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"Grab this book. I'm not kidding. You're going to love this story. There's romance, redemption, a dog named Frieda and a whole lot more. This is a book you won't ever want to end."―Debbie Macomber, #1NYT bestselling author

"I don't know what was more enjoyable, Nick Trout's inexperienced veterinarian with his slightly tweaked outlook, the clannish Vermont town, or the intrigue of finding what was lost. I stayed up long into the night laughing and marveling at Trout's adept hand."―Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times bestselling author of Picture This

"I tore through this is one sitting. Engaging, insightful, and full of the genial warmth that makes Nick Trout's other work such a joy to read."―Gwen Cooper, New York Times bestselling author of Homer's Odyssey

"The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs is every bit as sweet and slightly goofy as the golden retriever who sets Nick Trout's romp of a novel into a whirl of motion that never lets up from the very first page. There are few pleasures in life sweeter than watching the bitter, conniving Dr. Cyrus Mills a vet who's definitely not in the lovable James Herriott mold gradually morph into a generous human being, thanks to the influence of his animal patients. I dare you to feel crabby after reading this book."―Bob Tarte, author of Kitty Cornered and Enslaved by Ducks

"A delightful, endearing, and frequently hilarious story of a man who lost his way and found it again through a plate of meatloaf, a frigid Vermont winter, and a pair partially digested, oversized red silk boxer shorts, The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs is a story that reminds us of the truth that is hidden away in our hearts: loving our animals is a sure way to heal our souls."―Garth Stein, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Art of Racing in the Rain

"Smartly written . . . reminiscent of the work of James Herriot."―Publishers Weekly

"A doggone charming tale . . . two paws up."―Kirkus

"Trout's charming novel strikes just the right balance between humor and drama. The cast of characters are delightfully entertaining . . . Highly recommended for anyone who has ever had a beloved pet."―Library Journal (starred)

About the Author

Nick Trout graduated from veterinary school at the University of Cambridge in 1989. He is a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons and is a staff surgeon at the prestigious Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. He is the author of three books, the New York Times bestseller Tell Me Where It Hurts, Love Is the Best Medicine, and Ever By My Side; and has been a contributing columnist for The Bark and Prevention magazines. Nick considers himself a runner (though his marathon days are behind him), an avid reader, and a passionate advocate for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, two daughters, and their two dogs, Meg, their yellow Labrador, and Sophie, their Jack Russell terrier.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401310885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401310882
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Teachlaw on March 22, 2013
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As an animal lover, I always hesitate to read books about dogs, because they usually have a sad ending, with the beloved dog dying, either of some tragic event or just old age. ( I still have not recovered from reading "Marley and Me" several years ago.)I am so glad that I ignored my instincts and read this book! Without giving away any spoilers, let me just say that this is a book with a happy ending for a change! This has become one of my favorite books, and I'm sure I'll be rereading it again someday. For others like me who fear the grief-wringing endings of so many animal stories, here is a safe and enjoyable read!!!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By book lover on March 3, 2013
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This is not a thriller, not "great literature," but it's a wonderful, charming story about a man (a veterinarian) who has been estranged from his now deceased father and himself an angry, resentful and controlled loner. He learns to see himself, his home town and his family in a new light. Full of humor, nice writing, sweet animal antics, it's a delightful, if entirely predictable. story. A feel good read. I enjoyed it greatly.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Steve on February 18, 2013
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I don't know why I bought this book. Maybe because it was recommended by the author of "Following Atticus" on his Facebook page. It doesn't really matter why.
I never thought I would like such a schmaltzy book, but I loved it. It is just a feel good book, nothing dramatic or earth shattering. "Try it, you'll like it."
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By B. Walden-Matthews on February 28, 2013
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This is very enjoyable read. Beyond being an animal lover in general, I thought the characters in this book are well described and I could easily visualize the actors who would play each main character (Dustin Hoffman is Dr. Lewis!)

This is a "feel good" and relateable book. I would recommend this to a range of readers of all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Booklover Mom on February 24, 2013
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A 3.5 stars book, but I gave a 4 due to the immensely funny and accurate descriptions of a true introvert, interesting pathological facts of diseases and the numerous and appropriate quotes from numerous books, movies and plays.

I was looking for a happy and quick read (chick-lit, or feel good story) when I noticed this book in the Kindle store. I'm not usually a reader of stories about dogs, cats or other pets. However, I did have fun reading about a dog in "The Art of Racing in the Rain", a cat in "Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat", a duck in "Enslaved by Ducks"...and even parrots in "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story . . . with Wings."

On the other hand, I had mostly unfavorable experiences with pet/animal books. They were either too cheesy, too touchy-feely, have a weak plot, or extremely boring. We know all pet owners love their dogs/cats/other pets to death, and they all seem to be the perfect and loyal companion and friend. However, to have the literary skill to convince your readers to feel the same is another story. The most recent one I had read, "Buddy: How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man" would had been okay if the author did not boast about himself that much and focused more on his rooster, other pets and his new family.

This fictional story was...not a bad read, but far from the caliber of the books that I had mentioned up there. The story was about Cyrus Mills, who is a Veterinarian pathologist himself, inherited a Vet clinics from his estranged Father after he died. He has some legal issues with his license where he came from (North Carolina), and was hoping to quickly sell the practice to use the money for his legal expense.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diana on March 7, 2013
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The title is a bit misleading. This is much more than just a dog book! It's a story about coming to terms with past hurts and the forgiveness that goes with it. Great first novel!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan Oakwood on June 15, 2013
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What a beautiful story this is. Very heartwarming and I loved the various characters, especially the animals. A real feel good novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Adams on March 22, 2013
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cute story, well written,,not what I expected, interesting characterdevelopment. Very accurate description of Vermont and Vermonters.I was relieved that there was no sad animal demise!
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