Thursday 12 October 2017

Book ~ "Cute Poodles, Sweet Old Ladies and Hugs: Veterinary Tales" (2017) Dr. P.J. Miller

From Goodreads ~ Dr. P. J. Miller's story is unique. Growing up in New York City, who would have thought that he’d complete his veterinary degree at the Royal School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland? In "Cute Poodles, Sweet Old Ladies & Hugs", Dr. Miller has assembled a "greatest hits" of veterinary tales - stories that include colorful clients, wisecracking hospital staff and pets that aren't always friendly. 

"Cute Poodles, Sweet Old Ladies & Hugs" provides a humorous look at what Dr. Miller went through to become a veterinarian and his daily life as a doctor, told only as a typical New Yorker could. Underneath the humor, Dr. Miller gives a glimpse of how strong and emotional the human-animal bond can be, becoming an instant must-read for any aspiring veterinary professional or animal lover that wants to know what it is really like to be a veterinarian.

I love reading stories about animals and that's why this book caught my eye.  I enjoyed it ... it was a fun book to read.

Born and raised in New York City and getting his veterinary education in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dr. Miller is currently a vet in Florida.  This is his experience of life as a vet.  In addition to telling stories about some of his patients and their colourful owners, Dr. Miller also tells us how he became a vet (going to university in Florida and then transferring to Edinburgh, Scotland), going to conferences and needing coverage at his practice, and his devoted but comical staff.

There was one story that I could relate to of a client who had a dog who had became diabetic.  The man didn't think he had it in him to check the dog's glucose level every day and give insulin shots.  Our cat, Morgan, (who passed away in April) became diabetic when he got older and we went through that with him for a few years.  I never thought I'd be able to give him his needles but you do what you have to do because they are family.  Once I got used to it, it wasn't an issue.

Though some might not like the writing style, I did ... I found Dr. Miller funny and sarcastic.  His love for animals is obvious.

I'm sure he has many more stories to tell and I look forward to reading them.

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