It's all fun and games until somebody ends up in a cone: Gives "animal lovers a glimpse into a veterinarian's life . . . sometimes humorous, often poignant" (Suzanne Clothier, author of Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs).
Physicians used to make house calls. Today, a few veterinarians still do, including Duncan MacVean, DVM. His patients range from cats and dogs to pigs and lizards—each of them a unique personality. Sometimes, without warning, MacVean finds himself in odd situations: stepping into a basement full of free-flying bats or struck speechless by a pig who loves opera so much that she falls into a trance.
The hilarious and the heartbreaking come together in this collection of true tales, all gathered from his lifelong career. Whether he's riding backward atop a potbelly pig that bucks and kicks its way down the hall, knocking over a china cabinet in the process, or talking to a pet owner with terminal cancer who wonders whether her beloved cat and dog will be with her in the afterlife, he unspools a tale of dedication to the animals of this earth and compassion for their human caretakers—and as he journeys from house to house, he brings readers along for the ride.
"Whether happy or sad, humorous or somewhat shocking, these real-life stories about pets and other animals will draw in readers . . . Highly recommended." —Library Journal