All Dogs Go To Kevin

Here is the description from Amazon:
“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.”


What do you call a vet who treats only one species?  A physician.  HA.  That joke never gets old.

All Dogs Go To Kevin, a charming memoir by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang aka Dr. V., tells the story of her journey from an internship in L.A. counseling men in their seventies about viagra, to veterinary school at UC Davis, to private practice. One of the awesome things she does as a student at UC Davis is volunteer at The Mercer Clinic, a veterinary clinic run wholly by donations that treats the pets of the homeless population in Sacramento.

The three most important dogs of Dr. V’s life, Taffy, Emmett, and Kekoa, are the heart of her memoir.  Through her own dogs, she discovers a deeper empathy for the humans who accompany the dogs brought to her office.   Dr. V writes about the challenges of veterinary practice and the love for animals that make it worthwhile.  She peppers her memoir with anecdotes about the dogs she treats and their sometimes difficult humans.

The title is of course a play on “All Dogs Go To Heaven” but also an homage to a human friend of hers named Kevin who had canine energy.  I enjoyed reading All Dogs Go To Kevin even though she only mentions her pet cat for about three sentences.  The dogs are great characters and Dr. V. writes in an engaging style with humor.  I  highly recommend All Dogs Go To Kevin.

And if you visit Dr. V’s website, you’ll find she’s offering treats for pre-orders of All Dogs Go To Kevin.

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