Series #2)
     

Dog Gone, Back Soon (Cyrus Mills Series #2)

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by Nick Trout
 

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When Dr. Cyrus Mills returned home after inheriting his estranged father's veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls, Vermont, a moment longer than absolutely necessary. However, the previously reclusive veterinarian pathologist quickly found that he actually enjoyed treating animals and getting to

Overview

When Dr. Cyrus Mills returned home after inheriting his estranged father's veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls, Vermont, a moment longer than absolutely necessary. However, the previously reclusive veterinarian pathologist quickly found that he actually enjoyed treating animals and getting to know the eccentric residents of the tiny provincial town-especially an alluring waitress named Amy.

So Cyrus is now determined to make Bedside Manor thrive. Not an easy goal, given that Healthy Paws, the national veterinary chain across town, will stop at nothing to crush its mom-and-pop competitor. And the rival vet practice isn't Cyrus's only competition; a handsome stranger shows up out of nowhere who clearly has a mysterious past with Amy. To top it off, Cyrus finds himself both the guardian of a very unique orphaned dog and smack in the middle of serious small town drama.

This charming sequel to The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs is a wild and delightful ride through one jam- packed week, where Cyrus must figure out how to outsmart the evil veterinary conglomerate, win back Amy's heart, solve several tricky veterinary cases, find a home for an orphaned dog, and detangle himself from an absurd case of mistaken identity. DOG GONE, BACK SOON brims with Nick Trout's trademark humor, charm, and captivating animal stories, and is proof that all dogs, lost or not, on four feet or two, deserve a second chance.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Pawsitively delightful.... [Nick Trout] once again hits the mark with a wholesome, heartwarming story.... No doubt many animal lovers are panting in anticipation of the next Bedside Manor installment."

Kirkus Reviews
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This novel is packed with intriguing medical mysteries and a veterinarian hero who understands animals but is clueless about humans. An entertaining read for animal lovers."—W. Bruce Cameron, author of A Dog's Purpose"

An enjoyable read...Trout writes from a place of deep knowledge and regard for the bonds people have with their companion animals, and his wry sense of humor provides many smile-inducing moments."
Bark Magazine
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Animal lovers can unite in heartfelt agreement on the delightful charm, drama, and humor of Trout's follow-up. The book is full of intriguing and colorful characters but none so engaging and endearing as Cyrus, the socially awkward, but genuinely kind, country vet."—Library Journal (starred)
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Pet lovers, grab your bookmarks. There's a new Big Dog on the shelves, and his name is Nick Trout... Your book group will like this book. Your parents will like this book. And I think you will, too, particularly if your roommate has four feet."—Terri Schlichenmeyer, "Bookworm Sez," syndicated column

W. Bruce Cameron
"This novel is packed with intriguing medical mysteries and a veterinarian hero who understands animals but is clueless about humans. An entertaining read for animal lovers."
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-23
In the second of his Bedside Manor series, Trout (The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs, 2013, etc.) highlights another week in the life of the newest veterinarian in Eden Falls, Vt. Dr. Cyrus Mills isn't used to dealing with live animals—or people, for that matter—and he's barely had time to get his feet wet at the helm of his late father's practice when a crosstown rival starts nipping at his heels. A client has defected after seeking emergency treatment at Bedside Manor, and Guy Dorkin, the office manager of competitor Healthy Paws, plans to put Cyrus out of business once and for all by arranging an informational open house with freebies and a presentation by gorgeous veterinarian Winn Honey. But Dorkin's barking up the wrong tree as far as Cyrus is concerned. Rather than rolling over and playing dead, Cyrus is determined to stand his ground—and he has several helpful supporters: his mentor, who's not opposed to a little covert snooping; a young, grateful computer geek; the editor in chief of the local paper; his busybody receptionist; and some very appreciative customers. But more worrisome than his business challenges is Cyrus' personal life. He's in the doghouse after a disastrous first date with Amy, the waitress at the local diner, and he's discovered he might be facing some serious competition for her affection. While juggling plans to counteract Dorkin's attack and find out more about the other person in Amy's life, Cyrus also cares for certain four-legged patients with puzzling symptoms and, by extension, members of the patients' two-legged families. Trout, a staff surgeon at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Mass., once again hits the mark with a wholesome, heartwarming story that ends on an optimistic note. He creates a homey community full of compassion, charm and humorous characters typical of many small towns. No doubt many animal lovers are panting in anticipation of the next Bedside Manor installment. Pawsitively delightful.
Library Journal
★ 04/01/2014
Who says you can't go home again? Trout's second novel, and sequel to The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs, opens with Cyrus Mills, a former veterinarian pathologist, back in his hometown trying to pull his deceased father's veterinary clinic out of financial ruin. Cyrus's father ran the practice by making sure pets got the best care possible and not worrying about whether their owners could pay. Cyrus is facing increasing pressure from the ruthless corporate chain Healthy Paws, which is trying to run him out of business. Will Cyrus be able to make his clinic thrive and still provide pets, and their owners, with the most exceptional treatment available? VERDICT Animal lovers can unite in heartfelt agreement on the delightful charm, drama, and humor of Trout's follow-up. The book is full of intriguing and colorful characters but none so engaging and endearing as Cyrus, the socially awkward, but genuinely kind, country vet.—Susan Moritz, Silver Spring, MD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401310899
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
04/08/2014
Series:
Cyrus Mills Series , #2
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,253,007
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Nick Trout is a staff surgeon at the prestigious Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Tell Me Where It Hurts, Love Is the Best Medicine, Ever By My Side, and The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs, and is a contributing columnist for The Bark magazine. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Kathy, and their adopted labradoodle, Thai.

