“In those first few weeks, I had no idea that our story would be one so full of love. When I adopted Juniper, I thought she needed me, but every time I see her snaggletoothed smile, I realize I need her, too.” – Jessika Coker, author of Juniper
The world presents before us a dichotomy: the good and the bad. While this may well be a grossly oversimplified view of our world, my point is that we experience in our lives both good and bad, highs and lows, etc., and it seems far too easy to become focused on those less pleasant aspects of our lives here on earth.
With this in mind, I felt it appropriate for my review this month to be of a book whose focus is the pleasant, a simple “feel-good” story. And why not? It is immensely satisfying and uplifting to read about the wonderful things of which people are capable, and Juniper, the Happiest Fox is a book that very much accomplishes this.
To begin, I must place before you an admission: due to the literature of my youth and of conventional folklore, the fox is an animal towards whom I have always felt a certain level of disdain. Despite not owning fowl or other animal stock vulnerable to the fox, I have always felt a great sense of mistrust toward them. And then there is the fact that I am the proud owner of a Wire Fox Terrier, who, as her breed name implies, finds as primary quarry the fox. Well, Ms. Coker and her slim book have revised my feelings regarding this widely-decried “beast.”
Ms. Coker is a person who has since childhood felt a great love for all animals, and as she aged and collected experiences in veterinary clinics and animal rescue organizations, the fox became an especially beloved creature for her. One day, she received word that there was a litter of kits in need of a good home. When she arrived, the runt, who was no larger than the hand of a small child, called to her heart, and since in Native American culture juniper is employed to keep negativity at bay, it seemed the perfect name for this tiny ball of fur with an unforgettable snaggletooth that added to her perfection.
Thus, the adventures, filled with trials and tribulations, began for Ms. Coker and her Juniper. This is a short read filled with anecdotes and lovely pictures that depict the love and affection that is possible between man and “beast.” I would recommend this for anyone in need of a pick-me-up in a world that, perhaps, offers too many opportunities for pick-me-downs.
“Juniper gives me hope. She is my constant reminder that there is still, goodness, purity, and unconditional love in this world. The world can be heavy, but there’s still a little bit of magic if you know where to look.” – Jessika Coker, author of Juniper
Formats Available: Book, eBook
Reviewed by Rob, Crescent Hill