Giveaway: Love Is the Best Medicine

March 17th, 2010

Pet lovers have a new book to snuggle up with. And this one is written by a veterinarian.

Enter to win a copy of Love Is the Best Medicine: What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian about Hope, Humility, and Everyday Miracles — Dr. Nick Trout’s new book!


Nick is the author of the New York Times bestseller Tell Me Where It Hurts. In Love Is the Best Medicinehe tells the story of two special dogs, Cleo and Helen. They came under his care and left a big impact, personally and professionally.

Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey(blind kitty story) said, “Written with candor, wisdom, and empathy, Love Is the Best Medicine will change everything you thought you knew about the impact pets can have on our lives. If you’ve ever loved a dog, this is the book for you!”

To win, leave a comment on this post about a pet who touched your life in some way.

US mailing addresses only. The randomly selected winner will have three days to respond to my request for a mailing address. Please check your spam filters. Contest closes at 11 pm CST on Friday, March 26. I’ll update this post with the winner’s name.

This prize is sponsored by Broadway Books. For more info on giveaways at Light Green Stairs, please refer to my Privacy + Disclosures page.

April 5: And the winner is … Melissa D. Congrats!

28 Responses to “Giveaway: Love Is the Best Medicine”

  1. Carol on March 17, 2010 3:20 am

    I would love to win

  2. shannon Baas on March 17, 2010 11:20 am

    We had a pet squirrel when I was a kid that my miecs still remember 25 years later

  3. susan varney on March 17, 2010 3:40 pm

    my dog i love him and he returns it

  4. Kelly Ann T. on March 18, 2010 12:03 am

    When Meshindi was alive he was a certified therapy dog who visited children at our local children’s home. It always amazed me how the 125 pound dog could be so gentle with the kids. He not only touched my life but made such a difference in the lives of the children he touched.

  5. jackie on March 18, 2010 4:43 pm

    sounds like a great book. I have two dogs of my own.

  6. Sarah on March 20, 2010 1:58 pm

    So many pets have touched my life in so many ways, I don’t know where to start – I currently have 3 cats and I dog and there’s not a day that goes by that they don’t do something to make me smile. I still miss my Siamese pound kitty who loved to give neck massages and suck on hair.

  7. Bacallsmom on March 21, 2010 2:08 pm

    I have loved many pets, but my favorite was a cat we got from the animal shelter. She was a tiny kitten, only about 5 weeks old. We named her Gizmo, and she was the smartest, most loving cat I ever had. She kept me company and comforted me through some very dark days in my life. I will always be thankful that she was a part of my life.

  8. DANIELLE on March 21, 2010 3:04 pm

    This sounds like a great read. Love is always the best thing we can give, and a pleasant surprise when we receive it as well.

  9. rebecca on March 21, 2010 3:06 pm

    My granddaughter says she would love to have a little brother just like Abraham (her English bulldog).

  10. shel on March 22, 2010 2:14 am

    It has to be my dog mother would never let us have pets growing up and Bo was the first dog I ever owned. He would do anything for me and worships the ground I walk on..I can’t even go to the bathroom without him.

  11. Melissa D on March 23, 2010 2:07 pm

    My dog Zeus, a big, goofy, shaggy pup, is the love of my life. From the day I brought him home (as a tiny puppy with HUGE paws), he has made me laugh and filled my life with joy. Now 90 pounds, he also keeps me in shape, as he requires a lot of exercise. At the end of my work day, I can’t wait to get home to him. It’s true love!

  12. Becky on March 23, 2010 6:39 pm

    My family had a collie named Gypsy who was the most loyal, gentle dog. When my mother became ill, Gypsy would follow her everywhere as if she were keeping an eye on the situation. I’ve never forgotten this amazing dog.

  13. Chrysa on March 23, 2010 9:57 pm

    I had my cat Crystal for 15 years and she saw me through a lot of tough times through my life. She stuck by me through thick and thin!