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Dog Gone, Back Soon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
"Dog Gone, Back Soon" is the second book in the series. I didn't have the pleasure of reading the first book and had absolutely no problems in following the storyline at all. A truly entertaining and endearing story filled with laughter, tears, romance and a bit of mystery along with great characters (human and non-human alike).  A nice fast read that I highly recommend to all. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a nice, fun book to read with a little suspense and humor thrown in. Added plus...learning a little bit about animal ailments.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Marissa Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Think a warm mix of James Herriot and House, the country veterinarian with the determination and tenacity to delve into the root cause of the illness. He makes mistakes along the way, jumping to conclusions based on popular theory, but he knows to admit he was wrong – and who doesn’t love a man who can admit he’s wrong? Cyrus (love that name!) Mills moves to small town Vermont to take over his deceased father’s veterinary practice and finds himself going up against a popular (and slightly unscrupulous) chain practice in the next town. Luckily he has the backing of his father’s former partner and his loyal patients (both four legged and two legged), and the begrudging acceptance of his father’s receptionist. He also has a budding relationship with a waitress from the local diner who believes in him and encourages her friends to take their pets to him. I was immediately drawn into this story, charmed by Cyrus’ shyness and lack of social skills. The mystery of Ermintrude the cow and Gilligan the collie kept me turning pages, and the enigma of Stash had me hooked. When Cyrus took his turn at helping humans, my heart lurched. There is nothing bad in this book. It is heartwarming and humanizing. Cyrus is what you want in a vet and in a friend, and probably a life-mate. One note, after starting the book I realized it was not the first of the series but that didn’t matter. There were only a few points I missed and I will go back and read the first book, The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
Dog Gone Back Soon by Nick Trout is a fantastic book. At first, I had some hesitation because I've never read a book by this author, but from the first chapter I was hooked. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it held my attention. The story is easy to read and well written with humor and mystery included. Each character has their own unique personality and the author gives a great description of the characters and the small town. I love dogs and reading about small towns. Even if you don't, I still believe you would enjoy reading Dog Gone Back Soon. I went from hesitation to loving this fantastic book and will read more books by Nick Trout, so I definitely recommend reading this book. I received a complimentary copy from Hyperion through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion. Thank you, Hyperion!
Meemo_B 16 days ago
I enjoyed this charming story. I read James Herriot's books long ago, and loved them. These books (this one being a sequel to "The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs") are a bit reminiscent of Herriot's books, but Trout's books are fiction. There's a great air of authenticity to them, though, since Trout is a veterinarian himself. At times there's a bit more technical info than the average person may be able to digest, but when you consider the vet in these books is a veterinary pathologist who tends to "get in his head" much of the time, that's very much in character for him. I enjoyed watching him coming to terms with his father's legacy, and learning how to deal with actual live animals rather than making diagnoses strictly from slides. I’m sorry now it took me so long to getting around to reading these books - I’d received an ARC of this one but wanted to read the previous book first, and kept postponing it for some reason. Now I want to read Nick Trout’s other books, which are non-fiction. Copy provided by Netgalley and Hachette Books in exchange for an unbiased review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for everyone who read the first book. So far the series is wonderful. Hopefully there will be more books to come.
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
