The Gift of Pets by Bruce R. Coston
Stories Only a Vet Could Tell

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Bruce R. Coston’s first book, Ask the Animals, earned him high praise for being another James Herriot. Now, in his delightful second memoir, Coston shares more rich stories about his animal patients and the clients who make veterinary practice so fulfilling. In this humorous, poignant, and enthralling collection, Coston explores what it is about the interaction with our pets that provides such profound companionship, and how a love for animals helps us to be more fully human. This ability to enrich and fulfill us is the Gift of pets.

Coston's characters, both the people and the animals, will engage you from the first page. You’ll meet Mr. Johnston, the linguist, and his Mountain of Love; Rachel, the office prankster; Coston’s “girlfriend,” Megan; and Mischief, the only patient Coston has ever had that helped to pay for her own surgery. You’ll learn what a “sugar glider” is and how to give one mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. You’ll marvel at Lisa, Coston’s first veterinary technician, and the courage that the Gift of pets gave her to reinvent herself and rekindle the dreams she thought she had squandered.The Gift of Pets celebrates what it’s like to be truly blessed with a deep love and concern for the pets with which we surround ourselves. Coston invites all animal lovers to rejoice in that Gift with him in this inspiring book of true stories.


About Bruce R. Coston

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Bruce R. Coston, D.V.M., earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota. He currently resides in Virginia with his wife, their three cats (Webster, Phelps, and Kimi), and their dog (Starr). While not practicing in his hospital, he enjoys writing, golf, scuba diving, and any time spent on the lake. 
Published August 7, 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books. 317 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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There is a special bond between a pet and its owners, which Coston (Ask the Animals: A Vet's Eye View of Pets and the People They Love, 2009) gracefully brings to light in his second memoir about his Virginia practice.

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To balance the poignancy of owners confronting their pets’ serious, sometimes untreatable illnesses and injuries, Coston humorously depicts unusual pets, like the dog that, according to his owner, prefers eating rocks to gnawing toys out of machismo, and eccentric owners, such as the bullmastif...

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