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You can't always count on people, but you can always count on your dog. No one knows that better than veterinarian Jessica Vogelsang, who, with the help of three dogs, is buoyed through adolescence, veterinary school, and the early years of motherhood. Taffy, the fearsome Lhasa; Emmett, an amiable golden; and Kekoa, the neurotic senior Labrador are always by her side, offering lessons in empathy and understanding for all the oddballs and misfits who come through the vet clinic doors. Also beside her is Kevin, a human friend who lives with the joie de vivre most people only dream of having. But when tragedy strikes, Jessica is reminded that the animals we love give more than they take.
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By Daryl on 02-07-16
I laughed and I Cried
This book and narration has a vulnerability, an energy, and a poignancy I have rarely seen in memoirs. It's less about Kevin (who I wish I'd gotten to know a bit better), but more about dogs, about growing up, about changing, about becoming comfortable in oneself. It's the perfect mix of autobiography, of animals, and about loving, letting go, and moving on.
Well-written, well-read, and well worth your time and credit.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Debbie Clatterbuck on 01-01-16
A Great Story for any who had lost a pet!
We recently put our 13yr old Old English Sheepdog, Harry, down. He was the 1st male dog I have ever own. Over the 13 yrs Harry was a member of of our family in every sense of what s family means. He would actually smile when he saw that you had come home to him.
His heart had gotten & his legs began to fail. But like in the story that was told so well, Harry, let us know when he had to go to heaven. This is a must read for anyone dealing with a sick or aging pet.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful