Arriving in 1970s’ London as a fresh-faced Canadian, Bruce Fogle assumed that because he knew the language, he would understand the English. As a graduate of the world’s best veterinary school, he also thought his profession would come naturally to him. He quickly learned not to make assumptions…
Bruce began his career at the prestigious Woodrow & Singleton surgery in the heart of the Knightsbridge. Frequented by Britain’s most distinguished pet owners, from Duchesses and Sultans to Paul McCartney and Elizabeth Taylor, it also cared for the exotic inhabitants of the Harrods’ ‘Zoo Department.’
Over the next few years, an arc of clients would cross Bruce’s table, from cats and dogs to alligators, pumas and even a capuchin monkey. Each adventure taught Bruce far more than any textbook ever could, while skilful veterinary nurses provided the greatest lessons of all.
I love reading books like this that are all about animals. Bruce Fogle is a vet in the 1970’s and this book is stories that he has shared with his readers as his time as a vet back then. I found it really interesting reading about Harrods department store and all the exotic animals they used to sell. I love the way the stories are all written, and there are some sad stories but also funny ones too. Bruce is actually Ben Fogle’s dad who I have followed for a long time and love watching him on Longleat, so I was excited to read about his dad’s life. I felt with this book that I got swept along with the stories and didn’t want to leave, I loved seeing the bond some pets have with their owners as a pet owner myself I can fully understand where some of Bruce’s clients were coming from. It was just a wholesome read.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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