Ginger K. (Ballwin, MO)
Memiors of a Vet
This book was, in a word, gratifying. Based on the experiences and insights of one man from boyhood through adulthood and his experiences the book brings both laughter and tears. Touchingly human the stories of relationships with pets and those who love them are endearing. It is enjoyable reading for anyone who enjoys a well turned phrase. The sentimental will love it but those who crave suspense will find it a bit sanguine.
Sharon W. (Two Rivers, WI)
Another Great Memoir
I am a fan of memoirs and this one didn't let me down. I loved Dr. Trout's writing. I felt part of the story. His love of animals was amazing, through the good and bad. I laughed and cried throughout. Animal lovers will love it. Thank you Dr. Trout!!
Judith G. (Ewa Beach, HI)
"...just not for me."
This is an option given when the book is just not right for a reader. This was the case for "Ever By My Side." I found it tedious to read and was not willing to finish it when I had another waiting to review.
Carrol Ann S. (Ventura, CA)
Ever By My Side
The last veterinary book I read was 'All Creatures Great and Small' quite a few years ago. Getting through the first quarter of 'Ever By My Side' was slow and tedious, but as Dr. Trout reached his teen years, I was into the story and began to eagerly read on. It is so much more than a pet story, covering family dynamics through two generations, their pets' personalities and important role as a member of the family. And, I gained a better understanding of and increased appreciation for veterinarians love of animals.
All animal lovers would enjoy 'Ever By My Side', finishing the book as I did, with a smile on my face.
Patricia M. (San Jose, CA)
A Wonderful Book
I loved this book. The family pets presented here as well as the pets that Trout encounters as a veterinarian make you smile and or hold your breath with worry for their welfare.
Nick’s family is a big part of this book and the relationship Nick has with his father is one that is very touching.
Anyone that has ever loved an animal will relate to this book - and I think that men in particular will find the father/son relationship memorable.
Karla S. (Dana Point, CA)
The highs and lows of pet ownership
I was sorry to finish this book. Now I want to read the other books by this veterinarian-author.
When Nick Trout stated that English was his worst subject in school he mist have been joking. "Ever by My Side" is written with such compassion for his family and four legged friends. His honesty in dealing with the good and the difficult situations is very appealing. I love his telling of his concern for not fulfilling his father's dream of helping in his practice [edited for plot spoilers]. You have to smile at the antics of the charming, but irascible dogs in his life. I will recommend this book to my book club.
Diane D. (Blairstown, NJ)
Our last dog was a black lab, Max, who was also a member of our family. This made this book especially interesting to me. As I read the book, I kept thinking of words that it made me feel. The first was, "Oh, my!", due to all that happens in the book. The others were: Joy, Sympathy, Shock, Sorrow, Laughter...and last, but not least, WOW!
I think all animal lovers would like the book, and I'd encourage anyone to read it.