Archive for the ‘Veterinary Medical Reference Books’ Category

A Gift of Spot – Black Friday Special

November 26, 2010

Purchase Speaking for Spot through this link between November 26, 2010 and November 30, 2010 at a special “black Friday” price of $15.00.  Your book(s) will be personally signed and, if desired, receive complimentary holiday gift wrap.

Nancy Kay, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of  Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association 2009 Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, 2009 Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, 2009 Eukanuba Canine Health Award
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Please visit http://www.speakingforspot.com to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot. There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot is available at Amazon.com, local bookstores, and your favorite online book seller.

Speaking for Spot (the book and the blog) named winners in the 2009 Dog Writer’s Association Annual Competition

February 15, 2010

Dr. Nancy Kay’s book, Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life and her Speaking for Spot Blog were honored at the Dog Writers Association of America Annual Writing Competition Awards ceremony on February 14, 2010 hosted in New York City in conjunction with the Westminster Dog Show. 

The DWAA Annual Writing Competition honors a broad range of authors who have written books and/or published their work in newspaper, website, blog, magazine, newsletter or broadcast media.  In addition to these regular awards, a dozen special awards are given by Eukanuba, Merial, Morris Animal Foundation, North Shore Animal League, AKC, Westminster Kennel Club, PSI, DWAA and Planet Dog Foundation. 

Dr. Kay’s Speaking for Spot Blog (www.speakingforspot.com/blog) received The Best Blog Award. 

Dr. Kay and her book, Speaking for Spot, received the highly coveted Eukanuba Canine Health Award. The is presented for the article or book that best promotes the health and well being of dogs with accuracy, clear writing and the representation of a fresh view of canine health

Dr. Kay is passionate in her desire to equip people to b the best possible medical advocates for their pets and in Speaking for Spot she has provided an invaluable tool for achieving that wish.  Speaking for Spot has been widely acclaimed by fellow veterinarians, pet industry publications and the pet-loving public. Dr. Kay is the recipient of the American Animal Hospital Association Hills 2009 American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award.  Dr. Kay was featured on the National Public Radio Show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross on March 19, 2009.

Dr. Nancy Kay is a board certified specialist in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  She is a staff internist at VCA Animal Care Center, a 24-hour emergency/specialty care center in Rohnert Park, California.

Speaking for Spot (the book and the blog) named winners in the 2009 Dog Writer's Association Annual Competition

February 15, 2010

Dr. Nancy Kay’s book, Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life and her Speaking for Spot Blog were honored at the Dog Writers Association of America Annual Writing Competition Awards ceremony on February 14, 2010 hosted in New York City in conjunction with the Westminster Dog Show. 

The DWAA Annual Writing Competition honors a broad range of authors who have written books and/or published their work in newspaper, website, blog, magazine, newsletter or broadcast media.  In addition to these regular awards, a dozen special awards are given by Eukanuba, Merial, Morris Animal Foundation, North Shore Animal League, AKC, Westminster Kennel Club, PSI, DWAA and Planet Dog Foundation. 

Dr. Kay’s Speaking for Spot Blog (www.speakingforspot.com/blog) received The Best Blog Award. 

Dr. Kay and her book, Speaking for Spot, received the highly coveted Eukanuba Canine Health Award. The is presented for the article or book that best promotes the health and well being of dogs with accuracy, clear writing and the representation of a fresh view of canine health

Dr. Kay is passionate in her desire to equip people to b the best possible medical advocates for their pets and in Speaking for Spot she has provided an invaluable tool for achieving that wish.  Speaking for Spot has been widely acclaimed by fellow veterinarians, pet industry publications and the pet-loving public. Dr. Kay is the recipient of the American Animal Hospital Association Hills 2009 American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award.  Dr. Kay was featured on the National Public Radio Show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross on March 19, 2009.

Dr. Nancy Kay is a board certified specialist in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  She is a staff internist at VCA Animal Care Center, a 24-hour emergency/specialty care center in Rohnert Park, California.

Financial Assistance to Help Pay for Veterinary Care

February 12, 2010

Imagine my horror upon reading the following news story:  “A Rhode Island man who says he couldn’t afford veterinary care for his dog has been charged with illegally operating on the pet.”  The article goes on to describe this man’s attempt to remove a cyst from the leg of his 14-year-old Labrador mix.  Thankfully, a veterinarian treated the resulting infection and performed a second corrective surgery.  The man was described as elderly and subsisting on Social Security.  He was quoted as saying, “In the economy as it is right now as it is right now, especially in Rhode Island, who in the hell is going to give you a little extra helping hand?” 

