Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Unlikely Companions

Unlikely Companions by Laurie Hess and Samantha Rose
Da Capo Press: 11/1/16
eBook review copy, 272 pages
ISBN-13: 9780738219578

Unlikely Companions by Laurie Hess and Samantha Rose is a highly recommended look at the life of an avian/exotic pet vet. Hess owns the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills, NY, where she and her team specialize in avian and exotic animal care. Unlikely Companions follows one week in the life of Hess at work and home.

A perfect choice for animal lovers, this anecdotal work combined with the medical mystery is sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, but thoroughly entertaining. The memoir follows Hess as she treats a wide variety of exotic pets and interacts with their owners. The thread that ties the whole week together is her search for what might be causing the illness and death of young sugar gliders. While she is trying to find the answer to that, we are introduced to many of her exotic patients and their owners.

We also get a glimpse into Hess's personal life as she juggles her dedication to her family with the time and toll her challenging career extracts. She admits that she sometimes has to sacrifice her time with her family in order to do her job, but it is a job she loves.

Unlikely Companions is written in a personable, conversational style that is easy to read and is quite enjoyable. She doesn't get all technical on exact treatment details, but provides enough to tell us the story about the pet and owner. You will learn quickly that she has curly hair, which is mention frequently as animals tend to fly, jump, or land in it, and diabetes, as she sometimes gets so caught up in her work that she neglects her health.

Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the publisher/author.

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