Lions and Tigers and Hamsters

What Animals Large and Small Taught Me About Life, Love, and Humanity

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Pub Date 07 May 2019 | Archive Date 21 Jan 2021

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From the time Dr. Mark Goldstein was a little boy—even before he had his first dog—he was fascinated by creatures both domestic and wild. After graduating veterinary school at Cornell University, he became a veterinarian in clinical practice, then director of zoos in Boston and Los Angeles, then head of a progressive humane society where he advocated for animal welfare. During his extraordinary 30-year career, Dr. Mark has accrued a lifetime of experiences working with all sorts of animals and the people who care for them.

Dr. Mark's life with animals taught him more than how to be a great doctor, it taught him how to live life. The stories in this book reflect those lessons; they will make you laugh and cry as they entertain and amaze you. Each real-life experience sheds light on the challenges and hard work of the talented individuals who work in the world of animal welfare. These are stories that illustrate the tremendous impact animals have on our daily lives—they are hallmarks of the sacred importance of the human-animal bond.

On your journey through the exhilarating life of Dr. Mark, you'll meet some of the finned, furred, and feathered animals who offered him invaluable insights—Harold the hamster, Sasha the Siberian tiger, St. Francis the German Shepherd, Ralph the buffalo, Gus the stallion, Frank the goldfish, and many more fascinating creatures!

From the time Dr. Mark Goldstein was a little boy—even before he had his first dog—he was fascinated by creatures both domestic and wild. After graduating veterinary school at Cornell University, he...


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An entertaining and educational inside look at those who have dedicated their lives to animals—from captive wildlife to house pets—as told through the eyes of one of the country's most respected voices in animal welfare.

An entertaining and educational inside look at those who have dedicated their lives to animals—from captive wildlife to house pets—as told through the eyes of one of the country's most respected...


Advance Praise

“This book will give you insight into the animal mind and why it is important that people need animals and animals need people.” —Temple Grandin, PHD, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human

"As this wonderful book proves, Dr. Mark is the rarest of veterinarians—a man who can help a family accept the loss of a beloved German shepherd one day and spar with a Siberian tiger to administer its treatment the next. Dr. Mark's deep insight into animals—his profound understanding of what they give us and what they can tell us if we're willing to listen—is an inspiration to an animal lover like me. We modeled the Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista on his groundbreaking work at the San Diego Humane Society. I urge everyone who cares about animals to read this delightful new volume." —Wallis Annenberg, philanthropist, Chairman, President, and CEO of The Annenberg Foundation

“Dr. Mark Goldstein is a one-man example of all the jobs a veterinarian can have, from supporting dog and cat adoptions in an animal shelter to working hands on with a rhinoceros. Truly, Goldstein has a rare ability as a writer to help you to feel as if you are in the zoo enclosure right beside him and Donia the elephant or Ralph the water buffalo or Harold the hamster. This book is a really engaging read for anyone who loves animals or who one day wants to be a veterinarian.” —Steve Dale, CABC, national radio host, Steve Dale’s Pet World and WGN Radio Chicago; co-editor, Decoding Your Dog ; columnist, Veterinary Practice News and CATster

"Most of us seek to close the distance between who we are and what we do. This book is a luminous chronicle of Mark Goldstein, who has closed that gap and lived a life of unconditional love for all God's creatures. These ingredients make for a terrific read. Dr. Mark's unstinting passion for all animals domestic and wild is guaranteed to leave paw prints on your heart." —Richard Lederer, bestselling author of Anguished English

“Mark Goldstein has been a friend and colleague for almost three decades. His compassion for animals of all sizes and species—as well as his humanity—have been evident in every aspect of his esteemed career. Mark’s powerful, engaging storytelling talent shines brightly throughout B1436 Lions Tigers Hamsters.indb 1 3/22/19 12:44 PM Lions and Tigers and Hamsters. This captivating book warms the heart and sometimes tickles the funny bone. But most of all, it’s a celebration of wildlife and other animals by a kindhearted veterinarian who has dedicated his life to making the world a better place for all creatures.” —Douglas G. Myers, president and CEO, San Diego Zoo Global

Chelsea was a 6 month old lab puppy, a victim of a poor upbringing, rescued by a humane society. She had serious health issues. She needed the best of veterinary care, and I had just moved from Wisconsin to Boston to work for the MSPCA. I wasn’t sure where to go, but I heard about this doctor. His name was Mark Goldstein. He was at Angell, the MSPCA’s hospital, perhaps the best hospital in the world. I knew Chelsea was in good hands. And she thrived. As I got to know Mark, I learned I was in good hands too. I thrived, and I learned from Mark. All animals as well as those who care for them could learn from him. He taught us all. But something else was special about this guy. As much as he taught, he also listened and he learned. Yup, a great medicine person, but it was all about life where Mark really shined. He gave us all things to think about. When he left the MSPCA, I was both sad for our loss, but also optimistic for the rest of the world, both human and animal, because this guy had a lot to give. That was decades ago… We are all lucky that he started to write it down: all that he heard, all that he learned. This is someone worth listening to. Thanks, Mark, for all you’ve given to all of us, furred and not furred. Carter Luke, President, CEO, MSPCA-Angell

“This book will give you insight into the animal mind and why it is important that people need animals and animals need people.” —Temple Grandin, PHD, author of Animals in Translation and Animals...


