Description: Volume 2 of Don’t They Kick When You Do That? builds on the success of Dr. Gary Hoium’s first book. Serving a diverse animal population and their owners from a mixed-animal practice in southeastern Saskatchewan has provided Dr. Hoium with much job satisfaction and many fascinating and/or entertaining stories. Dr. Hoium’s wit and sense of humour invite you to further explore these animal and human encounters, experiences, adventures, and stories from his perspective as an “Animal Doc.” From his childhood days to his 2021 retirement, Dr. Hoium’s love of animals and humans is evident, endearing, and often downright hilarious. No two days were ever the same. Whether they weigh ounces or over a tonne, each animal presents its own unique challenges, risks, and dangers. Some bite, some lick, some fight, and some kick. Heck, some of that is true of their human owners too! Read along and enjoy more tales from this engaging, amusing Prairie veterinarian.
978-1-927570-81-4, 224 pages, 15 photos. ©2023, Ages 15 to Adult, Humour, Nonfiction.
About the Author: Gary Hoium was born and raised in the small community of Midale, in southeastern Saskatchewan, located midway between Weyburn and Estevan along Highway 39. He pursued a career in hockey but turned to mixed-animal veterinary practice when a future as a professional hockey player didn’t turn out. He purchased a clinic in Weyburn in 1989, renaming it Hoium Veterinary Services. He sold it in 2004 and remained as a contracted/ commissioned employee, performing much of the clinic’s live-cattle exports to the USA until retiring in 2021. He resides in Weyburn with his wife, Shelley, and enjoys spending time with their two adult children and spouses, and their five grandchildren.
Responses from Readers:
- “Gary Hoium is a wonderful storyteller. He sets each scene with a vivid sense of place.”
- This is a great book! Good stories.”
- “I’m so glad he wrote a second volume.”
- “Ha! I really enjoyed this collection of stories.”
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