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Publisher's Summary

All Dogs Go to Kevin is a humorous and touching portrait of a veterinarian, her beloved dogs, and the lessons they impart to her along the way.

You can't always count on people, but you can always count on your dog. No one knows that better than veterinarian Jessica Vogelsang, who, with the help of three dogs, is buoyed through adolescence, veterinary school, and the early years of motherhood. Taffy, the fearsome Lhasa; Emmett, an amiable golden; and Kekoa, the neurotic senior Labrador are always by her side, offering lessons 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. But when tragedy strikes, Jessica is reminded that the animals we love give more than they take.

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Critic Reviews

" All Dogs Go to Kevinis 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 Kevinis a real treat (and not the slimy kind that your dog brings into your bed)." (Julie Klam, New York Times best-selling author of You Had Me at Woof)
"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 )
"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 Kevinis 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 best-selling author of Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love)

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  • Daryl
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 02-07-16

I laughed and I Cried

This book and narration has a vulnerability, an energy, and a poignancy I have rarely seen in memoirs. It's less about Kevin (who I wish I'd gotten to know a bit better), but more about dogs, about growing up, about changing, about becoming comfortable in oneself. It's the perfect mix of autobiography, of animals, and about loving, letting go, and moving on.
Well-written, well-read, and well worth your time and credit.

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A Great Story for any who had lost a pet!

We recently put our 13yr old Old English Sheepdog, Harry, down. He was the 1st male dog I have ever own. Over the 13 yrs Harry was a member of of our family in every sense of what s family means. He would actually smile when he saw that you had come home to him.
His heart had gotten & his legs began to fail. But like in the story that was told so well, Harry, let us know when he had to go to heaven. This is a must read for anyone dealing with a sick or aging pet.

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Even more than the title implies

Would you listen to All Dogs Go to Kevin again? Why?

Yes. As a matter of fact i'm doing it now.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author, Doctor V.

What does Jessica Vogelsang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

You get an even better sense of "who she is" to use an overworked phrase.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Before you progress too far in life, read this book.

Any additional comments?

I think the subtitle should be changed. It is about what her three dogs taught her, but it so, so much more...the blossoming of a nerd into a veterinarian; a shy young girl into a wife, mother, and doctor; lessons about life from the animals and people she dealt with, etc.

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Made me laugh and cry.

Although the vet school part of the story got a bit long, I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the book. And having a story read by the author is always a bonus. As a dog lover, I could identify with much of Dr. V's sentiments, and loved laughing at some of the more ridiculous exploits of both her own dogs and those of her clients.

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  • Laurie
  • Florence, KY, United States
  • 08-29-15

Sorry, no

I had heard a lot about this book and was expecting a sweet, insightful book about veterinarians and dogs. Instead, it was filled with not so interesting tales of mundane events at the vets office, and virtually no insider's look in to vet school. The author reads the book, and she sounds like a cross between a chipmunk and a 6 year old child. Every time she imitated an elderly client, I wanted to scream. I really could not wait for her to stop the narration. Pass on this one.

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  • 08-08-16

A fresh perspective on life, vet med, and animals

This is a wonderful story of one woman's journey through life, veterinary medicine and all the animals along the way. I enjoyed her detailed personal accounts during veterinary college. Most veterinarian authors tell nothing of their educational journey to becoming a DVM. I think it's awesome that Dr. Vogelsang chose to narrate her own book. That guarantees all listeners will know exactly how the context is meant to be expressed. I wish more authors did this. This is a fresh dose of " reality" in so many aspects of the word. I can't wait for her next book!

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Great read!

I laughed out loud and wept in sympathy. Loved this book and the narrator. Can't wait for the next book.

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Enjoyable journey

An enjoyable and emotional journey with author and reminder of why we love our pets.

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Love comes in all sizes

I truly enjoyed this book. I couldn't wait to pick up the book and continue reading. I do live close to San Diego but not close enough to make "Dr. V" my vet. Otherwise, I would in a heartbeat!

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:-)

Awesome... such a wonderful story! Thank you Dr V. For a great book! I absolutely loved this book and the how well she narrated it.