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I am currently grieving the passing of my pet. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me an opportunity to read this book, because I needed something like this. It didn't relieve me from my feeling of guilt and grief but made me understand. It made me understand that notwithstanding the cruelty of losing my pet companion so soon and so abruptly, I should cherish the life I had with her and that I was there till her very last moment. It made me understand that I shouldn't give up on all accounts of having another pet because of this loss. There are so many animals in need, who yearn for love and care, and who need us now. If I can provide and have strength for it, I can grieve while caring for another little being in need. Dr Mark had a blessed life and career. It gave him ample opportunities to observe animals both wild and domestic, in captivity and in other people's homes, from the stance of a veterinarian, non-profit organization manager, and an animal lover, all at once. His keen observations made him realize that his profession requires not only to provide healthcare for the animals but comfort and understanding for the people who brought them in the first place. While there are (still) pet owners who regard them only as disposable properties, there were as many that Dr Mark met, whose lives were profoundly affected by the love they had for those pets in Dr Mark's care. I really enjoyed every anecdote Dr Mark shared, but I was touched the most by those he shared about those people, who agonized together with their pets. It is important to note that this is not only a book of anecdotes for animal lovers, to read once and forget (I definitely won't forget any, that's how amazing they were!). This book also shares valuable inside information about zoos and non-profit organizations, about what should be their goals and how to achieve them. I didn't know much about the inner workings of zoos and non-profits, but now I do. I deeply wish all zoos and all non-profits are so benevolent and charitable. I am still wary of many of them, but at least now I know how they should work, and might offer my assistance to some in my area based on that knowledge.

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Almost all vets specialize in either small animals, i.e. pets, or large animals, i.e livestock. A few specialize in exotic animals, i.e. those in zoos. Dr. Goldstein is extremely lucky in that he has worked in all areas. He has worked in a leading animal hospital, been director of two different zoos, and has been a leader in animal care, rescue, and adoption. His wide-ranging background and deep love if animals feels this lovely book. Full of tales on animals and people who love them, it's also a memoir of his life. I loved his writing style, which feels as if he was sitting talking to you and telling stories. I loved that he was willing to talk about his own foibles and errors. I also loved that, unlike any other book of this type I've read, he intersperses the chapters with short essays about topics concerning animal care and welfare. It's a wonderful testament to a full and rich life caring for animals of all kinds.

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I’d like to thank HCI Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read ‘Lions and Tigers and Hamsters’ by Dr Mark Goldstein in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. As a small boy Dr Mark Goldstein is captivated by animals both domesticated and wild and knows without any doubt that when he grows up he wants to be a veterinary surgeon. During his early years he manages to secure work experience at stables where he does all the dirty work but his career begins in the 1970s when he attends Cornell University and is accepted as an intern at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. He describes his work at Boston’s Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo, and when he becomes director of the zoo at Los Angeles which I found very interesting. This is a fascinating book that gives an insight into the world of animal care and welfare. Dr Mark describes his time at ‘Elephant Island’ in Florida when he comes face to face with Donia the elephant matriarch who teaches him a painful lesson about not deviating from routine, resulting in a broken arm and her footprint on his body! He described the various animals he’s cared for, Frank the goldfish, George the German Shepherd and Harold the Hamster to name but a few, and the generous people he’s had the pleasure to meet. There are informative Q&A sections included where he gives his opinions on the reason behind the cost of veterinary care, and why it’s important to have zoos. I love animals and derive a great deal of pleasure from visiting zoos, and reading this book has made me want to go to Boston and visit the Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo. Dr Mark has made a huge difference to the care of animals and I have a great deal of respect and admiration for his dedication to the care of all animals. I found some parts of the book hilarious, some sad, but all of it worth reading.

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An Animal Lover's Delight! I love this book. I have loved all sorts of animals since I was a child. I have also enjoyed reading about other's lives with animals. The book covers the lifetime of a successful animal lover and veterinarian. This man has had a wonderfully varied life from working on stud farms, wild animal parks, animal shelters, and zoos. He has great stories about them all. There are anecdotes about famous racehorses, white rhinos, elephants and so many more. He has had the life so many of us dream about. As his career moved from zoos toward animal shelters, his stories are more about domestic pets and charitable donations. I so enjoyed this book, I hope he writes more. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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I really enjoyed this book. Dr Mark’s beautifully descriptive language makes the stories come alive. It was fascinating to read about the variety of experiences he has had as a veterinarian, zoo director and humane society leader. I would recommend this book to adults and high school students interested in learning more about veterinarians and their work as well as how hard work and compassion for others(human and animal) can lead to a fulfilling career.

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I love this book! There are so many stories throughout the book of Dr. Mark's life and experiences with many different animals in his life. He had each of the stories listed by name, then he went on to tell the story. I loved everything about this book, it's one of the best books I have read in a long time. Many of the stories in the book were times as a pet owner, I remember. The dogs of Katrina, the stories of placing a few of the dogs with their owners and how difficult it was for the dogs after what they went through. I was thrilled to read about the women that donated large sums of money without asking for recognition. That is a true animal lover! I would love to have been able to see the place that was built for the animals. Rooms, instead of bars to cage the animals in. It was described as a Campus with "cozy living rooms for dogs" I have heard of Mark Goldstein, DMV for many years. I was involved with rescue since 1996, so I have watched and read everything I can get my hands on since that time, I was excited to read about his life. Really good book! Thank you so much, Mark Goldstein. DMV, HCI Books, and NetGalley for giving me the chance to read and review this Great book!

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