Unlikely Companions by Laurie Hess and Samantha Rose
Da Capo Press: 11/1/16
eBook review copy, 272 pages
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
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.
My advanced reading copy was courtesy
of the publisher/author.