Ask the Animals

A Vet's-Eye View of Pets and the People They Love

Bruce R. Coston, D.V.M.

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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In the tradition of James Herriot, Bruce R. Coston’s first book is a warm, funny, and amazingly fulfilling celebration of the wonderful world of animals as seen through the eyes of a small-town veterinarian. The patients are an eclectic and surprising cast of characters who display incredible bravery and nobility at times, and unbelievable goofiness at other times. There’s the dog that resurrected itself from death. There’s Daphne, the transvestite cat who taught Bruce to be a cat person. And the owners are no less engaging, ranging from the angelic to the squeamish, teaching Bruce what it really means to be an animal doctor.

Readers will gain insight into the pathos and passion, the mundane and incredible, the thigh-slapping humor and the crushing sadness of a vet’s life as he seeks to mend and restore people’s treasured companions. Written with great warmth, this book imparts a deeper understanding of the pets that enrich our daily lives.

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“A punctilious glimpse into the lives of the creatures we love most dearly—our pets. This memoir is a reflection on what makes us human. It’s a must-read for anyone who cares about the lives of animals.”—Sacramento Book Review
 
"This worthy addition to the large genre of veterinary memoirs is among the cream of the post-Herriot crop."--Booklist
 
"Many have tried to follow in the paw prints of the brilliant James Herriot, but few have succeeded.  Time to add Bruce Coston to the list of worthy wordsmiths.  His debut is simply fabulous."--Jason F. Wright, New York Times bestselling author of Christmas Jars
 

                                  

   


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Bruce R. Coston, D.V.M.

Bruce R. Coston, D.V. M. received his doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota and has received the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences Service Award. He lives with his family in New Market, Virginia.

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Ask the Animals
A Vet's-Eye View of Pets and the People They Love
Bruce R. Coston, D.V.M.

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
December 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312653439
ISBN10: 0312653433
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$16.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
September 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429928250
ISBN10: 1429928255
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$7.99
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