“Donna Kelleher, DVM, is changing the way we practice veterinary medicine, just as Andrew Weil, MD, has revolutionized human health care.”
—Brenda Peterson, author of
Build Me an Ark: A Life with Animals
“Donna Kelleher is not only a gifted, talented, and compassionate veterinarian, her gifts also spill over into her sensitive writing.”
—Allen M. Schoen, DVM, author of
Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live
“This memoir of the life-path taken by one veterinarian exploring the arts and philosophies of healing is one of inspiring re-discovery and fulfillment: a synthesis of veterinary science and conventional medicine through the alchemy of empathy and compassion, opening the way for an integrative approach to the recovery of health and the maintenance and celebration of animal well-being.”
—Dr. Michael W. Fox, veterinarian, “Animal Doctor” syndicated newspaper columnist and author of Healing Animals & the Vision of One Health
In her youth, Donna Kelleher, DVM, spent her Saturday mornings picking stones from horses’ hooves and learning about plants. While digging through the earth and soaking medicinal leaves, the lessons from her teacher began taking root. “Roasted dandelion is the best medicine,” said Iris, the neighborhood healer, before administering a straw-yellow tea to her cat, Tinkerbelle.
Since those Saturday morning lessons in nature, Kelleher has spent nearly two decades exploring what it means to find true healing, combining her conventional veterinary training with holistic treatments. What she’s learned along the way is that animals need inspiration to make choices; as these stories prove, the resiliency of these pets have shaped her life as much as her treatments have shaped theirs.
A reminder of the physical, emotional, and spiritual strength in us all, The Proof Is in the Poodle embodies the restorative power of hope.