  14. Jason Nickolay on March 24, 2010 4:35 pm

    My dog Trigger was my best friend when i really needed a friend. It was a sad day when we lost him. He was a member of the family


  15. Shellie on March 24, 2010 7:01 pm

    I have been a veterinary technician for 15 years. Many dogs have touched my life, but I guess it was my very first dog, Samantha that inspired me the most. She was a stubborn and smart Rottweiler that taught ME what having a dog is all about.

  16. debp on March 25, 2010 1:20 pm

    I once had a cat (she passed a couple of years ago) that I rescued at 3 weeks old. My son was severely speech and language impaired. Whenever he got upset she would crawl on his chest and not leave until he told her he was okay. He had to actually say the words, not easy for him to do, or she would not leave. One time he tried to fake a cry to see what would happen, and she promptly bit him on the nose. It was quite funny and he never did it again. I have never had a cat like that before or since.

  17. Jodi on March 25, 2010 4:49 pm

    Looks like a really good read.

  18. Melissa B. on March 25, 2010 5:55 pm

    I had a chihuahua that went everywhere with me and never left my side. When my dad got sick and had to spend a lot of time in the hospital, I reluctantly sent the dog to live with my mom. He was a wonderful companion to her when she was home alone.

  19. Ed Nemmers on March 25, 2010 7:25 pm

    Taffy was our cocker spaniel who would sit and be a sentry while the little ones potty trained!

  20. Elizabeth C on March 26, 2010 12:41 am

    I got my first pet other than fish when I was 9. She was a parakeet named Perky. I got her for my birthday. She taught me a lot. Like being responsible, pets are family, and animals will be the ones to never judge you. I lost her when I was 15, and I cried my eyes out. I always keep what she thought me with me.

  21. oneangel on March 26, 2010 1:30 am

    I had a cocker spaniel (or he had me) for 17 years. He was my best friend and went everywhere with me! He passed away and I miss him SO much 🙁

  22. Carolsue on March 26, 2010 2:55 am

    Our Chocolate Lab, Jasper, passed away in November. He was the best behaved, most loyal dog in the world. He is missed.

  23. Jennai on March 26, 2010 2:56 am

    My cat, Hobart, has been with me for 15 years. He is such a riot — he’s fearless and lovable!
    HobartsMama {AT}

  24. Amanda Baird on March 26, 2010 3:44 pm

    My very first dog (as in when I was a baby/toddler) taught me how to stand and walk by letting my grab her fur and pull up(ouch!) I have the pictures to prove it. She was gentle and never once bit anyone. I remember my mom telling me a story about seeing the dog “biting” me and running to us to see why i wasn’t wailing. Turns out I was holding her jaw in my hand and she was just sitting there minding her own business. Poor girl had a tough life, but she seemed content with the way it was going.

  25. Gary Emes on March 26, 2010 6:10 pm

    My beagle named Bagel made me laugh every day. She lived to be 18 years young and lived life to the fullest until the day she died. thanks for all the laughs my girl………

  26. Kathy S on March 26, 2010 10:35 pm

    So many dear pets have enriched my life and left a mark on my heart forever, but there is one special little cat named Mickey I well tell you about. My little boy, Mickey was the runt of the litter, born at a feral cat community next to a campground where my son had a summer job. He noticed that Mickey’s mom rejected him, so he brought him home to me. We brought him to the vet because he had an upper respiratory infection and lots of fleas. When he was 2, he had major bladder cyst surgery and wasn’t supposed to survive. He was on a lifetime special diet, and I just lost him this past October 2nd at the age of 11 years and 8 months. Mickey was my constant companion who gave me unconditional love and seemed to watch over me. He gave me comfort through the deaths of my brother (my only sibling,) in 1996, my Mom in 2002, and my Dad in 2005. He seemed to be able to “read” my moods, and know when I needed that extra love and comfort from him. It’s been very hard going on without him. I do have two other cats who I love very much, so they do help me to heal, but my Mickey will always be in my heart and there’s not a day that I don’t think of him.

  27. Lily Kwan on March 26, 2010 11:28 pm

    I had a cat named Tiger who was very special and wonderful.

  28. Veronica Garrett on March 26, 2010 11:29 pm

    Princess and Hershey my two Shih Tzus always welcome me home. They are like part of the family.

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