Drinking from the Trough

A Veterinarian's Memoir

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Pub Date 28 Aug 2018 | Archive Date 21 Aug 2018

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Mary Carlson didn't start out to become a veterinarian, let alone the owner and caretaker of cats (many), dogs (two, both huskies), and horses (some with manners, some without) in Colorado. She was a suburban Chicago girl; all she knew of the American West came from the stories her uncle, who had settled in northern Colorado, told her during his annual visits. But thanks to him, she ended up moving to Fort Collins, Colorado for college—and after falling in love with a man she'd become friends with in her final year of college, when he was a student at the CSU School of Veterinary Medicine, she remained there. Watching the work Earl did as a veterinarian inspired Mary to eventually leave her tenured teaching position and enter vet school, after which she opened her own, feline-exclusive clinic. Along the way, there were numerous pets, grueling years of vet school, a shattered hip, an enduring love, illness, and death—and the rediscovery that life, especially a life full of delightful animals, is worth living.

Mary Carlson didn't start out to become a veterinarian, let alone the owner and caretaker of cats (many), dogs (two, both huskies), and horses (some with manners, some without) in Colorado. She was a...


Advance Praise

“…Animal antics are on full, delightful display throughout these pages―and so is the pain of losing them, always affectingly related by the author.”
Kirkus Reviews


"Dr. Carlson takes us on a tremendous journey of life, love, joy, and outright belly laughter as she poignantly recounts her journey as a student, veterinarian, wife, pet parent, and friend. Her spirit of caring and connection shines through on every page."

―Mark B. Gold, DVM, MSS, DACLAM; Colonel, US Army (ret)


"The world seems to have moved away from the written word in forms made to endure time, imprinted on paper. Dr. Carlson’s gatherings are worthy of the paper and press. I found myself relating to moment after moment as she used her perspective to lure me into imagining. There were times I was not sure what would happen next, and times I anticipated and found myself amazed at her cleverness. Read this and you will find, like me, that you wished there was just more of it."
―Bo A. Brock, DVM, DABVP (equine), author of Crowded in the Middle of Nowhere, and 2007 Texas Equine Practitioner of the Year


"Drinking from the Trough has the wit of a modern-day James Herriot. These stories will have the reader equally laughing and grieving over the personal struggles and triumphs in the life of veterinarian Dr. Mary Carlson."
―Dr. Kris Abbey, DVM, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist


"Student, teacher, veterinarian, friend―now Dr. Mary Carlson can add “gifted storyteller” to her long list of achievements. Drinking From the Trough is a delightful meander through a life filled with colorful people and memorable animals, from Keli, a husky with a gift for singing, and Marcie, a horse with the kind of heart that comes along only once in a lifetime of owning horses, to any of the many other animal companions Mary has known. Through her tales, Mary reminds us of the value of the friendship of people and animals alike, the grief we know at their loss, and the enrichment they bring us as they travel through our lives."
―Anna Dee Fails, DVM, PhD, professor of anatomy and neurobiology Colorado State University

“…Animal antics are on full, delightful display throughout these pages―and so is the pain of losing them, always affectingly related by the author.”
Kirkus Reviews


"Dr. Carlson takes us on a...


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