Eileen B. (East Moriches, NY)
A GREAT MEMOIR
What a wonderful memoir. I felt that I was having a conversation with the author and there were parts that were very funny and I could relate to the situation. The author's relationship with his father was very different and powerful. There were parts that were very emotional and I did shed some tears. If you are an animal lover you will love this book. Maybe you will learn something from the people and the animals in the book.
Mary L. (Madison, MS)
A Must read!
I laughed. I cried. How did Dr. Trout see into my life? I enjoyed the human characters but his portraits of the animals toughed my heart deeply. I could go on and on but I can only say “YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!” As a side note – this book saved my stepdaughter’s dog. He had just dug up my flower and winter vegetable garden. I locked myself in the bedroom and read this book nonstop. It saved her dog and my sanity. I haven’t decided about her. Please read this book!
Suzanne G. (Tucson, AZ)
A good story......
I loved this book. The story contained the full gamut of feelings, from sadness, to laughter, to love, to caring. I particularly enjoyed the parts referring to clinical judgments; the why-fors so to speak. It will be enjoyable for all animal lovers as well as those who may be interested in acquiring a pet. This book is, and will be, a most favorite of mine.
Sandra G. (Middleton, WI)
Heartwarming and Heartwrenching
Dr. Trout's memoir will be appreciated most by dog lovers. Parts of the book will make you laugh out loud; other parts will bring you to tears. I enjoyed following Trout's relationship with his father, their bond forged by their mutual love of dogs. His writing style is easy and flowing, full of self-deprecating humor.
Debra C. (Vienna, Georgia)
A Doggone GREAT book
Just when I thought no one knew the secrets I shared with my two labs, Trout's novel exposes the universal truth about all dogs and dog lovers - all
you REALLY need to know about unconditional love can be found in Ever By My Side. I "double dog dare" any reader to stop after page one...
Marge B. (Dunedin, FL)
Dog Lovers Can Relate
As a life-long dog owner, I was prepared to LOVE this book. After reading the first few chapters, I began to fear this autobiography was going to be just TOO adorable and folksy. Then the story further unfolded, and I began to relate to my own experiences in raising dogs, seeing myself in the characters, laughing at the way dogs have challenged my patience over the years, sniffling through the all too familiar end-of-life decisions. I was touched by the honest portrayal of his relationship with his father, and his mother’s ambivalence about having a dog (or two) in the house. This is a personal story that grows on you. It’s not a WOW, can’t wait to read another chapter kind of book. But you’ll find it touching, engaging and often quite real and funny. A life with dogs, you have to have a sense of humor!
Eileen P. (Pittsford, NY)
A book about love
This book arrived the day after my darling 12-year-old cat died. Fran and I adored each other and the prospect of reading a book about pets made me a little nervous, but it quickly became apparent that this lovely book is about much more than a veterinarian's experiences with his pets. It’s about relationships between species and between generations, and how sometimes we need to experience something in order to truly appreciate what others have gone through.