All My Patients Kick and Bite: More Favorite Stories from a Vet's Practice Paperback – Nov 13 2012
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“Veterinarian Wells returns with another collection of warm, humorous tales of the animals he treats and the people who own and care for them. Dealing with the unexpected--llamas who don't want their nails trimmed, teenagers looking to get high on feline distemper vaccine, a herd of Scottish Highland cattle trying to protect a calf from the vet--makes for some high-tension reading. There are also moving stories of difficult births and life-saving efforts in nighttime winter snows. Wells weaves in the struggles of his own life and marriage with his wife's successful fight against recurrent cancer, and their adoption of an orphan from Korea. Good-natured, inviting animal tales.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“This is a wonderfully written book...It is filled with what has become [Wells's]trademark humor and gentle touch. Dr. Wells' book is filled with stories that are touching, poignant, and funny, all reflecting his experiences as a dedicated veterinarian. Anyone who has ever been owned by a family pet will love this book.” ―Tucson Citizen
“The veterinarian's second book of gently told tales from his practice are heartwarming and heartbreaking.” ―The Sacramento Bee
“After reading this warm and compassionate eclectic mix of stories, you're left loving this rural Colorado veterinarian's sense of humor, patience and earthiness.Each of the richly detailed vignettes is intense and engaging while accented with vivid characters and a tough realism, leaving you marveling at the author's commitment and resilient, can-do spirit.” ―Seattle Kennel Club
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JEFF WELLS, DVM is a practicing veterinarian in the foothills of Colorado. A graduate of Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Wells has cared for many types of animals. All My Patients Have Tales was the winner of two Colorado Independent Publisher's Awards and a National Independent Publisher's Award.See all Product Description
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"All My Patients Kick and Bite" is the story of a vet working in the Rocky Mountains, and his adventures treating both household pets and farmers' livestock. And while he's no James Herriot, he still tells a good tale without romanticizing his job.
Jeff Wells tells various stories about his practice, and some of the colorful characters -- both human and animal -- he comes across in his practice. He tells about the experience that sparked his dreams to become a vet (helping an ewe through a difficult birth while in fifth grade), as well as trying to deal with other life obstacles -- buying and renovating a house, adopting a baby, helping his wife fight and overcome cancer -- while at the same time maintaining his grueling vet practice. His stories include a woman who pays her vet bill with a wild horse named Ivan the Terrible, a llama with a bad attitude and wickedly good aim, a dog who decided to eat a rubber duck, a woman convinced her horse is dying of a one-inch cut after looking up horse injuries on the Internet, the birth of a colt that ends up breaking up a boyfriend and girlfriend, a herd of murderously protective Scottish Highlander cows, and two teenagers who's plan to steal veterinary drugs goes hilariously awry. Throughout his misadventures, this vet tries to keep his sense of humor and roll with the punches, and while not every story will have a happy ending, he does manage to find the good in almost every situation.
Word of warning -- Wells' book is not for the squeamish. If you can't handle descriptions of blood, internal organs, animal dung, births, and surgery scenes, you might want to give this one a pass.
That said, Wells has a writing style that's serviceable but not great, and I found a few misspellings sprinkled throughout the book. Despite this, I did find myself laughing out loud more than once as I read. Animals are unpredictable, after all, and more than once Wells finds that overestimating or underestimating them tends to not end well for the vet or owner. And he's able to find the humor in all sorts of situations, even situations that were probably maddening or terrifying at the time.
If you're an animal lover and can handle a few gross scenes, give this book a read. It's not destined to be a classic like the works of Herriot, but it's still a fun and light-hearted read, with plenty of laughs and heartwarming scenes.
Large animals like horses, cows, llamas and the like is a totally different experience and I admire the men and women who do it. It takes courage and a lot of bravery to face down a spitting llama , a scared cow or a injured horse.
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