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Whether it's an umbrella cockatoo who's not eating, a depressed chinchilla, a pregnant potbellied pig, or a ferret possibly needing surgery, exotic animal vet Laurie Hess is at the front lines with some remarkable pets-and their equally eccentric, dedicated, and sometimes demanding owners. Following a week in Dr. Hess's life as she tries to uncover the source of an unknown ailment killing some of her most vulnerable patients, Unlikely Companions is an
All Creatures Great and Small with a mysterious twist that includes a special message about managing our most important relationships-those with our friends, coworkers, children, spouses, and ourselves."
Dr. Hess takes everyday as it comes and treats whatever enters her office with compassion, and knowledge, and sometimes even humor."
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Dr. Laurie Hess is board-certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in avian (bird) medicine and served as the President of the Association of Avian Veterinarians from 2009-2010. She is also an active member of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians.
After graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, Dr. Hess received her veterinary medical degree from Tufts. She then completed a one-year internship and a two-year residency in avian and exotic pet medicine and surgery at the world-renowned Animal Medical Center in New York City.
The country’s go-to exotic pet doctor, she’s appeared on Inside Edition, Animal Planet, The Martha Stewart Show and The Doctors. Dr. Hess and her practice have been featured in the New York Times, The NY Daily News, USA Today, Martha Stewart Living, and Parade and People Magazine. She lives with her family in Westchester County, New York.
Samantha Rose is an Emmy-award winning television writer and producer, and the co-author and collaborator of many non-fiction projects including the New York Times bestsellers The Suja Juice Solution and Control the Crazy with Vinny Guadagnino. She is also the author of the National Bestseller The Package Deal: My (not-so) Glamorous Transition from Single Gal to Instant Mom.
Table of Contents
1 A Mysterious Case 1
2 Will I Ever Belong? 51
3 A Connection 93
4 Meet Me in the Middle 131
5 Unraveling 165
6 Piece by Piece 195
7 Love Without Reservation 233
Exotic Pet Resources 253
About the Authors 255
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Unlikely Companions by Laurie Hess and Samantha Rose is a highly recommended look at the life of an avian/exotic pet vet. Hess owns the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills, NY, where she and her team specialize in avian and exotic animal care. Unlikely Companions follows one week in the life of Hess at work and home. A perfect choice for animal lovers, this anecdotal work combined with the medical mystery is sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, but thoroughly entertaining. The memoir follows Hess as she treats a wide variety of exotic pets and interacts with their owners. The thread that ties the whole week together is her search for what might be causing the illness and death of young sugar gliders. While she is trying to find the answer to that, we are introduced to many of her exotic patients and their owners. We also get a glimpse into Hess's personal life as she juggles her dedication to her family with the time and toll her challenging career extracts. She admits that she sometimes has to sacrifice her time with her family in order to do her job, but it is a job she loves. Unlikely Companions is written in a personable, conversational style that is easy to read and is quite enjoyable. She doesn't get all technical on exact treatment details, but provides enough to tell us the story about the pet and owner. You will learn quickly that she has curly hair, which is mention frequently as animals tend to fly, jump, or land in it, and diabetes, as she sometimes gets so caught up in her work that she neglects her health. Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the publisher/author.