All Dogs Go to Kevin is a humorous and touching memoir that will appeal to anyone who has ever loved an animal or lost hours in James Herriot's classic veterinary stories.
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.
About the Author
Dr. Jessica Vogelsang is a veterinarian, mother, and big-time dog person. Dr. Vogelsang worked in emergency and small animal medicine before settling into her current practice providing in-home hospice care for dogs and cats in San Diego. She is the founder of the website pawcurious.com and her writing has been featured in or on Yahoo!, CNN, Ladies' Home Journal, People Pets, Outside magazine, and USA Today.
"With humor, grace and a wonderfully deft way with words, she escorts us through the trials of vet school and the ups, downs and surprises of a small-animal practice in San Diego...The tales from the front are engrossing, often amusing, and always well told, but no more so than her stories when there are no scalpels or stethoscopes around...So descriptive and wonderfully unaffected is Vogelsang's writing style, one imagines even her case notes would be interesting reads. If it weren't pretty obvious that she's an excellent vet, we'd probably all be suggesting she quit her day job and turn to writing full-time. 3.5 out of 4 stars!"—USA Today
"Intelligent, hysterical and heartrending."—Florida Times-Union
"It's really quite trite to say "I laughed, I cried" at this book. I know it is, but I can't help it: that about sums up what I found in All Dogs Go to Kevin. . . .This is also a book about family, friendship, untimely loss, and making dreams come fearlessly true. It contains those behind-the-scenes tales and unique client stories you expect in a book by a veterinarian. We learn an important lesson about new motherhood that's "delivered... by a Golden Retriever." And yes, if you've ever loved and lost a pet (particularly, a dog), this book will make you laugh, and you'll cry. At the very least, for sure, "All Dogs Go to Kevin" will make you SIT for awhile."—Myrtle Beach Sun News
"In a humorous yet poignant style, Vogelsang chronicles the ups and downs of life and how three beloved dogs stood steadfastly by her through childhood anxiety, postpartum depression and plenty of life changes, with encouragement and unconditional love."—Mother Nature Network
"In a manner reminiscent of author/veterinarian James Herriot, Vogelsang shares stories of her canine patients and their human families with kindness and compassion...Vogelsang's experiences as a veterinarian, dog owner, mother, wife, and friend will resonate with readers, encouraging them to join her on a journey caring for others' pets-and to appreciate the unconditional love dogs shower on their human companions."—Publishers Weekly
"Veterinarian Vogelsang pays tribute to the dogs that have played important roles in her life and professional practice . . . She writes movingly . . . A feel-good, bittersweet memoir."—Kirkus Reviews
"ALL DOGS GO TO KEVIN is a delightful, funny and heartwarming tale (tail?) of the many dogs that have come through author Jessica Vogelsang's life. It also has the added bonus that Vogelsang is a vet- so she knows stuff! I laughed and recognized myself and thought of the many, many dog people I will gift this book to. ALL DOGS GO TO KEVIN is a real treat (and not the slimy kind that your dog brings into your bed)."—Julie Klam, New York Times-bestselling author of You Had Me at Woof
"Dogs have a lot to teach us and a lot to tell us a lot about ourselves. Told with subtle, self-effacing humor, ALL DOGS GO TO KEVIN is one woman's journey of personal growth, as reflected in her personal and professional relationships with people and dogs, to an enriching understanding of the importance of love and nurture in our lives."—Larry Levin, New York Times-bestelling author of Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
"Jessica Vogelsang is a warm and widely respected veterinarian, and in her funny and often poignant first book, her gifts are on full display. ALL DOGS GO TO KEVIN is a love letter to the canine species written by a true friend to animals."—Dr. Marty Becker, author of Your Dog: The Owner's Manual