Dog Gone, Back Soon is the charming sequel to The Patron Saint Of Lost Dogs, where the reader is first introduced to Dr. Cyrus Mills and the two legged and four legged residents of Eden Falls, Vermont. I enjoyed the first book so much that I was looking forward to this book to see what Cyrus was up to next. Dog Gone picks up very shortly after Patron Saint ends, so it is imperative you read Patron Saint first to fully understand and appreciate the background. In Dog Gone, the reader is treated to the arrival of more adorable pets as well as a villain, of sorts. He runs the Healthy Paws veterinary clinic in a nearby town and has made it his mission to see Bedside Manor fail, especially when a few of their patients come to Cyrus for help. Cyrus and Amy finally go on an official date that does not end well and the reader is taken on a journey of Cyrus battling the green-eyed monster and trying to come to terms with his feelings for Amy, while trying to do the right thing when he is mistaken for someone else. I especially enjoy how the author uses his own remarkable veterinary skills to illuminate how Cyrus uncovers what is ailing each of his furry patients. As with the first book in the series, this story also tugs on the heartstrings. I really love how the animals bring Cyrus out of his introverted shell. He is not the same man he was when he first arrived and I love seeing the interactions between him and the animals. I really hope to see another book in this series. I highly recommend this series if you enjoy a heartwarming story that elicits strong emotional responses filled with characters that are easy to connect and relate to. I received a copy of Dog Gone, Back Soon from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
I’m a pushover for veterinarian stories, fiction or nonfiction, no matter where they take place, and Dog Gone, Back Soon filled the bill quite nicely indeed. It’s funny; I know I’m going to get essentially the same tale every time but that never feels same old same old like it does in other books. I include country (human) doctor and small town minister stories in the same bag—they’re all what I call comfort fiction and nonfiction and, basically, they can do very little wrong in my eyes. When it comes to veterinarian authors, James Herriot is the gold standard for me, and Nick Trout has followed in his footsteps in a lovely way. The cynical Cyrus is a guy I could relate to, feeling guilt over the way he and his father spent recent years but intent on bringing his dad’s practice back from the brink of failure without destroying its appeal to local animal lovers. I found myself rooting him on in his efforts, especially as he begins to realize how much it means to him and that he really does love this small town and its four-legged and two-legged citizens. A bit of romance is not out of order and there’s a gentle humor about the troubled path of love between him and Amy. Still, it’s Cyrus’s battles against the “evil” conglomerate and his growing attachment to a Labradoodle service dog named Stash that truly drew me in. I hold out my hand in front of Stash’s mouth. “Stash, lick.” Nothing. “Stash, lick.” Not a flicker in his eyes. Either this is not in hisrepertoire or, more likely, I’m using the wrong language. “Stash, pucker up.” No dice. “Stash, kiss.” The world goes black as sixty pounds of dog leaps onto my chest and begins coating every exposed surface of my skin with a shellac of saliva from a serpentine tongue. “Stash, sit, Stash, sit.” It’s as if the feeding frenzy never happened, Stash calm and distant, me dripping drool and panting. Stash probably should be on the cover but the English Mastiff, Tallulah, is his first patient so that’s OK. My other favorite stars of the show were an obese cat named Marmalade Succabone , a cow named Ermintrude and a taxidermied dog named Crispin. I was also more than a bit fond of a pair of teens named Charlie Brown and Gabe Stiles and office manager Doris. Dog Gone, Back Soon is the sequel to The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs. Since I now have to claim Dr. Trout as one of my favorite authors, I’m heading over to get Patron Saint just as soon as I can.
Teritree001971at More than 1 year ago
DOG GONE, BACK SOON is a heartwarming story of a prodigal sons' return home after his fathers death to find his veterinarian practice in competition with a big chain store. Cyrus, returns to take over his fathers practice on to find it on the brink of financial ruin. In his absence, Amy his love interest, has returned to take care of her elderly family. Cyrus is your typical awkward, lovable geek character and you find yourself rooting for him, even with all his flaws. As he worls taking care of the local animals, he bins to realise that he himself is becoming attached to the local community in ways he'd never considered possible. It doesn't hurt that he's leaving financial ruin in the city either. By the end of the story, Cyrus has managed to consider how isolated and lonely he has been in his former life and how filled this new live has become in the short time he has been in the community. From Stash becoming a friend asking nothing in return, to the senile old lady who's family has her “best interest” at heart, Cyrus finds himself growing in ways he'd never thought possible.
