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Dallas Doc / Texas Doc / Country Doc / Hey, Doc Review by Christine Hindle

By Dr. David Carlton
17226 Stedman Dr.
Dallas, Texas 75252

This is a set of four books by David Carlton, a Dallas veterinarian. Each chapter is a story about his adventures as a vet. The first book is Dallas Doc. This is followed by Texas Doc, Country Doc and Hey, Doc.

Each book has about 20 chapters, and each chapter is an individual anecdote of something that happened in Dr. Carlton's career. He has had occasion to treat not only the regular household dogs and cats and farmyard cows and horse, but some exotic animals as well. He has spayed raccoons and treated an injured hedgehog. My favorite story, however, is about the turtle he fixed up. He and his small son were on the way to church when the boy spotted a turtle that had been hit by a car. They stopped to have a look. The turtle's shell was in several jagged pieces, but the turtle was still alive. The little boy, sure of his daddy's prowess as a vet, insisted they take the turtle back to the office to patch it up. Daddy, of course, was not at all convinced that he could save the turtle, but he could not disappoint his son. Ultimately, he devised a clever way to reconstruct the turtle's shell, and the turtle became a family pet. Like all animal lovers, Dr. Carlton seems to adopt the strays that need him. One story is of a foal that he saved by doing a C-section on a dead mare. The owners could not afford all that would be involved in nursing the infant, so they signed a paper authorizing Dr. Carlton to euthanize the baby. He got so attached to the foal, which he called "Shrimp," that he asked if he could keep it if it lived. They allowed him to, and thus another animal joined his family. The books are full of stories like these.

These books are very entertaining and well written. My preteen granddaughter, who wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up, is enjoying them immensely. I am also enjoying reading the stories, so we are having to share. I would recommend these to anyone who enjoys stories about animals and vets. I can envision these being used in two different ways in a homeschool setting. When my granddaughter was younger, I used to read her a story every day. Since each chapter is a story in itself, this book would work very well for that purpose. For an older child, it could be supplementary reading.

Product review by Christine Hindle, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, January 2010