Drinking from the Trough: A Veterinarian's Memoir

Drinking from the Trough: A Veterinarian's Memoir

by Mary E. Carlson


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Drinking from the Trough: A Veterinarian's Memoir 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (11/18) “Drinking from the Trough,” is told in first person by gifted storyteller, Mary Carlson, DVM, sharing the wonderful memoirs of her life with her husband and four-legged family members. As she reminisces, readers are entertained by the antics of her dogs, horses, and cats. I found myself laughing out loud as I got to read along. I really wish she had included pictures! While she was raising her fur family, Mary also went through some major career changes, which included going from being a high school teacher to a veterinarian in private practice. The support of her wonderful husband, friends, and the love her animals helped get her through some very stressful, challenging times. Over the years, Carlson went through some difficult times as the animals grew older and declined. Even though she welcomes new pets into her life, it is obvious that each one shares a very special spot in her heart. I found myself relating to this aspect of her life. Pets might pass away, but a part of them always remains behind in our memories. Carlson also shares a lot about her experiences as a veterinarian. I think that her gift for teaching helped her to be able to explain veterinary issues in a way that all readers can easily understand. It was very interesting to be able to learn more about health issues that can enter our pet’s lives. Carlson suffers her worst loss as she is preparing to enter law school. The loss of a beloved husky coincided with the death of her wonderful husband. In my mind, I pictured them moving on to their next adventure together, pain free, in a higher realm. Because her love and loyalty really shine through the pages, this part of Carlson’s life was especially hard hitting to read about. The way that she says her final goodbyes, is beautiful and I am so happy that she was willing to share this part of her life. Readers who love animals will really find “Drinking from the Trough” by Mary Carlson, DVM, to be a treasure.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Carine Engelbrecht for Readers' Favorite Drinking from the Trough: A Veterinarian's Memoir by Mary Carlson takes the reader into the world of veterinary science. When teacher Mary meets and (later) marries Colorado vet student Earl, she is motivated to study veterinary medicine herself and subsequently open her own feline-only practice. Besides a life vocation, they also share a love for horses. Over the years, an eclectic and highly individual cast of animal characters passes through their lives, leaving hoof and paw prints all over their lives and hearts. There are the two mares - Frannie, a pretty, petite prima donna on hooves, and Marcie, rock-steady but with a heart of gold, as well as the later additions, Scoot and Hannah. To that, add two high-octane huskies - are there any other kind? - whose antics brought heart-stopping moments and laugh-out-loud disasters that any dog owner can empathize with. And then there are the cats - patients and partners - each with their own compelling back story and defining moments. One even gets a chapter to present his own perspective. For a pet owner like myself, Drinking from the Trough by Mary Carlson makes for fascinating reading. There is just the right mix of humor, cuteness, respectful insight and informative content to make this a generally good read. If you are squeamish, you may not want to know everything about what happens inside your pooch or kitty (sorry, Dr. Mary - dog and cat). If you are planning a career in veterinary medicine, this book will give you a good idea of what to expect from the difficult training period, as well as the reality of practicing. What is truly admirable is the grace with which Carlson writes about death - the passing of beloved pets and valued family members of the human kind. It is a topic which many people find difficult to broach at all. Yet the author demonstrates that it is through knowledge and honest self-expression that we can create an atmosphere that preserves a proper respect for the dignity of life through a better understanding of its frailty.