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Chronicles of a Mobile Veterinarian
Eric The Fox
Equine Veterinarian Blog
Horse Illustrated - Courtney S. Diehl, DVM
Handpainted Skulls - Colorado
Wounded Healers


The blog is a fun way to share short essays about life as the mother of two daughters, balancing vet work and home life, and family adventures.

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Recent Posts

Winter Camping on Spring Break

So most people who live in the mountains go south for Spring Break, as most of us need, well, a BREAK from winter. Sounds like

Healing chickens, guinea pigs and my back

So I can do more things more comfortably now. Each week is a little better then the week before and I am definitely healing from

Healing Slowly

I’m not very patient and this healing business just isn’t happening fast enough. I cannot bend, twist or lift.  For four months or so.  What

Dusting Off the Manuscript

Today I hauled out the 61 page Word Document which makes up the bulk of Horse Vet- Part 2.  I didn’t realize I had so

School Lunches

So this morning my oldest daughter plucked her sandwich out of her freshly packed lunchbox and fed it to the dog. I didn’t actually witness

Recovering from Back Surgery

I had major back surgery on Feb 22nd.  They fused my spine and now I have rods and screws and bone grafts and all sorts

New Book Is Out! “The Stories of Eric the Fox”

So some exciting book news in the aftermath of the Ram truck debacle.  FYI, Ram paid for everything, and I mean, everything on my truck. 

The Recall on the 2013 Ram Alternator

Well Ram did the proverbial 180 and they did it fast.  On 12/5/2016, they were insisting that the vehicle fire was not their fault.  On

The Ram saga/nightmare continues…..

The lawyer was great, but my options aren’t. He gave me every possible scenario and since Ram has finally cleared the truck to be assessed

Day 34- The Burned 2013 Ram 2500 Truck saga continues.

It’s been an illuminating 48 hours since I received the letter from Ram absolving themselves from any responsibility related to the alternator fire which shut

Dealing with a 2013 Ram Truck fire

So November was not the best month I’ve ever had.  My work truck, a 2013 Ram 2500 diesel truck caught on fire on November, leaving


Horse Vet: Chronicles of a Mobile Veterinarian
Gunshot injuries.  Breeding disasters.  Controlling trainers, nutty horse owners, warm-hearted clients, and “laugh-out-loud-funny stories that you just can’t make up” -Dr Courtney deals with it all in the lively series of tales about the life of a mobile vet in the Colorado Rockies.

In her stories from thirteen years as a mobile horse vet, whether running IV fluids on top of a mountain or squaring off against an unethical cutting horse owner who calls her “little lady”, Diehl makes us laugh, cry and smile.  It’s a journey that brings the reader onto the farms and into the clinic and shows what it’s really like to be a mobile veterinarian.


Courtney Diehl - Eric The Fox
Eric the fox is different from his brothers and sisters and he is teased because he has a skinny, ropy tail and big bat ears.  When Coyote promised Eric a new tail in exchange for a future favor, Eric agrees and soon he is the most popular fox in the forest.  When Coyote comes to collect on Eric’s promise, Eric turns away from his family and joins Coyote on a journey that takes him far away from everything he’s ever known.

Eric realizes that he’s been called for a higher purpose, but his shame over his past behavior holds him back.  Can Eric forgive himself and claim his position among the highest ranked foxes in the forest?

By Courtney S Diehl, DVM

Illustrated by Natalie de Stefano

Winner of the 2017 CIPA EVVY 1st Place Award in Children’s Stories!


Horse Illustrated - Courtney S. Diehl, DVM
Dr. Diehl writes a monthly column for Horse Illustrated magazine about her adventures as a vet. Check a few of the columns out below!
Vet Adventures: The Last Straw
A strange case of choke is unlike any this vet has seen before
Vet Adventures: Added Value
When it comes to horse health, you get what you pay for.
Vet Adventures: The Bald and the Beautiful
Sometimes the resident “expert” at the barn gets in the way of a vet’s work.


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In WOUNDED HEALERS, twelve women boldly take us deep into the events that led them through the pitfalls and the heartaches during the darkest days of their life: broken marriages, estranged children, mental illness, eating disorders, bad choices, and more. The stories are raw, transparent, personal and, at times, gut-wrenching.

Their poignant tales paint a vivid picture of their triumph and victory in Jesus and how drawing closer to their Lord and Savior changed the course of their lives and the lives of their families.

Compiled by Therese Shelesky