I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Tell Me Where It Hurts by Dr Nick Trout. Appropriately subtitled “A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon,” this book tells the story of one very long day in Dr Trout’s professional life. As the day unfolds, a range of human-animal stories are revealed with wit and compassion.
The book opens in the wee hours of the morning with the story of Sage, a German Shepherd who requires emergency surgery on her stomach. We later meet her devoted elderly owner whose daughter isn’t so impressed with Dr Trout’s efforts to save ‘just a dog.’
There’s also the owner of Belle who, as a demonstration of how much the dog means to him, has legally changed his middle name to Belle. (You read that right, a man with the middle name of Belle.)
This book reads a little like the veterinary version of ER, since the Angell Memorial Animal Center where Trout works is a teaching hospital. If you liked the television show ER and you love animals, you’ll like this book.
Appropriately, the cover of the book features a Boston Terrier. The Angell Memorial Animal Center is located in Boston.