Pets and the City: True Tales of a Manhattan House Call Veterinarian (Hardcover)

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New York City’s premier “house call veterinarian” takes you into the exclusive penthouses and four-star hotel rooms of the wealthiest New Yorkers and shows that, when it comes to their pets, they are just as neurotic as any of us.

When a pet is sick, people—even the rich and famous—are at their most authentic and vulnerable. They could have a Monet on the wall and an Oscar on the shelf, but if their cat gets a cold, all they want to talk about are snotty noses and sneezing fits. That’s when they call premier in-home veterinarian Dr. Amy Attas.

In Pets and the City, Dr. Amy shares all the shocking, heartbreaking, and life-affirming experiences she’s faced throughout her thirty-year career treating the cats and dogs of New Yorkers from Park Avenue to the projects. Some of her stories are about celebs, like the time she saw a famous singer naked (no, her rash was not the same as her puppy’s). Others are about remarkable animals, like the skilled service dog who, after his exam was finished, left the room and returned with a checkbook in his mouth. Every tale in this rollicking, informative, and fun memoir affirms a key truth about animal, and human, nature: Our pets love us because their hearts are pure; we love them because they’re freaking adorable. On some level, we know that by caring for them, we are the best version of ourselves. In short: Our pets make us better people.

About the Author

Dr. Amy Attas is an award-winning veterinarian and the founder of City Pets, which for more than three decades has been the premier veterinary medical house call practice for dogs and cats living, working in, or visiting Manhattan. She shares a home with her husband, Stephen Shapiro, and if she is lucky, some rescued pugs.

Praise For…

“[A] great illustration of the human/animal bond.” —James Wight, son of James Herriot, author of All Creatures Great and Small

“Brimming with great stories and heart in equal measure, Pets and the City is prime reading for anyone who has ever spent time in the company of animals. Attas gives us an eye-opening account of what it's like to be NYC's premier house-call vet, sharing touching and outrageous stories of clients both human and animal. She's been witness to the strangest and most extravagant animal-human relationships the city has to offer, and we get to go along with her (without having to administer intravenous fluids).” —Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside of a Dog

“Dr. Amy Attas has been my family’s veterinarian since I was a little girl, and so I’ve known for years how caring and loving she is. But it was a welcome surprise to find that Dr. Amy is also a vibrant and engaging storyteller. She brings us into the homes and hearts of New Yorkers and the pets they love with insight, wisdom, and wit. Pets and the City is reminiscent of the great James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small, with a dash of wicked humor and a heaping dose of fun.” —Molly Jong-Fast, author, podcaster, and writer of the Fast Politics newsletter

"In Pets and the City, Dr. Amy Attas views New Yorkers, from the rich and famous to elderly shut ins, through the lens of their relationships with their four (and sometimes three) legged companions. She’s unapologetically on the side of the animals, and unblinking when, all too often, pets provide a mute indictment of their owner’s character and/or judgement. She tells her story through vignettes, at times heartbreaking, heartwarming, informative, and sometimes downright hilarious. If you can through this book with a dry eye, please don’t get a pet. " —Eugene Linden, author of The Parrot's Lament and The Octopus and the Orangutan

“A lovely, compelling memoir written with humor, honesty and personal drama….This is an engaging and well-told true story.” —Lee Gutkind, author of The Fine Art of Literary Fist-Fighting

“Dr. Amy visits her patients in their New York City habitats: the grand (and sometimes not-so-grand) homes and apartments where they live. These stories feel like you have hopped into her leather doctor's bag and gone along for the ride, getting a peek at the houses and lifestyles of the people while learning about the pets she doctors. This book is a treat for anyone who ever wanted to be a vet—or any veterinarian wondering what the house-call vet's life is like—and those who are curious how the rich (and their pets) are different from us.” —Tracie Hotchner, author of The Dog Bible and The Cat Bible

“Having heard some of Dr. Amy's adventures over the years as a house call veterinarian to the rich and famous, I looked forward to seeing her book. It was an experience I thoroughly enjoyed. This book is a must read for animal lovers everywhere, filled with the trials and tribulations as well as the joys and rewards of helping the beloved beings who share our homes.” —Jana de Peyer, cofounder of Best Friends Animal Society
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593715673
ISBN-10: 0593715675
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: June 18th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English