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If you’ve ever loved an animal, please read this book
1 November 2018
My elderly mum is The Supervet fan, rather than me (I’m generally afraid to watch vet programmes in case the dogs don’t make it) and last week, I bought this book to wrap up for her for Christmas. I decided to give it a “quick read” first....
I’ve devoured every single word. I’ve “scan read” none of it. I’m completely coverted to being another The Supervet fan now and (having only previously seen the odd one or two episodes with my mum or daughter) will be watching every episode of all twelves seasons. And beyond.
Professor Noel Fitzpatrick’s vision of a future where One Medicine serves the needs of humans and animals alike is as inspiring as it is completely sensible. His charity The Humanimal Trust will be one I follow the progress and work of closely from now on. Running alongside these important subjects is a deep insight into the man and the vet who is Professor Noel, his life story and how he became who he is today as well the many examples of the fascinating and ground breaking procedures and surgeries that have prolonged and improved the lives of so many animals, as featured on the TV show.
I read this book the week after our dear and beloved almost-14 year old black Labrador, Moo, surprised us all by recovering, with the help of our local vets and their TLC, from a nasty stomach infection which I thought would be the end for her. Suddenly we have some extra time with our gentle, precious, gorgeous girl and Noel’s description, in Listening To The Animals, of how unconditionally our family dogs love and cherish us and the lessons we need to learn, as a human race, from them, is so eloquently put into words that I would urge anyone who has ever had a beloved pet, to read it. It’s the inspiring story of how one ordinary man (albeit, a very clever one!) worked himself to the bone (and continues to do so!) for something he believes so strongly in that it has become his entire life. Alongside this inspiring true story is a vision of the future that will make many people want to support it and contribute to it in whatever small way they can.
I wish you the very best of luck Noel, and gives thanks and hugs (and licks from Moo!) for your dedication and forward-thinking that is going to change the world for our deserving animal friends and also, for us humans.