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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Raccoons Stole My Baby Jesus by Jennifer Doll is the part-non-fiction, part-memoir any animal lover should have. In this amazing, heartwarming book, veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Doll tells in essay form of her devotion to the animal outcasts no one else wants. The book starts off with the author talking about her childhood, her personality, the fact that her long-term memory is a phenomenon, while her short-term memory isn't that great. Right away you know you are reading about an honest, down-to-earth person who risks life and limb to help the animals that she takes in, to provide sanctuary and hope. Besides the stories she tells, ranging from cougars to pythons, her sense of humor radiates through it all, and her anecdotes of being a mother are entertaining too. The incident which gave birth to the title of this book is pretty funny, and you'll also find out why she admires actress Sophia Loren. Her snakebite story reminds you of how deadly animals can be, and the challenges she faces. Doll is truly one unique person that the animal kingdom, not to mention her family, colleagues, and friends, are fortunate to have in their lives. If animals have a guardian angel, her name would be Dr. Doll.
This isn't your average animal story told by your average vet. Jennifer Doll allows the reader to share in her vulnerability, her dedication, and her mission. It's through her humanity that we get to know the creatures she cares for, be it bears or special needs cats. She truly has walked the razor's edge when it comes to caring for these animals. There are many notes of interest in her book, but one memorable to me is that at first she never really saw herself as the warm-and-fuzzy type of animal rescuer, and the idea of saving animals wasn't at the top of her to-do list until a feral cat was brought to her. You'll enjoy this and other stories as she makes her way through the menagerie of animals that entered her orbit. One of her primary goals involves the prevention of over-population in the animal kingdom. Raccoons Stole My Baby Jesus by Jennifer Doll is an animal rescuer's dream book.