Renee began the Throwback Thursday meme on her blog, “It’s Book Talk” to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books published over a year ago. Sounded like a good reason to join! My TT posts will not come from current ARCs or new releases. Means I’ll be going back over some of my oldies but goodies, my favorite authors, and some of my favorite stories from authors you might not have previously experienced. Hopefully, you’ll find either a story or author that interests you and you’ll check them out.
This week I am highlighting Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow: My Life as a Country Vet by Dr. Jan Pol. Taking advantage of his popular Nat Geo Wild’s hit show, The Incredible Dr. Pol, “America’s favorite veterinarian” (according to Scratch magazine), he wrote this informative, often amusing, veterinarian eBook gleaned from his four decades of practice in rural Michigan. The result ranked #4 in Amazon’s Medical eBook category.
Originally posted June 12, 2014
Book Blurb: Dr. Jan Pol is not your typical veterinarian. Born and raised [in] the Netherlands on a dairy farm, he is the star of Nat Geo Wild’s hit show The Incredible Dr. Pol and has been treating animals in rural Michigan since the 1970s. Dr. Pol’s more than 20,000 patients have ranged from white mice to 2600-pound horses and everything in between. From the time he was twelve years old and helped deliver a litter of piglets on his family’s farm to the incredible moments captured on his hit TV show, Dr. Pol has amassed a wealth of stories of what it’s like caring for this menagerie of animals. He shares his own story of growing up surrounded by animals, training to be a vet in the Netherlands, and moving to Michigan to open his first practice in a pre fab house. He has established himself as an empathetic yet no-nonsense vet who isn’t afraid to make the difficult decisions in order to do what’s best for his patients—and their hard-working owners. A sick pet can bring heartache, but a sick cow or horse could threaten the very livelihood of a farmer whose modest profits are dependent on healthy livestock. Reminiscent of the classic books of James Herriot, Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow is a charming, fascinating, and funny memoir that will delight animal lovers everywhere.
My Review: At a disadvantage as I’ve never seen the show, “The Incredible Dr. Pol” with Dr. Jan Pol (as I don’t have cable), I was totally excited to have won this advance, uncorrected proof (as a Giveaway on Goodreads). I entered the giveaway because when I met my husband he’d been working on a dairy ranch, and I loved the sense of humor suggested by the title “Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow-My Life as a Country Vet” and expected to read the chronicles and get the inside scoop (oops! perhaps I should phrase that differently!) on what a down-to-earth country vet’s life is like.
The book doesn’t disappoint! I did love the man’s dedication and obvious love of animals; not just the big ones–as he gave equally serious attention to the tiny little ones as well.
Dr. Pol understands that while it is just another dog (to him–or horse, sheep, or cow), the animal is an important, integral part of the owner’s life. Whether the pet represents part of a family or a financial investment, each animal is important. One of the few vets I know that will figure out how to do the best for the animal AND save you money, or give you the best return for the vet bill, I was surprised to read the inventive ways he found to protect both animal and owner when most needed.
First, do not let the animal suffer! Unfortunately, there are those times when no amount of money will save that beloved pet–but it’s wonderful to know that before thousands of dollars are spent that will still not save the life, someone will just tell you that now is the best and most humane time to put the animal down. I have never considered that so many of the cows in those bucolic settings happily grazing or relaxing after a hard day chomping down grasses and chewing cud could end up in so many ways of hurt.
Animal mommies can have as many problems as human mothers trying to give birth; stories of horses, sheep, dogs, and cats–even rats. So many stories pent up in 40 years of practice–the memories–humorous, sad; the triumphs when saving the lives–all good stories, many of which I read aloud to my husband who is familiar with sticking his hand into the backside of a cow up to his shoulder and could only nod in confirmation.
I would hope my little dog’s vet is really this dedicated (as she is presently battling an infection and is on antibiotics), but I’m relieved to know there are those men and women out there who do care that much. Recommended for anyone who has ever loved an animal–regardless which kind!
About the Author: (From Amazon) Dr. Jan Pol is a world renowned veterinarian and the star of the hit documentary series The Incredible Dr. Pol on Nat Geo Wild. He is a graduate of the prestigious Utrecht University Veterinary program.
More Throwback Thursday Blogs
Renee at Its Book Talk
Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe
Rebecca at The Book Whisperer
Lynn at Fictionophile
Sam at Clues and Reviews
Holly B at Dressedtoread
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