Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hart’s Original Petpourri, Vol 1 Miscellany, Fact, Fancy, Trivia, and Whimsy about Pets, their Veterinarians, and their Owners by Robert Hart

Title: Hart’s Original Petpourri, Vol 1 Miscellany, Fact, Fancy, Trivia, and Whimsy about Pets, their Veterinarians, and their Owners.
Author: Robert Hart
ISBN: 978-1-934938-62-1
Price: $14.95
Publisher: Langdon Street Press. Date: 2/1/2010

Hart's Original Petpourri is a personal collection of facts, fancy, trivia, and whimsy about pets, their owners and veterinarians. The book has over 500 entries.

In addition to an extensive list of facts, quotes and sayings about dogs and cats, the contents includes such entries as mouse condos, the singing dog, the stump tailed cat from New guinea, the cost of equipping a horse stable in 1902, poems and limericks, cat detectives, Viagra in dogs, and a list of animal pub names in London. There are also “Crossed Wire” conversations between client and veterinarian, pet palindromes, and entries as diverse as the Cat’s Eye nebula, color vision in animals, and famous teddy bears. Even the three witches’ recipe from Macbeth is featured, as are the 56 birds mentioned by Shakespeare.

Educational and informational entries. such as the ten commonest reasons for veterinary visits, common poisonings, and vaccination schedules are also listed.

This book, a finalist for the INDIE awards for independently published books in 2010, is one to be browsed, dipped into, or read at leisure.

About the Author:

Robert Hart B.Sc., B.Vet.Med., DVA, is a veterinarian with more than forty years of experience in academia and practice. He has been in general practice in New York state and Florida for thirty years.

He has had stories published in Horse and Hound, Dog World, Animal Review, Animal World, The Florida Writer, and Private Pilot. He wrote a series of humorous vignettes for Veterinary Technician, several feature articles for the Capital District Business Review, Albany, NY, and during the last three years wrote a monthly veterinary column for a community newsletter.

A young adult novel he wrote was a finalist for the 1998 Heekin Foundation prize, a short memoir on flying was fourth in its category in the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing competition in 2001. He has contributed to the web page of the Unofficial History of Television Studios in London.

He grew up in Africa in close contact with wild and domestic animals. He learned to ride at a boarding school, raced horses in flat, hurdle, and steeplechase races, winning both the first race in Nyasaland when the Turf Club was re-established after WWII, and the first Nyasaland Derby. He represented the British University riding team in event competition in Cologne Germany. He also rode in a circus and handled horses on a TV production featuring Orson Welles. Despite his experience with horses his veterinary practice outside of the academic environment has focused on small animals, mainly dogs and cats.

His hobbies are writing, photography and theater. He is an Advanced Toastmaster, a member of the Florida Writer’s Association, the American Screenwriter’s Association, InkedIn and LinkedIn.

He has been an ensemble member of Murder Mysteries on Call Inc. since 1994, appeared in musicals with Orpheus Theatre in Oneonta NY, and in productions with Richfield Springs Community Theatre NY, Ilion Little Theater NY, the Daytona Playhouse FL, and New Smyrna Little Theatre FL, and Make Mine Murder.

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