bookluvr35SL More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely delightful book, about a son who comes back home after being gone for many years, to take over his father's veterinary practice.  A rival practice in a nearby town is trying to ruin them, the woman of his dreams remains elusive and mysterious, and there is a plethora of medical mysteries that he is trying to solve... both feline and canine.  This is a must read for any animal lover!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs, and I didn't realize that Dog Gone, Back Soon was the second book in a series. It can be thoroughly enjoyed as a stand alone novel. The author is also a veterinarian, and his  knowledge added to the book without making it dry or overly technical. Many adjectives come to mind for this book: charming, delightful, quaint. It is a slice-of-life in a small town. The characters are realistic and varied. They aren't perfect and the main character, Cyrus, has to deal with his social flaws as he works to be accepted as the new vet in a small town. Everyone Cyrus encounters have a quintessentially rural, small town feel. The light romance and humor is well played. The small town nosiness is spot on. The town's pets and their ailments are just as quirky as their owners. I'm sure Stash will become a favorite of each reader. I appreciated learning more about NEADS trained service dogs. Nick Trout is definitely an author you'll want to read and follow.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Get ready to be charmed, to laugh and to be intrigued by Dog Gone, Back Soon and author Nick Trout’s brand of writing! Cyrus, a veterinary pathologist, has reluctantly returned to the small town he left behind when his deceased father leaves him his veterinary clinic, Bedside Manor. I had to love the irony in that name as Cyrus is more comfortable peering into a microscope than dealing with the humans who bring their pets to the clinic. Add to that the new vets who have come to town, and a showdown is inevitable to see who will be the “top dog” in town. Meanwhile, Cyrus finds he has become the go-to vet for more than sickly pets, he becomes an ear for a dying man, an obese young girl and the answer to a farmer’s cow problems. Has Cyrus finally found his calling? Always on the straight and narrow, Cyrus believes he has become part of a love triangle between the girl he thinks he loves and her dashing and wealthy husband. What to do about it? Confront the husband? Dump the girl? Rally against the new clinic and their shady practices? Meanwhile, the strange old man and his faithful companion, Stash loom huge in Cyrus’ life. When the old man passes away, who will take Stash? Is Cyrus ready for a dog, especially a special dog like Stash? As they develop and bond, Stash proves to be smarter at diagnosing illnesses than Cyrus, is obviously smarter, well-trained and most definitely a gift in his life. Still he struggles as he realizes that Stash’s purpose is far greater than his in this world. Where do I start? Nick Trout writes from a veterinarian’s point of view, or, more specifically, from Cyrus’ particular quirky point of view and he accomplishes that with humor, a fast-pace and a unique style that is completely entertaining! Each character is well defined and filled with personality! Most have a touch of quirkiness, a sense of humor and a love for their own brand of adventure! And then we get to Stash, talk about puppy love! Stash is more human than many of the characters! He will melt your heart as you think of the pain of his loss and his ability to know the right things to do, while showing his love. No wonder Dog is God spelled backwards! A fun read that probably should be read after book one in the series, but I didn’t feel cheated at all for not having read it! Looking for a book where the hero is pretty awkwardly awesome? One that has animals? One that will make you laugh AND cry? Do you like the quirkiness of a small town? One that will entertain you for hours? It’s right here, thanks to Nick Trout!
esosweet More than 1 year ago
Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout is a wonderful read. It was charming and sweet with just enough mystery thrown into to keep the plot clicking right along. The story is about Dr. Cyrus Mills. He has recently moved back to the town of Eden Falls, Vermont to take over is estranged, now passed away, Father's veterinary practice. The only problem is that the "Healthy Paws" vet franchise in neighboring Patton is gunning for him. Will he be able to get enough business to prevent Healthy Paws from buying him out? Will his love life get sorted through?  This book was right up my alley. It's about dogs. It's cute. It's set in a small town. Cyrus Mills was living in Charleston before he moved back to Eden Falls. I did think that it started on a weird note and in looking it up I found that it is the follow-up book to Trout's The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs. This meant that some of the characters had already been developed and so they weren't in this book. It didn't lose anything, it just made them seem a bit flat. However, not having read the first book, I really liked Dog Gone, Back Soon and it stood well on its own. 
