Lakeland Vet Author:Joyce Stranger Dai Evans, veterinarian in England's Lake Country, is a man whose compassion for animals has pressed him into a busy veterinariy practice where every ring of the telephone may call him to a new urgency: a cow ill after calving; a horse that has jumped a barbed wire fence and torn it's belly; a case of fowl pest, or f swine fever, or of foot-and-... more »mouth. For him urgency can be a mauled dog lying on the operating table, torn by a passing car, or a child crying as a much-loved pet is put to sleep. And not only the children cried.
"It was an idiot life,"he felt. "It was a life filled from dawn to dawn, with night an interupted interlude. It was an impossible life. It was an insane life. It was the only life for him."
With a devoted wife and four children, doing the only job that matters to him, surrounded by one of the world's most beautiful landscapes and respected for the fine veterinarian he is, Dai Evans should be content with himself. Perhaps he would be if he could limit his concern to his dispensary and to the nimals of his farm clients, but Dai is a man beset not only by overwork and he hardest winter within memory, but by his rage at the cruelty-both sadistic and unknowing-which man so often inflicts on beast.
As in each of her previous six novels, Joyce Stranger again distinguishes herself as an author and naturalist who possesses a unique understanding of th way human beings and animals respond to on another...« less