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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Calling all animal lovers! A heartwarming memoir about one woman’s career as a vet and the unique role pets play in our lives • “Filled with compassion and wisdom, Karen Fine is a healer whose own wounds have deepened her gifts for bringing animals and their people comfort and peace.” —Sy Montgomery, bestselling author of The Soul of an Octopus
A tribute to our furry, feathery, scaley, and wet family members, All Creatures Great and Small meets Being Mortal in this compelling memoir of one woman’s dream to become a veterinarian.
Karen Fine always knew that she wanted to be a vet and wasn’t going to let anything stop her: not her allergy to cats, and not the fact that in the ’80s veterinary medicine was still a mostly male profession. Inspired by her grandfather, a compassionate doctor who paid house calls to all his (human) patients, Dr. Fine persevered, and brought her Oupa’s principles into her own practice, which emphasizes the need to understand her patients’ stories to provide the best possible care.
And in The Other Family Doctor, Dr. Fine shares all these touching, joyful, heartbreaking, and life-affirming tales that make up her career as a vet. There’s:
- The feral cat who becomes a creature out of a fable when he puts his trust in a young vet to heal his injured paw
- The pot-bellied pig who grows too big to fit in the car but remains a cherished part of her family
- The surprising colony of perfectly behaved ferrets
- The beloved aging pet who gives her people the gift of accompanying them on one final family vacation
- The dog who saves his owner’s life in a most unexpected way
Woven into Dr. Fine’s story are, of course, also the stories of her own pets: the birds, cats, and dogs who have taught her the most valuable lessons—how caring for the animals in our lives can teach us to better care for ourselves, especially when life seems precarious.
Being an animal lover and having enjoyed James Herriot’s All Things Bright and Beautiful series, I was drawn to this book when I heard an interview with Karen Fine on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. I expected more heartwarming tales about pets, similar to those of James Herriot, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Not only did I get to read more such stories, but I also learned about how acupuncture can help animals and how veterinarians are prone to suicide. The author’s stories of her life and pets add a nice touch. Pet owners may find the resources at the end helpful. I wish there were more veterinarians like Karen Fine and recommend the book to all animal lovers.
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Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.
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4 thoughts on “A Heartwarming Tale About Creatures Great and Small: My Review of The Other Family Doctor by Karen Fine #FantasticFridayReads #Memoir #Inspiration”
What a great book. My vet would make your wish come true if you lived in Kingsport and had an animal in need of care.
In fact, it’s my vet and his practice which keeps me in this town. I’ve never found anything or anyone else who compares.
I’ll have to read this book.
Thanks for a great review.
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That’s wonderful, Patty. I hope you enjoy the book. You could recommend it to your vet. Happy reading!
Thanks, Abbie, for another good book recommendation which I will add to my list of “Books to Read.”
Alice and Leader Dog Willow
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You’re welcome, Alice. I hope you and Willow enjoy the book.