Drinking from the Trough: A Veterinarian’s Memoir was an adorable, fun, heartwarming read from start to finish. When I was little I wanted to be a vet – I grew up on a farm, with all different types of animals including a cow, horse, many sheep and goats, a constant stream of dogs and puppies, cats and kittens, hundreds of chickens and several little critters, including guinea pigs, gerbils, fish, ferrets, mice and bunnies! Best, Childhood, Ever. But I learned QUICKLY that as big as my heart was for animals – I didn’t think I could handle the sadness that a vet endures. THAT takes a special kind of person.
Mary Carlson is that person. Although she started in childhood education and phys. ed. with no plans to be a vet, she ended up moving to Colorado to live at her late favorite uncles ranch, fell in love with a vet student and many pets later, ended up in vet school herself. We follow Mary’s journey though schooling, family, pets (MANY of them!) and although the storyline isn’t 100% linear, the flow is smooth, and the stories are endearing.
I found myself tearing up a lot during this book. There is a lot of illness and death (that IS why you would go see a vet for the most part!) both human and animal – but it’s informative, and inspiring and you feel for Mary and these critters at every turn, in her and their lives. I loved the stories of her animal family, including my favorites, ‘Wonder-Husky’ Tipper, ‘best-cat-ever’ Pruney, and some pretty amazing horses, Marcie and Scooter. I felt like I knew them all, and kinda wished I did! Animals have such a special place in all our hearts and I loved reading every minute about the crazy and zany adventure Mary had with all her pets, as well as the patients at vet school and her own cat clinic.
If you love animals (and if you don’t, I’m not sure we can be friends!) you will ADORE this book. I love that their are people out there like Mary who will do everything is takes to help animals and I’m so glad that she got to tell her story!
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: She Writes Press (August 28, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631524313
- ISBN-13: 978-1631524318