"Not since the touching and inspiring stories of James Herriot---which caused me to want to become a veterinarian---have I been so reminded of why I love what I do and why others love it too... Dr. Schmidt knows there is only "one greatest pet in the world," and every family has him or her. "
-- Dr. Marty Becker, America's Vet. Veterinary expert for "Good Morning America," and best selling author of books including "The Healing Power of Pets."
"I Want to Go Where They Went" is a memoir of Dr. Schmidt's experiences from three decades as a small animal veterinarian. Within it are twelve stories of captivating cases, humorous events, and touching moments. In the style of James Herriot's beloved nonfiction, Dr. Schmidt shares the tales of his animal patients, who can't tell the stories themselves.
The chapters unfold with dramatic situations and quirky pet parents. Some of the chapters feature medical dramas, while others highlight the amazing individuals I've encountered on my journey. The stories emphasize the special bond between pets, their owners, and the people that care for them. Many offer a unique, behind-the-scenes exploration into the world of veterinary medicine.
The book features pencil illustrations and photographs of some of the actual pets and people featured in the stories. This is a must-have for anyone who's ever welcomed an animal into their homes and hearts.