Every Creature Under the Sun
by Eric 'Doc' Mendel.
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vcThis fabulous collection of short
stories from a
real life veterinarian will warm your heart.
'Doc" Mendel is all heart and a master storyteller.
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As an almost only child, Eric grew up on a
farm in rural upstate New York. This upbringing kindled
his love for
animals and also a feeling of kinship with country folk.
After a checkered schooling, he went on to matriculate at
Cornell University graduating from the Veterinary school
sometime after the age of dinosaurs. He opened a
country practice where he became known to his clients as
Doc who never refused treatment for any needy
creature. There he remained in practice for thirty five
years accumulating friendships and a myriad of unusual
experiences. When ill health forced his retirement, he
moved to California to be near his four children and
grandchildren. Family gatherings almost always stirred up
recollections of everyone's favorite stories and, with
the urging of his children and wife Joyce, Doc began his
writing career. As it turns out, Docs writings are
much about unusual and exotic patients, as they are about
human nature as illustrated by the quirks and
foibles of their owners.
Contents of the Book:
CREATURE UNDER THE SUN is an episodic narrative told by
DOC, a veterinarian practicing for almost forty
years in the village of GREENSIDE. The stories are based
on real cases experienced by the author. A parade of
unusual patients, quirky owners, and eccentric GREENSIDE
ANIMAL HOSPITAL staff make for a variety of hilarious
incidents. DUTCH MILLER, who runs a local abattoir, is
constantly on the prowl for cheap cattle for his butcher
shop and tries to undermine Docs standing with the
farmers at every turn. At last, Doc develops a scheme to
himself of Dutch and in the process asks his associate
and protégé, DR. JIMMY TOLLIVER, to be a partner in the
1: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.
driving through the village of GREENSIDE on his way to an
emergency call at HOMER FINCHS farm is
stopped by his friend POLICE CHIEF LEO RASMUSSEN who
gives him a ticket for speeding. Then Doc is nearly
run off the road by his antagonist DUTCH MILLER....
Chapter 2: The Case of the Tranquilized Tabby.
the relaxing weekend, its back to work Monday
morning. The animal hospital is invaded by WALLY
HENDRICKS, the animal control officer, eager to show off
his new tranquilizer gun. The bumbling Wally
3:The Case of the Vanishing Vittles
and drink mysteriously disappear from the office
refrigerator. Jimmy is the most upset and gets agitated
when SHIRLEY, the secretary, and MARCIA, the animal
health technician, tease him about it...
Chapter 4:The Case of the Peevish Parrot
LULU HIMMELSTEIN has a problem with
WINNIE, a magnificent Amazon parrot. Lulu thinks the bird
as it has suddenly become raucous and is spouting strange
Chapter 5: The Doppelganger
While dining out at Ritas Lounge
with his family one evening, Doc is approached by NIGEL
THORNWOOD, a dude
looking for a new vet to perform surgery on his aging
6: Dueling Stethoscopes.
and Jimmy decide to stop in at the local pub before
calling it a day. Among the patrons are Dutch Miller and
his band of cronies. When they start to heckle and badger
him, Doc invents a contest pitting Dutch and his
stethoscope against himself and his own stethoscope....
7: The Case of the Troublesome Turtle
college professor rescues a turtle and keeps it as a pet.
In this instance Doc becomes the educator. The owner
notices a strange looking protrusion in its private
8: A Case of Doing What Comes Naturally.
highly excitable client new to dog ownership drops her
pet poodle into Shirleys lap, screams
9: A Case of Voice Recognition.
day begins with knee surgery on BUSTER a farm dog heavily
bonded with its owner. When Shirley gets sick,
Doc volunteers to answer the phone. The first caller,
stuttering badly, says he has one cow dead and one cow
dying but forgets to leave his name...
10: The Puppy Machine.
one stormy afternoon, Doc driving through town on the way
back to the office from a day in the field is
called by Shirley on the mobile phone. A MR. STEWART has
an emergency with a Great Dane...
11: The Case of the Animal Hoarder.
responds to a call from CARRIE WINTERS, a feisty old
woman relegated to a wheelchair who lives with a
multitude of cats and small dogs in her small hilltop
12: Hildegards Legacy.
Doc euthanatizes a terminally ill feline and is asked by
the owners, LIZ AND HORACE BEACH, to give advice on
getting a new pet...
13: TB or Not TB.
Doc and Jimmy trace an epidemic of coughing among
youngstock throughout the county to Dutch Millers
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