Dr. Dave’s Children

Dr. Dave’s Children

As I mentioned in my previous blog, the first question that most of my readers ask is, “are you still living in the house that you talk about building in Never Say Die, and When the Going Get’s Tough.” As you can see from the pictures in my previous post, the answer to that one is, yes. Invariably, the next question is, “how many children do you have, and why do you never talk about them other than in the dedications of your books?”

That question is simple to answer too. I never married until I was 35—ten years after I started my practice in Creston. In the early years, I was so busy keeping my practice functioning, that I had little time for a personal life. After marriage, my wife, Ruth, and I were blessed with four children, each of which, we presently count amongst our best friends. They all remain very close with one another, and I’m sure each of the siblings would consider their brothers and sisters amongst their own best friends. I’ve also inlcuded a potrait of all the kids together. Marshall (top), John Gordon (left), Joan (Right), and a little Alicia (bottom).

Our first child, Joan, worked as a model in San Diego before settling down to raise a family. She is now married and living with her husband Cam and their two children James, and Scarlet, in Henderson, Nevada. Although she is a full time mom, she is still in fantastic shape, and offers fitness training to clients in the surrounding area and offers nutritional advice on line.

Marshall, our eldest son, is a fireman living and working in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Marsh has always been very active in sports (especially basketball and volleyball), and although he loves his work, he never fails to squeeze a two or three hour workout into each and every day. He has an Instagram account with more that 190,000 followers, and offers nutritional advice and workout plans for fellow body builders.

John Gordon is our third child (named after Gordon Veitch who was a prominent character in my first two books). Gordon was a big fan of both basketball and volleyball in grade school. He started on the provincial U 17 volleyball team when he was only 14 and has excelled at the sport since that time. He played three year with the Thompson Rivers University volleyball team at Kamloops before joining the Canadian National team in 2011. He has played professionally since 2011, first with the Izmir, Arkas in Izmir Turkey, and now with Pallavolo Piacenza in Piacenza, Italy. He, like the rest of his Team Canada mates, has his heart set on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Alicia, the baby of the family, was never content to let her brothers overshadow her, and very early on she decided to make her statement on the volleyball court. She chose Trinity Western University as the institution in which to do it, and became a member of the Spartans. While there, she was also on the Canadian National Volleyball team, and served as the flag bearer for the 333 member Canadian team at the 2015 Summer Univeriade Games in Gwangiu, South Korea. She retired from university life with a CIS gold medal for 2015, a teaching degree, and a CIS blocking record that could stand for years. She is presently playing professionally for Pannaxiakos V.C., a Greek team, based on the island of Naxos.

If there has been one major drawback of my children’s success in life, it has been their dispersion around the world. Other than the 12 hour trip to Grande Prairie from Creston, the only way I can visit my kids is to hop on a plane. That in itself, is not all bad, visiting children has taken me to places in the world that I may never have considered as a destination otherwise (Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, in the US, Pune in India, Izmir, and Istanbul in Turkey, Wroclaw, Gdansk, Katowice, in Poland, and Naxos in Greece).

This weekend it will be taking me to Edmonton, where the Canadian National Volleyball team will be attempting to clinch a berth in the 2016 Olympics in Reo de Janeiro by defeating Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Cuba at the NORCECA (North America, Central America, and the Caribbean) Continental Championship. For those of you with an interest in volleyball, I have posted the schedule below. Gord Perrin wears jersey #2.

January 8th

  • 5pm – Canada vs Mexico
  • 7pm – Cuba vs Puerto Rico

January 9th

  • 1.30pm – Canada vs Puerto Rico
  • 4pm – Cuba vs Mexico

January 10th

  • 7pm – Canada vs Cuba

All Canada’s matches will be streamed at www.cbc.ca, giving Canadian volleyball fans a chance to see their men’s team in action live at home.

Saturday’s match (Jan. 09) vs PUR will be live on CBC TV, check your local listings.

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“Dr. Dave is more than an excellent writer, he is an extraordinary pet doctor and not only that, a good person and nice guy :).”

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“This was an awesome book. If you like to laugh and love animals this is the series of books for you. You will also be sad sometimes but the writing is great.
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“I only wish Dr. Dave was in Kansas so that he could tend my animals! I could hardly put this book down…the way Perrin describes his highs and lows shows he isn’t afraid to admit he is human, which made me wish he had written even more books about his practice! What a GREAT book!

Stephanie B., Amazon.com.
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“All of Dr. Dave’s books are great, especially for those readers who love all animals. I learned a lot about cows, horses, pigs and various farm animals as well as pet dogs, cats, birds and occasional exotic species. I also learned what a good, kind, caring and ethical man Dr. Dave is. And hysterically funny, too!. I’ve read all five books and hope he writes many more!!.

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“Enjoyed, enjoyed, enjoyed………..wonderful! I enjoy Doris and Shirley, Gordon and all the clients the funny the crazy and the sad.

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“I happened to read this book first, even though it is actually the fourth in the series. Very entertaining, lots of humour, lots of detail about practicing as a vet out in the country, and lots of detail about various characters he meets along the way. I so enjoyed this book that I then got all the rest that he has written. I’ve finished one further book so far and can highly recommend the series!

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“Dr. Perrin’s style of writing makes me wish I could become a vet! I have read so many books about veterinary practices; some of these I couldn’t wait to finish so that I could get rid of them…UCK! Dr. Dave’s books rank right up there with James Herriot’s books. His style of writing makes me feel I am right beside him in his adventures. What an amazing man!

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“The way Dave Perrin writes, it makes you feel like you are right there and are part of the scene. I loved it and had it read in a few days!

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“The people and the pets and animals in this book are very real, very interesting and sometimes funny. I enjoy this series of books very much.

Mary A. Singletary, Amazon.com.
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“An honest and vivid insight into Dave Perrin’s life as a VET in Canada. It is humorous but also very REAL!. There is no sugar coating in this book but just a great reading adventure.

S. Robin Yale, Amazon.com.
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“I liked seeing the progression of Perrin’s practice and the characters (both animal and human) encountered. I can understand facing personal demons and admire his willingness to share the process with his readers.”

Kim F., Amazon.com.
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“Being a vet in small town British Columbia, Dave Perrin sees a lot, and has many tales to share with readers. The anecdotes in this book range from humorous stories of failed horse breedings and buying farmland to more emotional ones involving very sick pets. There is something here for everyone, as Dr. Perrin has a mixed practice dealing with both large and small animals. Recommended for animal lovers!”

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“Terrific book. Couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. I used to live in Kimberley and we drove through Creston at least once a month in the 60’s and 70’s. Dr Perrin must have been working there then. I will be certainly purchasing the rest of his books.

Joan Burke, Amazon.com.
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“Another great book in this series of books by Dr. Dave Perrin. A must read for animal lovers. Terrific stories. Read it in two days.

William J. Collinson, Amazon.com.
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“Okay, first I want you to know that you are the one and only author whose eBooks I have bought for $9.99!  The first one I bought in a weak moment, because I read the reviews, loved the covers, and just was tempted.  But after I started reading I went back and got all five books – all for $9.99! Please, do not stop now!!!  I need to know what happened next!”

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“Perrin tells a good story…the doctor’s compassion for animals and admiration for people who treat them with respect and dignity underscores each of these stories.”

Mark Forsythe, BC Bookworld Magazine.