Creatures Of The Rock: A Veterinarian's Adventures In Newfoundland by Andrew PeacockCreatures Of The Rock: A Veterinarian's Adventures In Newfoundland by Andrew Peacock

Creatures Of The Rock: A Veterinarian's Adventures In Newfoundland

byAndrew Peacock

Paperback | October 13, 2015

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A James Herriot for the 21st century recounts his adventures as a newcomer to Newfoundland.
     When Andrew Peacock made the move from Ontario to Newfoundland, he thought he was kicking off his career as a newly qualified vetenarian with an adventure in a temporary location. It was certainly an adventure, but there was nothing temporary about it. He practiced in Newfoundland for nearly 30 years and is still living there. In fact, he has lived there so long, the locals are starting to think of him as one of them.
Creatures of the Rock chronicles a career spent working with and getting to know a rich variety of animals and their owners, on farms, in homes and zoos, and in the wild. Andrew was the only vet for miles around. A day of practice could include anything from a Caesarian section on a cow in a blizzard to freeing a humpback whale from a trap designed for cod to capturing a polar bear after its surprise visit to a bingo parlor. And, on the human side, anything from trying to impress a surpringly large audience of farmers with your first boar castration, to taking care of a family just as well as its stricken cat, to discouraging farm hands from helping themselves to hypodermic needles. All this against the background of a domestic scene in which Andrew's wife Ingrid--also freshly qualified, as a doctor--shares the adventure of making new life, and in due course of starting a family.
     Told in a series of brief, endlessly engaging stories, Creatures of the Rock is a funny, thrilling, unflinching but ultimately heartwarming narrative about the connections between people and animals, and people with each other.

ANDREW PEACOCK was born in Toronto and raised in the town of Kapuskasing in northern Ontario. After finishing degrees in biology at Trent University and veterinary medicine at the University of Guelph he moved with his wife to the small fishing village of Freshwater on the island of Newfoundland. As a veterinarian he worked in a mixed ...
Title:Creatures Of The Rock: A Veterinarian's Adventures In NewfoundlandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.14 × 0.83 inPublished:October 13, 2015Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385682611

ISBN - 13:9780385682619


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of Laughs I bought this book for my father who is a farmer. He hasn't stopped laughing since he started reading it.
Date published: 2018-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read A very entertaining read about his adventures as a vet in rural Newfoundland.
Date published: 2017-06-06

Editorial Reviews

"Since 1970, when Alf Wight, under the pen name James Herriot, began his enormously successful All Creatures Great and Small series. . . others have tried to emulate his folksy, self-deprecating style. Peacock succeeds. His humorous anecdotes flow with an effortlessness that marks a true storyteller. . . downright hilarious." --Maclean's