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Urban Tigers: Tales of a Cat Vet Paperback – April 25, 2011
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In 1982, Hugh was accepted to veterinary school in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I was lucky enough to secure a position teaching Grade Five at Hugh Cairns Elementary school and thoroughly loved my time there. After Hugh's graduation in 1986, we returned to Nova Scotia where he was employed as a veterinarian in Halifax. Unable to secure a full time teaching position, I worked as a substitute teacher but it was far less fulfilling than having my own classroom. In 1987, we made a risky, but heartfelt decision. We decided to open the first feline-only veterinary practice east of Montreal and one of only five feline practices in Canada.
Atlantic Cat Hospital grew from a staff of two, seven hundred square feet, and one resident cat to a staff of ten, two thousand square feet, and five resident cats. During that time, I worked alongside my husband as receptionist, veterinary technician, kennel cleaner, bookkeeper, custodian, grief counsellor and practice manager. And in my spare time, I began to write. At first, it was just a collection of anecdotes on pieces of paper; little tidbits of life in a cat hospital. Gradually, it took shape and grew into a novel that was awarded second place at the 2007 30th annual Atlantic Writing Competition for unpublished manuscripts. I was also recognized in the short story category with first place for "Seen but Not Heard." Told in the child's voice, it is a moving story set in the 1960s about the bond between a little girl and her dad. It will provide the framework for my third novel.
Following the success of Urban Tigers, Tales of a Cat Vet published in 2011, I followed it with Urban Tigers Two, More Tales of a Cat Vet released in July 2013. Many thanks to those of you who have become loyal fans of Dr. Emily McBride.
I am currently working on my third novel. My husband built me a little cabin down at the lake where I write by day; the water lapping against the shore, a cat asleep on my lap. Does it get any better than that? Perhaps lunch delivered to my door complete with an inspirational glass of wine? Stay tuned.
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I wasn't disappointed. Urban Tigers is the story of Dr. Emily McBride's first year at the Ocean View Cat Hospital in Nova Scotia, Canada. Under the guidance of the flamboyant Dr. Hughie Doucette, Emily encounters a wide variety of cat loving clients, ranging from the retired history professor whose cherished felines only drink bottled water to the self-proclaimed cat psychic whose cat has a lot to say about just how he'd like things to be. At first, Emily is treated as the "new kid on the block" by Dr. Doucette's clients, but she quickly earns the trust and respect of the colorful and entertaining residents of the small town the clinic is located in.
Drawn from her own experiences in a feline practice, Chisholm's Urban Tigers brought back some fond memories of my years spent working in veterinary clinics. I worked at a small town clinic for eight years, and while our clients may not have been quite as eccentric as some of Emily's, it was close.
I laughed, I shed a few tears, and I couldn't stop reading. My absolute favorite story in the book is the final one, about a barn cat rescued by one of Emily's handsome male clients. I don't want to spoil the story, but let's just say it turned into a case of "who rescued who" in the end.
Urban Tigers is a novel, but it reads like a memoir.Read more ›
What I would like to say about this book is my opinion on how wonderful of a read it was. If you want a book that you can easily get into. Step into the story, and feel as tho you are there (albeit in a slightly fictional world, which is based off truth.) you will find it with this gem.
I can't tell you how many times I snorted out loud (I am one of those individuals who snort when they laugh hard!) and found myself enjoying every page of this book. I will never be a vet, but I volunteer and am the point-person for cats for my local humane society. I'm a cat lover by nature...anything to do with cats...be it tv show on AP or a book written about a cat...I enjoy.
You will enjoy this book regardless if you are a cat vet, humane society volunteer, or just a die-hard cat lover who loves to read books like I do. Do not pass this book up! You will miss out on something very special! And there is a second book in the works, and you can bet your cat's biscuits that I will be ordering it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was okay. Kind of book that is more effective if non fictionPublished 13 days ago by Ann Delilah
A very well written book about life and life as a cat vet. I enjoyed the stories about the cats, their owners, and the vet's and their lives. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kathy Johnson
I enjoyed this book and the other one in the series! It is easy satisfying reading. I learned a bit about cat care and have a better understanding of the vet.Published 11 months ago by Thomas N Wolf
Cats are such interesting creatures and this book brings it out.Published 13 months ago by kitty kat
One of my book (and cat) loving friends recommended this and I ordered both books at the same time and read them as fast as I could...... Read morePublished 13 months ago by mystery lover-Pat