ALL DOGS GO TO KEVIN is a humorous and touching memoir that will appeal to anyone who has ever loved an animal or lost hours in James Herriot's classic veterinary stories.
You can't always count on people, but you can always count on your dog. No one knows that better than veterinarian Jessica Vogelsang.
With the help of three dogs, Jessica is buoyed through adolescence, veterinary school, and the early years of motherhood. Taffy, the fearsome Lhasa; Emmett, the devil-may-care Golden; and Kekoa, the neurotic senior Labrador, are always by her side, educating her in empathy and understanding for all the oddballs and misfits who come through the vet clinic doors. Also beside her is Kevin, a human friend who lives with the joie de vivre most people only dream of having.
From the clueless canine who inadvertently reveals a boyfriend's wandering ways to the companion who sees through a new mother's smiling facade, Jessica's stories from the clinic and life show how her love for canines lifts her up and grounds her, too. Above all, this book reminds us, with gentle humor and honesty, why we put up with the pee on the carpet, the chewed-up shoes, and the late-night trips to the vet: because the animals we love so much can, in fact, change our lives.
Vogelsang's life has been defined by her canine companions. There's Taffy, her childhood Lhasa Apso; Emmett, the friendly Golden Retriever she rescues from a premature death; and Kekoa, an empathetic, albeit somewhat neurotic, senior Labrador Retriever. With such a love of dogs (and animals in general), Vogelsang becomes a veterinarian and, in doing so, adds daily interactions with many more dogs to her life. In a manner reminiscent of author/veterinarian James Herriot, Vogelsang shares stories of her canine patients and their human families with kindness and compassion. "Going to Kevin," originally a euphemism used by Vogelsang and her colleagues when a dog dies, takes on new meaning after the death of a real-life Kevin, a dear friend of the author's family. Vogelsang's experiences as a veterinarian, dog owner, mother, wife, and friend will resonate with readers, encouraging them to join her on a journey caring for others' pets and to appreciate the unconditional love dogs shower on their human companions.
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My life is set🐶
Ignore the Comparison to Herriot - this is not that.
Ignore the comparison to Herriot – this is far from that. Not in a bad way, but just very different. Jessica Vogelsang has written an autobiography, peppered with moments with dogs, practice stories and even a bit of growth, but the deep-rooted heart in people, place and time so prevalent in everything Herriot wrote are not here
But, it is a story that will have animal lovers taking notice, even perhaps imagining their lives with a different focus or in different ways. Introverts unite! This is a story of one person who always knew that the animals provided that unconditional affection and understanding so desperately needed when people and the life out there got to be too much.
Moments with the animals, and the comfort, companionship and heartbreak that they brought were intertwined with other events, leaving readers with a sense of the enrichment and fullness of her life, made more present and tactile with a dog shed dust bunny appearing at the most inopportune moments. Yes, there are tears, but also great joys in this solid read about one woman’s journey into veterinary medicine.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.