All My Patients Have Tales

All My Patients Have Tales

Favorite Stories From A Vet's Practice

Large Print - 2009 | Large print ed.
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This heartwarming and funny collection of stories by a dedicated veterinarian features wild horses, porcupine quill-covered dogs, male cats in labor, an extremely ornery pygmy donkey, an enormous hog, and many other domestic - and not so domestic - animals. Wells begins as an inexperienced recent graduate and emerges as a caring and beloved veterinarian, narrating many uplifting, life-altering, life-threatening, and hilarious episodes along the way.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2009.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410417282
141041728X
Branch Call Number: 636.089092 W454w2
Characteristics: 345 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

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Summerday18
Dec 17, 2017

I loved James Herriot's books and I love this one. So well written, with humour, compassion, and insight. According to James Herriot's biographer, Graham Lord, those stories have more fiction in them than a true biography, as they were initially written as fiction. I suspect this one is more the real deal. The adventures with both people and animals were entertaining. It was astounding to hear about some of Wells' adventures, like an unexpected journey by horse to help another ailing horse on a remote trail, and the lion guarding a remote ranch. It was easy to relate as he constantly questioned whether the long hours and nights on call were worth it, but he concludes that the rewards of being able to help animals and their people can't be measured.

Misty20 Mar 30, 2012

Fun book for animal lovers. I especially enjoyed the stories about cats and dogs. Writer is a caring and sensative animal lover with a great sense of humor.

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Shihtzulover
Aug 06, 2011

Do you love animals more than anything in the world and have thought that you'd like to be a veterinarian? Wells, a practicing veterinarian in a rural Rocky Mountain Colorado clinic, delivers a humorous and insightful look at his life and work with a wide range of animals. He recounts his rigorous education and on-the-job training as a vet commencing in rural eastern South Dakota. His 36 stories range from treating circus animals to miniature pigs to yaks, along with a host of cat, dog and horse anecdotes. Anyone who loves animals or has enjoyed James Herriot's books will love these short, down-home stories filled with heartfelt emotion and laugh-out-loud incidents.

333abilene May 20, 2011

Delightful book with plenty of guaranteed laughs. Hope Dr. Wells finds the time to write again........soon, please.

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Summerday18
Dec 17, 2017

"Just about every practice has a mascot cat, and these lucky animals always act as if they are running the show. The feline in charge will often strut, tail straight in the air, through the exam room to check out the quality of patient care or leap onto the operating table to ruin the sterile surgery area. If the waiting room is filled with lowly canines, the cat may peruse the area, testing the strength of owners and their leashes. If bored with harassing the patrons, the feline will assume a supervisory position on the reception counter. This allows the animal to take on a public-relations role as well by generously giving human clients the opportunity to caress it while paying their bills." (p. 118)

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Dec 17, 2017

"I had barely unfolded myself from the truck when I was met by the owner of the buffalo. Mr. Seldon was a tall, disheveled man with deep-set eyes. I didn't know him personally but had heard he'd transplanted himself here from New York twenty years earlier with the dream of raising buffalo. He briefly glanced my way and then grunted, "I don't want you to hurt him -- just slow him down a bit." Over his shoulder a two-thousand-pound bull bison appeared in the distance. From my vantage point, he looked like an army tank with horns, and my last concern was my hurting him." (p. 90)

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