House of Anansi Press

Lucky Dog

How Being a Veterinarian Saved My Life

Written by Sarah Boston

Published May 30, 2014 | ISBN 9781770893528

Cover of Lucky Dog

Regular price $4.99 CAD

288 pages
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book

Lucky Dog

How Being a Veterinarian Saved My Life

Sarah Boston

Lucky Dog is a hilarious and heartwarming memoir by a renowned veterinary oncologist who tells us what we can learn about health care and ourselves from our most beloved pets.

What happens when a veterinary surgical oncologist (laymen’s term: cancer surgery doctor) thinks she has cancer herself? Enter Sarah Boston: a vet who suspects a suspicious growth in her neck is thyroid cancer. From the moment she uses her husband’s portable ultrasound machine to investigate her lump — he’s a vet, too — it’s clear this will not be your typical cancer memoir.

She takes us on a hysterical and thought-provoking journey through the human health care system from the perspective of an animal doctor. Weaving funny and poignant stories of dogs she’s treated along the way, this is an insightful memoir about what the human medical world can learn from the way we treat our canine counterparts. Lucky Dog teaches us to trust our instincts, be our own advocates, and laugh while we’re doing it.

About the Author

Sarah Boston

Dr. Sarah Boston is a veterinary surgical oncologist and an associate professor of surgical oncology at the University of Florida. From age six, Boston knew she wanted to become a veterinarian. She has practiced veterinary medicine in various parts of Canada, the U.S., and New Zealand. She is a former president of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband, who is a large animal veterinarian, their dog Rumble, and cat Romeow. Lucky Dog is her first book.

Awards and Praise
What a remarkable book — both howlingly funny and deeply moving. This veterinary oncologist’s story of looking after dogs and other animals, and looking after herself after her own cancer diagnosis, taught me volumes about illness, healthcare, and love. Lucky Dog shows how much we have to learn from the animals in our lives and from those who care for them.