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Obviously, as soon as I learnt how to read, I started reading about animals. In the list below there are some of the books that I loved as a kid, and some of the books I loved growing up.

I hope you’ll enjoy them too.

1. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

In All Creatures Great and Small, we meet the young Herriot as he takes up his calling and discovers that the realities of veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire are very different from the sterile setting of veterinary school. Some visits are heart-wrenchingly difficult, such as one to an old man in the village whose very ill dog is his only friend and companion, some are lighthearted and fun, such as Herriot’s periodic visits to the overfed and pampered Pekinese Tricki Woo who throws parties and has his own stationery, and yet others are inspirational and enlightening, such as Herriot’s recollections of poor farmers who will scrape their meager earnings together to be able to get proper care for their working animals. From seeing to his patients in the depths of winter on the remotest homesteads to dealing with uncooperative owners and critically ill animals, Herriot discovers the wondrous variety and never-ending challenges of veterinary practice as his humor, compassion, and love of the animal world shine forth. Read More.
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2. Esther the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter

Esther is a domestic pig. She is not one of those cute tiny little piglets that you see on birthday cards and that can fit in a teacup. Esther is a gigantic, 600-pounds messy lady pig that completely changed her dads’ lives.

In 2012, Steve Jenkins got Esther from a Faceboook contact that was giving her away, saying that she would have been a cute teacup pig, only to realise that she didn’t stop growing, filling both her parents’ home and hearts.

Esther’s story is also the story of all the animals that are meant to be meat, served on people’s tables, but end up being rescued and brought to the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary. Read More.
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3. Soldier Dog by Sam Angus

With his older brother gone to fight in the Great War, and his father prone to sudden rages, 14-year-old Stanley devotes himself to taking care of the family’s greyhound and puppies. Until the morning Stanley wakes to find the puppies gone.

Determined to find his brother, Stanley runs away to join an increasingly desperate army. Assigned to the experimental War Dog School, Stanley is given a problematic Great Dane named Bones to train. Against all odds, the pair excels, and Stanley is sent to France.

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