FROM THE FAMOUS FOX: AN INTERVIEW WITH VETERINARIAN DOUG MADER

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Hi friends! Reef the fox here with this week’s “Reef’s Report.” I have a treat for you this week. I had a “fox-time” call with exotic animal veterinarian Dr. Doug Mader to discuss life, animals and his new book that came out in May, “The Vet At Noah’s Ark.” 

Reef: If you could sit down with one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?  

Dr. Doug: The late James Herriot. He penned a series of four incredible books about being a veterinarian in England in the mid-1900s. His work/writing inspired me and thousands of individuals to become veterinarians.

Reef: Would you share a brief line from your book? I hear there’s a fox story in it.  

Veterinarian Doug Mader’s book is available. CONTRIBUTED

Dr. Doug: CDFG officer Kelly Pinkett did not look the part. The young, attractive, green-eyed blonde resembled more a character from an action TV show than a real-life, gun-toting crime fighter. She had a natural beauty, wore no makeup, and her skin showed none of the typical signs of someone who worked outside in the Southern California sun. But the cargo pants, long- sleeved shirt replete with official patches on the shoulders, gun belt and Kevlar vest painted a different picture. She was struggling to hold on to a large dog carrier. The front bars were covered with a bloody towel. “I’ve got a badly hurt fox,” she announced. “I’m not sure if it can be saved.”

Reef: I’m curious to know, what is the most unusual case in your career as a vet?  

Dr. Doug: I had to make a house call to help a 70-year-old woman that kept a 22-year-old Congo Fire Eel in her bathtub as a pet.

Reef: Woah now, I just had mom google that for me and that is a hard nope. Toxic slime? Yikes! I hear your favorite treats are Krispy Kreme donuts, what makes them so great? 

Dr. Doug: I have an insatiable sweet tooth! Bad habit!

Reef: You know, doc, my mom says eating a well-balanced, species-specific diet is the key to health and happiness. I’m not sure about donuts but if you ever want to try duck hearts, I have a good supplier.  If you could go back in time and do one thing differently, what would it be, if anything?  

Dr. Doug: I love what I do. If I had to do it all over again, I would take the same career path. My incentive to start every day is knowing that I can make a difference in people’s lives by doing everything I can to promote and prolong the human-animal bond.

Reef: Why haven’t you been here to meet me yet? You know they call me “The Famous Fox” right?  

Dr. Doug: You are more famous than the Key lime pie.

Reef: Are you sure you’re a veterinarian and not a lawyer? Because you avoided that question while giving me a complement in an attempt to distract me. 

That’s all for this week. Mader’s book is available to purchase on Amazon. I made a slight adjustment to the cover of the book, I hope you like it. Until next time, Reef, over and out!

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Reef was born on a fur farm on or around March 28, 2021. He was able to be rescued when his mother and siblings started to reject him. Reef is missing toes on his front, right paw and the tip of his tail is missing due to injuries sustained in his short time on the fur farm. Reef arrived at Key Largo on May 6, 2021 by Nicole Navarro, of Pawsitive Beginnings Inc.