This story is tragic to me on so many levels.  Of course I think this fellow was mentally unbalanced, but I also sense (or maybe I’m wishfully thinking) that he dearly loved his canine companion of so many years and his act was one of desperation. While the news would have us believe that our down trodden economy is turning around, I must tell you that every day I receive emails from people all over the United States who are experiencing the heartache, guilt, and desperation of not being able to afford medical care for their beloved four legged family members. 

The Rhode Island man’s story prompted me to remind you that the “little extra helping hand” he needed certainly does exist.  Many organizations offer financial assistance to those in need of help paying for veterinary care. If you or someone you know is in such need, I invite you to visit my website at www.speakingforspot.com/helppayingforveterinarycare.html. Here you will find a comprehensive list of organizations that can provide financial aid. Not surprisingly, these organizations are currently being taxed to the max, and it takes some effort to apply for their funds, but they may be able to provide the help needed to make a significant difference.  

Best wishes to you and your four-legged family members for abundant good health.

Dr. Nancy Kay
Specialist, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine 

Please visit http://www.speakingforspot.com to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot. There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot is available at Amazon.com, local bookstores, or your favorite online book seller. 

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The Birth of a Book

October 28, 2008

I’ve given birth to three children, but never have I experienced a pregnancy as long and arduous as the one associated with the birth of my first book, Speaking for Spot! I laugh when I recall how naïve I was at the onset of my literary journey. It began with a unique book idea, and I thought it fitting to send my good idea off to a dozen or so publishers with the expectation that they would line up with invitations asking me to write for them. Much to my chagrin, I received only one response from someone kind enough to inform me that my methodology wasn’t the way the publishing game is played.

Thus began my research on “how to get a book published.” I learned that the first step is recruitment of a literary agent. The way one entices said agent is with the perfect “query letter” that must include a complete description of the book, proof that there is nothing else remotely like it on the market, and irrefutable evidence that I, Dr. Nancy Kay, am absolutely, positively the most qualified person on the planet to write the darned thing. Oh, and did I mention that every single word must fit on no more than one page double-spaced with standard margins, and a font size that would not require use of a magnifying glass! Not only that, the letter must be catchy and compelling lest it end up in the circular file along with 98 percent of all query letters.

Any thoughts I had about being a talented author were quickly dispelled when I began writing my query letter! Oh my goodness- I must have spent a full month crafting the darned thing! After hours of agonizing and eons of editing, I felt I had the finished product. Now it was time to figure out who would be the lucky recipients of my query letter. I pored through encyclopedic listings of literary agents looking for clues that a dog book would be right up their alley. A dozen or so made the final cut based on their expressed love of dogs and/or their prior representation of other “doggie authors”. Off my query letters went. Now I had to play the waiting game- one must wait six to eight weeks for a response (it is taboo to initiate further contact before this waiting period is over). Thus far I was five months into my “great idea” so what the heck, a bit more waiting couldn’t hurt. Alas, my hard work, research, and patience paid off! Five agents (four from Manhattan and one from Los Angeles) expressed interest. I interviewed all of them and made my final choice- a savvy Manhattanite who pronounced the word “niche” in a way that made me think she was terrifically sophisticated.

My agent (I thought it was awesome to say, “my agent”, by the way) outlined the game plan. I was to write a “proposal” that she would submit to various publishing houses. Back to the library I went to learn how to write a phenomenal proposal, a project that would occupy the next two months of my life. A winning proposal contains the following ingredients: a biography to showcase the author’s “platform” (highly embellished in my case), an overview of the entire book complete with table of contents and two completed chapters, a detailed marketing plan, discussion of future writing projects, and in-depth research documenting that no such book has ever been published before. This last requirement seemed ironic given the fact that my local library housed no fewer than a dozen books on “How To Get Your Book Published.”

Once the proposal was completed, my agent emailed it off to a dozen or so publishers. We heard absolutely nothing for what seemed like an eternity. When we finally did hear back, the news was discouraging; “Loved the book, but it’s not for us.” “We’ve already got a dog book in the works,” or simply, “No thanks.” Needless to say, my agent was no longer eagerly responding to my emails and phone calls. I got the sense that, in her mind, my book was a lost cause and we quietly ended our relationship.

I was at an all time low point with this book idea of mine. I remained incredibly passionate about the concept, but was contemplating bailing out so as to cut my losses (I was approximately one year and who knows how many hours into the process at this point). This was the period of my book-writing career I now fondly refer to as “transition”. During childbirth, “transition” describes the emotional low point that is brought on by pain and exhaustion. Transition is characterized by tears and the firmly expressed desire to give up (often embellished with expletives and threats) in spite of the fact it is apparent to everyone involved, including the woman giving birth, that “the show must go on”. I was now at the state of transition in my “book birthing process”. I felt profoundly discouraged, emotionally pained, and tired of the whole publishing process (or lack thereof). As much as I wanted to simply call it quits, I somehow knew in my heart of hearts that this was not an option. I couldn’t give up on this baby of mine.

I was an “agentless waif” yet decided to approach some publishers on my own. I’m a horse lover and noticed that Trafalgar Square was the publisher of some of the horse books in my home library. I wrote to the Trafalgar editors asking them to read my proposal. After all, I had nothing to lose (I’d perfected the art of dealing with rejection), and maybe they were ready to branch out into dog books. After all, most people who love horses also love dogs. Boy, oh boy was this one of the all time great decisions of my lifetime! Not only did they receive my baby with open arms, they were encouraging and nice and welcomed conversation with me. I learned they already had some dog books under their belt, written by a rather famous author- Linda Tellington Jones (I was to be in good company). When I received their invitation to work together, I felt like Sally Field accepting her Oscar- “They like me, they really, really like me!”

Whew! At long last, people were finally going to have a chance to read what I was so passionate about. Now all I had to do was write the darned thing and I had a whole year to do it. Initially a year seemed like plenty of time, but as the days passed and the seasons changed, I fell further behind my anticipated schedule. I began waking up well before sunrise to write before leaving for work. My laptop accompanied my everywhere- on vacations, to work, even to my daughter’s volleyball matches. My editors’ initial worry that the book would be too short turned into the startling revelation that there was too much content. Their edits dished up more red ink than I’d seen through my twenty some years of formal education! There were moments of writer’s block, impatience, discouragement, and complete wonder at why in the world I’d ever wanted to write this book in the first place!

At last, Speaking for Spot has arrived, and just as occurs with the birth of a child, my agony morphed into ecstasy! What have I learned from my experiences? Becoming published is not nearly as simple or easy as I once thought it would be. It is terrifically challenging and one heck of a lot of work. As much as aspiring authors must be original thinkers, capable of transforming words into creative meaningful thoughts, in the end, tenacity, fortitude, and some luck are perhaps the most essential traits that lead to success.

November Book Signing – Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver CO

October 24, 2008

Please join us at Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue Book Store, 2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado (303) 322-7727 on November 7, 2008 at 7:30 pm for the next Speaking for Spot book-signing event.

Speaking of Speaking for Spot

October 24, 2008

I am looking forward to speaking to Bearded Collie Fanciers at the Bearded Collie Club of America National Specialty in Sonoma CA the last week of October and to a regional club meeting for the Bay Area Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club in Dublin CA the first weekend in November.

Pet Talk Radio

October 24, 2008

Speaking for Spot was recently the topic of discussion on three pet talk radio segments.  You can listen to the interviews and interesting discussions on a wide range of canine health care topics on the Speaking for Spot website.  Jon Patch of Talkin Pets Radio, Dwight Dingle of WTTR in Maryland and Kellie Fuller of KVON in Napa all had high praise for the book.

10/18/08 – Talkin Pets Radio with Jon Patch©

10/18/08 – Pet Talk with Dwight Dingle , WTTR Maryland

10/23/08 – KVYN Kellie in the Morning interview with Dr. Nancy Kay

October Book Signing – Speaking for Spot – Copperfield’s

October 12, 2008

Please join us at Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa CA on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 7:00 pm for the next Speaking for Spot book signing event.

We had a very successful book signing at Copperfield’s.  Julie Colt was kind enough to send me one of her photos.

Dr. Nancy Kay discussing her book with a fellow dog lover

Dr. Nancy Kay discussing her book with a fellow dog lover. Photo by Julie Colt.

October Book Signing – Speaking for Spot – Copperfield's

October 12, 2008

Please join us at Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa CA on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 7:00 pm for the next Speaking for Spot book signing event.

We had a very successful book signing at Copperfield’s.  Julie Colt was kind enough to send me one of her photos.

Dr. Nancy Kay discussing her book with a fellow dog lover

Dr. Nancy Kay discussing her book with a fellow dog lover. Photo by Julie Colt.