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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (Nov. 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250012015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250012012
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #388,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

About the Author

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.

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By Fablexus TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 1 2013
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I love reading the thoughts of vets who truly love what they do. Who really, honestly work for the improvement of the animals they work with, not for the paycheck at the end of the week. Jeff Wells is no exception, although the book is a little on the small side, I would love to see a more in depth work from him, maybe a big hardcover is in the future? Buy this book, let the publisher know we appreciate our vets!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa56cecc0) out of 5 stars 41 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5637524) out of 5 stars All My Patients Kick and Bite: Favorite Stories from a Vet's Practice Jan. 5 2013
By Dee H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have now read both his books, the other one is All My Patients have tales. They are great fun books. I laughed and cried, he is a great Vet, man and writer. True tales of a Vet and his practice over the years. I wish they were longer. Great read, I highly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5446960) out of 5 stars a good read Jan. 20 2013
By Ima Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a small, well written book in the style of James Herriott but it does not rise to that level. I found it interesting and entertaining. My benchmark for a book is whether or not I would keep it for a reread at a future time. I probably will not reread this book, although I liked it the first time through.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa582b5ac) out of 5 stars No James Herriot, but still a fun light read about veterinary practice March 3 2015
By Kenya Starflight - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I was a child I dreamed of becoming a veterinarian -- I loved animals, and couldn't imagine a better career than helping them recover from injury and illness. Now that I'm older I know I wouldn't have lasted long at that career, as I can't stand blood, guts, or seeing animals in pain or dying. Still, I enjoy reading about veterinarians' experiences, and seeing the humor, heartbreak, triumph, and joy that can come from such a difficult job. It can make for a bit of a difficult read, as most vets don't shy away from the nastier aspects of their jobs, but at the same time it can be a heartwarming, if sometimes sad, experience.

"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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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A fun book in the style of James Herriot. I really enjoyed it, although still prefer James Herriot more. The stores in this story were short, bite-sized snippets of a vets life. They are funny, heart warming, or just plain strange. It did not take me long to read.
HASH(0xa6365588) out of 5 stars Fun Reading July 18 2013
By Constant Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I always enjoy books about animals and though I do not think Jeff Wells is a great writer, his two books were fun reading and I would bet he is a good Vet. It takes more than just going to Vet school to make a vet, much like it takes more than just going to medical school to be a doctor. Have a calling and a passion for what you choose to do in life makes it worth the effort and I think the Jeff Wells has this for sure. I think that having a practice that cares for small pets like dogs, cats etc is far different experience than a practice that cares for large animals as well.

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.