What do you get when an experienced vet with a sense a humor and a talent for writing pens a novel about dogs? In this case, a great read.
Nick Trout is the veterinary/author. The book is Dog Gone, Back Soon, one of several fictional dog books he’s written. This one is a sequel to The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs, and what one reviewer said of that one—”Grab this book. I’m not kidding. You’re going to love this story”—is equally applicable here.
Nick Trout’s books are not high literature, but they are certainly enjoyable light summer reads. It’s a great day-at-the-beach sort of novel!
The story revolves around Cyrus Mills, a small town vet who’s in a complicated relationship with a local waitress named Amy, runs a veterinary service called Bedside Manor, finds himself in competition with a big-time, high-tech franchise called Healthy Paws, while treating all sorts of maladies of dogs and their owners alike. The plot is complex but easy to follow with a story line that moves along swiftly over the course of a week (Tuesday through Sunday). Both the dogs and the owners and other characters he deals with are well portrayed, and the ending is…, well, surprising (certainly not sad). Among the canine critters who come through the door is an old Labrador with “His tail broke off”, otherwise known in vet jargon as a “broken wag.” There’s also a fat cat, and an exceedingly well trained and loyal Labradoodle named Stash, closely associated with a dead body in a truck by the side of a road. And more, much more. This book has enough plot twists and turns to keep you up until you finish it! This is one very novel canine novel. Well recommended. And be sure you check out his other books.
Dog Gone, Back by Nick Trout (New York: Hyperion, 2014; ISBN 978.1.4013.1089.9). Other books by Nick Trout: Tell Me Where It Hurts, Love Is The Best Medicine, Ever By My side and The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs.