A humourous and informative collection of tales on the connections between people and animals

Creatures of the Rock
A Veterinarian’s Adventures in Newfoundland
by Andrew Peacock
$32.95, paperback, 304 pp.
Doubleday Canada, November 2014

Creatures of the RockIn his new book Creatures of the Rock: A Veterinarian’s Adventures in Newfoundland, Andrew Peacock introduces us to the people who make their living dealing with animals on an in-depth level, as their veterinarian. He relocated from Ontario to Newfoundland in the 1980s to take over a farm animal practice on the Avalon Peninsula, and is still working there today.

Reminiscent of the iconic James Herriot series of vet adventures, Peacock’s “unquenchable curiosity about animals” shines through in these stories of pig and bull castrations, moose relocation, calf birthing, injured pets, spectacular ocean views and funny place names.

While Peacock deftly balances his stories of animal distress with humour, as an insightful onlooker of Newfoundland culture, there is little continuity among the stories. A greater attention to chronology would be helpful and would add to the sense of his growth – both as a vet and a husband and father – over the decades. It would also be interesting, and enlightening, to read of some of his failures, along with his successes, as an animal doctor. This aside, Creatures of the Rock is an informative romp through rural Newfoundland, especially for those of us who mistakenly associate Newfoundland with few animals beyond the moose and the codfish.

Creatures of the Rock
A Veterinarian’s Adventures in Newfoundland
by Andrew Peacock
$32.95, paperback, 304 pp.
Doubleday Canada, November 2014          

 

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Laurie Glenn Norris is a writer and reviewer in River Hebert, Nova Scotia. Her book Haunted Girl: Esther Cox and the Great Amherst Mystery was a finalist for the 250 Democracy Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing in 2013 and is currently optioned for a feature film.

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