This entertaining collection of stories is the second book written by retired veterinarian Howard Jones. He has reached back into his storehouse of childhood memories and retold some of the tales given to him, but with a Cracker Cowboy twist! Some are pure fantasy, but some are true and inspiring stories. Dr. Jones has let his view of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west inspire him to think and imagine how these stories would be told in Florida Cracker Country.
Howard Selby Jones was born in Henderson, Kentucky, and moved to south Florida during his teen years. He was introduced to the Cracker culture on the Williamson Ranch in Okeechobee, Florida. After two years at the University of Florida, he was accepted at Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine where he gained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Following a stint in the Veterinary Corps in the United States Air Force and five years in a large/small animal partnership in Sebring, Florida, his teacher's heart brought him back to Auburn where he completed a two-year Dairy Medicine and Surgery Residency while earning his PhD in Ruminant Nutrition in the Department of Animals Sciences. After one year as the Dairy Specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, he returned to Sebring and purchased his former practice. And for twenty more years, he covered over a fifty mile practice radius surrounding Highlands County in the heart of his beloved Cracker cattle country. Now retired, Dr. Jones lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina with Hunter, his wife of forty-two years.