All My Patients Have Tales
Favorite Stories From A Vet's PracticeLarge Print - 2009
A volume of reminiscences by a veterinarian shares his life-altering relationships with domestic, farm, and exotic animals, in a personal account that traces his early years as an inexperienced college graduate through his emergence as a compassionate care provider.
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"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)
"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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