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Dog Gone Back Soon by Nick Trout This is not my usual genre in books but I wanted to try another genre- step outside of my comfort zone. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I understand that it is actually a sequel to The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs. However, there is enough background information given in this book that it can stand alone. The premise is that this is six days in the life of Dr. Cyrus Mills who has moved to Eden Falls, Vermont to revive his dad's veterinarian clinic, Bedside Manor. Cyrus takes on several complex and interesting animal cases in that short time. The author was able to provide animal medical science in an easy to understand manner for readers like me who have no background in veterinarian medicine. Cyrus is an introvert who has only practiced as a veterinary pathologist and has never treated live animals or dealt with their owners. As he said in the book "The only patients I examined were deceased". As this is told from his viewpoint, the reader understands that he considers himself as inept in human relationships - both professional and personal. Readers also get to understand his sense of duty, curiosity, and insecurities in this new role. The author did an excellent job of character development in both the main characters, Cyrus, Dr. Lewis and Amy as well as the secondary characters. The world building of the small town was perfect. I was intrigued by the plot line of a veterinarian conglomerate in a nearby town wanting to eliminate Bedside Manor. I didn't realize there was so much competition between veterinary practices. Maybe it was because I hadn't read the first book by Nick Trout; but I never "clicked" with the love relationship between Cyrus and Amy. I have to confess that my favorite character in the book was "Stash" the service dog that Cyrus temporarily adopts. I was immediately smitten with Stash and impressed by his training. Cyrus even managed to give Stash an HEA by the end of the book. All in all, a pleasant read for me and I believe that pet lovers would enjoy reading this book. Disclosure: this book was given to me by NetGalley and Hyperion for an honest review.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I’ve been a fan of veterinary stories since I was a child: James Herriot’s tales of a country vet in the Yorkshire Dales are a particular favorite that I come back to repeatedly.  Nick Trout puts his own unique spin on the genre, bringing us Cyrus Mills in his struggles to assume the mantle of leadership of his deceased father’s clinic in a remote Vermont town.   I really liked Cyrus: he came to the veterinary puzzle with an attitude that serves many practicing vets well; he liked but didn’t find attachment to animals, and was more pleased with the puzzles that he could ferret out to find the cause of the animal’s disease.  Never expecting to be a vet with patients, his career had been focused and successful in the pathology lab in the southeast: so his adjustments are multiple.  Dealing with “pet parents’ who often are more of a trial than the animals, learning to work on live animals, finding the appropriate approach to diagnose are only a few of the issues: a struggling clinic, a voracious national chain of clinics in the next town, and the inherent loneliness of a new resident in the sparsely populated northern state.   He’s not particularly suave: in fact his crush on Amy keeps running into roadblocks: Cyrus is too much in his head: always looking to borrow trouble and overthink everything and his manner is far more Doc Martin than Don Juan.  This easy and steadily paced story manages to touch on the slow development of Cyrus’ place in the community, and we see his desire to connect when he unexpectedly inherits a dog found caring for its now deceased owner.   There is no lack of Cyrus’ ability to care for and try to solve issues that he encounters either: a stuffed and mounted doggie on wheels is brought to him to repair tail damage, an overweight cat and its equally overweight owner’s daughter, and a showdown with the manager of the neighboring vet clinic are all handled with his unique approach.  Nick Trout has brought a life and a sense of the trials of a life to the reader: little insets of animal behavior and people’s relationship to their own pets  while providing our main character with plenty of uncomfortable moments where we see how he will sort out the issues in front of him, or that he creates for himself.  Slowly Cyrus is growing and learning, and developing a sense of communicating with people: the mainstay of his business success.  I found this story refreshing, fun and clever, and a perfect addition to my library of animal-inspired stories.  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. 
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
