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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Raccoons Stole My Baby Jesus" by Jennifer Doll DVM.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Raccoons Stole My Baby Jesus is the career memoir of Jennifer Doll, DVM. After spending eight years in a private practice clinic just outside of Seattle, she relocated to Eastern Iowa. Over the last two decades, Dr. Doll has worked as a veterinarian in the rural Midwest, and she has treated more than her fair share of unforgettable animal patients. Countless surgeries have taken place in her Animals All About mobile van, but she has also worked closely with (and in opposition to) several animal rescue groups, feral cat sanctuaries, exotic animal breeders, and puppy mill operations. For some of her wilder patients, veterinary care often occurs after some quick sedation via a jab-stick syringe.

Since Dr. Doll’s professional and personal lives are so intimately intertwined, she shares many overlapping memories and recollections from her own homestead menagerie of critters. Readers will encounter fawns, piglets, boars, and bucks, but they’ll also meet Burmese pythons, cougars, and rattlesnakes. Lorenzo the llama gets crammed into a Volkswagen van, emus ride in station wagons, and bears investigate makeshift garage homes. Coyote pairs toss thawed rabbit heads while baby carrots and marshmallows lure lumbering beasts uphill.

This collection of stories explores many of the challenges that come with being a working mom, but there is plenty of humor woven throughout as well. Junie B. Coonie intentionally dumps things down the toilet because what raccoon wouldn’t be mesmerized by the ability to flush? Emus go rogue and tiny-handed thieves run amok. Emphasis is placed upon the dangers of the exotic pet trade, and several scenarios prove why the spontaneous purchase of bear cubs is ill-advised; it turns out the bears suffer the most from such a residential arrangement. The author even addresses controversial topics like declawing, euthanasia, and post-mortem consumption of the unfortunately fallen few. While notable medical terminology is present, all veterinary techniques and procedures have been thoughtfully described.

Contrary to what this book’s title may suggest, there are no religious themes present; the choice of wording is in reference to a ceramic nativity scene abduction involving a stored baby Jesus figurine (and a destructively curious raccoon family). Equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking, I enjoyed this author’s ability to narrate with meaning; her unique blend of uncensored storytelling can make readers laugh, sympathize, speculate, and cringe. Unconventional approaches can lead to unprecedented victories, and impromptu rescue missions may call for exploratory surgeries or solutions.

I feel this 172-page book would be appropriate for mature readers. There are scenes of family dogs being hit by cars, feline-leukemia sufferers, leg traps, amputations, maggot-infested wounds, euthanizations, and many other gruesome and harsh realities that would make much of the content unsuitable for adolescent readers. There is also a small amount of scattered profanity present.

I award this book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. While the majority of the encountered grammatical errors were minor, they did appear in a sufficient-enough quantity to affect my overall rating. This was the only aspect of the book I disliked. Throughout these pages, Dr. Doll conquers self-doubt and struggles with some of the same moral dilemmas many of us have faced. I would strongly recommend this book to readers with a keen interest in veterinary medicine or wildlife rehabilitation. Novice animal rescuers, and those with a curiosity for rural animal husbandry practices, could find some true education in this one as well.

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Great review. The title really caught my attention.

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Wow, an interesting book it sounds like. I have been a nurse my entire working life and can handle “sick and injured humans” but I know without a doubt I cannot care for “sick and injured animals”. I am thankful for the veterinarians, animal control, wildlife rehabilitators, and rescue groups who are willing and able to do so. I am sure her journey has been full of adventures, some with happy endings and some with not. Thank you for this wonderfully written review and accolades to Dr Doll!

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Chigo Nwagboso wrote:
24 Oct 2020, 04:15
Great review. The title really caught my attention.
The unique title initially caught my attention too. Thanks for checking it out!

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RetiredOBNurse wrote:
24 Oct 2020, 08:57
Wow, an interesting book it sounds like. I have been a nurse my entire working life and can handle “sick and injured humans” but I know without a doubt I cannot care for “sick and injured animals”. I am thankful for the veterinarians, animal control, wildlife rehabilitators, and rescue groups who are willing and able to do so. I am sure her journey has been full of adventures, some with happy endings and some with not. Thank you for this wonderfully written review and accolades to Dr Doll!
This career memoir is chock full of realistic, touching, heartbreaking, inspiring, and humorous wildlife tales! Dr. Doll has certainly seen things most of us never will, and she has treated a wide cast of animal characters. Anyone interested in veterinary medicine should certainly read this book. :bear:

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Interesting stories intertwined with moral lessons...this sounds like a fun read! Thank you for the well written review. I’ll look forward to spending a cozy afternoon with coffee and this book soon! :)
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CharlieMax1516 wrote:
30 Oct 2020, 09:17
Interesting stories intertwined with moral lessons...this sounds like a fun read! Thank you for the well written review. I’ll look forward to spending a cozy afternoon with coffee and this book soon! :)
Hope you get the chance to check it out; there was never a dull animal moment!! Veterinarians are capable of tackling and addressing some truly exotic situations. :snake:

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This sounds like an entertaining and educational set of animal adventures. I’m sure Dr. Doll met a lot more animals having a mobile van that she would have in an office.
Thanks for sharing this book! :cat:
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MsH2k wrote:
31 Oct 2020, 01:01
This sounds like an entertaining and educational set of animal adventures. I’m sure Dr. Doll met a lot more animals having a mobile van that she would have in an office.
Thanks for sharing this book! :cat:
It was truly eye-opening to flip each page to encounter yet another exotic interaction! She still practices today, and her years of veterinary experience will certainly stay with me in story form. Thank you! :dog::snake:

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Truly amazing story. It's so interesting to read how challenging life they have.

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Truly amazing story. It's so interesting to read how challenging life they have.
For sure!! Some of the moments in this book were mind-boggling to imagine. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment!

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Thanks for the insightful review. I thought it was a religious book honesty. Good job and thanks for the recommendation.

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Saint Bruno wrote:
01 Nov 2020, 08:33
Thanks for the insightful review. I thought it was a religious book honesty. Good job and thanks for the recommendation.
The title threw some people for sure. It’s a very interesting look into the life of a veterinarian, so I hope others get the chance to check it out. Thank you!

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Although I could greatly appreciate a novel like this, I don't think my little heart can read through all the suffering of the animals without shedding a couple of tears. Thank you so much for your honest and thorough review! Happy reading :techie-studyinggray:
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Although I could greatly appreciate a novel like this, I don't think my little heart can read through all the suffering of the animals without shedding a couple of tears. Thank you so much for your honest and thorough review! Happy reading :techie-studyinggray:
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