A Friend of the Flock: Tales of a Country Veterinarian

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Crown Publishers, Jan 1, 1997 - Medical - 266 pages
In the welcome sequel to Fields and Pastures New, country veterinarian and storyteller extraordinaire Dr. John McCormack continues his warm and witty reminiscences of his experience tending to the animals and people of Choctaw County, Alabama.
John McCormack's stories of rural life in the 1960s are beloved by animal enthusiasts everywhere. In his first book, his readers were introduced to Choctaw County through the eyes of a newcomer to the community, as Dr. McCormack and his wife and children settled into their new home, befriending animal owners and their animals. In A Friend of the Flock, McCormack revisits the memorable characters that make up Butler, Alabama, and introduces others, including a cowboy who loses his clothes to an ornery calf, a hog who gets a facelift, the members of the local hunt club, and many more farmers, ranchers, pet owners, dogs, cats, sheep, cows, and even one parakeet with a bad headache.
Dr. McCormack and his family build a new clinic for their growing veterinary practice and join in the life of Choctaw County, treating livestock and pets and acquiring some of their own. Much as James Herriot did with the Yorkshire countryside, John McCormack captures every comical and heartwarming detail of rural Southern life in this touching account of putting down roots, traveling the dirt roads, and becoming a trusted member of a community. With its charming, familiar places, and some fresh faces and tales to boot, A Friend of the Flock is a treat for McCormack fans old and new.

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A FRIEND OF THE FLOCK: Tales of a Country Veterinarian

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McCormack's (Fields and Pastures New, 1995) rural, deep South veterinary practice provides a wealth of anecdotes, which he relates in a crusty, quick-tempered style. Since he moved to Alabama's ... Read full review


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Dr. John McCormack is Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. He lives in Athens, Georgia.

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