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The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs


“Grab this book.  I’m not kidding.  You’re going to love this story.  There’s romance, redemption, a dog named Frieda and a whole lot more.  This is a book you won’t ever want to end.”

–Debbie Macomber, #1NYT bestselling author



“A delightful, endearing, and frequently hilarious story of a man who lost his way and found it again through a plate of meatloaf, a frigid Vermont winter, and a pair partially digested, oversized red silk boxer shorts, The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs is a story that reminds us of the truth that is hidden away in our hearts: loving our animals is a sure way to heal our souls.”

–Garth Stein, author of the New York Times bestseller, 
The Art of Racing in the Rain


The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs is every bit as sweet and slightly goofy as the golden retriever who sets Nick Trout’s romp of a novel into a whirl of motion that never lets up from the very first page. There are few pleasures in life sweeter than watching the bitter, conniving Dr. Cyrus Mills – a vet who’s definitely not in the lovable James Herriott mold – gradually morph into a generous human being, thanks to the influence of his animal patients. I dare you to feel crabby after reading this book.

— Bob Tarte, author of Kitty Cornered and Enslaved by Ducks



“A touching story of second chances and how the love of animals can lead us to what lies hidden in our hearts”

—Larry Levin, New York Times bestselling author of Oogy



“I tore through this is one sitting.  Engaging, insightful, and full of the genial warmth that makes Nick Trout’s other work such a joy to read.”


—Gwen Cooper, author of the New York Times bestseller, 
Homer’s Odyssey


“I don’t know what was more enjoyable, Nick Trout’s inexperienced veterinarian with his slightly tweaked outlook, the clannish Vermont town, or the intrigue of finding what was lost. I stayed up long into the night laughing and marveling at Trout’s adept hand.”


—Jacqueline Sheehan, author of Picture This



Tell Me Where It Hurts

“Veterinarian Nick Trout, a surgeon at Boston’s famed Angell Animal Medical Center, definitely knows about animals. Better yet, his new memoir is a fabulous read. Tell Me Where It Hurts is a funny, sad, witty, smart book.”



“There is no denying that veterinary medicine has changed radically since the 1930s, but anyone with a fondness of [James] Herriot’s books will certainly enjoy this one.”

—Dog World

“Trout, a staff surgeon at Boston’s Angell Animal Medical Center, has exactly the traits that any pet owner would wish to find in a vet: he’s smart, sensitive, experienced, empathic and has an excellent sense of humor. He also happens to be an excellent writer.”

—Publishers Weekly


“Far from the rustic environs of James Herriot’s Yorkshire Dales comes an equally heartwarming, yet high-tech, memoir of a veterinarian…This is an addictively readable chronicle of what it means to be a veterinarian today.”



“A compelling picture of how life-altering medical decisions are made.”

—New York Daily News

“Modern veterinary medicine is potently explored in this noteworthy debut by a staff surgeon at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.”

—Library Journal

“I laughed, I worried, I laughed some more, I teared with a lump in my throat and I came to think of Nick Trout as a guy I’d like to have a beer with. This book is wonderful and oh yes, I also learned a lot about veterinary medicine and veterinarians….If you love dogs you’ll love this book.”

—Mordecai Siegal, author of Dog Spelled Backwards


“It’s 12:00 a.m., and I have just finished Nick Trout’s book—I could not put it down. Nick has real insight into animals in trouble and their caretaker owners. The human animal bond is alive and well.

Read this book!”

—Dr. Robert Taylor, star of E-Vets on Animal Planet


“Dr. Trout illuminates the intricate bond between people and their animal companions in a manner that you’ll find as interesting as you do touching.”

—Allen M. Schoen, MS, DVM, author of Kindred Spirits:
How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans
and Animals Can Change the Way We Live


“Read this book, laugh, cry, and share widely. It’s that enlightening and important.”

—Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals 
and Animals Matter, and editor of the Encyclopedia
of Human-Animal Relationships



“With equal parts, wit, wisdom and great kindness, Dr. Trout offers a rare look into the mind and heart of a remarkable man. He is the vet every animal owner wants and the advocate every animal deserves when it comes to facing the complexities and often expensive options of diagnostics and treatment. This is a man who loves his job and everyone benefits; the animals in his care, their often lovable but sometimes infuriating owners and lastly, the reader who is lucky enough to go along for the literary ride.”

—Susan Richards, author of Chosen by a Horse

Love is the Best Medicine


“Filled with the same engaging writing readers now expect from Trout, who is often compared to James Herriot. And as lovers of dog stories know, that is a very good thing.”

—USA Today

“Dr. Trout has given us a remarkable love story, reminding us of the preciousness of every life, human or animal.”

—Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The Last Lecture


“A riveting emotional roller coaster into the behind-the-scenes life of a veterinarian.”

—Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and 
Animals Make Us Human


“Trout offers up a surefire comfort read for Animal Planet fans with this intimate look at the lives of two dogs and the people who loved them.”


“This beautifully written book is from the heart and soul of Dr. Nick Trout; an extraordinary veterinary surgeon who has found that perfect balance of genuine compassion and dedicated skill. . . . Utterly delightful and compelling, Love Is the Best Medicine is a must read.”

—Melanie Sue Bowles, author of The Horses of
Proud Spirit and Hoof Prints: More Stories from Proud Spirit


“Dr. Nick Trout’s latest work is an unflinchingly honest journey through love, loss, and redemption. . . . Dr. Trout allows us an intimate glimpse into the heart of a veterinary surgeon, and the souls of the patients he fights to save.”

—Dr. Louise Murray, author of Vet Confidential


“Helen and Cleo are simply two of the most unforgettable canine souls I’ve ever encountered. Written with candor, wisdom, and empathy,Love Is the Best Medicine will change everything you thought you knew about the impact pets can have on our lives. If you’ve ever loved a dog, this is the book for you!”

—Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey

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