Dr. Bo Brock is a veterinarian and author who lives in rural Lamesa, Texas. After being asked to write about his veterinary tales in his local newspaper once a month for decades, Brock had the idea to make a book about those stories.
“After you’ve done it for 10, 15, 20, 25 years, you’ve got lots of funny articles,” Brock says. “So I just pulled some of them together and made a book.”
The best part of taking care of animals in rural Texas? The sense of community, Brock says.
“You go to church with those people, you’re at the café with those people, you cry when their loved ones die. I mean, you’re just a part of the world, you know? It’s just a way of serving. I mean it’s a service job, but It holds a lot of emotion and I just like that,” Brock says.
Brock’s book, published in 2014, is called “Crowded in the Middle of Nowhere: Tales of Humor and Healing from Rural America.”
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Written by Chloe Bennett.