Barbara K. (Brooklyn, NY)
A Good Read
Ever By My Side is beautifully written with just the right amount of narration and humor 'sandwiched' between tales of heartbreak. It highlights the value and relationships animals play in our lives and how early experiences help influence our attitudes towards living creatures in general. It also describes family dynamics between pets and their owners.
This is also a great coming of age tribute to the influence this author's parents, especially his father, played in shaping his world towards animals and thus in choosing his future career as a
At an early age he witnessed how Veterinarians are crucial in the lives of pets and their owners. He began to sense that
veterinary science goes beyond medicine, that the human/animal bond is profound and that Veterinarians play a key role in fostering this bond.
Ever By My Side would appeal to anyone, especially animal lovers for it is a 'good read'!
Penny P. (Santa barbara, Calif)
Love our pets
I loved this book. It is a book every animal lover should read. Dr.Nick is a wonderful author who writes so colorfully about the special relationships we share with our furry friends. Any one who has loved and lost a pet will appreciate this book
Georgette I. (Oxford, GA)
Ever By My Side
Dr. Nick Trout’s autobiography “Ever By My Side” is an honest assessment of his life. He highlights those events that played prominently in his youth and adulthood while also weaving the impact of both his two legged and four legged family and friends. While the book is sometimes dry, he compensates with those passages that touch the reader’s heartstrings, primarily when referencing one of the many animals that crossed his path. His descriptions are often tender but not saccharine. To his credit, Dr. Trout manages to remain objective about the pets of his parents and of his own family but the reader always senses an underlying sensitivity. Without being preachy, Dr. Trout relates the lessons learned from humans and animals and in particular how those interactions helped him find a way to cope with the inevitable difficulties of adulthood. This book is well worth the read for both pet owners and non-pet owners.
Beth C. (Sioux Falls, SD)
Memoir of a Veterinarian
Dr. Nick Trout, veterinary surgeon, grew up in England. At the age of 9, he finally got a puppy after years of requests. His German Shepherd, Patch, became a close companion to both Nick and his father. They were also very fond of the television series that told the stories of James Herriet, veterinarian of Yorkshire. Nick went to veterinary school and then moved to the United States to study veterinary surgery.
This book details the pets that Nick would come to own and love as he spent his working hours with other people's animals. It is also a touching memoir of his relationship with his parents, his wife and their two daughters.
It is the kind of book that pet lovers will particularly enjoy.
Gail L. (Maitland, FL)
I absolutely loved this book. Nicholas Trout is a fantastic writer and I laughed and cried throughout while reading as he shared his experiences about animals and people. It was quite interesting to see how he grew up with dogs in their home and the experiences he shared with his Dad and Mom. He became a compassionate husband, father, and veterinarian as a result of the lessons he learned and the unconditional love he received. Anyone who has dogs will be able to relate to this most satisfying read. This would be a great book club selection in my opinion.
Deb Y. (Blanco, TX)
A book to make pet owners melt
I cannot recommend this book highly enough - I have many other books stacked beside my bed to read and didn't even bother with them. Dr. Nick has written two other books - if they are anything like this one, I am a fan for life, and wish he lived in my neighborhood to treat my animals. Not only is he a good vet - he is an excellent author. Worth, worth, worth your time.
Beth T. (Savannah, GA)
You Had Me At .....
This book was not a hard sell for me. I'm a passionate animal lover, so anyone who builds a life and career around caring for animals is already a hero in my eyes. I was fully prepared to LOVE this book, and I did. Read it in two sittings and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys family stories that include the four-legged family members. Nick's journey to find his place in the world and his own truths (despite his father's wish for him to be James Herriot) makes for a memorable read. When the last page was finished, I wanted the journey to continue -- which, to me, is the hallmark of a "very good" book.