Ingrid King has a new book! Ingrid, of the award-winning Conscious Cats website, is also author of Purrs of Wisdom (which we reviewed here last year) and Buckley’s Story. Recently, she announced she will be the new cat expert on Answers.com.
But when we heard the title of this book, we flattened our ears a bit: Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love and Myself.
We like to read, but we’re not into Stephen King or anything else scary.
Never fear, though. Ingrid has done it again. In fact, we feel a lot better about the whole idea of vets because of the insights she brings from her years as a volunteer and then a manager at vet clinics. She takes us behind the scenes, into the drama of life and death, to show how loving and caring people, and pets, can be.
In this book, Ingrid tells the individual stories of memorable cats and dogs, as well as the fine veterinarians she has known. But the real story is about her journey from an unfulfilling day job to, as she puts it in the book’s introduction, bliss.
And what is bliss? Knowing that your work matters. That’s a story most everyone can relate to, since we all need to believe our lives make a difference in the world.
For Ingrid, that bliss started with animals – caring for them, earning their trust, learning about them and learning from them.
Finding her own path and then actually being able to follow it didn’t happen overnight for her, though, which is why the book is inspiring. Her journey was long and sometimes was an uphill climb, but she persisted. The result is that she can reach millions of people now who might benefit from her knowledge and compassion. Now that’s making a difference.
We have only one complaint with this book. It’s too short! But, as we suspect Ingrid would be the first to say, the biggest impact on our hearts can come from the smallest things. A cat or a dog, say. Or a gesture from a considerate person who takes an interest in our lives.
Ingrid King has a big heart. If you haven’t read her other books or visited her website, Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love and Myself is a great introduction to her. If you have, this book will bring you closer.
“Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love and Myself” is available from Amazon.