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From the author of Touched by All Creatures: Doctoring Animals in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Lowell: The True Story of an Existential Pig, and Lions & Tigers & Mares . . . Oh, My! comes another riotous book of veterinary adventures. There’s a Bear in the Basement serves the reader a cocktail of humor, inspiration, and literary engagement. Set in contemporary America’s colorful Pennsylvania Dutch country, the Balliets’ is a timeless world seemingly untouched by modern life. Filled with lush scenery, vividly-drawn Dutch folk, and, of course, the strange and tender animals of a local zoo and numerous farms, Balliet-Perkins dramatically recounts medical emergencies and narrowly averted disasters. On the lighter side, she describes adventures with a spiteful, spitting llama named Sambuca; revelry at the annual pot-bellied pig festival, Pig Stock; and veterinary medicine showcasing raccoons, deer, turkeys, and many other unusual, sometimes eccentric, animals. Readers will be charmed by Henry, the rooster, so protective of his goat herd; Minchi Ho, a pot-bellied pig who charms from his owners a cozy nest in the barn alongside the family’s show horses; Clampit and See-No-Evil, two of a family of baby raccoons with their own tree-stump “palace”; ¬ Thunder, a horse who battles all odds and wins; Struttin’ Feather and his mate, Hot Wings, two wild turkeys with an attraction for human company, and many other wonderful and odd animal characters. From the first page, Balliet-Perkins unites the series of narrative vignettes of day-to-day vet life with the carefree spontaneity, fun, honesty, and humor experienced through life alongside animals. Published in connection with Hartline Literary Agency. Visit us at www.hartlineliterary.com.
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Gay L. Balliet-Perkins, PhD, is also the author of Lions & Tigers & Mares . . . Oh, My!, Lowell: The True Story of an Existential Pig, and Touched by All Creatures: Doctoring Animals in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her new husband, John, and their "family" of pigs, horses, dogs, and cats.
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