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All Dogs Go to Kevin: Everything Three Dogs Taught Me (That I Didn't Learn in Veterinary School) Hardcover – July 14, 2015
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"It's really quite trite to say "I laughed, I cried" at this book. I know it is, but I can't help it: that about sums up what I found in All Dogs Go to Kevin. . . .This is also a book about family, friendship, untimely loss, and making dreams come fearlessly true. It contains those behind-the-scenes tales and unique client stories you expect in a book by a veterinarian. We learn an important lesson about new motherhood that's "delivered... by a Golden Retriever." And yes, if you've ever loved and lost a pet (particularly, a dog), this book will make you laugh, and you'll cry. At the very least, for sure, "All Dogs Go to Kevin" will make you SIT for awhile."―Myrtle Beach Sun News
"Dogs have a lot to teach us and a lot to tell us a lot about ourselves. Told with subtle, self-effacing humor, ALL DOGS GO TO KEVIN is one woman's journey of personal growth, as reflected in her personal and professional relationships with people and dogs, to an enriching understanding of the importance of love and nurture in our lives."―Larry Levin, New York Times-bestelling author of Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
"Jessica Vogelsang is a warm and widely respected veterinarian, and in her funny and often poignant first book, her gifts are on full display. ALL DOGS GO TO KEVIN is a love letter to the canine species written by a true friend to animals."―Dr. Marty Becker, author of Your Dog: The Owner's Manual
About the Author
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; 1st edition (July 14, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1455554936
- ISBN-13 : 978-1455554935
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.25 x 9.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the minute I started reading, I was wrapped up in the book's easy, well-written and witty style. Dr. Jessica Vogelsang (or Dr. V. as her clients call her because they can't pronounce her name) takes the reader on a journey of the ups and downs of life, wrapped in the furry unconditional love of her dogs, all of them perfectly imperfect, which makes them that much more lovable.
Dr. V., with the reader right alongside her, experiences anxiety, joy, sadness, hilarity, fear, loss and most of all, that indescribable feeling one has when they love a dog with all their heart.
Yes, Dr. V. is a vet and she shares hilarious and sweet stories of her life in the clinic, but there is nothing clinical about this book. It's a lovely, poignant peek inside the life and heart of someone who knows that dogs make us all more human.
I've read it twice and bought copies for all of my pet loving friends. You should too.
I've been looking forward to this book ever since Dr. V announced it was really happening, and when it finally arrived, I got a little nervous -- even though I've always loved her writing (and, in fact, I was a fan of her writing before I ever met her, and now, knowing her, I appreciate it even more), but what if the book wasn't everything I hoped it would be?
There was no reason to worry. I laughed, I cried, I learned a little, and at the end, I snuggled my dogs an awful lot. Oh, and I read it in one sitting because I could not put it down. I tried. I failed. So I just kept reading.
While "All Dogs Go to Kevin" is certainly geared toward dog lovers and people with some interest in the veterinary field, there's FAR more to it than that. As Vogelsang shares the story of her life, she relates each part to one of three dogs, but it's not like you're only seeing things through the dogs' eyes. She also shares funny, touching, and cringe-worthy stories about: family, childhood, school, moving across the country, feeling like an outcast, vet school, working in a clinic, patients (and their owners, both good and bad), pregnancy, depression, love, and, of course, the kind of friend you're lucky to meet once in a lifetime, Kevin.
By the end, I might not have exactly been motivated to go to veterinary school (due to the fact that I avoid people even more than Dr. V), but I was incredibly inspired to show additional kindness, both to the people I meet and the animals I have the opportunity to love and help in my own way.
Now, I mentioned that I know the author, but I want to be clear that this did NOT influence my review. Truthfully, if I hadn't liked it, I probably wouldn't have written a review, but I certainly wouldn't have written a glowing one. I'm already thinking of all the people in my life who would enjoy it and can't wait for the official release, because this is one just about everybody should read.
Other than being a touching and engaging storyteller, I also love Dr. V’s book for being a brilliant example of not judging on first looks alone. I’ve been a frequenter of her blog for several years now and I’ve seen photos of her there. If you had asked me what I think Dr. V would be like as a person just from a quick look at her photo I would have thought “open and friendly, outgoing, confident, pretty.” Shamefully, I’ll even admit that I may have thought “possibly a bit superficial…typical Californian girl”. We all make snap judgments when we see a person. Well, I could tell from even just a few blog entries that I was wrong on most counts. Well, I’m sure she’s friendly, and I still think she’s pretty, but there rest of the adjectives that sprung to my mind on a quick look were all wrong. Far from being the type of girl in middle school that I would have likely avoided because she looks popular, Dr. V was just like me – shy and unable to fit in, a voracious reader, someone who kept to herself. Instead of being someone totally on top of everything from work to family life, she’s just like me – insecure of her own skills at early parenting and also someone who struggled with post natal depression. Instead of being outgoing and confident she also had panic attacks about having to go out there and engage with people.
This book is a wonderful piece of work on the role that dogs can play in how they enhance our lives and what we can learn from them. But it’s also a good read to let you know – hey, you’re so not the only insecure, type A, introverted personality out there and look at this author – she’s a successful vet, blogger and now author. If she can do it, you can too!
Also, it’s just a darn good and funny read, so go get your own copy and settle down with a cup of tea and your favourite cat/dog/ferret and enjoy! (Just don’t ask Dr. V for advice on ferrets. She won’t thank you for that.)