Pets in a Pickle by Malcolm D. Welshman

By Malcolm D. Welshman

Drawing on his personal reviews of operating as a vet, Malcolm Welshman brings to existence a wealth of colourful characters—including the bold perform receptionist, Beryl, together with her one steely eye—and an ark's worthy of superb animals. As enthralling because it is humorous, this excellent tale will satisfaction any animal fan. whilst Paul Mitchell arrives for his first day's paintings at Prospect apartment Veterinary clinic, he by no means expects this. On his first actual day, he's bitten by means of a feisty hamster, yet this can be a mere prelude to a cavalcade of hilarious—and usually painful—encounters with fish, flesh, and chicken. From stalking a feral cat to rescuing a cow caught in a gravel pit, lifestyles is rarely wanting animal adventures for the newly certified vet. On best of treating all demeanour of creatures on the perform, Paul and his female friend Lucy additionally nurse a number of waifs and strays again to wellbeing and fitness at their domestic. along with six budgerigars, love birds, a hoard of guinea pigs, and 3 tabby cats, their menagerie comprises Gertie the Goose, whose expertise for condo protection saves her from the Christmas Day desk, and Nelson, their lovable—and stone deaf—Jack Russell.

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We’ve been married now these past 22 years and we still get on like the proverbial house on fire. ’ He gave another grin. ’ I didn’t. But had a sneaking feeling I’d find out soon enough if I took the post on. As a demonstration, a small conflagration occurred when Eric confronted Beryl in reception over the mix-up around the interviews. It seems the gardener was due to be seen tomorrow and not today as Eric thought. ’ A crimson glow spread up her scrawny neck to lose itself in a heavy pan of make-up.

Dr Crystal Sharpe’s hands to be precise. She of cutting fame, an expert in all things surgical. I just prayed an Indian Hill mynah’s rear end came within that remit. Miss McEwan was relieved when I told her. ‘Could I leave Cedric with you now then,’ she went on. ‘It would be much easier than taking the cage all the way home and then back again. What with these …’ Her hands did their hallelujah wave again. Oh Lord. Just what was I letting myself in for? The rest of the morning was punctuated by a piercing monologue echoing up from the ward as Cedric repeatedly shrieked, ‘What’s your name?

I retreated, preferring to confront the barbs of Major Fitzherbert’s tongue to the multiple lashings I was getting from the gorse and brambles. I felt the parting rasp of a briar as I struggled back to the relative safety of the border; I could feel the Major’s eyes on me as I carefully edged through his delphiniums and lupins – lined up like soldiers on parade. Woe betide me if I broke their ranks. ’ crowed the Major as I hopped back on to the path, plants intact, self-confidence crushed. ‘He’s a cunning beast.

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