Any time I can read about zany and outrageous adventures in the beautiful province of Newfoundland I literally jump out of my skin. Combo such stories with tales of charismatic island characters and their beloved animals and I become almost giddy.
Creatures of the Rock: A Veterinarian’s Adventures in Newfoundland by Andrew Peacock was a lighthearted, delightful read. No exaggeration – I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writings recount the author’s transition from being a Northern Ontario resident to Newfie vet extraordinaire. Each chapter depicts a specific event or encounter during Mr. Peacock’s adaptation to Newfie culture. His stories are inspiring, heartwarming, and hilarious – and quite often all at the same time.
I very much envy the author and his life. Moving from the wilds of Northern Ontario to the crisp fresh air of The Rock and eventually settling into an ocean front fixer upper. Working day in, day out helping animals in need with some of the most stunning landscape in all of Canada (dare I say, the world) as the back drop. Each story is one I have always secretly dreamed of calling my own.
If you’re looking for a quick read that will no doubt make you smile, I highly recommend this book. Its humour and clever writing will bring sunshine to any cloudy day.
Next up on the book shelf: Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames by Thich Nhat Hanh