Patron Saint of Lost Dogs is veterinarian Nick Trout’s first novel–his other works of nonfiction (Tell Me Where it Hurts, Ever by My Side and Love is the Best Medicine) are popular glimpses into his life as a veterinarian. He tells the story of Cyrus Mills, a Charleston vet who is reluctantly called back to his hometown in Vermont and to the veterinary practice begun by his late father. Cyrus is a veterinary pathologist and is not looking forward to attempting to practice as a vet and deal with living animals and owners, but problems in Charleston have forced him to return to try to sell the practice. His first encounter is with a man who wants a healthy-looking dog euthanized, and Cyrus decides to keep the dog instead until he can investigate. The pet owners in town are a varied group, as are the pets Cyrus is asked to care for. Money is in short supply and the bank is planning on foreclosure of the practice. Added to the mix is a wise, older partner in the practice and a variety of quirky and amusing clients and their pets. This is a sweet story of forgiveness and family, with wonderfully drawn human and animal characters that will provide both laughter and tears.