New novel pits local clinic against big veterinary chain


In Dog Gone, Back Soon, veterinarian and best-selling author Nick Trout brings second installment of Dr. Cyrus Mills' story to life.

Nick Trout, DVM, the New York Times best-selling author of Tell Me Where it Hurts (Broadway, 2008) and novel The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs (Hyperion, 2013), has published a sequel to his first novel, titled Dog Gone, Back Soon (Hyperion, 2014).


In this second installment of the novel series, protagonist Dr. Cyrus Mills continues his journey after inheriting The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals from his estranged father. The once-reclusive veterinary pathologist has discovered that he enjoys the animals and their owners in the small town of Eden Falls, Vt.—especially a waitress named Amy.

This time around Cyrus is pitted against Healthy Paws, a national veterinary chain across town that's trying every trick in the book to crush its local competitor. Cyrus is committed to making Bedside Manor thrive, a daunting task as he challenges the rival corporate practice. And that's not the only competition he faces: a stranger has come to town who shares a mysterious past with Amy. Cyrus also ends up as the guardian of a unique orphaned dog—right in the middle of small-town drama.

A labradoodle named Stash, the central canine character in the novel, is one of Trout's favorite parts about Dog Gone, Back Soon. "I was lucky enough to adopt a doodle, Thai, from the folks at the National Education for Assistance Dog Services," Trout says. "Here was an opportunity to sing the praises of these exceptional creatures and show the remarkable impact they can have on people's lives."

This sequel to The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs takes Dr. Cyrus Mills on a wild ride to defeat the veterinary conglomerate, find a home for an orphaned dog, win back Amy's heart and solve a case of mistaken identity.

Dog Gone Back Soon is available at, and wherever books and eBooks are sold.

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