I was unfamiliar with this author, but was intrigued by the blurb. What a wonderful story - this book engaged me from the first page and kept me engaged til the very last page. It made me smile and, at times, laugh out loud as I followed Cyrus's likeable tale to step into his father's life. Think "Marley and Me" without the tears. This is a feel good book that you will keep in your heart - I just cannot say enough good things about it. I highly recommend it an have added the author to my must read authors' list. Thank you to Netgalley for providing an ARC for an honest review.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Enchanting Modern Day James Herriot I would like to thank NetGalley and Hyperion for the opportunity to read this e-ARC. Although I received the ebook for free, that in no way impacts my review. If rating systems weren't stuck on whole numbers I would be giving this book a 4.5 in a heartbeat! <blockquote>When Dr. Cyrus Mills returned home after inheriting his estranged father's veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls, Vermont, a moment longer than absolutely necessary. However, the previously reclusive veterinarian pathologist quickly found that he actually enjoyed treating animals and getting to know the eccentric residents of the tiny provincial town-especially an alluring waitress named Amy.  So Cyrus is now determined to make Bedside Manor thrive. Not an easy goal, given that Healthy Paws, the national veterinary chain across town, will stop at nothing to crush its mom-and-pop competitor. And the rival vet practice isn't Cyrus's only competition; a handsome stranger shows up out of nowhere who clearly has a mysterious past with Amy. To top it off, Cyrus finds himself both the guardian of a very unique orphaned dog and smack in the middle of serious small town drama. This charming sequel to <em>The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs</em> is a wild and delightful ride through one jam-packed week, where Cyrus must figure out how to outsmart the evil veterinary conglomerate, win back Amy's heart, solve several tricky veterinary cases, find a home for an orphaned dog, and detangle himself from an absurd case of mistaken identity. DOG GONE, BACK SOON brims with Nick Trout's trademark humor, charm, and captivating animal stories, and is proof that all dogs, lost or not, on four feet or two, deserve a second chance.</blockquote> This book is a joy to read from cover to cover. I read this completely unaware that it is the second book in a series, and had no problem whatsoever following the storyline or the characters. While there may be even more depth to this book if you've had the (assumed) pleasure of reading the first book in the series, fear not - this book gives more than its fair share of entertainment value. Yet it's not all about entertainment, for it touches on topics many of us have faced, or will face - the loss of a beloved non-human family member, coping with aging family members, ending romances, trying to begin a new romance, loss of a parent(s), and so on. In short it deals with life. And in this case life in a small town, small enough that everyone knows your business, sometimes before you know it yourself. Mr. Trout must have spent time in Vermont or New Hampshire, because he did an excellent job of catching many of the finer nuances that come with small town life in New England. He didn't rely on the stereotypes, though often they are well-steeped in reality, but instead made Eden Falls come to a realistic life; life in a small town that is trapped between what was and the necessary changes of what is if the town wants to survive. Using the various house calls his wonderful lead protagonist makes Mr. Trout gives the reader glimpses into a variety of different situations the town's occupants face, with many being applicable virtually anywhere in this country, while others are distinctly Vermont. (I say this from the lucky position of having been born and raised in this beautiful state, and if it helps explain the state, no matter how offer I've moved away, how far or how beautiful the destination, I always end up back in Vermont.) Cyrus Mills is a joy to learn about, and to learn about his hometown all over again, this time through adult eyes. He is a serious introvert, so in many ways taking over his deceased father's veterinary practice in back country Vermont is torture. He rapidly relearns that privacy is an expectation he'll have to live without. Just as public speaking, be it to one or thirty people, is something he'll have to adjust to. But he also discovers that not everyone is stuck in 'the good old days.' In fact, he has to adjust in both directions, and the surprises are only just beginning. The characters in this book truly are characters, but in the best of ways. They come off the page as real and alive as anyone you know, and run the gamut as far as personalities go. I'm not even going to scratch the surface of this wonderful collection of characters (double entendre totally intended), but rather leave to you the distinct, and in some cases dubious, pleasure of getting to know them all right along with Cyrus. And don't be mistaken, not all of the characters that dominate this book are of the human variety. But then again, that seems only right considering we are talking about a veterinarian. This tale is rich with warmth, rife with complex characters, and resplendent with beauty, both internal and external. The story will suck you right in, making you feel welcome and at home while you learn the various bits and pieces that make up a life. By turns it made me happy, sad, angry, and sympathetic - if a character felt it so did I. Each emotion was authentic and at appropriate junctures of the story. One can only hope that Mr. Trout will decide to return to Eden Falls, VT to keep us current on all things Dr. Cyrus Mills and all things Eden Falls!